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‘Duke Nukem Forever’ to be released in June after 15-year wait

SAN FRANCISCO — The 15-year wait for the return of videogame tough guy “Duke Nukem” will end in June, 2K Games promised on Tuesday. First-person shooter game “Duke Nukem Forever” has been a work in progress since 1997, missing a slew of release dates before 2K put it in the…

IBM tops Microsoft in market value, then slides back

NEW YORK — IBM briefly topped Microsoft in market value on Wall Street on Friday to become the second-largest technology company after Apple. But IBM shares lost 0.25 percent to close at $170.16, giving the New York-based company known as “Big Blue” a market capitalization of $206.1 billion. Microsoft shares…

Value of pirated software nearly $59 billion: study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The commercial value of pirated software increased 14 percent last year to nearly $59 billion, with emerging economies accounting for over half the total, according to a study published Thursday. Businesses and consumers around the world bought $95 billion worth of legal personal computer (PC) software in…

U.S. Copyright Group targets 23,000 downloaders of ‘The Expendables’

More than 23,000 U.S. Internet users could soon be notified by their internet service providers (ISPs) that their personal information is being turned over to the U.S. Copyright Group in the largest file sharing lawsuit in U.S. history. Wired reported that a federal judge has agreed to allow the copyright…

Osama bin Laden hideout becomes Counter-Strike map

SAN FRANCISCO — Images of the Pakistani compound where Osama bin Laden made his final stand have been turned into a videogame battleground. A software map named fy_abbottabad in reference to the city where a US military team killed the infamous Al-Qaeda leader in a May 2 raid was available…

Nintendo announces new console amidst profit slump

TOKYO (AFP) – Nintendo said on Monday it would release a new console next year to succeed its popular Wii, as it reported earnings slumped due to the strong yen and its 3D handheld player came too late to give a lift. The video game giant said the new machine…

Apple iPhone, iPad secretly tracking your location

Security researchers revealed this week that your favorite Apple gadget is logging and retaining a record of every place you go. Researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden have uncovered evidence that Apple’s iPads and iPhones contain a database with thousands of location points that gets downloaded every time the device…

Apple sues Samsung, says stop copying us

SAN FRANCISCO/SEOUL (Reuters)- Apple Inc sued Samsung Electronics claiming the South Korean firm’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets “slavishly” copies the iPhone and iPad, according to court papers, a move analysts say is aimed at keeping its close rivals at bay. Apple is one participant in a web of litigation among phone makers and software firms…

Chasing Apple, Nokia unveils two new smartphones

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia unveiled on Tuesday two new smartphone models running on improved Symbian software, a stop-gap measure aimed at stemming customer defections to rivals like Apple. Nokia has lost its lead in the high end of the cellphone market after Apple unveiled the iPhonein 2007. In February, Nokia’s new…

Sony cuts deal with PlayStation 3 hacker

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Sony on Monday said a US hacker has agreed to stop breaking into PlayStation 3 (PS3) videogame consoles as part of a deal made to drop a lawsuit filed by the Japanese consumer electronics giant. “It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or…

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