Pro Evolution Soccer publisher Konami has announced a partnership with the Asian Football Confederation.
Future PES releases will incorporate the AFC Champions League, allowing users the chance to participate in the 32-team tournament in a separate game mode.
The AFC Champions League is made up of teams from Japan, China, South Korea, and other key regions throughout the continent.
Commenting on the partnership, Konami's Shinji Hirano said: "The acquisition of such a high-profile license such as the AFC Champions League is integral to our ambitious plans for the Pro Evolution Soccer series.
"We look forward to a long and successful partnership with the Asian Football Confederation, as we look to bring the passion and skill of the AFC Champions League to vivid life."
It was recently revealed that PES 2014 will utilise Konami's FOX Engine.
The newly introduced Fox Engine will revamp the game's physics, allow for detached player movements and help recreate the romance of "giant killings".
Konami hopes that the revamped engine will tempt players away from the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain when playing online.
Yahoo has announced that it will close several products in a bid to refocus its business.
From April 30, Upcoming, Deals, SMS alerts, Kids and Yahoo! Mail and Messenger feature phone apps (J2ME) will be shut down as the web portal aims to build on core products and introduce new services.
Older versions of Yahoo! Mail will also bow out from June 3, along with Yahoo! Mail Classic.
"We realise that change is hard, but by making tough decisions like these we can focus our energy on building beautiful products," said Jay Rossiter, the company's executive vice president, platforms, in a blog post.
The latest product cull comes days after the company released a new tablet app for Yahoo! Mail and the Yahoo! Weather app for iPhone.
Earlier this month, Yahoo axed seven products, including its mobile app for Blackberry smartphones, as new CEO Marissa Mayer looks to reduce the 60 to 75 apps to around 12 to 15 in a wider restructuring plan.
Nokia is reportedly planning to launch a line of Windows Phone 8 handsets packing powerful 41-megapixel cameras.
The rumoured EOS smartphone could come in dual and quad-core variants, purported inside sources told My Nokia Blog.
The Finnish phone maker is said to be testing prototype models of the two variations, but apparently there is no guarantee of both phones arriving on the market.
Nokia engineers have allegedly reported heavy battery drain with the quad-core Snapdragon 800 model, suggesting that the final product could pack a dual-core chip unless the issue is rectified.
The EOS's 41-megapixel camera is said to be backed up by an LED and more powerful Xenon flash. Other features include an Amoled 1280 x 768 display, a Micro HDMI output and microSD support.
Nokia previously released the 808 PureView smartphone, a Symbian-powered device with a 41-megapixel camera.
Apr 17 2013
FIFA 14 will be revealed by EA today (April 17).
The firm posted a teaser image on Twitter, asking fans if they are ready for the game's reveal.
Specifics of the reveal or release platforms have yet to be provided.
FIFA 13 continues to sell strongly in the UK charts, ranking in third place across all-formats earlier this week, more than six months after release.
Both Black Ops 2 and FIFA 13 were named the biggest entertainment launches across games, movies and music in 2012.
Earlier this month, publisher Electronic Arts issued a response to ranking at the top of The Consumerist's 'Worst Company in America' poll.
John Riccitielo recently stepped down as EA's CEO citing his failure to meet the company's financial expectations.
Facebook has been criticised by several of its advertising partners after their adverts appeared in offensive user-created groups.
Vodafone, Shelter, the RSPB and Audible are among the firms to hit out at the social network over its failure to remove such content quickly, The Times reports.
The companies have seen their marketing appear in groups such as "Raping!", "Drop kicking sl*ts in the teeth" and "This is why Indian girls are raped", and have since lodged separate complaints.
"If advertising on Facebook means your ad could appear on hundreds of rape pages, advertisers should consider that very carefully indeed," said Laura Bates, the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, who alerted the advertisers to the issue.
Vodafone complained to Facebook after one of its ads appeared in the "This is why Indian girls are raped" group alongside picture of scantily clad women.
Although Facebook took action to remove the page, it was soon replaced by an identical group.
Facebook said in its defence that adverts are not targeted towards groups but individual users, and reaffirmed its commitment to removing "genuinely or directly harmful" material.
"We have removed several of the pages highlighted by the Everyday Sexism Project as they broke our rules," said a spokesperson for the world's largest social network.
"There is no place on Facebook for content that is hateful, threatening, or incites violence, and we will not tolerate material deemed to be genuinely or directly harmful.
"We react quickly to remove reported language or images that violate our terms and we encourage people to report questionable content using links located throughout the site."
The firm added: "Adverts on Facebook are targeted towards people not pages. Therefore people visiting Facebook see adverts relative to them, not to the ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Apr 11 2013
Apple's rumoured iPhone 5S will be available in multiple colours when it launches later this year, according to a report.
Japanese blog Macotakara claims that the Cupertino firm is planning to offer the seventh-generation handset in a similar array of colours to its iPod Touch line.
