Author Archives: Conner Flynn

I eat sleep and breathe technology, along with geek toys and video games. When I'm not blogging about the latest gadgets and technology, I am usually reading about them, or busy playing fantasy role playing games or Star Trek: Attack Wing. You can follow me on Google+.

Ubisoft ships over nine million copies of Watch Dogs

watch dogsWell Ubisoft has made its financial report for the first half of 2015 and the news is good. During this period Ubisoft had a 65 percent increase in sales compared to the same time last year. Of course Watch Dogs was a major factor with more than nine million copies of the game shipped during this period alone.

Shipped means the actual retail units of the game that were sent to retailers. This nine million figure does not accurately tell us the number of copies that have actually been sold to customers, but you can bet that number is impressive as well.
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Seth Rogen reported to play the Woz with Christian Bale’s Jobs

roganAlthough we’ve already seen two Steve Jobs biopics following the Apple founder’s death, many people have been waiting for the project happening at Sony Films. Aaron Sorkin has finished the screenplay, the project has a director, so now is when the cast is coming together. The latest news on that front is that Seth Rogen is in talks to play Steve Wozniak in the film. Yeah, I can see that. It’s a good choice.

The reports are mixed on this news. The Wrap says Rogen is under consideration, while Variety says he has signed on. The Hollywood Reporter says that Rogen hasn’t officially signed on to the movie, and that it isn’t even clear if a formal offer has been made to the actor. I hope he has signed on. He seems perfect for the role.
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Microsoft has another round of layoffs

ms jobsYou may remember that back in July of this year there was word about how Microsoft intends to slim down their workforce by 18,000 jobs before the end of next year. That is always sad news in this economy and we never like to see people losing their jobs.

Then last month, Microsoft moved to release 2,100 of their employees, and now we have word that another round of layoffs has occurred. This one will impact about 3,000 employees. This is not good news.
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Twitch Broadcasters now have a “dress code”

twitchlogoSome users on Twitch like to show off their physique while streaming, but that is no longer acceptable thanks to a change that Twitch has made in its Rules of Conduct. The new rules say that those who are using the service to stream gameplay must dress “appropriately,” and the rules go further into detail as to what is and what isn’t acceptable. No, this isn’t a joke.

According to the new Rules of Conduct for Twitch, broadcasters who wear no clothing or sexually suggestive clothing, which includes and may not be limited to “lingerie, swimsuits, pasties and undergarments,” will have to look elsewhere since this is now prohibited. Full nude torsos are also not allowed.
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Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Controller

Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare ControllerThere are plenty of cool controllers that you can get for your consoles, including special additions with cool designs and themes. Hardware manufacturers will often roll out a special version or limited edition of a particular device, and Microsoft has done just that, revealing a nice looking Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare controller.

In fact, Microsoft is known for rolling out some great looking controllers for the Xbox One console. You probably have several of them. This time around, the controller is the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare limited edition version and it matches the game nicely.
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 rescheduled

guardians movieWe are all eagerly awaiting the many new Marvel movies that are coming our way, but there’s some rescheduling going on right now in the Marvel movie universe. A Marvel special event being held this week revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy will now be released on the 5th of May, 2017.

That is only one of the several changes that have been made to the movie lineup.
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The Vatican will digitize its manuscripts

vaticanWhen you think of the Vatican, you don’t normally think high tech, but more old world. Well, maybe they are catching up with the times. The Vatican will perform a digital scan of all of its manuscripts.

After all, it’s collection is among the oldest, most comprehensive, and most well preserved collections of ancient texts worldwide. Soon they will be digitizing the tens of thousands of the rarest and most impactful books throughout human history. This is a momentous occasion.
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LG introduces a new Isai device with 3GB of RAM and VoLTE on board

lgisaYou might remember the LG Isai FL. At the time, it seen as the dead giveaway of LG G3’s design and was made exclusively for Japanese carrier KDDI. The LG Isai FL was the first smartphone from a well-known large manufacturer to sport a Quad HD display and break the 500ppi pixel density barrier, which is probably why you remember it.

It arrived in Japan several months ago, so it isn’t very old, yet LG and KDDI have just announced a refreshed version of the device, called LG Isai VL. I guess they feel they should strike while the iron is hot.
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Halo 2: Anniversary documentary coming this Halloween

halodocHardcore Halo fans will like this news. Especially if you use an XBox One or Xbox 360. The Halo 2: Anniversary documentary, titled of ‘Remaking the Legend’ finally has a release date. That sate is October 31, 2014. That will certainly make Halloween special this year for fans of the Halo series.

This documentary will show you how 343 Industries created the Halo 2: Anniversary edition. The documentary will include some of the rare unseen story elements, footage, as well as interviews with some of the other original members from Bungie’s Halo 2 team. This is a must watch for serious fans and from the footage which was spotted at Comic Con this year it looks like 343 Industries has done an amazing job. It’s practically a backstage pass to the creation process.
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Amazon Appstore is now part of Android App

aappssMost Android users would not mind seeing the addition of Amazon Appstore on their Android handset as a second marketplace for them to check out apps and other interesting items. More choice is always good right? Amazon has now made sure that its Appstore is now part of its regular Android app.

When you install the Amazon app that is available over on the Google Play Store, all that you need to do is to open it up and tap on “Shop by Departments”. Once you are inside that section, you will be able to find the complete Amazon Appstore under the title “Apps and Games”. That should make things easy for you.
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Amazon posts massive quarterly loss

amazon-logoAmazon.com has announced financial results for its third quarter that ended on September 30. The news is not good for Amazon. Net sales increased 20 percent to $20.58 billion in the third quarter, compared with $17.09 billion in the third quarter of 2013. Despite this increase, Amazon’s net loss was $437 million in the third quarter, or $0.95 per diluted share. In 2013 the net loss was $41 million, or $0.09 per diluted share in the same time period.

The company missed Wall Street estimates of a $0.74 loss per share, and quarterly sales estimates were also off target. Forecasts were expecting $20.84 billion in sales, with the company turning a profit. Trading after hours on the news has hit Amazon’s stock for almost 10 percent of its closing value.
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Updated Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is coming for Xbox 360

san andCan you believe that 10 years have passed since Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was first released? It seems like yesterday. If you enjoyed that game back in the day, you might have felt a bit nostalgic yesterday when rumors started circulating that this title was going to be re-released on the Xbox 360.

Would they really release it again? Well yes. Yes they would. Rockstar has confirmed the updated Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Xbox 360 and it brings full Achievements support and improved 720p graphics. Sounds awesome.
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