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Microsoft said Tuesday it plans to introduce a new mouse designed for gaming on personal computers, aiming to capture a growing segment of the computer peripheral equipment market.
When Viacom's MTV unveiled its new "Urge," online digital music destination at the big Consumer Electronics Show last year, it had all the earmarks of a major initiative. Justin Timberlake joined Van Toffler on stage during Bill Gates' keynote to unveil the service which would ultimately be tied to the then-upcoming Zune media player from Microsoft.
Last week, I was singing the praises of Electronic Arts, which is giving Madden gamers the option of winning real rings in the game this year. The people at EA wouldn’t tell me--or perhaps didn’t know--how long it would take to get to the third level of ring, where you order a real ring. But thank you to reader Stephen Wilde, who wrote in that he had finally reached the third level.
Video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software received a "Wells" notice last week from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's division of enforcement, in connection with a previously disclosed investigation into Take-Two's historical stock-option practices.
As many of you know Electronic Arts' "Madden 08" came out last night. You can find the reviews everywhere else. But I'm here to review only one thing: The rings you can get in the game. They are unbelievable. These things are going to be the most surprising success of this franchise.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 video game console will be $50 cheaper starting Wednesday, confirming fuzzy snapshots of leaked advertisements posted by bloggers in late July.
Video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software said Thursday it is delaying the release the latest installment of its top-selling "Grand Theft Auto" game until next year. The company cut its 2007 earnings outlook as a result of the delay, sending shares down sharply in after-hours trading.
Now that the major tech earnings parade has largely passed by, I have a chance to reflect on some bizarre developments swirling around both Google and Apple. This is the first of two blogs today, but I'll focus here on Google. It's interesting to note, that both companies are caught in a strange whirlpool of shifting euphoria, great expectations--and then punishing share-price brutality when performance doesn't match up with what the experts were looking for.
Sony said on Thursday its quarterly profit more than trebled after strong digital camera sales and a softer yen far outstripped losses at its game unit.
Tech earnings for the week are in the books and we now all get to look ahead to Apple Inc.'s earnings next Wednesday. But reading the tea leaves from some of the biggest names reporting this week may signal a pretty good uptick in tech. And despite NASDAQ's declines today, some positive trends are developing that may signal a nice opportunity for investors.
Strap in because next week is going to be big for the biggest names in technology. We'll get earnings news on Tuesday from Intel and Yahoo; IBM and eBay on Wednesday; Microsoft, Google, Motorola and AMD on Thursday. Did you get all that?
This is the I caught Sony CEO Howard Stringer on his way out of the Allen & Co. media content panel. Barry Diller pulled him in at the last minute to join himself, Jeff Bezos, and Sergey Brin in the panel discussion. I asked Stringer about his perspective running a company that does both content creation--at the movie studio, music label, and video game division--and distribution (most recently through the digital distribution of the PlayStation 3.)
E3 is a fun show not just because of the companies it attracts, like Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Activision, THQ and dozens of others, but because of the celebrities who show up too. I had the chance to sit down with Heisman trophy winner and the NFL's #2 draft pick last year Reggie Bush before the big Microsoft event Tuesday night. Complete with multi-karat diamonds in each ear.
Microsoft said on Tuesday it will hold firm on pricing for its Xbox 360 game console, defying widespread expectations that it would respond to a price cut by rival Sony for the PlayStation 3.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo kicked off in Santa Monica, Calif. Tuesday night with the massive Microsoft event inside the outdoor amphitheater at Santa Monica High School. The splashy event kicked off with a group of die-hard Halo fans and high school rockers from Libertyville, Illinois, something of a cult favorite on the web called Corporeal. Hannah, the violinist, brought the house down with the Halo theme.
Microsoft. said Tuesday it struck a deal to make 35 Disney movies, such as the animated hit "Aladdin" and the action title "Armageddon," available for download on its online video game service.
Last week it was Microsoft making all the headlines with its Xbox mess: the $1 billion charge connected to the extended warranty; missed sales targets; another multi-hundred-million dollar loss for the entertainment and devices division. And in the background, Sony was grabbing headlines of its own: disavowing any connection to an impending price-cut to make its slumping, $600 Playstation 3 console more competitive. Sony's top brass told the world that there would be no price-cut, that a drop in price didn't make sense.
As Microsoft continues to miss its unit sales numbers, Nintendo's Wii continues to soar. It's the "big elephant" in Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California--the home of next week's E3 conference. Funny though: that wasn't the competitor Microsoft was likely worried about during the opening salvos of last year's big console wars. It seems Microsoft was only concerned about what Sony's PlayStation III would do.
On the eve of the big (though decidedly more intimate) Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) next week in Los Angeles, Microsoft drops a bombshell: all those bloggers complaining about the hardware crashes on Xbox 360 were heard in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft will set aside between $1.05 and $1.15 billion dollars to cover a new, 3-year extended warranty program to cover repairs for the device.
Sony said on Friday it has no plan at present to cut the price of its PlayStation3 game console to pep up demand.