SINGAPORE/SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 12 (Reuters) – By adding a
fingerprint scanner to its newest mobile phone, Apple Inc
is offering a tantalising glimpse of a future where
your favourite gadget might become a biometric pass to the
workplace, mobile commerce or real-world shopping and events.
Although Apple’s executives said at Tuesday’s launch that
its Touch ID technology embedded into the iPhone 5S’ home button
would only provide fingerprint access to the phone and its own
online stores, analysts said Apple’s embrace of such technology,
called biometrics, would be key to wider adoption.
CUPERTINO, California (Reuters) – Apple Inc unveiled on Tuesday an iPhone with a fingerprint scanner to help it stand out among the smartest of phones and a cheaper, colorful plastic model for emerging markets that proved pricier than expected.
The entry-level “iPhone 5C” comes in five hues – blue, green, pink, yellow and white – and starts in the United States at $99 with a contract, or $549 without, signaling prices that may disappoint those hoping for an aggressive assault on China and India. Apple has been losing ground to Samsung and Huawei in those countries.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s
recently launched video game “Infinity” is selling strongly and
major retailers report they are replenishing stock to meet
demand, an encouraging start for the media giant’s plans to turn
around its loss-making game division.
GameStop, Toys”R”Us and Wal-Mart Stores said
they are restocking to stay ahead of demand for the game, which
was released on Aug. 18.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Retail stores in many markets have run out of Microsoft Corp’s Xbox One consoles available for pre-orders, a senior company executive said, ahead of a major clash with Sony Corp’s new lower-priced Playstation 4 this November.
Microsoft’s first new gaming console in eight years will go on sale November 22 in 13 countries, Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of marketing, strategy and business for the Xbox, said in an interview.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Nintendo Co Ltd
plans to offer a new handheld gaming device and a $50 discount
on its most expensive Wii U console in North America and Europe,
to compete with rivals Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp
as they prepare to release new hardware.
Nintendo said on Wednesday it will start selling the
product, called 2DS, on Oct. 12, priced at $129.99, which is $40
and $70 less than its two 3DS devices. The new gaming device is
a lower-resolution version of the popular 3DS and will play DS
games and 3DS games in 2D graphics.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Japanese game maker
Nintendo Co will launch a new and inexpensive handheld
gaming device and offer a $50 price cut for its 32GB Wii U
console in North America and Europe this holiday season in a bid
to reverse weak sales and woo gamers back to its offerings.
Dubbed the “2DS” and priced at $129.99, the new addition to
Nintendo’s 3DS range will go on sale on Oct. 12 and play 3DS and
DS games with 2D graphics, as its name suggests.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer unexpectedly announced on Friday that he would retire in 2014, 13 years after he took over the dominant personal computer software company and tried to steer it into growing markets like video games, portable music players, smartphones and tablets.
The following is a chronology of events during Ballmer’s time as Microsoft chief executive.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp CEO Steve
Ballmer unexpectedly announced on Friday that he would retire in
2014, 13 years after he took over the dominant personal computer
software company and tried to steer it into growing markets like
video games, portable music players, smartphones and tablets.
The following is a chronology of events during Ballmer’s
time as Microsoft chief executive.
Aug 22 (Reuters) – GameStop Corp raised its 2013
earnings forecast on Thursday, counting on new consoles from
Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp to boost holiday
season spending on video games and reverse the sector’s decline.
Shares of GameStop, the world largest retailer of video
games, closed up 9 percent after quarterly results exceeded Wall
Aug 22 (Reuters) – GameStop Corp, the world’s
largest retailer of video game products, raised its full-year
earnings forecast, citing strong pre-orders for the upcoming
game consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
GameStop’s shares were up about 14 percent in early trading
on the New York Stock Exchange.