Archive for July, 2007

Cisco Invests $150 Million in VMware

Posted: July 30, 2007 in Tech

Cisco will acquire 1.6 percent of virtualization company VMware from parent EMC for $150 million in cash. Unlike Intel, Cisco will not receive a board seat, but VMware said it would consider appointing a Cisco executive to its board in the future.

Cisco will work with VMware to develop virtualization products designed for networking and datacenters.

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Canon Marketing (Philippines) Inc., strengthens its commitment to beef up its total digital imaging solutions offerings as it launches its latest models of DV camcorders, Powershot and Digital IXUS cameras and SELPHY compact photo printers.

Canon latest innovations are the Powershot S5 IS and IXUS 950 IS digital cameras, SELPHY CP740 and CP750 compact photo printers. HV20 camcorder and the DVD Camcorder Canon HR10.

PS2 Still Most Played Game Console

Posted: July 26, 2007 in Tech

Sony’s PlayStation 2 accounted for 42 percent of video game console usage during June, and PC gamers played World of Warcraft more than four times as much as any other PC game, Nielsen reported as it launched Nielsen GamePlay Metrics, the first service of its kind to electronically track video game console usage and games played on PCs.

68.1 million individuals used a video game console in June, playing an average of 7.5 days during the month. On the days they played, Xbox 360 users logged an average of 2.2 sessions, with an average session length of 61 minutes. In contrast, PlayStation 3 users’ logged an average of 1.9 sessions, with an average session length of 83 minutes, on the days they played.

Electronic Arts announced a deal with Microsoft to put advertising in several popular sports games for the PC and Xbox 360.  Microsoft’s Massive Network will place ads in Madden NFL’08, Nascar ’08, NHL ’08, Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’08 and SKATE.

Massive, which Microsoft acquired in 2006, allows game makers to insert appropriate advertising, such as logos or brand names.

HP Acquires Neoware

Posted: July 26, 2007 in Tech

HP has announced that it signed a definitive merger agreement to purchase Neoware Inc., a provider of thin client computing and virtualization solutions, at a price of $16.25 per share, or an enterprise value (net of existing cash) of approximately $214 million on a fully diluted basis.

HP acquiring Neoware is intended to accelerate the growth of HP’s thin client business by boosting its Linux software, client virtualization and customization capabilities, expanding its regional sales footprint and broadening its hardware portfolio.

Neoware Inc. is a global provider of thin client computing solutions that allow organizations to cut costs by centralizing desktop management, alleviating threats of security breaches and reducing energy consumption. Forward-thinking companies enable their desktop virtualization strategies with Neoware’s desktop, laptop and software offerings.

NPD figures for the month of June shows that Nintendo Wii is leading the pack among other gaming consoles.

The company delivered 381,800 Wii consoles and 561,900 DS handhelds in June compared to 98,500 PlayStation 3 units and 198,400 Xbox 360 consoles. Wii sales are up 13 percent on the previous month.

Sony is celebrating though with a rise of 21 percent for PlayStation 3 sales.  Yet Xbox 360 actually saw growth in the same period, actually outstripping PlayStation will a sales increase of 28 percent.

Microsoft and the news site Digg.com have signed a deal in which the Redmond giant will become the exclusive provider of display and contextual advertising on the popular news site.  The agreement was signed for the next three years and the two companies said they will work together on future technology and advertising initiatives.

Digg.com has about 17 million monthly visitors and this agreement may be very important for Microsoft, who wants to promote its AdCenter initiative.

Prior to the deal, Google serves as Digg’s advertising partner.  Google declined to comment about Digg’s decision and the Microsoft deal.