What started off as a somewhat barebones streaming music app is developing into a fleshed out package with new features being rolled out every so often. We're talking about Google Play Music, which is Google's version of Spotify. In a continued effort to make the app more spiffy, Google for the first time is making use of its Songza technology acquired this summer to offer users music based on mood.
We'd all like to be paid eleven times the amount we earned last year, though for most of us, such a jump wouldn't put us in the tens of millions of dollars range. But for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, well, let's just say it's been a good year for him. How good? Microsoft revealed in a regulatory filing that its CEO was given a compensation package worth in excess of $84 million for 2014.
The further you get from your wireless router and the more obstacles that are in the way, the weaker the signal. That's especially true if you're connecting on the 5GHz band (it doesn't penetrate objects as well as the 2.4GHz band). What do you do when there's a dead spot in your home or surrounding area? There are several possible solutions, one of them being a more powerful Wi-Fi adapter. On the topic, Amped Wireless says its new UA230A high power Wi-Fi USB adapter can offer up to the two times the distance of your current adapter.
Amazon's latest e-reader sports a next-generation paperwhite display
Though we haven't evaluated Amazon's recently announced Kindle Voyage for ourselves just yet, a peek around the web shows that it's getting generally favorable reviews, some of which are calling it the best e-reader yet. That's high praise at this stage of the game. If you want to check it out for yourself, here's a heads up that the Kindle Voyage is now in stock and shipping to homes starting at $199 (Wi-Fi with Special Offers).
If you've been wondering what it takes to run Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, you'll be happy to know that Steam has now posted minimum system requirements. All in all, you'll need a fairly respectable system to run the game -- among the requirements are 6GB of RAM and 55GB of free hard drive space, and that's just to get your foot in the door. What else do you need?
Think you could sell ice to an Eskimo? Hey, that would be an impressive demonstration of your ability to make a sale, though it pales in comparison to Globalfoundries deal with IBM. As odd as it may sound on the surface, IBM today announced that it's offloading its semiconductor business to Globalfoundries, along with $1.5 billion in cash to be paid over the next three years.
Sultan of search reported $16.52 billion in Q3 revenues
Google enjoyed another overall strong quarter for the period ended September 30, 2014, with consolidated revenues reaching $16.52 billion, a healthy jump of 20 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. However, some other numbers were down year-over-year. On a GAAP basis, Google reported $3.72 billion in operating income, or 23 percent of revenues, versus $3.76 billion, or 27 percent of revenues a year ago. Non-GAAP operating income came to $5.36 billion, or 32 percent of revenues, compared to $4.62 billion, or 34 percent of revenues in the third quarter of 2013.
Satya Nadella's first TV interview since being named CEO of Microsoft
Jon Fortt at CNBC sat down with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella for his first TV interview since becoming boss of the Redmond outfit. Nadella answered questions about Microsoft's cloud strategy, why he opposes a spinoff, and yes, he addressed recent controversial comments that were made in regards to women in the workplace, and specifically the issue of a pay discrepancy between men and women.
It only took 24 hours for Mozilla's Matchstick HDMI dongle to reach its targeted $100,000 funding goal on Kickstarter, and since then, the project has skyrocketed to more than $390,000 with 9 days still to go. However, this is where things interesting, as they often do on these crowdfunded sites. If Matchstick hits $500,000 in pledges, the developers will implement two frequently requested stretch goals -- Local Play and Ad Hoc mode.
Microsoft, which first flirted with smartwatches through its Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) initiative all the way back in 2004, is rumored to be on the verge of re-entering the smartwatch market. A new report suggests that the company could launch a wearable device within the next few weeks.