PlayStation 4 has sold 30 million units in two years

first_imgPlayStation 4 has sold 30 million units in two yearsSony maintains relentless pace with another 12 million consoles sold in 2015 so farMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 25th November 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleSony Computer EntertainmentSony has now sold through more than 30 million consoles around the world, further reinforcing its position as the generation’s leading console.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games To be precise, the figure released by Sony today is 30.2 million units worldwide, which means Sony has sold 12 million PS4s in less than a year.Sony launched the PlayStation 4 in November 2013, so those 30.2 million sales have arrived in around two years with only a small amount of momentum lost along the way. But what of the Xbox One? Microsoft has mentioned on several occasions that its console is outperforming the Xbox 360, and yet one has to reach deep into the archives to find the last official figures: 10 million shipped back in November 2014. MIcrosoft has continued to highlight smaller victories – outselling PS4 on a given month in the US, for example – only without the benefit of an update to the bigger picture. In October this year, the company said that it would no longer reveal Xbox hardware sales in its financial reports, choosing to focus on engagement metrics related to Xbox Live instead.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNew PlayStation update adds USB storage and cross-generation Share PlayPS5 owners will be able to save game data onto an external drive, but the games won’t be playable from thereBy Danielle Partis 29 days agoPS3 was “a stark moment of hubris” – LaydenSony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios chairman reflects on last generation’s missteps and how the company changed course for PS4By Brendan Sinclair 2 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Sweet treats

first_imgTeacher Henriette Fritz, principal Sharon Willis and teacher Tasmin Heuvel with the giant heart. Boundary Primary School in Bonteheuwel hosted a Valentine’s Day programme on Tuesday February 14. The parents got in on the fun, when they donated cupcakes, which was used to form a giant heart-shaped cake. 1 of 2 Teacher Henriette Fritz, principal Sharon Willis and teacher Tasmin Heuvel with the giant heart.center_img The giant heart could provide cupcakes to many happy pupils at Boundary Primary School.last_img read more

BREAKING: City issues statement about weekend incident involving CVB director

first_img RelatedCVB director resignsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] February 26, 2015 Rachel Flores, director of the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, has submitted a letter of resignation effective March 31 of this year, according to SPI Public Information Officer Adrian Rodriguez. Flores tendered her resignation to City Manager Bill…February 27, 2015In “News”Two vehicle crash injures fiveBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] March 23, 2015 Two vehicles collided on Padre Boulevard just before 7:30 p.m. Sunday, injuring five people. The vehicles, a 2004 silver Ford Focus, and a taxicab, were both traveling northbound when the taxi struck the Focus, according to a statement released by the…March 23, 2015In “News”Police respond to BikeFest stabbingBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] South Padre Island Police responded to an area near the SPI Convention Center Saturday after receiving reports of a disturbance at BikeFest. “There was an argument between a couple of groups,” Island Police Chief Randy Smith said earlier this week. Four men were…February 24, 2017In “News” PRESS Staff ReportFebruary 6, 2015The City of South Padre Island issued a press release Friday describing an incident involving SPI Convention and Vsitors Bureau Director Rachel Flores. The statement is reprinted below, and also included as a viewable PDF file here: SPI Press Release 2015-Kelly’s Disturbance The statement fails to explain why Flores was taken home in a taxi cab. The PRESS will have more on this ongoing story as it becomes available.South Padre Island, TX – February 3, 2015: On Sunday, February 1st, SPI PD was called out to a disturbance at Kelly’s Irish Pub on the corner of Morningside and Padre Boulevard. Three police vehicles responded to the incident. As the disturbance was being broken up, many patrons were leaving the establishment due to the incident. Upon completion of the investigation, the officers suggested that both subjects take a cab home. Joshua James Sturgeon (Age 31) and Brian Robert Rayner (Age 34) left in separate taxis. Patrol units were parked up and down the street while answering the call. While trying to leave and maneuver around multiple police and patron vehicles, SPI Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Director Rachel Flores (Age 36) backed up from the Surf’s Up parking lot and bumped the front driver end of a patrol unit parked in the middle of the street. According to the accident report Ms. Flores will be held responsible due to backing out without safety and driver inattention.Officers evaluated Ms. Flores to check on her well-being. She was given a field sobriety test and detained in the back of a police unit while the accident report was completed. The lead officer on duty made contact with Chief Randy Smith and was advised that there were very minor damages to both vehicles. Based on the facts given at the time, Chief Smith told the officer to make an accident report and see that Flores makes it home safely. After the accident report was taken Ms. Flores took a cab home. It is not uncommon for subjects to be detained in the back of a patrol car while information is being processed.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

Facebook Connect: Coming Soon to a Site Near You?

