Now, to be fair, there are various Google projects that had a narrow, but devoted fan base (App Inventor, Wave, Buzz.) However, while Google’s internal metrics may say it’s not worth keeping the lights on at Reader, the fact that Google Reader’s closure globally out trended news of a new pope suggests the service was very widely loved and used. Huge read counts like my own came up in blog and forum discussions about this news all over the web. For many people, Reader was how they took in the internet. Even forum posts were pushed through RSS for the most extreme Reader users, and even more social platforms like tumblr blogs were often fodder for Reader rather than the social service itself. Beyond that, the fact that Google had all that information means of all their ways of data-mining people for better ad information, Reader had to be painting some very detailed pictures, so the idea they couldn’t monetize the service seems just plain wrong. They have 175 thousand data points on just me from what I’ve read. Twitter only has a couple thousand tweets, and a lot of that isn’t links to full articles from sites that themselves have very clear profiles.
Hmm…. Now why would they acquire a Research and Development center?
The PlayStation Vita has been updated to system software 1.60 today and we have the full changelog.
The Berlin based publisher and developer Infernum announced today the start date of the closed beta for its sandbox shooter, Brick-Force. Selected players will be able to experience the sandbox shooter starting February 28th. The open beta and official release of the online game will follow in the spring.(more…)
Starting on February 4th 2012, players will be able to jump into the world of TERA and those who have a special access key will be able to experience the thrill of true action combat. Keys will be distributed by various media outlets in Europe, and through the official TERA community website http://community.tera-europe.com. The sneak peek will run on Saturday and Sunday from 3PM CET to midnight on both days. After the sneak peek has finished, accounts will be wiped in preparation for the closed beta tests.(more…)
Exclusive Magic Piano, Kirby TV and Star Wars content available for free in 3D, on your Nintendo 3DS™
With all the terrible missteps of the most recent generation of gaming it’s sometimes hard to remember the awesome stuff that the 360, PS3 and Wii have brought us. My favorite of the bunch has to be, hands down, Achievements. While the updated graphics, the addition of Netflix and Hulu, and the great push for downloadable games are all great stuff; it’s trophies and achievements that really first captured my attention.
From today, shops across Europe are stocking a slice of spine-tingling survival horror for you to experience on-the-go: Resident Evil Revelations is out now, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS.
The Capcom Super Pack is on sale for Plus members and Scarygirl makes its way to the store in this week’s PlayStation Store update!
Connecting your Nintendo 3DS to the internet has never been easier
The beautiful looking racing game is still scheduled to hit the Wii U…(more…)