China suspended its ban on the importation and sale of video game consoles yesterday, and the announcement caused Nintendo's share price to increase by more than 10.7 percent in Japan today, reports Reuters.Shares of Nintendo stock jumped 10.76 percent to 15,850 yen, while the Nikkei average rose 1 percent. Sony stock also increased in Japan, rising 1.39 percent to 1,825 yen. A Nintendo representative told Reuters that the company's opportunities in China now that the console ban has been suspended are still unclear.
Kickstarter launched its year in review site for 2013 today, revealing some new figures that reaffirm its position as one of the largest and most successful crowdfunding platforms.Campaign organizers raised $480 million from 3 million people on the site last year, which worked out at roughly $1.3 million each day, or $913 every 60 seconds. Over 800,000 backers pledged money for at least two projects, while roughly 81,000 supported more than 10. Only 19,911 projects reached their funding target, however.Backers spanned 214 countries and territories across all seven continents, including Antarctica. For comparison, Kickstarter took just shy of $320 million in pledges from 2.4 million backers throughout 2012.
Yahoo has announced that it has acquired Aviate, the makers of an intelligent home screen service for Android smartphones. The move is geared towards helping the company create a more “contextual knowledge” search.First revealed by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, the move will see Aviate play an important part in the company’s overall Android experience. It’s said that Yahoo’s vision is to make home screens smarter, more personalized, and aware of a user’s content.
Nokia has been building its own Android phone, codenamed "Normandy," and the first examples of its user interface are now starting to emerge. Evleaks has posted an image of Nokia’s custom Android implementation, with three examples of how the smartphone maker has tweaked the UI. A Skype app can be seen running on one device, and the phone dialer from Viber and a lock screen with a notification center are shown on the other devices.The UI appears to be a mix of Asha and Windows Phone elements, with hardware support for dual SIM. It's still unknown whether Nokia’s Android device will ever be released
Vizio announced its first lineup of 4K TVs yesterday, but there was no word on price. Surprisingly enough, the company has already broken its silence on the matter — its consumer-grade P series lineup of 4K TVs will start at only $999.99 for a 50-inch model. The top-end, 70-inch model will go for $2,599.99, making Vizio's series the most affordable we've seen yet. While Polaroid announced a $999 4K TV, its quality leaves a lot to be desired — but that's not the case with Vizio's models, according to The Verge
File-sharing service Droplr announced last week that it was putting an end to its free accounts, and today it is officially transitioning to a paid-only service with a 30-day free trial.The company has taken the wraps off its new paid plans — Droplr Lite and Droplr Pro. Each plan will include unlimited storage, unlimited uploads, and a current file size limit of 2GB, with support for larger file sizes to come in the near future.Droplr Pro costs $9.99 per month and offers additional features over Droplr Lite, which costs $4.99 per month.