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos rick turoczy 1 Facebook Connect – the service that allows developers to access Facebook data from outside of the Facebook chrome – has been met with both cautious optimism and healthy skepticism. And with good reason. The service holds the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with social sites the Web over. At the same time, it gives Facebook access to a great deal of information about how users interact with other social sites. To date, the sites allowed to use Facebook Connect have been few and far between. But that may soon change, given today’s announcement that Facebook is accepting more developer submissions.Like its chief competitor Google Friend Connect and more recent entrant Yahoo! Open Strategy, Facebook Connect offers developers access to a number of baked-in features that can both save development time and enhance the Facebook experience for users by leveraging data that already exists within Facebook. ReadWriteWeb’s Sarah Perez explained the offering this way:“Through the seamless Facebook Connect integration, sites can access your Facebook account details and friend graph and move that data back and forth between their site and Facebook. For example, people commenting on a blog using the Moveable Type platform will be able to login via Facebook Connect.”How long until we see more sites?Another similarity between Facebook Connect and Google Friend Connect? Both services have put developers in a “hurry up and wait” stance, as the features have only been accessible to a select few.This announcement, however, promises to increase the number of sites leveraging the platform, so long as those sites comply with Facebook Connect policies. But how many sites and when those sites will be live with Facebook Connect are anyone’s guess.Like the Apple App Store, Android Market, and other controlled offerings, the exclusivity surrounding Facebook Connect carries with it a certain amount of prestige. No doubt there are any number of developers who have already applied and are champing at the bit to be included in the next round of approved sites.While it will be interesting to see how many developers choose to submit sites for inclusion, it will be even more interesting to see whom Facebook chooses to approve. Related Posts center_img Tags:#Facebook#NYT#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

The Loss Prevention Research Council’s Initiative-Based Summit Format

first_imgOn March 29, the Loss Prevention Research Council collaborated with ALTO US, Cam Connections, and the Home Depot to host a Supply Chain Protection Working Group Summit in Atlanta, GA. Nearly 30 LP executives traveled to Atlanta to participate in the day-long research planning meeting hosted at the Home Depot distribution center.This marks the fourth such initiative-based “summit” format for the LPRC in the past six months, preceded by a Point-of-Sale Activation Benefit Denial Summit in the fall, a Robbery Summit in the fall, and a Violent Crime Summit in the spring. The format is unique in many ways. This article will discuss the Supply Chain Summit briefly in order to highlight the unique benefits of the LPRC Summit format.Goal of LPRC SummitsLPRC summits focus on generating actionable research projects through blue-ocean brainstorming and collaboration, followed by scrutinizing and focusing proposed topics on the criteria of logistic feasibility and adherence to standards of scientific rigor.- Sponsor – Example AgendaDuring the Supply Chain Summit, the morning session focused on existing research projects for the working group. Projects were either tabled or revitalized at the group’s discretion. A vote occurred just before lunch, with each attendee submitting the top two topics they’d like to discuss in the afternoon. The group then broke out into four project planning sub-groups around the four topics that received the most votes. The group came away with nine research projects that will progress through the year on the monthly Supply Chain Protection Working Group calls, with a finished project featured at the LPRC Impact Conference on October 2–4.Group DynamicOne unique aspect of the LPRC summit format is the collaborative and open nature of the forum. Retailers, often in direct competition, come together and work in tandem to brainstorm and problem solve. The collaborative presence of solution providers is also critical to maximizing group effectiveness, as was exemplified in this case by the presence of Avery Dennison. The topic of RFID in the supply chain, once raised by the Avery Dennison team, became the most highly voted topic of discussion for the afternoon session, benefiting from their area of expertise.Future MeetingsLPRC summits will continue to be a crucial part of the Loss Prevention Research Council’s overall strategy to facilitate collaboration and execute large-scale research projects. The next summit on the horizon is tentatively scheduled to occur in late July and will focus on food and drug/health and beauty care product protection and packaging innovation initiatives. Information about all LPRC Summits will appear in the LPRC Connect weekly email. To receive our weekly email, please contact operations (at) lpresearch (dot) org.Special thanks to ALTO for sponsoring the LPRC Supply Chain Summit and to the Home Depot for hosting the event. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Billboard Magazine, Est. 1894, Tries to Boost Its Digital Cred

