Or at least, he will have done so come April 1st, no foolin'. Sony just announced that the long time SCEA executive will be making way for his replacement Shawn Layden, current EVP and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International. According to the company, Tretton's parting is the result of a "mutual agreement," but naturally, neither side's saying how that agreement was reached.
Do you want Google Fiber to come to your city? Well get in line: There are plenty of other cities that want it as well. However, DSLReports has done us the favor of posting a Google Fiber City Checklist that Google is handing out to prospective new Fiber locations so we can see all of the hoops that cities will have to jump through before Google will agree to bring its high-speed network to them. So what i’s need dotting and t’s need crossing before Google will start building out Fiber in your municipal area? Broadly speaking, Google wants cities to give them detailed information about “local infrastructure like utility poles, conduit and existing water, gas and electricity lines” to help
The Last of Us made its debut last year to critical (and commercial) acclaim from the gaming community, and it appears that the film industry's just as smitten with the story it tells. Deadline Hollywood reports that Sony ...
It's nearly time to head back to Sin City. It's been almost a decade since directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez first brought moviegoers to its black-and-white, noirish world, and after some delay and a long production, we're finally getting a look at its sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, with a first trailer. The movie has been in the works since not long after the original's release, and it's based on a pair of stories by Miller, just as the original was based on his graphic novels. Several big names from the original film will be reprising their roles here, including Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and Jessica Alba, while series newcomers Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, and Josh Brolin are set to have big parts too this time around.
A city council meeting in Oakland, California started routinely around 5:30 on Tuesday evening with rubber stamped appointments, discussion of a community park report card, and a no-parking zone, among other things. Nearly eight hours after it began, the city’s elected officials reached a major decision — one that’s arguably the strongest statement against bulk surveillance of any city in the country since 9/11. The subject of that heated meeting was the proposed Domain Awareness Center (DAC).
T-Mobile has done a lot of terrific things ever since John Legere took over as CEO. The company’s early upgrade plans have set new standards in the wireless industry and have been a major boon for users who love having the latest and greatest gadgets. T-Mobile’s program to pay off new customers’ early termination fees is going a long way toward freeing customers from the burdens that come with switching carriers. However, there is simply no denying that the “Uncarrier’s” network still needs more work if it’s going to match the quality of Verizon and AT&T. Legere and T-Mobile bristled earlier this week when a new RootMetrics study ranked T-Mobile’s network last in several major categories such as reliability, call
Sony subsidiary Screen Gems will be releasing a film adaptation of PlayStation 3 game The Last of Us, Deadline reports. Game creative director Neil Druckmann will reportedly be writing the script, with participation from other members of studio Naughty Dog. Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures production company, which worked on the 2013 remake of Evil Dead, will collaborate with them to make the film. "When I saw the quality of the storytelling, I knew the audience for this project was far greater than just the gaming community and that Neil Druckmann must write the screenplay," said Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper.
Well, this is a pleasant surprise. We've known for a while that Verizon would carry an LTE-capable Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, but the carrier has just put the massive tablet up for sale without any fanfare. Not that it's exactly an impulse buy. Samsung's cellular-equipped slate costs a hefty $850 at full price, and you'll only save $100 if you sign up for a two-year contract. If you're determined to stay online while you draw your latest masterpiece, though, you can order the Note Pro today.
China needs to regulate booming online financial services firms to curb the risks they pose to the wider financial sector, the former president of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Yang Kaisheng, said on Thursday. Tens of millions of people have flocked to Internet companies' wealth management products since last year, attracted by interest rates on deposits higher than those the banks offered to customers, which remain subject to a cap of 3.3 percent for one-year savings. Individual savers have not been the traditional target market for China's commercial banks. "If they (online financial firms) are allowed to do whatever they want for too long, the chances that something could go wrong will become bigger and the impact on the stability of financial markets will be bigger," Yang said on the sidelines of China's annual parliament meeting.
In a post on Geektime, My Permissions CEO Olivier Amar points us to the new permissions in the Facebook Android application that are a bit uncommon, and appear to be related to the $19 billion WhatsApp purchase. For example, Facebook now wants to be able to do some unusual things on Android devices including “preventing your phone from sleeping; sending emails to calendar event guests without your knowledge; adjusting or configuring your wallpaper for you; reading your confidential information; and–perhaps most egregious, not to mention ironic–reading your SMS/MMS messages,” as Amar puts it. Apparently Facebook needs to read text messages so it can confirm phone number via text message; read/write contacts so it can import and sync contacts with Facebook;
Who needs to go to the doctor when you've got an iPhone? Bellabeat Tracking System, for $129, includes an iOS or Android appcessory that lets you listen to your baby's heartbeat from inside the womb. MORE: 10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do
By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tablet shipments will increase this year but at a much slower pace than in 2013 as consumers remain content with the devices they already own, market research firm IDC said on Thursday. Global tablet shipments are set to expand 19.4 percent this year, compared to 51.6 percent in 2013, it said. IDC's prediction for tablet growth in 2014 is 3.6 percentage points less than its previous forecast for the year.
By Leila Abboud and Matthieu Protard PARIS (Reuters) - French conglomerate Bouygues has made an offer for the telecoms arm of Vivendi that would give the seller a bigger potential payday than a rival bid but take longer to arrive and face more regulatory risk. Bouygues, with interests from telecoms to construction, offered 10.5 billion euros ($14.4 billion) in cash for Vivendi's SFR and 46 percent of the new company in a planned spin-off. A competing bid from French cable operator Numericable included 11 billion euros in cash, granting Vivendi a 32 percent stake in the new company, sources said earlier. A tie-up between SFR and Bouygues would create Europe's seventh-biggest telecoms group by sales.
A lack of women in high-tech jobs is costing the European Union billions of euros, the bloc's technology Commissioner Neelie Kroes said on Thursday, starting a campaign to attract women into a sector that faces a deepening skills shortage. Only nine in 100 European app developers are women and women make up less than 30 percent of Europe's information and communications technology (ICT) workforce, according to figures from the Commission, the EU executive. Figures released by the Commission on Thursday showed the European ICT sector had more than 400,000 job vacancies in February, a figure the EU executive predicts will rise to more than 500,000 in 2015 and more than 900,000 in 2020. But the number studying technology at university is stable for men and falling for women.
Outside of select government and military applications, on demand satellite imagery and video is still little more than a dream. SkyBox Imaging has released a video showing off its satellite assets, including incredible video footage of the world from far above. The clip below of Beijing's Capital International Airport is stitched in with Google Earth-like still satellite imagery. The result is an exciting peek at what future mapping service could look like with live HD video footage of the entire earth.
If you're going to clone one of 2014's hottest Android flagships, you might as well clone others, right? Goophone certainly thinks so. It just launched the Goophone M8, a smartphone that bears an uncanny resemblance to the all new (and still-unannounced) HTC One.
We’d seen some early benchmarks suggesting that NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 system on a chip would absolutely crush the performance of any other SoC on the market and now we’ve got some confirmation. Neowin has spotted some new benchmarks for the Tegra K1 and they’ve once again found that NVIDIA’s newest chipset blows every other chip out of the water. According to the benchmarks, there are two versions of the Tegra K1: A dual-core 64-bit version that’s been clocked at 3GHz and that scored a 43617 on AnTuTu’s benchmark and a quad-core version that scored a 43851 on AnTuTu. How strong are these results? Consider that the next-highest SoC is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805, which scored 37,780 on AnTuTu. NVIDIA first announced the