Microsoft is building a white Xbox One, but it’s for employees only. A Reddit poster has revealed that Microsoft plans to gift the special edition white Xbox One to employees who have worked on the next-generation console. Employees working in Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, the division responsible for Xbox, will receive a free Xbox One, one year of Xbox Live, games, and a special achievement all on launch day. The front of the console even includes an “I made this” engraving.
If you’re a developer needing fast query performance for your applications, Google App Engine now has a deal for you. The just-released GAE 1.8.2 version includes a preview of dedicated memcache for just that sort of use case.
When it comes to hardware most people agree that Nokia makes good handsets, just look at the new Nokia Lumia 1020. But the problem is Nokia’s smartphones run Windows Phone which is still playing catch-up in terms of consumer acceptance. The question that is often asked is this, why didn’t Nokia use Android?
Microsoft has lost a trademark battle against British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) at the U.K.’s High Court in London, which may force the software giant to change the name of its clouds storage service, or pay fines.
Most of the gaming public and press rejoiced when Microsoft made the startling announcement a short while after the Xbox One’s chilly reception at E3 that it was reversing most the system’s controversial policies. That included a once-a-day online check-in requirement and a some tricky restrictions on sharing and reselling used games.
The tech titans are part of a group of 63 signatories of a letter asking for more transparency regarding security-related surveillance requests. Tech firms and civil liberties groups are behind the publication of a letter today which asks the U.S. government for more openness regarding communications surveillance, and suggests that it compiles a transparency report on their surveillance tactics.
Apple tightly controls its software and hardware, and is fiercely competitive in battling its rivals, especially in the mobile market. And yet, while the company never creates apps for anyone else’s mobile system or device, each of its major mobile-platform foes — Google, Amazon and Microsoft — make many of their apps available for Apple devices. That makes those devices the sort of Switzerlands of the mobile world.
We’ve heard from one of our good sources that the Start button, as well as a new boot-straight-to-desktop option are included in the most recent internal “Milestone Preview” builds of Windows 8.1. What we haven’t heard is how this new Start button will work. While sources have emphasised that the Start button won’t work the way the current Windows Start button does — by opening up a Start menu — that’s about all we’ve heard.
Gartner has released its latest figures charting its overall predictions for how IT devices — from PCs to mobile handsets — are going to perform this year and in 2014. As in years before, numbers will continue to climb: in 2013, total shipments will rise 5.9% to 2.35 billion, and will rise again in 2014 to 2.5 billion units, driven by portable, often less expensive, but just as powerful mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Android will account for just over one-third of all devices this year, and nearly half in 2014. It’s an Android world after all.