Apple is reportedly planning to make a huge splash in the social networking arena, but it doesn't want to build something from the ground up. It would be impossible to compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter, so apparently the company is willing to dole out a bucket of money to Twitter and become a strategic partner with the microblogging site.
We're all still anxiously awaiting the announcement of what Nintendo will charge consumers for its upcoming Wii successor. And it's not time to start holding our breath just yer. According to the latest analyst putting his neck on the line to make a prediction about the console, we might not get an official price point until September. Good news or bad news?
Last year, there was one subject that nobody could get enough of in the mobile industry: near field communication (NFC)-powered mobile payments. Google launched its digital Wallet service, and Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T announced an unparalleled joint venture to get in on the action as well. So a company trying to get in on the ground floor of NFC sure seemed like a good idea, but the problem is you never know what the future will bring.
Sony sure is looking for a lot of attention for its newets Sackboy-featured PS3 game, LittleBigPlanet Karting. But it doesn't want to do its own creative production. The company is holding a contest where users are asked to design a t-shirt for the upcoming PAX Prime event in Seattle. Whoever comes up with the best design wins a PlayStation Vita with 3G, and copies of LBP Karting for both the PS3 and Vita.
Say what you will about the state of patent disputes in America these days. There are of course companies that specialize in securing patents for the sole purpose of suing companies who end up actually putting those ideas to some sort of commercial use, and then there are frivolous battles between competing manufacturers. And finally, the minority of cases involve actual theft of intellectual property. But regardless of the circumstances, it's always cool when these cases shed insights into the design process of a product.
There is a possibility that Crysis 3 will be making its way to the newest Nintendo console. This kind of story may seem like a positive for Nintendo, but when you really look at it, consider Crysis 3 - a quintessential "multiplatform" title. This just highlights the fact that multiplatform now refers to only the PS3 and the Xbox 360, and Nintendo's consoles kind of disappear in the background.
After failing to find success in the massively multiplayer online game Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix is now preparing to launch a sequel that addresses gamer complaints and hopes to make a much bigger splash in the admittedly competitive MMO community. While Final Fantasy has always been one of the great RPG franchsies, its attempts to bring the world of moogles and phoenix downs to the online world haven't risen to the same level.
31-year-old company VeriFone, which is facing competition in some of its industries for the first time thanks to the rise of alternative payment platforms, is starting to get a little testy. Instead of looking at Square as a viable threat to its decades of credit card processing monopolies, VeriFone instead thinks the company is going to implode, despite all the positive media attention it has received.