News Posts by Seth Fitzgerald
Nintendo is planning to manufacture significantly more Switch units during the next fiscal year. In the current year it'll sell an estimated 14 million consoles, yet it wants to make 25 to 30 million units between April 2018 and March 2019 (fiscal year 2019).
Disney will launch its own streaming service in two years and it's removing its library of content from Netflix as a result. Even though that service will boast a strong library, it's still limited compared to a regular streaming service, so it won't cost very much.
Some iPhone X units may have a hardware defect causing a green line to appear on its display. A number of owners have reported the issue already, with some referring to it as the "green line of death." Apple hasn't commented, so it's unknown if this could be fixed OTA.
Three additional executives have departed Faraday Future over the past month. It no longer has its CFO, CTO, or vehicle manufacturing chief, adding to the struggling company's problems. Faraday Future has nearly exclusively had bad news this year and things aren't looking better.
Uber is offering lower fares for its carpooling service if you're willing to walk a little. With Uber Express POOL, you can save around 25% compared to a normal Uber POOL trip. You'll only need to walk a few blocks to your pickup location and destination.
The Nintendo Switch debuted without any video streaming services. Now that's starting to change. As of today, Hulu has become available for North American users through the eShop. It's one of a number of additions to the game/app store. It's a good device for media consumption.
Sean Parker, the billionaire founding president of Facebook, is now echoing sentiments increasingly promoted in the IT ethics field. He believes the platform is basically damaging people by "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology." It's always had a corrupt purpose.
Uber plans to go public by 2019, says CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, speaking at The New York Times' Dealbook conference. He says an IPO is part of his plan for the company. In August he attached an 18-36 month range to the initial offering and now he's firmly setting 2019 as the date.
Call of Duty publisher Activision is facing a lawsuit from Humvee manufacturer AM General due to the unauthorized use of Humvees in multiple games, albeit not the latest, Call of Duty: WW2. AM General believes the company has improperly benefited from its use of those vehicles.
Many respectable and even well-known people still haven't received a verification from Twitter, yet Jason Kessler did on Tuesday. Kessler's claim to fame is being the white supremacist who has helped organize racist rallies like the Unite the Right march in Charlottesville.
Uber hasn't finalized its deal with SoftBank and the Japanese company has even publicly talked about switching its investment to Lyft, but Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says the deal will occur. Speaking at The New York Times' DealBook conference, he had a confident perspective.
The first season of Telltale Games' Batman series will be available on Nintendo Switch next week, with a release scheduled for November 17. You can either get it digitally from the Switch's eShop or in a retail store. Right now the second season is underway.
Availability of T-Mobile's gigabit LTE has more than doubled, bringing it to upwards of 430 markets. Further, LTE Advanced is now available in 920 markets. Although that doesn't offer gigabit speeds, it still offers faster service than a typical LTE connection.
Alphabet's Project Loon has used its internet delivery balloons to connect 100,000 people in Puerto Rico to the internet. The company secured a license from the FCC after Hurricane Maria so that it could use its technology to help people in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
The public should not be able to protect their data with unbreakable end-to-end encryption, says US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. According to an interview with Politico, the DOJ is currently in dialogue with Silicon Valley and debates over encryption are heating up.
A replica city is being constructed in South Korea for the purpose of autonomous vehicle testing. Part of the 3.45 million square-foot facility is a four-lane highway. In total, the setup includes "highways, downtown areas, city outskirts, and communal environments."
EA has picked up Respawn Entertainment, developer of the Titanfall series. It's acquiring the developer in a deal worth over $400 million. They've worked together in the past, with EA publishing both of Respawn's Titanfall games. Some projects are already underway.
It's not just tweets that are getting longer on Twitter. The social network has updated its display name restriction, enabling people to use names as long as 50 characters, up from 20. This will help people add more emoji and it'll be useful for those who have longer names.
Nantucket, Massachusetts is going to receive its backup power from a large installation of Tesla Powerpacks, which will store enough energy to support the region's 11,000 permanent residents and 40,000 seasonal visitors. Nantucket was exploring battery solutions.
For people who don't quite need all of the significant power that comes with Tesla's performance-centric driving modes, the company has rolled out a "chill" mode. When enabled, it offers a "gentler ride" due to its smoother and "more gradual" acceleration.