Monthly Archives: May 2008

Chris Nuttall

ApeerApeer, a media collaboration tool, is not a WebEx killer as claimed or even much use as an instant-messaging client, but it is pretty nifty when it comes to sharing digital media.

Launched today by the San Francisco start-up of the same name, Apeer is more akin to Microsoft’s NetMeeting/Windows Meeting Space on performance-enhancing drugs. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Shrek Guitar Hero Call of Duty Subscriptions from online games are now bringing in $1bn a year in the US, according to a report by the NPD research firm.

Its data cover massively-multiplayer PC games (MMOs) such as World of Warcraft, casual games and console services such as Microsoft’s Xbox Live. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Hector RuizAdvanced Micro Devices’s annual meeting today was a surprisingly placid affair, considering its share price has nearly halved in value over the past year.

Existing directors were re-elected without a murmur and there was only one question from the floor: a stockholder asking if AMD would consider sponsoring golf tournaments. Read more

Chris Nuttall

ShirtI know the web has advantages over print in terms of delivering news in a timely manner, but I never thought the colour of my shirt would determine the online headlines I receive.

MSNBC.com’s Spectra news visualisation tool links to a webcam to read the colour of your clothing and serve up headlines from matching news categories. It also delivers them as a 3-D customisable whirlwind of stories that can be clicked on. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Rich Green Jonathan Schwarz Neil YoungThere is a race on to develop Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) for the desktop between Adobe, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and Sun Microsystems.

Those five are trying to wow us with examples of RIAs as cool widgets running inside or outside the browser, with some working when your PC or other device is offline. Read more

Chris Nuttall

iPhoneSilicon Valley’s growing alter ego as Smartphone Valley has been boosted by Ericsson’s announcement today that it is opening a research centre in San Jose.

Its chief technology strategist, the 30-year company veteran Jan Uddenfeldt, will also move from Sweden to the Valley. Read more

Amidst all of the Microsoft-Yahoo hubbub, business carries on at the world’s biggest software company. Today, Microsoft is set to announce a series of updates to the Zune, its answer to Apple’s wildly popular iPod.

The biggest news for Zune fans – Microsoft claims 2m of them – is that they will now be able to buy some of their favourite television shows through Microsoft’s online Zune store. Read more

Chris Nuttall

VusionJittr, the video delivery network, emerged from “stealth mode” today as Vusion, a name change that seems necessary given its claims of providing jitter-free high-definition pictures over the internet.

The Silicon Valley company also announced its first customer: Island Def Jam Music Group, which has a roster including Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Rihanna and The Killers. The Vusion platform will deliver an online video portal of DVD-quality versions of the artists’ music videos. Read more

Richard Waters

dollar.jpgOne buck a share. That’s how close it may have been.

When I spoke on Sunday to Legg Mason’s Bill Miller (Yahoo’s second-biggest shareholder, with 6 per cent or so of the stock,) he wouldn’t be drawn on whether he personally would have taken the $33 a share on offer if Microsoft had taken its bid direct to shareholders. But he did say this: Read more

Chris Nuttall

Nile GuideNile Guide, the latest online travel site to launch, lets trip planners print out their own guide books, although its destination list at this stage is far from comprehensive.

The site itself is also limited – it only works with the latest version of Internet Explorer and Firefox. I could not access it on Firefox when it first launched this week and extracting information from it was as painful as getting baggage out of Heathrow’s Terminal 5. Read more

Chris Nuttall

SezmiBuilding B, a Silicon Valley media start-up, has emerged from more than two years in stealth mode to announce a new “TV 2.0″ business model.

But for all its talk of innovation, its Sezmi service is most likely to win consumer support as a cheaper alternative to satellite and cable TV providers. Read more