After dismal earnings, Disney announced Thursday that it's laying off one quarter of its gaming and Internet division -- that's about 700 people, according to the Associated Press.
The cuts are in the company's Interactive unit and will most likely affect people who work on Disney's social games, according to the AP. The layoffs also come with discontinued games like Sorority Life and Tap Tap Revenge.
The restructuring was "difficult but necessary given our long-term strategy focused on sustainable profitability and innovation," Disney told the AP.
Disney put most of its Internet properties into … Read more
Gamorrean Guards serving school lunch? Students trying to master the Force? Alien poetry tests? Writer and artist Jeffrey Brown's New York Times best-seller "Jedi Academy" gets a sequel with "Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan" from Scholastic, due to hit stores on July 29.
When the book's main character, student Roan Novachez, returns to Jedi Academy for a second year, he thought it would be easier. But his problems are just starting. He's not the expert pilot he hoped he'd be. He's feeling more distant from his friends. And when bullies … Read more
Ubisoft's Ubi Art engine, which allows hand-painted art to be transferred directly into a game, has tremendous potential, and we've been waiting with bated breath for Child of Light, a single-player or cooperative two-player fantasy adventure about a fairy princess who wields a giant sword.
Ubisoft has announced that the game will be available as a digital download for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs starting April 30.
On the same day, a special deluxe edition will be available from retail outlets.… Read more
The projects people have created with the Raspberry Pi are truly incredible. The low-cost microcomputer has been used to power home automation projects, servers, media centers, and many other do-it-yourself projects. One of the coolest projects is called Retro Pie, which transforms the Raspberry Pi into a retro gaming console and gives you the ability to play classics like Super Mario Bros., Space Invaders, Sonic the Hedgehog, and many others.
The project is a little difficult and requires you to input various lines of code, but you should be fine if you follow these directions. If this is your first time with the Raspberry Pi, I suggest you check out my earlier article for more information about the device.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A man actually named Satoshi Nakamoto is most likely the founder of Bitcoin.
- Up Coffee is Jawbone's solution for America's caffein addiction.
- This couple broadcasts all their fights on Twitter.
Ever since Netflix and Comcast announced an interconnection agreement aimed at improving streaming performance for Netflix users, commentators have been trying to read the tea leaves to determine what -- if anything -- this deal says about the future of the Internet and network relationships.
A few, including Dan Rayburn on Seeking Alpha, have hailed the agreement as a sign of the continued health of this largely unregulated market. (According to the multinational Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, more than 99 percent of interconnection deals are so straightforward that they're agreed to without a written contract.)
But most … Read more
Growly-voiced musician Tom Waits has never been shy about name-checking places in his song lyrics. He left Waukegan at the slammin' of the door, walked from Natchez to Hushpukena, and got a telephone call from Istanbul. Now all those spots are gathered in one place online. Waits fan Jonas Nordström has created an interactive world map of locations mentioned in Waits' songs.
You can explore the Tom Waits Map via the map interface, through an alphabetical list of place names, or by an alphabetical list of songs. A top-level glance at the map shows how Waits is prone to writing about certain areas of the US and Europe, while South America and Africa are pretty much left out. Greenland is also devoid of mentions.… Read more
Following Dish Network's lead, DirecTV is in discussions with Walt Disney to offer the media giant's content as part of an Internet-based offering, the satellite TV provider told Reuters.
The licensing discussions are part of a programming pact that would replace a contract set to expire in December, Reuters reported. The deal is reportedly similar to an agreement announced Monday that gives DirecTV rival Dish the right to stream video, live and on demand, as part of an Internet-delivered television service.
"The deal and terms are not unexpected as the Dish contract was the most recent in … Read more
To everyone's dismay, the future has not actually arrived. Folks, hoverboards are not real.
At long last, actor Christopher Lloyd of "Back to the Future" fame conceded Wednesday in a Funny or Die apology video that the strange and still confounding online viral campaign promoting a working hoverboard was indeed a hoax, throwing in the towel on what has been a drawn-out, exhaustive social-media time suck for the last 24 hours.
HUVr, the company purported to be behind the groundbreaking new technology, is fake, as are its "Back to the Future"-inspired hoverboards. The effort … Read more