03 July 2013

Game Console: Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Apple? Google?

Looks like Apple and Google are going to get into the game console market--

Google and Console Makers Beware: Apple Already Has the Makings of a Great ...
TIME
Although Apple, secretive as always, has not indicated anything of the sort, Google should be concerned, and so should Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. Apple already has the makings of a great game console, whether it's actively working on one or not.

1 Reason Google Wants in on the Gaming Space - Business - Motley Fool | NBC News: " . . . Back in February, MacRumors mentioned that one of the first engineers to work on the original Xbox posted this on his blog: Why can't I write a game for Xbox tomorrow using $100 worth of tools and my existing Windows laptop and test it on my home xBox or at my friends' houses? Why can't I then distribute it digitally in a decent online store, give up a 30% cut and strike it rich if it's a great game, like I can for Android, for iPhone, or for iPad? When you put it that way, it seems like a no-brainer for Apple and Google to release console-like gaming. . . ."


Apple's 'iWatch': Where do you want your wearable?
Washington Post
If Google, Apple or some other tech company can make something wearable that's that transformative, then sooner or later we'll all jump on board, whether it's on our wrists, our faces, hanging from our ears or woven into our shirts. Related stories:.

Pincus interruptus: Microsoft's Xbox chief to run Zynga
PCWorld
Whatever game Zynga's founder Mark Pincus had in mind, he's not calling the shots, ceding the title of chief executive to former Microsoft executive Don Mattrick. Mattrick, who helped makeMicrosoft's Xbox game console the dominant game platform within ...

Google Glass: privacy fears continue
The Guardian
Senator Joe Barton, who co-founded the congressional bi-partisan privacy caucus, sent a detailed letter of concern to Google in May asking the company to clarify how Glass users' data would be protected, as well as the privacy of non-users who could be ...

How Google Can Make a Killer Smartwatch
Businessweek
Bear in mind that Google isn't the only big player working on new wearable devices. Rumors ofApple (AAPL) building a smartwatch have been making the rounds for some time. That makes sense: Apple often jumps into product markets with big opportunities ...

Microsoft CRM update to focus on marketing, mobility and usability
PCWorld
Microsoft is preparing to launch a new version of its Dynamics CRM (customer relationship management) software that will include improved mobile applications and integrations with Yammer, Skype and the company's MarketingPilot marketing automation ...

Microsoft to shut down TechNet subscription service
ZDNet (blog)
Summary: One of the best software deals around is about to be retired. Microsoft announced today that after 15 years it will shut down its TechNet subscriptions service in 60 days. Microsoft has other, similar programs, but none are as generous as TechNet.

Google getting ready to offer flight search service in India; Makemytrip ...
Times of India
A fledgling effort by Google portending the launch of its flight travel search service in India is creating jitters among online flight aggregators, who fear their business model is under threat. Editor's Pick. Yahoo buys Bignoggins for more bright ...

Microsoft Windows Store hits 100000 Windows 8 apps, still playing catch-up ...
ZDNet
Microsoft also claims to have more than 160,000 apps and games in its Windows Phone store, but these numbers are dwarfed by the approximately 700,000 apps that Google has in its Play store, while Apple has around 850,000 iPhone apps and 350,000 ...

We Were The (1000+). Goodbye, Google Reader | TechCrunch
By Sarah Perez
In Google Reader, I've gleefully stuffed websites into collections like “B-List” and “C-List” and “Can't Miss” and “Panic Button,” instead of more proper names like “top tech sites” or “Apple bloggers.” It's my decision which headline collections get ...
TechCrunch

Amazon opens GameCircle integration to all Android devices
By Zachary Lutz
The reveal comes at an interesting time, which parallels the recent launch of Google Play game services. Naturally, it's reasonable to speculate that Amazon's move could be an attempt to keep its service relevant. More than 500 games ...
Engadget RSS Feed

Apple is planning a solar panel farm for its data center in Reno ...
By Katie Fehrenbacher
Since Apple will assume the incremental building costs throughout the project, the rates of NV Energy's other customers doesn't have to go up. Duke Energy and Google are working on a similar (though slightly different) proposal in North ...
GigaOM

Microsoft's Entertainment Head Don Mattrick Leaving for Top Zynga ...
By Kara Swisher
Don Mattrick, the president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment unit — which centers on the Xbox and all the software giant's gaming and entertainment efforts — is leaving the company, said multiple sources close to the situation.
AllThingsD

Apple Building a Solar Grid for Its Reno Data Center - The Next Web
By Josh Ong
Apple has confirmed plans to build an 18 to 20-megawatt solar panel farm for its upcoming data center in Reno, Nevada. ... natural solar radiation and geothermal resources to completely meet the energy needs of our data center. Apple's not alone in its efforts. Earlier this year, Google announced a new initiative to help utility companies develop programs that allow large corporations to specifically request renewable energy and pay for it at higher rates. Image credit: iStockphoto ...
The Next Web


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