Microsoft has shown that it is dedicated to improving the Xbox One user experience, having already issued multiple big software updates for the new console that was released just five months ago. Beginning late Monday night, the company began rolling out its Xbox One April update, which includes a number of fixes and new features that were detailed by Microsoft on one of its blogs.
Unlike some tech companies out there, Microsoft has the ability to laugh at itself. WPCentral has found that asking Microsoft’s new voice-enabled personal assistant Cortana about the company’s last “personal assistant” for Microsoft Office will get Clippy to pop up on your smartphone display and thank you for asking about him.
Game of Thrones, the most pirated show of 2013, started its fourth season two weeks ago and it’s already breaking records just two episodes in. TorrentFreak reports that “The Lion and the Rose,” the second of episode of the show’s fourth season, garnered the largest torrent swarm ever recorded on Sunday night. Nearly 200,000 users were downloading the same exact torrent all at once, breaking the previous record of the season three finale, which raked in around 170,000 concurrent downloads.
If you find yourself unable to access your favorite websites over the next few weeks, don’t worry: The Internet isn’t broken, it’s just undergoing very needed repairs. The Washington Post has talked with some security experts who expect that patching the Heartbleed bug is going to cause major disruptions on the Internet for a while as major web companies scramble to guard their websites against a bug that caught the tech world flat-footed last week.
The most exciting innovation in the mobile market finally has a release date. According to CNET, Google announced today at the Project Ara developers conference that its first modular smartphone will go on sale in January 2015 for the low price of $50. Project lead Paul Eremenko told the crowd that the initial model will be a boring gray device by design, so as not to distract from the additional physical components.
Even though Microsoft’s Scroogled campaign against Google might have been a flop, it did raise some legitimate questions on behalf of users who might not be comfortable with Google’s algorithms scanning their private emails for frequently used keywords that it would use to sell more targeted ads. The Guardian brings us word that Google has issued an update to its Gmail terms of service where it explicitly lays out how it scans your emails and how it uses the data it gathers from them.
Samsung has high expectations for the Galaxy S5. The 2014 flagship phone has received widespread acclaim for its stellar display and surprising durability, leading to huge adoption numbers and growing sales predictions from Samsung. The Korea Times reports that Samsung shipped 1.3 times as many Galaxy S5 units on the first day of sales than it did on the launch day of the S4.
Apple was awarded a patent on Tuesday for a technology that should allow for much more accurate indoor location detection and mapping, even in the absence of GPS. The new patent, which was picked up by Apple Insider, uses a combination of Wi-Fi access points, location databases and other data to determine proximity to what the patent called “presence areas.” It then analyzes various data such as Wi-Fi signal strength and building architecture to determine a more precise location.
Google on Tuesday announced that Gmail is getting a brand new feature that should definitely be appreciated by photographers who mainly use their smartphones to take pictures. Google’s email app will now let users insert their images faster in their emails when using the desktop version of Gmail, as long as their phones are configured to automatically back up photos on Google+.
A new image leak apparently showing various OnePlus One marketing elements placed on a board alongside various product-related details has been discovered by GizChina.it on the OnePlus forum. It also contains some interesting gems, including a design sketch for the phone and what appears to be the backplate of the handset. The same OnePlus forum thread is also home to several other purported One images, including design sketches for the One’s box, alleged motherboard photos and even a user interface leak. Various renders seemingly showing the OnePlus One’s retail box have also been posted.
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