Today in Tech News Digest, Apple admits failure, Google works on Android TV, Microsoft wants Windows in your car, Amazon unveils Dash, Microsoft fixes Xbox One flaw, IFTTT comes to the iPad, and every SNES start screen ever is compiled into one epic video.
Apple Admits It’s Failing To Deliver
Apple’s solution to a bad selling ridiculous priced iPhone 5c? Reduce memory + add an even more ridiculous price for it and #FAIL again.
— Stefan Esser (@i0n1c) March 18, 2014
Apple has privately admitted it’s failing to deliver what consumers want. Not publicly, of course, but in a highly confidential internal document that has been made public as a result of the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung court case. This is just one of six docs Re/code has pinpointed from the first week in court.
The series of slides, which are much more negative than those shown on stage during product launches, declare, “Customers want what we don’t have.” This refers to smartphones priced at less than $300 and smartphones with screens larger than 4 inches.
This all suggests that rumors Apple is going to offer more choice to consumers, both in terms of screen size and pricing, in its next hardware update are accurate. But it also suggests Apple is having to react to the market rather than lead from the front. How times have changed.
Google Developing Android TV
Weird, but I have more hope for Android TV and FireTV (we ordered one to test out) than I do for Apple TV. Apple, prove me wrong please!
— Dan Benjamin (@danbenjamin) April 6, 2014
Google is busy developing Android TV, the successor to Google TV, which failed to take off in the way Google Chairman Eric Schmidt predicted. This is according to The Verge, which claims to have obtained documents detailing the new effort.
Android TV is described by Google as “an entertainment interface, not a computing platform.” As a result of which the UI looks very similar to that favored by existing streaming media set-top boxes, including the new Amazon Fire TV announced last week.
Select app developers are reportedly already working on building for the platform, but it’s thought Google isn’t looking to ditch Chromecast in favor of Android TV, with both co-existing side-by-side. Which suggests Google is simply hedging its bets in this field.
Microsoft Wants Windows In Your Car
Microsoft has unveiled its vision for Windows in the car, an alternative to Apple’s CarPlay. The system is being talked about as just a concept but is reportedly already being tested in real cars.
Windows in the car would bring a combination of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 to your center console, with developers able to create apps designed to be used only in cars. Microsoft hasn’t offered any clues as to when (if ever) this will be released.
Amazon Dash Brings Scan & Speak Shopping
Amazon has announced Amazon Dash, an accessory designed to make it easier for AmazonFresh users to order their shopping. The 6-inch device places Amazon orders via either speech recognition or a barcode scanner, with every product added to a shopping basket ready for checkout.
AmazonFresh, which offers same-day delivery on fresh groceries and more, is currently only available in Southern California, San Francisco, and Seattle. Hence, Amazon Dash is also limited to these markets for the time being.
5-Year-Old Discovers Xbox One Flaw
A precocious 5-year-old boy has discovered a major security flaw on the Xbox One. Kristoffer Von Hassel bypassed login safeguards on the Microsoft games console by entering the wrong credentials into his father’s account and then entering all blank spaces on the second time of asking.
The flaw has now been fixed, and Microsoft has rewarded Kristoffer for his detective work with four games, $50 in cash, and one year of Xbox Live Gold. Which sounds a little stingy to us.
IFTTT Comes To The iPad
— Devin Foley (@devinfoley) April 3, 2014
IFTTT has landed on the iPad, with a dedicated app that brings “recipe collections, location triggers for iOS photos, and support for push notifications” to the party.
For the uninitiated out there, IFTTT allows you to connect various applications and trigger actions using recipes. It’s a lot simpler than it sounds, and is actually rather brilliant. Especially if you read our free guide to using IFTTT.
Every SNES Start Screen Ever
And finally, it takes a certain kind of person to possess the time, patience, and attention to detail needed to compile a video showing every SNES start screen ever. Thankfully, for the benefit of the rest of us, such a person exists.
The YouTube video embedded above isn’t for the faint of heart, being a smidgen over nine hours long. Sure, no one is likely to sit through the whole thing, but we don’t care. It exists, and that’s all that matters. Good work, NicksplosionFX.
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