Apple will reportedly release its long-rumoured iWatch alongside the iPhone 6.
Chinese analysts C Technology (via G4Games) claim that the smartwatch could make its debut next October.
A source told the publication that Apple is currently testing two prototypes of the device.
It's also claimed that the iWatch will come with wireless charging of up to one metre away.
Past speculation has suggested that the wrist technology may get a flexible OLED display.
A team of around 100 people are believed to be working on the product, one of whom is Nike Fuelband consultant and renowned fitness trainer Jay Blahnik.
NBA 2K14 is the best-selling next-generation sports title to date.
Figures from the NPD Group suggest that the 2K Sports basketball game is the first NBA-themed title to achieve the feat at the beginning of a new hardware generation.
"NBA 2K14 was the best-selling sports video game on next-generation consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and was the number four best-selling next-gen game overall," said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.
After releasing for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in October, updated versions launched alongside the new consoles last month.
New features include revamped controls and 1080p visuals running at 60 frames per second.
NBA 2K14 is out now on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One and PS4. iOS and Android editions are also available.
Samsung has failed to convince a South Korean court that a sales ban should be imposed on Apple's iPhone and iPad devices on the grounds of patent infringement.
The Galaxy platform holder claimed that products including the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPad 2 violate several of its licenses, but Judge Shim Woo-yong did not agree and threw the case out.
The patents in question included multitasking, message notifications and the way a device displays multiple messages from the same source, The Washington Post reports.
Samsung previously sued Apple successfully in the same court, securing $35,000 (£21,000) in damages for the Cupertino firm for patent infringement.
Apple has also earned $24,000 (£14,000) as a result of Samsung's own patent infringement in the South Korean market.
Samsung is said to be considering lodging an appeal against the latest ruling.
Twitter has changed its policy on user blocking in order to combat retaliation on the social network.
Previously, blocking someone meant they were unable to see your activity and you were unable to see theirs.
However, blocked users are now able to follow, retweet or favourite tweets from an account they've been blocked by (unless that account is protected), but they won't be informed they've been blocked.
The blocker won't see any retweets, favourites or mentions from the account they've blocked and they won't appear in their followers list.
Twitter spokesperson Jim Prosser said that the social network changed its policy on blocking to tackle the anger users feel knowing they've been blocked.
"We saw antagonistic behaviour where people would see they were blocked and be mad," he said.
Prosser added: "Twitter is public, we want to reinforce that content published in a public profile is viewable by the world."
A note on Twitter's updated Help Centre reads: "If your account is public, blocking a user does not prevent that user from following you, interacting with your Tweets, or receiving your updates in their timeline.
"If your Tweets are protected, blocking the user will cause them to unfollow you."
Digital Spy has reached out to Twitter for comment.
Earlier on Thursday (December 12), Instagram launched a Twitter rival with its Instagram Direct service, a method of sharing photographs and videos with specific groups of people and individuals.
Previously users could only share content with their entire network, but the new system enables them to send pictures and video footage to up to 15 friends of their choosing.
Dec 04 2013
Nike is allegedly planning to launch a new smartwatch next year.
The sports company will release a successor to the Nike+SportsWatch and Fuelband SE devices in the first six months of 2014, according to Digitimes.
The publication claims to have heard from supply chain sources that the device is currently undergoing testing at Flextronics.
It is unclear whether the wearable product will be a follow-up to one of Nike's existing watches, or an original smartwatch.
Nike rival Adidas recently launched its debut smartwatch in the shape of the miCoach Smart Run, a device that supports iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 hardware.
The firm last launched an update to its Nike+SportsWatch in 2011.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will surpass their predecessors before the next generation of consoles arrive, Take-Two has suggested.
The firm's chairman and CEO, Strauss Zelnick, said he expects the newly-released consoles to outgrow the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in five years.
"I'd specifically say yes because it appears that - and this is largely anecdotal but tablets are a good example - all these new iterations of more and more exciting hardware seem to have picked up in velocity generationally compared to five or 10 years ago," said Zelnick in an investor presentation (via GamesIndustry International).
