Amazon-Only for Indian Xbox

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AUG. 7, 2014 • The Xbox One is coming to India on Sept. 23 but only through Amazon.in. The exclusive arrangement also extends to all of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox merchandise including the Xbox 360, Kinect, Microsoft published Xbox titles, official Xbox accessories and Xbox Live. Unlike China, which is only getting the Xbox One with ...Continue Reading

Xiaomi Bests Samsung

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AUG. 5, 2014 • Xiaomi Corp. is now the best selling smartphone brand in China having pushed past Samsung Electronics Co. According to research firm Canalys, Xiaomi's sales exploded from 4.4 million units during the second quarter of 2013 to 15 million units for the same period this year. Samsung's unit sales dropped from 15.5 ...Continue Reading

Thai Govt. Bans Tropico 5

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AUG. 4, 2014 • The Cultural Promotion Department of Thailand's Culture Ministry has declined to allow Kalypso Media's Tropico 5 PC game to be sold in the country. The distributor New Era Thailand told the Associated Press that the game could be dangerous to peace and order in the country. The decision will not be ...Continue Reading

David Cole on CNBC

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AUG. 1, 2014 • DFC Intelligence president David Cole appeared on CNBC's Street Signs Asia show this week. Cole was interviewed about Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s first fiscal quarter financial results. Sales fell 8.4% to ¥74.7 billion ($728.3 million) for the quarter. Nintendo had projected a loss of ¥5.4 billion ($52.6 million), but the shortfall for ...Continue Reading

Xbox One Pre-Orders in China

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JULY 29, 2014 • JD.com Inc., the second largest e-commerce player in China after Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., is taking 500 yuan ($81) pre-orders for the Xbox One between July 28 and July 30. In a nod to the popularity of online chat services in the country the pre-orders are being taken via Tencent Holdings ...Continue Reading

GOG Goes Linux

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JULY 24, 2014 • Although Good Old Games had targeted the fall for the launch of its service on Linux, the digital distribution arm of CD Projekt introduced its wares early after successful trials. The only penalty in launching early was the availability of 50 titles instead of the 100 games promised for fall. GOG.com ...Continue Reading

New Nvidia Shield Tablet

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JULY 22, 2014 • On July 29 Nvidia Corp. is releasing an eight-inch Android tablet in its Shield hardware line. The device comes with a native 1900x1200 HD screen and a mini-HDMI 1.4b port to connect HDTVs. The Shield Tablet is powered by a quad-core, 2.2GHz Tegra K1 mobile processor. The $299 model comes with ...Continue Reading

China Mobile Growth

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JULY 21, 2014 • For the first time Chinese who use their smartphones to access the internet (83.4%) outnumber PC users (80.9%). As of June 30 total internet users in China had reached 632 million, of which 527 million were mobile users. At the end of 2013 there were 618 million internet users. The figures ...Continue Reading

$399 Xbox One Sells

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JULY 18, 2014 • The $399 Xbox One SKU without a Kinect sensor has spurred a strong 155% boost in sales of the Microsoft console in the United States compared to the prior month. The lower priced package went on sale June 9 and generated 197,000 units sold for the month. The PlayStation 4 remained ...Continue Reading

New Montana Football Teased

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JULY 14, 2014 • During the World Cup finals weekend American pro football star quarterback Joe Montana tweeted a tease for a new football video game, Joe Montana Football 16. The original series ran from 1991 to 1995 on the Sega Genesis and was published by Electronic Arts. That franchise embraced more arcade gameplay elements ...Continue Reading