Destiny has become the biggest new gaming franchise in history, publisher Activision Blizzard has claimed.

While specific sales numbers have yet to be revealed, it has sold a combined $500m through to retailers and digital stores, and has become the highest-selling day one digital console release ever.

"Based on extraordinary audience demand, retail and first party orders worldwide have exceeded $500 million for Destiny," said CEO Bobby Kotick.

"This industry milestone marks another blockbuster success for our company and demonstrates our unique ability to create some of the most successful entertainment franchises in the world.

"The success of Destiny, along with the recent introduction of Blizzard Entertainment's Hearthstone, is further validation of our unique capabilities to create great entertainment franchises from the ground up."


Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg added the company is "more confident than ever" that Destiny will become one of this generation's most "iconic" franchises - and the firm's next billion dollar brand.

"Since the beginning, we've been confident that our investment and belief in Destiny would pay off. But not many people believed we'd be able to say it did so on day one," he said.

"Most importantly, it's just a great game which we can't stop playing. A big thanks to our incredibly talented team and partners who helped make this happen; most importantly, our partners at Bungie."

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Sherlock Holmes will appear in the new Ace Attorney game, it has been revealed.

According to Japanese website Game Jouhou (via CVG), Holmes will appear opposite Phoenix Wright's ancestor Ryuunosuke Naruhodo in the upcoming release.

The Baker Street detective will also be joined by an 8-year-old female version of Watson.

Releasing on 3DS, The Great Ace Attorney will take place during Japan's Meiji period, approximately 100 years in the past.

The game will be the first in a new series, and will look and feel quite different to past Ace Attorney games, according to series creator Shu Takumi.

Detective elements were introduced in Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, which made its European debut earlier this year. The game combined the courtroom elements of the Ace Attorney series with Layton's puzzle solving.


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Microsoft will replace abnormally loud Xbox One consoles, it has been revealed.

The company has encouraged users to visit Xbox Support if they believe their console is too loud.

"We have heard that a small number of Xbox One owners in some situations may hear a noise from the console that is too loud," a Microsoft spokesperson told Kotaku.

"While this does not affect the safety or functionality of the system, we're asking customers who believe they are experiencing this issue to contact Xbox Support.

"At the request of our customers, we are exchanging those consoles for new systems."

Microsoft issued the statement after an increasing number of users posted noise complaints on the Xbox forums.

The Xbox One makes its debut in 28 new countries this month, including China, Israel, India, Korea, Singapore, South Africa and Taiwan.

It will be the first Microsoft console to launch in China since it lifted its 14-year ban on foreign consoles.

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Microsoft is planning to purchase Mojang, it has been suggested.

The firm is in "serious discussions" regarding an acquisition of the Minecraft developer, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The deal is reportedly valued at over $2 billion and "could be signed as early as this week".

Bloomberg reporter Dina Bass also claims that Microsoft is in "serious talks" to buy the Swedish developer, adding that Minecraft won't be exclusive to the manufacturer's platforms if the deal goes through.

"Microsoft is indeed in serious talks to buy Minecraft maker," she said on Twitter.

"Source tells us Minecraft would remain cross-platform if deal is done."

Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson previously urged Microsoft to "stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform", going as far as to suggest that Minecraft would not be certified for the platform.

The sandbox title is available on a slew of platforms, including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iOS and Android devices.

It recently hit Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Google is paying out at least $19 million to settle a lawsuit over unauthorised in-app purchases in the US.

The complaint came from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after it emerged that some families were hit with bills of hundreds of dollars due to Google Play transactions their children made without permission.


Google was adjudged to have violated the organisation's guidelines on fair trading by billing parents for charges racked up by their children.

Although the web giant has altered its policies on in-app payments from the early days of the Android store when no authorisation was required, the FTC ruled that more must be done to inform users how much they are paying.

The FTC has ordered Google to warn customers about how much they are spending and inform those stung by unauthorised purchases how to obtain a refund.

"As more Americans embrace mobile technology, it's vital to remind companies that time-tested consumer protections still apply, including that consumers should not be charged for purchases they did not authorise," said FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez in a statement.

Google issued its own statement assuring users that further policy reforms are now in place to offer more transparency about in-app charges.

