jueves, setiembre 30, 2004

M-Excel and Lunagames have signed a strategic alliance
"Mobile Excellence International (M-Excel) and Lunagames have signed a strategic alliance in which both parties will work together to deliver a broad range of new i-mode gaming content."
Jamdat's big day on the Street
"Jamdat Mobile, an LA-based mobile applications company, reported unexpectedly strong day one results from Wall Street today. The company raised approximately $61 million from an initial public offering of 5.5 million shares of stock. "
News Briefs For Sept. 30, 2004
"O2 is using Merlin U530 3G UMTS Wireless PC Card Modems, jointly developed by Novatel Wireless and Lucent Technologies, to support its previously launched 3G service in the United Kingdom. In July, O2 used the cards as part of its service launch in Germany. "
New standards for mobile content
"The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) has published several new standards for mobile content services. OMA Enabler Releases, developed collaboratively by more than 380 OMA member companies around the world, enable interoperable wireless data services to be launched amongst operators and terminals worldwide. To date, OMA has published 26 Candidate and Approved Enabler Releases that have been incorporated into new products and increased market opportunities for the mobile industry."

miércoles, setiembre 29, 2004

NTRA, Magmic Launch Wireless Video Game
"The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Breeders' Cup Ltd. and Magmic., announced the launch Wednesday of the first officially-licensed horseracing wireless video game in North America."
Overloaded all over the TV in Cannes
"Overloaded the leading mobile games developer and distributor announced today that they will be taking part in the annual MIPTV show in Cannes on October 4th until October 8th 2004. Their stand number will be H4.32."
Plenty Of Players In Mobile Game Market
"Video games for mobile phones may not seem a very grown-up endeavor. But publishers say the industry is maturing quickly."
3 Hong Kong Partners with China's Leading Content Providers
"ASIA : 3 Hong Kong today partners with 10 leading mobile content providers of Mainland China to deliver its content-rich GoChina channel. The new channel allows 3 customers to get hold of up-to-the-minute news covering business, technology, sports, entertainment and military in no time. "
Handango Launches Program to Nurture Emerging Mobile Software Developers
"HURST, Texas -- September 28, 2004 -- Handango, the leading provider of mobile downloads worldwide, today launched the Handango Up & Comers Program. The aim of the program is to identify and promote promising small or new developers with compelling applications throughout Handango's worldwide network. "
Digital Chocolate Hits UK Mobile Game Charts With Tree Sumea Titles in Top Ten
"SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA AND HELSINKI, FINLAND (September 29, 2004) - Digital Chocolate, Inc., a developer of innovative applications for mobile phones, including games, lifestyle, and entertainment applications, today announced that three of the company?s Sumea brand mobile games have reached the Top 10 list of mobile game downloads in the UK."

martes, setiembre 28, 2004

Mobile operators game for new money-spinner
"New Delhi, Sept. 27: The mobile gaming market in India is expected to cross Rs 750 crore by 2008 and content aggregators like Coruscant Tec are already in the game to corner a significant market share."
ILoop Mobile Launches First Instant Win and Real Time SMS Movie Quiz Game at Digital Hollywood Conference Los Angeles; ``Event's first-ever SMS Promo''
"SAN FRANCISCO & SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 28, 2004--ILoop Mobile Inc. the leader in U.S. premium text messaging applications and subscription services, announces the launch of the first-ever, real-time Instant Win and SMS (text messaging) Movie Quiz Game at the internationally acclaimed Digital Hollywood conference being held at the Loews Hotel Conference Center in Santa Monica, California this week. "
BBMF Purchases Japanese Distribution Channels and Atlus Co. Ltd. Increases Equity Investment in BBMF
"TOKYO, Sept. 28 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- BBMF Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: BBMF - News) announced today that it has signed two definitive agreements with Atlus Co. Ltd. (Jasdaq: 7866), a leading manufacturer of gaming software for platforms such as commercial arcade games and home gaming consoles."
THQ Wireless Brings Midway Arcade Classics to Mobile Phones
"CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--Sept. 28, 2004--THQ Wireless(TM) Inc., a subsidiary of THQ(R) Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI), today announced that it has obtained a license from Midway(R) to bring seven of the best Midway arcade titles to mobile devices. All games and content are expected to be available through leading carriers worldwide. "
Symbian Facing Handset OS Challenge
"US : By 2009, Symbian's share of the mobile phone operating system market could stand at less than 50%, and most of the remainder will have been seized by Microsoft."

