As we see Microsoft starting to center itself around the Xbox brand and make all of their products link to and from each other, we learned last week of
Xbox Live popping up in Windows 8. At E3, we also saw the Xbox gaining the search functionality of Bing. This week, Microsoft announced it was merging another one of their products, Games for Windows.
Games for Windows Marketplace will fully transition over to Xbox.com. Now you can get all of your gaming needs in one place. It's convenient, it's concentrated, and it's a whole lot of great games.
It makes sense that two gaming services be merged into the more popular one. One place for all things gaming.
The Path to gaming starts at Xbox.com now. I see where they're going with this, and hopefully soon everyone else will, too.
Not everyone is in support of this change though, and we have users' comments after the break.
IBM claims to be building a smarter planet. One way they are trying to accomplish this is through memory development. Now, they aren't doing crossword puzzles; instead they are developing new memory technology for electronics. The new chipset, developed by IBM, allows for writing at 100 times that of current flash memory chips.
If this chipset can really do what IBM says it can, it will change the way computing happens. It is small enough, fast enough and has the capacity to become a universal memory of sorts. This phase-changing memory used as a universal memory could allow for computers to boot almost instantly right back to where they were when shut down. It allows for large data storage for long periods of time without the need for large spinning magnetic platters.
When might we see this technology? Hit the break to find out.
Normally when I write about Google, it is to talk about a terrible decision the company has made about their Android product, or a product launch gone terribly wrong. It isn't often I write to congratulate them on something they have done. This will be one of those times I break convention.
Google has always had a very firm, open policy on hiring. They believe that a good mix of people is the best way to get a good mix of ideas. Because of this, they openly encourage LGBT candidates to apply and encourage their employees to be themselves. In addition, they also support LGBT causes, most recently at Pride last weekend in NYC.
What did they do and what does the image have to do with it? Hit the break to find out.
We have talked in the past about what some people might do to get an iPhone, such as
selling a kidney on the Internet. Well, it turns out that a kidney is worth a lot more than we expected. In fact, it is worth about the same as the virginity of a teenage girl.
Instead of a Chinese boy and a kidney, this time we have a Chinese girl who has offered her virginity in exchange for an iPhone 4. While the boy found a broker to sell his kidney, the girl took to a Twitter-like service in China, called Weibo, looking for sex. She says that her dream is to own an iPhone 4 but her father refuses to purchase one for her.
There are a couple of possible situations here. First, it's possible that a friend or hacker has gained access to her account and is playing a really weird prank on her. Second, Apple's marketing has finally affected the morality of the population as a whole instead of just those who work for the company. The most likely situation, however, is that the Chinese media blackout has prevented this girl from knowing an iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4s) is right around the corner and she should just wait a few months.
In an age where young kids are growing up in a world of technology, they are hanging up your calls to your brother, ordering pay-per-view movies on your TV, disconnecting your phone from its Touchstone charger and running rampant on your tablet PC. (Side note: With a 16-month old running around my own house, I have never experienced any of these things personally...)
The good news is that developers are picking up on these trends and are creating apps to go on your devices. The bad news with apps on grown-up products is that the kids can still get into stuff they shouldn't and can sometime cause severe problems for your laptop, or a $99 charge on your TV bill.
LeapFrog wants to change all of that. With more and more kid-based Apple apps, LeapFrog is taking it in a whole new direction with the LeapPad Explorer. Sure we've seen baby computers and things like that before, and LeapFrog has some of those products already on the market, but this is a full-on tablet for kids ages 4-9.
We have details on the product after the break.
All companies who have any information stored on the Internet should absolutely respect Internet security and make it their number one priority at all times. Lately, it seems like companies such as
Sony (and their related brands) and Sega have taken this matter lightly. Well, add Electronic Arts to the list of companies who have had a breach in security, as this week their BioWare brand fell victim to the hacker groups who are going after videogame developers and manufacturers. I guess the good news here is that the attack was on Neverwinter Nights servers. Does anyone still play that game?
In the onslaught of attacks, user information like phone numbers, email and mailing addresses, CD keys and birth dates were taken, which is pretty much the lower level, usual data that we see snatched up in breaches like this, at least to begin with. No credit card information or social security numbers have been reported to be stolen. To date, we have not heard who is responsible for this attack, although it is rumored that Anonymous members went to work outside of the group's defined operations.
EA has posted a Q&A about the attacks, and we have excerpts from it and our thoughts after the break.