posted Thursday Oct 21, 2010 by
With the WinPho 7 OS being described as an experience comparable to Android and iOS4 the next big step for Microsoft is to put on something sexy to get the attention of the 250,000 plus app developers out there. Take a quick look at the major players in the smart phone OS industry and you will find the usual suspects, Google, Apple, RIM, Palm, and Microsoft, again.
Hit the break to find out why Microsoft could be in the game again.
Here is a scary prospect for you - Apple might want to buy Facebook. Peter Kafka of All Things Digital has been trying to figure out what Apple is planning for the $51 billion they are holding in cash and this is what he has come to. When asked about the money, Steve Jobs said,
We firmly believe that one or more unique strategic opportunities will present itself to us, and we'll be in a position to take advantage of it.
For more on Apple's possible plans, hit the break.
The new Disney/Marvel family has decided to take the media world by force. The best way to do that is to create Marvel Studios TV, which is exactly what they did. The new division will be responsible for developing television programming based on Marvel properties.
Which properties are in the works now? Well, it would appear that right now there are projects in the works for
Hulk, The Punisher and even Cloak and Dagger.
To read more about Marvel TV, hit the break.
We love the Internet and all of its insane glory but there are people out there that think it is a problem. You might be wondering, "Who are these madmen?" The answer, in short, is the FCC.
At their meeting in November, the 5 member board of the FCC could vote and elect themselves Internet Overlords and usurp Google's God-given right to rule the digital universe. There are a number of problems with this. First, the FCC members are hired bureaucrats, not elected officials, so allowing them to elect themselves in charge of anything is not only offensive but unconstitutional. Also, why do we want the government to have this kind of hand in controlling the sector of our economy that produces almost 1/5 of the country's income?
Hit the break for more on the FCC's attack on the Interwebz.
The NPD has recently decided to limit the sharing of game sales numbers to the press. We will still receive comparison across manufacturers and a top ten list of software, but how much hardware or software sold will no longer be disclosed. Also, with that top ten, we will only see sales figures for the top five. We will also no longer be privy to digital subscriptions, mobile games or rentals sold for a specific time period.
This means we now have to rely on the gaming manufacturers to give us somewhat accurate figures to report to our readers and listeners. As of right now, only Microsoft has decided to boast how awesome they are, while Nintendo and Sony haven't said a peep or tweet.
To see what Microsoft had to say, check after the break.
PS3 owners - are you ready for some disc-free, HD Netflix? Well, your time has come. Microsoft's exclusivity deal has finally run out and it is time for you PS3 owners to join in on the fun. But you won't just be joining the full Netflix family, you will be taking over as the head of household.
PlayStation 3 owners will soon be able to watch their Netflix movies in full 1080p while Xbox 360 owners have to sit through 720p. You will also get full surround sound provided through Dolby 5.1 while the rest of us listen in glorious 1982 stereo sound. You can also turn on subtitling for a large portion of the catalog. Color me jealous.
For more on Netflix on the PS3 and a video from Sony, hit the break.