The White House announced Thursday that President Obama will be appointing Dick Costolo, former COO and current CEO of Twitter to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Costolo, who replaced founder Evan Williams when the latter stepped down this past October, will join Scott Charney and David Dewalt, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group and President of McAfee, respectively.
The Blackberry-sporting President Obama has made numerous forays into the tech-world lately, including name-dropping both Google and Facebook in his State of the Union address and in February dining at Silicon Valley VC John Doerr's home with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, former CEO of Google Eric Schmidt and everyone's "favorite" Social Media icon, Mark Zuckerberg.
The US Government has been historically ignorant of technology in the telecomm space, so it's refreshing that the Obama administration is making an effort to integrate the luminaries of the tech space into policy and logistics debates. Even so, do you not feel a cold chill run down your back when you hear Twitter and National Security used in the same breath?
Stereoscopic 3D is slowly making it's way everywhere, the limits of this are not known as now it has made its way to your browser and more specifically, YouTube. NVIDIA, Mozilla and Google have all combined their powers (minus Captain Planet) and have made stereoscopic 3D videos on YouTube to work with systems that are NVIDIA 3D Vision-powered. The feature is supported through a new HTML5-based 3D playback mode that works in Firefox 4.
Mozilla products VP Jay Sullivan said in a statement:
Firefox with 3D Vision creates a stunning and smooth 3D video experience using HTML5 video based on open standards. 3D Vision from NVIDIA is a great example of the rich, innovative experiences that are being built on top of the speed and graphics power that Firefox delivers to the Web.
Sure, right now the audience is small, but every little bit counts, right? What gets me, is Google are partnered in this (because of YouTube), which is surprising as they left out their own growing browser, Chrome.
Google's Wallet has finally been unveiled, with Google saying "Your phone will be your wallet". This is what Google Wallet and Google offers will be capable of, by combining payments and deals into one package. It's the future of paying for things, really. Google Wallet is not a single thing, it's a cake mix of multiple products rolled into a single thing. It's an Android app, it's a way of paying for things with credit or debit cards by using your phone.
It's a coupon collector and loyalty card system, it's another way for merchants to let you pay and offer up deals. It has tentacles into other Google services such as Shopper and Google Offers. The core technology uses wireless NFC and more specifically, MasterCards's PayPass system, so you'll be able to use it anywhere that offers PayPass.
Australia's Federal Attorney-General and Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O'Connor has released his draft of proposed guidelines for R18+ games in Australia. The guidelines detail what is and what is not, in Brendan's belief, acceptable for the R18+ rating.
The Gillard Government wants to provide better guidance for parents and remove unsuitable material from children and teenagers. The introduction of an R18+ classification will help achieve that and will also bring Australia into line with comparable nations. This issue has been on the table for many years, without the necessary progress to make a change. We've recently seen several states publicly express their support for an adult only rating for games and I'm keen to reach a unanimous decision at the July meeting.
The proposed guidelines for the MA15+ and R18+ ratings are available here.
HTC has reportedly entered the final states of testing their upcoming Android-based 10.1-inch Puccini tablet PC, with volume production slated for June 2011. Puccini will be sporting a Qualcomm MSM8660 1.5GHz processor and runs Android 3.0.1. Puccini is set to include a touch panel supporting both resistive and capacitive touch technologies and its touch pen will be able to work on specified software and areas.
HTC is getting their 10.1-inch touch panels from AU Optronics and Wintek, whilst 7-inch panels will come from Cando and Wintek for their Flyer tablets.
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