WorldStart Tech Tips 2013-05-24
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In The News 5-24-2013
Xbox One Wants To Take Over Your Living Room
Microsoft has an important goal with the new Xbox One, they want to take over your living room and merge your TV viewing, Internet and gaming into one system that they promise will be simple, instant and complete. Microsoft’s Don Mattrick said that just by saying “Xbox on” you can turn on a system that instantly recognizes you and remembers what you were doing last.
The Xbox One features an HDMI in and out so it will work with your cable or satellite box and allow you to pull up TV listing with voice or gesture controls and instantly go to the programs. It features 8GB of RAM, USB 3, WiFi direct and a Blu-ray drive.
The new system will allow group Skype video calls and other social interaction such as pulling up your fantasy football league stats on screen while watching a game and Skyping with your friends. Xbox One shares Windows 8 ability to “snap” or run multiple apps at once, and Microsoft promises switching back and forth will be as quick changing a TV channel.
No release date was given for the new system, only that it would be available later this year.
Yahoo! Buys Tumblr, Promises Not To Screw It Up
Yahoo will pay $1.1 billion to acquire blogging site Tumblr. In a press release, Yahoo points out that Tumblr sees 300 million monthly unique visitors, has 120,000 new signups every day and sees 900 posts per second. The company expects Tumblr to grow Yahoo’s audience by 50 percent to more than a billion montly visitors.
“Tumblr is redefining creative expression online,” said Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer. “On many levels, Tumblr and Yahoo! couldn’t be more different, but, at the same time, they couldn’t be more complementary.”
Tumblr’s CEO assured Tumblr users, “Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission — to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve — certainly isn’t changing.”
Yahoo actually “promised not to screw it up” in the press release, saying “Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business.”
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Firefox Holds Off On Automatically Blocking Third-Party Cookies
Mozilla has decided to hold off on a plan to automatically block third-party cookies by default in Firefox 22.
Brenden Eich, Mozilla’s CTO , wrote that, “There are many conflicting claims about how this patch will affect the Internet. Why debate in theory what we can measure in practice? We are going to find out more and adjust course as needed.”
Eich says the idea is to allow cookies from sites you’ve already been to, but block cookies from sites you haven’t visited yet. The thought being that you probably haven’t heard of or have no relationship with a site you’ve yet to visit. But Eich admits there are problems, citing the example of a false positive: ” For example, say you visit a site named foo.com which embeds cookie-setting content from a site named foodcdn.com. With the patch, Firefox sets cookies from food.com because you visited it, yet blocks cookies from foocdn.com because you never visited foocdn.com directly, even though there is actually just one company behind both sites.”
Many advertisers expressed concern over blocking third-party cookies by default, with the Interactive Advertising Bureau accusing Mozilla of undermining American small business and consumers’ control of their privacy.
“Thousands of small businesses that make up the diversity of content and services online will be forced to close their doors,” said Randall Rothenberg, President and CEO, IAB, the trade association for the ad-supported digital media industry.”
In a press release, the IAB cited a study by Harvard Business School that showed that ad-supported Internet was responsible for over five million jobs in the U.S.
Rothenberg argued that small businesses can’t afford to make large buys across multiple websites and that the third-party cookie is what makes it possible for them to reach consumers and unfairly favors big businesses that can afford to make large advertising buys.
Mozilla says it is is listening to the feedback from concerned site owners, but remain committed to shipping a version of the patch that blocks third-party cookies by default to protect the privacy of Firefox users.
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Google Redesigns Google +
While Google has been successful with services like Gmail and Google Maps and has a huge share of the phone and tablet business with its Android OS, the tech giant has struggled a bit in the social media market, lagging behind Facebook. Google +’s 190 million monthly active users sounds impressive until you compare it with Facebook’s 1 billion monthly active users.
Google is hoping that a new enhancements to the service will draw more users. The changes focus on Stream, Hangouts and Photos.
The changes to Stream (the equivalent of the News Feed for Facebook) include many of the same changes Facebook recently made across their devices such as making the stream look similar across multiple devices and displaying larger photos.
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