"But if we had a big market meltdown, for example, a repeat of '08 and '09 in three years, or two years, or two minutes, that would influence it.
"But if this economy stays on this track, yeah, I feel good about it."
Rockstar Games, which is wholly owned by Take-Two, launched Grand Theft Auto 5 in September for PS3 and Xbox 360.
The open-world game is one of the most successful releases of the year, with more than 29 million units shipped in under two months.
Dec 03 2013
BlackBerry's new CEO John Chen has reassured its enterprise customers that it intends to carry on in the mobile market.
In an open letter, Chen revealed that BlackBerry is going back to its roots and will refocus the business's resources through its restructure.
"Our 'for sale' sign has been taken down and we are here to stay," Chen wrote, mentioning BlackBerry's recent investment from Fairfax Financial as a sign that the business is not doomed to failure.
The CEO also described reports of BlackBerry's death as "greatly exaggerated".
"We're going back to our heritage and roots - delivering enterprise-grade, end-to-end mobile solutions."
Chen went on to say that the smartphone maker will target four areas: handsets, EMM solutions, cross-platform messaging and embedded systems.
Former CEO Thorsten Heins stepped down last month as the takeover plan was scrapped.
In October BlackBerry posted another open letter telling customers it was making "the difficult changes necessary to strengthen" the company.
The PlayStation 4 has sold 2.1 million units worldwide, Sony has announced.
Sony's Andrew House made the announcement on the PlayStation blog, thanking fans for their vote of confidence.
"PS4's North American debut on November 15 was PlayStation's largest ever, with more than one million gamers picking up a PS4 in just 24 hours," House revealed.
"Now, with PS4's global launch expanding to a total of 32 countries worldwide, including Europe and Latin America, I'm proud to announce that more than 2.1 million PS4s have been sold.
"I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence."
House said that the company plans to introduce new features and services to the PS4 in the coming months and years.
"The best part: the PS4 journey has just begun.
"In addition to an incredible lineup of PS4 games from the best developers in the world, we will continue to introduce valuable new features and services to PS4 in the months and years ahead.
"While PS4's capabilities will continue to evolve, our commitment to gamers and breakthrough entertainment remains steadfast.
"We believe that video games represent the pinnacle of artistry and entertainment, and we will work tirelessly to make sure that PlayStation remains the best place to play."
Yesterday it was revealed that the PS4 had broken an eight-year UK sales record held by the PSP.
Sony UK managing director Fergal Gara recently predicted that the PlayStation 4 could have a shorter lifecycle than the PlayStation 3.
Recent reports also suggested that the console's cloud streaming service would launch throughout the UK in 2015.
Samsung has denied reports that its Galaxy Gear smartwatch has only sold 50,000 units since launch.
The tech giant dismissed the figures quoted by Business Korea, insisting that the device has moved close to 800,000 units, Reuters reports.
However, it was previously claimed that the Galaxy Gear is seeing a 30% returns rate at US retailer Best Buy.
Samsung is adamant that sales of the smartwatch have exceeded its expectations, and has pledged to introduce sales promotions for the Christmas period.
The Galaxy Gear was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 at launch, but has since introduced support for devices including the Galaxy S4, S3 and Note 2 via a software update.
Samsung is already believed to be working on a second-generation version of the device.
Nov 20 2013
A new PS4 system update will be released later today (November 20), Sony has announced.
Described by Sony's Eric Lempel as a "minor update", it is said to improve system stability and refine the user-interface.
"With this minor required update, stability of system software has been improved," Lempel explains.
"In addition, minor refinements to elements of the system UI (such as clearly indicating when a user downloads a game and a game patch at the same time) have been introduced."
The PS4, which launched in North America on November 15, sold more than one million units in 24 hours.
Sony recently issued a statement addressing reports of problems with the PlayStation 4 hardware.
A small number of users have reported problems with blinking blue lights and faulty HDMI ports.
Priced at £349, it will be available in Europe from November 29. Amazon expects it to become the UK's fastest-selling console, overtaking temporary record holder, the Xbox One.