Video game awards show to debut in 2007

February 13, 2006

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Science has unveiled a new annual television event, a co-venture with Dick Clark Prods. designed to showcase the year’s best video games and the creative teams that made them possible.The announcement came last week during the nonprofit organization’s DICE 2006 Summit in Las Vegas.

“The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Presents: The Year in Games” is set to debut in first-quarter 2007.

Jules Haimovitz, vice chairman and managing partner of Dick Clark Prods., said the audience for the show is “much, much broader than most people think, at least 12-49.”

He was reluctant to describe the show in detail, however, because the format is unique. “We’re creating a form of video that heretofore hasn’t existed, so it would be like trying to describe a music video to somebody in 1968,” Haimovitz said. “It will be entertaining even to those outside the game crowd.”

AIAS president Joseph Olin agreed the special will be much more than an awards show. Although its selection of games will be based on those titles making the shortlist for the DICE Awards — which honor achievement in many aspects of game creation — the show will focus more on how these titles became worthy of recognition.

Part of the program’s approach will be to incorporate insights from celebrities, consumers and well-known talents in the video game industry.

“Since its inception 10 years ago, the AIAS has honored the innovators of the industry,” Olin said. “The time is right for us to introduce these pioneers to the mass market, and we’re looking forward to making our dream a reality in tandem with Dick Clark Prods. through a major television special.”


Motorola predicting 20 Million cheap phone sales by end of 2006

February 13, 2006

Motorola said on Monday it expects to have shipped a total of 20 million of its ultra-cheap handsets for emerging markets by the end of 2006, shipping more than 10 million this year alone.”We’ll probably be doing 20 million GSMA handsets when 2006 is over,” Motorola handset chief executive Ron Garriques said at the 3GSM wireless trade show here.

“That’s cumulative sales,” he said after a presentation.

He said Motorola sold between 8 and 9 million ultra-cheap handsets in 2005. These handsets, initially priced at below $40 and now selling for less than $30 at wholesale prices, have been developed for an emerging markets project from the GSM Association (GSMA) which groups the world’s GSM mobile carriers.

In two different projects, carriers from emerging markets have committed to buy at least 12 million units from Motorola. Garriques’ comments made clear they ordered much more.

The U.S. cell phone producer, the world’s second biggest, claims it can make healthy profit margins on even the lowest priced phones.

Nokia releases 3 brand new mobile phones

February 13, 2006

NokiaThe world’s top handset maker, Nokia, launched three new phone models on Monday, saying it hoped to sell “tens of millions” of its new slim 6131 camera phone.”We believe this will be one of the most sold mid-range phones in the world,” Kai Oistamo, head of Nokia’s Mobile Phones unit, told Reuters at the 3GSM trade show in Barcelona.

Nokia regained market share in 2005 with a spate of new handsets, but many of them were cheaper models aimed at emerging markets, and analysts have said it needs to fill out its mid-price range, partly to meet the challenge of Motorola’s sleek Razr model.

“They have torn up the design they had and come out with what the market and consumers are looking for. This phone will hit the sweetspot of the European market,” said Gartner analyst Ben Wood.

“We have worked on the mid-ranged phones extensively … we have completely renewed our mid-range portfolio in the last six months,” Nokia’s Oistamo said. Read the rest of this entry »

Microsofts OneCare Live Security, Big Trouble For McAfee, Symantec and co.

February 8, 2006

Microsoft has detailed pricing and availability for OneCare Live, a security service that is designed to bring antivirus, antispyware, and backup capabilities into one constantly updating online package.

Announced last spring, OneCare Live has been available as a free beta since November 2005. This week, Microsoft set pricing for the service at $49.95 per year, an annual subscription fee that will cover up to three PCs.

OneCare, which officially will be available in June, was developed after research at Microsoft showed that most people’s computers are insufficiently protected from malicious threats because they find the protection process confusing and frustrating. Microsoft also found that consumers were concerned with a lack of regular backup maintenance.

In addition to backups, OneCare will provide a “just take care of it for me” service that includes antivirus software, firewall protection, automatic security updates, and spyware-fighting capabilities. Read the rest of this entry »

Panasonic Launches Three Brand New Digital Cameras

February 3, 2006

DMC-LS2, Panasonic Digital CamerasAfter releasing their heavy-weight 6 Megapixel DMC-FZ7, Panasonic brought out three new cameras yesterday. Here they are, the three Lumix cameras, the DMC-LZ3, DMC-LZ5 and DMC-LS2.

The two LZ series, LZ3 and LZ5, are equipped with a 14 Megabytes of built-in memory, 6x optical zoom, 14 scene modes a quicker autofocus. Both LUMIX models, the 6.0-megapixel DMC-LZ5 and the 5.0-megapixel DMC-LZ3, have MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer). Read the rest of this entry »

Cingular offering Motorola’s Ultra-thin Cell Phone with iTunes Music Player

February 1, 2006

Motorola SlvrCingular Wireless has started offering it’s customers Motorola’s Slvr cell phone. This Ultra-thin handset is loaded with the popular software iTunes Music Player from Apple Computer .

It’s well seen that Slvr is inspired by it’s former hit-selling Razr mobile phone and it’s the second phone from Motorola that has Apple’s Music Software.

The first cell phone that had Apple’s Music Software from Motorola’s was the Rokr. Unfortunately Motorola wasn’t successful in marketing it. But for Slvr, things should change. They now focus more on the design than music player. Read the rest of this entry »

Microsoft, New Blog Policy

February 1, 2006

Under the new rules, Microsoft will remove access to blog content only when it receives a government-issued, legally binding notice indicating that the material violates local laws. This framework comes after Microsoft was criticized for removing the blog content of an outspoken Chinese journalist. Read the rest of this entry »