The PlayStation 4 gaming console sold 1 million units just 24 hours after its release in the U.S. and Canada.
The news will have delighted executives at Sony, who are placing big hopes in the console to kick-start a revival of its consumer electronics business. The head of Sony Computer Entertainment, which oversees the PlayStation, has said that "sales remain very strong in North America."
"We expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America on November 29," he said. more >>
The Galaxy S4, Moto X and Galaxy S3 prices have been discounted at RadioShack just in time for the holiday season shopping, and for anyone who was interested in these devices before but was unsure of making the financial commitment, the latest reductions might just be enough to tempt a purchase.
Customers can buy the Galaxy S4 with a new two-year contract from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon for just $49.99 through the high street retailer. The Galaxy S3 is offered for free on-contract through these same three carriers, the Moto X price has been cut down to just $19.99 with a new two-year contract from Sprint, and the LG G2 will cost just $39.99 with a new agreement on Verizon.
The LG G2 and Moto X deals can only be accessed on the web. The Galaxy S3 and S4 offers are available in store. RadioShack is also offering a $10 coupon for every $50 spent in one transaction from November 17, 2013 to January 1, 2014. more >>
Samsung rolled out a new software update for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch this week that fixes some of the issues users were having.
The device now has full notification support for any Android app which includes social networks, weather apps, email apps among others. In order to have this ability users must update the software to the latest build which is V700XXUAMJ.
The Galaxy Gear launched in an unfinished manner as users encountered various problems with it including the fact that it was only compatible with the Note 3 at first. It was also hindered by limited apps and a faulty notification system that has finally been corrected with the new update. Samsung hopes to resolve these issues before consumers completely count out this device from working efficiently. Future software updates should include more fixes for other issues. more >>
Grand Theft Auto 5 became the top selling video game for the second straight month, selling 1.1 million copies.
The game, developed by Rockstar, made $800 million on its first day and hit the $1 billion mark by day three. According to the NPD Group, those sales accounted for 15 percent of the games sold in October. GTA 5 sold 29 million copies globally in its launch month.
"The title received stellar reviews, shattered entertainment industry records, and has already sold-in nearly 29 million units to date," said Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick according to Joystiq. "The extraordinary success of Grand Theft Auto V illustrates the positive momentum in our business and consumers' enduring appetite for the highest-quality interactive entertainment." more >>
A new viral YouTube parody of Ylvis' hit song "The Fox" showcases the hard work of a farmer while mocking pop culture. "What Does the Farmer Say," produced by farmer Derek Klingenberg, has garnered 1.6 million views as of Friday.
Opening with the same tune and words as "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)," the new video quickly digresses to cultural themes, economic troubles, and the government shutdown before building up to the chorus on farming. "Dog goes woof, cat goes meow, twitter goes tweet and my phone goes 'beep.' Miley twerks, Katy [Perry] Roars, and the [Kansas] Chiefs go 'touchdown.' Si [of Duck Dynasty] goes quack, the Dow goes crunch, and the government shuts down, but there's one sound that no one knows, what does the farmer say?"
Just as "The Fox" humorously suggests sounds for the fox to say, "What Does the Farmer Say?" presents some sounds that introduce a modern audience to the apparently by-gone world of farming. The first sound tells viewers of the hard work farmers do to put food on people's tables – "work, work, work, work, work, work, work." more >>
Jason Caston, an internet church developer at T.D. Jakes' The Potter's House of Dallas, spoke on the importance of ministries using social media platforms and the ability that it gives churches to reach the masses when used to its maximum potential, during day two of 'The Nines' virtual conference on Wednesday.
"What would your church look like if you could reach 10, 20, 40, 100,000 more people than you're currently reaching?" asked Caston during his five-minute message, the standard length of time leaders speaking during the conference. "That's the opportunity that social media has given us."
Caston is also the author behind iChurch, a book that explains how digital technology can advance a ministry online. Since coming onboard to The Potter's House, Caston has led a social media team that reaches more than 3 million connections through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest. more >>