Online games such as Age of Conan and Farmville are hot. Now industry leader Activision Blizzard is jumping into the fray with a new Internet strategy.
When videogame publisher Activision announced its merger with Vivendi Games in late 2007, analysts predicted that Vivendi's Blizzard unit, maker of the hugely popular Internet-based fantasy game World of Warcraft, would help Activision migrate to the online world.
Three years later the combined company, Activision Blizzard, MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Dec 20, 2010 5:00 AM ET
Philanthropists say tech companies can help with BHAGs (That's Big, Hairy Audacious Goals)
A panel of non-profit and foundation executives urged the technology community to provide educational and philanthropic institutions and others with its entrepreneurial and business-building know-how, in addition to increasing its financial contributions.
"What the tech world and entrepreneurs and VCs, they're not afraid of BHAGs -- Big Hairy Audacious Goals," says John Wood, a former Microsoft (MSFT) executive and MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Jul 23, 2010 3:49 PM ET
Verizon, Google, Motorola and Adobe join forces on new mobile phone. Is this a tech "dream team" or merely an alliance of Apple foes?
The press conference for the forthcoming Droid X was filled with some subtle and not-so-subtle signals that the new Motorola (MOT) device is not an iPhon
e, and that Apple (AAPL) isn't the only smartphone maker that matters.
For starters, there was the lineup of speakers, a rogues' gallery MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Jun 23, 2010 3:50 PM ET
Even the wireless industry's biggest bulls couldn't have predicted the coming mobile explosion.
Wireless phone companies and equipment manufacturers totally underestimated the potential of their own industry, says Ericsson (ERIC) CEO Hans Vestberg. Now he and his company are preparing for a totally interconnected world in which billions of consumers -- and machines -- talk non-stop to one another via wireless networks.
"What I've learned in this industry, and I've spent 18 MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Mar 29, 2010 6:45 AM ET
Management gurus preach the virtues of 'continuous innovation' but a new kind of reinvention may be taking hold.
By Cédric Laguerre, Senior Analyst, lecturer at SKEMA Business School and Eric Viardot, strategy professor, SKEMA Business School
It has become an unassailable tenet of business: Companies must Always Be Innovating. Indeed, some proponents of so-called continuous innovation talk as if failing to reinvent your company every few weeks is tantamount to MOREMar 8, 2010 10:00 AM ET
The software maker will try to catch rivals with Windows Mobile 7, but first it may need to mend fences with handset makers.
When Microsoft (MSFT) last month unveiled its Windows Phone 7 Series operating system for mobile devices at an industry event in Barcelona, Spain, the company reeled in plaudits from reviewers and bloggers trolling the trade show for new and interesting products. "You haven't used an interface like this MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Mar 3, 2010 8:29 AM ET
Pilots train on flight simulators, so why do physicians learn only by doing?
By Curt Rawley, Chairman and CEO, SensAble Technologies
Technology has transformed entire industries, from manufacturing and farming to media and marketing. So why has tech transformation eluded medicine, and medical education to be specific?
It's time we stop training doctors and surgeons in the same apprenticeship model that has been used for a hundred years. Despite many studies showing MOREFeb 18, 2010 10:00 AM ET
Raser Technologies converts low-temperature water into power. Can this clean energy pioneer strike it rich?
By Carolyn Whelan, contributor
Off a lonely dirt road 30 miles west of Beaver, Utah, (pop: 6,162) on a brisk spring morning last year, wide grins crossed the faces of a handful of men in hardhats. They'd just hit pay dirt, only these modern day miners weren't prospecting for gold or oil. Their spoils? Tepid MOREFeb 18, 2010 7:21 AM ET
Next-gen energy distribution depends on getting users engaged and educated.
By Will West, CEO and co-founder, Control4
The Smart Grid—the next-generation energy distribution network now being rolled out—offers something for everyone: Greater transparency and lower costs for consumers. New opportunities for technology providers, appliance and consumer electronics makers, and power utilities. A smaller carbon footprint for the planet.
But there's a catch: none of it will happen unless consumers actually embrace and use MOREFeb 10, 2010 10:00 AM ET
The popular platforms of today are bound to be the targets of tomorrow
By Kevin Prince, chief technology officer, Perimeter E-Security and Doug Howard, former chief strategy officer
(The following is adapted from the forthcoming book, Security 2020, scheduled to be published later this year.)
The social networking (think Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace) phenomenon is only going to grow. And anytime there is a system, program, or process used by MOREFeb 9, 2010 10:00 AM ET
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