lunes, setiembre 27, 2004

Nokia APAC's first developer for N-Gage QD! - GameDev.Net Discussion Forums
"Singapore, 25 September 2004 ? SL Interactive Pte Ltd, a local game developer and publisher, is the first developer in Singapore and Nokia APAC to fully develop and have its title, Phantom Operations, exclusively showcased and embedded in Nokia?s N-Gage QD."
Mobile2win and Genera Mobile brings to your mobile - Spanish League Soccer
"2004 season for Spanish league soccer starts with Spanish League mobile games bringing in the same level of excitement on the mobile. Two games -Spanish League Freekick and Spanish League Corner will be launched during September 2004. Few more will follow in the coming months. "
Orange To Launch Star Wars Film Content On Mobiles
"LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Orange, the mobile telecom arm of France Telecom SA (FTE), Friday said it has signed a deal with Lucasfilm to launch science-fiction saga Star Wars content onto mobile phones. "
Ohira Shuichi, Managing Director of G-Gadget
"With the mobile game industry predicted to reach billions of dollars in revenue over the next five years, it is no surprise several established game studios have jumped ship and announced their support for various mobile platforms. Japanese game company, Genki, recently announced their decision to produce mobile games, with an overseas development studio in Singapore."
Dialing For Games
"NEW YORK - Cell phones have morphed into e-mail devices and cameras from mere purveyors of chit-chat. The next big thing will be wireless games, thanks to expanding high-speed digital networks. "

viernes, setiembre 24, 2004

Game is on, the wireless way
"HERE come the wireless games.
After tasting success in ringtones and logo content downloads, mobile phone operators in the region believe they have another winner with wireless gaming, says Davina Yeo, associate director of wireless research at IDC Asia-Pacific. "
MDM Announces Multiplatform Centipede & More Classic Games Collection for Handheld Devices; New MDM Game Compilation Offers Everything from Centipedes to Snails
"MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Sept. 23, 2004 -- Mobile Digital Media (MDM), a world leader in providing high quality consumer software for mobile devices, today announced the release of its newest premier game collection: Centipede(R) & More Classic Games. "

jueves, setiembre 23, 2004

Digital Bridges Announces Three New Games
"Digital Bridges is proud to announce the addition of three new mobile gaming titles, Robo Cop, 3D Pool and 2Fast 2Furious . The world leader in the creation and distribution of mobile entertainment solutions, Digital Bridges, would like to offer you an opportunity to review Robo Cop, 3D Pool and 2Fast 2Furious which will be released on September 27 (Robo Cop) and October 4 (3D Pool & 2F2F)."
Snap to It! LG Mobile Phones Launches Powerful New Camera Phone for Cingular Wireless
"SAN DIEGO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Mobile Phones today announced the launch of the new L1400 camera phone for Cingular Wireless, featuring a full set of mobile media capabilities, crystal clear OLED external display and integrated VGA camera. The L1400 also features external photo caller ID, giving users access to caller photos and information at a glance in high-resolution OLED clarity."
WJ2ME For Wireless Development Surges 33%
"Europe : The number of developers currently using the J2ME platform for wireless development has risen to a new high, according to the Fall 2004 Wireless Development Survey by Evans Data Corporation. Forty percent currently use the standard with another 24% evaluating J2ME for future use. The primary consideration in choosing a target platform to develop for is the application runtime environment, selected by 27% of survey respondents followed by the physical device, OS and popularity of the device."
Wireless, imaging accessories from Nokia
"Nokia adds GPS to its accessory portfolio with the Wireless GPS Module LD-1W. Also new: the prying-eye Nokia Remote Camera PT-6 and Bluetooth-powered Wireless Headset HS-11W."
InHand Introduces Advanced Platform for Wireless Device Development
"BOSTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- InHand Electronics, Inc., a leader in handheld and wireless device platforms for OEMs, today announced at the Embedded Systems Conference its new Advanced Technology Platform, a hardware/software reference platform for showcasing the future of low-power wireless device technology. The ATP-27X is based on Intel's new PXA270 (previously known as 'Bulverde') embedded microprocessor and incorporates InHand's latest power management technology advances. It is targeted at top-tier OEMs who are interested in getting a head start on the design of future wireless products."
Preview: Nokia 7270
"Although having previously loathed the clamshell form factor, it appears Nokia has newfound love for the design which for so many years was banished from the handset maker's portfolio. The 7270 being its fifth clamshell, Nokia picks up where it left off with its very first one: the 7200. You guessed it - textile covers are making a comeback (to be specific, though, it's suede this time around). "
Motion detector for mobile phones
"BLADOX released a new mobile phone accessory for motion and tilt detection. The device, equipped with a dual axis accelerometer, is called Turbo Motion. It allows to use mobile phones for vehicle security or goods transportation monitoring, amongst other uses."
IN-FUSIO'S IF Racing Head2Head Zooms on to U.S. Mobile Phones; New Mobile Game Features First Ever 'Ghost Car Mode'
"LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 2004--IN-FUSIO, the leading mobile game publisher and game services provider worldwide, today announced the launch of the highly anticipated sequel, IF Racing Head2Head. The newest instalment of the successful Formula One racing series is available now for mobile phones in the U.S. on the Brew(TM) platform and will launch next month for Java(TM). "

