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Google Android games console tipped to take on Apple TV (Guardian)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)‘s range of Nexus smartphones and tablets has established it as a seller of own-brand Android hardware, even if it gets other companies to make the devices. Now it may be planning to enter the games console market. At least, that’s what the Wall Street Journal is claiming, with an unequivocal statement in a report on Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s plans to match Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) unannounced-product for unannounced-product in the coming years. “Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is developing a videogame console and wristwatch powered by its Android operating system, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet company seeks to spread the software beyond smartphones and tablets,” claims the report, which also predicts a new version of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s never-commercially-released Nexus Q media streamer.
Apple working on motion detection feature (CiOL)
With rival Samsung taking a lead in introducing motion detection in its S4 smartphone, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) too is reported to be working to on the same lines in a bid to bring the new feature on its future smartphones and tablets. According to reports Apple appears to be testing out motion control features that will let people control their iPhones by moving their heads. The feature, first reported by 9to5 Mac, was discovered in the developer version of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, and is not yet publicly available. It is an option in the Accessibility menu that overrides the usual touchscreen controls.
Apple gives up more details of new Mac Pro (BizJournals)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is famously known for being extremely secretive, yet is uncharacteristically unveiling details and specifications of its new Mac Pro desktop workstation. The new generation Mac Pro is an aluminum-clad cylinder less than less than 10 inches tall and just 6.6 inches wide at the base. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) released information about the small new powerhouse computer on its website, and saying that it is “coming later this year.” Sure, we’ve had a look and some details before, but flipping through the detailed specs is something new, and fun.
Court to Apple: No Samsung Galaxy S4 in Next Trial (WallStCheatSheet)
In a minor setback for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in its upcoming patent infringement trial against Samsung (SSNLF.PK), a judge has ruled that the Cupertino-based company cannot add the Galaxy S4 to a list of infringing products. In its rejected argument, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) claimed, “the Galaxy S4 product practices many of the same claims already asserted by Apple, and that the Galaxy S4 practices those claims in the same way as the already-accused Samsung devices.” However, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal rejected the addition of the Galaxy S4. Judge Grewal stated via Bloomberg that, “Each time these parties appear in the courtroom, they consume considerable amounts of the court’s time and energy, which takes time way from other parties who also require and are entitled to the court’s attention.”
The digital revolution still needs to be translated (TheGlobeAndMail)
In a couple of months Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will release their next version of iOS, when it does one new feature will be more important to me than all the others: the ability to teach an Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) device to pronounce my name correctly. It’s such a tiny thing, but for me and millions of others who don’t have names like Dave or Jennifer, it will represent something else: a way to feel just that much more included in the digital revolution. Since the Internet age began, we’ve heard talk of democracy, openness and inclusiveness. As Evgeny Morozov points out in his most recent book To Save Everything, Click Here, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s mission statement is “to make the world more open and connected,” and founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to use technology to solve the “really big issues for the world.” But for many that ideal hasn’t rung entirely true.