Titanfall not strong enough to keep Xbox One sales on par with PS4
Sony on Thursday announced that it sold over 7 million PlayStation 4 units, significantly more than what it envisioned for its fiscal year 2013. Microsoft made its own announcement yesterday as well, highlighting the strong sales of Titanfall, a shooter game that’s not available on the PS4, and which was named the number one selling game in March according to NPD numbers. However, while Titanfall has helped Microsoft sell more Xbox One units, it wasn’t enough to keep Xbox One sales on par with PS4 sales. The company also announced that more than 5 million Xbox One units have been sold-in to retailers since launch, with sales apparently outpacing Xbox 360 sales by more than 60% at the same point
Stream: The Science of Soil
Most people take soil for granted, assuming that if you shove a seed into some dirt and add some water, hey presto. Stick it under an electron microscope, however, and you suddenly see a whole microcosm that exists beneath our feet. Landscape gardener Chris Beardshaw takes us on a tour to see why soil is so important, what risks it faces and what happens to it when we're not paying attention.
Watch Google test its 3D-sensing phones on robots in zero gravity
Wonder what Google's Project Tango-equipped SPHERES robots will look like when they're in action aboard the International Space Station? The company is more than happy to show you. It has posted video of a recent test that took the machines on a zero gravity simulation flight to see how the 3D environment sensors and other systems will work in practice.
Tech workers seek to use Steve Jobs evidence in upcoming trial on no-hire accords
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four large technology companies should not be allowed to limit evidence about Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court document filed late on Thursday by employees suing the firms. Tech workers brought a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to avoid competing for each other's employees in order to avert a salary war. The case, which is closely watched in Silicon Valley, is largely built on emails among top executives, including Apple's late chief executive Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
Optical zoom tipped to hit HTC handsets in 2015
Like most companies in the smartphone game, HTC wants to pack its top-of-the-range devices with powerful camera tech, and that's no longer just a case of adding more megapixels. The new HTC One (M8), for instance, hosts ...
Laptop used for first US presidential email finds a buyer
The laptop computer that Bill Clinton used in 1998 to send the first-ever US presidential email has sold for $60,667 in an online auction, the Boston auction house that handled the transaction said Thursday. RR Auction did not disclose the name of the buyer of the still-functional Toshiba Satellite that Clinton borrowed to email veteran astronaut John Glenn, who was orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle Discovery. The laptop, with accessories and full documentation, originally belonged to White House physician Robert Darling, who lent it to Clinton when NASA informed the president that Glenn wanted to swap emails with him. "It's a remarkable collection that represents the dawn of a new age, combining America's greatest technological achievements -- space travel and the Internet," said RR Auction vice president Bobby Livingston in a statement.
Legendary British newsreel collection is now free to watch
British Pathé's entire collection of newsreels is now available for free on YouTube. Alastair White, General Manager of British Pathé, explains why the films were uploaded: "This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that." Pathé News, whose archive is now known as British Pathé, was widely regarded as one of the leading news companies of the 1900's. In its sixty years of media production, Pathé News helped memorialize every facet of the past century — including its callousness towards those outside of social norms.
'Wearable eyes' take all the work out of having emotions
Ever seen one of those funny novelty spectacles with eyes drawn on them? Dr. Hirotaka Osawa from Tsukuba University in Japan has designed a high-tech version of those called AgencyGlass, and they have eyes that actually move.
Snowden questions Putin's 'evasive' denial of mass surveillance
In a question and answer session run by Russia's state-run broadcaster earlier this week, NSA leaker Edward Snowden asked President Vladimir Putin whether his government intercepted, stored, or analyzed the communications of its citizens. Snowden says Putin "denied the first part of the question and dodged on the latter," when he was asked if a surveillance program was morally defensible. The ex-NSA contractor noted that the fact the president responded at all "appears to be the strongest denial of involvement in mass surveillance ever given by a Russian leader," but also drew parallels between Putin's defense and president Obama's "initial, sweeping denials" of the scale of the NSA's surveillance program, "before that position was later shown to be both untrue and indefensible." The exchange, he writes, was "intended to mirror the now infamous exchange in US Senate intelligence committee hearings between senator Ron Wyden and the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, about whether the NSA collected records on millions of Americans, and to invite either an important concession or a clear evasion." Snowden says that Clapper's original lie — that the NSA did "not wittingly" spy on American citizens — was "a major motivating force" behind his decision to start leaking NSA files to the press in 2013.