Sprint today released its earnings report for the first fiscal quarter of 2014, detailing a net income of $23 million, the best result in over seven years. The US mobile operator also confirmed that 3G network maintenance was largely complete, while LTE coverage expands to cover approximately 254 million people. Sprint had previously been struggling with new affordable plans to attract custom and forking out for upgrading 4G infrastructure.
Sony made a rare critical comment against Microsoft and Electronic Arts, claiming that the just announced EA Access subscription program for the Xbox One would not offer much in the way of value for PlayStation console owners.
Tank Invaders hit the Windows Phone Store last week and made a nice first impression. We took the arcade styled game out for a test drive the past few days and that impression held.
The game has you controlling a battery of missiles that will come in handy to fend off alien invaders from space. Tank Invaders has plenty of action, challenges and power-ups to blast the enemy into orbit.
Look at us, by Sun Mu. The text translates as, “Let us endure hardship with a smile!”
An exhibition of works by a former North Korean propaganda artist was cancelled this week in China, reportedly under orders from the Chinese government. As AFP reports, Beijing’s Yuan Dian gallery was planning to show a collection from Sun Mu, a North Korean defector who uses a pseudonym for fear of retribution from Pyongyang. The month-long exhibition was due to open on July 27th, but according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, Chinese police blocked people from entering the gallery and removed Sun Mu’s paintings just before the opening.
Officials gave no reason for the closing, though China has a long history of censoring both media and art, and…
Microsoft revealed what will be included in Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 earlier this morning and we’re interested to hear your thoughts on features expected to make their way to Windows Phone. We’re talking about Live Folders, Xbox Music improvements, Apps Corner and more.
Sky has announced on the official NOW TV blog that support for its online service on the Xbox One console has been rolled out. Not only is Microsoft’s console the home of gaming entertainment with Xbox Live, but there’s also sweet integration with set-top boxes, services and more to really get the most out of interactive content and transform any TV into a media hub. We can now add NOW TV to the list of supported content providers.
In a smartphone market that grew by 23 percent over the past year, Samsung has somehow managed to ship fewer phones. The vast Korean conglomerate is still the distant leader in terms of shipments — sending out more than 74 million handsets over the past three months — but its lead has been eroded by a rising tide of low-cost Chinese smartphone makers, according to the latest figures from IDC. Huawei is the standout from that group, recording a 95 percent increase in global shipments and sliding into third place behind Samsung and Apple. It’s followed by Lenovo in fourth, but the more daunting thing for established brands like Samsung is the sheer number of upstart Chinese manufacturers capable of stealing away sales with lower prices.
Electronic Arts surprised gamers with a subscription service for Xbox One yesterday, but Sony is less than impressed with the offering. EA Access lets Xbox One owners play titles like FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4 for just $4.99 a month, or $29.99 per year. Despite what seems like a good deal, with more games coming soon, Sony claims the program is not good value for PlayStation 4 owners. “We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect,” a Sony spokesperson told Game Informer. “We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer.”
"It seems faster" doesn’t quite cut it for every update that hits the store with no change log. This includes Facebook Beta, which has just been bumped to version 22.214.171.124 (up from 126.96.36.199). Unfortunately, Microsoft has failed to provide a list of changes included in the release an thus we’re not entirely sure what’s actually new with this update. That said, it’s available for download.
While details regarding the Xbox One launch have been trickling out over the last few weeks, what was missing was an official launch date from Microsoft. We have that today as Yusuf Mehdi, head of marketing and strategy for Microsoft’s Xbox division, stated that the console will be launching in China on September 23.
The Daily Dot’s EJ Dickson told a lie on the Internet, and it went on to be repeated by dozens of people and publications. The article opens with an explanation about how the writer and her best friend had embellished a Wikipedia entry about a well-known children’s book character named Amelia Bedelia. “We were stoned out of our minds,” she writes. The two had quietly added a remark about how Bedelia was inspired by a maid with a large hat collection. The Internet didn’t question it. Dickson goes on to explore the hilarious results of her actions, and how easily such hoaxes can propagate in Wikipedia’s fertile pages.
Microsoft just announced the availability of Cortana in China and the United Kingdom. In China, Cortana will be going by the nickname Xiao Na. Not only is the name different in China, but Cortana looks different and has been given a pair of eyes. This is in order to serve the Chinese culture. We think Xiao Na looks pretty great and want to ask you the same. Take our poll and share your thoughts on Xiao Na.
Microsoft is firing all cylinders in the engine that drives Cortana. It was just announced that China and the United Kingdom would be getting Cortana shortly. Cortana also just entered alpha status for India, Australia (hello mates) and Canada. Now we’re seeing some other changes with Cortana. Users are now seeing more answers returned à la Google Now.