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There has been some talk over the last several months that Microsoft needs to spin off its Xbox business. Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella told the attendees at the very first code conference that he has no intention of spinning off the Xbox business. He also said that he was very pleased at how the Microsoft game console business was going.
Nadella said that all of Microsoft's hardware know-how comes from the Xbox division. "It is the thing that is really going to power all the experiences on all the devices today and tomorrow," Nadella said. "In order to be in the hunt for those experiences, and get it right, you do need to from time to time build devices, so you don't leave anything to chance."
Canadian tech enthusiasts or simply those passing through the country can now breathe a collective sigh of relief. In a boost to, ahem, cloud computing, the country has now officially given the all-clear to use of electronic devices during all phases of airplane flights.
This covers e-readers, smartphones, tablets, computers and cameras as long as said devices are not transmitting and in flight mode. The changes were made possible thanks to an amendment to the Canadian Aviation Regulations.
"By collaborating with our aviation partners, we are able to offer airlines the tools they need to safely enable passengers to use portable electronic devices on airplanes," said Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, adding that this change maintains "the highest standards of aviation safety." In an official boast-sheet, Transport Canada said the country's record in aviation is one of the best in the world.
Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors appears to be going from strength to strength - from outselling Porsche and Volvo in California in mid-2013 to now becoming the biggest auto employer in the state.
Tesla now employs over 6,000 people in California alone and is expected to hire 500 more workers before this year is through. The upstart has happily taken on established heavy-hitters like Toyota - which employed roughly 5,000 but is seeking to redirect its operations towards Texas, reports CleanTechnica.
The rise and rise of Tesla is showing no signs of slowing down: rumored "gigafactories" for battery production could produce thousands more jobs globally, in addition to the company's already impressive 2013 workforce roster of 5,800 people around the world.
"Nobody wanted to work" for the "domineering" ex-Apple CEO Steve Jobs - that's according to the inventor of the email image attachment, Nathaniel Borenstein, who turned down a job from the man himself.
In 1980, he and his team were attempting to reform the chaotic and primitive email system as part of a post PHD project at Carnegie Mellon university. When Jobs came by and saw his work, he immediately attempted to hire the whole team - but Borenstein turned the offer down.
"He was a totally domineering personality," Borenstein says, in a Telegraph interview. "If you were at Apple and you disagreed with Steve Jobs, you lost; whether you were right or wrong. And nobody can always be right."
Admitting his own tendencies to be a little on the domineering side, Borenstein decided the two would clash and passed up the opportunity. Rather than a reflection on Jobs' notorious personality traits alone, it does suggest some early prescient thinking on recognizing essential and marketable technology.
Google has been looking into another acquisition in the home security sector according to reports. Google has been looking at possibly buying Dropcam. Dropcam is a company that sells a $150 camera unit capable of streaming video to smartphones and computers. Dropcam launched in 2009.
Google's last major purchase was of Nest Labs, the makers of smart thermometers and smoke alarms. It's unclear at this time how far the talks progressed or if they are still underway. Google is no stranger to buying firms with tech it wants and certainly has the cash lying around to make a purchase of Dropcam.
Video sharing site YouTube announced late last week that it was working on some new applications that will make managing channels easier for content creators. YouTube will be adding new features for content creators "in the coming months" and has given no firm timeframe on the roll out of the new features. One of the new features will be a separate app for managing channels.
Another of the new features will include a way for fans of a channel to pay the content creator directly. YouTube will also be launching a crowd sourced captioning feature. All of the features that YouTube is rolling out were the result of feedback that the video site received via a survey of users that it conducts twice per year.
Amazon launched its Fire TV set top box a while back and the $99 device got a lot of streaming TV fans excited. The big catch was that the device proved so popular that Amazon sold out of Fire TV boxes only a few days after it was announced. That supply issue has now been sorted and the Fire TV is in stock again.
To get people who are interested in the Fire TV to try it out, Amazon has announced a free trial. Buyers can apply an offer that will let them get the Fire TV shipped to their door at no cost and you don't have to pay for the box for a full month.
For a very long time the telephone industry has enjoyed government subsidies designed to help them roll out telephone service into rural parts of the country. The goal was to get people that live in rural America the same sort of communications tech that people in major cities get. As the years pass and fewer and fewer people use home telephone service the FCC has been working to repurpose some of those telephone subsidies.
The FCC announced a plan in 2011 that would use some of the funds from the telephone subsidies to subsidize the roll out of broadband internet access to rural America. Telephone firms pushed back hard against that change out of fear of losing subsidies. The FCC has now won the right to use some of the money from those subsidies to spread broadband in rural parts of the US. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the challenge leveled by telephone companies as unpersuasive opening the doors for re-tasking of subsidies.
Apple just doesn't know when to take it easy, and even with its trial against Samsung over, it is requesting a retrial. Apple wants more damages awarded, up and above the $119 million it was already awarded, and much more.
The iPhone giant wants to see the ban of sales on some of Samsung's most popular devices in the US, which would include current and future devices - such as the popular Galaxy S5 and Note 3 smartphones. Apple has said that Samsung is using its technology for things like slide-to-unlock and word protection.
It looks like Tyrese Gibson and Dr. Dre have smoked themselves into a corner with their bragging about Dr. Dre, Beats founder and hip-hop legend, where they said he would be "the first billionaire in hip-hop". Well, Apple wasn't happy with that, guys.
Gibson said in a video that Dre was "drunk off of Heinekens," something that was posted to Gibson's Facebook page minutes after Apple announced it was acquiring Beats for $3.2 billion. You can understand why Apple isn't happy with this, as it seems Beats apparently leaked the news of the $3.2 billion deal before it had a signature on the dotted line, according to Billboard.