Apple seeks legal chief for Europe

Apple seeks legal chief for Europe

Apple is recruiting for a top-flight legal representative for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The successful candidate will be the first Apple legal rep the company has hired for the region. The post is for a new general counsel for EMEA, a report on Legal Week claims.

The general counsel will “bolster the tech company’s legal function outside the US,” the report explains.

Apple currently faces pressure from Nordic consumer representative agencies and some European governments over their claims that it ties customers into its iTunes/iPod franchise by refusing to license the FairPlay digital rights management system it applies to music it sells online.

Sleeping Dogs: Wheel of Fury DLC screens out, shows Cars, Bikes and Explosion

Sleeping Dogs: Wheel of Fury DLC screens out, shows Cars, Bikes and Explosion

Square Enix has released first screenshot upcoming Sleeping Dogs DLC titled as “Wheel of Fury”. We have the screenshots below for you take a look. It seems like Wheel of Fury DLC will be all about cars, bikes and explosion.

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New Valkyria Chronicles will be shown at the TGS 2010

New Valkyria Chronicles will be shown at the TGS 2010

Although SEGA had already registered the domain could be just a red herring, but now no doubt that Valkyria Chronicles will continue.

The mystery now is whether it will on PS3 as its first delivery or for PSP like the prequel which is about to hit stores in Europe.

The new teaser site SEGA open today leaves no doubt about it. Apart from the picture there is only one text that calls upon the September 16, the day that presumably will be presented at the Tokyo Game Show.

Valkyria Chronicles, screenshot, walllpaper, PS3,PSP

Trion Worlds: Support Doctors Without Borders | RIFT | Defiance

Trion Worlds: Support Doctors Without Borders | RIFT | Defiance

Buy in-game items to help support Doctors Without Borders.

Now is your chance to grab a new cool item in Defiance; until May 31st, you can buy a Doctors Coat for $8 with all proceeds going to support Doctors Without Borders. Your character can look amazing in their new lab coat while helping out others–what else can you ask for?

If you can spare the extra money, the doctors needs all the help they can get. With many people worldwide sick and unable to afford medicine for supplies after disasters, a lot of the time these doctors are their only hope.

* Trion Worlds, Inc. will donate $8 USD from the sale of each new Defiance Lab Coat to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), worldwide (excluding Alabama, Massachusetts, and Mississippi), between 12:00am PDT May 1, 2014 through 11:59pm PDT May 31, 2014. This contribution is not tax deductible. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization located 333 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001-5004.

Trion Worlds is also doing something similar with RIFT. When you buy a RIFT Lab Coat or Doctor’s Bundle, they will donate $5 to Doctors Without Borders.

All Defiance and RIFT Doctor items are now available in their in-game store.

Read more at Defiance and RIFT.

HTC Vive pre-orders are now live

HTC Vive pre-orders are now live

Today is HTC Vive pre-order day for those who plan on being an early adopter of not only the VR headset itself, but VR as a whole.

Pre-orders for the HTC Vive are now live on its official website, but be sure you have the $800 you’ll need to place your pre-order. While the price may seem a bit high, we think it’s actually priced appropriately for what’s offered.

HTC offered some new details regarding the Vive just last week during Mobile World Congress. It revealed the headset would allow the wearer to communicate with the outside world by syncing to their phone, allowing them to respond to both incoming and missed phone calls, receive text messages, and more.

The headset also includes a number of improved features first introduced in the Vive Pre. This includes updated wireless controllers with haptic feedback and dual-stage triggers, a front-facing camera, a redesigned headstrap, and an improved visual system.

The HTC Vive is scheduled to release in early April 2016.

Report: God of War IV announcement this Friday

Report: God of War IV announcement this Friday

According to report from NeoGaf, Sony will announced God of War IV this coming Friday at Destination Playstation event. The source of this news according to NeoGaf is a recent question and answer session between a fan and Candaian Retailer FS Gamer.

God of War 4As soon as this question answer tweet catch the eyes of fans, Canadian Retailer FS Gamer has deleted it from Twitter. We left it to you to decide whether to trust FS Gamer or not on all this.

Check out the Tweet Below (Click on Image to Enlarge):

God of War IV Tweet

Note: Canadian Retailer FS Gamer is the same source that leaked the recent Little Big Planet Kart racing earlier today.

Now what you guys think?, do let us know in the comment section below.

Source: NeoGaf

Hitachi axes 400 hard-drive staff

Hitachi axes 400 hard-drive staff

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST), the business created by the merger of the hard-disk drive manufacturing units of Hitachi and IBM, is to lay off about 400 workers.

