Brendan Greene, creator of the popular online shooter Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), talked about his plans for the title during a panel at PAX Aus. Even though he's previously discussed exploring a single-player campaign, the resources and time don't exist for one.
Amazon's employee base is growing at an impressively fast rate and it now employs more than half a million people. Just in the latest quarter its employee figure increased 77% from 382,400 to 541,909. It had just over 300,000 employees during Q3 2016.
India's smartphone market has grown to become the second largest in the world, overtaking the United States and coming in behind China. The latest data from Canalys reveals the market saw 40 million phone shipments during Q3, an increase of 23% over last year.
Amazon is updating its program for businesses to include free two-day shipping that's similar to what it offers regular consumers. Amazon Business members can now get two-day shipping on any qualifying item. Before the program only offered free shipping on orders over $49.
The WannaCry malware that spread early this summer has been publicly blamed on North Korea by UK officials. According to Security Minister Ben Wallace, who spoke on the topic during a BBC interview, North Korea is the most likely state actor. The investigation wasn't detailed.
Just after we learned of Twitter's new transparency plan for advertisements, particularly political ads, Facebook has detailed a similar initiative. On Friday, the social network announced it would start requiring identity disclosures for all federal election ads in the US.
Consumers will have some non-mainstream carrier options for the iPhone X in the United States by early November. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile are going to start offering the new handset by November 10. Preorders from the major carriers opened up on Friday.
Mobile application spending by the average iPhone user in the US will grow to $88 per year in 2019, according to a report from Sensor Tower. The amount people spend on apps and games has been consistently increasing. It's up 33% this year compared to 2016.
The monetization system on YouTube has been problematic for quite some time, leading to complaints from creators and from advertisers. Creators often say their videos are unfairly demonetized while advertisers have complained about their ads on inappropriate videos.
Smartphone manufacturers are having hard times breaking even from selling new models. We have all heard what happened to HTC and LeEco, but another top-tier company is having similar problems. LG Electronics has now posted its Q3 2017 financial results, which shows that its
Google has responded to at least some of the issues reported to exist with its Pixel 2 smartphone, namely flawed color representation and burn-in with the Pixel 2 XL. In response to those issues the company is coming out with a software update and it's extending the warranty.
Microsoft wasn't able to report particularly high Xbox One sales during fiscal Q1 2018, but it partly made up for that lack of revenue with Game Pass, a subscription service for video games. Revenue from gaming software and services grew 21%. Overall revenue was up 1%.
Amazon's rumored move towards selling pharmaceuticals has received some extra support from public records highlighted in a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. According to the report, Amazon "has gained approval to become a wholesale distributor."
Richard Branson's private space company, Virgin Galactic, is receiving a $1 billion investment from Saudi Arabia. That money will be distributed to Virgin Galactic and its spinoffs, The Spaceship Company and Virgin Orbit. This investment is arising from a new partnership.
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang believes we are "no more than four years" away from fully autonomous vehicles on public roads. The company has a big stake in the autonomous vehicle market since it's developing hardware for the industry, namely with its Drive PX platform.
Equifax's massive security breach, which compromised the private information of 145 million Americans, could have been avoided if the company listened to a warning. According to Motherboard, a security researcher contacted Equifax about the implicated vulnerability.
Amazon's shares jumped by more than 7% during after hours trading on Thursday in response to notably strong Q3 financial performance. The company recorded $43.7 billion in revenue, surpassing an average estimate of $42.1 billion. $1.3 billion of that came from Whole Foods.
Google parent company Alphabet surpassed expectations with $27.77 billion in revenue during the third quarter, up 24% from the prior year. Its high revenue figure was assisted by strong search advertising income and revenue from YouTube. Its shares responded by rising 4%.
Spotify is ending all of its existing original TV show plans and intends to reconfigure its approach in the original content space. Though it's still working on some form of TV-like content, the music streaming service isn't pursuing the shows it had already planned.
Over 300 million people watch content on Netflix, the most popular streaming service in the world. According to the company's VP of product innovation, Todd Yellin, there are 300 million viewers stemming from around 104 million paid streaming accounts.