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#music#web adrianne jeffries Related Posts center_img Billboard is best known for charts that rank the most popular music and musicians, which the weekly industry magazine started publishing in 1913 as a list of the most popular sheet music. Since then, topping the Billboard Hot 100 has become a coveted milestone for musicians, but the Billboard brand has lost some of its critical cache in recent decades, just as record companies saw their influence decline with the rise of the Internet. But it’s clear Billboard knows it will lose relevance fast unless it can establish itself as an authority on music and the digital frontier. Billboard Magazine recently published a cover story on the best ten music startups of 2010, and the company, which includes Billboard Magazine, Billboard Events and Billboard.com, is hosting its first “Music App Awards” at something called “Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live!: The Music App Summit.” Both lists, and the company’s careful emphasis on Billboard.com as an entity separate and edgier than its print product, seem like a play at securing Billboard’s reputation as the arbiter of what’s important in music today.Billboard’s Hot 100 and other lists are still coveted symbols for artists and labels. But the company has challengers on all sides from the iTunes and Last.fm charts as well as digital review sites like Pitchfork Media and Hype Machine. At least one company is challenging Billboard’s authority with a list it calls the Ultimate Chart that factors in more modern metrics such as ringtone sales and how many times a song is streamed. (Although this list proved less than earth shattering – see our coverage, Is Ultimate Chart Overhyped?)Billboard is ultimately a trade publication aimed at industry insiders – many of whom are groping for an authority on what’s popular after the record sales-driven revenue apocalypse. So it’s crucial for it to have an accurate read on what’s popular and therefore monetizable, and it’s not unthinkable that it might succeed. Billboard has innovated with its charts over the years and the company says single sales and online streaming are now factored into its rankings along with radio airplay and album sales. Billboard.com even tracks the top 40 “digital songs” as measured by paid downloads across genres. But this chart is arguably already losing relevance as more artists release their music digitally online for free.What do you think – can the 116-year old, mainstream company get its groove back in a time when most of the trends in music are in the direction of digital and underground? Are efforts like the Music App Awards smart – or doomed? 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Proposed Regulations Address Code Sec. 965 Transition Tax (NPRM REG-104226-18)

