International Intonation – Feb. 27, 2013

Mark Hendricks, Contributor Ω

Playstation 4 controller. - Photo courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC

Playstation 4 controller. – Photo courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC

Sony unveils new Playstation 4

The video game industry is big business. Revenue generated by video games globally surpasses that generated by the film industry. So when Sony Entertainment invited press to what they were calling a “Playstation meeting” to discuss the future of their brand, many were paying attention.

Sony unveiled the first details of the Playstation 4 at a meeting in New York City, which had an audience packed with industry media and mainstream media alike.

The location was likely chosen due to the struggles Sony faced in North America with the Playstation 3. Despite the success of both consoles globally, the Playstation 3 was outsold in North America by Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

While price and the appearance of the Playstation 4 were not discussed, much of the internal components were.

These included tools to ease sharing with friends, instant streaming of games from the Playstation network and powerful processors that have 16 times the power of the Playstation 3.

With the amount of technology inside it, the price is expected to exceed the $300 Nintendo Wii U.

Sony’s next foray into the console market will be available holiday 2013.

Where you can find out more: reviews.cnet.com/PS4/

Meteorite strikes Russia

On Friday Feb. 15, Russia was struck by a meteorite that created a shockwave causing $33 million worth of damage.

The meteorite was originally estimated to weigh 10 tons but NASA scientists announced it actually weighed 10,000 tons. The meteorite exploded over the Urals with the force of 500kt.

Although approximately 1,500 people were injured due to falling glass caused by the shockwave, nobody was killed.

The meteorite fragments landed in a lake creating a round hole six meters in diameter. Many of the fragments that splintered off are now appearing on EBay, which is highly illegal but lucrative for some.

According to NASA scientists a meteorite of this size strikes the earth roughly once every 100 years.

Where you can find out more: www.nytimes.com

Horse meat found in beef products

Nestlé has pulled beef pasta meals from store shelves in Italy and Spain after finding trace amounts of horse DNA in their products.

The products recalled were Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Buitoni Beef Tortellini.

Nestlé says that the amount was very small, but still above one per cent. Nestlé believes they have traced the problem to a German supplier, HJ Schypke.

Nestlé is not the only company  facing this problem. Asda, Burger King, Waitrose, Makro and others have all had beef products that tested positive for horse meat.

Although Nestlé found only trace amounts, some other companies, such as Findus, have found after testing that some of their frozen meals contained between 60 and 100 per cent horse meat.

Where you can find out more: www.bbc.co.uk

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