Daily Archives: September 3, 2009

Microsoft has been reluctant to reveal the technology behind its Project Natal gesture-based control system unveiled at the E3 video game trade show in June.

But at a DisplaySearch conference on emerging display technologies in San Jose on Thursday, a Microsoft partner spilled the beans. Read more

How could an open source software project that we hear generates a modest 17m euros a year in Europe have held up a $7.4bn tech industry mega-merger ?

Unlikely as it sounds, Brussels has put the Oracle/Sun deal on hold while it takes a longer look at the fate of tiny MySQL, which Gartner reckons has a database market share of around half a percentage point.

Clearly, somewhere along the line Oracle has played its cards very badly. Read more

Xperia Pureness

The trend for mobile phones these days is for lots of functions - internet, music, radio, social networking. Its all about being young, fun and dynamic, with mobile phone companies vying to produce the trendiest adverts usually featuring a driving dance beat and beautiful people with cool haircuts.

In this context, Sony Ericsson has come up with a surprise. On Thursday it unveiled the “Pureness”, which can only be described as the “anti-smartphone”. Read more

Pocket God, an iPhone application that achieved brief omnipotence in the best-seller list and lasting adoration from gamers, serves as a pocket guide on how to make an impact on a platform where more than 65,000 apps are now vying for consumers’ attention.

As part of our Media Challenge series, I spoke to Pocket God‘s creator Dave Castelnuovo of Bolt Creative about the techniques his two-man team – himself and artist Allan Dye – used to make Pocket God a million seller in the App Store. Read more