Gaming Industry Analyst Michael Pachter Doesn’t Expect The Nintendo NX to Arrive Next Year

Michael Pachter is possibly the only video game and electronics research analyst known to the public and renowned for making bold claims. As a result, he’s often ridiculed by the gaming community and every prediction he makes isn’t taken seriously. Despite this, Pachter has been talking more business sense of late and making accurate, if fairly generic predictions. During his own show, entitled, Pachter Factor“, Pachter was asked by a Siftd.net user:

“When do you predict the Nintendo NX will be released in the United States?”

He replied:

“I would say 20% chance it comes out in 2016 in the U.S., 80% chance it comes out in 2017. If you don’t see it before E3, there’s a 0% chance it’s coming out in 2016.”

While he’s not counting out the Wii U’s successor coming in 2016, it seems unlikely and would give the Wii U a respectable 5 year lifecycle. 2016 just seems far too early and Nintendo needs to focus on releasing a superb Zelda game for the Wii U. Although, I’m pretty sure it will also end up on the NX. On another note, we know absolutely nothing about the NX’s specification, form factor, and if Nintendo decides to drop physical media altogether. I hope not given the prices on the digital eShop store. Currently, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are struggling with modern games, so it’s an interesting time for the console market. Nintendo really wants to attract third-party support and this can only be done via serious hardware capable of matching or surpassing the current consoles.

New Lawsuit Hints at Apple Trying to Get Into the Auto Industry

There have been rumours that Apple is thinking about taking a bite out of the auto industry soon. A newly filed lawsuit might confirm Apple’s intention, having A123 Systems, the company that makes car batteries for the big name auto makers, sue the Cupertino giant for trying to steal their employees.

Analysts in the industry have discussed what Apple might have in the works and the lawsuit now slowly confirms their findings. Apple has made $13 billion and $18 billion in the last two quarters and that’s about the sum spent by all automakers combines for four months of research and development.

However, the analysts state that electric cars are too expensive for just one owner. This means that we might be looking at a future where electric autonomous cars are shared between people and come at a monthly subscription, kind of like Uber if you think about it. This will drop the cost of charging the cars and having them running around 24h a day. If you think about it, it’s not all that bad. We might even cut down on parking space problems in highly dense populated areas for instance.

All in all, if the above tends to be more cost efficient, this means Tesla Motors should start changing its business plan too. Though Tesla does offer a lot of classy electric cars for owners using the same model as traditional car dealerships, the cost for maintaining and charging such a model still proves a big drawback for it to reach a wide consumer market. But are shared electric autonomous vehicles really the future?

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Cheap Electric Vehicles May Arrive on the Market Sooner than Expected

A recent analysis states that electric cars may soon be competing or even surpass gas cars on cost. This means that electric cars won’t be just a luxurious accessory for the few.

Manufacturers tend to keep the cost of lithium-ion batteries found in electric cars a strict secret, but a recent peer-reviewed study of more than 80 estimates reported between 2007 and 2014 suggests that the costs of battery packs are lower than assumed by energy-policy analysts.

The study suggests that batteries found in EV manufacturer cars such as Tesla and Nissan cost around $300 per KW/h in 2014. This estimate is much lower than the most optimistic projections published this year and even below the average projections published for 2020. The study also tells that the batteries could even reach $230 per KW/h by 2018.

People are also said to be more interested in EVs if the battery costs between $125 and $300 per KW/h. Having the battery cost be a quarter or even half of an EVs price tag, cheaper batteries would make the vehicle itself more cheaper. Alternatively, car manufacturers can maintain the current EV price tag, but offer a battery with much longer ranges instead.

The range factor on an EV is also a crucial thing for buyers, because it would be cheaper to fill an EV with electricity than a car running on gas. It is said that charging an EV with a 300 mile range would cost less than $10. Also, the study states that if batteries fall as low as $150 per KW/h, this may lead to “a potential paradigm shift in vehicle technology”.

The analyst report that the cost of battery packs is falling around 8% each year, which they say is likely to continue at this rate in the following years as well. However, Luis Munuera, an energy analyst for the International Energy Agency, and Pierpaolo Cazzola, a transport policy analyst for the same agency, tend to be sceptical about the peer-reviewed in question, but they do seem to agree about “events moving quicker than expected in lithium-ion battery technology”.

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Edward Snowden Reveals he was Trained as a Spy and Not an Analyst

After leaking information about NSA activities and other secret plots, Edward Snowden makes another statement to the press. This time around, he reveals his own past relations with the secret service and what he actually did when working for them.

Edward Snowden revealed that he was actually trained to be a spy and not as an analyst. In a press statement he mentions that he had worked undercover for the CIA and NSA in different places around the world while pretending to have an assigned job and even a fake identity. He also admits that the secret service denies these allegations while attempting to use a position is his career to ‘distract’ and hide his true work experience.

Snowden added that he had also worked as a lecturer at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy, where he states to have developed sources and methods for keeping information and people secure in the most hostile and dangerous environments around the world.

Having been charged with espionage and revoking his passport, Edward Snowden hasn’t been able to leave Russia, where he sought refuge. However, he continues to unveil how the US secret service support mass, warrantless surveillance while civil libertarians, technology companies and others oppose it, emphasising the lack of transparency.

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Social Media Analytics Company Topsy Acquired By Apple

Social media metrics company Topsy Labs has been acquired by Apple, making it the second biggest acquisition made this month.Topsy specialises in analysing data from Twitter to track trends in customer sentiment.

The estimated value spent on the deal is around $200 million. Topsy is one of the few companies that have access to Twitter’s entire data stream. It provided clients with information topics that were trending and which companies people were talking about most.

Topsy’s main competitors are companies like DataSift and Gnip. Apple confirmed that it had purchased Topsy, but refused to give further details. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose,” it said in a statement.

One analyst said that Apple may use the analytics technology to better place its products on social media.

“There are millions of people sharing their thoughts on platforms such as Twitter on any given day,” Sanjana Chappalli, Asia Pacific head of Lewis Pulse, a firm specialising in digital marketing services, told the BBC. “For companies to be able to understand what is popular with these users and what they are interested in, and then use it to their advantage, they need to filter the content and understand it. Topsy gives Apple the tools to do just that,” she explained.

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