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Capcom predicting "severe contraction" of packaged market

Resident Evil publisher expecting traditional physical goods market to shrink by $5.3 billion by 2017; company will invest more heavily in DLC going forward.


The traditional packaged game market is facing tough times, according to Resident Evil and Dead Rising publisher Capcom. As part of its 2013 Annual Report published today, the company spoke about "rapid changes" in the consumer market that it will face going forward.

"Analyzing the consumer market by platform, we forecast severe contraction in the package market, which is expected to shrink by $5.3 billion in 2017 (down 28.8 percent from 2012)," the company said. "At the same time, we forecast significant growth in the DLC market by $7.8 billion (up 109.9 percent)."

In 2012, the packaged market was worth $18.4 billion, Capcom said, down 17.9 percent year-over-year and the fourth straight year of negative growth.

Going forward, Capcom said it will allocate management resources to downloadable content to "ensure sufficient earnings." To this end, the company will increase the staff in its Consumer, Mobile, and PC online development areas by 100 people each during the next fiscal year.

Capcom president and COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto explained that in the traditional packaged games business model, the company used to recoup investment costs by simply pushing more titles out the door. However, the company is now shifting to a more DLC-focused approach.

"But now, even after game sales, the provision of digitally distributed content (DLC) facilitates longer enjoyment of each title, resulting in a business model with the potential for earnings on a continuous basis," Tsujimoto said.

Tsujimoto acknowledged that Capcom has not been quick enough to adapt its business to be more DLC-oriented, but said the company will shift this attitude going forward.

"I regret to say that, up to now, we had few plans for the full-scale implementation of DLC," he said. "From here on out, we need to focus on the long-term provision of content starting at the earliest stages of development."

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"Capcom predicting "severe contraction" of packaged market" was posted by Eddie Makuch on Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:23:09 -0700

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Visualized: Inside the Moto X factory

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<p class="image-container" style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/10/visualized-inside-the-moto-x-factory/?utm_source=Feed_Classic&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;ncid=rss_semi&amp;utm_campaign=Engadget"><img alt="Visualized Inside the Moto X factory" data-src-height="411" data-src-width="619" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2013/09/motoxfactorysampleshot.jpg" //></a></p> <p>This is where the <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/05/motorola-moto-x-review/?utm_source=Feed_Classic&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;ncid=rss_semi&amp;utm_campaign=Engadget">Moto X</a> magic happens: a 455,000 square-foot factory in Fort Worth, Texas that formerly manufactured devices for Nokia. From start to finish, these human-manned assembly banks are where your Moto X <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/16/moto-maker-hands-on-video/?utm_source=Feed_Classic&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;ncid=rss_semi&amp;utm_campaign=Engadget">Moto Maker creations</a> are born, assembled, tested for quality and then shipped off. We'll have more to come from our big Texas excursion, but for now feast your eyes on this bit of mobile Americana. %Gallery-slideshow83719%</p> <p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/category/cellphones/?utm_source=Feed_Classic&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Engadget" rel="tag">Cellphones</a>, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/category/mobile/?utm_source=Feed_Classic&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Engadget" rel="tag">Mobile</a>, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/category/google/?utm_source=Feed_Classic&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Engadget" rel="tag">Google</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/10/visualized-inside-the-moto-x-factory/?utm_source=Feed_Classic&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;ncid=rss_semi&amp;utm_campaign=Engadget#comments">Comments</a></strong></p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/10/visualized-inside-the-moto-x-factory/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget&ncid=rss_semi">http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/10/visualized-inside-the-moto-x-factory/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget&ncid=rss_semi</a></p><p><a href="http://ezinearticles.com/?Dollhouse-Kitchen-Furniture-Sets---Do-You-Realize-How-Many-Types-of-Kitchen-Designs-There-Are?&id=1591980">RADISYS</a> <a href="http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/Clever-Short-Dollhouse-Furniture--Pattern-Suggestions/901328">RACKABLE SYSTEMS</a> <a href="http://freeaddlinks.info/tags/sidereel house/1">QUEST SOFTWARE</a> <a href="http://www.bigfreearticles.com/Article/Enjoying-the-many-arrays-of-Dollhouse-Furniture/238575">QUANTUM</a> </p>

Scoop.it Launches iPad App to Make You an Armchair Publisher

Today, San Francisco startup Scoop.it launched an iPad app to help you find content to share with your community. Brands and individuals can create Scoop.it pages, your own personal publications made up of interesting articles, videos, and photos you find around the web. These pages are useful for content marketing or just showcasing your expertise...

The post Scoop.it Launches iPad App to Make You an Armchair Publisher appeared first on Tech Cocktail

Source: http://tech.co/scoop-it-ipad-app-2013-09


The NSA Surveillance Machine Grew Too Big For Anyone To Understand

NSAHow the US surveillance machine grew too big for even anyone at NSA to understand

WASHINGTON (AP) — The surveillance machine grew too big for anyone to understand.

The National Security Agency set it in motion in 2006 and the vast network of supercomputers, switches and wiretaps began gathering Americans' phone and Internet records by the millions, looking for signs of terrorism.