miércoles, setiembre 22, 2004

Mobile Games 2004
"C5's 5th Annual Mobile Games Conference offers a unique opportunity to derive competitive advantage in the fast and ever-changing world of mobile games. New technology like Java, as well as the creation of small, portable handsets with colour screens will empower and entice people to explore mobile gaming opportunities."
nVidia GoForce 3D 4500 for mobile gaming
"nVidia's latest mobile processor boasts arcade-quality 3D graphic rendering and up to 3 MP images. Coming soon to a phone near you.
Graphics company nVidia has taken the wraps off what it calls the world's first '3D wireless media processor', the GoForce 3D 4500, a mobile processor designed to support 3D graphics and high-res images in handhelds and mobile phones. "
Mobile Streams Launches Pay-to-Play Mobile Betting Games
"NEWBURY, UK, 21 September 2004 - Mobile Streams, the global mobile content company, announced today the launch of a range of innovative Pay-to-Play mobile betting games including a choice of three reel slots and scratchcards. "
Fine Wine, Amour, And Mobile Games
"France is a force in the latest wireless craze: Video games for phones.
No doubt you've seen a few of them already. At the bus stop, aboard a train, or at the mall, the kids are hunched over, pecking furiously at their cell phones, letting out occasional yelps or groans. Is it some kind of hypercharged text messaging? "
Daesung Advances Into Foreign Mobile Game Circulation Market
"Daesung.com, an affiliate of energy company Daesung Group, has kicked off its plans for advancing into the circulation market for mobile games and digital contents in Europe and Canada. "
Gravity Corporation Exhibits At Tokyo Game Show
"MARINA DEL REY, Calif. - September 20, 2004 - Gravity Corporation will be exhibiting at the Tokyo Game Show 2004 from Friday, September 24 - Sunday, September 26 at Tokyo's Makuhari Messe Convention Center. The company is showcasing several of its new titles including R.O.S.E. (Rush On Seven Episodes) Online and a number of mobile games based on characters from Ragnarok Online in booth 2-S3."
Brazil's Sony Ericsson Unit To Manufacture Mobile Phones
"SAO PAULO -(Dow Jones)- Sony Ericsson, the partnership within Brazil of Japan's Sony (6758.TO) and Sweden's Ericsson (ERI.MI), will manufacture mobile phones in Brazil in the near future, a company spokesman said Monday. "
New handset from Siemens
"Siemens Mobile has introduced a new handset, the S66 camera phone. Available in October, the S66 is the first Siemens phone with a 1.3 megapixel integrated still and video camera for work and play. The five-step digital zoom brings the action close up and the video recorder's ability to capture up to 15 frames per second helps film the moments as they unfold, second by second."

martes, setiembre 21, 2004

Mobile Streams Launches Pay-to-Play Mobile Betting Games

"NEWBURY, UK, 21 September 2004 - Mobile Streams, the global mobile content company, announced today the launch of a range of innovative Pay-to-Play mobile betting games including a choice of three reel slots and scratchcards. "

lunes, setiembre 20, 2004

Orange prepares to open second level of mobile content
"Orange is finalising plans to launch a tier-two portal to its Orange World mobile content portal offering far greater access for content providers.

