OnLive sold to new company, OnLive, amid layoffs: the full story
OnLive, the popular streaming gaming company, has been sold to a “newly-formed” enterprise amid controversy and accusations of mismanagement. Although there is clear evidence of mass layoffs, company spokespeople have said that nearly half of employees will be re-hired by the mysterious new venture, which will be called OnLive as well. Although the meaning behind the changes is unclear, OnLive says that service will continue. Below is the full story, from the earliest rumors of the reshuffle, to the latest, breaking news on the upheaval.
Nintendo to reveal new Wii U details on September 13th in New York
Nintendo will hold an all-day event in New York City next month to reveal more about its next generation video game console, Wii U. On Thursday, September 13th, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will host a press briefing to reveal “more about how the Wii U will change the future of gaming and entertainment,” according to an invitation sent to Polygon.
Sources close to Nintendo tell Polygon that a Wii U launch date and price are likely to be announced at the event. Hands-on game play with Wii U software is promised.
Nintendo held a similar event in New York in January 2011 where Fils-Aime announced the launch date and price of the Nintendo 3DS.
At E3 2012, Nintendo committed to a Wii U launch in North America by “holiday 2012.”
Amazon Glacier Promises Storage as Low as $.01 Per Gigabyte
Amazon on Tuesday rolled out Glacier, a cloud service that charges as little as $0.01 per month per gigabyte for storage.
The company is able to achieve the low costs by optimizing the service for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are acceptable. The price compares to the roughly $0.10 per GB and $0.12 per GB that Google and Amazon are charging, respectively.
Amazon is positioning Glacier as an inexpensive option for companies that don’t need constant access to their data. “Use Amazon Glacier if low storage cost is paramount, your data is rarely retrieved, and data retrieval times of several hours are acceptable,” Amazon advises. Though Amazon is positioning Glacier as a low-cost alternative to its S3 cloud service, the company plans to “introduce an option that will allow customers to seamlessly move data between Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier based on data lifecycle policies,” in coming months.
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Gozer: Poetic Nexus 7 replacement, The Raid Redemption, Sleeping Dogs, Ninja Turtles reboot figures
The Geek’s Choice: OSX Mountain Lion Pros & Cons
One pro & one con from Aaron & Gozer:
Pro: Liking Notification Center
Con: Feels like a “.0” release – Needs some bug fixes (Mission Control & Launchpad bug)
Pro: Airplay Mirroring & Better overall performance
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