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Sony’s Q1 profit highest in years, boosted by PS4, camera sensors

Sony’s Q1 profit highest in years, boosted by PS4, camera sensors

Sony revealed its Q1 financials today, announcing that it reaped its highest first quarter profit since 2007. The company largely has PlayStation 4 software and camera sensors to thank, the latter of which it recently targeted with capital raising and planned production increases. In the quarter running from April to June, Sony saw its operating profit increase 39-percent over the same quarter last year, hitting 96.9 billion yen and beating out analyst estimates. The company foresees camera sensor demands proving fruitful in its future.

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Parrot’s drones are so popular, they’ve split off the company

Parrot’s drones are so popular, they’ve split off the company

This week Parrot's quarterly earnings call played host to an interesting tidbit of information: they're splitting their company. Not in a super major way - they're just creating a subsidiary. But a subsidiary that's dedicated entirely to drones. Instead of keeping Parrot a company that's all about car accessories and drones, they've decided to dedicate their main, original company to their original goals, while their subsidiary concentrates on the drones bit.

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Amazon Dash buttons launch for all Prime members

Amazon Dash buttons launch for all Prime members

In case you thought those Amazon Dash buttons would turn out to be an elaborate joke, Amazon has made them officially official: any Prime subscriber can now buy them for $5, and once the button arrives they can then use it to spend more money on whatever the related product is. So, essentially, you’ll pay money for this so that you can more easily spend money later. Or something like that. The buttons are available for a variety of products: toilet paper, laundry detergent, macaronic and cheese. The important things in life.

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Nintendo sees surprise profit: has Splatoon, 3DS, amiibo to thank

Nintendo sees surprise profit: has Splatoon, 3DS, amiibo to thank

Nintendo detailed its latest quarterly financial details today, revealing a surprise upswing in revenue as quarterly sales increased more than 20-percent and net profit hit 8.28 billion yen (versus last year’s 9.9 billion yen loss for the same quarter). Nintendo largely has a combination of weaker yen and a sharp rise in new game sales to thank, the latter of which was led by the widespread success of Splatoon. As expected, amiibo — which gained several new figures over the past couple months — also helped the video game company.

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Google app outs “busiest times” for local shops

Google app outs “busiest times” for local shops

The latest update to Google's search system on Android and iOS devices is a meter that says when they're busiest. It's a "Popular times" meter, and it'll show you when you'd be best to head in - and when the best time is to avoid. Popular times are listed for each individual day of the week, with a meter that'll likely show you how you'll want to avoid a coffee house near the start and the middle of the day - just get your coffee at supper time, that's all.

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Verizon will offer HBO Now through its Go90 streaming service

Verizon will offer HBO Now through its Go90 streaming service

Verizon and HBO announced a new deal today under which the wireless carrier will offer HBO Now (which doesn't require cable credentials, unlike HBO Go) on its own digital platform. Under this agreement, Verizon has been given the thumbs up to distribute HBO Now to its own users, and it’ll be doing so, in part, through its own video streaming service Go90. We’ve previously heard talk about Go90, though the name has only just now been announced. The service will be launching some time this summer if all goes as planned.

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Sources: Google tried to nab a veggie burger biz

Sources: Google tried to nab a veggie burger biz

Veggie burgers have a poor reputation, but it is largely undeserved at this point, as the quality of such meat-imitation creations have improved drastically over the years. Veggie burgers also are increasingly looking like the future, as those with concerns about the viability and impact of factory farming have become more vocal. Google, at least if sources are correct, recognizes that approaching future and recently made a business move that would have given the company a part in it.

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Amazon Laundpad service helps startups get started

Amazon Laundpad service helps startups get started

Amazon has introduced its new “Amazon Launchpad” service, a program for startups that allows new companies to distribute and market their products. Amazon’s global fulfillment network is one of the perks for startups, as well as custom pages for one’s products and a “streamlined onboarding experience” and marketing package. The startups that join will be featured in Amazon’s new Launchpad store, which currently features many products in a few categories, including a bunch that were funded through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo.

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Verizon XLTE expands into half a dozen new markets

Verizon XLTE expands into half a dozen new markets

Verizon has announced an expansion of its XLTE market. With XLTE, the wireless carrier says it has essentially doubled “the number of lanes on a freeway … all traffic can move faster but we haven’t change the speed limit”. It brings faster peak speeds and a higher capacity to 4G LTE markets getting service via the AWS spectrum, and XLTE-ready devices can use both the AWS spectrum and the original 700MHz 4G LTE spectrum that spans the nation, among other things.

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BlackBerry ready to drop smartphones if things don’t improve

BlackBerry ready to drop smartphones if things don’t improve

Is BlackBerry ready to concede defeat, something that pundits have been waiting for it to do for years now? In a way, yes, but it isn't a blanket statement. CEO John Chen did admit that it was willing stop making smartphones if things don't change for the better, referring to the company's sliding revenues. However, there are still other options available to it that doesn't require completely scrapping their hardware business, though Chen also admits that it would be only under the most ideal cases.

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Google, Apple, Microsoft pledge to fight climate change

Google, Apple, Microsoft pledge to fight climate change

Major businesses, including several tech companies, have taken up the White House's pledge to help combat climate change. In a statement today, the Obama administration detailed the threat climate change poses to the world as a whole, pointing out that 19 of the 20 hottest recorded years have happened in the last two decades, and that we’re already collectively experiencing things like bigger storms, longer droughts, and more frequent wildfires. That’s why the White House has launched its Climate Action Plan to cut pollution, and many companies have signed the American Business Act on Climate pledge to do their part.

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ESPN’s (possible) future: direct subscriptions, no cable required

ESPN’s (possible) future: direct subscriptions, no cable required

The television industry is in a state of limbo -- viewers are moving en masse to so-called cord cutting options like Netflix, Sling TV, and on-demand streaming services. Networks have been slow to accept these services, however, having a careful juggling act to maintain in regards to things like advertisers and DVD sales. Report after report has shown that consumers are moving on regardless of industry resistance, and this year has been particularly kind with the advent of things like Sling TV and Showtime's new streaming option. The future looks even brighter.

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