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Telex: Netease Acquires Quantic Dreams, Starlink Cruises, PC Slowdown Hits HP Computerworld

– Netease acquires Quantic Dreams. In the field of video games, the Chinese Internet giant (with the portal 163.com) announced the takeover of the French studio Quantic Dreams. The latter employs more than 250 people and develops several games, including the latest from the Star Wars franchise. His biggest hit is Detroit: Beyond Human (7 million sold on PS4). The two companies know each other well, since in 2019 the subsidiary Netease Games became a minority shareholder of the French company. The amount of the deal was not disclosed.

– Starlink goes on a cruise. Satellite internet offering SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, has signed an agreement with the Royal Caribbean cruise line to outfit its boats. “This technology will enhance and enable higher speed activities such as streaming and video calling,” he said. The service is due to officially launch on September 5 on the Celebrity Beyond boat. The entire fleet should be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2023.

– The slowdown in the PC market puts pressure on HP. HP’s quarterly results showed revenue of $14.664 billion, down 4.1% from a year earlier (analysts had expected $15.6 billion). The Personal System Group reported a 3% year-over-year decline in revenue to $10.089 billion. HP stated that the total number of units decreased by 25%. Notebook revenue fell 10% to $6.57 billion, while shipments fell 32%. Conversely, in the desktop segment, results rose 13% to $2.537 billion, with shipments up 1%. Meanwhile, workstation revenue jumped 35% to $537 million. According to CEO Enrique Lores, “Inflation has increased in many parts of the world, resulting in lower consumer spending on our product categories.” On logistics, the leader notes “significant progress in the supply chain, even if some shortages remain. »

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