Saturday, April 9, 2011
>>We got a hands-on sample of Haptify's haptic-powered apps a couple months back and came away intrigued, but yearning for more. Well, the company is finally ready to sate our penchant for playtime physicality with its first game, Enzo's Pinball. The game debuts with three tables ("more coming soon"), and is designed to let you feel every bump, rattle, and ricochet as if it were the real thing. It isn't identical to its tangible counterpart, but it is an upgrade over the rumble-free digital competition.
Friday, April 8, 2011
>>Samsung Electronics Co Ltd , the world's No.2 handset manufacturer, plans to roll out a new version of its flagship smartphone Galaxy S in South Korea this month through KT Corp , the telecommunications operator said on Friday.
South Korea is one of the most lucrative markets for Samsung's smartphones. It sold about 2 million Galaxy S handsets last year, one-fifth of the total global shipments.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
>>HELSINKI -(Dow Jones)- Worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million units in 2011, a 58% increase from 2010, according to research firm Gartner Inc.
Gartner Thursday reiterated it expects Google Inc.'s Android to pass Nokia Corp.'s (NOK) Symbian as the most popular operating system globally this year, reaching 38.5% of the market compared with 19.2% for Symbian.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
>>Samsung said on Wednesday that it will start selling a Wi-Fi-only version of its 7-inch Galaxy Tab beginning Sunday.
The Android tablet will sell for $349, which is higher than the price many cell phone carriers are charging for their versions, though to get the lower prices, consumers have to sign up for a two-year contract.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – April 6, 2011 – Haptify, a developer and publisher of haptic-powered mobile apps, today announced that its first title, Enzo’s Pinball, is now available on the Android Marketplace for $1.49. The first virtual pinball title ever to include full-fledged tactile feedback, Enzo’s Pinball lets players literally feel the action on three unique tables as they flip their ball onto each ramp, bumper, and target. Play the most realistic pinball experience available for mobile devices and compete against players from around the world for the top score through the OpenFeint platform.
Enzo’s Pinball features include:
- Three unique pinball tables to master with more coming soon, each with a variety of missions to undertake
- Clockwork Table: avoid getting wound up by an intricate clockwork mechanism dating back to the 18th century and learn the secret of the clockwork pinball
- Steam-Powered Table: stay cool under pressure and navigate a high-voltage playing field to unlock the true nature of the steampunk pinball
- DJ Table: listen to the dark secrets of the record pinball
- Realistic pinball physics brought to life through high-quality haptic feedback, graphics, and sound
- Immersive touch-screen controls and accelerometer support that lets players ‘tilt’ the table, just like in the arcades
- OpenFeint integration with global high score list and achievements
“Enzo’s Pinball is an ideal choice for our first title because it really showcases the subtle-yet-significant power of haptics in gaming,” said Craig Vachon, Haptify Lead. “When you play pinball in real life, you use a combination of sight, sound, and touch to interact with the machine. Cutting that down to two senses, as most pinball titles do by necessity, just doesn’t provide the same level of involvement. I am positive that players won’t look at other pinball titles the same way after they’ve experienced Enzo’s Pinball with haptics.”
To download Enzo’s Pinball, visit the Android Markeplace at https://market.android.com/details?id=com.haptify.enzopinball
To learn more about Haptify and the power of haptics, visit www.haptify.com.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
>>Trading of household-name German stocks – including BMW, Deutsche Telekom and Siemens – could move to a data center based in the UK if Deutsche Börse completes its planned tie-up with NYSE Euronext.
The possible transfer of Deutsche Börse's trading platform to Basildon would be a major setback for Equinix – the company that had been selected to host Deutsche Börse's trading engines at a new data center in Frankfurt later this year.
Deutsche Börse's decision to move to Equinix's FR2 International Business Exchange (IBX) site was driven by demand from exchange participants, who want to install so-called "proximity hosting services" directly onto the servers hosting the exchange's trading engines.
Monday, April 4, 2011
>>Equinix (EQIX) reported 2010 annual revenues of $1,220.3 million, a 38% increase over the previous year, including $153.0 million in revenues recorded from the Switch and Data acquisition. Organically, the company grew about 21% compared with 2009.
Here is a quick look at the total 2010 revenue increase, highlighting its main contributors...
>>Data center related stocks closed the first quarter of 2011 with great performances, as most of the listed companies achieved double-digit returns: