Today in Tech News Digest, Samsung teases new Galaxy Gear hardware, Forbes reveals it was hacked, Edward Snowden gets elected student rector at Glasgow University, Candy Crush is powering King’s IPO, Irrational Games gets dissolved, and Google reminds us all to stop being Glassholes.
Samsung Teases New Galaxy Gear
This is great news for hackers: Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear might run Tizen instead of Android [via http://t.co/7dj4GlY5Mp ]
— Elia Yehuda (@z4ziggy) February 19, 2014
Samsung looks set to unveil new Galaxy Gear hardware at the 2014 Mobile World Congress (Feb. 24 – Feb. 27). No details regarding specs have leaked, but it has to be assumed the design, the battery life, and the user interface will all be improved after the critical panning the original Galaxy Gear received in these areas.
USA Today is further reporting that Samsung is dropping Android in favor of Tizen, with a new HTML5 version of the open-source operating system being revealed at the same time. If true, this suggests Samsung is seeking to have more control over the longterm future of its wearable tech, rather than remaining so reliant on Google.
The original Galaxy Gear was released in September 2013, and there was an argument two months later about how well it was selling. In fact, the jury is still out on wearable technology as a whole, but Samsung clearly wants to push its wearable wares regardless of the apparent lack of interest.
Forbes Got Hacked
The Forbes hack must have been a doozy. 3 days later and this is all they’ve said on the matter: http://t.co/IOphae5jo7
— Michael Wolf (@michaelwolf) February 17, 2014
Another day, another hack attack, the victim on this occasion being business and finance website Forbes. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has claimed credit for the attack, which saw the email addresses and passwords of every registered user stolen. The SEA argued the attack was legitimate because “Forbes has been so unethical that they deserved it.”
Forbes is encouraging users to change their passwords even though they were encrypted. It is also suggesting users be extra vigilant against phishing emails, which could increase in the wake of the hack. Which is good, if not painfully obvious, advice.
Edward Snowden Elected University Rector
Edward Snowden is Glasgow University rector. He won’t be present, but he will be spying on people from an undisclosed location. #VoteYes
— Alex Salmond (@AngrySalmond) February 18, 2014
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been elected rector of Glasgow University. Snowden, who beat cyclist Graeme Obree, author Alan Bissett and clergyman Kelvin Holdsworth to the post, was voted in by students, and is now their elected representative.
Snowden will serve as rector for three years, but will, rather obviously, remain absent during that time. While he isn’t the first absent rector to be elected, this suggests the students of Glasgow University were making a political point rather than choosing the person best suited to serve their interests.
The Candy Crush IPO Approaches
78% of http://t.co/3vd2PxeXdI revenue is Candy Crush. Seems like a scary IPO investment to me.
— Jay Yarow (@jyarow) February 18, 2014
King Digital Entertainment has filed IPO papers with the SEC, aiming to trade publicly on the New York Stock Exchange as KING. There is just one problem: King is extremely reliant on Candy Crush Saga for its success, with the mobile game being responsible for 78 percent of the company’s revenues.
As reported by Re/code, in 2011, King made a profit of $1.3 million on revenues of $64 million. And then Candy Crush Saga became a hit, leading to profits of $568 million on revenues of $1.88 billion in 2013. These are great numbers, but what, we wonder, happens when people stop playing Candy Crush Saga?
Irrational Games Is Being Disbanded
— Kristen Lanae (@kristen_lanae) February 18, 2014
Irrational Games, maker of the immensely popular BioShock series, is being dissolved. Co-founder Ken Levine is leaving to form a new “entrepreneurial endeavor at Take-Two” focussed on making digital “narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable.”
While gamers will be shocked and saddened by the news, Levine has promised that the BioShock series will continue, but with a new team at Take-Two. This is a better result than having no new BioShock games, but still a risky move seeing as someone else may completely mess it up. Talk about irrational.
Google: Don’t Be A Glasshole
And finally, Google wants you all to stop being Glassholes. Now. Please.
Google needs its Glass Explorers (AKA rich early-adopters) to be on their best behavior in order to prove the wearable technology isn’t going to cause a nuisance to others. So, as spotted by TechCrunch, the company has released a list of dos and don’ts for those wearing Google Glass in public.
Glass has generated a mixed reaction so far, and Google is obviously aware it needs to keep the public on its side if it’s to sell this concept to the masses. Which, let’s be honest, it probably won’t.