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Call for corporation tax overhaul after Facebook ‘transparency’ vow

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Firewatch beat Far Cry: Primal and Street Fighter V as PS4’s most downloaded game in February

The colors are beautiful in Firewatch.

Check out more of our 20th anniversary of Pokémon coverage this week at GamesBeat.

Watch out, it’s on fire.

Sony today revealed a list of the PlayStation 4’s most downloaded games in February, and Firewatch — a first-person, story-driven experience — topped the list, beating mass-market blockbusters like Far Cry: Primal and Street Fighter V. This is a good sign for the smaller game, and it shows that an indie studio doesn’t need to focus on action, violence, and massive marketing budgets to succeed. According to research firm SuperData, digital sales of games bring in $6.3 billion a month (based on January 2016).

Of course, Firewatch does have an advantage over games like Street Fighter V in this category since it’s only available on digital. Still, it’s a positive sign for Firewatch’s chances at financial success.

Here’s the full list of the PS4’s most downloaded games in February.

  • 1. Firewatch
  • 2. Far Cry: Primal
  • 3. Rocket League
  • 4. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
  • 5. Street Fighter V
  • 6. Need for Speed
  • 7. Madden NFL 16
  • 8. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
  • 9. Grand Theft Auto V
  • 10. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  • 11. Star Wars: Battlefront
  • 12. Battlefield 4
  • 13. EA Sports FIFA 16
  • 14. NBA 2K16
  • 15. Life is Strange
  • 16. Unravel
  • 17. Battlefield: Hardline
  • 18. Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment
  • 19. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • 20. Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth

Sony also revealed lists for the PlayStation 3, Vita, and add-on content, which you can check out on its site.

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Yesterday’s hybrid car may be tomorrow’s battery


(Green Car Reports) – That battery-powered alarm clock or flashlight in your house could very well contain a piece of an old hybrid car.

Energizer now makes rechargeable AA and AAA batteries with four-percent recycled content, by weight.

This new Recharge line includes some material from retired hybrid-car battery packs.

The company claims using vehicle batteries as raw materials is a world first, but won’t say exactly where those old batteries come from.

Recycled material “can come from multiple makers of hybrid-electric vehicle batteries,” Energizer senior marketing director Nadia Kowalczyk told AutoblogGreen.

Relying on multiple manufacturers ensures a steady stream of recyclable materials, she noted.

2007 Toyota PriusThe Energizer Recharge AA and AAA batteries use nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) chemistry, just like many hybrid cars.

Energizer says it refines material from hybrid-car batteries through a “proprietary process” that produces a “refined, high-performance active ingredient” used in the household batteries, but wouldn’t offer an real details.

The company says it is moving toward a future where all of its batteries contain at least some recycled material.

ALSO SEE: Used Toyota Hybrid Batteries Repurposed At Yellowstone National Park (May 2015)

And Energizer isn’t the only entity thinking of new uses for old hybrid-car battery packs.

Last year, 208 Toyota Camry Hybrid battery packs were installed in arrays to help power a cluster of buildings in a remote part of Yellowstone National Park.

The packs are now used to store energy generated from solar panels at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus within the park.

2011 Ford Escape HybridBattery capacity degrades over time to the point where packs are no longer usable in cars, but even at that point there is still adequate capacity for use in energy storage.

Like the Energizer rechargeable batteries, the Camry Hybrid packs use NiMH chemistry.

Because they contain precious metals, recycling will always be a popular option for these packs.

But the lithium-ion cells used in plug-in hybrids and electric cars are made from cheaper stuff.

That means reuse in energy storage should be an even more attractive option when those packs are retired from automotive service.


This story originally appeared on Green Car Reports.