first_imgLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative. Proposed regulations provide rules for determining the Code Sec. 965 transition tax. These rules determine the inclusion amount of a U.S. shareholder of a foreign corporation with deferred foreign income. The tax imposed on the inclusion is referred to as the transition tax. The proposed regulations address the application of the transition tax and reflect previously issued guidance, with some modifications.These rules applybeginning with the last tax year of a foreign corporation that begins before January 1, 2018, andwith respect to a U.S. person, beginning with the tax year in which or with which the tax year of the foreign corporation ends.Comment: The document is currently pending placement on public display at the OFR and publication in the Federal Register. The version released may differ slightly when published.BackgroundGenerally, a foreign corporation’s earnings are not taxed to its U.S. shareholders until the earnings are repatriated as a dividend to its U.S. shareholders. If the foreign corporation earns certain types of income or invests in U.S. property, the U.S. shareholder may be taxed currently.To combat the incentive for U.S. shareholders to keep their earnings and profits overseas, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) enacted a one-time mandatory tax on the untaxed post-1986 earnings and profits of foreign subsidiaries of U.S. shareholders. Earnings held in the form of cash and cash equivalents are taxed at a 15.5 percent rate and remaining earnings are taxed at an 8 percent rate. The transition tax may be paid in installments over eight years.Code Sec. 965 Transition TaxSpecifically, the transition tax is imposed on U.S. shareholders who own 10 percent or more, by vote, of a deferred foreign income corporation (DFIC). A DFIC is any specified foreign corporation that has a positive amount of accumulated post-1986 deferred foreign income on one of two measurement dates, November 2, 2017, or December 31, 2017. U.S. shareholders include the domestic pass-through owners of a domestic pass-through U.S. shareholder. A specified foreign corporation is either a:controlled foreign corporation (CFC), orany foreign corporation in which a domestic corporation is a U.S. shareholder.For the last tax year of the DFIC beginning before January 1, 2018 (the inclusion year), the U.S. shareholder includes as subpart F income, its pro rata share of the greater of the greater of accumulated post-1986 foreign earnings of the foreign corporation on the measurement dates.Beginning in December 2017, the IRS released the following pieces of guidance that taxpayers could rely on when applying the transition tax:Notice 2018-7, 2018-4 IRB 317;Notice 2018-13, 2018-6 IRB 341; andNotice 2018-26, 2018-16 IRB 480.What Do the Proposed Regulations Cover?The proposed regulations provide:general rules and definitions, including general rules for determining the Code Sec. 965(a) inclusion amount, the Code Sec. 965(c) deduction, and rules for the treatment of certain specified foreign corporations as CFCs and certain domestic partnerships as foreign partnerships;rules for adjustments to E&P and basis;specific rules for Code Sec. 965(c) deductions;rules that disregard certain transactions when applying the transition tax;rules related to foreign tax credits that coordinate the transition tax rules and foreign tax provisions prior to repeal by P.L. 115-97;rules regarding elections and payments; andrules for applying the transition tax to affiliated groups and that treat all U.S. shareholders of a specified foreign corporation in a consolidated group as a single shareholder.Many of the rules in the proposed regulation are consistent with the guidance previously provided in the Notices. For example, consist with theNotice 2018-26, I.R.B. 2018-16, 480, the proposed regulations address the application of the constructive ownership rules that provide for downward attribution of stock from a partner to a partnership.Comment. The rules make it difficult to determine if a foreign corporation is a specified foreign corporation. Thus, stock owned directly, or indirectly by, or for, a partner is not owned by the partnership when the partner owns less than five percent of the partnership’s capital and profits interests.Rules Consistent With Earlier GuidanceSome additional rules in the proposed regulations that are consistent with the Notices include:rules that require that the status of specified foreign corporation as a DFIC be determined before its status as an E&P deficit corporation;cash measurement dates and pro rata share rules;rules addressing the treatment of derivative financial instruments for purposes of measuring the cash position of a specified foreign corporation;definitions of accounts payable and accounts receivable and loans treated as short-term, for determining the cash position of a specified foreign corporation;foreign currency rules, including that the accumulated post-1986 deferred foreign income of the specified foreign corporation as of each of the measurement dates must be compared in the functional currency of the specified foreign corporation and use of the spot rate for translating amounts taken into account;rules for preventing double counting the aggregate foreign cash position and preventing double counting and non-counting in computing deferred earnings for amounts paid between related parties and measurement dates;anti-avoidance rules disregarding certain transactions and rules disregarding certain changes in accounting methods and entity classification elections;rules on the Code Sec. 962 election for an individual to be taxed as a corporation; andclarification of the interaction between the transition tax and the previously taxed income rules.Rules for Making ElectionsAlso, the proposed regulations provide rules for making the following transition tax elections:the election to pay net tax liability in eight installments (Code Sec. 965(h));the election by an S corporation shareholder to defer a portion of net tax liability (Code Sec. 965(i));the election of a real estate investment trust (REIT) to defer tax (Code Sec. 965(m)); andthe election not to apply the net operating loss deduction (Code Sec. 965(n)).Because a domestic pass-through owner will take its inclusion into account, the owner may make the elections.Total Net Tax LiabilityThe term “total net tax liability” meansthe net tax liability with respect to a person,as if the person were a U.S. shareholder of all DFICs with respect to which it has inclusions.However, dividends excluded include dividends received directly or through a chain of ownership.Also, the rules provide for proration for underpayments of installments. This allows a deficiency or additional liability to be prorated among the installments in certain circumstances.Circumstances in which an installment payment will be accelerated are identified, including the sale of substantially all of the assets of a taxpayer and an event that results in a person no longer being a U.S. person. Additionally, an “eligible section 965(h) transferee exception” is provided if the acceleration event is eligible for the exception and the terms of the transfer agreement are met.Taxpayers may choose to apply the election and payment rules to all tax years as if they were final rules.Proposed Regulations, NPRM REG-104226-18IR-2018-158last_img read more

