Activision Blizzard’s $1bn number for sales of its latest Call of Duty game sounds impressive – at double the $500m in first-day sales it announced last year – but these figures have a hard-to-grasp ghost-like quality to them. Read more
Livescribe has written a third chapter in the story of its development of a digital pen that also records audio, with the launch of the Bluetooth-enabled Livescribe 3 following the Wi-Fi Sky version and the original Echo device.
The fact that the company will continue to sell the Echo and Sky alongside the 3 suggests it has yet to come up with the perfect smartpen and that there are strengths and weaknesses to each version – something I discovered as a longtime user in trying out 3 and its new app. Read more
Analysts are looking at Christmas lists and wondering how many Apple products will feature on them – with the iPad Air and new versions of the iPad mini, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro launched at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday. Read more
It’s Tablet Tuesday, with Nokia announcing its entry into the market this morning, Microsoft releasing the Surface 2 and Apple expected to introduce new iPads at an event in San Francisco. Read more
Second is usually not good enough for Larry Ellison, but Oracle is still celebrating a runner-up spot today. Read more
The PC may be in decline, but one part of the industry is feeling chipper. Read more
Prepare to download. Microsoft has announced the launch of Windows 8.1 – a significant update to a much-criticised touch-friendly version of its operating system. Read more
Ubisoft is ruining October for its investors and Christmas for video game fans with the news that its Watch Dogs game has been delayed till next spring. Read more
Apple’s appearance on the catwalk with Burberry last month should have given us clues to more than next season’s fashions. Read more
Windows 8 was panned and blamed for a historic fall in PC sales earlier this year, so let’s give some love to other versions of Microsoft’s much-maligned operating system in a look at the latest PC figures. Read more
It may be getting chilly for barbecuing sausages on BioLite’s new attachment to its twig-powered camp stove, but be warmed by the satisfaction of knowing you are helping its efforts to save lives in developing countries.
The US company is leveraging its success with outdoors types to help fund its longer-term project of providing safer stoves for the half of the world’s population that still cooks on open wood fires every day. Read more
Samsung’s unveiling of its first curved smartphone screen today has bent out of shape a few reviewers and analysts. Read more
The BBC’s iPlayer is arguably the most successful effort by a broadcaster to embrace the internet age, so when the market leader talks about a next-generation version, the industry ought to sit up and take notice of what could become the future of TV. Read more
It’s not just Apple and The Graduate that think plastic is fantastic. Read more
Getting a new global online payment standard adopted is a tall order, but the involvement of the big three – Visa, Mastercard and American Express – in the latest effort must give it a fighting chance of success. Read more
The British love for a good moan was focused on TalkTalk in dog-and-bone terms in the June quarter. Read more
Apple introduced a much-needed and radical redesign for its Mac Pro desktop line this week, but its refreshing of the MacBook Air was all internal – the laptop’s look has not changed since its revamp in 2010.
Since then, many Windows laptops have tried to copy the Air’s classic wafer-thin looks and it has inspired an entire “Ultrabook” category, created by Intel. But, after trying the new Air and its most recent competition, it’s easy to see why Apple felt no need to change things externally. Read more
Salesforce.com shares were back in positive territory on Wednesday – closing up 0.5 per cent at $37.95 – after an 8 per cent fall the previous day caused by its decision to spend $2.5bn on its biggest acquistion to date – ExactTarget.
Salesforce, whose CRM ticker name is an acronym for its business – customer relationship management, came to the market nine years ago as the leading exponent of a new way of working. Companies would subscribe to its online service through the internet cloud rather than run traditional software on their local machines. Read more
Zynga appears to have wasted the $200m it was understood to have paid last year for OMGPop – with the Draw Something maker’s New York office being reportedly shut down as part of the restructuring announced this week.
It had already written down the March 2012 acquisition by around $90m last October as the drawing game’s popularity waned. Zynga is laying off 18 per cent of its global workforce – around 520 people – as it tries to shift the focus of its business away from Facebook to mobile games. One alleged victim of the cuts has been sounding off on Reddit over the past few hours about his experience at Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters. Read more
The Computex show in Taiwan this week has featured some inventive takes on computing, including Asus’s Transformer Book Trio that works as a Windows 8 notebook and desktop as well as an Android tablet.
Next to that, announcements from Sony and Toshiba around the show seem rather conventional, with pens featured and the latest fourth-generation “Haswell” Core processors from Intel. Read more