Qualcomm’s live mobile TV service, FLO TV, goes national on Friday as the digital TV transition frees airwaves for new technologies.
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Eye-Fi has been building out its product line of memory cards that use Wi-Fi to upload photos directly from a digital camera to the Internet.
Hoping to add an Internet dimension to its growing kids business, Zula USA has launched a successful kids science education TV show in the past three years and is now diving into the vitual world market.
Zumbox is announcing a new partner and a new chief executive today to prepare for its launch of a national paperless postal service.
At the E3 convention in Los Angeles last week I got to see a lot of what the video game industry has to offer in the coming year. Hands down, the best technology I saw at the show came from Microsoft in the form of Project Natal, the company’s motion-sensing system which detects your body movements and relegates the handheld controller to the dust bin. But since that system isn’t part of a game yet, I can’t give it an award as the best new game.
IBM is becoming a lot more social. The company launched a social network for its software developers in April. And today it’s launching a social network for its various partners to help bring technology to market faster and close sales more efficiently.
A company called WebWars is coming out of secrecy today with a new way to play games across a multitude of Web sites you visit — with the action all layered within your browser.
Offerpal Media is going to help IMVU, a 3-D virtual chat room company, cash in on its 35 million registered users as part of a partnership being announced today.
By 2150, it might be possible to breathe air on Mars — that’s if humans are able to develop an atmosphere on the planet. That’s pretty far off. But by next year, you should be able to explore what life on Mars would be like in a virtual world that’s drawing a great deal of attention.
Guitar Hero may reign on the video game consoles. But Tapulous rules the rhythm music game business on the iPhone.
The keynote address at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference contained several good nuggets for game developers. The biggest deal is that Apple’s just-announced iPhone 3GS model will be much better at displaying 3-D graphics and supporting networked multiplayer games than current iPhones are.
So rumors do come true. Apple has just announced a new version of the iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 3GS, built to run data-intensive applications faster. It can also record video.
There are a bunch of surprises, some long-awaited, in the iPhone 3.0 software update coming on June 17th, Apple announced today at its Worldwide Developer Conferences. One of the coolest is that you can now use the Internet connection of your iPhone to get Internet access for your laptop when you’re in a place where you can’t get normal web access.
The new Mac operating system, Snow Leopard, will be priced at just $29, more than $100 off the previous version. The new operating system will be available in September.
Bernard Serlet, the top Mac OS executive, has taken the stage at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference and announced the company is shipping a new, faster version of the Safari web browser.
Apple executive Phil Schiller started the keynote at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference this morning with a focus on a new Mac laptop that drew plenty of oohs and ahs from the crowd of 5,000 attendees.
We’ve added some more speakers at our MobileBeat 2009 conference on July 16.
The Palm Pre went on sale at midnight last night in Sprint, Best Buy and Radio Shack stores around the country. Crowds lined up to get their hands on the smartphones, which are expected to be in short supply.
Google celebrated the 25th anniversary of Tetris today with this illustration on the Google home page. Check out our own interview with the two men who turned the video game into one of the biggest game classics of all time with 125 million units sold.
For a couple of years, even as the game industry entered a renaissance, the E3 trade show was lost in the wilderness. But this year, it made its way back to center stage, with the return of squeeze-through crowds, trillion-decibel booths, jiggling booth babes and blockbuster games on huge screens.
The semiconductor industry, a bellwether for the tech economy, is expected to fall 21 percent in 2009, according to a new forecast from the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Satoru Iwata is very excited about your heartbeat. The chief executive of Nintendo wants to capture it on his new Wii Vitality Sensor, an add-on peripheral for the Nintendo Wii, so that video games can tune in to your level of excitement or relaxation and make use of that as a kind of control in future Nintendo games. While Sony and Microsoft announced motion-control devices that were trying to catch up with or leapfrog the Wii’s motion-sensitive controller, Iwata was showing a path to a new kind of gaming he hopes will continue the broadening of the video game market that has allowed Nintendo to sell more than 50 million Wiis and 100 million handheld DS units. In a one-on-one interview, we caught up with him today at the close of the E3 trade show in Los Angeles. He talked about the iPhone, the recession, free games, and how Nintendo is still trying to set itself apart from the pack.
Intel said today it will buy Wind River Systems, a company that lets wireless carriers and cell phone makers build software that’s embedded into phones, for $884 million.
Here’s a video I shot with Alexa Lee of Ooyala at the Microsoft Xbox 360 booth at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles. After three and half days at the 40,000-attendee event, I’ve soaked in some of the interesting trends. In this segment, I talk about the trend toward a deeper connection between humans and game machines, as evidenced by everything from Microsoft’s Project Natal to Sony’s “magic wand” controller. I also mention some of the best looking games at the show, and what that might mean for game sales in 2009. The video is being played in Ooyala’s new video player that launched last week.
Hollywood and Silicon Valley met Wednesday night as Palm bankrolled a big party of stars to celebrate the launch of its Palm Pre smart phone.
Several prominent Israelis have formed a new game company, GameGround, with $4.1 million in funding from Sequoia Capital.
Microsoft threw one of the biggest curve balls at the E3 video game conference on Monday as it announced a new way to control games through your speech, gestures, and your full body, code-named Project Natal. You can control an Xbox 360 video game through your own motion. It goes farther than the Nintendo Wii because it uses a 3-D depth camera to capture not just the movements of a handheld controller but the movement of your whole body. In a one-on-one interview, I asked Shane Kim, corporate vice president for strategy and business development at Microsoft’s game division, to explain how Microsoft developed the technology. I also got an update on all of Microsoft’s game plans.
Not to be outdone by Microsoft or Nintendo, Sony is showing off its own futuristic motion-tracking technology today.
Sony confirmed its worst kept secret of the E3 video game trade show. It announced today its PlayStation Portable handheld, the PSP Go, will launch in October.
Nintendo is launching a new version of Super Mario Bros. for the Wii this fall as part of a line-up it believes will keep it in the dominant position in the video game business.
In a marriage of games and social networks, SmallWorlds has teamed up with social network Hi5 to open up SmallWorlds’ cartoon-like virtual world to Hi5′s 60 million monthly visitors.
The coolest video on Monday at the E3 games conference — one of the video game industry’s biggest gatherings — was this cinematic video of Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Twenty five years ago, a 29-year-old Russian mathematician loosed Tetris upon the world. Now the game has sold more than 125 million copies — an astounding average of 5 million per year. Now the two men who are responsible for turning it into a worldwide phenomenon are trying to take it to even higher sales through online tournaments and matches.
Ubisoft showed off its work with one of Hollywood’s most technology-minded directors, James Cameron, at a press conference at the E3 game conference today in Los Angeles.
[Updated with video of the Old Republic game]
Trying to one-up Nintendo at the E3 game conference in Los Angeles this week, Microsoft showed off a game-control scheme where you use your body to control what happens in a game.
Microsoft scored a coup last November when it debuted Netflix movies on the Xbox 360. Now it’s Facebook’s turn. Microsoft will now integrate the Facebook social network into the Xbox 360 dashboard. You can now view photos, make friends, and otherwise interact on Facebook directly from the game console.
Time was Microsoft couldn’t get big stars to show up at its press conferences at E3, the big video game trade show. Not anymore.
The Sims 3 game launch today is likely to be critical to the future of Electronic Arts. And we’re not just talking about the company’s performance in the current quarter.