The annual Game Developers Conference is scheduled to be held from 9-13 of March this year at San Francisco and there are already speculations that Nintendo could be announcing a new game platform during the event.
Quoting an employee from a major international publisher company, VideoGamer reports that a lot of game developers have already started working on the new platform. In the source’s words
“Just heard a rumour that you may be interested in: Nintendo are going to announce a new platform at GDC. Some devs have already started work on it.”
No information is presently available regarding the specifics of the new platform and whether it will be a handheld or home console. Regardless of this, speculations have been rife about the likelihood of a new platform announcement in the past few weeks, especially since Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata’s statements recently during an investor conference. Asked if Wii’s HD compatibility was going to be good enough to counter competition, he had replied
“Do you think it would sell with just that? It needs something new. If there were no rival makers in the world, I could give examples of the things that we are considering. However, for competitive reasons, I cannot give specifics today on the what or when of the things we’re considering.”
Folks at Boy Genius Report write in that they have received solid tips from one of their contacts that Research In Motion, the company behind Blackberry has started its work on the next generation operating system.
Not much information is available at the moment about what we can expect from Blackberry OS 6.0. There have been earlier rumors about RIM launching OS version 5.2 later this year. Considering that this new version is not a decimal iteration over 5.2, it is likely that some very significant additions are introduced.
RIM had acquired Torch Mobile WebKit browser late last year and we see this as a possible addition to the handset. Also, recent patents filed give an indication of work towards improving the overall performance of the device to be something of paramount focus.
More than two million businesses today use either the free or paid version of Google Apps. This is in stark contrast to the over 500 million users of Microsoft Office. While one of the important reasons why Google Apps is yet to pose a significant challenge to Microsoft is undoubtedly the apprehensions about storing data in the cloud, there are also complaints about the lack of sufficient features on Google Apps.
In order to solve this, Google has apparently taken a leaf out of Apple’s book in order to launch a business app store primarily for businesses using of Google Apps. According to reports on the Wall Street Journal, this app store will function very similar to the Apple App Store. Developers can create applications that will offer an enhanced experience to Google Apps users – for instance, advance security features or the ability to import contacts. These applications can be sold on the business app store where Google will take a cut out of the sales and the remaining shall go to the developers.
An app store for businesses can be extremely rewarding simply because of the margins that it can offer. Unlike the Apple App Store which plays on volumes and where the prices of applications are most often under $10, those applications on Google’s business app store can sell at several hundred, if not thousands of dollars, considering that these are built for established businesses though the volume of sale is likely to be much lower.
However, questions about customer support and reliability on third party developers for applications remain. Considering businesses study a lot of parameters before spending their money, it is to be seen whether Google can actually pull this one off successfully.
What do you think? Can an app store for businesses be successful? Tell us what you think.
Imagine these scenario : You have just been from a trip to New York and have shared pictures on Flickr. One of the pics is of a burger shop that you loved and want to share the same with your friends on Flickr. It is normal for people to write such things on the image description area.
However, Yahoo has a better plan. In a patent filed by the company, the inventors explain the concept of a “virtual note” that can be overlaid across pictures that you have taken so that description of places captured in a photo as well as subsequent comments can happen inside the photo itself.
This is not all. The inventors talk of more embodiments. With geotagging already possible on Flickr, users may also browse across such virtual notes from a map view.
However, the most significant aspect of the invention is the use of augmented reality. The inventors describe that since these virtual notes are geotagged, accessing the service from a mobile device will gather all virtual notes geotagged to locations within a particular radius from the location of the mobile device that can be displayed to the user.
There appear to be a variety of use-cases to such an invention. Primarily this can simply serve as a tagging tool for Flickr users. However, such a tool can also grow to be a local-review feature (like Yelp?)where user reviews of places within localities can be accessed at a press of a button. And the worst use-case of all?Advertisers can use the virtual note feature to promote their places to people in the vicinity; much like Google’s ads on maps.
The Google Phone could soon be made available on AT&T and Sprint’s 3G networks. If rumors are to be believed, work on this is already happening behind the scenes.
Documents submitted to FCC recently have offered indications of the Nexus One becoming available on AT&T’s 3G network soon. If you are wondering if this is something that is already possible, here is a clarification : Unlocked version of Nexus One is available for $529. However, you cannot use the device to access internet via AT&T or Sprint’s 3G networks. The device can only access the 3G network from T-Mobile. Users who do unlock the device can only access internet via AT&T’s Edge or 2.5G networks.
