Hey now, weather. Knock it off, you hear? It's almost the weekend, and we don't need any more tricks, like that tornado business you thought was so damn funny. (Joke's on you because we have Special Weather Reports on our side.) No matter though; from now through Sunday, we're looking at the prospec ... More >>
In simpler times, video games and all that they had to offer were fully contained within a gray plastic cartridge. As a result, buying a used game required very little due diligence beyond a quick glance at the at the visible circuitry and making sure the game wasn't terrible. The used gaming marke ... More >>
On the front line of the costliest battle in the high-tech world.
If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will
The human race will remember 2012 as the year that birthed a new kind of hologram, but that technology is just the jumping-off point in this exciting era of interactive music experience. New research allows us to look into technology that might shape the way we listen to music in the next few decade ... More >>
It seems, much as we try, no one can avoid Katy Perry. Hell, she's pretty much everywhere these days, between awards shows, popping up (or not at all, turn out) on Sesame Street. She even lashed out at Microsoft over their closed-source softw... no, actually, her fans just wanted free booze in tha ... More >>
Hard to believe it's been almost two years since we posted that item about the two local companies to rise from the ashes of Ensemble Studios -- Robot Entertainment and Bonfire Studios, each consisting of ex-Microsofties scattered to the virtual winds after Ensemble's September '08 demise. Robot' ... More >>
Dave Pottinger, back when he was still at Robot earlier this yearIt's been more than a year since Microsoft shuttered Dallas-based Ensemble Studios, which was responsible for, among others, such top-selling titles as Age of Empires, Age of Mythology and Halo Wars for Xbox 360. From that wreckage ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Wednesday, April 29, 2009... What do you do when your competition has about 90 percent of the market? You make your product link to the Xbox. Yep, Microsoft isn't ready to give up on the ol' Zune yet; it will launch the Zune HD in the fall. Looks like ... More >>
Aw, dang. Had hoped to break this in the paper version of Unfair Park next week, where we profile former Ensemble Studios music-maker Stephen Rippy; but, oh, well, no such luck. Regardless, the September shuttering of Ensemble Studios -- the former Dallas-based indie-studio-turned-Microsoft property ... More >>
Look, I love Lucille Hester "as my big sister", but this thing's gone too far for too long. With new discrepancies in her story cropping up on the hour every hour, if I'm in her corner I throw in the white towel. Watching a sweet, old forgetful/manipulative lady get bludgeoned is neve ... More >>
Xbox-ers are no doubt anxiously awaiting tomorrow, when Microsoft finally unleashes its Halo Wars demo in advance of the game's March 3 release date. (Am I the only person who misses Tempest? Ooooh -- thanks, Atari!) I digress. So happens there's an extremely local connection to the Halo spin-off: T ... More >>
Could your cellphone's ability to stream music render the iPod obsolete? Quite possibly.
Spend New Year's Eve with some local comedians
Picture not taken at Comdex in the 1980s Bill Gates is about to separate himself from Microsoft, not really, and CNET News got a few high-techies to offer their fave memories of the man married to St. Monica Catholic School and Ursuline Academy's bestest grad. Among the chosen people: Steve Jobs, Mi ... More >>
In case you didn't know these were the DFW's traffic hot spots, INRIX sends a reminder. INRIX is a formerly Microsoft-affiliated company that keeps track of traffic. And, far as it's concerned, the Dallas-Fort Worth is a congested mess -- fifth-worst in the country, matter of fact, behind only Los A ... More >>
Late yesterday Microsoft unveiled a new-and-improved "Version 2" of its Live Maps, which claims to better render in 3D only four cities thus far: Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix and Dallas. Says Microsoft of its Virtual Earth experience: "Cities now have thousands more buildings than before especially no ... More >>
One industry clearly not worried about a recession: the video-game bidness. That's clear from this morning's news that Grapevine-based GameStop posted first-quarter earnings of $189.8 million -- up, oh, just 46 percent from last year's earnings during the same period. And the reason? Guess. Fine: "N ... More >>
Words get in the way of an otherwise stellar Lost Odyssey
Welcome to the United States, Mexicans. Now, how'd you like some new underwear?
Melinda French doesn't do just a whole lot of interviews -- she usually lets her husband, departing (or is that, departing?) Microsoftie Bill Gates, do the couple's heavy high-profile lifting for the two of them, as she's off running their foundation and raising their three kids. But this week, the ... More >>
Mass Effect is riveting — and a bit aggravating too.
Does Halo 3 live up to its billing?
Andrew Breshiers, a.k.a. "Cmndr Tatz," beams as he cradles his new love -- Halo 3.7 p.m. Sept. 24: Five hours before the most anticipated video game in history, Halo 3, will be released. Lines are forming. Droves of devoted fans all around the metroplex lined the streets waiting for the final instal ... More >>
...For many skilled immigrants, it's not here, it's home
Judd Apatow explains himself
A promising glimpse of the next Halo
Thursday, May 3, at Nokia Theatre
The five biggest attention-getters at E3.
The Xbox Live Arcade is a high-tech twist on the old-fashioned coin-op.
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Familiar, comfortable food soldiers on at The Bronx
Perfect Dark Zero isn't a bull's-eye, but it hits the target.
Mark Cuban, you so smart!
Kwanzaa is community, not characters and catchphrases
It's Kingsley vs. Connelly in a heart-wrenching real estate battle
Hope springs for Mercy
The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.
Owen Wilson goes down Behind Enemy Lines and lands in familiar terrain
Move over Mr. Gutenberg -- Dallas Internet entrepeneur Patrick Seaman is hunting for the "killer app" to create the next revolution in publishing
A shortage of American engineers and programmers spells boom times for brokers who peddle skilled foreign workers at bargain prices. Is it exploitation, or just good business?
The Information Age meets the technological Stone Age at Dallas schools
Atomic Cafe filmmaker Jayne Loader has won raves for her CD-ROM Public Shelter, but calls the 'new medium' a dud
She hasn't got money or connections. But straight-shooting Linda Terrell is helping dying grownups live their dreams.
At South by Southwest, the magic moments count the most
The telecommunications bill brings out the greed in all of us