The company hopes to achieve some of the staff cuts through a voluntary redundancy program for which 450 employees are eligible. Those employees have until November 29 to decide, the company said. It expects around 40 per cent or 50 per cent of those eligible to accept redundancy which will take the company about halfway to its reduction target.

The remaining cuts will be made through the firing of staff in a program due to begin on December 13, it said. Staff at the receiving end of the involuntary layoff program will receive redundancy pay, medical benefits for an unspecified period and support to find a new job, said the company.

The company said the layoffs are part of continuing fine-tuning of the integration of the hard-disk businesses of IBM and Hitachi. It also said the hard-disk drive industry is very competitive and requires “very aggressive cost structures.”

Hitachi paid just over $2 billion in late 2002 to IBM to accomplish the combination of the two companies’ hard-disk drive technology units. Hitachi holds a majority 70 per cent stake in HGST and IBM holds the remaining stake.

Apple UK offers 6-month 0% finance deal

Apple UK offers 6-month 0% finance deal

Apple Financial Services is offering a special six-month interest free deal on new Macs until January 8.

The “Celebrate more, pay less” deal means UK customers can buy a qualifying Mac over six months (paying one-sixth of the purchase cost each month for six months) with no interest charged on the deal, which is available from November 18.

Qualifying systems include the iMac, Mac mini, iBook and PowerBook. Financing is available through Apple’s online and high street stores and from participating Apple Authorised Resellers.

In order to qualify for the offer, customers must be be able to win approval for the financing deal from MBNA Europe Bank Limited, which makes the final decision on financing.

Cebit tech show looms

Cebit tech show looms

Cebit organizers anticipate that half a million visitors will descend on Hanover, Germany later this month for the giant European tech trade-show.

New products in areas such as high-speed networking, voice-over-IP, storage and smart mobile phones are expected.

Jorg Schomborg, managing director of Cebit Worldwide said: “Even if many clouds are still in the sky, we see signs that the ICT worldwide markets are entering a new phase of recovery and development. Our message today is that we are out of the tunnel – or as they say in our industry, there’s a light at the end of the fibre.”

Cebit runs from March 18-24, occupies 26 halls and will host 6,300 vendors from 66 countries, Schomborg said. The opening speech will be given by Sony president Kunitake Ando and German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

After several false starts, VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) is expected to assert itself at this year’s show. Just this week, Nortel unveiled Wi-Fi handsets, access points and other gear that lets users make voice calls over IP networks.

Mobility will also be a major theme this year. Nokia, Samsung and other big phone makers are expected to show-off new smart phones with cameras and features that take advantage of high-speed GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) networks.

Wireless developments

Demand for wireless data services is driving the need for access points, handsets and notebooks that combine support for GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications), GPRS, EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) and Wi-Fi in a single product. “Several new technologies in this arena will be shown,” an industry observer said.

Two upcoming wireless technologies, Ultrawideband (UWB) and WiMax, will also be pushed at the show, with prototypes on show from a handful of vendors.

UWB, which is expected to hit the market next year, could clear up the mess of wires in most homes by shuttling digital files between PCs, video cameras and other devices up to 30 feet apart and at data rates of up to 480Mbps. A battle over standards between Motorola and a group of vendors led by Intel may slow its development.

Small form-factor PCs that take advantage of smaller components will be on show, including consumer models that have personal video-recorders, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and high-end components for gaming.

“The small form-factor desktop is finally here,” an analyst said. These desktop computers “are not so much new, but what you’ll see are plentiful numbers of them.”

Infamous: Second Son "Floating Truck" Glitch Is Amazing, Perfect Example Of Physics Engine Going Haywire

Infamous: Second Son “Floating Truck” Glitch Is Amazing, Perfect Example Of Physics Engine Going Haywire

A pretty hilarious glitch has just been discovered in Sucker Punch’s Playstation 4 exclusive title, Infamous: Second Son. Its titled as “Floating Truck” glitch and was discovered by Facebook user ANthony Roman Wartiner.

Infamous: Second SonYou can watch the footage of the glitch HERE. The truck floats into the air, and when Delsin destroys it, it starts jumping in a pretty hilarious manner. This is a perfect example of what happens when a physics engine goes complete haywire, the end results like this.

Did you come across any other hilarious glitch in Infamous: Second Son. Tell us in the comment section below, it will be better if you capture the glitch and share it with us.

Infamous: Second Son is out now on retail shelves exclusively for Playstation 4. According to reports from our friend at Insiderp, thanks to successful launch of Infamous: Second Son, PS4 worldwide sales figure has crossed 7 million mark.