But every day, NSA analysts snooped on more American phone records than they were allowed to. Some officials searched databases of phone records without even realizing it. Others shared the results of their searches with people who weren't authorized to see them.

It took nearly three years before the government figured out that so much had gone wrong. It took even longer to figure out why.

Newly declassified documents released Tuesday tell a story of a surveillance apparatus so unwieldy and complex that nobody fully comprehended it, even as the government pointed it at the American people in the name of protecting them.

"There was no single person who had a complete technical understanding," government lawyers explained to a federal judge in 2009.

During a summer in which former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden released America's surveillance secrets to the world, the Obama administration has repeatedly tried to reassure people that the NSA's powers were kept in check by Congress and the courts. The mistakes discovered in 2009 have been fixed, the president said, a reflection of that oversight.

But the documents from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court show that, in developing the world's most sophisticated surveillance network, even senior lawyers and officials weren't sure how the system worked and didn't understand what they were told.

"It appears there was never a complete understanding among the key personnel . regarding what each individual meant by the terminology," lawyers wrote in March 2009 as the scope of the problems came into focus.

As a result, the judges on the surveillance court, who rely on the NSA to explain the surveillance program, approved a program that was far more intrusive than they believed.

"Given the executive branch's responsibility for and expertise in determining how best to protect our national security, and in light of the scale of this bulk collection program, the court must rely heavily on the government to monitor this program," Judge Reggie B. Walton wrote in a 2009 order that found the NSA had repeatedly misrepresented its programs.

In Congress, meanwhile, only some lawmakers fully understand the programs they have repeatedly authorized and are supposed to be overseeing. For instance, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., one of the sponsors of the USA Patriot Act, has said he never intended it to be used to collect and store the phone records of every American.

And when Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was asked whether the government was doing that, he testified, "No." Yet Snowden's revelations, published in Britain's Guardian newspaper, show that is what happened.

There is no evidence in the new documents suggesting the NSA used its surveillance powers to spy on Americans for political purposes, a fear of many critics who recall the FBI's intrusive monitoring of civil rights leaders and anti-war protesters in the 1960s. Instead, the documents blame the years of government overreaching on technical mistakes, misunderstandings and lack of training.

From 2006 through early 2009, for instance, the NSA's computers reached into the database of phone records and compared them with thousands of others without "reasonable, articulable suspicion," the required legal standard.

By the time the problems were discovered, only about 10 percent of the 17,835 phone numbers on the government's watch list in early 2009 met the legal standard.

By then, Walton said he'd "lost confidence" in the NSA's ability to legally operate the program. He ordered a full review of the surveillance.

In its long report to the surveillance court in August 2009, the Obama administration blamed its mistakes on the complexity of the system and "a lack of shared understanding among the key stakeholders" about the scope of the surveillance.

"The documents released today are a testament to the government's strong commitment to detecting, correcting and reporting mistakes that occur in implementing technologically complex intelligence collection activities, and to continually improving its oversight and compliance processes," Clapper said in a statement Tuesday.

The surveillance court was satisfied by those improvements; it allowed the NSA to continue collecting phone records every day, a practice that continues today.

Now, the Obama administration is fending off lawsuits and a push in Congress to rein in the surveillance.

An unusual coalition of liberal Democrats and Republican civil libertarians has proposed several bills that would either scrap the phone surveillance entirely or require more oversight.

Obama has said he's open to more oversight but says the surveillance is essential to keep the country safe.

Obama and Clapper have said the changes made in 2009 resulted in tightened controls. American data is still collected but only seldom looked at, officials said. And it is kept on secure computer servers equipped with special software to protect it from analysts looking to illegally snoop.

"There are checks at multiple levels," NSA Deputy Director John Inglis told Congress in July. "There are checks in terms of what an individual might be doing at any moment in time."

The same checks that protect Americans' personal data were also supposed to protect the NSA's information. Yet Snowden, a 29-year-old contractor, managed to walk out with flash drives full of the nation's most highly classified documents.

The NSA is still trying to figure out, in such a complex system, exactly how Snowden defeated those checks.

"I think we can say that they failed," Inglis said. "But we don't yet know where."


Associated Press writers Stephan Braun, Adam Goldman, Kimberly Dozier, Eileen Sullivan, Ted Bridis, Jim Drinkard and Paul Elias in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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Motorola's Active Display versus LG's Knock-On

Moto X and G2 displays

Two different (but equally fun) display features highlight some of the fall's hottest Android devices

I took two main phones to the IFA conference in Berlin last week. One, familiar — the Moto X, which I've been using for a month now. The other, the LG G2. We've got a preproduction European version. The hardware is solid, but the software's not quite final, which is why we've held off of a full review thus far.

After spending a week with the LG G2 as my main device, one thing began to stand out. With it as well as the Moto X, there's been a lot more attention paid to the way we wake our devices. Both have the same goal — turn on the phone and get you to your information as quickly as possible. But both come about it in different ways. 

Is one better than the other? Both certainly add usefulness to their respective devices. But the differences are pretty apparent.

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See how the Moto X is made (video)

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