SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Holly Riggle, a 29-year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday.
But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less ”original” than it was under former chief executive Steve Jobs. She’s one of the 16 percent of respondents in a Reuters/Ipsos poll who said Apple had become somewhat or much less cool in the last two years.
Sept 3 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
has launched a virtual reality headset for its new Galaxy Note 4
phablet using technology from Oculus VR, a company that Facebook
Inc acquired for $2 billion.
The wireless headset, called Samsung Gear VR Innovator
Edition, allows users to watch videos and play games in a
virtual reality setting.
SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc
tracked Twitch’s evolution from scrappy guerrilla
startup to one of the Internet’s hottest media properties. On
Monday, it announced a near-$1 billion acquisition to get into
one of the fastest-growing online arenas: live-streaming video.
Amazon’s $970 million bet – its largest ever – underscores
how a loyal and fast-growing following for live-streaming video
has grabbed the attention of big brands. Some believe live and
interactive streaming, in which Twitch is a pioneer, is the new
frontier in online video.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Monday said it will buy live-streaming gaming network Twitch Interactive for about $970 million in cash, marking one of the U.S. e-commerce company’s largest deals to date.
The move reflects Amazon’s mounting investments in original television and gaming content over the last few years as the company branches out into businesses beyond retail.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc on
Monday said it will buy live-streaming gaming network Twitch
Interactive for about $970 million in cash, marking one of the
U.S. e-commerce company’s largest deals to date.
The move reflects Amazon’s mounting investments in original
television and gaming content over the last few years as the
company branches out into businesses beyond retail.
SAN FRANCISCO/TOKYO, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Sony Corp’s
PlayStation Network was back online on Monday following a cyber
attack that took it down over the weekend, which coincided with
a bomb scare on a commercial flight carrying a top Sony
executive in the United States.
Sony said on its PlayStation blog that its PlayStation
network had been taken down by a denial of service-style attack,
which overwhelmed the system with traffic, but did not intrude
onto the network or access any of its 53 million users’
SAN FRANCISCO/TOKYO (Reuters) – Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said hackers had taken down its PlayStation Network without compromising its 53 million users’ personal data, while the FBI was investigating a bomb scare on a flight carrying a top Sony executive in the United States.
The hackers behind the PlayStation attack said they had also targeted the servers of World of Warcraft video gamemakers Blizzard Entertainment, whose website was down, and threatened to attack Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Xbox Live network which was also experiencing problems.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S video game service Ouya is turning to Asia to capture the growth that has eluded the startup on its own home turf.
The Santa Monica, California-based firm has partnered with Xiaomi Inc to take its games to Chinese living rooms via the smartphone maker’s new streaming boxes and “smart” TVs, an Ouya executive and a source at Xiaomi close to the deal told Reuters.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – A group of ex-gaming
industry executives say they can use their design chops to solve
a major health challenge: Sick patients neglecting to take their
medication and costing employers and insurance providers
billions of dollars.
Jason Oberfest began thinking about applying game design
tricks to complex medical problems in 2011, while at mobile game
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Social and mobile game company King Digital Entertainment Plc reduced its 2014 forecast after reporting lower-than-expected second-quarter revenue on Tuesday, as gamers continued to spend less money on its “Candy Crush Saga” game.
King also announced a $150 million special dividend, or 46.9 cents per share, payable to shareholders of record on Sept. 30. Its shares, however, slipped 22 percent in after-hours trading after closing at $18.20 on the New York Stock Exchange.