When the Chinese government lifted ban of gaming consoles after having the restriction in place for almost 14 years, console makers have been gearing up for entries into potentially one of the world's largest gaming market. Microsoft says it will start selling the Xbox One in China starting Sept 23rd for a price tag of 3,699 Renminbi – round up about $599, making it more expensive than the one sold in the US.
Nintendo Wii U was picking up some steam in the quarter by selling 510,000 units; three times more compared to the same period last year – however the spike did not help Nintendo to avoid operating loss of 9.47 billion yen (about $92.4 million). Nintendo's popular handheld 3DS, which has a cult like following has stumble down by 41% in sales from a year ago. 3DS games are also down by 22%.
The popularity of Raspberry PI board has not gone un-noticed by big boys like Intel and Microsoft. The two companies are joining hand with a hardware manufacturer CircuitCo, the maker of BeagleBone Black and MinnowBoard; in creating a low-cost SoC development board called Sharks Cove.
The console war between Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft isn't only about putting powerful gaming machines in the market but pushing the focus at all-in-one entertainment system. While PS4 games are in Blu-ray format, it was unable to do 3D playback on the newest Sony console - to fix that Sony has made PS4 update 1.75 update available to gamers today. In this latest update, the most notable feature is 3D Blu-ray movie playback support.
In 2012, the Japanese government pushed a new law targeting pirates using file sharing; in this legislation, pirated content distributor are to be punished up to ten years in prison while downloading these contents get you two years jail term. Unfortunately, clamping down on pirates is tricky and time-consuming task; on top of that, most Anime or Manga pirate sites are not based in Japan.
Solar panels get really hot; I’ve touched mine this summer on my rooftop and it really burns - solar panels could heat up over 100 degrees Fahrenheit on its normal operation. The high temperature will result in shorter lifespan of these panels and reducing its effectiveness to produce power.
Admit it, some of you are in the calories counting game; Yes, I am guilty of it too – but does the number on food packaging really accurate? There is a startup based in Israel called Consumer Physics Inc that is developing a laser-based gear called SCIO that would scan your food and tells you the chemical compound that is in the food, it will then return details of nutrition value including calories to user’s smartphone.
Growing up with Magic: The Gathering, the card game gathers many enthusiasts and collectors; myself included. Wizards of the Coast have made the Magic 2015 very enjoyable on the iPad and now it is also available today on XBOX 360, Android, and PC (Steam). Sadly for Playstation owners, no release is planned this year or on the roadmap.
I always have a soft spot for Honda’s ASIMO – it is probably one of the most advanced “consumer” targeted robot. Honda keeps making improvements on ASIMO since it was introduce in the year 2000. The initial version, I recall; it was boxy, not flexible, slow, and was underpowered.
I have been a Slingbox user since 2006 and still use it to stream my DVR content to all of my mobile devices. For those who are not familiar with Slingbox, it is a device that streams any video source to your phone, desktop, or tablet remotely. We spotted the new Slingbox recently; courtesy of FCC, and today Sling Media has made it official with the Slingbox M1. Priced at $149, it is cheaper than the older Slingbox 350, which was priced at $179 MSRP.