Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for September 25, 2013:
- Amazon announced the new Kindle Fire HDX in two sizes yesterday. In addition to a 2560 x 1600 339 pip screen, the new tablets have a 2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and an upgraded Kindle OS. They also come with a Mayday button that promises to connect you with video of a tech support rep. within 15 seconds any time day or night. The 7-inch HDX starts at $229 and ships Oct. 15. The 8.9-inch version starts at $379 and ships Nov. 7. A new Kindle Fire HD also arrives with a new look and a reduced price of $139. Read more at reuters.com.
- While at an event in Seoul Korea showing off the Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3, Samsung executives said that the company plans to "introduce a curved display smartphone in October," but no info on price, release date, or even what operating system it would be using. The Nexus S already has a slight curve on its glass, but not the actual screen. Samsung applied for a recent patent for a smartphone that is curved along its vertical axis, so maybe more curve is coming. Read more at theverge.com.
- Twitter announced it will recommend [new users to follow] or [tweets to view] via its mobile apps. Twitter says "you’ll receive personalized recommendations when multiple people in your network follow the same user or favorite or retweet the same Tweet." So if you have Twitter for Android or iPhone, you can get recommendations via push notifications -- if you don't want Twitter to get that pushy, you can turn off the recommendations in your settings. Read more at twitter.com.
- Jessica Lessin reports that sources tell her that Nest Labs, the folks that brought you the hippest Thermostat since-- ever-- have been developing a smoke detector. Among the features might be the ability to wave a hand to cancel an alarm, presumably when your tofurkey is burning or something, and the expected messages sent to you over the Internet when the thing goes off. That last might be a subscription service that Nest could make a little revenue off. Read more at jessicalessin.com.
- Finland’s biggest newspaper "Helsingin Sanomat" reports that Nokia has pleaded with former CEO Stephen Elop to take a smaller bonus due to disapproval and protest in Finland, based on Nokiia’s chairman of the board claiming that Elop’s bonus arrangements were similar to those of previous chief executives. Nokia admitted yesterday that Elop had in fact received a contract that seemed to guarantee a quick $25 million pay-off if Elop was able to sell the handset unit. Read more at bgr.com.
- RealNetworks just introduced a new service called RealPlayer Cloud. The service lets users upload and share personal videos. You'll get 2GB for free -- if you want more space, you'll have to pony up some dough. Real released RealPlayer Cloud apps for iOS, Android, Roku, and Windows. There's also a web component if installing a Real product on your PC makes you feel dirty. Read more at reuters.com.
- I think we all agree YouTube comments could use improvement. Well Google+ is there to help a brother Google division out. Comments in YouTube will now be based on relevance not chronology, just like in Google+'s news feed and hallelujah, replies will now actually be nested under the comments they're replying to! Also if you share a video on G+, comments you make on YouTube will show up in both places. Read more at engadget.com.
- Bloomberg reports that China's largest e-commerce company Alibaba group may be considering going public in the US, rather than the more obvious Hong Kong exchange, and cites people familiar with the plans that Alibaba is in talks with US law firms. Alibaba founder Jack Ma reportedly wants to have dual shareholder voting classes to maximize his control over the company. The Hong Kong Exchange doesn't allow for such an arrangement, but the The NYSE does. Read more at cnet.com.
- Yahoo will add a 'Not my email' button to its mail system for users who have claimed a recycled email address previously used by someone else. When pressed the button will notify the sender that the intended recipient is no longer at that email address. Use of the button will also train the email client to automatically reject certain emails. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- T-Mobile's CFO Braxton Carter said that he expects that there will be more consolidation in the US wireless market. He called a deal between Sprint and T-Mobile - the numbers 3 & 4 wireless carriers - "the logical ultimate combination." Carter says that a combined Sprint/T-Mobile would be able to "create a more competitive environment" considering AT&T and Verizon are so incredibly large. Read more at reuters.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for September 25, 2013.