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Microsoft: Ballmer will retire as CEO | Ballmer abandonará puesto de jefe ejecutivo

[EN]: Microsoft has just announced this morning its current CEO will retire as CEO of the company within the next 12 months. Steve Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 and took over the position of CEO at the company while Bill Gates remained as chairman in January 2000.

According to a letter Ballmer sent to employees about his plans to retire, he says: “My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our transformation to a devices and services company focused on empowering customers in the activities they value most. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

Meanwhile, Bill Gates said the following: “As a member of the succession planning committee, I’ll work closely with the other members of the board to identify a great new CEO. We’re fortunate to have Steve in his role until the new CEO assumes these duties.”

Now the search begins for Microsoft’s new CEO.

[ES]: Microsoft acaba de anunciar durante esta mañana que su presidente actual se retirará como jefe ejecutivo de la compañía dentro de los próximos 12 meses. Steve Ballmer se unió a Microsoft en 1980 y asumió el cargo de jefe ejecutivo de la empresa, mientras que Bill Gates mantuvo su cargo como presidente en enero del año 2000.

Según una carta de Ballmer enviada a los empleados sobre sus planes de retirarse, él dice: “Mis pensamientos originales se inclinaban por situar mi retirada hacia la mitad de la transformación de la compañía hacia una más orientada a los dispositivos y los servicios. Para este cambio de dirección necesitamos un CEO que vaya a estar aquí durante a largo plazo”.

Mientras tanto, Bill Gates, dijo lo siguiente: “Como miembro del comité de planificación de la sucesión, voy a trabajar de cerca con los demás miembros de la junta para identificar a un gran nuevo jefe ejecutivo. Tenemos la suerte de tener a Steve en su papel hasta que el nuevo jefe ejecutivo asuma estas funciones”.

Ahora comienza la búsqueda de nuevo jefe ejecutivo para Microsoft.

[Sources/Fuentes]: Microsoft: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months [http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/aug13/08-23AnnouncementPR.aspx]; Microsoft: Ballmer – Moving Forward [http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2013/Aug13/08-23StatementPR.aspx].

EA CEO to step down | El jefe ejecutivo de EA va a renunciar

John Riccitiello

[EN]: EA has informed via a press release that John Riccitiello will step down as CEO and member of the Board of Directors on March 30. Larry Probst has now been appointed as Executive Chairman while the company looks for a candidate to fulfill the position. Probst is a familiar face in the executive family of EA. He has been working for EA since 1991 as the company’s CEO until 2007. After the announcement, shares of EA have gone up by almost 4%.

[ES]: EA ha informado a través de un comunicado de prensa que John Riccitiello se retirará como CEO (jefe ejecutivo) y miembro del Consejo de Administración el 30 de marzo. Larry Probst ha sido nombrado presidente ejecutivo, mientras que la empresa busca un candidato para cumplir con el cargo. Probst es un rostro familiar en la familia ejecutivo de EA. Él ha estado trabajando para EA desde 1991 como jefe ejecutivo de la compañía hasta 2007. Tras el anuncio , las acciones de EA se han incrementado en casi un 4%.

[Press Release / Comunicado de prensa (en inglés)]

Electronic Arts Announces Change in Executive Leadership

Larry Probst Appointed Executive Chairman, Effective Immediately

Company Updates 2013 Fiscal Outlook

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced that John Riccitiello will step down as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors, effective March 30. The Board has appointed Larry Probst as Executive Chairman to ensure a smooth transition and to lead EA’s executive team while the Board conducts a search for a permanent CEO. The Board will consider internal and external candidates with the assistance of a leading executive search firm.

Mr. Probst has played a leadership role at EA since 1991. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board since 1994, he previously served as the Company’s CEO from 1991 to 2007. As CEO, Probst successfully grew the Company’s annual revenues from $175 million to approximately $3 billion, led EA into new platforms such as mobile, online and other emerging markets and expanded its international presence to more than 75 countries.

“We thank John for his contributions to EA since he was appointed CEO in 2007, especially the passion, dedication and energy he brought to the Company every single day,” said Mr. Probst. “John has worked hard to lead the Company through challenging transitions in our industry, and was instrumental in driving our very significant growth in digital revenues. We appreciate John’s leadership and the many important strategic initiatives he has driven for the Company. We have mutually agreed that this is the right time for a leadership transition.”

