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gaming http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/35424/all/feed en Touchscreen gadgets making kids inactive: Study http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140224/touchscreen-gadgets-making-kids-inactive-study-id-1701713843.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The television was, to a large extent, responsible for making the youngsters turn away from outdoor games. The kids remained indoors, were glued to the idiot box and did not indulge in any physical activity. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/Touch%20Screen%20Gadgets%20Part%20of%20Toy%20Chest.jpg" alt="Kids getting physically inactive as they prefer touch screen devices" title="Kids on smartphones" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="90" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now it''''s time for the mobile phones with touchscreens to take a similar blame.</p> <p>Findings of a new survey suggest that children nowadays play more on the mobile phones than they play with their toys.</p> <p>The survey, conducted by Media research firm The Michael Cohen Group (MCG), surveyed 350 parents on the playing habits of the children aged 12 years and below.</p> <p><strong>The Findings</strong><br /> The findings of the study suggest that the erstwhile favorite toys like dolls, action toys, construction blocks etc. have been put on the back-burner by the kids. </p> <p>Three-fifth of the parents surveyed in the poll revealed that their kids ‘often’ used the touchscreen phones for playing.</p> <p>38 percent of the parents claimed that the playing frequency of their children on touchscreen phones was ‘very often’. </p> <p>Little wonder given the fact that there are numerous gaming and entertainment apps available free of cost. </p> <p><strong>Access to Gadgets</strong><br /> Alluding to the fast pace at which touch screens had become a favorite past time of the children, Michael Cohen of MCG said, “I''''ve never seen the world changing as fast as it is now. It took 30 years for TV to be accessible to everyone - this is the most rapid introduction of a technology we''''ve witnessed.”</p> <p>The poll also revealed that more than 70 percent of children across all income levels had smart phones at home. More than 55 percent of the children lived in homes that had tablets.</p> <p>“Of the kids who have access, 36% own their own device - and that was in single digits last year. That figure will skyrocket,” said Cohen. </p> <p>A youngster would obviously be more innovative if he was to play with the traditional toys. Are these gadgets to be blamed for eating up the kids’ time? </p> <p>Parents perhaps are equally responsible for the state that the children are in. The poll revealed that 58 percent of the parents considered <a href="http://themoneytimes.com/reviews/20121214/dr-gadget-looks-back-htc-droid-dna-%E2%80%93-fantabulous-droid.html" target="_blank">touch screens</a> as ''''sometimes'''' toys. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A survey, conducted by children’s media research firm The Michael Cohen Group (MCG), found that children aged 12 and below preferred to play on touch screen devices as compared to any other toy.</p> </div> </div> </div> Entertainment Gadgets Gaming gaming Michael Cohen Group (MCG) Poll survey Top Story touch screen devices toys United States Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:18:00 +0000 Jamie Anderson 1701713843 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Razer Edge gaming tablet at $999 http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130331/razer-edge-gaming-tablet-999-id-1701713072.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For all the technology fans, gaming is set to assume a whole new meaning as ZoomRazer’s Intel-based gaming tablet called Razer Edge will include Steam.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/images_20.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="95" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The benefit of this would be that the users will be able to download and install their Steam-based titles easily and making games a more fun-filled experience for PC gamers.</p> <p>"The Razer Edge has more than enough power to play the latest and greatest Steam titles and it is completely built with PC gamers in mind," said Greg Coomer, product designer at Valve, adding that the gaming tablet was a great way to experience everything Steam has to offer, including Big Picture mode.</p> <p>This tablet promises to provide the best experience to both PC users and gamers and that too with ease. It works just great in both modes and analysts are calling it every technology geeks dream come true.</p> <p>"Razer has one mission in mind: to innovate for PC gamers worldwide. Providing users with access to Steam will enable Razer Edge users to play their favorite games with greater ease than ever before," says Min-Liang Tan, co-founder, Razer CEO and creative director. </p> <p><strong>Getting to know the Razer Edge Pro</strong></p> <p>Starting at a price of $999, PC gamers will have a wide range of over 2,000 titles to choose from right out of the box with this new tablet that can be purchased from Amazon or directly from the company.</p> <p>Razer Edge is a 10.1-inch-display Windows 8 tablet that can be connected from the TV, be attached with a controller-like accessory to play on the lap or can be used like the regular desktop PC.</p> <p>“You can download games through services like Steam or Origin or anything else you might use on your PC, then play those games through a mouse and keyboard or, if the game you download supports it, a controller. You can stream a show on Netflix or do most anything else you'd want to do with your tablet, and then download a game for your enjoyment,” revealed an analyst.