As always, Japanese firm Media Create has released its weekly sales data. This week’s trove of information covers the week from April 9th through April 15th, and has been translated by Andriasang .
18 April 2012 Last updated at 20:35 US publisher John Wiley & Sons is demanding a trial by jury of people accused of copying its books. Papers filed in New York and revealed by the Torrent Freak news site said four defendants were involved
18 April 2012 Last updated at 17:32 Scientists are pioneering the use of 3D printers to create drugs and other chemicals at the University of Glasgow. Researchers have used a £1,250 system to create a range of organic compounds and inorganic clusters – some of which are used to create cancer treatments. Longer term, the scientists say the process could be used to make customised medicines
Judging by the number of high-profile German headphone manufacturers like AKG, Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, and Ultrasone, it’s clear the Germans have a greater affinity for designing and manufacturing headphones than any other country in Europe. The Signature Pro ($1,299) is one Ultrasone’s top-of-the-line models and its sound quality reflects that pedigree. Unlike many high-performance headphones, its clarity shines just as well at home as it does paired with a mobile music device.
18 April 2012 Last updated at 13:00 Yahoo’s chief executive has confirmed plans to shut down dozens of products that are not seen as core to the firm. Scott Thompson announced the move to analysts following the firm’s latest financial report. He said he had asked: “How would we build Yahoo from the ground up if we were building it from scratch today?” As a result he said it would be “shutting down or transitioning roughly 50 properties that don’t contribute meaningfully to engagement of revenue”
Following the roaring success of the first IGN Pub Quiz ( read all about it here ), we’ve commissioned a sequel, and as with all sequels, it promises to be bigger, better, and even more awesome than its predecessor! The IGN Pub Quiz 2: Quiz Harder will be taking place on the evening of Wednesday May 2nd, at a central London location, so if you want to put your games, movies, comics, TV and geek culture knowledge to the test in exchange for some amazing prizes, then here’s all the info you need to submit your team. Spaces at Pub Quiz 2 are strictly limited so if you’d like to enter a team (minimum 4 people, maximum 6), please email your details – including the full names of all your team members and your team’s name – to UKComps@IGN.com with the subject line Pub Quiz 2. Please send your team details before Friday April 27th
18 April 2012 Last updated at 11:19 A cross-party parliamentary inquiry into how safe children are online has concluded the government and internet service providers need to do more. It found that children were easily accessing pornography and websites showing extreme violence. The inquiry called on the government to back moves for stronger filters of adult content.
18 April 2012 Last updated at 11:09 Twitter has announced plans to put its patents in the control of the engineers and designers behind the innovations. It said the move would mean it could only launch offensive intellectual property lawsuits with their permission. It added that the action would still apply to staff who left the company.
A year or two ago, a good portable Bluetooth speaker would cost you $150 to $200. Since then, as more companies move into the space, the price has been dropping and now you can do quite well for $100 or less
Shadowloo Showdown 2012 – a two-day fighting game event featuring all the major fighting games, big prize money up for grabs, and top players from all over the world – will hit Melbourne, Australia on May 4. Registered players and pros will duke it out in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur V, King of Fighters XIII, Street Fighter X Tekken, Skullgirls and more