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There’s virtually a gory fascination with seeing Wii U sales today, due to the fact that we understand they lack the thunderous launch of the initial Wii and it’s just a concern of “by exactly how much?“. Nonetheless, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has firmly insisted to Reuters that the Wii U’s reception has actually been “unblamable” in terms of hard figures, which the next-gen console is “offering progressively” despite the fact that shelves haven’t been reduced like they were with its predecessor. Satoru admits that trying to launch two versions of the console all at once was a “obstacle” and that amounts weren’t well balanced quite right, with too few of the premium $ 350 choice and an excess of the $ 300 design that early adopters didn’t much wish. Nintendo sales trends have a habit of doing wild things, obviously, so like the pension plan documents says: previous efficiency isn’t always an indicator of future success.
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HTC has confirmed it is not currently planning to distribute its Windows Phone 8S handset in US markets. In a statement to Engadget, the firm says its focus is on the Windows Phone 8X at AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. “The Windows Phone 8S is not currently planned for distribution in the U.S. market,” says a spokesperson. However, The Verge has learned that it hasn’t always been this way.
“The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is our signature Windows Phone available at AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless in the U.S. With our focus on the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, the Windows Phone 8S is not currently planned for distribution in the U.S. market.”
According to sources close to Microsoft’s Windows Phone efforts, the Windows Phone 8S was…
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Todd Bradley, HP’s head of PC, has spoken frankly about Microsoft’s Windows RT and Surface launches. In an interview with IDG Enterprise, Bradley reiterated comments HP made earlier this year, saying he’d “hardly call Surface competition,” before making some rather damning comments about Microsoft’s first ever tablet. “It tends to be slow and a little kludgey as you use it,” says Bradley, adding that “it’s expensive… the press has made a bigger deal out of Surface than what the world has chosen to believe.” Back in August, another HP exec said that Surface was Microsoft’s way of “making a leadership statement and showing what’s possible in the tablet space.”
Bradley cites the small retail launch — Surface is only available directly…
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During a special occasion at London’s Abbey Roadway Studios this morning, Deezer unveiled 76 brand-new markets for its streaming new music service– consisting of locations in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Thanks to new funding totalling $ 130 million, Deezer states it prepares to accelerate its global expansion. Popular music enthusiasts will be able to gain access to 20 million tracks, but US residents have actually been overlooked of any type of expansion strategies.
” We are not going to the United States,” says Alex Dauchez, Deezer CEO. “One day, however not now. The market is not prepared.” Regardless of the absence of US accessibility, the popular music service is now readily available in 160 nations worldwide. After launching in the UK a year ago today, the company has aspirations to ‘transform the future of songs’ with its newest …
Calling Windows 8 ” a catastrophe for everybody in the PC area” may not endear Valve’s Gabe Newell to the people at Microsoft, but it struck a chord with a member of Blizzard Entertainment’s top brass. Rob Pardo, Executive Vice President of Game Design at the Irvine-based business, took to Twitter and chimed in on the matter, stating that Windows 8 is “not awesome for Blizzard either.” While far from an unquestionable indictment, it’s not the warmest of welcomes for Redmond’s newest computer OS. By the noises of it, the October-bound operating system will need to win over a few hearts and minds in the game development community.
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Just how’s that for the supreme backhanded legal award? A judge in the UK handed a win to Samsung in an intellectual property row, calling the Galaxy Tab “not as cool” as the iPad, and therefore not likely to get puzzled with Apple’s tablets. Bring insult to suit win, Judge Colin Birss stated that Samsung’s slates “do not have actually the same underrated and severe convenience which is possessed by the Apple design.” The Galaxy Tabs are distinct from the iPad given their thinner designs and the “details” on the backs of the gadgets, according to the judge. If Apple’s not delighted with his too cool for suit ruling, he additionally provided Cupertino 21 days to appeal.
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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has admitted that the sales momentum of the company’s 3DS handheld is slowing in both America and Europe. During a shareholders meeting, Iwata explained that sales of the 3DS in Japan have been “constant” and may even be exceeding company forecasts. “On the other hand,” he said, “sales momentum in the US and Europe is not so good. Considering that the US and European markets are larger than the Japanese market in terms of the size of the population, sales in the US and Europe are supposed to be larger.” The news comes not long after Nintendo posted its first annual loss, but Iwata believes that the release of the 3DS XL and games like New Super Mario Bros. 2 could help revitalize the handheld’s momentum on…
CloudCar, a startup still in stealth mode that was the subject of rumors earlier this month when Robert Scoble reported that Andy Rubin would leave his job at Google to join it, has filed a Form D with the SEC indicating that it has raised $ 11.5 million in a Series A round.
The startup may not be Rubin’s next place of employment, but he is connected to it: after the rumor hit, and then he denied it on Twitter, he further clarified in a Google+ post that CloudCar “are a group of friends who I give free office space to in my incubator in Los Altos.”
The Series A, the Form D notes, comes in Series A Preferred Stock; Warrants to Purchase Series A-1 Preferred Stock; Series A-1 Preferred Stock issuable upon exercise of Warrants; Common Stock issuable upon conversion of Series A and Series A-1 Stock, with the only stated purposes of the funding being “Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes including, but not limited to, executive salaries.” (Not atypical for a stealth-mode fundraising.)
While there were some questions over what exactly CloudCar was doing when the Rubin rumor hit, it actually has a website with more detail on the company.
It looks like it will be doing something in the area of bridging in-car services with the kind of wireless content that we are now getting on smartphones and tablets — using cloud-based storage to do it: “The explosive growth of smart phones has raised consumer expectations for the connected in-car experience,” the site says on its jobs page. It notes that ABI predicts that within five years, 90 percent of new cars will ship with connected car features. “Yet market penetration for Connected Cars is in single digits because the current industry technology base prevents rapid innovation.”
Its CEO is Konstantin Othmer, who had previously been the CEO and founder of Core Mobility, a wireless enterprise service that worked with device manufacturers and wireless operators on visual voicemail, voice SMS, wireless backup, and push-to-talk services that shipped on 40 million mobile devices in four countries, according to the site. Core Mobility was purchased by Smith Micro Software. Prior to that he founded CRM startup ePeople, and before that had been an engineer at Apple.
The COO, Brue Leak, and CTO, Peter Barrett, both have experience in web TV services: Leak at WebTV and Barrett at Microsoft TV. Jim Wickett, head of business partnerships, also has extensive experience in media technology companies, most recently at Macrovision/Rovi as EVP.
The company is currently hiring engineers for “new consumer experiences that broaden the scope of current market leading mobile platforms.”
We are contacting CloudCar to see if it can provide some more detail on this funding round and what we might expect next from the company — and whether Rubin has increased his involvement in any way.
…realized I love WebOS but think the Pre is an underpowered POS. Can upping the processor to 1Ghz really fix this? Probably not…
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Software developers make or break a platform, as Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer once famously stressed, but that shiny new Windows Phone 7 site has angered a mildly important one of them. Rovio Mobile, developer of the wildly popular Angry Birds game for iPhone, Android and webOS, tweets that it’s presently ‘not committed’ to bring the game to Windows Phone, and that the above icon is being used in Microsoft marketing completely without permission. While it’s possible this is just some sort of mix-up and Rovio just wanted to make its own announcement (“nothing to do with if we do or don’t, it’s just that we decide that ourselves,” the company added in a later tweet), it’s not the first time Microsoft’s engaged in shady business to inflate its new app store.