</p> <p><strong>Shortcomings</strong></p> <p>But there are a few drawbacks like a short battery life and even the price is on the higher side as Android-based gaming tabs cost much less even though the game play is limited.</p> <p>David Pierce from the Verges' said, "I'll admit it, I didn't think the Edge had any chance. I didn't think you could build a gaming laptop that didn't look like a gaming laptop, but I was wrong. This isn't a power user's device, but it's a fun way to play PC games, and offers some real advantages over any other gaming platform out there."</p> Amazon Gaming gaming gaming tablet Intel Razer Edge Steam technology Top Story United States Valve Windows 8 ZoomRazer Sun, 31 Mar 2013 03:15:27 +0000 Yashika kapoor 1701713072 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Angry Birds Star Wars Cloud City chapter coming soon http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130323/angry-birds-star-wars-cloud-city-chapter-coming-soon-id-1701713055.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rovio is all set to roll out the next chapter in the Angry Birds Star Wars series with Cloud City that will be launched very soon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/Screen-Shot-2013-03-22-at-3.35.52-PM-540x289.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="96" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The teasers of the new game that will take the gaming buffs into a trip in the clouds will include carbonite-frozen Han Skwawking Solo. This new addition is going to make the already hit game even more entertaining.</p> <p>“This is the next in a long series of updates to the massively expansive Star Wars / Angry Birds crossover gaming experience, with Hoth having come before it, and several episodes in the A New Hope universe coming before that! Now it’s time to face off against Bounty Hunters galore,” said a technology expert.</p> <p>The teaser video is available at the Rovio website and gives an insight into the new additions to the popular Angry Birds Star War series.</p> <p><strong>Angry Birds Space Encounter attraction at Kennedy Space Center</strong></p> <p>After being a top sensation in the gaming arena, Angry Birds has now come out of the virtual world and all fans can get the real experience at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex that has become the house of Angry Birds Space Encounter.</p> <p>“This new area is the first comprehensive, interactive Angry Birds attraction in the United States designed for people of all ages. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex partnered with Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds franchise, to bring the beloved characters to life,” revealed a Rovio spokesperson.</p> <p>Angry Birds Space Encounter is built over an area of 4,485-square-foot and it brings to life the space adventures of the Angry Birds as they follow their kidnapped eggs into an inter-galactic wormhole, come face-to-face with Space Pigs and gear up with heroic superpowers. </p> <p>Visitors encounter six interactive stations designed to engage and immerse guests in a new dimension of Angry Birds Space including Cold Cuts Tile Puzzle, Creating Your Own Angry Bird, Eggsteroids Slingshot, Red Planet Lazer Challenge and the Danger Zone.</p> <p><strong> NASA and Rovio work hand in hand</strong></p> <p>NASA astronaut Donald Pettit, Ph.D., said that NASA and Rovio energize people on the future careers in science and technology and teach the players physics and space exploration through this centre.</p> <p> “Angry Birds Space Encounter is both a fun and educational experience. Kids will love interacting with their favorite Angry Birds Space characters, while parents will appreciate that their children are enjoying the learning experience” said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for Delaware North Companies Parks &amp; Resorts.</p> Angry Bird fans Angry Birds Space Encounter Angry Birds Star Wars Cloud City Gaming gaming Kennedy Space Center NASA rovio technology Top Story United States Sat, 23 Mar 2013 08:38:05 +0000 Yashika kapoor 1701713055 at http://www.themoneytimes.com AMD accuses four former employees of information theft before moving to Nvidia http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130116/amd-accuses-four-former-employees-information-theft-moving-nvidia-id-1701712766.ht <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>AMD has launched a lawsuit against four of its former employees for having stolen thousands of confidential documents before they moved to rival Nvidia.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/NVIDIA-AMD.jpg" alt="AMD and Nvidia are the top rivals of the graphics engine industry" title="AMD and Nvidia are the top rivals of the graphics engine industry" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="158" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to AMD, four of its ex-employees stole over 100,000 confidential documents and trade secrets before they joined Nvidia. One of them happens to be a former vice-president while the other three were mangers at the Boxborough plant.</p> <p>Robert Feldstein, the former vice-president, along with Manoo Desai, Nicolas Kociuk and Richard Hagen were mentioned in the lawsuit.</p> <p><strong>Highly confidential trade secrets stolen</strong><br /> The leaked information that the ex-employees stole contain very sensitive information, including the future projects and roadmaps of AMD, and the various contracts it made with large enterprises.