Google is stepping up its battle against Microsoft Office. Published reports say the search giant is preparing to launch an online store to sell business software that works with its existing web services such as e-mail and word processing. The store will sell software designed by outside programmers to add capabilities to Google's applications, similar to the way Apple's iPhone app store works. Google could announce the new store as soon as March.
Microsoft is said to be investigating a possible connection between Windows 7 and dramatically reduced battery life on laptops. There are reports popping up on the internet that the new software drains batteries to almost nothing. Some Windows 7 users say their computers can only last 15 to 30 minutes before they need to be plugged in.
Sony is launching a reality show on the PlayStation 3. It's called The Tester and the top prize is a job. It pits 11 gamers against each other and the winner will become a real game tester for Sony. The show is part of Sony's strategy to provide original content, other than just games, for the console. The Tester launches on February 18th.
For our weekly video game review we took a look at The Princess and the Frog, the new game based on the Disney movie. Rachel Fishman of parenting.com says it matches the spirit of the movie. "The game is a series of flashbacks through the movie and what happened during the movie and all the different movie scenes, and there's a whole bunch of mini-games that players play together," Fishman describes. Girls who loved the movie will likely enjoy the game. "This game is really angled towards girls who love the movie and want to interact with the characters more and play a game with each other. It's been recommended for slumber parties. It's a really good game for four girls to play together," Fishman says. There are versions of the game available for the Nintendo DS, Wii and PCs. Disney is the parent company of ABC.