We're sure Blizzard spared no expense giving the StarCraft franchise a modern makeover, but the developer won't be hearing any disembodied voices warning of depleted minerals or vespene gas any time soon. See, as it turns out, The Wall Street Journal made a teensy-weensy $100 million dollar-sized mistake.
“Activision Blizzard Inc. hasn't disclosed development costs for its Starcraft II videogame. A July 16 Technology article about the Starcraft sequel incorrectly said the company spent more than $100 million to develop the game; that figure referred to its World of Warcraft game,” reads a correction on The Wall Street Journal's site.
It's okay, WSJ. Easy mistake. Here's a pointer for next time, though: all three of Blizzard's franchises are cash cows, but only one of them lets you play as an actual cow. Then again, another one has a cow level. Huh, maybe our cow-based organization system could use a little more work.
Would you be willing to pay $17.99 a month for a digital subscription to The Wall Street Journal? That's how much the newspaper is going to run on Apple's upcoming iPad, which is a little bit more than Kindle owners have to pay ($14.99 a month).
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch apparently got the memo that Apple product owners are willing to pay more (zing!), but the question is whether or not the subscription is overpriced. The Wall Street Journal isn't the only U.S. media outlet developing an application for the iPad, and it will be interesting to see what others try to charge
Advertisers are already jumping on board the iPad frenzy, too. According to The New York Times, advertisers have been spending big bucks to buy ad space on the iPad applications from different media outlets (Times included). Chase Sapphire in particular has bought 60 days worth of advertising from the Times, the paper reports.
Hey, have you heard the news? Apple's making a tablet, and it's going to be awesome. It's going to have a touchscreen, and it's gonna be a tablet. And it's going to be awesome!
Confused? Then you haven't been listening to the Maximum PC podcast. But Gordon's rant notwithstanding, Apple really is making a tablet (we think), and according to the Wall Street Journal, HarperCollins Publishers is currently hammering out a contract with Apple to provide electronic books for the upcoming tablet.
Like everything else surrounding the Apple tablet, details are fuzzy. It looks as though HarperCollins will set the prices of the e-books, and that they'll come with some additional features, but it's anyone's guess whether they'll be sold in a new e-book store or via the iTunes Store.
Either way, HarperCollins is turning the heat up on Amazon, which currently rules the e-book kingdom, at least until Apple finally starts shipping its long rumored tablet.
The Wall Street Journalreports on the increasing numbers of homeless computer users. While some resort to familiar solutions such as using computers set up in shelters or at public libraries, others carry their own laptops and external hard disks, and some even generate their own electricity or connect their units to car batteries to keep their systems running. Cybercafes, sympathetic friends, and "hidden" locations in public places that offer AC power and wireless access are some of the methods used to stay online.
Except for where homeless users run their systems and make online connections, they're not much different than those of us using PCs at home or at the office: PCs are used for news, information, and entertainment, social networking, advocacy, and jobhunting. As one homeless user puts it: "You don't need a TV. You don't need a radio. You don't even need a newspaper, but you need the Internet."
If you had to hit the streets, what would you give up before you gave up your PC? Join us after the jump and share your thoughts.
According to the Financial Times, readers of The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) website will soon have to cough up micropayments for individual articles, along with premium subscriptions to the website. The new micropayment service is expected to launch this fall, says Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of the Journal.
The move comes as newspaper outlets struggle with what has so far been a busted business model. It would also make WSJ the first big newspaper to dive into micropayments, and if successful, it probably won't be the last.
As for pricing, WSJ is still crunching the numbers and hasn't yet decided what to charge for its articles. The goal, according to Thomson, is to develop a system where occasional readers are charged a small amount who otherwise wouldn't pay more than $100/year for a site subscription.