Kovio has raised $20 million in a fifth round of funding for its technology for printing chips in the same way that inkjets print on paper. If successful, the startup could create identification chips that are so cheap they could be placed on almost every product produced, just like the barcodes that have been around since 1974.
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Reports surfaced today that Apple will launch an $800 tablet computer in October. But we’ve dug out something interesting ourselves: the processor chip for the tablet is being designed by Apple’s own internal chip team.
Like numerous other established game companies, King.com is expanding its turf from just web-based casual games to iPhone and Facebook games.
Disciple, a fantasy role-playing Web game, now has a Facebook version where players can communicate and fight with players in the original web version of the game.
Car maker Nissan wanted to advertise its new Nissan Cube car, and so it created an iPhone game that lets users customize the car — just as they can in real life.
Advanced Micro Devices is launching two new versions of its chips with six brains today. The AMD Opteron HE and SE server microprocessors have six cores, or processors, on a single chip. The introduction is the latest volley in the ongoing tennis match AMD is playing with Intel.
Kill counts have become the rage these days for first-person shooter games. Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 1943, an online-only World War II shooting game on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, is a perfect example of how you can use them to motivate players. On the official Battlefield 1943 web site, you can see the number of kills that have occurred in the game.
WCell International said today it has launched an inexpensive Internet calling service across a wide variety of mobile platforms.
If you love something so much that you want to buy it, you shouldn’t profess your love for it to the world. It will just increase the price.
The number of online game players rose 22 percent in May compared to a year ago, drawing more than 87 million players in the U.S., according to market researcher comScore.
Here’s a video demo of the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G with Google phone. It’s the latest phone based on the Android operating system developed by Google. I shot it today with Josh Lonn, director of product development for T-Mobile, at Friday’s preview event. The phone is available for preorder now and it comes out Aug. 5. Lonn showed off the basic feeatures of the cell phone, which is the second-generation Android phone from T-Mobile. Then he segued into a demo of Sherpa, the location-based software app from Geodelic. The app lets you see nearby stores or other points of interest — customized to your own taste — at a glance and then shows them to you on a Google Map.
T-Mobile and Google held a joint event this morning to argue that the Android mobile operating system is gathering momentum even in the face of the iPhone’s rapid growth.
The iPhone has generated more than 63,000 apps worldwide. But no one has figured out the magic formula behind making a hit for the device.
In a press conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said tonight that for six years he resisted the urge to build what became the Chrome browser and the operating system.
The fun thing about online games is that you can measure everything. Nexon America announced everything you ever wanted to know about Combat Arms, a free online game that has been out for a year.
Taking a big plunge into outsourcing, Sprint Nextel said today that it would outsource its wireless network operations to Ericsson in a deal valued at $4.5 – $5 billion.
Glu Mobile chief executive Greg Ballard has resigned from the mobile games company. The company didn’t give a reason for the departure, but Glu has been making a tough transition from older mobile games to games on smart phones such as the Apple iPhone.
Scoreloop is launching a community for gamers that combines a presence on the web with social games on the iPhone.
Silicon Valley video recording pioneer Tivo and Best Buy have struck an alliance in which Tivo’s digital video recorders will be heavily promoted at the electronics retailer’s stores, the New York Times reported.
The developers of iPhone apps face tricky questions about when they should release applications that takes advantage of the latest software or hardware from Apple.
Google didn’t have a lot of details behind its just-announced Chrome browser operating system last night. But some new details are flowing out about just how the search giant is approaching the project.
If you want some stimulus money from the federal government, now’s the time to get in line.
German chip maker Infineon Technologies has agreed to sell its wired communications chip business to Golden Gate Capital for $347 million.
North Korea is the prime suspect in a big cyberattack against 11 U.S. government web sites as well as other sites in the U.S. and South Korea, the Washington Post reported.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is scrutinizing Apple’s disclosures about Steve Jobs’ health, Bloomberg reported.
Just how long has Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, been thinking about creating a rival to decades-long rule of the PC world by Microsoft?
Google thinks it can use the web and all of its efficiencies to challenge Microsoft. Now, it turns out that the crack in Microsoft’s armor will also make Intel vulnerable, threatening to unravel the Wintel duopoly that has dominated computing since the 1980s.
Technorati Media is launching Twittorati, a new site that blends the blogosphere with the Twittersphere. The site shows you the Twitter feeds of the top 100 tech bloggers, who are among the most prolific Twitter users.
ZeniMax Media raised $105 million in convertible debt and promissory notes in order to buy Doom game developer, id Software.
The web performed much better than in past big events during the live video streaming of Michael Jackson’s memorial service today, according to web measurement firm Keynote Systems.
There are tens of millions of cell phones around the world that can get TV reception, thanks to Telegent Systems. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chip design company is announcing today that four more Latin American cell phone companies have launched phones with Telegent’s chips in them.
In a sign of economic life, global consumer electronics sales rose 4.2 percent to $71.1 billion, compared to $68.3 billion in the first quarter, according to market researcher iSuppli. Sales for the second quarter were down 11.3 percent from a year ago.
Like millions of others, I tuned in at 10 am Pacific time to watch the Michael Jackson memorial service, live over the web. While I wanted to share the experience and remember MJ, I also wanted to see how the Internet held up under the weight of so much video traffic.
Web sites that use photos for free have been the bane of professional photographers. But Fotoglif has a solution that can make it easier — and more lucrative — for web sites to use the highest-quality photos with proper licenses.
Apple grabbed headlines on June 8 at its Worldwide Developers Conference when it announced on June 8 that it had more than 50,000 apps on the iPhone.
Expanding its attacks on Apple’s iPhone empire, Palm said today it has signed up three major carriers to introduce its Pre smartphone in Europe and Canada.
Michael Jackson’s memorial will take place starting at 10 am Pacific time on Tuesday. There’s a good chance a big part of the world population will tune into the event, and that could mean it’s going to be as huge a wake on the Internet as we’ve ever seen.
CompuServe Classic, the online service that provided the first gateway to the online world for a lot of us middle-aged folks, has been shut down.
World of Warcraft’s more than 11.5 million paying subscribers are spread all over the world, but it’s not easy to find them. That’s why WoWPals.net was formed. It’s a location-based social network that lets you find fellow World of Warcraft fans near you.