Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for September 03, 2013:
- Microsoft announced it will acquire Nokia's Devices and Services unit for $7.2 billion. Microsoft anticipates regulatory approval for the deal to close sometime in the first quarter of 2014. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has stepped down to become Executive Vice President of Nokia's Devices and Services company and will make the move with the unit to Microsoft. He is considered the front runner to replace outgoing MS CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft will get a 10-year license to Nokia's patents, and the brand names Lumia and Asha along with the unit. Nokia will be led by interim CEO Risto Siilasma and continue with NSN, its mobile broadband network equipment division, HERE, it's mapping technologies division and Advanced Technologies which combines its R&D and Patents efforts. Read more at cnet.com.
- The rumors are true... Verizon Wireless is finally fully owned by Verizon. British cellular company Vodafone has sold its 45 percent stake of Verizon Wireless back to Verizon for $130 billion in cash and stock.. Vodafone bought its piece of Verizon Wireless for $70 billion over a decade ago. The purchase is expected to close by the end of Q1 2014 pending regulatory approvals. Read more at theverge.com.
- Amazon announced a new service called "Kindle MatchBook" that will offer buyers of physical books Kindle editions at a steep discount. Prices range from $3 to free and you'll be able to get that price on new books you bought from Amazon dating back to 1995. Amazon also accidentally announced its next Kindle Paperwhite by posting the product page for the new device, then pulling it, then putting it back up. The new Kindle Paperwhite is now up for pre-order it. The device will cost between $119 and $189 depending on the model you buy. The new Kindle Paperwhite has a new display technology that should have better contrast and an improved light source. It will launch on September 30th. Read more at thenextweb.com.
- Spotify has a new feature called "Spotify Connect" that stores information about your listening sessions remotely, making them device independent. You could switch your music listening from your phone to Spotify Connect-compatible speakers without stopping playback. Spotify Connect will not work on the free account, you'll need to fork over some cash for a premium plan. Read more at theverge.com.
- Good news, sports fans! The upcoming Xbox One will feature improved apps for both ESPN and the NFL. The new ESPN app is designed to provide a personalized experience for users, highlighting all content that is relevant to them - like specific sports leagues or teams to follow and clips, highlights, and news shown when they log in. The new NFL app will focus on news and video, plus access NFL Network content and the NFL Red Zone. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- Ahead of IFA, Acer announced a couple of new devices. First up is the Acer Liquid S2 6-inch smartphone and Acer says it's the first smartphone that can record 4K video. The Liquid S2 will also have 16GB of storage, with the option to expand that up to 128GB. If a 6-inch device is too small for you, Acer also announced the Iconia A3 10.1-inch tablet. It's running Android 4.2 and has plenty of ports including a micro-HDMI port if you want to attach that tablet to a monitor or TV. The Iconia A3 also packs in Dolby Digital Plus for virtualized 5.1 audio. Read more at pcmag.com.
- Lenovo announced a refresh to its Ultrabook line. Along with new Haswell based T440 and T440S from $1149, comes the X240 from $1099 all available in October. The mid-range S440 and S540, the company's first 15-inch Ultrabook aimed at businesses, will be available in Germany later this month. Read more at engadget.com.
- Microsoft has stated that users would be able to expand the Xbox One's internal 500GB hard drive with external USB storage, but not at launch. Xbox Community Manager Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb said that, while the external storage feature is being worked on, "my understanding is that feature will not be there at launch because the team's working on other things. It's definitely on the list; I don't know when it will come in, though." Read more at arstechnica.com.
- Arul Kumar says he was paid $12,500 by Facebook as part of their bug bounty program. Kumar found a bug in Facebook's support dashboard which allowed a user to delete any photo on Facebook no matter who owned it. Facebook pays a minimum of $500 per bug and increases the amount based on the severity. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- Google's Sundar Pichai has confirmed that the next version of Android will not be named Key Lime Pie - but it will be called "KitKat." KitKat will be the codename for Android 4.4, and not Android 5.0. There is now a giant Kit Kat based Android mascot on the Google Campus. Google says "it's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody." Yay. Amazing. Read more at theverge.com.
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