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NVIDIA to Acquire AGEIA Technologies

NVIDIA to Acquire AGEIA Technologies 50°
369w ago - NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in gaming physics technology.

AGEIA's PhysX software is widely adopted with more than 140 PhysX-based games shipping or in development on Sony Playstation3, Microsoft XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii and Gaming PCs. AGEIA physics software is pervasive with over 10,000 registered and active users of the PhysX SDK.

"The AGEIA team is world class, and is passionate about the same thing we are–creating the most amazing and captivating game experiences," stated Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "By combining the teams that created the world's most pervasive GPU and physics engine brands, we can now bring GeForce®-accelerated PhysX to hundreds of millions of gamers around the world."

"NVIDIA is the perfect fit for us. They have the world's best parallel computing technology and are the thought leaders in GPUs and gaming. We are united by a common culture based on a passion for innovating and driving the consumer experience," said Manju Hegde, co-founder and CEO of AGEIA.

Like graphics, physics processing is made up of millions of parallel computations. The NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800GT...

FFXIII and FFXIII Versus Date & Pricing at Amazon

FFXIII and FFXIII Versus Date & Pricing at Amazon 50°
369w ago - In Amazon it's listed the price and release date for Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII Versus for the PS3 system.

Both can be found in here.

The price is the explosive $59.99 each, unbeatable for the actual prices for the PS3 games.

The Cover art is also unveiled, with a typical FF presentation layout, but also is noticeable that the FFXIII cover has a black back, and the XIII Versus a White one instead.

It would be more suitable the other way around, so maybe Square Enix is hiding something...

The release date by the way is: 1 Dec of 2008

Joe Montana Gets Up in Our Grill

Joe Montana Gets Up in Our Grill 50°
369w ago - EA Sports' annual Madden Bowl event last night brought together pro-athletes, celebrities and media for a huge pre-Super Bowl megaparty. So why did Hall of Famer Joe Montana threaten our reporter for snapping his picture?

Joe Montana, football legend turned product pitchman, glared at me, his face was inches my nose. "Joe Cool" was clearly not happy -- but why? A security guard, sensing the pending confrontation, made his way towards me -- but would he get there in time?

It all started innocently enough at EA Sports' 14th Madden Bowl, held on January 31 at the Martini Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Scores of pro football players, including Chad Johnson and Laurence Maroney, attended the event to compete in a live Madden NFL 08 tournament.

The free-flowing booze and photo ops drew the attention of other famous faces, including former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman, ESPN's Chris Berman and Hall of Famer Joe Montana who, with bodyguard in tow, shook many hands before sitting down with a few friends.

Since the party was a media event (athletes hammed it up for the cameras all night long), I took three photos of Montana for my Madden Bowl recap story. I then turned away to check my work, surprised to find the football icon missing from the last photo.

It only took a second...

TDK no longer making rewritable HD DVDs

TDK no longer making rewritable HD DVDs 50°
369w ago - Could HD DVD be in any more trouble? Well yes if either Paramount or Universal went neutral but more news comes today, starting with Warren News (on their subscription service) reporting Imation, under the TDK brand, will stop making HD DVD writable (blank) disks.

TDK are one of the biggest brands of rewritable media and this is a severe blow to HD DVD. There may be little HD DVD re-writers available, but now it appears that will always be the case.

This new follows Home Media Magazine's weekly nxtbook where inside on page 3, they have posted the Blu-ray vs HD DVD software ratios for week ending January 27th and there appears to be a trend forming despite dramatic price cuts on the Toshiba HD DVD players.

First it was 85:15, then 83:17, and now 82:18 (4.56:1). There seems to be no stopping Blu-ray, with its lead hovering in the early to mid 80s. And again, it was an all Blu-ray top 10.

Microsoft wants to purchase Yahoo

Microsoft wants to purchase Yahoo 50°
369w ago - Microsoft has offered to buy the search engine company Yahoo for $44.6bn (£22.4bn) in cash and shares.
The offer, contained in a letter to Yahoo's board, is 62% above Yahoo's closing share price on Thursday.

Yahoo cut its revenue forecasts earlier this week and said it would have to spend an additional $300m this year trying to revive the company.

It has been struggling in recent years to compete with Google, which has also been a competitor to Microsoft.

In a conference call, Microsoft's Kevin Johnson said that the combination of the two companies would create an entity that could better compete with Google.

"Today the market [for online search and advertising] is increasingly dominated by one player," he said.

Chairman quit

Yahoo confirmed that it has received an unsolicited offer and said that its board would evaluate the proposal, "carefully and promptly in the context of Yahoo's strategic plans and pursue the best course of action to maximize long-term value for shareholders."

If Yahoo accepted the offer, competition authorities both in the US and the European Union would be likely to investigate the tie-up.

Yahoo chief executive, Jerry Yang, announced on Tuesday that he intended to lay off 1,000 staff as part...

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