Gamers’ anger halts Star Wars Battlefront II payments

Image copyright EA Games Games publisher EA has suspended in-game purchases in its latest Star Wars title Battlefront II, following criticism from players. Gamers had complained that unlocking popular characters such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader took too long unless they paid for in-game credits. EA said in-game purchases would be halted because it

Fullscreen ‘YouTube Red rival’ to close in January

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Comedian Grace Helbig had a talk show on Fullscreen Online talent management firm Fullscreen is closing the subscription video platform it set up last year to rival YouTube’s premium tier. The service promised to produce “higher quality” programmes featuring popular YouTube and social media stars. Fullscreen said it had

Injured defector’s parasites and diet hint at hard life in North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades. At a briefing on Wednesday, lead surgeon Lee Cook-jong displayed photos showing dozens of flesh-colored parasites – including one 27 cm (10.6 in)

In key policy speech, Abe sounds alarm over Japan’s ‘most severe security environment ever’

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday sounded the alarm over Japan’s “most severe security environment ever” in the postwar era, leading his key policy speech with a condemnation of nuclear-armed North Korea for the first time since he returned to power in December 2012. Abe delivered his address in response to his ruling Liberal Democratic

Nissan cites poor communication in safety check malpractice, acknowledged to have started in 1979

YOKOHAMA – Nissan Motor Co. President Hiroto Saikawa on Friday blamed a lack of communication between workers and managers as one of root causes for conducting fraud inspections of vehicles at the company’s assembly plants using unqualified workers, in a practice that had been routine for more than 30 years. Nissan said the first known

Airbnb’s Japan unit denies violating antitrust laws after raid by FTC in October

Airbnb Inc.’s Japan arm said Friday it was raided by authorities last month on suspicion of violating antitrust laws, but denied any wrongdoing. Domestic media outlets had reported earlier that the company was suspected of asking property management agencies to refrain from dealing with other home-sharing platforms. “Airbnb Japan received an on-site inspection by the