The launch will provide a boost to content providers, enabling them to launch premium content to Orange users without having to go though the more stringent requirements of the main portal. "
Overloaded gains Access to Advanced Nokia Technical and Marketing Support
"Overloaded announced that it has become a member of Forum Nokia PRO, a program that provides advanced technical, business development and marketing support to select mobile software companies. As a member of Forum Nokia PRO, Overloaded has the opportunity to further strengthen its relationship with Nokia, gain early access to Nokia technology and take advantage of specialized service and support provided by Nokia to help Overloaded stand out in the marketplace."
Overloaded announces XYANIDE
"Overloaded the leading mobile games developer and distributor today announced in conjunction with Playlogic that they have developed the mobile phone version Playlogic?s Xbox game XYANIDE. Just like its bigger brother version, this too will be an exciting 3D Shoot-em-up."
Casino on mobiles from October
"After going online, casinos are now set to enter cellphones with the first casino-based mobile game hitting India next month.

Mobile data content and applications firm Coruscant Tec has tied-up with UK-based ADLM Ltd, which is the holding company for leading online casinos, to develop and distribute casino-based mobile games in India and across the globe. "
World Class Professional Surfing, Wireless Phones And Java Gaming Converge at Boost Mobile Pro of Su
"The World's greatest surfers, high-performance waves, and wireless entertainment are converging at Trestles Beach in Southern California this week to shape the future of integrated youth marketing. Boost Mobile(TM), a lifestyle-based mobile phone brand that directly targets the youth market through strong support of the action sports industry, kicked off an integrated marketing campaign this week that includes hosting mainland America's most important surfing event, unveiling a limited edition retro surfing-designed wireless phone, launch of the Boost Mobile Pro of Surf Java(TM) game and more. "
Telcogames Establishes Japanese Subsidiary
"London, UK & Tokyo, Japan, September 17th. Telcogames Limited, a global distributor and publisher of mobile games, has created a new subsidiary company, Telcogames Japan. Telcogames Japan will service the advanced Japanese mobile entertainment market. Two highly experienced traditional games sector executives to take charge."
Hudson Entertainment Licenses the Reaxion Multimedia Content Delivery Platform to Bring the Popular Hip-Hop Magazine, The Source, to Mobile Phone Users
"Reaxion Corp., today, announced that Hudson Entertainment is using its Multimedia Content Delivery Platform(TM) to rollout The Source magazine and other related bundled wireless entertainment to cell phone users. Reaxion, a leading developer and publisher of mobile games, entertainment and communication applications, is licensing Hudson technology that allows it to offer customers The Source's multimedia content combined with interactive games, wireless communities, contests, prize drawings and purchasable content (ringtones, screensavers, and wallpapers). San Mateo-based Hudson Entertainment specializes in mobile entertainment. Hudson's parent company, Hudson Soft, is a leading content provider for Japanese cell phone leader NTT DoCoMo, as well as a leading game publisher across console systems. "
GOSUB 60 OPENS CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS IN SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
"New office to serve as operations base for ambitious 2005 development and publishing slate.
Santa Monica, CA - September 15, 2004 - Fast-rising developer and publisher of wireless games, GOSUB 60, today announced the official opening of its new corporate offices in Santa Monica, California."
Nokia, Digital Legends Launch New N-Gage Game Set
"STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Nokia Corp (NOK) of Finland together with Digital Legends Entertainment Tuesday unveiled a new game set for the N-Gage game deck.
Nokia said the new addition, called ONE, is a 3-D fighting game set in an urban and real environment. "
Coming soon – DiGi mobile games contest
"THE Mobile Games Competition by cellular service operator DiGi Telecommunications will begin soon, company officials told In.Tech last week. "
Fathammer Closes Investment Round with funding of 4 million euros
"Fathammer Closes Investment Round with Nexit Ventures and 3i to Strengthen Technology and Expand Game Production on the Fast Growing Wireless Gaming Market "
Pathway to Glory Revolutionizes Mobile Gaming With Online Features
"ESPOO, Finland, September 13 -- Nokia announced today additional online features for its critically acclaimed Second World War action-packed strategy game, Pathway to Glory. This exclusive N-Gage game features innovative and unique ways for gamers around the globe to connect, compete, cooperate and communicate in the online multiplayer game mode. Players can either connect to collaborate and compete in a Global Battle Ground via the N-Gage Arena, or set up a local multiplayer game of up to six players via Bluetooth wireless technology. "
Khronos Developer University OpenGL ES 1.1 Coding Challenge
"Khronos is pleased to announce the launch of the OpenGL ES 1.1 Coding Challenge. The contest will run in conjunction with the Khronos Developer University events beginning in Helsinki on Sept 17, 2004. The purpose of the contest is to create a library of sample code and applications for hardware accelerated OpenGL ES games, demos and screensavers that make people stop and stare with their mouths wide open, asking 'That's running on a cell phone!?'"
Mobile Extrapolation: Fresh Takes on the New Mobile Gaming Market Research
"As many mobile gaming insiders already know, Jill Braff, Sorrent?s VP of Marketing, recently authored an article entitled ?A Profile of the Cell Phone Gamer,? releasing results of a survey performed on Sorrent?s behalf by independent market research firm U30 Group. We decided to get a more in-depth perspective on the research and statistics that informed the well-received article, and an ever-energized Braff graciously agreed to sit down with us as we queried her for critical insights on her findings."
Dwango Wireless Partners with Beliefnet to Launch Cross-Carrier Mobile Entertainment Service
"SEATTLE & NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- Sept. 13, 2004 -- Dwango Wireless To Offer Polyphonic Ringtones, Mobile Music, Spiritual Images, Mobile Community Services and Spiritual -Themed Mobile Games "
Multi-Channel TV To Mobile Phones
"Europe : O2 and ntl's Broadcast division today announced the UK's first usability trial of multi-channel television to mobile phones, beginning in spring 2005. From nine broadcast transmitters covering 120 square km around Oxford, the trial will see 500 O2 customers provided with a multimedia mobile phone with a built-in digital TV receiver. "
Linktone to Offer English Premier League Wireless Fantasy Soccer Game
"SHANGHAI, China, -- Linktone Ltd. (Nasdaq: LTON - News), a leading provider of wireless value-added services in China, today announced that it has signed an agreement to provide a fantasy soccer game, ''EPL DREAM TEAM,'' to Chinese mobile users on both its short messaging service (SMS) and wireless access protocol (WAP) platforms. The game, which uses official English Premier League data provided by PA Sport, is the first- of-its-kind in the country. Linktone expects to launch the product commercially in October 2004. "