</p> <p>AMD believes that the acquisition of such information by Nvidia could give the latter an unfair edge over AMD.</p> <p>Feldstein’s departure from AMD was quite a loss to the chipmaker, as he was instrumental in getting AMD major contracts with technology partners including Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft.</p> <p>AMD said that it had sufficient evidence to indicate that the four employees had transferred important trade secrets and documents to external storage devices just days before they left the organization.</p> <p>AMD also alleged that the four employees had run Internet searches to figure out how they could transfer huge number of documents as soon as possible. “This is an extraordinary case of trade secret transfer/misappropriation and strategic employee solicitation,” AMD wrote in its complaint, reports ExtremeTech.</p> <p>They had even attempted to persuade other existing employees of AMD to make the switch to Nvidia.</p> <p><strong>Alleged actions violate several agreements</strong><br /> The four employees had signed “no-solicitation of employees” and non-disclosure agreements when they joined, which they have clearly violated if the allegations are true.</p> <p>AMD has not mentioned in its complaint if the former employees had actually passed the trade secrets to Nvidia.</p> <p>The court has asked the four former employees to prepare their computers and storage devices for forensic evaluation, and retain any documents that they might still be having in their possession.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>AMD and Nvidia are the top rivals of the graphics engine industry</p> </div> </div> </div> Advanced Micro Devices AMD confidential games gaming graphics cards Nvidia Technology Top Story Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:36:33 +0000 Yasser Ali 1701712766 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Bungie reveals first look of new game 'Destiny' http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20121128/bungie-reveals-first-look-new-game-destiny-id-1701712489.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After the breath-taking success of the much-acclaimed shooter series game ‘Halo’, Bungie has created another masterpiece in form of ‘Destiny’, the first look of which is out on the creator’s blog.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/url.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="102" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The step has come after some of the game details were leaked online and Bungie’s blog read, “We weren’t quite ready, but we will be soon, and we can’t wait to finally show you what we’ve really been up to.”</p> <p>“The scope and the ambition of what we’re planning is much greater than the scope and the ambition of Halo,” Bungie design director Joseph Staten said.</p> <p>Bungie had been acquired by Microsoft in 2000 at the time of launch of the first game in the Halo series but later they split and Microsoft got the right for the Halo franchise. The recently released Halo 4 is the first independent creation of Microsoft in the Halo series sans the creator Bungie.</p> <p><strong>Bungie-Activision enter 10-year deal</strong></p> <p>Game publisher Activision and Bungie have entered a 10-year- deal for an action game series similar to Halo.</p> <p>Bungie said, “Our next franchise is currently being developed by a team led by studio cofounder Jason Jones. Bungie will own the intellectual property, but Activision will have a 10-year license to publish all videogames created around that franchise, for multiple platforms.”</p> <p>Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said that the deal is very similar to Activision’s past deals where the game publisher is funding some or all of the development and getting first dollar payback and a healthy revenue share in exchange.</p> <p>There are mixed reactions to the deal and most analysts believe that the deal can be a gainer or looser for the publisher but gauging the success of Halo they have their fingers crossed.</p> <p><strong>Good times for Activision?</strong></p> <p>Activision has seen golden days with ‘Call of Duty’ and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Now when the magic was dwindling, the publisher has joined hands with the creators of Halo, which has done extremely well in the gaming circuit.</p> <p>According to the analysts, “The timing of this announcement couldn’t be better for Activision. Following the firing of the studio’s heads, several more top-level employees have quit and many of them are suing Activision over alleged unpaid bonus royalties.”</p> Activision Bungie Call of Duty: Modern Warfare destiny game publisher gaming Halo Halo series Microsoft shooting game Technology technology Top Story United States Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:52:53 +0000 Yashika kapoor 1701712489 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Xbox Mini may be on the cards! http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20121124/xbox-mini-may-be-cards-id-1701712475.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Experts have predicted a revived 'mini' version of the Xbox and may hit the markets anytime in 2013.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/xboxmini.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="138" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has launched a number of devices and software in the market recently. In the heat of moment, the next episode may witness the tech giant launching a mini version of its popular gaming console Xbox. Expected in 2013, the console may complement TV set top box requirements and registering Microsoft's entry into a new business venture.