Facebook is rumored to start holding hands with Spotify on a music-streaming service that could be launched within a fortnight. It is currently going through testing and when launched, Facebook users will see a Spotify icon appear on the left of their newsfeed, along with the usual icons for photos, events and CityVille.
Once that icon appears, clicking on it will install the service on their desktop in the background and will allow users to play from Spotify's library of millions of songs through Facebook. The service goes one step further since it's on a social networking site, by letting Facebook users listen to music simultaneously with their friends over Facebook.
This is just a rumor for now, but the rumor is so juicy that I had to post it. It is rumored that Microsoft will preview its Windows operating system designed for tablet-based systems in demonstrations planned for next week. Microsoft is reportedly rushing to adapt Windows to better support devices that can compete with Apple's iPad which currently dominates the tablet market.
The new tablet-based OS from Microsoft isn't expected until next year, people familiar with the plans had said and more specifically, March of next year. Microsoft is rumored to be showcasing the software's touch-screen interface running on NVIDIA-based Tegra hardware. Right now, this sits in the "ooh, can't wait to see it pile", and as soon as there are some hard facts, pictures or videos, we shall wait patiently.
Following up on the reboot of the PlayStation Network, Sony is covering all of its
asses bases. PSN and Qrocity users, pending they had an account before April 20, 2011 (like anybody was lining up to sign up to either after that date) can enroll in AllClear ID PLUS Identity Theft protection program. See the blog post below for more info, but hey, not a bad start on the road to reparations.
Starting today, PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders in the United States can begin the enrollment process for the identity theft protection program by visiting http://us.playstation.com/news/consumeralerts/identity-theft-protection/. We are also notifying customers of the enrollment landing page via email, which you will receive in your inbox this week.
Not hugely exciting because we have no information whatsoever beyond what the headline reads, but good to know that Sony's got its eye on the prize. I'm hoping they'll have some sort of touchscreen-format-meets-kinect-like-interface.... so basically, Minority Report in a game console.
Executive vice president and chief financial officer Masaru Kato reportedly explained to shareholders today:
In the game segment, we have the NGP to launch later this year. So we have development expenses to be incurred for this product.For the home console, the PS3 still has a product life, but this is a platform business, so for the future platform - when we will introduce the product I cannot discuss - but development work is underway, so the costs are incurred there.
Since Nintendo has already confirmed that they'll be announcing "Project Cafe" at E3, I wouldn't be surprised if Sony throws us some more info at E3.
NVIDIA have today announced a special sweepstakes to align with the official launch of Duke Nukem Forever. One lucky game will have the chance to win an all-expenses VIP trip for two to the official Gearbox Duke Nukem Forever launch event which will be held in Dallas, Texas on June 11.
The Gearbox Community Day/Duke Nukem Launch Event will be held in Dallas Texas at the Palladium Ballroom on Saturday, June 11, 2011. There are various cool things happening on the day, such as the winner of this competition able to play Duke Nukem Forever alongside the Gearbox Crew, mingle with the Gearbox and NVIDIA development teams, party at an exclusive NVIDIA reception before the launch event (held on Friday, June 10), hear from the people behind some of Gearbox's biggest games such as DNF, Borderlands, Aliens: Colonial Marins, Brothers in Arms, etc, Get exclusive sneak-peaks at new, never-before-seen Gearbox materials and the last bit (which sounds the most fun), join the "partying and mayhem".
In order to win this amazing prize, you must be a US or Canadian resident, over 21 and visit http://www.geforce.com/Community/Rewards
Remember yesterday when we posted that awesome YouTube video of that dude Police Academy'ing an old school Street Fighter SNES match? Well musician JJ (Double J) has put together a pretty catch rap song about being Sagat with Vega in Street Fighter IV.
He even works in the button combinations into the song: "Charge Back Forward Punch / Hit him with the claw". The video is complete with Double J's gameplay, and to tell the truth - dude rocks with Vega. I'm not entirely sure what he has against Sagat, but he's sure happy about beating him all the time.
As confusing as that headline may sound, it's not a joke: Researchers Sean Gustafson, Christian Holz and Patrick Baudisch of the Hasso-Plattner Institute have created a working prototype of a touch interface that literally
you can hold in is the palm of your hand.
A wearable depth camera tracks the user's movements on the surface of the palm of his or hand, corresponding to specific commands for an iPhone or other touchscreen phone, such as sliding to unlock and time settings. I just recently returned from the Augmented Reality Event in Santa Clara, of which author Vernor Vinge was one of the keynote speakers. His 2006 novel, Rainbows End, is one of the key ideological foundations of the AR industry, and in that book he features characters that can manipulate electronics and the internet by a set of clothes he describes as "wearables".
The future is now, kiddos. Phase 1: Imaginary Interfaces. Phase 2: interacting with the internet by shrugging your shoulders. Anybody else giddy?
The latest happenings from around the web - May 26th, 2011
- Asus 2400ET All-In-One Touchscreen Desktop @ Hot Hardware
- Intel Second Generation Unlocked Sandy Bridge i7-2600k CPU and DP67BG Kit @ OverclockersHQ
- Foxconn Netbox NT-A3500 @ Techpowerup
- Asus U36JC Laptop @ TechReviewSource
- Intel Smart Response Technology w/ ASUS P8Z68-V Pro @ HiTechLegion
- The Virtu Question: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard @ PCStats
- Jetway NC85-E350-LF Fusion Motherboard @ eTeknix
Our Download of the Day today is uTorrent 3.0 RC2.
µTorrent is a small and incredibly popular BitTorrent client.
Micro-Sized Yet Feature Filled
Most of the features present in other BitTorrent clients are present in µTorrent, including bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Additionally, µTorrent supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification (compatible with Azureus 188.8.131.52 and above, BitComet 0.63 and above) and peer exchange.
µTorrent was written with efficiency in mind. Unlike many torrent clients, it does not hog valuable system resources - typically using less than 6MB of memory, allowing you to use the computer as if it weren't there at all. Additionally, the program itself is contained within a single executable less than 220 KB in size.
Skinnable and Localized
Various icon, toolbar graphic and status icon replacements are available, and creating your own is very simple. µTorrent also has support for localization, and with a language file present, will automatically switch to your system language. If your language isn't available, you can easily add your own, or edit other existing translations to improve them!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - CORSAIR Flash Voyager 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - $19.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.
Offer: The Corsair Flash Voyager USB 3.0 flash drives bring SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance to the Flash Voyager family. Flash Voyager USB 3.0 is shockproof, water-resistant, backward compatible with USB 2.0/USB 1.1.