miércoles, setiembre 15, 2004

MontaVista and Sleepycat Provide Open-Source Software Solutions for Linux-based Mobile Device
"EMERYVILLE and SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 14, 2004 - Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, and MontaVista Software today announced that Berkeley DB and MontaVista(R) Linux(R) will be incorporated in the new Motorola A780 mobile phone. Berkeley DB provides efficient, reliable data management while the MontaVista Linux operating system provides a stable, versatile mobile platform enabling availability of a wide range of native and Java(TM) technology-based applications. The Motorola A780 device is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2004. "
Games kitchen - Blog - End of an Era
"Unfortunately, The Games Kitchen has closed for business. "

domingo, setiembre 12, 2004

Mobile game development a springboard for RP firms
"MOBILE game development can be a springboard for Philippine content developers who want to break into the global gaming industry.
Take local firm Spoon Interactive Arts Inc. as an example. With more than 20 employees aged between 23 and 24, this local content development firm has been getting worldwide recognition for developing mobile games."

viernes, setiembre 10, 2004

Mobile Extrapolation: Fresh Takes on the New Mobile Gaming Market Research
"As many mobile gaming insiders already know, Jill Braff, Sorrent?s VP of Marketing, recently authored an article entitled ?A Profile of the Cell Phone Gamer,? releasing results of a survey performed on Sorrent?s behalf by independent market research firm U30 Group. We decided to get a more in-depth perspective on the research and statistics that informed the well-received article, and an ever-energized Braff graciously agreed to sit down with us as we queried her for critical insights on her findings."
Gauntlet™ Moves Into 21st Century as Mobile Edition Launches
"London, UK - Digital Bridges, a pioneer of mobile entertainment solutions, in association with TKO Software, Incorporated, today announced the launch of the mobile edition of Gauntlet?, the renowned arcade game. Gauntlet? has been developed in-house by TKO and will be distributed across Europe by Digital Bridges."
RP potential in wireless gaming huge, ePLDT says
"An official of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) subsidiary ePLDT recently urged for a stronger emphasis in developing content for Java-based wireless games in view of the anticipated huge demand in the global market. "
Reaxion Inks Nickelodeon Deal
"Nickelodeon has placed a call to mobile entertainment provider Reaxion to develop wireless games for its Bleeposaurus franchise."

