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GameSpy Online Gaming Technology Now Available to Indie Devs

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286w ago - Small and independent developers can now access advanced GameSpy technology, with the first title from the program being Buccaneer by Blitz Games.

Press Release: SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 27, 2009 - GameSpy Technology, the video game industry's leading provider of online gaming services, today announced the availability of a new pilot program, GameSpy Indie, designed to support independent game developers and advance innovation in online-enabled gaming across the industry.

In conjunction with the launch, Blitz Games Studios announced that the first game from the new program - Buccaneer: The Pursuit of Infamy, developed by Stickman Studios - will be released next week.

Through this new program, GameSpy Technology is now being made available to smaller developers that can benefit from high value online services but may have been prohibited in the past due to resource or implementation barriers. The program expands the reach of GameSpy's industry-leading suite of technologies and services, which are available for every existing gaming platform.

"At GameSpy, we are committed to advancing innovation in online and connected play within the gaming industry," said Jamie Berger, SVP Consumer Products and Technology, GameSpy Technology. "This means that we not only work to...
 

DivX Technology to Power High-Quality Video for PS3 Games

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332w ago - According to a release sent out today, DivX's widely-used video codec is now available to all PlayStation 3 game developers, enabling "them to create high quality DivX video for PS3 games."

"We are excited to work with Sony Computer Entertainment to offer DivX video encoding to PS3 game developers," said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc. "PS3 users can already use their PS3s to watch their own DivX videos, and now they'll also be able to enjoy the quality of DivX in the games."

Press Release: DivX, Inc. (NASDAQIVX), a digital media company, today announced the availability of DivX(R) video encoding to PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) game developers, enabling them to create high quality DivX video for PS3 games.

The availability of DivX video encoding technology will enable developers to take full advantage of DivX compression technology while maintaining the integrity of high quality video. PS3 is the first gaming system capable of playing back DivX video.

"We are excited to work with Sony Computer Entertainment to offer DivX video encoding to PS3 game developers," said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc. "PS3 users can already use their PS3s to watch their own DivX videos, and now they'll also be able to enjoy the quality of DivX in the games."

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Sony prepares 5x boost to hard drive storage with new technology

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342w ago - Sony has revealed a new type of technology that will will allow it to make larger hard drives possible even with notebooks.

Instead of using a traditional magnetic read/write head, the new development utilizes a hybrid of magnetic optical technology to increase the density. Therfore, a full terabit can fit on a single square inch, which is five times the space of a traditional drive.

To quote: Sony has revealed a new technology it says will make large hard drives possible even with notebooks. Rather than use a traditional magnetic read/write head, the new development uses a hybrid of magnetic and optical technology to greatly increase the density: while the storage itself is similar, media is written to disk using a laser.

The extremely small, precise nature allows it to fit far more bits of data on any given area. A full terabit (125GB) can fit on a single square inch -- five times the space of conventional hard disks, Sony says.

The gain should result in notebook hard disks that store as much as 150 hours of HD-grade video and would translate to a 1.6TB hard drive using the same design as today's 320GB hard disks. Sony itself has no immediate plans to produce the hard drives and has no timetable, but says it will work with hard drive manufacturers to introduce shipping products...
 

Funds freed up for UK innovation

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358w ago - UK pioneers of research into new materials, green energy and future communications will share a £100m government fund to back innovation.

More than 76 research and development projects covering eight technology priority areas will share the money.

The money has been made available through the Technology Strategy Board which promotes innovation in business.

The board has funded more than 700 projects with a total of £1bn since it was formed in 2004.

The new money for projects starting this year was announced by Innovation, Universities and Skills Secretary John Denham.

Pioneers in healthcare, green energy and business competitiveness will benefit, along with work on advanced cell therapies to treat wounds and eventually organs, and ways to allow patients with chronic conditions to be monitored from home.

Environmental priorities include better materials for use in wind and wave farms, efficient lighting for shop fronts and systems to better exploit small-scale local energy production.

Mr Denham said: "New research in these important eight key technology areas will make a real difference to the economy and to our lives.

"Our work on innovation will help businesses to succeed and improve public services, meeting the challenges...
 

New boom-time for British tech?

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368w ago - Britain is still home to some of the world's best scientists - but when it comes to giving them the money to turn their ideas into world-beating companies we are third-rate. True?
 
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