</p> <p>As reported by the Verge, "multiple sources familiar with Redmond's plan" have indicated Microsoft working on a set top version of its popular gaming console that is aimed to compete with the leading players in the market such as Apple and Roku.</p> <p>Also, the additional TV enabled set top box service shall broaden the company's reach to living rooms by offering an economic friendly device supporting all core entertainment services and casual gaming titles. </p> <p>The price hasnt been revealed yet, but sources have expected it to hover between Apple's set-top product that sells for $99 and the one offered by Roku that is available at s $50. </p> <p>Verge reporter Tom Warren wrote, "Xbox Mini would be an "always on" device and its architecture would be a scaled down version of the next generation Xbox. Moreover, the company's new plan reminds us of what it did with Windows 8; that is launching it with a newly launched tablet Surface and even another version Windows RT is already on makers mind.</p> <p>Also, it may try attaching a phone stack to make Xbox Live services available for handsets. In response to the speculations cited, spokesperson from Microsoft has responded as "We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the life cycle convention."</p> Apple console Entertainment Gaming gaming Microsoft Roku Technology TV Xbox Xbox mini Sat, 24 Nov 2012 06:16:51 +0000 Akshay Sharma 1701712475 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Android empowered 'Ouya' will revive back! http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20121102/android-empowered-ouya-will-revive-back-id-1701712330.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It is too early to dismiss Ouya from your set of preferred gaming consoles. The company is all set to revolutionise its presence in the market.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/index_4.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="96" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>All obsessed with XBOX and PS3 consoles ? Ouya's absence from the scene forced all of us to bestow our love for XBOX and PS3. If reports to be believed, the Android empowered gaming console is alls et to come back after significant new additions. The console developed by Boxer8 received widespread acclaim for its funding campaign on Kickstarter. The Ouya team broke the ice on the possible alterations that users shall soon get to play.</p> <p>“Our CAD models and SLAs (plastic prototypes that provide us with a physical look and feel of the product) are finished, and we moved out of the design phase and into development a couple of weeks ago,” said Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman. </p> <p> “Last week was a huge milestone for us— we received our first run of PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) for the console. We’re set to complete this EVT (engineering validation test) phase on time, and we’re in sync with our December target for developer kits. Since these dev kits are still in pre-production phase, we’ll build a limited quantity. Each one will be a collector’s item—unique in design, build, and appearance.” said Uhrman </p> <p>Ouya is now a proper gaming console, on the ground breaking standards established by XBOX and PS3. Moreover the console has been updated from the earlier version of Android 4.0 to the latest 4.2. “We’re making the jump from the old version, Ice Cream Sandwich, to ensure that we’re running on the most up-to-date software available.”</p> <p>The makers have confirmed that over a thousand game makers have consulted the company to strengthen their existence on the still-in-design console. The most popular amongst them were Namco Bandai and Square-Enix.</p> <p>The reason there was such an outpouring of developer interest was the impressive amount of money raised for Ouya from customers on Kickstarter. Why do developers want to make Ouya games? Because the company hasn’t even started making them and there’s already an installed user base of around 60,000 customers. </p> <p>The splurging amount of money invested by the console maker on Kickstarter encouraged Game developers to grab the opportunity. $8.59 million was gathered over the course of a month, with the vast majority of backers paying $99 to receive the console once it goes into production.</p> <p>Moreover, the company hasn't even started the production for the console, and it already has a large assured customer segment that goes up to 60000 game freaks.</p> Android boxer8 console gaming Google ouya PS3 sony Xbox Fri, 02 Nov 2012 10:44:32 +0000 Akshay Sharma 1701712330 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Now an app to sync XBOX 360 with your Smartphone! http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20121025/now-app-sync-xbox-360-your-smartphone-id-1701712279.html <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/xboxglass.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="126" /> </div> </div> </div> Android Entertainment Gaming gaming iOS Microsoft pause smartapp smartphones TV United States Windows 8 Xbox Xbox 360 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 07:23:19 +0000 Akshay Sharma 1701712279 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Mega gaming season on cards as impending release of Halo 4 and Call of Duty Black Ops II approaches http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20121015/mega-gaming-season-cards-impending-release-halo-4-and-call-duty-black-ops-ii-appro <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the release of widely anticipated Call of Duty Black Ops and Halo 4 a month away, the collective income for both from preorder sales has already crossed a staggering $200 million!