This week, Google's adding some Fuchsia to its home, Valve is bringing Linux to your palm, and a lion roars at Amazon HQ.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.
Google's development philosophy has long been, "If one of something is good, three is better." One great example of this has been the company's confused messaging strategy, which neither consumers nor analysts can understand. Another three is better than one division of Google is in operating systems. Everyone knows Android and Chrome OS, but a third one has been lurking in the shadows, waiting for the opportunity to strike - and that opportunity is now for Fuchsia.
A few weeks ago, Valve CEO Gabe Newell was asked about the company's console ambitions. He answered saying that we would learn about that later in the year. It's slightly later, and it appears we know more about what the company is up to - a handheld, portable gaming PC, which is currently referred to internally as SteamPal.
If you were around in the late 90s and early 2000s, you'll remember that it seemed ordinary people were being sued every day by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for downloading music from Napster, Morpheus, Kazaa, and BitTorrent. Later the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) got in on the act. The problem was that these suits were often mistargeted. One of the best examples was a suit against an older woman who did not own a computer capable of running any of the file-sharing services. Now, we are seeing similar situations happening with the DMCA, but these are mistargeted on purpose.
Over the past few years, we have seen companies branch outside of their core competencies. It seems like everyone in the tech industry, whether it be retail sales or telecommunications, wants to be in the content game. AT&T purchased Time Warner, forming WarnerMedia. Verizon purchased AOL, as well as Yahoo. Now, Amazon has agreed to purchase MGM for $8.45 billion.