Mythic Entertainment, a division of Electronics Arts acquired back in 2006, continued to say today all is set to roll with the upcoming MMORPG Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. This title is now shipping to retail and will see a September 18 kickoff.
Rising energy and food prices may finally show their ugly face in the
retail space, as consumers are adjusting their spending, ChangeWave
suggests. It’s once again the time for discount retailers, which will
grab market share from established chains, the market research firm
said. Consumer electronics spending will be weak over the next 90 days,
according to the forecast, but it seems that Apple might see little
impact – and some of its products may actually see record sales.
Electronic Arts has dropped its hostile takeover
bid of Take-Two Interactive. The two companies have been going back
and forth on bids for nearly seven months with Take-Two saying that it
was being undervalued by EA. As you can expect, Take-Two’s stock price
has dropped nearly five dollars and is currently trading at just under
$17 a share.
The effort of making legal digital media available to consumers in
convenient ways across many devices has been an industry disaster
defined by piracy paranoia, lawsuits, exaggerated copy protection
policies, locked down technology platforms and corporate interests that
mostly ignored consumer interests. Now there is a new industry
organization that aims to come up with industry standards to enable
consumers to acquire and play content across a wide range of services
and devices. 16 key players from Hollywood and Silicon Valley are part
of this initiative. Notably absent is Apple, which obviously has not
much interest in creating an open media download spec.
The National Science Foundation has given $100,000 to the
University of California at Irvine for a study on World of Warcraft
players. Bonnie Nardi, a UCI informatics professor, will examine the
differences in play habits and culture between WoW players in the
United States and China. She already has some interesting observations.
Not that Bluetooth is a sensational new feature. But it is noteworthy
that this feature, which has long been requested by iPod touch users,
has finally made it into the iPod touch. And interestingly, Steve Jobs
did not announce this new feature during the launch event and
Apple’s iPod touch product page does not list Bluetooth as a feature of
Sony and Amazon, which a few months back announced plans to carry Amazon's Video on Demand service on Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video Link module,
said today this service is now live. It promises to bring "immediate
access to premium, commercial-free movies and television shows
purchased or rented by users."
Sony's got a couple of new HDV cameras it is announcing today. The one of interest to prosumers like you and I is the HDR-FX1000,
priced at around $3200.
Sony says the HDR-FX1000 is its first Handycam camcorder to feature
progressive scan at 1080/24p and 30p. The 24p image, using a two to
three pull down, can be converted to 60i for editing.
We first took a very brief look
at the chilling video game F.E.A.R. For the Xbox 360 back at E3 in
2006. The popular title's sequel, now in development, has just spawned
a name from developer Monolith Productions – it will be called F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
One of the remotes considered in the uber category by hardcore home theater owners is the Philips Pronto. Philips, according to CEPro, has just unveiled its latest Pronto – the TSU9800 touchscreen.
Apple used its Let’s Rock event today to update its touch-based media
player. The new iPod touch comes with a more rounded stainless steel
design that resembles the appearance of the iPhone 3G, side volume
controls and a built-in speaker. It also comes pre-loaded with a new
software package that adds Apple’s new Genius music recommendation
option and out-of-the-box support for Nike+ sports gear.
Sony's got itself a new α (alpha) DSLR today which the company says is its first full-frame model. It is called the DSLR-A900 and the body alone will cost you around $3000 with related accessories. It will hit store shelves in November.
Apple unveiled its fourth-generation iPod nano as well as a new 120 GB
iPod Classic at its “Let’s Rock” event today. The 160 GB iPod is gone.
Microsoft unveiled its new Zune media players just hours before the
Apple’s annual iPod event. The refreshed media player family offers
more storage capacity and the updated software adds new interesting
options, some of them unique to the Zune. Microsoft hopes these
benefits might convince iPod users to switch, while serving as a
reminder to others that Zune is still in the game.
Mitsubishi’s LaserVue LCD, according to the company the world’s first
laser-powered TV, will be on store shelves at the end of this month and
will sell in its 65” version for pretty much what the company promised
– the price of an average 65” LCD TV. It is not cheap, but it may one
of most technologically advanced televisions on the market many
enthusiasts can afford.
Apple may not be the only one dominating tech headlines tomorrow.
Apparently, Microsoft is set to refresh its Zune family tomorrow as
well and may use the media frenzy to piggy back on Apple. The company
is expected to also apply a "redesign-storage upgrade-new colors-price
cut" formula for this new product generation. However, behind that
shiny new surface Microsoft is said to be offering upgraded Zune
software and an updated Zune Marketplace service that may include
exclusive interactive video programming, wireless access to the online
store, games, and other content.
Movea, a company known for motion-sensing technology in products such
as its M2000 Travel Air-Mouse, took the wraps today off its new
Gyration Air Music Remote which combines "a universal remote control
with the functions of a PC mouse." This motion-sensing remote can be
yours to twirl around in the air for around $180 standalone, or $230 if
you want a wireless keyboard tossed in.
Normally we'd ignore something like this but it feels too strange to
pass up on a brief mention of. Tom Cruise, that Scientology loving
actor who, despite some weirdness, is still a pretty major Hollywood
presence, has announced his official Web site is going iPhone friendly.