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Nintendo's profits aren't good

Nintendo has been making headlines for their involvement with Pokemon Go, however, the rest of their business isn't having the same results and has resulted in a $48 million dollar loss in the last quarter. Nintendo doesn't have much on the horizon that has investors excited and isn't getting the profits from Pokemon Go that people assumed they were thanks to those profits being split with the games developers. Engadget has the details on Nintendo's less than stellar quarterly results.

Despite Nintendo's attempts to lower expectations ahead of announcing its financial results, its latest quarterly earnings aren't good. At all. Net sales are down 31 percent compared to the same quarter last year, down to 62 billion yen ($587 million). Meanwhile, it saw an operating loss of 5.1 billion yen (roughly $48 million). Nintendo managed to sell 220,000 Wii Us, nudging the total number of consoles sold over 13 million, while the aging 3DS notched another million sales. Despite the company owning parts ofPokémon Go, it isn't reflected in the earnings, as the game was released after the quarter that ended in June.

Why Verizon bought Yahoo

The Yahoo "will is sell or not" saga ended last week with Verizon dishing out just under 5 billion for the internet pioneer. The biggest question was why Verizon? Other names had been floating around but in the end Verizon wanted Yahoo and was willing to spend the most. Basically what it comes down to is Verizon wants users, and while Yahoo doesn't have as many users as they once did, they've still got users and that's worth something. The BBC has their thoughts on why Verizon wanted Yahoo so badly and tries to justify the price tag.

That hand-holding portal was at one point worth a staggering $125bn. Today, it was sold for $4.83bn (£3.7bn) to US mobile network Verizon.

That's a remarkable amount of money for a company whose name has become shorthand for online businesses falling from grace. Last quarter, Yahoo lost $440m. It may have made its name by helping us make sense of the web, but it's long been clear that other companies do that job far better, and make much more money doing it.

But Verizon won't care about that. They want eyeballs. Bums on seats. People through the door… and on that measure, Yahoo delivers. Collectively, around a billion people flow through Yahoo's sprawl of web properties at least once a month.

1 Billion iPhones

Apple has hit the 1 billion sales mark with their iPhone lineup. While the iPhone sales have been slumping lately anytime you sell 1 billion of anything it's still impressive. CNBC has the story.

Apple has sold the billionth iPhone, CEO Tim Cook announced at an employee meeting in Cupertino, California, on Wednesday.

 

"iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day," Cook said in a statement.

Cook said that the billionth iPhone was sold last week.

WTU Episode #367 - Death to the VCR (Finally)

We have just posted up Episode #367 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the VCR is dead, Apple and  Nintendo have less than stellar weeks, and the Yahoo saga is finally over. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.

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Nintendo NX is a Tablet with Detachable Controllers (Maybe)

Rumors have been flying around as to what the Nintendo NX console actually is. Nintendo says it's a new way to play games, and I immediately assumed that it was going to be VR. As time has marched on, it appears that it could be more of tablet with detachable controllers. Think of it as a console-less Wii U controller with removeable nunchucks...sort of. More details will be leaked soon I'm sure, but in the meantime, check out the link below for all we know.

It's not the first time cartridge-based media has been mooted for NX. Back in May, eagle-eyed fans spotted The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's trademark included cartridge-based games. This was a change from Nintendo's usual wording for home console trademarks, which only refer to digital downloads and discs.

Source: Eurogamer

BlackBerry's New Android Phone is Secure

BlackBerry has been slipping in market share for a while now and they are trying different things to get back in the game. I think the Passport and the Priv were good attempts, but they came 2-4 years too late. Their latest phone - the DTEK50 (codenamed Neon), claims to be the most secure Android device ever - and not only is it secure, it's actually affordable. Make sure you check it out and the link below.

BlackBerry's leaning heavily on security features to sell this phone; primarily that means a hardened kernel, a hardware "Root of Trust," full disk encryption, a more secure bootloader and a bunch of other features designed to keep you feeling safe. The end-to-end encryption provided by that Root of Trust ensures only authenticated devices can connect to an organization's network, which should help it appeal to its intended business audience.

Source: Engadget

Dota 2 Breaks its Own Prize Pool Record

Last year Dota 2 set a prize pool record by giving away an astonishing $18,429,613 worth of prizes and this year they have crept past the last years total with just over $18,537,000 worth of prizes - and there are still funds and prize money rolling in. If you want to be an eSports athlete, there is actually some money to be won - but you'll have to spend a lot of hours in your parents basement practicing.

The company provides $1.6 million of its own money each year to get the ball rolling, which it then augments with sales of in-game perks, quests, and cosmetics to fans and players of the game. Dota’s consistently rising prize pools are thus just an expression of its enduring and growing popularity. In 2016, Valve has stepped up the sophistication of its enticements for players to buy so-called Battle Passes and Compendiums, staging strategically timed weekend sales and setting stretch goals that tempt people into buying more levels to unlock more cool loot.

Source: TheVerge

Microsoft Trying to Break Steam

Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform sounds like a good idea, but it has the makings of a disaster for anyone else that wants to sell games to Windows 10 users. Tim Sweeney, co-founder of Epic Games, hates the idea as future Windows 10 updates could close the platform and make programs like Steam and Origin useless. Everything would have to be sold through the Windows Store - making Microsoft a ton of money and running everyone else into the ground. I don't think it will get that far, but I'm sure Microsoft would like to try.

"There are two programming interfaces for Windows and every app has to choose one of them," he said. "Every Steam app – every PC game for the past few decades – has used Win32. It’s been both responsible for the vibrant software market we have now, but also for malware. Any program can be a virus. Universal Windows Platform is seen as an antidote to that. It’s sandboxed – much more locked down."

Source: PCGamer

Which iPhone is the most Fireproof?

Are some of the older iPhone actually more durable than new iPhones? Apple seems to try and make things tougher with each generation, and one guy trys to find out which one can handle being on fire the longest.

 

$239 Tablet Boots WIndows and Remix OS

If you can't decide if you want an Android tablet for simplicity, or maybe you want a Windows tablet for productivity, you don't actually have to pick one. With the new Chuwi talebt, you can have both - in one unit. This little machine dual-boots Windows and Android and can run applications written for either OS. It actually has pretty decent specs for the price - which is set at a mere $239. It's not a bad choice, but I have a feeling that 99% of the time you'll just boot to Windows.

Here's where the two versions differ: the Vi10 Plus that comes with Remix OS alone has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage; the model that dual-boots both Remix OS and Windows 10 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Aside from that, the two models are identical.

Source: Neowin

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