jueves, setiembre 09, 2004

Nokia to acquire a part of Metrowerks
"Nokia Corporation today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a portfolio of applications development tools based on the Symbian Operating System and to license core development tool technologies from Metrowerks Corporation."
Nokia 9300: a new Symbian OS / Series 80 communicator device
"Nokia today announced the Nokia 9300, a new high-end smartphone with both beauty and brains. With outstanding voice and data capabilities, the Nokia 9300 provides the best all-in-one device for users, regardless of workstyle or lifestyle."
Eclipse embedded Rich Client Platform project
"The Eclipse Foundation announced that IBM, Motorola and Nokia have proposed a new Eclipse Technology project, called the Embedded Rich Client Platform (eRCP). The proposed eRCP project will create several subgroups to investigate the suitability of using various components of the Eclipse RCP in a variety of embedded devices, such as mobile phones and PDAs."
New Midlet Review Prize Game launched!
"Midlet Review and Macrospace are pleased to announce the launch of the 'Fatal Force - Price Game'.
Just answer three questions and you have the chance to win 1 of 10 Prizes, sponsored by Macrospace.
Rank:Prize:
1-3 Macrospace T-Shirt and Fatal Force Game
4-10 Fatal Force Game"
Nokia reveals 7260, 7270, 7280 hat trick
"Launched today at the Totally Fashion event in Shanghai, Nokia has introduced a collection of three mobile phones borrowing design hints from the lavish 1920s. Radically different from earlier models from the handset maker, the Nokia 7260, 7270 and 7280 blend old world art deco styling with a modern day twist in an attempt to outfashion competitors. "
The Argentine Videogames Exposition 2004
"The Argentine Videogames Exposition (EVA), organized by ADVA (Argentine Association of Videogame Developers) and sponsored by AMD Inc, will be held for its second consecutive year within the framework of the DIBA (Buenos Aires Interactive Design) festival that is carried out by the City of Buenos Aires Government.

At UTN (Universidad Tecnol?gica Nacional), and for three days in a row, starting on Thursday, September 16th, a series of conferences will be held targeted at both videogame developers avid of new knowledge and any other person interested in getting to know the latest news and events in the argentine game industry.

This year, EVA will offer several special events among which the following should be noted:

- Argentine Games Showcase: There will be a display of the latest works, which are currently under development and are in the vanguard on matters of Argentine videogame production.

- CODEAR Games 2004: There will be an award-giving ceremony of the first contest for amateur videogame developers of the country. The winner will receive an Xbox console and a Microsoft Visual Studio kindly donated by Microsoft DirectX Team.

- Sapo Awards: An international festival where the best videogames productions of last year, both domestic as well as international, will be awarded.

- Opening Celebration: An event for all gamers who want to celebrate the promising future of Argentine games.

In its last year issue, EVA constituted a milestone in the Industry for being the most prominent event on videogame development in Latin America, with over 500 attendants for 2 days.

