Sony has announced a lower than expected price for its next-generation portable console as makers of gaming devices face growing competition from smartphones and tablets.
At a news conference at the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles, Sony revealed that the device, previously known as NGP, would be called the PS Vita. It said a basic version would cost $250 in the US, €250 ($367) in Europe and Y25,000 ($312) in Japan when it goes on sale later this year. Read more
Nintendo has announced the Wii U, a new home console with a companion controller that can switch gaming from the TV onto its 6.2in touchscreen.
The controller amounts to a reinvention of the Wii. Nintendo said it would change the way people played games when it appeared in 2012. The controller rather than its console was the focus of Nintendo’s press conference at the E3 video game trade show on Tuesday. Read more
Not so long ago we had standalone computers, in my case a loveable Amstrad, on which we kept our paltry data and software. The net connected these computers together; the worldwide web linked documents we held on them; browsers let us surf these links. The overarching ethics came from a motley crew of hippies, geeks and academics who believed in openness and collaboration to allow ideas to grow.
That era may be about to end. Read more
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Following yesterday’s launch by Apple of its iCloud service and upgrades to its PC and mobile operating software, the New York Times lists those the apps that might have woken up this morning to face a larger, more powerful competitor. Among those in the line of fire include: Drop Box, Instapaper, to-do apps like 2Do and Remember the Milk, Zinio and Readability. Read more