Digital Music Forum East coming up in just a few days, it's time for some news to shift towards the audio industry. We usually expect big names to show up to the event and this year CEA's President Gary Shapiro is also expected to make an appearance, complete with a fire-side chat about his latest book, . It's also the time of year where we see big things happening with some of the major players in the field.
Well, after rumors at
International CES about a possible acquisition, audio hardware manufacturer Audiovox wanted to get into the mix and bring themselves back to life as a serious name in the music world as they announced this week that they were going to officially buy out high-end speaker company Klipsch for $166 million, as well as brands Jamo, Mirage, Energy and Athena. Klipsch will end up being a subsidiary of Audiovox.
For more on what this means, click the break.
Over the past couple of weeks, Facebook has rolled out some new changes like it seems to do without warning, rhyme, reason or usefulness. Aside from the one cool ability that we use on our
Fan Page, everything else that's been changed seems to just further the frustration and proof that Facebook may not be here in a few years.
One of the things you may or may not have noticed just yet is the "sponsored stories", where Facebook takes the Check-ins from Places -
which you shouldn't be using anyway - and turns them into advertisements. Because your friends' profile pictures show up as part of those ads, the idea is that you'd be more inclined to relate, be interested and click on the ad. This also applies to any Likes from websites that have the Facebook Like system integrated into their content.
Facebook is trying to spin it into a good thing but the effects from this could be disastrous. For more on Facebook farming your friends' favorites for fortune, follow the break.
In a time where their primary competitor, Hulu, is suffering from
financial loss, a failed launch of a new service and possible restructuring, Netflix is on the other end of the see-saw. If the company in red were to have a Gamerscore, it'd have to be over 9,000 as Netflix keeps breaking records and getting new achievements, one after another.
Reports have come in that after their fiscal year ending on December 31st, Netflix has eclipsed the $2 billion mark in total revenue, at $2.16 billion, which is 29% higher than last year's numbers. The company also raked in $160 million in net income, up $45 million from last year.
Those are pretty impressive numbers. To see how else Netflix was awesome last year, follow the break.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has certainly made a lot of news since he left Microsoft and took over the company in September of last year. Little to none of it has been received well by the industry, or at the very least the market. This week, his latest announcement once again shook the tech world when he and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that they had formed a partnership that would see Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 take over as Nokia's chief operating system on future handsets.
Up until now, Nokia has used primarily their own OS, Symbian, on their phones. They have also been working on
MeeGo, a partnership with Intel, which is a supposed to be the most user-friendly operating system ever. We knew something might be a little fishy when we learned a few weeks back from PhoneArena that Nokia might have scrapped the N9, which was to be the first device running MeeGo. Now, it appears, Nokia has changed their tune and plans to invest their time and money into WinPho7.
To find out why everyone is in an uproar about this, hit the break.
It wasn't long ago that rhythm games were the talk of the town. The leader of the craze was
Guitar Hero, a silly game where people stood in front of their televisions and pushed primary colored buttons on a fake plastic guitar. It seemed like no one should have cared, but almost everyone did. You couldn't go to a friend's house without seeing one of those guitars next to the TV. As Jon announced earlier, however, the franchise has now been disbanded.
Unfortunately, 9 mixes of the game in,
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock sold as little as 89,000 copies total. This compared to the 1.4 million copies of Guitar Hero III that were sold opening week and it's no wonder Activision has cut the franchise loose. But, what happened? Dance Dance Revolution has had many more than 9 mixes, and somehow that franchise has survived well over a decade, whereas Guitar Hero is dead in just 6 years.
Hit the break for some ideas on what went wrong.
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Kevin Butler is the fictional Sony employee that is the spokesperson for the PS3's "It can do everything" marketing campaign. There's a good chance you've seen some of his work but if you think the PS3, Sony and/or Kevin Butler are figments of my imagination then
check here to see him in action. Unfortunately for Sony and Butler the fake employee made a very real and funny mistake.
Hit the break to find out who, why, and how.