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/Halo-4-007.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="108" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong> Popularity contest </strong><br /> Halo 4 and Call of Duty are the two names honored extensively among gaming fraternity. Even if you have always distanced yourself from the gaming world, ask the one obsessed to it and you would realise the undisputed status of the two games. </p> <p>Inevitable, but the much awaited release will witness celebration amongst gaming freaks world over.</p> <p>Analysts have predicted that excess of $200 million will be poured in to the gaming industry with the launch of Call Of Duty-Black Opps II and Halo 4.</p> <p>Two of most aniticipated releases this year, Halo 4 will be shelved in stores on November 6, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II a week later.</p> <p>The preorder figures are equally brilliant. While 1.47 million copies of Call of Duty Black opps II have already been booked, Halo 4 has preorder demand of minimum 7 lakh copies.</p> <p>Call of Duty will feature on both Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles, while Halo 4 will release only with the XBOX platforms.</p> <p><strong> Their irrefutable influence </strong><br /> Call of Duty:Black Ops first released in November 2010, and was the seventh edition of the game. The game had already registered record sales at 5.6 million copies the first day and 25 million copies till date. Only the Black opps edition had produced $US360 million for the franchise.</p> <p>Halo holds immense importance for the XBOX, since it was one of the first games that featured on the gaming console. The series has made $3 billion so far, and carries the record label of the highest sales on the launch day.</p> <p><strong> Spoilers are ready too </strong><br /> The gaming industry has too endured injured business due to piracy. While the fans are eagerly waiing the release, Microsoft is busy investigating the leaked footage of Halo 4 on web. </p> <p>The security teams are all shocked as to how game appeared on peer to peer networks even before the official release.</p> <p>"I've worked for over three years making Halo 4," Halo creative director Josh Holmes was quoted as saying at New York Comic Con last week.</p> <p>"Please avoid spoilers and leaks from thieves for three more weeks until the game is out. Thank you."</p> <p>Leaked copies of Halo are likely to support only the modified consoles, since the company is eligibel enough to deactivate LIVE XBOX accounts in case a duplicate copy of the game is detected.</p> Call of Duty Black Ops consoles Digital Entertainment Gadgets Gaming gaming Halo 4 playstation PS3 Technology United States Xbox Xbox 360 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:04:15 +0000 Akshay Sharma 1701712210 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Zynga eyeing more platforms for expansion: CEO http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20120531/zynga-eyeing-more-platforms-expansion-ceo-id-1701711767.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Gaming behemoth Zynga Inc. is looking at more platforms for expansion. The San Francisco based company has hitherto been hugely dependent on Facebook, the world’s largest networking site.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/Zynga%20eyeing%20more%20platforms%20for%20expansion-F250x250.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="177" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Facebook has been Zynga’s first platform which has been instrumental in providing the initial impetu</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Speaking at the D10 conference in California, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus outlined his intention to increase the firm's focus on mobile platforms such as iOS and Android.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20120531/zynga-eyeing-more-platforms-expansion-ceo-id-1701711767.html" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business CEO expansion Facebook gaming platforms Top Story United States Zynga Thu, 31 May 2012 11:09:41 +0000 Jamie Anderson 1701711767 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection for PS3 to launch on June 26, priced at $26.99 http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20120528/resident-evil-chronicles-hd-collection-ps3-launch-june-26-priced-2699-id-170171174 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For all ‘Resident Evil’ fans, its time to cheer as the release date of the HD upgrade edition for ‘Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection’ for PS3 has been finalized to June 26.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/resident-evil-darkside-chronicles.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="135" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The company behind the super successful games ‘Capcom’ has recently released a date for the game and</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20120528/resident-evil-chronicles-hd-collection-ps3-launch-june-26-priced-2699-id-170171174" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Capcom Gaming gaming Jill Valentine and Claire Redfield June 26 playstation PS3 Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection Top Story Mon, 28 May 2012 12:06:47 +0000 Yashika kapoor 1701711741 at http://www.themoneytimes.com DIABLO III ON THE RADAR http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20120524/diablo-iii-radar.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The era of swords-and-sorcery continues as Blizzard's Diablo III gets ready to be launched in India on 29 May, 2012.