Nokia's 6230 Phone To Be Best Selling Mid-Range Product Ever
"STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Nokia Corp.'s (NOK) 6230 multimedia phone was the company's best-selling handset in terms of revenue in the second quarter and has the potential to become the best-selling mid-range phone ever, Chief Strategy Officer Matti Alahuhta said at an investor conference late Tuesday. "
Nokia and Metrowerks Agree on Transfer of Application Development Technology to Nokia
"Austin, Texas, September 8, 2004 - Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a portfolio of applications development tools based on the Symbian Operating System and to license core development tool technologies from Metrowerks Corporation, an independent subsidiary of Freescale(TM) Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE:FSL)."
First Mobile Phone with Hard Drive
"ASIA : Samsung Electronics unveiled the first-ever mobile phone (model: SPH-V5400) with an internal hard disc drive. The company's latest innovation, which also comes with a mega-pixel camera, is currently being exhibited at the ITU Telecom Asia 2004 from September 6 to 11 at the Busan Exhibition and Conference Center (BEXCO)."
Shanda Acquires Mobile Games Developer Digital-Red
"SHANGHAI, China, Sept. 7 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited (Nasdaq: SNDA - News), the largest operator of online games in China, announced today that it has signed an agreement to purchase the remaining interest that it did not already own in Beijing Digital-Red Mobile Software Co., Ltd., or Digital-Red ( http://www.worldup.com ), a leading developer of games for mobile devices. Shanda had initially purchased a minority stake in Digital-Red on January 13, 2004. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, an initial installment will be paid in cash, with the remaining consideration to be paid in cash in 2006 based on the actual earnings performance of Digital-Red in 2005."
EA extends mobile focus with Digital Bridges deal
"Leading publisher Electronic Arts has announced plans to strengthen its presence in the mobile gaming space, with an exclusive deal with wireless games firm Digital Bridges set to bring EA's key franchises to mobile handsets."
BlackBerry Connect Solution To Be Offered On Symbian-OS Based Nokia Series 80 Mobile Devices
"LONDON & WATERLOO, Ontario Sept. 7, 2004--Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM) (TSX:RIM) and Symbian Limited today announced plans to enable BlackBerry(R) Connect(TM) on Symbian OS(TM)-based Series 80 mobile devices, such as the Nokia 9500 Communicator. With BlackBerry Connect, Nokia customers will be able to connect to BlackBerry wireless services, enabling always-on, push-based wireless access to email, email attachments and calendar. Both BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) and BlackBerry Internet Service(TM) will be supported. "
Gaming to be Key Contributor to Wireless Data Usage And Revenues
"SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., September 7, 2004 - With good momentum already in the US and worldwide, In-Stat/MDR (http://www.instat.com) believes that mobile gaming, while remaining a niche market, will continue its rise as a key contributor to wireless data usage and revenues. The high-tech market research firm estimates that, by 2009, mobile gaming services in the US will generate $1.8 billion annually, or approximately 4.4% of total wireless data revenues. Additionally, by 2009, 78.6 million wireless subscribers in the US will play mobile games, and gaming downloads will increase more than tenfold from 2003 levels."
Fathammer Closes Investment Round With Nexit Ventures And 3i to Strengthen Technology
"Helsinki, Finland ? September 7, 2004 ? Nexit Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on next generation information and communication technologies, and 3i, Europe's leading private equity and venture capital company, today announced an investment in Fathammer, a leader in advanced mobile gaming."
Sun and ARM To Deliver High-Performance, Pre-Integrated Java Solutions For Mobile Devices
"SANTA CLARA, Calif. and CAMBRIDGE, UK - ITU Telecom Asia - Sept. 7, 2004 -- Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) and ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)], today announced a long-term collaboration to integrate and distribute optimized Java(tm) solutions for mobile devices. The integration of software and hardware optimizations will enhance the end-user mobile experience by significantly boosting computing power behind mobile Java applications. "
QUALCOMM Challenges BREW Game Developers to Show 'Who Got Game?'
"SAN DIEGO, Sept. 7 -- QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the 2004 'Who Got Game?' OpenGL ES Game Development Contest. 'Who Got Game?' gives developers working with QUALCOMM's BREW solution a chance to create 3D games, screensavers, user interfaces (UIs) or other demo applications for QUALCOMM's Q3Dimension 3D gaming engine. Seamlessly integrated into QUALCOMM's Multimedia, Enhanced Multimedia and Convergence Platform Mobile Station Modem(TM) (MSM(TM)) chipsets, Q3Dimension will soon be incorporated into many phone models, rapidly creating a large installed base of wireless 3D gaming handsets and a new, large business opportunity for BREW 3D game developers."

lunes, setiembre 06, 2004

Alphamosiac touts new mobile media processor
"Cambridge September 2004: Having scored a world-first with VideoCore?, Alphamosaic has launched VC02, the world?s most advanced Mobile Multimedia Processor. It can display video on 3.5? colour LCDs and capture 8 Megapixel images, making it ideal for watching TV, making videos or taking studio-quality photos on handheld products such as mobile phones. The power-efficiency of VC02 will allow many hours of continuous operation on a single battery charge, a unique feature for such a high-performance multimedia chip."

