Nintendo on Monday pulled the plug on the original Wii, a modest end to the best-selling console of the current generation. The company hinted at the move earlier this month, and it has officially followed through with a simple posting of the words "seisan shuuryou," or "production ended," on its Japanese Web site.
The Wii, the first video game console to make motion control mainstream, was considered an underdog when it first hit store shelves in 2006. It didn't sport high-definition graphics -- an exclusion that made it the butt of many Sony and Microsoft fanboy jokes -- and skepticism was the order of the day for its apparent indifference to the hard-core gaming community and for its eagerness to rope in fitness junkies and families. But it went on to both outsell the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with more than 100 million units sold worldwide. … Read more
The relationship between HBO and Netflix has been less than cordial, but now the streaming provider may have a leg up.
Netflix may have ended the third quarter with 30 million paid US subscribers, analyst firm Needham & Co. revealed to Bloomberg on Monday. Market researcher SNL Kagan told Bloomberg that HBO ended the quarter with 28.7 million paid US subscribers.
HBO and Netflix have butted heads since the latter started up its streaming service. Netflix had hopes of bringing HBO programming to the service, but HBO has balked at such a move, deciding instead to go with its … Read more
Game spending in the US was up considerably in September, thanks to the wildly popular Grand Theft Auto V.
Total game spending in the physical channel, which includes game discs, hardware, and accessories, hit $1.08 billion in the United States last month, research firm NPD reported Thursday. The spending was up 27 percent compared to September 2012, when consumers laid out $848 million in the US.
Chances are you've taken one or two (or a dozen) selfies in your day. And if you're like the majority of selfie-snappers, your digital self-portraits have probably involved pointing a smartphone at yourself and hoping you manage to capture both your nose and mouth in the same frame.
Then there's Alexander Porter, who took a selfie involving a digital 3D scan of his face, unfurled in pastel moving images like a pillowey landscape canvas.
He's one of 19 emerging artists whose short-form videos engaging with the "selfie" medium appear in the "National #Selfie Portrait Gallery," a curated installation that opened Thursday at the Moving Image Contemporary Video Art Fair in London. … Read more
As expected, the next-day-TV streaming site Hulu has named a Fox executive from its board to be its permanent chief executive.
Mike Hopkins has been the president of distribution for Fox Networks Group since 2008 and has been a Hulu director since 2011. He replaces Andy Forssell, a longtime Hulu exec who is leaving the company. Forssell served as acting CEO since March and has worked on Hulu's content and distribution side since 2007, the year the site was founded.
Hopkins' hire, following a $750 million infusion from Hulu's owners instead of a sale of the company, puts … Read more
VideoImageProcessor for Mac lets you upload any MOV video file into the application interface and convert it to JPG images based on a predefined number of frames per second. The application only performs one task but it does so without any hiccups.
The installation of VideoImageProcessor for Mac takes only a couple of seconds. After you launch the app you can access its interface via the Menu Bar or using CMD-I. To start the process, you select the video you want to convert, choose between five available options for the number of frames per second, and then pick the folder … Read more
Air Video Server HD for Mac makes it easy for you to watch your favorite videos streamed from your Mac computer on an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Apple TV. This fantastic application installed quickly on our test Mac and detected and played videos on our iOS devices without any delays or errors.
If you have videos on your Mac computer, then you know how hard it can be to share and view them on your other devices such as iPhone and iPad. Air Video Server HD for Mac streamlines this process by eliminating lengthy conversion and file transfer processes, … Read more
Google updated its YouTube app for iOS yesterday. On the surface, the update doesn't look like much, but it includes an important new feature: the ability to change the quality of the video you are watching. Instead of leaving it up to Google, you now have control over video quality when using the app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod -- provided you are on Wi-Fi. (Should you be brave enough to watch YouTube on a cellular connection, the quality is left to the whims of Google.)
After updating the app, you'll notice that a small button with … Read more