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fall in love with your PC mouse all over again as Blizzard announces the launch of Diablo III in Ind</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/Diablo%20iii.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="149" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-label">imagecaption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Diablo III</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20120524/diablo-iii-radar.html" target="_blank">read more</a></p> blizzard Diablo Diablo III gaming pc Technology Thu, 24 May 2012 04:13:00 +0000 Nikita Berry 1701711716 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Brain-training video games may help kids score better--study http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20110614/braintraining-video-games-may-help-kids-score-betterstudy-id-101701710542.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Irritated that your child is always playing video games? Well, don’t be, as a latest study reveals that playing brain training computer games improves child’s intelligence.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/brothersplayingvideogames.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="118" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Published in the journal 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,' the research states that</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At the end of the study, it was noticed that children with the ‘n-back task’ performed better in tests of abstract reasoning and problem solving than the students who participated in the general knowledge and vocabulary test.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20110614/braintraining-video-games-may-help-kids-score-betterstudy-id-101701710542.html" target="_blank">read more</a></p> brain training computer games brain training skills challenging tasks Computer games Gaming gaming intelligence skills problem solving skills Psychologists technology Top Story United States University of Michigan video games working memory Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:41:43 +0000 Anupreet Kaur 1701710542 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Nintendo brings affordable 3D gaming to the masses http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20110329/nintendo-brings-affordable-3d-gaming-masses-id-101701709784.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nintendo has made affordable 3D gaming a reality with the release of its Nintendo 3DS, which allows you to play 3D games without the need of any special glasses.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/lens17089941_1298698807Nintendo_3_DS.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="180" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nintendo has been known for introducing gaming gadgets that have set trends in the gaming industry. Five years back, Nintendo launched the Wii with its motion-sensing controller that kicked up a storm and created a loyal following among game enthusiasts. </p> <p>With the release of the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo hopes to change the market of 3D gaming.</p> <p>Nintendo 3DS is a portable, handheld gaming device that is about to go on sale in the US on Sunday. The device costs $250 and enables users to play games in three-dimensions without worrying about any 3D glasses or any extra equipment.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nintendo 3DS lets you play 3D games without 3D glasses</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20110329/nintendo-brings-affordable-3d-gaming-masses-id-101701709784.html" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 3D 3DS DS gaming handheld device Movies Nintendo pictures portable Technology Top Story Tue, 29 Mar 2011 08:29:11 +0000 Yasser Ali 1701709784 at http://www.themoneytimes.com 2011 to mark rise of serious Android gaming http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20110321/2011-mark-rise-serious-android-gaming-id-101701709688.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A few years ago, serious gaming on mobile devices was seen to be limited to iPhone, with its touch sensitive controls and powerful processor. But with the rise of Android and Google’s slow and steady efforts to bring in gaming to the Android, it seems 2011 is going to begin a new era of gaming on the Android.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/Angry-Birds_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="145" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The news should delight owners of Android devices who have been yearning to play state-of-the-art games on their mobile devices. </p> <p>The popularity of the Angry Birds game proves that people today are more than willing to pay for a delightful gaming experience on their mobile devices.</p> <p><strong>The rise of Android</strong><br /> Google’s efforts to bring gaming to Android began last year when it hired game veteran Mark DeLoura as its developer advocate. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Angry Birds coming to Android, experts predict that Android gaming will see a surge this year.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20110321/2011-mark-rise-serious-android-gaming-id-101701709688.html" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android gaming chipsets gamer's delight gaming Google gyroscope NVIDIA Tegra 2 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:31:14 +0000 Yasser Ali 1701709688 at http://www.themoneytimes.com
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