Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for November 18, 2013:
- Google and Microsoft announced new measures to block as many as 100,000 search terms related specifically to child sex abuse images on the Internet. The unified move comes in advance of the UK’s Internet safety summit hosted by the Prime Minister starting today. New algorithms will prevent searches for child abuse imagery and display a warning and advice on where to get treatment. Read more at reuters.com.
- Israel-based 3D sensor manufacturer, PrimeSense, known for producing (and licensing) the gesture-based technology Microsoft uses in Kinect, may have been bought by Apple. Israeli publication The Calcalist reported back in July that the two companies were in advanced talks, and now The Wall Street Journal says the talks are still ongoing. PrimeSense CEO Inon Beracha, tells Techcrunch that the Apple acquisition was a “recycled rumor.” So, they're saying there's a chance... Read more at techcrunch.com.
- Hey, TNT audience member. I don't want to alarm you, but your wrist might be naked! Don't fear. Qualcomm announced that its smartwatch called the Toq will launch on December 2nd. The Toq costs $350 and works with Android. The watch uses a Mirasol display, which means you'll be able to see its color screen easily in daylight. The Toq also supports wireless charging and stereo Bluetooth. Read more at cnet.com.
- Sony announced they sold 1 million PS4s in the first 24 hours of sales in North America. As many as 4,000 of them may be defective though. Scattered reports of blinking blue lights and no video image populate Sony’s support forums. Sony says less than 0.04% of the units are likely affected and the problems seem to be various rather than an indication of a design flaw. Sony has begun posting troubleshooting guides in their support forums. Read more at cnet.com.
- Bitcoin hit a new high of $619 on Mt. Gox exchange today in Asia, up by over 25 percent from yesterday, and potential for regulation is rising too. The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is set to begin a hearing this afternoon which will bring representatives from different federal agencies and representatives from the Bitcoin community to discuss virtual currencies. As of now, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the bank has no plans to regulate bitcoin. Read more at bloomberg.com.
- Another day, another fastest-ever GPU accelerator from Nvidia. Say hello to the Tesla K40 GPU which will perform 40% faster than its predecessor, the Tesla 20X. The Tesla K40 is aimed at supercomputing and high-performance computing applications. Nvidia also announced a long-term collaboration with IBM; the two will work together to "supercharge the corporate data center." Read more at pcmag.com.
- Salesforce.com is launching it’s next-generation CRM (that’s Customer Relationship Management) platform called Saleforce1. The platform lets independent developers connect apps and service like Dropbox, Evernote and LinkedIn. Saleforce’s Dreamforce conference kicks off this week and the company is expected to push its connectedness to the Internet of Things through the platform. In Saleforce land Things are Customers so expect to hear the phrase of Internet of Customers used un-ironically. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- The Lumia 1520 is worth a look, says Mary Jo Foley-- especially if you are contemplating using it in place of a mini-tablet. It has a 1080p full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and a 20 MP camera, ships with the Windows Phone 8 OS with Update 3 and Lumia's "Black" update all preinstalled. The 1520 goes on sale on Friday, November 22. It will be carried by AT&T for $199 on two-year contract (or $99.99 as a limited-time special offer deal). It's also available for $449 on a one-year contract. Read more at zdnet.com.
- Amazon’s Fire OS 3.1 is available for Kindle Fire users, featuring Goodreads integration for book rating and recommending, and the ability send TV shows and movies from your tablet to your Samsung TV or PS3 (PS4 supposedly coming soon). The update will roll out to Fire HD and HDX owners over the next couple weeks or you can go to Amazon.com and get it download it right now. Read more at engadget.com.
- Marissa Mayer announced that all internal data will be encrypted by the end of March 2014. Yahoo's company servers will be encrypted using 2048-bit SSL. Mayer also says that Yahoo will offer "users an option to encrypt all data flow to/from Yahoo by the end of Q1 2014." Read more at theverge.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for November 18, 2013.