Highlights: Juventus 2-1 Genoa

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored a controversial stoppage-time penalty after Genoa went down to 10 men, as Juventus scraped a victory. Leonardo Bonucci’s header was cancelled out by a bizarre Christian Kouame mis-kick, which ended up wrong-footing Gigi Buffon. The game was decided in the second half, as first Francesco Cassata was shown a harsh second yellow card, then Ronaldo earned and converted a last-gasp spot-kick. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Johnny Unitas Award Twitter Account Blasts Ohio State Fan Who Mocked Connor Cook

first_imgJohnny Unitas Twitter account blasts Ohio State fans.Update: Based on this earlier tweet from the account, it appears Johnny Unitas’ son John Jr. runs it. It’s unclear if he was the one who tweeted back at the Buckeyes fan, but it is interesting. Thanks for having me on the show @ScottGShow1057 @Transamerica @120Sports @DunbarArmored @TheGrandBmore #winningqb https://t.co/iNNmYgSWE8— Golden Arm Award (@GoldenArmAward) December 9, 2015John Unitas Jr joined the show earlier to announce the 2015 @GoldenArmAward. Check out this years winner here: https://t.co/zcbofw9rbk— Scott Garceau Show (@ScottGShow1057) December 8, 2015Earlier: Today, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook was named the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the top senior collegiate quarterback. After the news emerged on Twitter, an Ohio State fan named Matthew Gaskill tweeted at the award’s official account and mocked Cook for his perceived slight of Buckeye legend Archie Griffin after the Big Ten Championship [email protected] Good thing Unitas isn’t around to be disrespected by @Connor_Cook03 @MSU_Football— Matthew Gaskill (@MatthewGaskill) December 8, 2015Gaskill’s tweet is actually pretty run-of-the-mill. But the response from the Unitas Award Twitter account was anything but. It has since been deleted, but we have a screenshot. unitas2Okay then. Not only did the person running the account use an aggressive response, they personalized it as well. See that “Stick to RE” at the end? That’s referring to Gaskill’s career in real-estate, which he mentions in his Twitter [email protected] Hey, intern. It wasn’t a knock on Unitas. If you followed football and the guy who won your award, you’d get the reference— Matthew Gaskill (@MatthewGaskill) December 8, 2015What a time to be alive indeed.last_img read more

Video: Two More Ohio State Players Lose Their Black Stripe

first_imgOhio State freshmen standing up at practice.Twitter/@OhioStateFBIn the latest Ohio State football video, two more Buckeye underclassmen officially “lose” their black stripes and become recognized as full-fledged members of the team.At OSU, freshmen must practice with a black stripe on their helmets until they earn their keep. Getting your stripe removed is a major milestone, which this Ohio State football video captures well.Today, on the final day of training camp, true freshman running back Demario McCall and redshirt freshman defensive end Rashod Berry shed their stripe. Both players earned the cheers and admiration of their teammates. Each gave a brief speech after Meyer called them up.Awesome way to end fall camp! Demario and Rashod welcome to the Bucks! pic.twitter.com/I4LEzOKILt— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 20, 2016During the week, freshmen quarterback Dwayne Haskins and first-year cornerback Rodjay Burns also had their stripe removed. They joined the first eight players who lost their black stripe earlier this summer or in the springtime.These eight have earned the right to be called Buckeyes. pic.twitter.com/1rPM18wKm3— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 13, 2016Congratulations to Demario and Rashod. Buckeye fans, who do you think will be next?last_img read more