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Christo [PCD] , Tuesday 03 October 2006 - 00:00:00 //

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Wednesday 14 May 2014
Nintendo Lost $457M During Fiscal 2013, Marking Third Straight Year of Losses
Christo [PCD] , Wednesday 14 May 2014 - 08:40:48 //

The Wii U continues to disappoint

It looks as though Nintendo just can’t catch a break this decade, having just reported its third straight full year of losses. For fiscal 2013, Nintendo had an operating loss of $457 million and net loss of $228 million as sales of its Wii U continue to sputter in the marketplace.

Even more disappointing is that the operating loss figure is actually worse than the already reduced forecast that Nintendo gave back in January. At the time, Nintendo forecast fiscal year operating losses of $394 million.

Since its lukewarm introduction in late 2012, Nintendo has only managed to sell 6.17 million Wii U consoles. Nintendo was only able to sell 2.72 million Wii U consoles during fiscal 2013.

For comparison’s sake, Sony managed to sell 6 million of its pricier PlayStation 4 consoles in just four months.

Nintendo acknowledges that it “still faces a challenging sales situation? and that it “will focus on efforts that seek to stimulate the platform.?

Looking forward, Nintendo is banking on the success of the two upcoming titles to reinvigorate the platform: Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Mario Kart 8 alone should be enough to delight existing Wii U owners, but it remains to be seen how many fresh Wii U customers it can bring in with the title.

But while Wii U numbers were definitely disappointing, Nintendo was definitely more upbeat about the performance of the 3DS. Nintendo was able to move 12.24 million units of the popular handheld console and 67.89 million 3DS games during the fiscal year.

Source: Nintendo [PDF]

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Microsoft to Allow Xbox Music Users to Upload Tracks to OneDrive, Stream Later
Christo [PCD] , Wednesday 14 May 2014 - 08:40:21 //

Functionality was found in OneDrive source code

Microsoft launched its Xbox Music service in late 2012, and it allows users to stream music to your devices (Xbox 360/Xbox One, smartphones, tablets, PCs) in exchange for a monthly fee. However, the service is currently limited to tracks that Microsoft actually provides via its vast library.

While Microsoft’s music library is no doubt comprehensive, it’s nearly impossible for the Redmond, WA-based software giant to have streaming rights to every possible song that you would want to listen to at any given moment.

And this is where OneDrive comes into the equation. According to LiveSino, Microsoft is working on functionality that would allow you to upload music that you own to OneDrive and stream it to all of your devices via Xbox Music. The following reference was found in the source code for OneDrive:

Meet your OneDrive Music folder. Upload your music files to this folder, so that you can play them via Xbox Music from any of your devices. You can also add files to this folder using the OneDrive app for your computer.

It is unknown when the Xbox Music/OneDrive mashup will go live, but similar functionality is already available with Google Play Music and the Amazon Cloud Player.

Sources: LiveSino via, The Verge

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Thursday 05 December 2013
MRAM as Potential DRAM, NAND Replacement
Christo [PCD] , Thursday 05 December 2013 - 14:29:26 //

Inheriting the legacy of core-memory, ST-MRAM promises 10x bandwidth, 10x density, and 1/3rd the power vs. NAND

According to a story published by The Nihon Keizai Shimbun's (Nikkei) "Asian Review" section, more than twenty major American and Japanese semiconductor firms have formed a new collaborative alliance, which will work together to develop next generation memory technologies. The group's aim is to develop consumer-ready magnetoresistive random-access memory (MRAM). MRAM is a technology that some are hoping will replace both long term storage devices (e.g. magnetic hard disc drives and Flash storage) and volatile memory (e.g. DRAM).

More info at source: The Nihon Keizai Shimbun

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Thursday 03 October 2013
Windows 8.1 Available for Pre-Order
Christo [PCD] , Thursday 03 October 2013 - 19:08:17 //

Windows Vista or XP users will need to purchase Windows 8 first

Not too long ago we mentioned that Windows 8.1 would be landing on October 18. All Windows 8 users will be able to download the update at no cost via the Windows Store on that day. However, if you haven't yet upgraded to Windows 8 you can now pre-order Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 brings with it several updates that users should appreciate, including a return of the Start button.

The update will also allow users to boot directly to the desktop, bypassing the “Tiles? interface. Microsoft reportedly made numerous other changes and upgrades to the operating system as well.

Users wanting to pre-order Windows 8.1 can do so now for $119.99. If you're running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you need to be aware that Microsoft says Windows 8.1 is not designed for installation on devices running either of those versions of the operating system.

People running Windows Vista or Windows XP have to purchase Windows 8 and get the upgrade Windows 8.1 at no cost. Windows 7 users can update directly to Windows 8.1.

Source: Microsoft

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