PS2 beats Xbox 360 for UK games sales in record year
Last year was a record breaker for computer games, according to ELSPA (Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association), with 2006 seeing a seven per cent increase on unit sales.
The best-selling game of the year in the UK was EA Sport's FIFA 07 (pictured) - still at number one in its fifteenth week in the charts - followed by Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 6 and EA's Need For Speed: Carbon.
Volumes of sales didn't translate directly into revenues, however. ...more
UPDATED WITH IMAGES: Inside Apple's new Regent Street store
With 48 hours left before its official opening, Apple gave us a sneak peek at the new Regent Street Store. Billed as 'a place to belong', it's staffed by the 138 successful candidates, whittled down from an original list of over 4000 applicants. Between them, they speak 24 languages - and '100% speak Windows', although whether this is one of the counted 24 was never explained. ...more
palmOne boosted by Sony PDA demise
palmOne and Medion benefited most from a slight increase in PDA sales during the second quarter of 2004, according to the latest figures from IDC.
While total shipments were up 3.2 per cent on the previous quarter, palmOne's sales grew 14. ...more
Sony launches video-editing PC
Sony has launched its PCV-RX1 desktop for the home video-editor.
The RX1 houses a high end spec, including a 1.7Ghz P4, 80Gb hard disk, DVD and CD-R/W drives and a GeForce2 MX 32Mb graphics card. ...more
US copyright body calls for priority monitoring of IP rights in 16 countries
A US coalition of intellectual property organisations has called on the US Government to place on its Priority Watch List 16 nations that it closely monitors for 'the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights'.
The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) wants US Trade Representative Susan Schwab to list Argentina, Canada, Chile, China Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, India, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela when she issues her annual Special 301 Report later this year.
Although this will not necessarily result in action against the listed countries, it does mean that they will be more closely monitored for failures to implement IP rights that could restrict those countries' freedom to trade with the US. ...more