Tech wrap: Nintendo debuts Wii U
Nintendo took the wraps off a high-definition version of its hit Wii, with a 6.2-inch touchscreen-equipped controller that the leading videogame hardware maker hopes will appeal to a more hardcore audience. Early reviews of the Wii U were mixed, with analysts saying the device stopped short of being game-changing. But some liked the innovation in the controller, a device slightly larger than Apple’s iPhone and whose touchscreen, video-call capability and extra functions may appeal to gamers who play longer and more intensely.
The new device will go on sale between April and December 2012, the company told reporters in LA without saying how much it would cost.
Data storage firm EMC offered to replace millions of potentially compromised “SecurID” electronic keys after hackers used data stolen from its RSA security division to break into Lockheed Martin’s network. RSA, which makes the SecurID keys, said in a letter published on its website that it had confirmed information taken from it in March was used in the attack on Lockheed Martin.
Sony unveiled the pricing of its new PlayStation Vita handheld gaming device at a flashy LA event and immediately ran into criticism the gadget was too expensive. It will go on sale for $249, or $299 for a 3G mobile version, in time for year-end holidays, Sony’s No.2 executive Kazuo Hirai told reporters. Hirai drew some groans from the audience of several thousand when he said Sony would work with AT&T as the exclusive carrier for the Vita.
A blogger sued for defamation over comments posted on an Internet message board is not entitled to the same protections as a journalist, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled. The court said that blogger Shellee Hale’s criticism of a software company on a porn industry bulletin board was not covered by the New Jersey press shield law, which protects members of the news media from revealing their confidential sources.
Retailers are betting tech-savvy teens will urge their parents to splurge on tablet computers as the new school year nears, writes Dhanya Skariachan. Students are using more technology in the classroom at the same time as a large expansion of tablet offerings, according to Ryan Vero, OfficeMax’s chief merchandising officer. Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee has already told students they will have to buy or lease an iPad by next fall.
“The year will be the first year where there is a broad set of competitive products out in the marketplace,” Vero said. “Everybody is pretty bullish about the potential for that product.”