Archive for December 3, 2007

Activision Inc. signed an agreement with French Entertainment Company Vivendi, pursuant to which Vivendi Games will be merged with Activision, resulting in the formation of the biggest pure-play online and console game publisher in the world.

The company said the combined entity would be named Activision Blizzard and will have around $3.8 billion in pro-forma combined revenues in calendar year 2007. Following the deal, Activision will remain listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange as Activision Blizzard.

Under the terms, Vivendi would hold a roughly 52 percent majority of the merged company by contributing Vivendi Games, valued at $8.1 billion, and $1.7 billion in cash.

TOM Group officially denied that it has made any investment in Facebook after media reported that TOM Group’s founder and majority shareholder, Li Ka-shing, had put $60 million into the social networking site.

Although the company did not confirm nor deny whether Li had made an investment through another entity. The company did not comment on whether the possible investment could lead to cooperation between Facebook and TOM Group in the future.

Chip manufacturer Intel Corporation announced an upgrade of its software tools suite for Mac OS X Leopard, the sixth major version of Apple’s operating system.

The combination of Intel’s compilers, Leopard and Xcode 3.0 allows Mac developers to use Intel multicore processors. The compilers contain auto-parallelising capabilities, libraries and Threading Building Blocks for Mac OS X and Leopard is optimized for multicore environments with new developer APIs and tools for developing multithreaded applications.

Corel announces that WinDVD is the world’s first Blu-ray Disc playback software to receive BD-Video Profile 1.1 certification. By receiving certification for BD-Video Profile 1.1, WinDVD has passed the stringent standards and guidelines set by the Blu-ray Disc Association to ensure the best possible user experience.

With BD-Video Profile 1.1 support, WinDVD users can now use picture-in-picture functionality to playback a smaller high-definition video in the corner of their screen while watching the high-definition movie on the background main screen. With this enhanced functionality, movie fans can now watch the director’s commentary as an overlay to the action on screen.

WinDVD with BD-Video Profile 1.1 support will be available beginning in early 2008.

AMD Delivers HDTV Experience for Mac

Posted: December 3, 2007 in Tech

AMD announced the new ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac – a new HDTV experience for Mac users. ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac integrates two TV tuners to receive off-the-air ATSC/HDTV broadcasts as well as analog television programming. This new TV tuner solution joins AMD’s six TV Wonder offerings for the PC platform..

The ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac transforms Mac desktops and notebooks alike into ultimate TV entertainment systems, with full personal video recorder functionality. With the included ATI tvPORTAL TV application for Mac, users can watch, pause, or record high definition TV1. Even analog TV is made brilliant on the Mac as the ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac produces sharp, true-to-life analog TV images. With full featured Electronic Programming Guide in ATI tvPORTAL, users can schedule and manage TV recordings with ease.

Pepsi and Amazon have partnered up to give away a whopping 1 billion free MP3’s.   The free song codes will be found in any of the 5 billion bottles of Pepsi that will be shipped out to stores.

All major labels have been asked to participate, though some have resisted due to Amazon’s 40 cents proposed pricing per track.