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Apple Droid, Edit Look Back, Bing Winter Olympics, Sochi Problems [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 07-02-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, Steve Wozniak talks of an Apple/Android mashup, Sony gives up on PCs, Amazon acquires a games developer, Facebook adds an ‘Edit’ option to ‘Look Back’, Bing wins gold for its Winter Olympics features, and Twitter tracks the multitude of problems occurring in Sochi.


Woz Suggests Apple Builds A Droid

Woz has suggested that a smartphone built by Apple but powered by Android isn’t beyond the realms of possibility. Steve Wozniak, who founded Apple with Steve Jobs a long, long time ago Apple Celebrates, Google 4 Samsung, NSA Children, Xbox Fire [Tech News Digest] Apple Mac's 30 years, Google and Samsung's patent partnership, NSA wooing children, rare NES game sold for $100k, Pinterest animated GIFs, Google adds context to websites, and man runs into inferno for Xbox. Read More , pondered the chances of Apple building an Android handset in an interview with Wired.

Woz suggested, “There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market… We could play in two arenas at the same time.” Presented out of context this looks as though Woz was advocating such a move, but his comments have been qualified by someone on Reddit claiming to have been present. Woz appears to have simply claimed Apple could do such a thing, but said neither that they would or should.

Still, this is an interesting thought from the man who provided the technical genius to Jobs’ salesmanship. The iPhone 5c iPhone 5c Review And Giveaway At this year's iPhone event, Apple announced not one, but two new iPhones, a first for the company. We are giving away an unlocked 16 GB green iPhone 5c to one lucky winner. Read More was supposed to be a more affordable iPhone for those on a budget, but it didn’t live up to the hype. Perhaps Apple hardware coupled with the Google operating system is the way to go. OK, it’ll never happen, but there is no harm in dreaming.

Sony Stops Selling PCs

Sony has sold off its VAIO division, thereby quitting the PC business. The company’s computer division has been sold to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), an investment fund that plans to focus on selling computers in Japan.

The blame is being placed firmly on “the drastic changes in the global PC industry,” with Sony declaring that “the optimal solution is to concentrate its mobile product lineup on smartphones and tablets and to transfer its PC business to a new company.


The PC market has been suffering Dead PCs, Gmail Stalking, Bitcoin Overstock, Kindle Kiosk [Tech News Digest] Desktops are declared dead, Gmail stalkers love Google+, Overstock starts accepting Bitcoin, scanning irises for passwords, Snapchat apologizes, Amazon starts selling hardware from a vending machine, and two companies fight over the right to pin. Read More at the hands of mobile devices for several years, but it’s still rather shocking to see Sony quitting the business altogether. Satya Nadella clearly has his work cut out for him as the new CEO of Microsoft Nadella Named, Facebook Filmed, Foursquare Fueled, Korea Kinected [Tech News Digest] Satya Nadella named CEO of Microsoft, Facebook turns 10, Twitter eyes e-commerce, Foursquare data to Windows, Google Now on Chrome Beta, and Kinect is guarding the border between North Korea and South Korea. Read More .

Amazon Acquires Double Helix Games

Amazon has acquired well-known games developer Double Helix Games, but no one seems quite sure why. Double Helix is the Californian company responsible for Killer Instinct, Silent Hill: Homecoming, and Front Mission Evolved. The company was formed as a result of a merger between The Collective, Inc. and Shiny Entertainment, both of whom have strong track records.

Officially, Amazon is saying it acquired Double Helix “as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers.” However, some are suggesting this is part of a bigger play, as Amazon is rumored to be releasing an Android-powered gaming device; supposedly something akin to the Ouya Learn All About Ouya, The $99 Games Console Read More . But better, obviously.

You Can Now Edit Your Facebook ‘Look Back’

You should now be able to edit your ‘Look Back’ on Facebook, with an ‘Edit’ button being rolled out to users. Facebook launched its ‘Look Back’ feature to commemorate its 10th birthday, but not being able to edit the automagically constructed highlights reel of your time on the site led to much moaning.


It turns out that these videos were always intended to be editable, but the functionality wasn’t completed in time. There is speculation that this means video compilations of your Facebook happenings is likely to become more than just a one-off, which would actually make a lot of sense. And annoy the friends 5 Facebook Status Updates Guaranteed To Annoy [Opinion] Facebook is, by all accounts, closing in on 1 billion users. That's an awful lot of people maintaining a profile on the site, and telling their family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else who will listen,... Read More of those who abuse the feature.

Bing Competes At The Winter Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics officially begin today (Feb 7), and Bing is hoping to steal some users away from Google with its instant results Get Instant Winter Olympics Schedules And Medals Tally On Bing Search Bing joins the Winter Olympics that's on in Sochi, Russia with top of the page display of search results from the quadrennial sporting event. Bing also gives you a scoreboard with the medals tally. Read More . The medal tallies and schedule of events will sit at the top of the search results for anyone seeking information on the Sochi Games. Those who aren’t interested in the Olympics shouldn’t be affected.

Twitter Tracks Sochi Problems

And finally, while Bing is focusing on the positives of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Twitter is focusing on the negatives. Specifically, an account named Sochi Problems (@SochiProblems), which is tracking all of the issues being witnessed in Russia. It’s kinda funny and kinda disheartening, but with 185,000 followers and counting, it’s also insanely popular.

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  1. Buffet
    February 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    You're calling 1984 a long, long time ago??? Pretty much the most stupid and absurd statement I've read for some time!

    I AM commenting constructively, by the way. It's to hopefully prevent you from making more stupid statements.

    • Dave P
      February 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      I think you may have taken the quote a little too seriously. It was just a way of linking back to a post about the Mac turning 30. Anyway, 30 years is quite a long time for a technology company.

      Calling it "the most stupid and absurd statement I've read for some time!" suggests you need to get out more.