Carmack speaks on pending Facebook acquisition of Oculus
Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack has offered his opinion on Facebook’s pending acquisition of Oculus for $2 billion. The deal has sparked outrage and confusion from consumers to the point that death threats have been made against Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey while cooler heads have questioned whether or not Oculus should refund Kickstarter backers their money.
What's holding smartphone makers back from implementing a kill switch?
A new research report suggests that if smartphone makers implemented a technology into handsets to remotely disable them when stolen, it could potentially save consumers $2.6 billion per year. For that number to be accurate, a kill switch would need to be mandatory in mobile devices. It takes into the account the cost of replacing a stolen smartphone as well as how much is spent on smartphone insurance.
Phil Spencer is now in charge of Microsoft's Xbox business
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella might be new to his post, but he's already making his presence known by shaking up the management team. Perhaps the biggest move of the day is the promotion of Phil Spencer to lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Microsoft Studios. His was one of several changes to management, though will it be the last?
The Galaxy S5's display impresses a well renowned testing firm
It looks like Samsung may have yet other bragging point -- best smartphone display in the world. That was the determination DisplayMate's Dr. Raymond M. Soneira came to after an extensive round of lab tests and measurements, in which he concluded that the Galaxy S5 sports the best smartphone display he's ever tested. It was an easy conclusion to come to after the Galaxy S5 left in its wake a bunch of broken records.
It's been nearly a week since Nvidia unveiled its dual-GPU Titan Z, a monster dual-GPU graphics card with 5,760 CUDA cores, 12GB of memory, and a massive $2,999 price tag. Will AMD counter with a dual-GPU card of its own? Of course it will -- we don't want to imagine a world where these two companies don't go back and forth trying to one-up each other. Rumor has it that AMD's dual-GPU counter punch is going to be a rather power-hungry Radeon R9 295.
Investors can be a funny, unpredictable bunch. Sometimes they overreact to small blips in sales estimates -- Apple investors seem to do this every time the company issues a financial report -- and other times they get excited over seemingly nothing. The good news for Intel is that investors are reacting positively to a massive investment in Cloudera, an enterprise data hub powered by Apache Hadoop.
Company ‘trusts’ users to voluntarily stay within bounds
On Thursday, Microsoft took the unprecedented step of launching a dedicated version of its Office productivity suite for the Apple iPad, giving all iPad users the ability to view Office documents on the go for free, and those willing to pay $100 per year for an Office 365 subscription the power to edit and create them. There’s a slight problem, though.
Revises its email scanning policy again following ‘uncomfortable’ criticism
Microsoft came under severe criticism after it emerged last week that in 2012 the company had peeked inside the Hotmail account of an employee suspected of leaking Windows 8 trade secrets. Within 24 hours of the revelations, the company thought it behooved it to “provide additional context and describe how we are strengthening our policies.” But the "strengthened" policy did not go down too well with the critics either.
First laptop battery recall in seven years for the company
Lenovo has recalled about 34,500 laptop battery packs in the States and 2,900 in Canada because of a fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday. The affected laptop models, all part of the company’s ThinkPad series, were sold between October 2010 and April 2011.
HTC M8 One and Galaxy S5 already comply with new guidelines
Android’s customizability is one major reason why the open source mobile OS has managed to endear itself to vendors and users galore. But don’t be misled into believing that Google has granted vendors a carte blanche. There are certain rules smartphone makers need to play by if they want their users to be able to access certain Google-developed stock apps considered integral to the whole Android experience.