Epic Games' Mark Rein thinks iPad has performance to run cool 3-D games (video)

Mark Rein, vice president at Epic Games, was at the premiere of the iPad tablet computer from Apple today. We caught up with him in a brief video interview to talk about making games for the iPad. Epic is known for its hardcore games such as Gears of War and Unreal Tournament. He thinks the iPad will be a great platform for games in the future, even more so than the current iPhone.

Electronic Arts will make games designed for the iPad (video)

Travis Boatman of Electronic Arts’ EA Mobile division is enthusiastic about making games for the iPad. EA showed off Need for Speed Shift, which was redesigned from the iPhone to run on the iPad. That process took a couple of weeks. EA already has 40 games on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Those games will work on the iPad, and they will even look decent because the iPad takes the smaller resolution game images and doubles them so they can scale up to the larger screen on the iPad. Even so, Boatman says EA Mobile will make games that are designed for the iPad.

Video of the Apple iPad, up close and personal (video)

Check out our video of the iPad tablet computer that Apple announced today. This video shows off the photo app capability of the device. You can see that the 9.7-inch screen is great at changing the screen fast when you swipe it. And the screen can accomodate multi-finger gestures. The iBook app also shows that the device is very cool at displaying books in color or black-and-white. Notice the cool animation when you change the page. Lastly, the video looks great at 720p resolution.

Steve Jobs: We call it the iPad

Here comes the “ah” moment. Apple’s Steve Jobs has taken the stage at the company’s big launch event today to talk about the much-anticipated iPad. It is very thin. You can browse the web with it, and Jobs says, “It’s the best browsing experience you ever had. Way better than a laptop. Way better than a smart phone.”

Waiting in line at the Apple event with the press horde

I’m outside the Yerba Buena Gardens theater in San Francisco, waiting to go inside for the Apple tablet press conference. I’m in line with the press mob, including folks like my former colleague MG Siegler from Techcrunch. The line formed earlier this time compared to Apple’s iPod unveil here last fall. I’ll be blogging like crazy and posting pictures. So please stand by. [Update: I'm inside, sitting next to Rob Pegoraro from the Washington Post].

The irony of Scott McNealy's goodbye note

Scott McNealy is one of the legendary characters of Silicon Valley. It is jarring to read his goodbye note to Sun Microsystems employees as Oracle is poised to complete its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun. In the email to Sun employees, McNealy said, “Thanks for a great 28 years.”

Roundup: Texas Instruments beats expectations, Bill Gates goes green

Bellwether rings in a good new year — Texas Instruments is another one of those bellwethers for the economy, as its chips are used in cell phones, TVs, and other electronic gadgets. The company beat analysts’ expectations today, reporting a profit of $655 million on sales of $3 billion in the fourth quarter. And CEO Rich Templeton predicts that growth will be up sequentially in the first quarter, not down as is typical for the season. Credit the overall tech recovery. Still, the company’s stock price fell in after-hours trading.