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 MOREyiwyn - Feb 21, 2008 1:11 PM ET
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 MOREJon Fortt - Jan 9, 2008 2:33 PM ET
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 MOREJon Fortt - Jan 7, 2008 12:48 AM ET
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 MOREJon Fortt - Jan 3, 2008 8:23 AM ET
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 MOREyiwyn - Dec 14, 2007 1:45 PM ET
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 MOREJeffrey M. O'Brien - Dec 3, 2007 11:12 PM ET
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," MOREyiwyn - Nov 30, 2007 1:58 PM ET
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.Jon Fortt - Nov 28, 2007 9:50 AM ET
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 MOREJon Fortt - Nov 12, 2007 2:09 AM ET
Samsung P-1400 Blu-ray player. Image: Samsung
It's been quite a busy few days for the high-definition format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD. First, Wal-Mart (WMT) confirmed that it has begun selling the Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player in stores for less than $200. The next day Amazon (AMZN) and Circuit City (CC) began offering the player online for a penny less.
Now there are reports that Wal-Mart today will sell the MOREJon Fortt - Nov 2, 2007 8:48 AM ET
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