The ‘cost’ of piracy

A claim that the annual costs of piracy to the software industry has topped $50 billion for the first time highlights a major flaw in the way such ‘costs’ are estimated. According to the Business Software Alliance, 41 per cent of software worldwide is pirated. It argues that this represents losses to the industry of […]

Mario now a historical number two

Wii Sports might – repeat might – be the new best-selling game ever, topping Super Mario Bros. Nintendo has just published a list of all its games which sold more than a million copies last year, along with their respective lifetime sales; Wii Sports is listed at 45.7 million sales. That’s just above the 40.23 […]

Apple reconsiders policy after Trent Reznor goes on the offensive

Trent Reznor has prevailed in a row with Apple – and it could be good news for Eric Cartman. The Nine Inch Nails frontman had reacted angrily after the company rejected an update to the official iPhone application for the band. Apple explained that it had rejected the app for inappropriate content, specifically the inclusion […]

Cellphone Users Trading Phone Wires for Booze

The number of homes relying solely on cellphones has risen so rapidly that it has now overtaken the number which are landline only. The figures come from a report which also shows cellphone only householders are more likely to be binge drinkers. During the last six months of 2008, 20.2 per cent of homes in […]

Duke Nukem (In Development) Forever Finally Nuked

By Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] If you “always bet on Duke,” then you’ve made a bad bet. Game developer 3D Realms, publisher of the seminal first-person shooters Wolfenstein 3D and Duke Nukem, has closed its doors. This is bad news for FPS fans that have been looking forward to Duke Nukem Forever, the planned […]

Giant Kindle targets commuters and students

Amazon is set to unveil a new Kindle reader with a much larger screen designed for newspapers and magazines. The new model may also be an attempt to capture the textbook market. The company has a press conference scheduled for a New York university tomorrow, but the news of the device has already broken. Pictures […]

Xbox games could be getting more physical

Tech site Endgadget is reporting that Microsoft plans to launch a gadget for the Xbox 360 which extends the Wii-style motion control to cover the entire body. According to the site’s source, which has the somewhat lightweight description of “someone who purports to be in the know”, the system would not involve controllers. Instead there […]

Kindle finds a mature audience

According to one estimate, half of all Kindle owners are aged 50 or above. The sampling method was far from scientific, but if anything, could have understated the proportion of older users. The figure comes via the Kindle Culture blog, which analyzed responses to a thread in the official Amazon Kindle forum asking how old […]