Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for November 26, 2013:
- Newegg, the electronics retailer that also sells shirts that reads “Settling Feeds Trolls” lost it’s first round against patent assertion entity TPQ. The jury found Newegg guilty of four patent violations in relation to a 1995 patent for modem encryption for using SSL with the RC4 encryption algorithm in its website. Newegg will appeal the verdict which orders them to pay $2.3 million in damages. Read more at gigaom.com.
- I'm going to slam a ton of Xbox One news in one news fuse! Here goes. According to IHS, the Xbox One costs about $471, including the console, controller, and Kinect, about $90 more than the PS4. Also, Microsoft says that if you upload content using the Upload Studio with "excessive profanity," you could lose some or all of your Live privileges, which some users found out the hard way, dammit. Oh, one more thing - Microsoft is allowing users with the grinding optical drive to get a free game for download, including Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5. Read more at allthingsd.com.
- The New York Times reports people knowledgeable about Google and Yahoo’s infrastructure say the NSA was able to intercept their data center communications with the assistance of backbone providers like Level 3. The fiber connection between Yahoo and Google data centers are run by Level 3 and were previously unencrypted. Level 3 told the New York Times it is their policy to comply with the law. In a financial filing, Level 3 noted they have agreements with Homeland Security, Justice and Defense around national security. Read more at nytimes.com.
- iBuyPower just introduced its prototype Steam Machine. Planned for an early 2014 launch, the machine will run the SteamOS on a multicore AMD processor and use an AMD Radeon R9 270. The console will come with a Steam controller and cost around $500. Read more at pcgamer.com.
- Give the Internet a camera and it will take off its clothing. Sony and Twitch may have forgotten that lesson. Kotaku reported over the weekend that users began using the the Sony Playroom app, which features fun things to do with your camera, in conjunction with the video sharing service run through Twitch. It wasn’t all that long before someone got drunk and then began stripping someone else on camera. The account was banned quickly but Twitch and Sony have both reminded users that gaming content is what’s supposed to be shared. Good luck with that. Read more at usatoday.com.
- CEO of Dragon Forged Software Kyle Richter says that QuizUp is sharing information about its users in plain text. QuizUp is a mobile trivia app made by Plain Vanilla that has over a 1.5 million users. Richter says information like full names are sent over SSL and could be intercepted. Plain Vanilla CEO Thor Fridriksson told TechCrunch that Richter's accusations had many untrue statements. Fridriksson says "We never send or receive any data in plain text to our servers" and QuizUp will be developing stronger privacy features. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- Qualcomm’s Toq smart watch is now available for pre-order for $349 in black, with mention of a white edition coming soon. Qualcomm says the watch orders will be delivered in one to three weeks. The Toq has a color screen a battery that last for days. Qualcomm is selling it as a proof of concept for what its technology can do, but it’s still a fully functional Android-compatible smartwatch for text, email and incoming call notification with an integrated wireless charger. Read more at gigaom.com.
- Apple just received a patent for a "Digital camera including refocus-able imaging mode adaptor." It would allow you to change focus of a picture after it was taken, similar to the Lytro camera. The Apple patent would use a movable adaptor that would let the camera take high resolution pictures with a fixed focus or a low-resolution picture that could be refocused later. Read more at venturebeat.com.
- Want to buy Google Glass without having to know someone? Well misanthropes, you just need to be a developer. Google is now inviting developers to buy Glass’ Explorer Edition. Yes you had to sign up as a developer AND get the invitation so its far from a wide-open deal, but bit by bit Google Glass is conquering more faces. Read more at engadget.com.
- Research firm Canalys says that tablets will account for almost 50% of the total PC market in 2014. In this context, "PC market" would include desktops, laptops, and tablets. The report expects Android to grab 65% of the tablet market with Apple taking 30%. Canalys thinks Microsoft will have a 5% share. Read more at techcrunch.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for November 26, 2013.