On behalf of the Board, Lead Director Richard A. Simonson stated, “As we begin the CEO search, we are fortunate that Larry, who has a proven track record with our employees, partners and customers, has agreed to assume a day-to-day leadership role as Executive Chairman. He has 16 years of experience as CEO of EA and a deep understanding of the Company’s strategy, management team, business potential and industry trends.”

Mr. Riccitiello stated, “EA is an outstanding company with creative and talented employees, and it has been an honor to serve as the Company’s CEO. I am proud of what we have accomplished together, and after six years I feel it is the right time for me pass the baton and let new leadership take the Company into its next phase of innovation and growth. I remain very optimistic about EA’s future — there is a world class team driving the Company’s transition to the next generation of game consoles.”

Activision: “Skylanders Giants” – reaches sales milestones | alcanza logros de ventas

Skylanders Giants: Tree Rex toy on portal

Skylanders Giants: Tree Rex toy on portal

[EN]: Activision’s Skylanders Giants excelled expectations by generating over $195 million in sales in the U.S. since its October 19, 2012, release. The amazing feat helped the company reach the $500-million mark in sales of the Skylanders franchise also in the U.S. alone, earning more than other toys and films for kids. The concept of using real toys to bring them to life in a virtual environment has brought more success to Activision with only this second game in the franchise.

[ES]: Skylanders Giants de Actvision sobrepasó las expectativas al generar más de $195 millones en ventas en los EE.UU. desde su lanzamiento el 19 de octubre de 2012. La hazaña increíble ayudó a la compañía a alcanzar la marca de los $ 500 millones en ventas de la franquicia Skylanders también en los EE.UU. solamente, ganando más que otros juguetes y películas para niños. El concepto de usar juguetes reales para darles vida en un entorno virtual ha traído más éxito para Activision con sólo este segundo juego de la franquicia.

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Nintendo @ NY Queens Center Mall

[EN]: I have yet to go to New York City, but if you are fortunate enough to be there this weekend, or even there tomorrow (Wednesday) to see The Legend od Zelda Symphony, you could try out many Nintendo 3ds and Wii U games at the Queens Center Mall starting this Friday at 11am. The earlier you go, the earlier you could get a discount coupon to purchase 3DS games at GameStop. While there, take the opportunity to have some pictures taken with Mario. Also on Friday, Nintendo will devote two hours (from 7pm to 9pm) to the little kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and their parents; this Big Brother Big Sisters event will not be open to the public. To find out what games you’ll be playing at the Queens Center Mall, visit http://happyholidays.nintendo.com.

[ES]: Aún tengo que ir a la ciudad de Nueva York, pero si eres suertudo en estar allá este fin de semana, o aún mañana miercoles para ver la sinfonía de La Leyenda de Zelda, podrías probar varios juegos del Nintendo 3DS y del Wii U en el centro comercial Queens Center a aprtir de este viernes a las 11am. Más temprano vas, más temprano podrías obtener un cupón de descuento para comprar juegos para el 3DS en GameStop. Mientras que estés allí, toma la oportunidad de tomarte unas fotos con Mario. También el viernes, Nintendo dedicará dos horas (de 7pm a 9pm) a los pqueñitos de Big Brothers Big Sisters de la ciudad de Nueva York y a sus padres; este evento de Big Brothers Big Sisters no estará abierto al público. Para saber qué juegos vas a jugar en el Queens Center Mall, visita http://happyholidays.nintendo.com.

[Info]:

WHO/QUIÉN: Kids, teens, families, holiday buyers, videogame fans, Niños, adolescentes, Nintendo spokesperson / Niños, adolescentes, familias, compradores de la temporada de fiestas, admiradores de los juegos de video, vocero Nintendo.
WHEN/CUÁNDO: •    Friday/Viernes, Nov. 30 (11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
•    Event/Evento Big Brothers Big Sisters: 7 – 9 p.m.
•    Saturday/Sábado, Dec. 1 (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
•    Sunday/Domingo, Dec. 2 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Note/Nota: Mario will be available many times during these hours / Mario estará disponible varias veces durante esas horas.
 
