Hideo Kojima is “Contractually Forbidden” From Discussing Konami Split

There’s a great deal of intrigue surrounding Hideo Kojima’s public fallout with Konami and the events which led to them parting ways. One unverified theory is, Konami wanted to integrate microtransactions into Metal Gear Solid V, but Kojima refused. Despite this, it’s unclear what really transpired and it doesn’t look likely that any information will be disclosed for a considerable amount of time. According to The New Yorker, Metal Gear’s creator is “contractually forbidden​” from discussing his work at Konami and the cause of their bitter feud. This isn’t a surprising revelation as Konami wants full control of their public image. Frankly, this is far too late as Konami is perceived by most people in the gaming community as a terrible company which ostracised Kojima. 

Konami’s behaviour has caused outrage and directed a huge amount of anger towards them. Apparently, they want to continue making more Metal Gear games without Kojima’s help but I think their dismal reputation will make any future release a complete failure. Honestly, I wish Kojima all the success in the future and expect the kind of innovation he’s known for. As for Konami, they don’t seem too focussed on pleasing the core gaming audience and I’m not convinced they have a long-term future in this industry.

BBC and Met Office Experiences A Stormy End

After the poor weather we’ve had recently, it seems that everyone’s attention has been turned to weather forecasts to scope for a break of sunshine or even just a stop to the rain and thunderstorms. Today marks a day in history, when the BBC leaves the weather forecasting capabilities of the Met Office for an overseas option of either the MeteoGroup from the Netherlands or MetService from New Zealand.

The BBC has been using the information supplied by the Met Office for 93 years, ever since the first bulletin back on November 12, 1922. The Met Office says it will still provide severe weather reports to the BBC, but all other weather information will be provided by another service.

It’s not entirely clear why the split has come to pass, but it could be due to the constant monetary restraints and the BBC has been forced to source a cheaper provider to cut the overall company spend. This contract drop would be a devastating blow for the Met Office which is currently undergoing a massive venture to produce one of the world’s most powerful weather forecasting supercomputers. This build will be expected to be capable of around 16 petaflops and a grand total of £96 million.

Two statements have been released, one by both companies which show different feelings towards the split:

BBC Spokesperson, “Our viewers get the highest standard of weather service and that won’t change. We are legally required to go through an open tender process and take forward the strongest bids to make sure we secure both the best possible service and value for money for the licence fee payer.”

Met Office operations director, Steve, Noyes, “Nobody knows Britain’s weather better and, during our long relationship with the BBC, we’ve revolutionised weather communication to make it an integral part of British daily life. This is disappointing news, but we will be working to make sure that vital Met Office advice continues to be a part of BBC output. Ranked No 1 in the world for forecast accuracy, people trust our forecasts and warnings.”

This could deal a massive blow to the Met Office and seems to be another version of UK outsourcing for cost effectiveness. What do you think of the split? Will a foreign company be able to accurately monitor the UK as well as the Met Office has? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks to ArsTechnica for providing this information.

AMD Are NOT Splitting up Their Business or are They?

You may remember a story that we published yesterday commenting on the fact that AMD could be splitting its business in two or dividing up the server division of the company and while this attracted a lot of talk from within the industry and with end users alike, an AMD spokesperson has denied the rumour although the exact wording still leaves things a bit sketchy in our minds.

The following has been sent to eTeknix to confirm:

AMD Spokesperson Sarah Youngbauer: AMD provided official confirmation that we have not hired an outside agency to explore spinning-off/splitting the company. We remain committed to the long-term strategy we laid out for the company in May at our Financial Analyst Day, which encompasses all parts of the business.

While most would consider the matter now closed, I do have to analyse the point mentioned about an outside agency. This is a bit hazy in its own right, as all AMD have done here is confirmed that an outside agency has not been hired to explore options, but this says nothing about doing anything more internal within the company itself.

Who knows what the future may hold for AMD, but with a lot of negative press regarding AMD as of late in regards to the 300 series re-branded products and the way their PR has dealt with the upcoming Fury graphics card launch, anything is possible for AMD while they are still in these uncertain times.

Split – The Bite-Controlled Wireless Headphone-Sized MP3 Player

While wireless headphones tend to connect via something like Bluetooth, a new set of headphones from Greenwing Audio – dubbed split – is set to change that. Split is an MP3 player and set of headphones rolled into one. Pictured above the Split looks like nothing more than a pair of earbuds but in reality it is much more complex than that.

Firstly inside that tiny earbud is a small circuit board with a custom battery, memory chip, processor, accelerometer and high precision crystal clocks. The two earphones which start off magnetically attached begin to play synchonised audio when split. The earphones exchange a short near field signal when the track or volume is changed apparently reducing the radiation exposed to your head by 1000 times. The tracks and songs are changed by a biting motion where the onboard accelerometer detects the pattern of the bite – one bite skips the track and another bite changes the volume. Tapping the right earphone locks the player to avoid changes when you are eating or chewing gum. Split has a custom USB cable for recharging the onboard battery and transferring music to the onboard storage, it connects via USB 2.0.

The specifications of the Split are as follows:

  • Processor: ARM Cortex M3 32bit
  • Memory: NOR Flash, capacity from 64MB to 256MB
  • Max Audio Output Power per channel: 20mW
  • Audio Amplifier SNR: 100dB
  • Speaker Type: 6mm Neodymium Dynamic Driver
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20,000Hz
  • Sensitivity (1kHz): 105dB/mW
  • Speaker impedance 16 Ohm

The project is currently starting up on Kickstarter and it is going to cost a hefty $155 to get your hands on a pair of these new headphones. If you want to check the new technology out then you can do so right here.

Image courtesy of Greenwing Audio (KickStarter)