Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sony unveils awesome 20th Anniversary Special Edition gray PlayStation 4, in limited quantities

Sony is taking advantage of the 20 year anniversary of the launch of the original PlayStation console by launching a special edition PlayStation 4 in the gray colorway of its two-decade old predecessor.

20 years is a long time! In 1994, many outsiders thought that Sony was slightly crazy to launch the original PlayStation into an incredibly competitive gaming market. Who could blame them? Sony was (and is!) famous for engineering great electronics, audio equipment and many other consumer devices. But game consoles?!

Sony Computer Entertainment, founded by my mentor Ken Kutaragi, was a project borne out of sincere passion and deep admiration for the craft of game development. The mid '90s were an exciting time for game developers, driven by the explosion of powerful but affordable 3D graphics rendering hardware and the birth of many young and adventurous development studios. The original PlayStation was meant to embody that sense of adventure and discovery, that sense that anything was possible.

We sincerely thank you for joining us on our exciting 20-year journey. You have made every bump and scrape we took along the way worthwhile. And there's so much more to come! :D

The special edition console, in the "Original Grey" finish, also comes packaged in a commemorative box, and there will only be 12,300 made in total. The launch price is €499 but Sony hasn't confirmed yet how to purchase the system. 

Windows 10 RTM due early-Fall 2015

Microsoft is targeting a late summer, early fall release of the Windows 10 operating system, according to note from Kevin Turner at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference.

The Redmond giant previously said it would be releasing the updated operating system during the summer next year. According to the note from Turner, the RTM is likely to show up sometime in early Fall. 

"The thing I want to tell you about on Windows 10 is in the Windows 10 timeframe, which we plan to talk about the end-user consumer experiences in the early spring, we'll have a developer preview and be able to talk to that in depth in the early summer timeframe. And then by next late summer and early fall we'll be able to bring out this particular OS. That's the current plan of record." 

According to a Neowin source, Microsoft is targeting release for around August to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the release of the Windows 95 operating system on August 24, 1995. 

Microsoft got killed on that stake they purchased in Nook

Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have unceremoniously ended their partnership in the Nook digital venture of the bookstore.

Earlier this year, Microsoft invested $300 million for a stake in Nook, and today the deal is over, with Microsoft taking a significant loss and no real gains from the partnership. 

Microsoft has sold "all of its $300 million convertible Series A preferred limited liability company interest in exchange for an aggregate purchase price equal to (i) $62,425,006.63 in cash and (ii) 2,737,290 shares of common stock." 

With B&N shares currently at around $21, Microsoft will get to leave with $119 million in equity, down quite significantly from their original investment. 

Of course, the company's stock could go much higher to offset the loss, but things are not looking good for Nook. YoY quarterly revenues decreased 41.3% from 2013 to just $64 million. Device sales fell 63.7% YoY. 

HTC One (M8) and One (M7) Google Play editions get Android Lollipop today

HTC One owners will have a nice start to their Friday, as HTC will be rolling out Android Lollipop OTA update to One (M8) and One (M7).

This brings the latest and best of Android to HTC's flagship owners, whether the flagship was bought in 2013 or 2014. There's one catch: the OTA update will be available only to Google Play Edition phone owners. Others, especially those with operator-locked phones, will receive the update later(or in worst