Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for September 19, 2013:
- Apple CEO Tim Cook, along with deign head Sir Jony Ive and software head Craig Federighi gave a rare group interview to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Among the highlights, Cook reminded folks that Apple never had an objective to sell a low-cost phone. Cook also said he doesn't let the stock price affect his moods. Ive emphasized the true collaborative nature of iOS 7 design between himself and Federighi. For his part Federighi reminded folks that Apple doesn't care about doing new, it cares about doing it right. And of course Cook got in a jab at Microsoft in reference to the company's purchase of Nokia, saying "Everybody is trying to adopt Apple's strategy." Read more at theverge.com.
- Google announced a new venture called Calico. It is a separate company financed by Google and its goal is to "focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases." Google announced that Art Levinson, former CEO of biotech firm Genentech, will be a founding investor and CEO of Calico. Read more at extremetech.com.
- HP's got a line of new Android and Windows tablets, and some new laptops, out today. Among the lineup, a special version of the HP Envy 17 now comes with the Leap Motion wireless controller built-in to the palm rest, without adding to the thickness of the laptop. It comes October 16th starting at $1050. Also notable is the Spectre 13 X2, a 13-inch slate with a 1080p display and keyboard dock, and unusually for a tablet so big, no fan. It comes with the Haswell processor and ships October 16th starting at $1100. Read more at engadget.com.
- The second-largest shareholder of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi has died at the age of 85. Yamauchi ran the company for 53 years from 1949 until 2002. When he started, Nintendo was a trading card company. By the time he left, Nintendo was a household name in video games. Read more at bbc.co.uk.
- The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that its sources say BlackBerry is preparing to lay off up to 40 percent of its workforce before the end of the year. That would leave the company with 7,620 employees and looking lean and efficient to prospective buyers. Analysts widely speculate BlackBerry may plan to shut down manufacturing of handsets. Read more at arstechnica.com.
- At the Tokyo Game Show, Sony demoed its PlayStation app for Android. The app would allow a person to use an Android device as a game controller for the PS4 and also can be a hub for the PlayStation network. Sony also did a live demo of the Vita TV, which lets a player stream their PS4 games to a second TV. Read more at arstechnica.com.
- Well how about some good news for BlackBerry! The company confirmed Wednesday that its BlackBerry Messenger Service will come to Android and iOS this weekend. While BlackBerry users are declining the BBM service is still one of its most beloved features. The popular service launched on Android Saturday and iOS on Sunday. Read more at cnet.com.
- Republic Wireless will offer the Moto X for $299 without a contract in November. The phone normally costs $199.99 on contract from ATT, Sprint, and Verizon. An unsubsidized version of the Moto X costs a whopping $599. Republic Wireless will offer the Moto X in black or white and says it's not accepting pre-orders for the phone. Read more at cnet.com.
- Take Two Interactive announced sales of Grand Theft Auto V passed $800 million in one day making it the biggest launch in the company's history. The game hasn't even launched in Japan or Brazil yet. Expect that number to get even bigger. Then expect me to take your car and take all that money YO! Read more at abcnews.go.com.
- The other day, Google dropped the NFC requirement for its Google Wallet app for Android. Now, Google has released a version of Google Wallet for iOS. The app will focus on coupons, offers, loyalty cards and allows you to send money to others in the U.S. with an email address. Read more at techcrunch.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for September 19, 2013.