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Steve Ballmer to leave Microsoft within a year

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer (the one that came after Bill Gates) will be leaving his post as CEO within a year. As of right now it is unknown who will replace him. Steve Ballmer has been with Microsoft since the beginning and will be tough to replace. If they can't find anyone I would probably be available (if the price was right). Engadget has the news over here.

One thing's for sure: whoever steps into Ballmer's shoes is going to have bring some sweaty, screaming enthusiasm to Redmond. But whoever the John Thompson-chaired succession committee picks, we'll certainly miss keynote dances and chants of, "Developers! Developers! Developers!" when Steve Ballmer steps down from his job as the head of Microsoft some time within the next 12 months. 

New Firefox for Android UI

If you are looking for a new user interface for a web browser on your Android device look no further than the new build of Firefox. You can get a sneak preview of Firefox's Android browser now which might just be the browser you've been looking for. Engadget has more details.

Before you know it, you'll be enjoying a cleaner, shinier Firefox UI on Android -- but not before Mozilla gets the more adventurous to test it out. The brand-spanking new interface merges the Start Page and the Awesomescreen, which is what you see after tapping on the URL bar. Thus, it will house your history, bookmarks, reading list and most visited websites in one place. While Mozilla UI engineer Lucas Rocha calls it the "biggest UI change in Firefox for Android" since the app was released, the update isn't quite yet ready.

Xbox One will not be available without Kinect

One of the rumors that have been flying about the Xbox One is that they might be making a Xbox One version without the Kinect (one would assume that would make the console cheaper). This week Microsoft's vice-president Phil Harrison announced that this is not the case and that the Xbox One and Kinect go together like peanut butter and jelly. With the way Microsoft has flip-flopped on pretty much everything Xbox One related who knows if this too will change, but for now there will be no "cheaper" Xbox One. Gizmodo has the story.

Microsoft has had an indecisive month or two recently, contemplating a series of U-turns in its attempts to compete with the forthcoming PlayStation 4. But now, it seems to have settled on a final decision about one of the most controversial flip-flops: every Xbox One WILL come with a Kinect.

Samsung Smartwatch Coming Late September

If you're excited about Smartwatches, the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch is coming in late September in five different colors.  Some of the colors look a lot bolder than I'd expect from Samsung, but they want people to know that they are entering the market with boldness and want to dominate this new area - as they often dominate areas they enter.

Smartwatches and wearable devices are the next big thing in consumer technology. Pebble and Sony already have solid smartwatch offerings. There are a slew of others as well. Samsung is looking to jump in to the game with the Galaxy Gear watch that is expected to be announced on September 4th.

Source: AndroidHeadlines

Kickstarter Bans Genetically Engineered Rewards

In a bold move and policy-change, Kickstarter announced today that it would no longer be allowing genetically altered products as rewards for backing projects.  Of course you can still back a genetic modification project, but you can't receive the product you are backing as a reward.  The big hoopla came about after a company was genetically altering plants so that they'd glow.  I'd back that just to get a glowing plant - and so did a lot of other people.  Now it's not allowed to give these out as rewards.

The new rule came into effect after the successful funding of Glowing Plants, a project to modify Arabidopsis and rose plants with firefly and luminescent bacteria DNA so they would glow in the dark, providing a natural light source. The project, created by trained biologists, offered the seeds of the plant, if successfully created, for $40. The project raked in $484,013 -- from a goal of $65,000 -- from 8,433 backers.

Source: CNET

In Soviet Russia, Microsoft Investigates You

Sometimes rumors get out of hand.  Case in point: Microsoft was rumored to be paying off officials in Russia and Pakistan in order to win contracts to supply them with products and services.  I'm not sure at this point how true they are, but when Microsoft themselves are trying to nail down these rumors and are helping find out if they are true or not, I'm guessing they are false.  Or they will have to pay off a lot more people.  The lesson we can learn here is that you don't want to start rumors about stuff that Microsoft is or isn't doing... or they will not only put the rumors to rest...

“Like other large companies with operations around the world, we sometimes receive allegations about potential misconduct by employees or business partners, and we investigate them fully, regardless of the source,” Frank wrote, explaining that the company has a 50 person-strong internal investigation team and 120 legal compliance officers.

Source: TheNextWeb

Portable NES 3D Printed and Working

There is a lot of fun stuff you can do with a 3D printer.  One of the latest projects that we've seen is the portable NES system that was built to resemble a Game Boy.  This device is hand-held and uses a 4.3" screen from a camera for the display.  Overall, it's pretty well done and I'd love to play on it for sure.  Duck Hunt would be tricky though...

For NESPo's screen, he used a 4.3-inch colour TFT camera screen that plugged into the RES, and to power it, he picked up a 1500mAh NiMH rechargeable battery that gives the device around two hours of gameplay. For a speaker, he used a LM386-based amp module. Once that was all put together and tested, the next step was creating the case.

Source: CNET Australia

Nokia's Working on a 6-inch Windows 8 Phone

There have been rumors and rumblings about a 6-inch Nokia device coming.  More details have emerged and it's a Windows Phone 8 device that will be able to make phone calls.  With devices like the Acer Iconia Tablet running Windows 8, a smaller bezel and a few extra features shouldn't be hard to cram into a device.  I'm actually a bit excited about this - although it will take a lot of convincing for me to turn my back on Android.

The smartphone, which the article claims has the code name Bandit, will have a quad-core Qualcomn Snapdragon processor and a 20 megapixel rear camera, which will cause the back of the phone's case to have a slight hump. The report also claims that it will have a polycarbonate body and will be both thin and light, although specific dimensions and weights were not mentioned.

Source: TheVerge

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Microsoft Killing Games for Windows Live

In a move that is a bit of a surprise, Microsoft has announced that they are pulling the pin on Games For Windows Live.  This brand has been struggling for sure, and it seems that Microsoft is no longer interested in competing with Steam, Origin and other game distribution companies.  The market is getting the door shut on August 22, 2013 and the entire service will be killed on July 1, 2014.  You can still enjoy it for almost a year before you have to log in to another network.

Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1, 2014. Although it is available through Steam, Age of Empires Online requires features of the Games for Windows Live service. You can continue to enjoy all the features of Age of Empires Online as the service will remain 100% operational until July 1, 2014 when the server will shut down.

Source: Neowin

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