News Posts by Seth Fitzgerald

Amazon Brings Echo Devices, Alexa To Japan

Amazon's Echo smart speakers and its Alexa digital assistant are now available in Japan. Consumers in the country can purchase the Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot beginning today. Alexa will be available for users and developers have access to Alexa Skills.

iOS 11 Adoption Slower Than Prior OSs, Is At 52%

Apple has updated its operating system adoption figures, revealing iOS 11 is now installed on 52% of devices. Though that means it's rolling out pretty fast, it's actually lagging behind prior versions. In a similar period of time, iOS 10 reached 60% and iOS 9 reached 67%.

GTA V Sales Pass 85 Million

Over 85 million copies of Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V have now been sold, publisher Take-Two announced this week. It mentioned the game's new milestone in a quarterly financial report. That sales figure is up from 80 million in May of this year.

Google Chrome Fighting Website Redirects

Google is taking measures to combat abusive redirect practices with updates to Chrome. The browser, in versions 64 and 65, will fight back against redirects and "trick to click" links that are used by malicious site creators to misleadingly bring traffic to sites.

Blue Note 8 Soon Available In US

Samsung will begin selling a blue version of the Galaxy Note 8 in the United States. The new "Deepsea Blue" model is reaching AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon on November 16. You'll also be able to get it from Best Buy retail stores, bestbuy.com, and from Samsung's website.

Uber, NASA Partner On Flying Taxi

Uber and NASA are working together on flying taxi technology, with the ridehailing company creating software for managing flying taxi routes. The tech will be the airborne counterpart to Uber's software for managing its regular transportation service.

Niantic Working On A Harry Potter Game

Niantic, the developer behind Pokemon Go, is reportedly working on a Harry Potter game called "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite." The mobile game is significantly "influenced" by Ingress, an augmented reality experience somewhat like Pokemon Go that Niantic launched in 2012.

US Court Orders Sci-Hub To Shut Down

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has received an entirely favorable ruling in its case against Sci-Hub, a pirating site for scientific papers. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia sided with all of the plaintiff's requests, including demands for damages.

Telltale Games Cuts Workforce By 25%

Telltale Games is restructuring and it's laying off 25% of its workforce as a result. The studio, which is known for series like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, says 90 people will lose their positions. It's decided to reduce its staff so that it can be "more competitive."

PUBG Has Sold 20M Copies

More than 20 million copies of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds have now been sold, creative director Brendan Greene announced on Twitter. All of those sales have occurred just since March 2017, when the game became available on PC through Steam Early Access.

Twitter Brings 280 Character Limit To Everyone

Twitter began introducing its new 280-character limit in September, with a select group of users joining a test of the new feature. Now the social network is rolling out the updated character limit to all of its users around the globe, meaning 280-character tweets are staying.

Apple Supplier Wistron Expanding Indian Operations

As Apple experiences a significant increase in revenue in India, one of its suppliers for the region is announcing an expansion of its operations. Wistron, which assembles iPhones, will grow its operations in India with a new manufacturing facility. It's looking for a location.