Author Archives: Brian Sin


Reuters fires journalist accused of conspiring with Anonymous

Reuters fires journalist accused of conspiring with Anonymous

Matthew Keys, the journalist who was accused of conspiring with Anonymous, has been fired by Reuters today. On his Twitter account, Keys tweeted, "Just got off the phone. Reuters has fired me, effective today. Our union will be filing a grievance. More soon." David Girardin, a Reuters spokesperson, confirmed the firing. According to Keys, his termination from Reuters had no relation to his alleged involvement with Anonymous, but was due to him violating his "Final Written Warning".

Continue Reading...

Analysts say Netflix should crack down on account sharing

Analysts say Netflix should crack down on account sharing

Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Securities, states that around 10 million people are currently using Netflix's service without paying. He says that if Netflix were to crack down on these people and its account sharing policies, it could generate a ton of more profit. Pachter stated in an interview with Bloomberg that it's time for Netflix to "change".

Continue Reading...

CIRP: Older iPhone models accounted for nearly half of all iPhone sales in Q1

CIRP: Older iPhone models accounted for nearly half of all iPhone sales in Q1

Surprisingly, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S seem to account for nearly half of all of the iPhone sales in Q1 2013. According to new research data from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), the older iPhones made sales that went neck-to-neck with Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 5. The CIRP discovered that in Q1, 14% of consumers purchased an iPhone 4, 33% of consumers purchased an iPhone 4S, and 53% of consumers purchased an iPhone 5.

Continue Reading...

Xbox SmartGlass brings support for the Kindle Fire

Xbox SmartGlass brings support for the Kindle Fire

Larry Hryb, the Director of Programming for Xbox Live, stated today that Xbox SmartGlass now supports Amazon's selection of Kindle Fire tablets. It's coming in about half a year late, seeing as the app was released for regular Android devices way back in October of last year. With the Xbox SmartGlass app now available in the Amazon App Store, owners of the affordable Kindle Fire can enjoy an extension of the Xbox Live experience with their tablets.

Continue Reading...

Six electric taxis hit the streets of New York

Six electric taxis hit the streets of New York

Nissan and New York have conspired together to bring 6 new electric taxis to the city today. The Nissan Leaf is the model for these taxis and it's repainted to look right for the job. Nissan and New York worked together to launch these new electric taxis today in celebration of Earth Day. These taxis will test out the waters of New York to see if electric cars are equipped to take on the taxi world.

Continue Reading...

Heavy Rain proves experimental games aren’t always unprofitable

Heavy Rain proves experimental games aren’t always unprofitable

At his keynote at Digital Dragons, Quantic Dream COO, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, stated that innovation and experimental games doesn't always result in unprofitable games. He cited Quantic Dream's PlayStation 3 game, Heavy Rain, as a prime example of that. He states that it cost a total of $40 million to produce, market, and distribute the game. The game successfully generated $100 million for Sony, making it extremely profitable.

Continue Reading...

Facebook is reportedly behind “Project Catapult” data center

Facebook is reportedly behind “Project Catapult” data center

Facebook is reportedly the company that's planning on building a $1.5 billion data center in Altoona, Iowa. Before, everything was kept hush-hush, and the only thing we knew about the data center was that it was referred to by officials as the cryptic "Project Catapult". Des Moines Register stated that it spoke with lawmakers about Catapult and discovered that it is Facebook who is behind the project.

Continue Reading...

Orbital’s Antares rocket successfully completes its first test launch

Orbital’s Antares rocket successfully completes its first test launch

Orbital Science Corps. Antares rocket completed its first successful test launch today after seeing a series of complications over the last few days. Orbital attempted to test launch the rocket last Wednesday, however, a data cable located at the upper stage of the rocket detached prematurely. It was then rescheduled over and over due to the high winds present at the launch site. Luckily today, everything was cooperating with the test launch.

Continue Reading...

Syrian Electronic Army claims credit for CBS Twitter accounts hack

Syrian Electronic Army claims credit for CBS Twitter accounts hack

Yesterday, several of CBS's Twitter accounts were hacked, including its main account, and its accounts for 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and CBS Denver. The hackers got into the account and tweeted a series of things relating to President Obama and the United States being in cahoots with Al-Qaeda. The tweets also had links that led users to malware-infested sites. While CBS was able to regain access to its accounts, it was unable to figure out who was behind the attacks, until now.

Continue Reading...

eBay seeks help from users to fight an upcoming federal sales tax legislation

eBay seeks help from users to fight an upcoming federal sales tax legislation

A new legislation, known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, will allow states to require online retailers to collect and remit use tax on purchases shipped into their states. The new legislation will only affect businesses that generate over $1 million in out-of-state sales, however, John Donahoe, CEO of eBay, says that merchants who generate less than $10 million in sales, and/or have less than 50 employees, should also be exempt.

Continue Reading...