Video game industry sales grew 9 percent, year-over-year, in December, and were up 19 percent for the year, according to the latest figures from analyst firm, the NPD Group.
Overall, the industry saw sales of $5.29 billion in December, the first time it had ever cleared the $5 billion mark in a single month, according to NPD analyst Anita Frazier.
And once again, the video game industry far outpaced general retail sales, which were down 2.7 percent from November. By contrast, video games were up 81.8 percent over November's $2.91 billion.
Leading the way again … Read more
Vringo's free video-ringtone service lets you customize what your other Vringo-registered friends see on their screens when you call.
Although it's only available right now for Sony Ericsson handsets, all you other Java- and Symbian-phone owners will want to pay attention, because version 2.0 is said to be headed your way by the end of January.
Remember how Tom Cruise's flyboy character in Top Gun seemed as at home riding the roadways on a motorcycle as he was jockeying an F-14 in the air?
Maverick is probably the kind of guy Northrop Grumman had in mind when it came up with the "visual centerpiece" of its 20th anniversary celebration of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Actually, the more immediate entertainment industry tie-in is with the TLC series American Chopper--Northrop tapped Orange County Choppers, the Newburgh, N.Y., motorcycle shop behind the TV show, to design and build a bike to do homage … Read more
Tired of processes and applications that hog memory and bog down your system's response speed? This free utility is designed for managing those repeat offenders, but we found no dramatic improvements in our tests.
Minimem launches an attractive, easy-to-comprehend interface that lists the active processes that meet a user-defined threshold for memory use. From this list you may select those you want to optimize for more judicious memory use. In our tests, we found it very simple to configure the utility to optimize memory use within a range of time, i.e. from every 2 to every 1,200 … Read more
Even as Forrester Research predicts a 3 percent drop in global information technology revenues, as reported by The Register, investment bank Goldman Sachs is piling on the woe it promulgated in an earlier report that CNET covered with a new report entitled "IT Spending Survey: Mapping 2009."
As detailed in the report, incumbent vendors are about to see their sacrosanct maintenance revenue streams get pillaged:
Accounting for more than 50 percent of revenues at vendors such as Oracle, this is going to be painful, indeed, though the report also calls out that some of the bigger brand names are likely to weather the downturn better than most.
Even so, my company, and others that I advise, are seeing a flight from expensive maintenance contracts to open-source alternatives. At least half of my pipeline is filled with existing customers looking to dump their maintenance contracts with incumbent vendors.
Why? Because a solid open-source product can easily cost 10 percent of a proprietary vendor's maintenance contract, while delivering equivalent or better functionality. While any change will likely necessitate some third-party consulting--the No. 1 target for the budget ax in 2009--the cost advantages of doing this can still be substantial.
That said, any benefits from new projects must be near-immediate:… Read more
After preloading an iPhone app on Sansumg camera phones and expanding to Mexico, Scanbuy announced Tuesday that its ScanLife multi-bar code reader is now compatible for mobile phones running on Google Android.
As in any other mobile device, the ScanLife application allows for scanning a 2D bar code and automatically performing an action or function associated with that code. The action can be displaying a specific Web site, launching a video, dialing a phone number, or anything else a smartphone can do.
This way, bar codes can help eliminate the need to use the phone's tiny keyboard. You can … Read more
Easy to use. Quick performance. Nice, sharp-looking interface. Too bad all of the repair functions are disabled in the trial version.
Perfect Optimizer Registry Cleaner launches an appealing, nicely designed interface, with a colorful appearance that makes a good first impression. Unfortunately, after our tests, we can only say that Perfect Optimizer can't get by solely on its good looks.
In scanning and diagnosing our system's Registry, IE history files, and C and D drives, this app performed very quickly, locating more than 2,000 "problems" in each of its scans--all in less than half a … Read more
It's easy to appreciate Vringo's reshaping of the classic ringtone from an audio clip the recipient attaches to an inbound call, to a short video clip that the sender wants played. The result is a fun, social service for self-expression on the cell phone. Vringo's Java application lets you manage on the mobile phone what you would otherwise have to tweak online--from previewing and setting new video ringtones (vringos, in the lingo) to sharing vringos in your collection with friends. As a bonus, you'll be able to upload videos from your mobile phone into Vringo's … Read more
Dozens of Windows settings in an easily navigated series of tabs and lists might not sound exciting, but with the right approach, it can be useful. The publisher of SystemCop delivers. This program wasn't designed to look pretty; it is programmed to work. Inexperienced people will make quick work of learning how to operate the program, but may not understand the need for each setting. The very short Help manual doesn't explain much.
Operating the app takes only checking option boxes and pressing an Apply button. The difficulty comes in knowing when to enable or disable a setting. … Read more