WHERE/DÓNDE: Queens Center Mall
  9015 Queens Blvd.
New York, NY  11373
*Located close to Customer Service – 2nd floor / Ubicado cerca de Servicio al Cliente en el 2° piso.

Nintendo: “Wii Mini” – Only in Canada | Solo en Canadá

[EN]: Yesterday, it was announced on NintendoWorldReport.com [http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/rumor/32595] that an unnamed store was going to start selling a new Wii model. Earlier today, that new model was already being shown on the Best Buy Canada web site. A few hours later, Nintendo finally revealed the new model called the Wii Mini. It’s red on the borders as is most of the Wiimote it comes with. The console itself is mostly matte black.

This red-and-black Wii model will be missing an important feature: Internet connectivity. And like last year’s model, it will not have GameCube compatibility.

On the Wii Mini section of the Nintendo site, it says: “The Wii mini console does not connect to the Internet and does not support online features in games compatible with Wii software and accessories. Internet connectivity features are not available. The Wii mini console is not compatible with Nintendo GameCube Game Discs or accessories.”

The Wii Mini is exclusive for Canada, and there is no mention of an SD card slot as an option to save progress in games.

People in Canada interested in pre-ordering a Wii Mini can do it so starting today. The Wii Mini will cost $99.99.

[ES]: Ayer se anunció en NintendoWorldReport.com [http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/rumor/32595] que una tienda no identificada iba a empezar a vender un nuevo modelo del Wii. El día de hoy, el nuevo modelo ya se mostraba en el sitio web de Best Buy Canada. Unas horas más tarde, Nintendo finalmente reveló el nuevo modelo llamado Wii Mini. Es de color rojo en los bordes como es la mayor parte del Wiimote con la que viene. La consola en sí es en su mayoría de color negro mate.

Este modelo de color rojo y negro Wii no podrá contar con una característica importante: la conectividad a Internet. Y al igual que el modelo del año pasado, no tendrá compatibilidad GameCube.

En la sección Wii Mini en el sitio web de Nintendo, dice: “La consola Wii mini no se conecta a Internet y no soporta las funciones en línea en juegos  compatibles con software y accesories de Wii. Las características de conectividad de Internet no están disponibles. La consola Wii Mini no es compatible con los discos o accesorios del Nintendo GameCube”.

El Mini Wii es exclusivo para Canadá, y no hay ninguna mención de una ranura para tarjetas SD como una opción para guardar los progresos en los juegos.

Las personas en Canadá interesadas en pre-ordenar un Mini Wii es capaz de hacerlo a partir de hoy. El Wii Mini tendrá un costo de $ 99.99.

[Sources/Fuentes]: Nintendo: Wii Mini [http://www.nintendo.com/wiimini?country=CA&lang=en/]; Best Buy Candada: Nintendo Wii Mini Ready to Launch on December 7th for $99.99 [http://plug-in.bestbuy.ca/t5/Visit-the-Plug-in-Blog/Nintendo-Wii-Mini-Ready-to-Launch-December-7th-for-99-99/ba-p/53938].

SCEI: Sony sells 70 million PS3 units worldwide | Sony vende 70 millones de unidades PS3 a nivel mundial

[ES]: Yesterday was a special anniversary for Xbox Live: 10 years of the service. Today is Sony’s turn as the company gets a new achievement: it has reached sales of over 70 million PS3 units worldwide, and 15 million units of PlayStation Move. I can’t wait to get more into PlayStation Move, with Need for Speed Most Wanted coming to FL.

[EN - Press Release]:

PlayStation®3 Sales Reach 70 Million Units Worldwide

Sales of PlayStation®Move Motion Controller Surpass 15 Million Units Worldwide

TOKYO, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the cumulative sales of the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system reached a milestone of 70 million units*1worldwide as of November 4, 2012 – less than six years after the platform launched in 2006. SCE also announced that sales of the PlayStation®Move motion controller surpassed 15 million units*1 worldwide as of November 11, demonstrating continued growth and momentum of the PS3® platform.

