HP Labs researchers have demonstrated a way to use lasers to replace a lot of the electronics that connect servers to racks in data centers, a development that could one day make commercial computers much more power efficient, faster and cheaper.
stories by Dean Takahashi
About 10 million Americans were victims of identity theft last year, about 22 percent more than the year before. Those are always good numbers to trot out when you’re introducing a new security software suite.
Calix is announcing today that it has raised $100 million in venture funds and loans for its broadband communications equipment business.
Gwabbit is announcing today that it hit profitability in the month of August thanks to sales of its software, which automates the collection of contact information.
Advanced Micro Devices is launching its lowest power Opteron server chips today in an effort to cool down overheating data centers.
Perhaps technology can save the doomed newspaper.
Intel said today it was raising its third quarter revenue and gross profit margin guidance because it has seen stronger than expected demand for microprocessors and chip sets. Those components are used in personal computers, and Intel’s announcement suggests that both computer makers and consumers are bullish about buying again.
The Entertainment Software Association has had a pretty good year zapping its opponents on video-game violence laws, based on the annual report released today for 2009 fiscal year that ended March 31.
Now that the seasonal price cuts have finally arrived for video game consoles, the console makers are positioned for the fall selling season. The question for gamers is which console is the best bargain.
In a move that will inject much-needed energy into the console game market, Microsoft matched Sony’s PlayStation 3 price cut by slashing the price of the Xbox 360 by $100.
Zynga plans to announce Thursday that its FarmVille game has become the largest and fastest-growing social game in history.
The world of video games is changing and the companies involved in it have to adapt to a broader and less hardcore market, said Rich Hilleman, the chief creative officer of Electronic Arts.
At the Hot Chips chip design conference at Stanford University this week, chip researchers spelled out some of the toughest computing problems of the future and the solutions to deal with them. Hearing these pioneers and visionaries talk was both inspiring and disturbing. They talked alternately about running into technological brick walls, and about ways to get around them. But they warned that the ever-increasing cost of making the newest chips will have an impact on the entire food chain of electronic products where chips are used. Here’s a roundup of the ideas aired at the conference:
Small companies that are growing fast often can’t expand their computing infrastructure to keep up. Amazon is announcing a test version today of its Amazon Virtual Private Cloud service to let those companies tap into a much bigger computing infrastructure.
If you want to see what video games might look like in the future, check out these pictures of the Child’s Play activity center in Las Vegas. The games blend a real environment with game images projected onto a wall. Kids can interact with the GestureTek WallFX interactive display system by using gestures.
Nintendo said today that it has sold more than 1 million Wii Sports Resort games in the U.S. alone since its launch on July 26, a bright spot for a games industry that has had few big hits so far in 2009.
In the biggest venture funding for a game company this year, Smith & Tinker disclosed today that it has raised $29 million to date for its line of interactive games and toys that combine both web and handheld gadget play for a generation of kids who have grown up with the Internet.
In the Windows vs. Mac war, we are at a crossroads. Apple is launching its Snow Leopard version of the Mac operating system on Friday at the low price of $29. Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system will launch in October with the primary aim of fixing the problems created by Windows Vista.
Mother Nature’s mechanical and computing techniques are the subject of much admiration among computer researchers. That’s why a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created swimming robotic fish.
Live Gamer is doubling down on the hot-growing virtual goods market with its acquisition today of Twofish for an undisclosed price. In doing so, Live Gamer is making itself a big predator in one of the hottest parts of the video game industry.
The Hot Chips conference that runs Sunday through Tuesday at Stanford University in Silicon Valley will capture the evolution of the chip industry. This conference offers the first chance to see how the global economic crisis is affecting the leading edge of the design of semiconductors, which are used in all things electronic and are like the plankton of the digital ecosystem.
When Sony took the plunge and cut the price of its PlayStation 3 game console last week, the ball moved into Microsoft’s court.
Blizzard Entertainment delayed its mammoth game, Starcraft II, until next year because the online game service that goes with it, Battle.net, needed an upgrade.
Today, game maker Blizzard Entertainment (a division of Activision Blizzard) kicked off its Blizzcon conference and announced that it will launch a new expansion pack for World of Warcraft. The game, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, will debut in 2010. There are 20,000 Blizzard fans at Blizzcon in Anaheim, Calif., who are no doubt going wild over this.
Retired baseball pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios, has launched a giant project to create a massively multiplayer online game that challenges the bestselling World of Warcraft.
Google continues to expand the ecosystem around its Android operating system for mobile devices, as evidenced by a couple of announcements today.
Old game portals have to keep up with the times by socializing their games. That’s why Candystand.com is integrating Facebook Connect today to turn its site into a gaming social network.
Goozex has bootstrapped a solid business selling used games online. Now, at the urging of its own customers, it is expanding into selling movie disks online.
World of Warcraft, the billion-dollar online world with 11.5 million subscribers is about to get its own magazine.
Sony gave journalists an up close and personal view of the slimmer and lighter version of the PlayStation 3 video game console today.
The app revolution that started with the iPhone could spread far and wide to all of consumer electronics. That’s one of the lessons that Sony Electronics executives say they have learned from Apple’s success with the AppStore.
With giant antivirus software vendors such as Symantec and McAfee, we shouldn’t expect to see antivirus software startups anymore. But don’t tell that to Oliver Friedrichs, founder of Immunet, an antivirus software that is coming out of stealth today.
Two startups that specialize in providing ad displays in places where people are on the move — from Starbucks to airplane seats — have rebranded themselves as Reach Media Group.
Desktop virtualization is a pretty hot area as corporations use the technology to manage remote computers and reduce security risks. Wanova, a new startup in the field, is emerging from stealth today and announcing it has riased $13 million in funding.
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Major League Gaming has acquired Agora Games, which offers tools for developing such features as leaderboards and shared player statistics for online game communities.
BumpTop has created a user interface that runs atop Windows and makes it easier to view your desktop in three dimensions. So it makes sense that the Toronto, Canada-based company has agreed to bundle its software with the hardware of three leading 3-D graphics card makers.
Scoreloop, which develops infrastructure to make iPhone games more social and addictive, has raised a $2.8 million second round of funding.
Virtual currency seems to be the way to get venture capitalists to part with their real currency.
Imagine the pain at Microsoft and Intel. Steve Jobs doesn’t have to do anything, and he still gets outstanding press coverage.