Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for September 16, 2013:
- Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most anticipated video game releases of the year, set to arrive tomorrow, unless you are one of the lucky people who pre-ordered from Amazon.co.uk and happened to get it early. Like as early as Saturday. Several people have posted about getting the game early and a few have posted spoilers. The rest of us will just have to wait. Read more at bbc.co.uk.
- Sprint is preparing to launch Sprint One Up on September 20th, a program that allows its customers to pay for their smartphones or tablets in monthly installments and upgrade after every year by trading in their devices. Sprint's the last of the US carriers to offer it. T-Mobile got the ball rolling in July with its Jump program. The AT&T launched NEXT, and Verizon introduced Edge. Sprint's early upgrade program called "Upgrade Now," which requires an upgrade fee, will still exist for customers not eligible for One Up. Read more at cnet.com.
- Korea's Digital Times (not to be confused with Taiwan's DigiTimes) reports its sources say Samsung is already hard at work on a successor to the Galaxy Gear watch. Not much of a surprise there, but they had some specs too including GPS, improved battery life, and support for a greater array of Android devices. What may surprise some is that Samsung is considering launching the next watch as early as CES in January or MWC in February. The first Galaxy Gear will be released in October. Read more at cnet.com.
- Apple and its carrier partners began accepting preorders Friday for the iPhone 5c, but after its first weekend, But unlike years past, Apple hasn't published a press release after the first weekend of preorders with details on how many people signed up for a new iPhone. According to Apple's website, all five versions of the iPhone 5c are still available, though shipping times for some of the colors have slipped past the original Sept. 20 delivery day. Bloomberg reports that China Unicom, China's second largest carrier behind China mobile, received more than 100,000 orders for the 5c. Read more at informationweek.com.
- Rdio is partnering up with the US's second largest owner of FM radio stations, Cumulus. In the deal Cumulus Media gets a stake in Rdio's parent company, Pulser Media, and will sell ads for a forthcoming free version of Rdio's service as well as providing programming in the form of playlists and possibly some news and talk content. Read more at engadget.com.
- The latest update to the Explorer Edition of Google Glass headgear no longer requires a tethering plan for smartphone data sharing. With the XE9 app loaded onto headsets, Google Glass can bypass both the smartphone's Bluetooth tethering settings and extra plan previously needed from some carriers. To match the change, the application's notification icon sports two arrows to signify the flow of info. No word yet on if this change will make it to units that will eventually be available to the public. Read more at engadget.com.
- As Netflix rolls out its service int he Netherlands, it revealed to Dutch site Tweaker, how its picking what programs to acquire. According to Netflix VP of Content Acquisition Kelly Merryman, the company looks at torrents. Merryman said the show "Prison Break" is exceptionally popular on local piracy sites, so Netflix snapped up the rights to Prison break in the Netherlands. Read more at torrentfreak.com.
- Cloud storage platform Box is offering a new feature for customers to create content within its service, called Box Notes. It will rival services like Google Docs and Evernote, and has a planned general release in 2014. Some of Box Notes' features include real-time collaborative editing with team members, “note heads” which will tell you where someone is working on a particular document, in-line annotating, and commenting. Read more at thenextweb.com.
- Sailfish, the mobile OS made by the Nokia refugees at Jolla, now has Android compatibility. Jolla says it has Android apps like Instagram, WeChat and Spotify running on Sailfish already. Sailfish is the descendant of Meego, a former joint project of Intel and Nokia. A second round of pre-orders for the first Sailfish device will open up to Finns first, later this week. Read more at gigaom.com.
- A new Linux Kernel Development report shows Samsung and Google as the seventh and eighth most frequent corporate contributors to the open source kernel that powers operating systems from mobile devices to desktops and servers. They rank behind Red Hat, Intel, Texas Instruments, Linaro, SUSE, and IBM. The report covers almost 92,000 changes to Linux from 3,738 individuals since version 3.3 in March 2012. Read more at arstechnica.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for September 16, 2013.