While last year's CES didn't offer much in terms of gaming, it would appear that CES 2009 has a lot more in store. This is partially thanks to the Nintendo Wii, which has not only solidified itself as the best-selling console of this generation, but because the system lends itself so well to third-party accessories. We expect to see plenty of new products announced exclusively for the Wii from companies like Mad Catz and Nyko.
Cyan will also hold one Myst Online server shard open for players to have a centralized world, while others can now freely put up their own Myst Online servers.
This will be an interesting experiment to see whether a development community forms around this massively multiplayer online game. Unlike many open-source projects that solve developer problems (and therefore have a direct audience), a game casts a broader net to a nondeveloper community.
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For the second year, YouTube on Friday unveiled a holiday feature that lets users create hosted video cards to send to friends and family. Users can select this option from any YouTube video, or from a special page that houses selected community videos and links to a user's own clips.
There's also an option to make a more personalized greeting straight from a connected Webcam. For now, only one video can be attached to a given greeting card.
When users are finished picking a video for use in a greeting card, they can choose from a handful of … Read more
While you may think that the economic news is totally bleak, the video game industry seems like it may well be one very bright exception to the worldwide gloom.
Bolstering the theory that the industry may be recession-proof, or at least better positioned to weather the storm than most, the video game business posted a startlingly strong November, according to figures released Thursday by the analyst firm, NPD Group.
NPD reported that overall, the industry posted sales of $2.91 billion, up 10 percent from $2.64 billion in November 2007. And for the year, sales stand at $16.04 … Read more
I had business on the East Coast this week which kept me from heading out to California for Cisco's C-Scape Global Forum 2008. However, twitter offered me the opportunity to "eavesdrop" on some of the back-channel chatter at the event. Unsurprisingly, there was apparently lots of talk about video and collaboration enabled by video.
Unsurprising because this has been a drum that Cisco's been beating for a few years now. And for good reason. Cisco makes networking infrastructure. Video consumes networking infrastructure. So, if you're Cisco CEO John Chambers, that makes video a very … Read more
If you're in the market for more hyperbole and absurd government news, take a gander at this long-winded transcription of a speech by Federal Communications Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate at the Telecom Policy and Regulation Institute
The speech offers a glimpse into the viewpoints of our governmental policies of helping and fighting technological advancement at the same time.
With the explosion of educational resources available online, one might think parents would be 100% pleased with the internet's role in their children's lives. But surveys show just the opposite: a late 2006 survey that showed 59% of parents … Read more
What a sexy day on The 404. Today's show is naughty, raunchy, dirty, and whatever other words you wouldn't use to describe your mother. We've got a new bra for men in Japan, a web browser dedicated to the five-knuckle shuffle, a Twitter offshoot with a delightful name, and as always, a salute to our comrades leading the Asian-American renaissance.
Seriously, Wilson and Jeff, a friendship is nothing if you don't respect the dibs, so don't forget about what we talked about in the beginning of today's show. We're also happy to announce … Read more
Well, the Golden Globe nominations are out and everyone's buzzing about how Tom Cruise's fat-suit performance in Tropic Thunder is up against the late Heath Ledger's turn as the Joker in The Dark Knight. (Gee, wonder which one will win.)
But on the Web, there's another set of awards announcements making the rounds. The AOL-owned meme-culture blog Urlesque has announced the winners of its first annual "Urlies." The goofy categories include "Make It Stop" (winner: Rickrolling), "Breakout of the Year" (winner: the "Puppycam" craze), and the "WTF … Read more
Those of you following the progress of Skype's beta series for version 4.0 already know that the seminal VoIP caller has been striving to get people interested in--and even aware of--Skype other features by rearranging its program's interface in time for version 4.0.
On Thursday, Skype released Skype 4.0 beta 3 for Windows, the third--and as far as we know, final--beta in the development series.
In addition to Internet telephony, Skype wants to make it easier to switch among IM and phone conversations, to place calls to non-Skype users' mobile phones and landlines, and to … Read more