Sony will shoot three matches at this summer's World Cup finals in 4K.

The footage will not be broadcast but will be incorporated into an official film, developed in conjunction with FIFA, after the tournament has concluded.

The official World Cup film will be available through online distributors later this year, with trailers rendered in 60p airing prior to the competition.

Sony will provide technical support for the venture by developing a 4K live production system, comprised of its professional-grade CineAlta 4K PMW-F55 live camera and other specialised kit.

"FIFA has a proud track record in embracing innovation at our flagship competition, to make sure that football fans around the world receive the very best in match coverage and experience," said FIFA director of TV Niclas Ericson.

"We are excited by the prospect of working with Sony to incorporate 4K technology in our production plans. It will propel fans around the globe into a whole new viewing dimension and it marks the dawning of a new era in the broadcasting of sport."

The filming will take place at one match from the last 16 stage of the tournament, one quarter-final and the final itself.


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Twitter has added support for emojis on the desktop version of its website.

Users viewing tweets from a computer can now use and view smileys and other icons for the first time.

All existing tweets will adopt the upgrade, replacing the empty boxes that were previously on display for desktop users.

Twitter announced the move using a series of celebratory emojis and an #emojiparty hashtag.

However, emojis are still unavailable on embedded tweets and on TweetDeck.

The microblogging site - which boasts 241 million monthly active users - has recently undergone a series of changes, including a trial replacement of the retweet option in favour of a share button.

Last month it was also reported that the service could drop its iconic @ and # symbols from view.


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Microsoft's Windows XP is still being used by around three quarters of UK businesses just one week before the company ceases support for the aged software.

New figures from British software company AppSense suggest that the 12-year-old operating system is powering computers at 77% of organisations across the country.

Windows XP support will cease on April 8, after which the software will no longer receive security updates, leaving it vulnerable to hackers.

Companies can pay for continued support for their Windows XP machines beyond this date, but AppSense's data indicates that less than one third of the companies surveyed plans on doing this.

Although the number of Windows XP machines at each firm is said to be relatively small, the software company warned that just one outdated PC could put an entire network at risk.

"While it's clear that organisations are committed to getting off the Windows XP platform in the medium term, they are opening their organisations to potential threats by leaving systems unsupported," said AppSense's Simon Townsend.

The banking industry is expected to be hit hard by the end of Windows XP support, as the vast majority of the world's cash machines are powered by the software.

Microsoft will provide virus alerts for Windows XP users until July next year, but has warned users that anti-malware solutions on an outdated OS are limited.


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Apple has rolled out an update to its iWork productivity suite across all platforms.

The changes are already live on the web-based version of the service, and will be introduced to the OS X and iOS editions later today (April 2).

The Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps on iCloud now feature enhanced Retina display support, a new design for the editor tab, and the option to open documents directly through iCloud Mail in a read-only format.

Each app has also received new features, with word-processing software Pages introducing improved text wrapping, new templates, and more.

Keynote now lets users edit charts within imported documents, while Numbers has gained improved pop-up menus.

The iWork update comes less than a week after Microsoft released its rival service, Office, for iPad.


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TellTale Games has confirmed plans to release numerous titles on Amazon Fire TV.

The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us and its upcoming Game of Thrones tie-in are among the titles launching on the device, according to Telltale's Job Stauffer.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Stauffer said that The Walking Dead: Season One is out now on Fire TV, while Season Two and other TellTale releases would launch at a later date.

Unveiled earlier this week, Fire TV grants users access to the online retailer's Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service, as well as third-party platforms Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, ESPN, Showtime and more.

A Fire Game Controller will be sold separately, while cross-platform multiplayer sessions with Kindle Fire owners are fully supported.

Fans can access thousands of games from publishers such as Disney, Gameloft, EA and Sega.

Priced at $99 (£59), Fire TV is out now in North America. UK availability is yet to be confirmed.

Earlier this year, Amazon acquired Double Helix Games, the studio behind the Xbox One exclusive Killer Instinct.

Amazon Game Studio recently hired Portal designer Kim Swift and Far Cry 2 designer Clint Hocking.


