Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for November 11, 2013:
- Bloomberg’s sources say Apple will launch two new iPhones in late 2014 with big screens and curved glass. The new models would be 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches and both phone’s would have glass that curves downwards at the edge. Bloomberg’s sources also said Apple was working on pressure-sensitive touch, but that would likely not be ready in time for a 2014 launch. Read more at bloomberg.com.
- Amazon will begin delivering packages on Sunday in New York and Los Angeles in partnership with the United States Postal Service. Sunday delivery will also be available in London using Amazon's own trucks. To get Amazon's goods on a Sunday, you'll need to be an Amazon Prime member. Amazon plans to roll out Sunday delivery to more cities next year. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- A leak on Amazon revealed Motorola’s new budget phone, the Motorola G will run £159.99 for the 16 GB black model and will come to the UK on November 14. Motorola invited press to a London event on November 13th. Like the X, the G will apparently also have switchable backplates, a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and come with JellyBean version of the Android Operating system. Here in the US the Moto X Moto Maker website has added Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile to the site, ending AT&T’s exclusivity over customization of the handset. Read more at theinquirer.net.
- According to a new study by Sandvine, Netflix and YouTube account for over half of downstream prime-time Internet traffic in North America for the month of September. Netflix has over 30%, while YouTube is a bit under 20%. Facebook accounts for 1.31% of downstream traffic, beating out Hulu which has 1.29%. Read more at allthingsd.com.
- German newspaper Der Spiegel reports the British GCHQ agency uses a “quantum insert” technique to target employees of two Global Romaing Exchange providers, which handle the interchange of vast amounts of mobile Internet traffic. GCHQ allegedly used the secret servers to serve spoofed versions of LinkedIn and Slashdot pages that delivered malware to targets. A similar attack was reported earlier this year to have been used against employees of OPEC. Read more at arstechnica.com.
- Sony's released an unboxing video of the PlayStation 4. It's not your run of the mill unboxing in a white room, it's actually a parody of a Daft Punk video. A gloved individual removes several items from the box including a quick start guide, an HDMI cable, a DualShock 4 controller and the PS4 itself. The video closes revealing the gloved person to be Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida. Read more at theverge.com.
- According to the latest edition of Ericsson’s Mobility Report smartphone subscriptions will reach 1.9 billion worldwide by the end of the year. By 2019 that number should triple and smartphone traffic will decople, that’s increase 10 times. Still smartphones only account of 25-30% of all mobile subscriptions. The expected tripling of subscriptions will be driven by smartphone adoption in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions. Read more at pcworld.com.
- YouTube's now requiring users to have a Google+ account to post comments and people aren't happy about it. YouTube co-creator Jawed Karim wrote a comment on his YouTube page wondering why he'd have to have a Plus account just to comment - although it's not known if Karim's account was hacked or it's a legitimate comment. A music video on YouTube is racking up views as well. It's entitled "My Thoughts on Google+," the song mocks Google+, Google's web design and its chorus rhymes with "Duck You, Google+" Read more at theregister.co.uk.
- Some of you love Blu-ray. Some of you are excited that the Xbox One will support Blu-ray. And some of you even love 3D on Blu-ray. Those last two may have to be separate groups fro awhile. Major Nelson confirmed 3D output on the Xbox One in May but Microsoft told CNET it will not ship with the capability though it could be added later on. Sony confirmed to Engadget that the PS4 will come with both 3D Bluray playback and 3D gameplay, though there aren’t any 3D game titles yet. Read more at engadget.com.
- Over at the CrackBerry forums, a user posted pictures of a BlackBerry Z10 running the Google Play app store. It appears to be the app version of Google Play and not just the web interface. This is leading to speculation that the next version of BlackBerry's OS will support Google Play and its wealth of apps. However, some folks in the CrackBerry forums are calling out the images as fake. Read more at gigaom.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for November 11, 2013.