Daily Archives: April 29, 2009

Chris Nuttall

Sony opened its online kingdom Free Realms on Wednesday – its response to the success of the browser-based role-playing game, Runescape.

Britain’s Jagex has found a lucrative market among pre-teen boys and girls for Runescape, which has similarities to the world’s most successful online role-playing game World of Warcraft. 

  • Sun Microsystems, which last week agreed to be purchased by Oracle for $7.4bn, reported sharp losses in the opening months of this year, highlighting the impact of the recession on the computer systems company. In a departure from protocol, Sun did not host the usual conference call with investors and analysts following results.
  • IBM responded to the collapse of its own takeover offer for Sun this month with an announcement that it would return more cash to its shareholders instead in the form of a higher dividend and increased stock buy-back plan.

 

Paul Taylor

Software engineers and device manufacturers continue to push up against the limits of human physiology in the search for the ultimate interface for mobile phones and other handheld mobile devices.

Thumb-operated mini-Qwerty keyboards, virtual keypads and  touch interfaces may all have their place, but perhaps the most logical interface for the mobile phone is voice?

 

Chris Nuttall

Intel, which believes in investing during a downturn to the tune of spending $7bn on new manufacturing facilities over the next two years, is trying to persuade its customers to think the same way.

It released a survey and statistics on Tuesday that suggested investing in upgrading three or four-year-old computers will quickly pay for itself.