"We're glad to put this matter behind us so we can focus on creating more ways for people to enjoy all the entertainment they love," the firm added.

Google is not the only tech giant to be hit with a lawsuit over in-app purchases, with Apple settling its own dispute early this year and Amazon vowing to fight similar FTC allegations.


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Barclays has announced that it is launching a finger scanner to help improve the security of its online banking services in the UK.

The company has partnered with Hitachi to make use of the firm's Finger Vein Authentication Technology, which scans vein patterns rather than fingerprints.

The scanner will connect to a computer via USB and grant customers access to their accounts when they press their finger against it, eliminating the need for a user name or password.

Vein-scanning technology is more secure than its fingerprint-based counterpart, as it requires the user to be alive and pumping blood, so severing somebody's finger is not an option.

"We have shown the technology to a range of businesses and the interest and enthusiasm for the product is tremendous," said Ashok Vaswani, CEO of Barclays' personal and corporate banking division.

"The technology has also been tested by Hitachi for many years, and it will be game-changing for UK businesses and consumers."

The finger scanner will be available to Barclays corporate users from next year, with the firm yet to announce plans to offer it to personal bankers.

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Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone handset on September 9 in Cupertino, California, where the company is headquartered.

As with previous events, the iPhone maker is set to live stream the event online to selected devices.


Apple has already opened up its live stream page on its website, teasing the launch of a "special event" that could include a wearable.

Users hoping to watch online can tune in if they have Safari 5.1.10 or later on Mac OS X 10.6.8, or Safari on iOS 6.0 or later.

Those with an Apple TV can also watch live, provided they have a second-generation or third-generation set-top box with version 5.0.2 or later.

The event kicks off at 10am PT (6pm UK time) and Digital Spy will be blogging all the latest coverage as it happens.

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Apple has come under scrutiny in the past week, after a massive breach of iCloud led to nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities being leaked onto the internet.

Apple CEO Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal that the company were stepping up their security to prevent other users from falling victim to hackers.

Cook confirmed that various iCloud accounts were compromised after the hackers correctly guessed security questions to gain access to passwords. He stated that none of the Apple ID's and passwords were leaked from the company's servers.

The extra security Cook talked about included alerting users via email or push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to another device or when a device logs into an account for the first time. Cook said that these notifications will start going out in the next two weeks.

Cook admitted that Apple could have done more to alert people to the dangers of hackers and the importance of having a strong password.

He also stated that Apple will broaden its use of two-factor authentication.

"We want to do everything we can do to protect our customers, because we are as outraged if not more so than they are," Cook said.


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Twitpic has announced that it will close down later this month.

The picture-hosting service said that it has been forced to close following pressure from Twitter over a trademark application.

In a blog post, the company explained: "A few weeks ago Twitter contacted our legal demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API.

"This came as a shock to us since Twitpic has been around since early 2008, and our trademark application has been in the USPTO since 2009."

After explaining the history of Twitpic's attempts to obtain a trademark, founder Noah Everett added: "Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours. Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic."

He then ended the statement with a "personal note", thanking users "for letting us be a part of your life and helping you share your experiences over the past 6 years, it's truly been an honour.

"I have learned so much through running Twitpic over the years. Through the many mistakes I've made and lessons learned, to the bad days and the great days. Thank you again everyone…I will miss and cherish the days of Twitpic we had together."

The service will officially close on September 25, but a photo export feature will be released in the next few days.

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Harmonix is reportedly working on an interactive music app for the Samsung Gear VR device.

According to Polygon, the Rock Band studio is developing Harmonix Music VR, which generates a variety of audio-visual experiences.

The app reportedly creates musically responsive environments, which change depending on the song.

Harmonix confirmed plans to support the Samsung Gear VR device earlier this week.

The firm is also working on Chroma, Fantasia: Music Evolved and Amplitude.

More recently, the firm unveiled a game called A City Sleeps, which is a music-driven shooter for PC and Mac.

Unveiled at the current IFA consumer tech show, the Samsung Gear VR headset lets users insert a Galaxy Note Edge or Note 4 into the front of the device for a wireless virtual reality experience.

It will launch with approximately 100 apps, including a space shooter and a Cirque du Soleil performance.

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