Did we just step into a time warp back to the 1990s? The head of Electronic Arts John Riccitiello believes that the future of gaming is in the PC market. That was certainly true a decade or two ago, but with the rise of console games and an expansion to casual audiences, it seemed that segment of the industry was on the way out. But then, even newer trends began to grow in the industry.
If you've had severe weather in your area lately, you may have noticed something different - a text message beamed directly to your phone, regardless of whether or not you ever subscribed to receive such texts, and even regardless of whether or not you have texting enabled on your phone. The National Weather Service is making use of a law passed in April that allows emergency messages to be sent to mobile phone users.
Netflix has certainly proved that customers like the idea of paying a low monthly fee in exchange for being able to try out all sorts of things that they don't really have any interest in buying. Other startups have come forward since, including rental-by-mail services for toys, books, and video games. And here's a new one - ties.
Everyone in the country should vote. It's a civic duty, and more importantly, you never have any right to complain about the government unless you took the time to actually cast a vote. But do you even know how to register to vote? If you happen to live in Washington state, that is no longer an excuse, as long as you have a Facebook account.
The 2012 Summer Olympics in London are going to be the most online-connected Olympics ever. That's a fact, and it's nothing worth writing an essay about because that doesn't surprise anyone. What's perhaps most interesting, though, is to see whether or not the organization that runs the international games is keeping up with the incredible social presence that the next few months will have.
Among people who own an Internet-connected TV, the overwhelmingly favorite apps are ones like Netflix and YouTube. But surprisingly, Facebook is also near the top of the list. 35% of those with a smart TV say that the social networking platform is a "must-have" app for the device. Internet radio Pandora is also popular, with 28% of owners calling that a must-have TV app.
You might not recognize the name NCR, but chances are you've interacted with some of its products. In fact, chances are you do so on a daily basis. It manufactures millions of point-of-sale terminals that are used at retail stores as well as barcode scanners, professional kiosks, ATMs, and more. And now it's stepping into the newest form of payment technology.
When it comes to streaming video on gaming consoles, it takes a lot to be the "first" in any category anymore. The marketplace has certainly filled up quickly with all sorts of content. But Sony has found yet another niche - it claims to be launching "the first live comedy application available on any console." It's The Laugh Factory Live, and it's coming to the PS3 on September 1.