Microsoft’s video game triple-play for the holiday season is Halo: Reach, released in September, its Kinect motion controller out this Thursday in the US and the just-launched Fable III.
Exclusive among consoles to the slimmed-down Xbox 360, these could give Microsoft a winning edge over Sony’s PlayStation 3 and its new Move controller and the Nintendo Wii over the Christmas period.
The rise of Android, the open source smartphone operating system pioneered by Google, continues apace. According to figures from NPD Group, Android was installed in 44 per cent of all smartphones sold in the US in the third quarter, compared with 23 per cent for Apple’s iOS.
Apple has already responded by agreeing to Verizon, which has the most solid US mobile network, selling a CDMA version of the iPhone from next year.