Is the PS4 era over?. Speaking, PlayStation boss John Kodera outlined the company’s three-year roadmap and it seems the console, which has sold 79 million units since its launch in 2013, is not going to be part of it. This is largely due to declining sales which is, Kodera notes, typical of the usual profit- and life-cycle of consoles. It does also suggest a new console might be on its way — likely the PS5 — but Kodera didn’t give away any specifics.
However, he did note that the company plans to “crouch down” until March 2021, which might be when we see a new offering, although it’s likely he’s alluding to an expected slowdown in profits until that time, while the company fortifies itself against the drops in fortune it’s seen with other console generations. Its online services are doing well to bridge that gap, though. Playstation Plusgrew by 60 percent in the two years leading up to April 2018, and the company plans to capitalize on that by adding new games and creating exclusive game franchises to further boost numbers.
The whole statement is largely designed to reassure investors that all is well, and it is, save for PSVR and Vue, both of which are performing below expectations. Again, no specifics on how PlayStation plans to tackle that beyond “increasing user engagement”, but Kodera seems unfazed, noting that the company will aim for more “realistic” growth in the coming period.
The PS4 (RIP) hit the shelves just eight months after it was announced, while the PS3 took 18 months to arrive following its announcement. So how long we’ll have to wait for the next PlayStation console is anyone’s guess. It’s clear, though, that official announcements won’t be made for a while — maybe even a couple of years — but as long as the company can stick to its current trajectory, it’s definitely on its way.
Mercedes Benz Accused Of Using Car Tracking Software On Their Cars
If you thought privacy issues end on social media then you might have to think again. Top Auto brand Mercedes Benz has been accused of using car tracking software to monitor drivers who use their cars.
The secret car tracking sensors, were all built into all new and used motors sold by the firm’s dealers, to enable them pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location.
Mercedes Benz Using Car Tracking Software
Mercedes has refused to say how long it has used the sensors and has insisted the sensors are only activated in “extreme circumstances” — when certain customers have defaulted on payment.
However it has admitted to sharing car owner information and vehicle location details with third-party bailiffs and recovery firms who repossess the cars.
British Ex cabinet minister David Davis has called for extensive investigation into the matter.
According to Davis, “This is not the first time big business has behaved like Big Brother — but it’s rare to be quite as deceitful as this, I have to question whether it is even legal to pass on information to other people such as bailiffs. I would think the relevant minister ought to look very closely at the legality of this procedure.”
British Human Rights Group, Liberty said Mercedes’ actions were disturbing and part of the “creeping growth of surveillance”.
Legal experts have also raised concerns. According to a legal practitioner, “Modern technology means our ability to keep personal information private is under threat like never before.
“Organisations that handle personal data need to be completely upfront about what they are doing. That Mercedes appear not to have been so in this case is concerning. Its customers may start to worry about what other personal information the company may be gathering, then passing on.”
Personally, I have always said that privacy in the 21st Century is more or less an illusion. Just when you think all your data is secure, then it hits you. Mercedes isn’t the first to do this, however their rivals BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen have all denied that they do similar tracking.
An investigation by The Sun months ago revealed that Amazon staff can listen to Alexa recordings of British couples rowing, discussing private family matters — and having sex.
Yes you read that line, having sex. I haven’t seen something as obnoxious and bizarre as listening to conversations and sex at the same time. I don’t know the perverted employees Amazon has employed but it’s not acceptable.
According To Mercedes Benz , the said sensors are not used to permanently track customers or access real time data. “When a customer chooses to finance the purchase of their car this way they sign a contract and agree to the location sensors in the car being activated in the event that they default or breach their agreement.
“This clause in the finance contract is in bold print, just above the customer’s signature.
“Locating the car is part of the repossession process and is not permanently tracking customers.
“It is only activated in exceptional circumstances where the customer has breached their finance agreement and repeatedly failed to reply to requests to contact us.”
Nevertheless, It’s actually good if you can track your car on your own terms and luckily I know a good car tracking service.
iTunes is going to be shut down officially
After almost two decades of service, Apple is reportedly dumping iTunes.
It first started off as rumors, but now it is going to be made official at WWDC in just a few hours.
Before this, you might have noticed that the Instagram and Facebook page of iTunes has had a slight change.
Posts on both pages has been entirely deleted – Apple’s move at shifting away from iTunes links, I guess.
Before this, there has been separate apps for music on its mobile devices, however, not available for Mac OS.
Relating to that, there is supposedly going to be an announcement for three separate apps for its music, TV and podcasts, and hopefully they’ll also be available for Mac Books.
We’ll just keep our fingers crossed for this and other big announcements at WWDC.