It has now been confirmed by a source that Google has signed a deal that sees it buying live streaming firm Twitch used by gamers all around the world. The confirmation comes from people who claim to be familiar with the deal, and according to the source, the transaction cost Google $1 billion.
It's unclear when the deal will be announced no confirmation form Google or Twitch has been made so far. Some analysts feel that the deal emphasizes the increasing appeal of watching live gaming as a competitive sport.
Reports indicated in the past that Google had made an all cash offer to buy Twitch. Google certainly has the money sitting in its coffers to make an all cash purchase. Twitch is a service that allows people to broadcast their game play live on the PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
If you really like to read a lot, you may already have a subscription to Oyster. Oyster is a subscription service that gives you access to around 100,000 digital books for a monthly fee of $9.95. The service has been around for about ten months now and started on iOS.
Not too long ago Oyster expanded to Android and the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets as well. The library Oyster offers has also grown to about 500,000 titles. Some more good news has come from Oyster this week as it has announced subscribers can now read via a browser.
Begin able to read via a browser means that you can open your favorite book on a computer and read all you want. Amazon plans to compete with Oyster and recently announced Kindle Unlimited with 600,000 titles available for the same monthly fee as Oyster.
Microsoft has been peddling its OneNote note taking application to consumers on Android and other platforms for a long time now. The software giant has announced that it has now expanded availability for OneNote to the Amazon Fire smartphone and the Kindle Fire tablet.
The app for both devices hit the Appstore on July 24. The app is the same one that has been offered for Android devices in the past, the difference is that it is now available on the Amazon Appstore giving users on Amazon devices access.
OneNote is the only part of the Office suite that is available now for the Android platform. Other Office apps are expected to land for Android before the end of the year.
Scientists are set to begin excavations at a sinkhole in Wyoming that holds the fossilized remains of some animals that lived during the Ice Age. The cavern holds the skeletons of mammoths and dire wolves that are said to be preserved in unusually good condition.
This excavation will mark the first exploration of Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming since it was discovered in the 1970's. The cavern is 85-feet deep and formed a natural repository for fossil records dating back 100,000 years.
The cave was formed when the limestone bedrock at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains collapsed. Over the years, thousands of animals fell into the 15-foot wide mouth of the cave that would have been concealed by vegetation. The cave is 120-feet wide at the base and is cold and damp helping to preserve the fossils.
Today just about everything we use relies on electricity to operate from our smartphones and computers to our toilets in some cases. On July 23, 2012, the sun threw two gigantic clouds of plasma into space and they barely missed the Earth. In fact, had the coronal mass ejections happened only a week before, they could have devastated life on Earth according to scientists.
These storms wouldn't have killed people necessarily, but they would have likely damaged satellites and the electrical grid to the point that anything that plugs into the wall wouldn't have worked. Physicist Daniel Baker says that if those solar eruptions had hit the Earth, we would still be picking up the pieces two years later.
NASA said, "Analysts believe that a direct hit ... could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn't even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps. According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers damaged by such a storm might take years to repair."
Comixology is a digital distributor of comic books that was purchased by Amazon in April of this year. During Comic-Con international in San Diego this week, the company made an announcement that fans of digital comic books will love.
Comixology is ready to offer users a number of DRM-free comic books. With no DRM to mess things up, buyers of the digital comics can copy and share DRM-free comic books and can store them on their devices permanently. This may seem a bit strange to fans of comics considering that Comixology was reportedly working to get the tools for stripping DRM taken off Github not long ago.
The important thing here is that this announcement doesn't mean all comics the site offers will be DRM-free. Publishers of the digital comics will have the option of making them DRM-free if they choose.
Amazon's Fire smartphone has been on the market for a short while and it has finally been granted the teardown treatment by iFixit. Once the smartphone was pried open, we were able to see what hardware the device used for the first time.
Under the skin, Amazon's Fire smartphone is using chips from Qualcomm, NXP Semiconductors NV, and Samsung Electronics. Other hardware inside the smartphone comes from Synaptics Inc and Skyworks Solutions. The main processor inside the phone is a Snapdragon 800.
One of the major features of this smartphone is the four cameras that are designed to track the user's head. The smartphone also has the ability to take a photo of just about any product and then take the user to that product on Amazon. Samsung makes the NAND storage inside the Fire smartphone and the 2GB of DRAM as well.
Google has found itself in hot water over how it is handling the right to be forgotten requests it receives in Europe. Google lost a case not too long ago that meant it has to remove links to some stories about people, if asked by the person the story is about.
Google has reportedly only granted half of all right to be forgotten requests sent in by consumers so far. Requests to have content forgotten have been coming in since May and so far 91,000 requests have been made, with only about half granted according to a source.
Google reportedly believes that the ruling on the right to be forgotten case strikes the wrong balance between the right to be forgotten and the right to know for other consumers. Google has been notifying publishers when a link to a story is removed under the right to be forgotten ruling to give the publisher a chance to fight the removal.
What better way to fund your PC upgrades than hitting Kickstarter, eh? Alex Schank is a YouTube video creator who has content on channels such as AStereotypicalGamer or BasementPresentation, but his video card just died and he has "no where else to turn".
Schank's NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 died recently, and he wants to raise $350 to buy himself a new GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Right now Schank has received absolutely no money toward his goal, with 14 days left to raise $350. He has promised that if he receives the $350, he will "be making regular videos again and streaming on Twitch.tv once more".
For those of you with an Oculus Rift, you might want to grab the just-released Oculus SDK version 0.4.0 beta. The new Rift SDK includes some great new features, starting with DK2 support obviously.
The new SDK includes an Oculus Runtime that is installed separately from the SDK itself. The runtime package includes the Oculus Config Utility, service and drivers. We also have the star of the show, an Oculus Display Driver under Windows, something that routes the rendering output directly to the Rift headset, offering up an option to mirror this display output in a window.
There's also a new Health and Safety Warning screen that will display in front of you once an application starts up. You can grab the new Oculus SDK 0.4.0 beta package from the Oculus VR developer website, which requires a login.