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Ridley Scott will reportedly serve as executive producer on a new Halo digital project.

The project is being developed by 343 Industries, Xbox Entertainment Studios and the Alien director's own Scott Free Productions, according to The Wrap.

Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, whose previous credits include Battlestar Galactica and Heroes, is reportedly on board as director.

It is not associated with Steven Spielberg's previously announced Halo project.

It will share similarities with Machinima's 'Forward Unto Dawn' mini-series, focusing on a super-soldier who is not Master Chief.

Microsoft is planning to reveal more during this year's E3 gaming expo in June.

The firm previously denied reports that Ridley Scott had signed on to direct a Halo feature length film.

Microsoft hopes to debut original TV content on Xbox 360 and Xbox One early this year.


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Amazon has expanded its video game development studio talent with two experienced designers.

Portal designer Kim Swift and Far Cry 2 designer Clint Hocking have both joined Amazon Game Studios, according to Kotaku.

Swift also worked at Airtight Games on the Ouya title Soul Fjord.

Hocking, meanwhile, was previously employed by Valve and LucasArts.

Earlier this year, Amazon acquired Double Helix Games, the studio behind the Xbox One exclusive Killer Instinct.

The firm recently unveiled its own television streaming box called Fire TV, which began shipping yesterday (April 2) in the US.


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Daylight has been delayed until the end of April.

Originally scheduled to launch on April 8, the first-person horror game will now make its PS3 and PC debut on April 29.

Priced at £11.99, the title will be available for purchase from Steam and the PlayStation Store.

The game will take advantage of Twitch chat, which will be used to cue in-game events, giving viewers the opportunity to scare players.

For example, spectators watching a stream of Daylight can type "meow" into the chat, which causes the game to make a corresponding sound of a cat.

All the words that trigger in-game responses will be on timers, so viewers won't be able to spam them.


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GTA Online's spring updates have been detailed by Rockstar.

Beginning with next week's 'Capture Creator' update, fans will be able to create Capture Mode missions in GTA Online and share them with the community.

It will be followed by the 'High Life' update, which gives users the chance to own multiple properties for the first time in GTA Online.

The update also adds new apartment options, the Bullpup Rifle, new wardrobe items, the Dinka Thrust motorcycle and three new cars, including the Super class Pegassi Zentorno.

Elsewhere, 'High Life' adds the new Mental State player statistic, which lets players check how passive or psychotic their fellow players are.

Rockstar has also confirmed plans to launch Heist missions this spring, giving users the chance to team up and rob businesses.

The firm will continue to launch holiday-themed updates and add story DLC in single-player later this year.

GTA 5 picked up three awards, including Multiplayer, British Game and Game Design at this year's BAFTAs.


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Amazon has announced its own television streaming box called Fire TV.

The device is said to be three times more powerful than rival products Apple TV and Google Chromecast, with a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM on board.

Fire TV grants users access to the online retailer's Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service, as well as third-party platforms Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, ESPN, Showtime and more.

The set-top box will be powered by a forked version of the Android operating system, similar to the software found on Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets, with a HTML core.

The box itself features a tiny form factor and is claimed to be "thinner than a dime".

Fire TV's home screen displays various piece of Amazon content, with a sidebar offering instant access to Movies, TV, Watchlist, Video Library, Games, Apps, Photos, and Settings menus.

A Freetime mode grants the user increased parental controls, restricting the content their children can access, as well as how long their viewing sessions last.

Amazon's Fire TV has a strong gaming focus, with thousands of titles available at launch from publishers including Disney, Gameloft, EA and Sega.

Titles including Minecraft, Asphalt 8 and a tower-defence game from Amazon Game Studios called Sev Zero were shown during the hardware's unveiling.

A Fire Game Controller will be sold separately, and cross-platform multiplayer sessions with Kindle Fire owners are fully supported.

Kindle Fire tablets will also offer second-screen support when users are accessing movie, music and TV content, displaying supplemental information and serving up features such as Amazon X-Ray.

Amazon Fire TV will begin shipping in the US today (April 2), priced at $99. UK availability is still to be confirmed.

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