The semiconductor industry continued its slow path to recovery as it reported that April sales were up 6.4 percent to $15.6 billion compared to March.
stories by Dean Takahashi
Nvidia is becoming a real player in portable mobile devices as the industry embraces its Tegra processors. The company is announcing today that some of the world’s biggest gadget manufacturers are designing mobile devices using the Tegra chips.
Activision Blizzard webcast a press conference today, highlighting the games it expects will generate millions and millions of sales for the company this year. The event was the first of many from game companies at the E3 conference.
Details of the latest version of Sony’s PlayStation Portable, the PSP Go, keep leaking out.
The E3 video game trade show gets under way Monday, and is expected to draw more than 40,000 people with a new grandiose format.
Positive reactions from the security industry are coming in response to President Obama’s decision to set up a high-level cybersecurity coordinator within the federal government.
We reported recently that Microsoft was preparing to announce a gesture-control system for the Xbox 360 at the E3 show in Los Angeles starting Monday. Now we’ve peeled back another layer of the secret.
John Riccitiello, chief executive of Electronic Arts, came into EA a couple of years ago with the commitment to improve the quality of the big company’s games. During his calls with financial analysts, Riccitiello regularly cited average review scores for the company’s games.
Chris Taylor is a goofy character in the game business. That’s why he was a fine emcee at our recent GamesBeat 09 conference. But he has a serious side as the founder of Gas Powered Games, a maker of real-time strategy games that has weathered big changes in the PC game business. Taylor’s games –- including Total Annihilation, Dungeon Siege, Supreme Commander, and the recent Demigod — have sold more than 6 million copies. We caught up with him in his office at Gas Powered Games in Redmond, Wash., where we talked about what it takes to survive as a game developer for so long.
Yes, these people in the picture are real. What’s weird is they’re attending a conference about virtual events. You know, the kind they have only in cyberspace where you pretend you’re at a live event.
Sometimes there’s no need to reinvent what your enemy has done. That seems to be the thinking that Palm embraced as it announced today that the Palm Pre cell phone will be able to sync with Apple iTunes content.
PC game software grew 18 percent in 2008, thanks to growing usage of online games that are played primarily on computers and not on consoles.
Microsoft announced today that it’s sold more than 30 million Xbox 360 game consoles and that its active user base of Xbox Live online gaming service is now over 20 million.
Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo spoke at the AllThingsD conference today where he gave some unexpected praise for Apple’s iPhone in a couple of interviews. If you haven’t caught some of the video, it’s worth a look.
An industry alliance is announcing today a new version of the popular HDMI cables that connect high-definition video appliances to TVs and other appliances. It’s just a simple cable upgrade, but it will mean far easier set-up of Internet-connected devices in the your living room.
Philippe Kahn showed off a motion-sensing ear piece at the AllThingsD conference today. For the past five years, Kahn’s startup Fullpower Technologies has been developing a system that can track your motion. They’ve now built the accelerometer-based technology into a ear piece that serves as a cell phone headset.
OK, just because I live in California doesn’t mean that I’m a fan of the eye-liner-wearing Adam Lambert, who lost out last week to Kris Allen of Arkansas in the American Idol finale.
Electronic Arts is launching its Sims 3 game across as many platforms as it can next week. But one of the most interesting to watch will be the game’s debut on the iPhone. That’s because the game represents a big effort inside EA to get the game right on the fast-growing platform.
Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz sat on the hot seat in an interview with Kara Swisher at the AllThingsD conference. Bartz managed to deflect and disarm tough questions with her sense of humor.
Showing there is still investor interest in games, startup Heyzap is announcing today it has raised a round of in seed funding from Union Square Ventures. The amount was $500,000 to $1 million.
Readying its launch of a new game console, Zeebo said today that it has shipped game machines to retailers in Brazil. That’s the beginning of a test as to whether there is room for a bargain console in emerging countries.
Ubisoft reported fiscal year results with good sales growth and a decent profit despite the recession. For the year ended March 31, the French game publisher reported sales of $1.47 billion, up 18.4 percent from $1.3 billion a year earlier.
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Free is a pretty good price. That’s an obvious lesson from Sony Online Entertainment ‘s Free Realms massively multiplayer online game, which the company announced today has now crossed 2 million registrants.
InvenSense is announcing today that it’s improved its gyroscope chips so they can be used in much more accurate motion-sensing game controllers.
Microsoft has announced that it will launch a new Zune HD portable media player this fall. It is also expanding its Zune Entertainment Service to new platforms such as the Xbox Live online gaming service for the Xbox 360 game console. The new device, combined with a unique service, might just add a little pressure on rival Apple.
It’s not all that easy for a video game publisher to diversify away from good-old-fashioned-street-violence-racing-mayhem.
Intel said today that a new Xeon series server chip debuting in the second half of the year will attack the highest end of the server processor market. That means Intel is targeting IBM as well as another division of Intel that sells the Itanium processors.
Ever since the Nintendo Wii took the video game market by storm with its motion-sensing controller, next-generation user interfaces have become a big attraction. Canesta is one of the companies trying to upstage the Wii with a 3-D vision system.
The odds are good you’ve never heard of OpenX. But the company makes the open-source ad servers that are behind more than 150,000 web sites. Its software serves more than 300 billion ads a month into those web sites. Not bad for a little old company from Pasadena, Calif.
VentureLoop has partnered with Widgetbox to advertise the jobs available at startups that have been funded by VentureLoop’s venture capital clients.
When Nvidia launched its Ion graphics platform for netbooks and small laptops in December, it landed with a thud. But today, the company is announcing that Lenovo is going to use the platform to create a small laptop with 10 times more graphics horsepower than typical laptops.
CryptoZoo aims to get gamers off the couch and into the streets, letting them find clues about mythical animals in the real world and exercise in their spare moments.
Here’s the latest action: From Russia With Love– Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian investor, is offering to put more money into Facebook, raising its valuation to $10 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. [We've since confirmed.]
Bill Dally recently made the jump from head of the computer science department at Stanford University to being chief scientist at graphics chip maker Nvidia. Now he has to be the chief visionary for the products that Nvidia will make in the future. His expertise is in parallel computing, which he believes will come to dominate the picture. If he’s right, we’ll see a shift of billions of dollars of sales from one part of the chip industry to another. I had the chance to interview him recently about his new role and the future of chip technology.
Kozio said today that it has closed its first round of funding for its business of making diagnostics for both hardware and software.
IBM is announcing today that it’s stepping up its investment in Vietnam as part of a bid to improve the country’s innovation and grab a foothold in an emerging territory for technology consumption.
TransGaming has subsisted as a game porting company for years, converting PC games to run on Macs or Linux machines. Now it is announcing a new game studio that’s working on a game for the Nintendo Wii game console.
Jamie King and Gary Foreman, co-founders of Rockstar, the maker of the Grand Theft Auto series of games, have launched a new game studio, 4mm Games, to focus on making web-based video games.
It’s time to get out your tapping finger again, as Tapulous has just released Tap Tap Revenge Dave Matthews Band game for the iPhone.