On Tuesday, Microsoft lifted the veil on its next-gen voice-controlled video game console called the “Xbox One.”
According to Microsoft, its first gaming console in eight years packs exclusive video and software content, not the least of which is a new “Halo” series produced by Steven Spielberg.
Although Apple’s 15’’ MacBook Pro was the first consumer notebook that gained a Retina-level display (nearly a year ago), it isn’t the only such offering anymore. Google’s Chromebook Pixel with its 12.85’’ 2560×1700 display and Toshiba’s Kirabook with 2560×1440 220 PPI display have joined the market in recent months. Seeking to raise the ante on Retina displays, Samsung and Sharp have both introduced new high-resolution displays in the past week, targeting notebooks and ultrabooks with the latest technology. The new displays from both companies sport 16:9 ratios, making them unfit for Apple’s line of notebooks, which currently all use 16:10 ratio displays, but they do make Retina displays a mainstream feature in the relatively near future.
In yet another attempt to capture the nascent smartphone market in India, Apple is now promoting discounts for students. Students can receive $144 on an when they trade in their old smartphones. Apple and Samsung have engaged in a marketing struggle, both rolling out installment plans to encourage Indian buyers of rival smartphones.
In an effort to improve the standing of its smartphone lineup against the iPhone, Samsung is turning to third-party developers for help. The South Korean tech giant is offering $800,000 in prize money for Galaxy-specific . Samsung’s global developer competition will see 10 winners with the prize money distributed among them. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company is seemingly interested in apps that can coordinate with Samsung’s Group Play service, which allows users to share content such as photos, games, and music between devices at the same time.
The television network, the CW, recently announced that it has reached a deal to stream content to the Apple TV. This deal expands its current at home digital options beyond Microsoft’s Windows and Xbox platforms.
The announcement was made by company CEO, Mark Pedowitz, at The CW’s yearly upfront presentation in New York. In the pitch to advertisers, Pedowitz pointed to his network’s viewership numbers, 20% of which originate from digital sources. This metric is likely to grow when the installed Apple TV user base is added to the equation.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, recently revealed that the first Mac to be built completely in the U.S. in almost two decades will be a new model in an existing product line. His reveal sheds a bit more light into the company’s “Made in USA” plans. While it isn’t a major topic of discussion, Apple chief told Politico that Apple’s upcoming domestically-made computer will not be a new product but rather a revision on an existing machine. The news is to be expected as Apple is not rumored to be working on a new addition to its current desktop and laptop lineups.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini has stepped down from his post, but not before divulging some interesting revelations in the process. As it turns out, Otellini and Intel turned down the chance to work on the original iPhone, now with some element of regret. As Otellini told
“We ended up not winning it or passing on it, depending on how you want to view it. And the world would have been a lot different if we’d done it. The thing you have to remember is that this was before the iPhone was introduced and no one knew what the iPhone would do… At the end of the day, there was a chip that they were interested in that they wanted to pay a certain price for and not a nickel more and that price was below our forecasted cost. I couldn’t see it. It wasn’t one of these things you can make up on volume. And in hindsight, the forecasted cost was wrong and the volume was 100x what anyone thought.”