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Nintendo Is Back in Black, Sony Abandons SoundCloud, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 08-05-2015

Nintendo makes money, Sony sounds off, Spotify chases video, Stan Lee loves YouTube, color-blind Chrome, and a video showing Siri being your mom.

Nintendo Makes a Small Profit

After several tough years in the red, things are looking up for Nintendo [PDF link]. Not only has the Japanese company registered its first annual operating profit in four years, it has announced plans to bring rides to theme parks operated by Universal Studios.

Nintendo made an operating profit of $207 million on $4.6 billion in revenue for 2014 (April 2014 to March 2015). These profits are lower than expected, but are still a profit nonetheless. Nintendo is also evolving with the market, with big plans to muscle in on the mobile gaming scene Nintendo Going Mobile – Good or Bad For Gaming? Nintendo has just done a 180 and announced that it will be creating games for mobile devices. What does this imply, and is it a good idea? Read More .

Before today, Nintendo last made a profit in 2011, riding high on the back of the Wii. Then it released the Wii U Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway Despite the increasing shift to mobile gaming, consoles are still very popular devices for playing immersive, graphics-intensive games; and that won’t change anytime soon as long as the major console makers continue to improve with... Read More , which failed to sell, leading to several years in the doldrums. The future is looking brighter though, in part because of the plan to bring rides to theme parks.

Details are rather thin on the ground, but Nintendo-themed rides will be coming to Universal Studios theme parks in the near future. Universal currently operates parks in the US, Japan, and Singapore, with further parks planned for China and Russia. So, a real-life Mario Kart, anyone?

Sony Pulls Music Off SoundCloud

Sony Music has removed songs by a number of its big-name artists from SoundCloud Music Lovers: Why Aren't You Using SoundCloud? Discovering a new artist, album or record label that corresponds with your tastes and expectations can be a rewarding experience. These golden discoveries can be few and far between and that’s where I turn to... Read More after a failure to reach an agreement with the streaming music service. Adele, Hozier, Miguel, and Kelly Clarkson are among the musicians affected, although it’s not yet clear whether this is a negotiating tactic or a more permanent problem.

As reported by Billboard, sources familiar with the negotiations are blaming Sony’s belief that there’s “a lack of monetization opportunities” on SoundCloud. But SoundCloud is maintaining that, “We are in ongoing conversations with major and independent labels and will continue to add partners to the program.”

SoundCloud does advertise while delivering content to users, but obviously not enough to assuage the moneymaking desires of at least one of the major record labels. Whether Sony continues to pull artists off On SoundCloud, or, even worse, whether other record labels follow suit, remains to be seen. But things certainly aren’t looking good.

Spotify Is Getting into Video

Spotify Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify is the biggest music streaming service around. If you're not sure how to use it, this guide will walk you through the service, as well as offer some crucial top tips. Read More is plotting a move into video, discussing potential partnerships with digital media companies. According to The Wall Street Journal, Spotify has approached several multichannel networks which specialize in creating content for YouTube.

It’s being suggested that Spotify wants to both acquire existing content and co-create more original content. Which strongly suggests the beginning of plans to create a streaming television service to sit alongside its insanely popular music streaming service.

This is surely the next logical step, but could Spotify really compete with the likes of YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu?

YouTube’s World of Superheroes

Legendary comic book writer Stan Lee has announced the YouTube World of Superheroes. This project, a joint partnership between YouTube Spaces and POW! Entertainment, is a project aimed at celebrating the genre while encouraging YouTube creators to create original content.

Creators will be invited to use facilities in LA, London, Tokyo, and New York, where they will use sets to film their ideas. The results will then be published on various channels through June and July. Some lucky creators will enjoy a script consultation with Lee himself.

Google Chrome Helps the Color-Blind

Google has released a Chrome Extension aimed at helping people with color blindness. According to François Beaufort, the extension, called Color Enhancer, offers “a customizable color filter you can apply to all webpages in order to improve color perception.”

While most people don’t ever consider the colors they’re seeing while browsing the Web 10 Dark Windows Themes & Skins To Reduce Eye Strain Do you struggle with headaches or irritated eyes? You may be dealing with eye strain. Computer screens can be glaringly bright, especially in the dark. Dark themes could be your free remedy. Read More , people suffering from color blindness certainly do. Color Enhancer lets sufferers choose the color scheme that suits them best, applying it across the Web regardless of the design of specific sites.

What If Siri Was Your Mom?

And finally, imagine having Siri as your mom, quite literally. If you think Siri is annoying If You're Not Using Siri By Now, You Should Be Most of the commercials, jokes, and media hype about Apple's iOS voice assistant, Siri, have subsided, but I still run into iPhone users who don't take advantage of this powerful feature. Just the other day... Read More when divulging information, offering advice, or failing to understand what you’re saying, just think how annoying it would be to put up with that all the time.

The Daily Dot demonstrates how this would be, actually employing Susan Bennett, the actor who voiced Siri to play the part. Suffice to say, having Siri as your mom would be extremely annoying. So be thankful for your own mom, especially on Mother’s Day.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you pleased to see Nintendo back in black? How do you feel about Sony pulling its music off of SoundCloud? Do you wish Siri was your actual, honest-to-goodness mom?

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  1. kt
    May 8, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I hope Nintendo can keep going, they are a true brand icon. My only concern is, it may take the lucrative "freemium" game market to do it.