News Fuse for November 8, 2013

Xbox One

Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for November 08, 2013:

  1. When the Xbox One launches on November 22nd, you'll be able to watch live TV, customize the TV guide to show SkyDrive folders appear as "channels," stream media that you host on your local PC using Xbox Music or Xbox Video, stream your SkyDrive media from the cloud, plug any HDMI device in and use it through Xbox One, and, for cord cutters, enable "app channels" so that you can browse Hulu, Netflix or even SkyDrive content. Read more at artstechnica.com.

  2. Want to get an inside look at the PS4? Well, Wired has an article for you. Sony's director of its mechanical engineering team in charge of the PS4 Yasuhiro Ootori took apart a PS4 over the course of an hour and half. Wired has a bunch of pictures of the first PS4 teardown. For you neat-freaks, you'll be glad to know that the PS4's power adapter is inside the console - there's no need for an external power brick. Read more at wired.com.

  3. Stephen Elop, a candidate to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft.’s chief executive officer, may consider making Office software programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint available on a broad variety of smartphones and tablets, including Apple's and Google's, say people familiar with his thinking. Microsoft is shifting from software to focus on hardware and services, and searching for a new CEO after Steve Ballmer retires. Elop and Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally are both top candidates, for now. Read more at bloomberg.com.

  4. Retuers reports that Edward Snowden used other people's login credentials to access some of the classified material he leaked to the press. Snowden may have used some social engineering to obtain the user names and passwords of over 20 NSA workers in the NSA regional operations center in Hawaii. Snowden told them he needed that information to do his job as a computer systems administrator. Read more at reuters.com.

  5. The Google barge mystery is the gift that keeps on giving — when completed, it'll be an “unprecedented artistic structure,” sporting a dozen or so gigantic sails, to be moored for a month at a time at sites around the bay. Documents submitted to the Port of San Francisco show when it’s done, the barge will be a 50-foot-tall, 250-foot-long structure made of recycled shipping containers will be flanked by sails “reminiscent of fish fins, which will remind visitors that they are on a seaworthy vessel.” Read more at sfgate.com.

  6. Another Tesla Model S went up in flames on Wednesday. It is the third fire in the past five weeks for Tesla. The company says the fire wasn't spontaneous and was the result of an accident after the car hit road debris. So far, all three fires were chalked up to accidents. Tesla's stock price is also taking a beating. On Wednesday, its stock dropped about 14% on news of weak earnings. Thursday, it dropped another 7%. Read more at bbc.co.uk.

  7. Nvidia cofounder, president, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang loves Android. He really really loves it! After announcing Nvidia's q3 financial results yesterday, Huang said "Android is the most disruptive operating system that we've seen in a few decades, in a couple of decades," ."The vast majority of Windows on ARM will be Surface," he said. "The vast majority of everything else on Tegra is Android." Pivoting into a post-PC word, Nvidia? Smart move. Read more at theregister.co.uk.

  8. Facebook's testing a new feature for business pages on the desktop version of Facebook -- star ratings. The star ratings were first reported by TechCrunch thanks to a tipster and Facebook has since confirmed the test. The company began collecting star ratings with the introduction of Nearby on mobile in early 2012. Facebook says the star ratings will "make it easier for people to discover great businesses around them." Read more at techcrunch.com.

  9. The SD Association has just unveiled an Ultra High Speed Class 3 (U3) card format that handles 4k video. The spec guarantees write performance of at least 30 MB/s, or enough bandwidth to record 4K clips without hiccups. You'll have to wait for U3-capable devices and cards to begin shooting, but it shouldn't be long before you can produce footage worthy of your Ultra HD TV. Thanks, tech! Read more at engadget.com.

  10. Gogo wireless, providers of in-flight WiFi, introduced a new technology that will allow smartphone users to make calls and send text messages as they normally would while in flight. Texts and calls are routed through the aircraft's wireless network in conjunction with Gogo's air-to-ground connection. For the user, your phone will remain in airplane mode because the phone won't be using a cellular connection. The calls are made possible using a Gogo app, which will be available for iOS and Android. A Windows Phone version is coming in the future. Read more at cnet.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for November 08, 2013.