The report does not state which specific colours the phone will be available in, but current iPod Touch models come in black, white, pink, yellow and blue.
Macotakara's sources also back up previous rumours that the iPhone 5S will sport a similar design to its predecessor, with an improved camera and processor, as well as fingerprint recognition technology.
Apple is also strongly rumoured to be launching a budget iPhone alongside the flagship model, with previous reports indicating that this could also be available in a variety of colours.
Multiple sources have tipped the iPhone 5S for a summer unveiling.
The Xbox 720 will reportedly be unveiled at an event in May.
The Xbox 720 unveiling, which was previously rumoured for April 26, will now take place on May 21, according to US blogger Paul Thurrott.
Codenamed Durango, the machine will reportedly retail for $500 (£325), or $300 (£195) with a subscription, and will in fact require an always-on internet connection.
"Going back and looking at some of the stuff I got a long time ago, it actually says 'must be internet connected to use' - that's in the notes. That's all I have, but it does say that," Thurrott explained on What the Tech.
Thurrott also claimed that Microsoft is planning to release a budget Xbox 360 later this year, codenamed 'Stingray'.
Microsoft recently issued an apology for "inappropriate" comments made on Twitter by Microsoft Game Studios director Adam Orth regarding always-online connectivity.
Orth told users to "deal with it" and relocate if they live in an area with poor network coverage.
Alleged Xbox 720 patent filings suggest Microsoft's next console will feature two CPUs, one for gaming and another for multimedia applications.
It is claimed that the Xbox 720 will launch during the 2013 holiday season and feature Kinect 2.0, 3D technology and the long-rumoured Xbox TV.
Facebook has begun charging users in the UK to message celebrities and people outside of their social circle.
After a successful trial in America, the premium service began rolling out at the end of March.
According to The Sunday Times, Facebook users can continue to communicate with friends and people who share mutual friends without a fee. However, those who wish to send messages to celebrities and people they aren't friends with will have to pay up to £10.
Issuing a statement, the social networking giant says: "The system of paying to message non-friends in their inbox is designed to prevent spam while acknowledging that sometimes you might want to hear from people outside your immediate social circle.
"We are testing a number of price points in the UK and other countries to establish the optimal fee that signals importance."
The price to send a message will vary depending on the amount of followers a celebrity has. Sending Tom Daley (who has over 1.4 million 'likes') a message will cost £10.68, while sending a message to rapper Snoop Lion costs £10.08.
Sending a message to non-friends will cost an average of 71p, ensuring it will go directly to their inbox. Using the free option will redirect the message to a less visible folder with no automatic alert - a folder many don't know exists.
The fee can be paid online instantly with a debit or credit card. Under-18s have been prevented from utilising the premium service and are also unable to receive unsolicited messages from strangers.
All funds raised by the new 'priority messaging' system will be kept by Facebook.
A creative director at Microsoft Studios has said consumers should "deal with" always-on connections.
Adam Orth tweeted that he doesn't understand the "drama" around the idea of devices having to always be connected, which has been heavily rumoured to feature in Microsoft's next console.
When asked by BioWare designer Manveer Heir whether any lessons were learned from SimCIty and Diablo 3's troubled launches, Orth replied: "Electricity goes out too."
Another response asked about those outside of connected places such as San Francisco and LA, to which Orth responded: "Why would I live there?"
Orth has received a backlash over the comments and has since protected his Twitter account, but not before a record of his messages were saved online.
Development kits for the new Xbox were recently reported to be covered with intersecting black and white stripes.
GameStops CEO recently praised Microsoft's next console, calling it a "hot, compelling device".
It is thought that Xbox 720 will be revealed this month, and will be launching later this year.
Facebook has announced details of a new family of apps for Android phones.
Focused around the home page of Android devices, the Home software is described as a "wrapper" for the operating system.
Notifications, messages and photos will appear on the phone's main screen rather than on Facebook's downloadable app.
Mark Zuckerberg explained that the Home app will provide "a new category of experiences" based around the homescreen.
It will be available to download from April 12, and will first launch on HTC First through AT&T America.
Initially, it will be made available for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HT One X, with the HTC One and S4 models to follow later.
Zuckerberg dismissed recent rumours that Facebook was going to release its own smartphone, saying: "We're not building a phone and we're not building an operating system, but we're building much more than an app."
Home will allow users to view automatic updates on the homescreen and lockscreen. Likes can be achieved by double-taps, while a new service called Chat Heads combines SMS and Facebook messaging.
The messaging service is described as "a way you can talk to your friends no matter what application you're in" and "the most fun and delightful messaging experience yet".
"We spend our lives sharing and connecting," said Zuckerberg. "What would it feel like if our phones were designed around people, not apps?"
Facebook Home will be available via the Play Store, but will not yet launch on tablets.