While partnership with AT&T appears likely after documents submitted to FCC, the speculations about Sprint remain sketchy though. Folks at Gizmodo write that they received the following response when they contacted Sprint for a Nexus One handset
Thank you for contacting Sprint regarding the nexus one.Unfortunately, this handset model is not on offer as of now.Once it is launched, you will see promotional campaigns related to thelaunch date, cost and the features of the handset on our Web site andother promotional media.Thank you for showing interest in our products & services. Please let usknow if you would like us to assist you with anything else.
Not very convincing, but sure gives an indication that something’s cooking.
Sony’s much hyped PSPgo hasn’t lived up to the expectations and sales have been moderate at best. One of the primary reasons behind this is touted to be the price.
Sony PSPgo is priced at close to $100 more than the other models in the segment and with price being one of the crucial factors in this segment, it is likely that Sony drops the price of the gaming console to try and increase the market share.
This apart, a marketing blitz is also likely. Sources close to GamerVision have told the website that Sony is planning a heavy marketing campaign to get the customers interested in the gaming device once more.
What do you think; will a price drop offer the turnaround that Sony is desperately looking for? Tell us what you think.
Till late last year, the tablet was just a concept – a futuristic device that had been in the making for more than a decade. But in just a span of few months, things have changed. Not only did Apple demo the iPad, but there are also rumors that Google is now looking to launch their own tablet device.
Last week we had written about the likelihood of the Chrome OS supporting touch based technology. Now there are more indications of the Chrome OS being used in an iPad-like Tablet.
Concept video and pictures posted on the Chromium developers website (The Chrome open source project) give us an indication of what the Google tablet could look like. Check it out below
TechCrunch offers more insights about the device. According to their sources, there is more than one Chrome OS based tablet in the making. However, like with the Nexus One, only one of the tablet will be officially declared a Google Tablet while the rest will run on the Chrome OS and be branded with the respective manufacturers’ logo.
With a lot of these devices expected to be out by the end of the year, do you see the laptop market in danger? What are your thoughts on this?
The iPad is touted as a bigger version of the iPhone. Now it looks like a smaller version of the Mac could also be in the works. TechCrunch reports second hand sources as revealing that Apple could possibly be working on a second tablet device which, unlike the iPad, would tend to serve as a laptop substitute.
While not much information is available regarding this device, it is speculated that this new tablet will have a much bigger screen; around 15.4″ and could run on Mac OS X. TechCrunch further writes in that the device is likely to be demoed during the WWDC event in June of this year and could be launched before the end of the year.
We still have our doubts regarding this – Primarily, Apple is a kind of company that would like to get more things under the company’s control. With a Mac OS X powered tablet, the company could be losing out on vital revenues that the company could otherwise be making from app sales. However, this could also be a contingency device that could be launched if any of Apple’s competitors launch rival tablets that are much more open compared to the iPad and hence rake in market share.
Acer is working on a technology that will combine the real-time connectivity offered by instant messengers with Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) technology to build a system that will enable users watch the TV shows of their choice right from the comfort of their instant messengers.
The technology, a patent for which was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently describes a way to connect an instant messaging module to a television card and control the outputted audio and video signals from the IM service. It is not clear if Acer plans to integrate this service with third party messengers like Skype or Yahoo Messenger
Rumors of Amazon being interested in Netflix are not new. There was talk about this as early as June of last year though at that point, it seemed more unlikely since Netflix’s strategy of staying with physical goods did not fit Amazon’s core philosophy of selling digital content.
However, a lot of things have changed since then. Netflix now allows video streaming and according to its latest quarterly report, 48% of its users at least streamed 15 minutes of video in this quarter. Besides this, Netflix’s subscription model has seemingly been received better among its registered users compared to Amazon’s pay-per-view model. Nearly 97% of the company’s 12.2 million registered users are paid subscribers. All this has given the DVD renting company an overall market value of $3.4 billion.
Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal says Netflix’s recent online streaming model along with newer market dynamics can mean Amazon will be flirting with the idea of acquiring the Los Gatos, CA based company. “There is now even a higher possibility. If someone is a category leader and it is still growing rapidly, they go ahead and acquire it”, he says referring to Amazon’s recent acquisition of online shoe retailer, Zappos.
What do you think? Will a Netflix acquisition be a good fit for Amazon? Let us know in the comments.