News Fuse for November 25, 2013

PrimeSense

Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for November 25, 2013:

  1. As expected, Apple has completed its acquisition of PrimeSense, the company best known for designing the sensor in the first-generation Microsoft Kinect. ATD reports Apple paid around $360 million for the company. PrimeSense has been developing motion sensors for more compact devices, with their Capri model seemingly perfect for say a tablet or phone. Read more at allthingsd.com.

  2. Apparently, people like that Xbox One. Microsoft says that it sold more than a million Xbox One units worldwide in less than 24 hours of its launch. What launch would be complete without a few bugs? There are reports that some Xbox One disc drives are failing. Inserting a disc leads to a clicking or grinding noise and those consoles cannot read the disc. Microsoft said the issue affects a very small number of units and is working directly with people to get them replacement consoles. Read more at gigaom.com.

  3. Samsung likes big phones and it cannot lie. The Galaxy Grand 2, announced Monday, has a 5.25-inch 1280 by 720 display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It also has a 1.2GHZ quad-core processor, 2600 mAh battery and 8 GB of storage plus the usual SD card slot and the not so usual dual-SIM capability. The device does not support LTE though. The Android 4.3 phone comes in white, black, and pink in “selective regions” but no other details were announced. Read more at cnet.com.

  4. Uber just signed a deal to make it easier for Uber drivers to afford cars. Uber is working with GM, Toyota, and an auto financing company so that qualified drivers can save $100 to $200 per month in car payments. This deal is live in six cities, which I will list in the order I've visited them: New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Dallas. Read more at thenextweb.com.

  5. The city of brotherly love has no love for 3D-printed guns. Philadelphia’s city council voted unanimously to pass a bill banning the practice of printing your own firearm. 3D-printed guns have been demonstrated but are still experimental and unreliable. Read more at theverge.com.

  6. Motorola is partnering up with 3D Systems to develop Project Ara, Motorola's Lego-like open-source mobile hardware initiative. 3D Systems will create a high-speed production platform and it will be Motorola's partner in making 3D-printed Ara phone enclosures and modules. Maybe we'll get modular cell phones sooner than later. Read more at cio.com.

  7. Here’s your Snowden leak of the day. Dutch newspaper company NRC published a slide indicating the US NSA placed malware designed to steal sensitive information on more than 50,000 computer networks. The NSA computer attacks are performed by a special department called TAO (Tailored Access Operations). Read more at nrc.nl.

  8. It's an end of an era. John Carmack is leaving id Software for join Oculus as its CTO. Carmack is the programmer responsible for Quake, Doom, and is the co-founder of id Software. id studio director Tim Willits told IGN that Carmack's departure will not affect any current projects. Read more at ign.com.

  9. A new how-to writer named Eric Schmidt has posted a guide to “Converting to Android from iPhone.” in four steps. The guide, posted to Google + described how to back up contacts, turn off iMessaging to insure text messages get through, sync music to Google Music, and recommends turning on two-factor authentication. Schmidt was formerly the CEO of Google and now serves as its chairman, in addition to his how-to gig. Read more at allthingsd.com.

  10. The FDA says 23andMe.com can't sell its DNA testing product because the product hasn't received approval or clearance from regulators. 23andMe.com analyzes a buyer's saliva and then alerts them to what diseases they are at risk for. The FDA says that false positives or negatives could lead to dangerous behavior regarding treatment from the 23andMe client. Read more at theverge.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for November 25, 2013.