Electronic Arts is sticking with Tiger Woods during his current problems, but is bailing out of PC packaged goods for its latest golf video game, launched in a free open beta today.
EA is switching to an online version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour, withsales dwindling to almost nothing for PC disk-based sports games, due to rampant piracy and many players preferring the console versions. Read more
Nice timing from the folks over at the Mozilla Foundation. As calls to ditch Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in the wake of the Chinese hack attack on Google reverberate around the internet, the open source project has released a new version of its Firefox web browser.
Mozilla wisely stopped short of making any special security claims about the new Firefox 3.6, but it does claim that the new browser is 20 per cent faster than its predecessor and includes “extensive under the hood work to improve performance for everyday web tasks such as email, uploading photos, social networking, and more.” Read more
The Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus made their official debut today with Verizon Wireless, the largest US mobile carrier. While there are relatively few new features in the Plus models, one particular application – exclusive to Verizon – stands out.
The Palm mobile hotspot, which will be available from the App Catalog when the handsets go on sale later this month, is a webOS app that enables the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus to operate as mobile Wi-Fi routers turning the handsets into MiFi-style instant Wi-Fi hotspots. Read more
Just in time for the “Year of the Tablet”, Seesmic has launched atouch-optimised graphically rich version of Twitter for those who like to watch trending topics but not necessarily tweet.
Seesmic is best known in the Twitter ecosystem for its client software that lets users organise their tweets and “follows” better. Seesmic Look, its new product , would look good on a tablet or a big-screen TV and could change the way many people view Twitter. Read more
Amazon is clearly concerned about the Apple tablet, judging today’s news.
Though it has yet to be unveiled, the impending arrival of the iPad, or iSlate, or whatever it may be called, is likely to shake up the market for digital books in a big way.
Apple is in talks with the major publishing houses in an effort to secure content deals for the tablet. If it succeeds in working out deals, integrating e-book sales into the iTunes store would be a cinch. Add to this that the tablet is expected to boast a large colour touchscreen, and you have an e-reader on steroids. Read more
A week before its expected unveiling, the reverberations from Apple’s tablet are already spreading out through the media industry. From today alone:
Amazon raised the royalty rate it pays to publishers and authors of certain e-books to 70 per cent of the cover price – not coincidentally, the same split Apple has turned into an industry norm through its App Store.
YouTube said it would start a video rental service, reaching beyond advertising into a new payment stream (though a test with video downloads last year went nowhere and was later scrapped). It was described by one analyst as a salvo aimed directly at Apple, as Google and Apple race to become dominant “cloud” video platforms. Read more