RocketOn is one of the companies devoted to the parallel web, meaning it can take web sites and layer things on top of them, from virtual characters to message boards.
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In a sign that Intel’s regulatory troubles are just beginning, the European Commission slapped Intel with a record antitrust fine of $1.45 billion today for allegedly abusing its monopoly power in competition with Advanced Micro Devices .
Streamezzo said it has raised $5.1 million in funding for its platform that allows mobile apps creators to publish media apps across many different mobile platforms.
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Rumors are rife that Microsoft will introduce the gesture-based game control system we wrote about earlier this year at the E3 show in Los Angeles in June.
There isn’t enough blood and guts in browser-based web games. That appears to be one reason that Resistor Productions has launched a new massively multiplayer online role-playing game for adults.
Video games are officially cool. Jerry Bruckheimer has blessed them. And he’s serious about making high-quality games.
Changes in quarterly market share for PC microprocessors don’t usually raise our eyebrows. But the first quarter results from market researcher IDC are interesting because Advanced Micro Devices has finally reversed five quarters worth of market share losses to Intel .
If Intel is going to get anywhere chasing after the graphics chip business, it has to invest heavily in research and development. The world’s biggest chip maker took a step in that direction today as it announced it is investing $12 million in a new research center in Germany.
With so much crazy news happening, games based on current events are becoming more common and easier to launch quickly on mobile platforms. Another one announced today is Cellufun’s Made Off, which lets users play Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
Nanotechnology hasn’t panned out the way some investors thought. But one company, ZettaCore, is soldiering on with a technique for using nanotech to create memory chips with ultra-tiny storage cells that can be packed densely. The company said Sunday that it raised $21 million in a third round of funding.
Diving into a crowded field that mixes social networking with games, Pixelmatic Entertainment today launched Gamerbook, an app aimed at connecting gamers on Facebook.
Thriller New Media is looking to raise $8 million to finance its nostalgic dream of creating massively multiplayer online games, a social network, strategy games and other media built around military themes.
Intel chairman Craig Barrett is retiring on May 20. Now 69, he spent more than 35 years at the company and deserves much credit for building it into a manufacturing powerhouse and the world’s biggest chip maker. He succeeded Andy Grove as chief executive in 1998 and passed the CEO job on to Paul Otellini in 2005. As chairman for the past four years, he has traveled the world meeting with heads of state about technology policy and delved into such issues as improving education, alleviating poverty via technology, and getting the nation to be more competitive and spend more on research and development. I caught up with him by phone yesterday to get some parting thoughts on a wide range of subjects, including Intel’s legal wars with Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices, and whether there’s any chance he might go into politics.
Yes, you too can own your very own virtual KISS concert lighter on the iPhone.
Nvidia, which makes graphics chips that go into all kinds of electronic devices, and therefore a good barometer for the tech industry, says its market is stabilizing.
The video game industry isn’t falling off a cliff, thanks to franchises like World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, and Guitar Hero.
Microsoft has been scaling back its internal staff across the board and in games. But the software giant showed today that it’s still willing to invest in the game business by buying BigPark, a game development studio in Vancouver, Canada.
Sharpcast said today it’s offering a free version of its SugarSync service, which we found to be the easiest for synchronizing data across any of our digital devices.
Storage Appliance is launching its Clickfree Traveler backup device today that is just about the size of a credit card but stores up to 64 gigabytes of data. That means it can probably back up most of the data you have on a laptop or netbook computer.
A tiny Seattle startup has done what two giant companies haven’t done: get Google Docs to work well with Microsoft’s Office software.
Nintendo scored record profits for its fiscal year ended March 31, but the Japanese console king warned that its profit would dip in the coming year due to an expected slowdown in Nintendo DS handheld sales.
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Xerox is launching a new version of its high-end multifunction copiers that use solid blocks of ink — a cheaper and greener printing solution than ink toner.
WonderHill is announcing today that it has raised $7 million for its first round of funding for its web-based casual games.
3D Realms has been developing Duke Nukem Forever, a shooting game starring the crass Duke Nukem character, for just about forever. And now the Dallas-area game developer is apparently shutting down for lack of funding, according to ShackNews.
Some members of Advanced Micro Devices‘ management team just got Fusioned. Fusion is the brand name for the company’s plans to put graphics and a microprocessor on the same chip. The day that happens is still quite far off, but today the chip design company combined management of the two divisions.
THQ is known for its fighting video games, but it took a lot of punches in 2009. For the fiscal year ended March 31, the big game publisher lost $431.1 million and saw revenue decline 23 percent to $830 million on a GAAP basis.
SVTC Technologies said it has raised $34 million in venture funding from existing investors for its chip-making services business.
Wireless video is starting to get off the ground, but a new industry alliance with the power of heavyweights behind it will give it more momentum.
Most university research centers can’t say they’ve produced 76 startups.
Startup social media company Moblyng is announcing today that it can make casual web games that can be quickly and easily adapted to run on just about any major mobile platform.
As the economic crisis has shown, running a company is risky business and executives don’t have enough tools that can help them steer clear of catastrophes. But supply chain software maker Aravo is launching a software service today that can help companies reduce their risks.
[updated with interview] While sales of console games in the U.S. have stalled, there is no sign of a slowdown in China’s online game market. The country is expected to see online game sales grow 38 percent to $3.8 billion in 2009, up from $2.75 billion last year, according to market researcher Niko Partners.
[updated with new Microsoft comment] Microsoft announced a new round of layoffs today as it struggles to right itself after reporting tepid results last month. We’ve learned that Massive, the company’s in-game advertising business, suffered 28 percent like 75 percent layoffs.
Electronic Arts posted a smaller loss than expected in part because it cut back on expenses much faster than it previously indicated.
In a rare move, one of Apple’s own divisions is launching an app for the iPhone.
Creating mobile marketing campaigns isn’t nearly as easy as it should be. Unity Mobile wants to change that with the launch today of its web-based platform, which lets developers create cross-platform apps and marketing campaigns for both mobile phones and Internet web sites.
First you could trade business cards wirelessly with your friends via the iPhone. Now you can give somebody a full-blown sales pitch the same way.
RGM Group is launching an online media network for luxury brands today by pooling together four existing divisions.