The PS3® system has delivered high quality, award-winning entertainment experiences since its launch. Throughout its lifecycle, the PS3® system has continued to evolve with more streamlined design, larger Hard Disk Drive (HDD) capacity, and new features through software updates. In September 2012, SCE launched the new PS3® system, which has a reduced volume and weight of more than 50 percent compared to the original PS3® model, and of 25 percent and 20 percent respectively compared to the slim PS3 model launched in 2009. The new PS3® has been well received by consumers around the world. Continue reading

“Nintendo Holiday Mall Experience 2012″

[EN]: Starting this Friday, you can try some Wii U games before the console’s launch thanks to the Nintendo Holiday Mall Experience at a place that may be near you. If you happen to be in Santa Clara, Miami, Seattle, Houston, Miami, or at one of the 26 malls in different parts of the US (shown in the press release), you could play lots of games such as Just Dance 4, ZombiU, Batman: Arkham City Armored EditionScribblenauts Unlimited, and many others. Take advantage of this opportunity (if you are close to any of the malls) to also play some Nintendo 3DS games. If you are a gamer, this could be your best chance to show casual gamers what the Wii U is all about. Don’t miss it.

[ES]:

LOS CONSUMIDORES TIENEN LA OPORTUNIDAD DE PROBAR Wii U, AL IGUAL QUE LOS PRODUCTOS MAS ATRACTIVOS DE NINTENDO EN LA EXPERIENCIA 2012 NINTENDO HOLIDAY MALL EXPERIENCE

Los visitantes podrán tener tiempo practico con Wii U y ver lo mejor de juegos de las fiestas decembrinas para Nintendo 3DS
REDMOND, Wash., 14 de noviembre de 2012 – Nintendo y la diversión siempre han ido juntos, pero nunca como este año. Apenas un día después de su lanzamiento, la nueva consola para el hogar Wii U y su innovador control de pantalla táctil GamePad estarán en exhibición en 26 centros comerciales de costa a costa. A partir del 19 de noviembre, los consumidores tendrán la oportunidad de aprender como Wii U no solamente revolucionará como las personas juegan video juegos, pero también como las personas podrán disfrutar de entretenimiento de video y conectarse con amigos y familiares. Adicionalmente, los compradores de las fiestas decembrinas también podrán probar los juegos más atractivos e imprescindibles para esta temporada de fiestas decembrinas para la consola portátil Nintendo 3DS  y probarlos en una pantalla 90 por ciento más grande con la nueva consola portátil Nintendo 3DS XL.  La diversión continúa en ciertas localidades con visitas durante los fines de semana de personajes de Nintendo, concursos de juegos, sorteos gratuitos (hasta agotar existencias) y la oportunidad especial para video chatear con Mario.

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Verizon: “Windows Phone 8x,” “Nokia Lumia 822″ & “Samsung ATIV Odyssey”

[EN]: Two new Windows Phone 8 smartphones are now available for pre-order (since earlier today Friday at 1pm EST) and another one later this year. If you like Windows Phones and you are ready to give its new version 8 a try, you may want to think about the Windows Phone 8x (by HTC), the Nokia Lumia 822, or the Samsung ATIV Odyssey. The three 4G LTE smartphones will work exclusively with Verizon Wireless’ nationwide network. Read the following press release for more info.

Dos nuevos teléfonos inteligentes Windows Phone 8 ya pueden ser pedidos por adelantado (desde temprano hoy a la 1pm EST) y otro más tarde este año. Si te gustan los Windows Phones y estás listo para probar la versión 8, quizás debes pensar en el Windows Phone 8x (de HTC), el Nokia Lumia 822, o en el Samsung ATIV Odyssey. Los tres teléfonos inteligentes funcionarán exclusivamente con la red nacional de Verizon Wireless. Lee el siguiente comunicado de prensa (en inglés) para más info.

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J..  – There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to mobile operating systems (OS) and the announcement by Microsoft of Windows Phone 8 will soon give customers another choice when shopping for a new Verizon Wireless smartphone.

This new OS brings new features to explore and new ways to further personalize your smartphone. Windows Phone 8 will debut on a number of new smartphones, which means you never need to relearn the OS when moving from one smartphone to another. Continue reading