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
Go home Woz, you’re drunk. http://t.co/pbzpldWnl7
— Rafael Jiménez (@rafael_j) February 6, 2014
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, 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 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 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.
Amazon Acquires Double Helix Games
Wow, Amazon acquires game developer Double Helix (presumably in support of its rumored Android-based console) http://t.co/UXAS1ZMI4P
— Sam Kennedy (@capnsmak) February 6, 2014
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. But better, obviously.
You Can Now Edit Your Facebook ‘Look Back’
Facebook look-back video is a cool concept, but simply not worth sharing on timeline until I can edit it. Some pics just don’t make sense.
— Nabalab (@nabalab) February 6, 2014
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 of those who abuse the feature.
Bing Competes At The Winter Olympics
From medals to event schedules to athletes, we’ve made it easy to find what you’re interested in at the winter games. http://t.co/v7kuiSMSKK
— Bing (@bing) February 5, 2014
The 2014 Winter Olympics officially begin today (Feb 7), and Bing is hoping to steal some users away from Google with its instant results. 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
— Sochi Problems (@SochiProblems)
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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