Those people might care to hark at deeply relevant news. God will be defeated by science. No, not by faltering Wi-Fi systems at a conference. And, no, these are not my words. This is the considered opinion of someone sometimes referred to as the cleverest man in the world, Stephen Hawking.
In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, due to air Monday evening, Hawking expounded upon the largest questions, those that transcend iPhones and androids: Can science and God live happily ever … Read more
Between 2004 and 2009, nearly $42 billion worth of Sony PSP and Nintendo DS games were illegally downloaded from file-sharing sites, according to a new study by the Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association.
The group, which puts on the annual Tokyo Game Show, calculated the figure by seeing how often Japanese versions of the 20 best-selling games between 2004 and 2009 were pirated. It then multiplied that figure by the manufacturer's suggested retail price of each title. According to Andriasang, a gaming-news site that focuses on the Japanese market, the researchers also included a "ratio of sales" figure … Read more
Those looking to stream pornographic videos to their PlayStation 3 will be bummed to hear that that capability won't be coming to Sony's console. At least, that's what Vivid Video says.
Vivid, one of the world's largest pornography companies, recently approached Sony to see if the company would ink a deal allowing Vivid to stream its pornographic films to the PS3. But Sony wasn't interested, Vivid revealed in a recent interview.
So how does the company top having arguably the best current basketball player in the world on its cover? It goes out and gets perhaps the best player of all time, a 14-time All-Star with six championship rings and five league MVP awards on his resume.
There go the last bragging rights NBA 2K5 cover star Ben Wallace had on Jordan.
Take-Two on Thursday officially announced that Chicago Bulls legend Michael … Read more
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--To an unenlightened observer, Ron Haidenger's demonstration of playing a video game by tilting a piece of cardboard back and forth looks more than a little bit nutty.
But to anyone wearing his company's computer-enhanced glasses, which seamlessly delete the image of the cardboard and replace it with a metal ball spinning through a gleaming three-dimensional maze, it's a near-hypnotic experience.
"The response no matter where we show it is phenomenal," says Haidenger, manager of Vuzix's consumer division. "There's a huge hunger in the market for AR hardware."
AR is, of course, short for "augmented reality." The concept isn't entirely new: it's crept into public consciousness in the last few years in the form of those virtual yellow line markers in broadcasts of football games and heads-up displays in some cars.
But a new crop of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists has more ambitious plans. They gathered here this week in the Santa Clara Convention Center for a conference that's not called one--the official title is the first Augmented Reality Event--to come up with concepts that will convince all but the most technophobic that they should be looking at the world through a new set of spectacles. … Read more
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.--Streaming-game service OnLive, which launches in two weeks, gave attendees at D: All Things Digital a look at both its initial service as well as some things that might be possible down the road.
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.--Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended his company's approach to privacy, saying it makes sense for users to have a mix of information: some that's shared narrowly and some that should be made broadly available.
"There have been misperceptions that we are trying to make all the information public," Zuckerberg said, speaking at the D: All Things Digital conference here. That said, for social networks to link people to one another, some information must necessarily be public, he said. "There's some serendipity that can only happen if you are sharing," … Read more
Virtual goods remain a promising alternative to advertising, and even to subscription revenue for many games and social networks. As mobile games continue to play an important role in gaming revenue, I would expect to see the sales of virtual goods continue to skew toward mobile devices as users seek instant gratification and bite-sized chunks of high-quality gameplay.
If you think that Sony's PlayStation 3 has been maxed out, think again. According to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President Andrew House, developers have a way to go before they can fully say that they've used all the power the company's console has to offer.
"As with all consoles, as developers spend more and more time on the platform, they learn more, resulting in an improvement in the quality of the games," House said in response to questions posed by readers of the Official PlayStation Web site. "Already with PS3, you can see how … Read more