viernes, setiembre 03, 2004

Sony Ericsson announces winners of Game Developers Challenge 2004
"Sony Ericsson today announced the three winners of the Sony Ericsson Game Developers Challenge 2004, a competition for mobile Java game developers. 20 finalists have been evaluated by a jury from Sony Ericsson and the wireless gaming industry. The winners are awarded cash prizes, Java certification, global marketing exposure and commercial distribution."
IN-FUSIO BRINGS CULT FAVOURITE GHOST HUNTER TO THE MOBILE
"Bordeaux, France, 2nd September 2004 - IN-FUSIO has launched Ghost Hunter, the classic, action-packed arcade game, for mobile phones. Developed by IN-FUSIO, the game is available now to download on ExEn enabled phones."
X-Forge 2 Engine Available for Tapwave
"Fathammer has partnered with Tapwave to offer a Zodiac handheld-optimized version of the X-Forge 2 engine. The engine will be available to registered Tapwave developers on special terms. "
9th Mobile Games Distribution Agreement for Superscape Brings Portfolio of Games to Large New Base of Potential Consumers
"HOOK, England, September 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Superscape Group plc , leaders in revolutionary entertainment for mobile phones, announces that with this latest distribution agreement, the company's games will be available via nine of its targeted list of fifteen top tier operators. Superscape's games are expected to be on this top tier network in about a month's time."
Sony Ericsson, Sumea 3D Game Available Sep
"STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Sweden's Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson's (ERICY) and Sony Corp.'s (SNE) joint mobile telephone venture, Sony Ericsson, Thursday said it has partnered with Sumea to launch the 3D game Extreme Air Snowboarding for the Sony Ericsson K500. "
2Q Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Top 156.4 Million Units- Gartner
"LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Gartner Inc, a provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry, said Thursday that worldwide mobile phone sales surpassed 156.4 million units in the second quarter of 2004, a 35 percent increase from the second quarter of 2003. "
Global Mobile Handset Market Risks Overheating - Gartner
"LONDON -(Dow Jones)- The global mobile-phone market is in danger of overheating if it continues to grow at current rates, potentially hurting sales in early 2005, according to the latest data from research company Gartner Inc. (ITB). "

jueves, setiembre 02, 2004

EA announces Next Step into Mobile Gaming
"Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), the world?s leading interactive entertainment software company, today outlined the company?s next step to strengthen its offering of games designed for play on mobile phones. In a keynote speech today at the European Games Network (EGN) exhibition in London, Gerhard Florin, Managing Director and Senior Vice President of Electronic Arts, announced plans to bring additional opportunities for players to enjoy interactive entertainment on the go."
Alphamosaic launches new advanced Mobile Multimedia Processor
"Having scored a world-first with VideoCoreR, Alphamosaic has launched VC02, the world's most advanced Mobile Multimedia Processor. It can display video on 3.5' colour LCDs and capture 8 Megapixel images, making it ideal for watching TV, making videos or taking studio-quality photos on handheld products such as mobile phones. The power-efficiency of VC02 will allow many hours of continuous operation on a single battery charge, a unique feature for such a high-performance multimedia chip."
PowerVR shows the way to bring Console Quality Gaming to Mobiles
"Imagination Technologies - a leader in system-on-chip intellectual property - is demonstrating advanced hardware graphics support for the OpenGL ES API on its PowerVR MBX embedded graphics core at the Khronos Developer University event in London on September 1st (see: www.khronos.org/news/events.html)."
Game Industry Focuses on High Growth Markets at Three Conferences on September 9-10, 2004
"Over 1,200 of the top creative, technical and business minds in the computer and video game industry from around the world will converge in Austin, Texas on September 9-10, 2004 for three major conferences focused on high growth segments of the game industry: The Austin Game Developers Conference, The Mobile Game Conference and The Women's Game Conference. Industry leaders from North America, Asia, Europe and Australia will focus on emerging game technology and three key areas: developing and delivering massively multiplayer online games, developing games for mobile phones and how the industry can expand by bringing more women into the development process. "
Indian mobile firms need data users as prices fall
"Any mobile phone operator would cherish a customer like Peeyush Tiwari, a 19-year-old medical student in Lucknow.
Tiwari downloaded 19 mobile games to his handset in one month, each adding as much as Rs 100 ($2.20) to his monthly bill."
Nokia Says Has Shipped One Millionth N-Gage Game Deck
"STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia Corp. (NOK) Wednesday said it has shipped its one millionth N-Gage globally since sales of the game platform started eleven months ago. "
JAMDAT And Nickelodeon Team up to Bring Hit Shows Dora The Explorer And Blue's Clues to Mobile Phone
"LOS ANGELES--Sept. 2, 2004--Global wireless entertainment publisher JAMDAT Mobile Inc., announced today an agreement with Nickelodeon, the number-one-rated basic cable network for more than eight consecutive years (per Nielsen Media Research), to develop and distribute games for mobile phones based on top preschool properties, Dora the Explorer and Blue's Clues. "