Gamers rejoice: E3, the annual Mecca of gaming, opens once again in Los Angeles next week. The major three console manufacturers will hold press conferences annoucning new content early in the week, and press members will be able to demo new products in the expo's latter days.
Brent Molina at USA Today has ten things to expect from Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft next week, as the Big N unveils their new console ("Wii U") and the others look to squeeze more life out of this current console generation.
Maybe it's just me, but this E3 doesn't seem to have the rampant anticpation that usually precludes the annual event. Most mid-generation expos lack groundbreaking revelations, but this generation has lasted longer than any previous one. (The Xbox 360 is going on seven years now, and there is little evidence that Microsoft will reveal new hardware this year.)
Blame the bad economy somewhat -- consumers aren't willing to spend several hundred dollars for a new console as they were in the mid-2000s. The Big Three have also lost gaming ground to smartphones and tablets -- Apple seems to be the greater challenge in the long term.
I'll have a TalkTech recap podcast up next week after the conferences -- perhaps we may have some groundbreaking news by then. Or perhaps more "Better With Kinect" games for the Xbox 360.
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Nick Ehrenberg is a gamer, geek, and Digital News Director for Twin Cities News Talk.
Apple may soon be looking to take on the home television market, according to Foxconn manufacturing chief Terry Gou. Rumors of an Apple "iTV" have swirled for years, but the word from Foxconn might be the best indication yet of Apple's entry into the market.
CNET has the details of Gou's statements, where he claims that Foxconn is currently reading its facilities for Apple television production, though no development has yet begun.
Foxconn chief Terry Gou let slip that his company is getting ready to start producing an Apple television.
According to China Daily, Gou today held a news conference in Shanghai about his company's plans for the future. During that conversation, he mentioned that Foxconn is currently preparing its facilities to start producing Apple's long-rumored television, though "development or manufacturing has yet to begin," the China Daily report said.
Gou's comments are notable for coming from a prominent executive who could be expected to have knowledge of Apple's plans. The vast majority of reports surrounding the development of the television have come from unidentified sources and analysts claiming insight into Apple's plans. For its part, Apple has stayed tight-lipped on any possibility that it might be working on a television.
Still, the rumors keep coming, and they're suggesting, among other things, that Apple's television could be equipped with support for the company's virtual personal assistant Siri, a built-in camera for FaceTime, and access to the App Store.
Apple diehards can already access their content on a television through the Apple TV set-top box, but an actual Apple television could further integrate the company's ecosystem for living rooms.
Yet this market is not openly ripe for dominance, and Apple faces far more challenging circumstances. Competitors like Microsoft, Sony and Roku have already utilized components for home media integration, and Apple would need to demonstrate a wholly different interaction model to attract customers.
Hey, techies. I've put up another episode of TalkTech, and this time I touch on two emerging technologies: augmented reality and motion control. Google's Project Glass has demonstrated how augmented reality can be implemented in daily life, but will people be willing to have data beamed right in front of their eyes? Meanwhile, motion control is all the rage in gaming devices, but will it eventually transition into other areas? Listen below!