• Take-Two's game card: Grand Theft Auto

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    There's a lot riding on video game publisher Take-Two's launch of the highly-anticipated game, Grand Theft Auto IV.

    The game is Take-Two's bargaining chip in its efforts to block Electronic Arts' (ERTS) hostile takeover bid. Take-Two (TTWO), which rejected EA's $1.9 billion buyout offer last month, raised its current quarter guidance for profits on the expectation of strong sales for Grand Theft Auto, which will be released April 29.

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    - Mar 11, 2008 10:22 PM ET
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  • Microsoft shrugs off loss of HD DVD for the Xbox

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    When Toshiba conceded defeat in the high-definition DVD format battle by ending support for HD DVD technology, it was welcome news for Sony, which has backed Blu-ray for its PlayStation 3 system. But where does that leave Microsoft, which offers an optional HD DVD player for its Xbox 360 game console?

    "I don't think this really affects us," John Schappert, vice president for Microsoft Xbox Live told Fortune MORE

    - Feb 21, 2008 1:11 PM ET
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  • Good times roll again at Sony

    The innovative Rolly robotic speaker system, which is not yet available, is emblematic of the company's improved fortunes. Image: Sony

    LAS VEGAS - After a rough couple of years, Sony is beginning to look like its old self.

    It might be too soon to declare a total comeback, but the electronics giant finally seems to have momentum. Those quarterly losses that at times topped $500 million as Sony (SNE) struggled to turn MORE

    - Jan 9, 2008 2:33 PM ET
  • CES curtain call: Gates delivers his last take on tech's future

    Bill Gates is offering his view on the tech landscape he shaped. Last year, the Microsoft chairman used his CES keynote to tout ideas including an in-car technology partnership with Ford. Image: Consumer Electronics Association

    LAS VEGAS - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates used his last speech opening the technology industry's biggest trade show Sunday night to announce that the software giant will challenge rivals such as Apple (AAPL), Sony (SNE) and MORE

    - Jan 7, 2008 12:48 AM ET
  • Tech's caucus season

    Trying to pick the winners in '08? Watch these three conferences.

    In January, politics has Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Tech has DEMO, Macworld and the Consumer Electronics Show.

    Just as primaries and caucuses define the year's political landscape, these three big technology trade shows compete to introduce trends that will shape 2008. Each show has its own personality and its own surprises – and its own part in influencing whether MORE

    - Jan 3, 2008 8:23 AM ET
  • Nintendo offers a raincheck for Wii shortage

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    For all the last-minute Christmas shoppers who can't find a Wii, Nintendo (NTDOY) is offering gift certificates that guarantee you can pick one up in January. Consumers must pay the $249 for the sold-out video game console at a GameStop (GME) on Dec. 20 and 21 and will then receive an I.O.U. to pick up the Wii after the holidays.

    "We expect this to be a great way to MORE

    - Dec 14, 2007 1:45 PM ET
  • Sega head: Industry stunned by Activision/Vivendi merger

    By Jeffrey M. O'Brien

    On one level, the proposed $18.8 billion merger of Activision (ATVI) and Vivendi's Blizzard Entertainment (EPA:VIV) seems to make a lot of sense. Good mergers maximize revenue by combining non-overlapping products (like the Guitar Hero Franchise, Tony Hawk, and the World of Warcraft phenomenon), and maximize profits by consolidating administrative costs. But in an industry like gaming, there's an X factor, creativity. Sure, these companies fit MORE

    - Dec 3, 2007 11:12 PM ET
  • Even at $600 the Wii is a must-have gift this season

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    If you can't track down a Nintendo Wii this holiday season, you're not alone. Nintendo has not been able to keep up with the demand for its mega-hit console. Now thousands of desperate consumers who can't find the Wii on store shelves have turned to web outlets like Amazon (AMZN) and eBay (EBAY), where they're paying a premium to get one.

    "We're seeing an unprecedented demand for a console," MORE

    - Nov 30, 2007 1:58 PM ET
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  • Gadgets and games score with Cyber Monday crowds

    Shoppers headed online in droves on Cyber Monday, according to the latest stats: 32.5 million visitors entered virtual stores, up 10 percent from a year ago.

    - Nov 28, 2007 9:50 AM ET
  • Intel unveils new chip technology

    Intel's new Penryn chip. Image: Intel

    Intel has launched a new generation of chips that it hopes will boost its lead over rival Advanced Micro Devices heading into 2008.

    The line of chips, code-named Penryn, uses a new manufacturing method that allows Intel (INTC) to make the chips both smaller and more efficient. Penryn chips should help companies like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Dell (DELL) and Apple (AAPL) to design more energy-efficient servers, more MORE

    - Nov 12, 2007 2:09 AM ET
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