Now that all three major game consoles support downloadable content, the buzz is growing for an iTunes service for gamers. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo have each launched an online game-download service, but the number of full-blown, disc-based games available in stores dwarfs the online offerings. Companies have differing strategies regarding which games should be offered online, whether the old classics should be available and what criteria should be applied.
Honeywell International, the maker of home appliances and thermostats, has announced its first consumer-electronics TV venture. The company will introduce a line of LCD flat-panel televisions that it hopes will compete with the offerings of other major TV makers.
The number of U.S. households adding video-game consoles to their TVs since 2004 has grown 18.5%, from 38.6 million homes to 45.7 million homes, according to a report from Nielsen's Wireless and Interactive Services division. In comparison, "The State of the Console" noted, the number of U.S. households with TVs grew just 1.6%.
FotoNation's Face Tracker program allows a camera phone to track and identify human faces. The program detects the presence and position of a subject's face at up to 30 frames per second during image capture.
Soon, text messaging might help consumers find the jeans they were looking for in stock at their local mall. That's the premise of NearbyNow's new search feature, one of many online services that are competing for an edge in finding what consumers want locally. Similar technology companies such as GPShopper and Krillion rely on mobile wireless networks for consumers to search for items.