Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for March 25, 2014:
- HTC launched its HTC One M8 phone this morning. Like the original, the new HTC One has an aluminum body with front-facing speakers. The five-inch screen is slightly bigger than the original, and the corners of the phone are rounder. It also has two cameras on the back. In other words, all the rumors about it were true. In other HTC news this morning, the company announced that its Blinkfeed home-screen interface would become available to non-HTC Android phones on the Google Play store. Read more at theverge.com.
- Walt Disney agreed to buy Maker Studios. The $500 million cash deal could be worth a total of $950 million if Maker meets specific performance targets. Read more at nytimes.com.
- The University of Southern California is offering a course on using Google Glass in journalism. Read more at mashable.com.
- The world’s biggest eyewear company is partnering with Google to make Google Glass headsets. You may not have heard of the Luxottica Group, but you’ve probably heard about the companies they own, including Ray-Ban, Oakley, LensCrafters and Sunglass Hut. They also license luxury brands to make sunglasses for Giorgio Armani and Prada. Read more at luxottica.com.
- Jessica’s own The Information published an exclusive this morning by Amir Efrati about a major effort by Google to compete with Apple in the enterprise space. Read more at theinformation.com.
- The Internet Archive is planning to digitize 40,000 VHS tapes, encode them and put them on the site, according to a story posted on Fast Company and written by SARAH KESSLER. But here’s the thing: All the tapes were recorded by a single woman. Her name is Marion Stokes, and she obsessively recorded TV shows for decades. Digitizing the collection will cost an estimated $500,000. Read more at fastcompany.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for March 25, 2014.