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Microsoft Won't Build a Handheld Game System

In a recent tweet from Phil Spencer from the Microsoft Xbox team, the rumors are laid to rest about Microsoft working on a handheld gaming console. This brings peace to my soul as this would be another product from Microsoft that would arrive way too late and offer nothing that hasn't been done already at a price that is just too high. The goal of the Windows and Microsoft team is to focus on Windows Phone, Tablets and maybe work with their own controller for Windows devices down the road.

There have been rumors for nearly two years that Microsoft has been working on a seven inch version of its Surface tablet that would be dedicated to gaming and even had the "Xbox" brand name. However, none of those reports have been confirmed by Microsoft. Spencer's new statement would seem to indicate that if Microsoft did have plans for an Xbox Surface tablet, they may have been put on indefinite hold.

Source: Neowin

Tractor Beam Tech Edges Closer

If you've watched Star Trek back in the day, you'll no doubt remember the "Tractor Beam" that was occasionally deployed as a sort of tow-rope between two spacecraft. This idea was pretty amazing and way ahead of it's time, but that technology is now real and now here. Scientists have created a sonic tractor beam of sound. This could prove to be wonderful in the future - or not so wonderful if you are trying to run away from space pirates.

Scientists have created a sonic tractor beam. And it's not simply an amazing proof of concept: This beam pulls with a billion times more force and can tow objects a million times larger than previous schemes for tractor beams.

Source: PopularScience

Microsoft to Launch Surface Mini on May 20

Microsoft has been losing money on their Surface line of products and they are tired of that so they are deciding to lose money on a smaller verison of the tablet as well. They are set to unveil or launch the Surface Mini on May 20, and only a few select press are invited. I guess they don't want everyone there in case this tablet bombs as bad as their last ones. To be fair, the Surface Pro and even the Surface RT are solid products - they are just priced too high to compete.

We already know a little bit about the device as the specs have slowly leaked leading up to the announcement that will take place on the 20th. It will be a device in the 7-8in class and will support a pen input which means that it has a Wacom digitizer (or similar) underneath the glass.

Source: Neowin

'Merica's Nukes Use Floppies

According to recent information discovered by 60 Minutes, America is still using 5.25-inch floppy disks for their nuclear program. This is pretty interesting as they are doing this intentionally. I guess with technology this old, you don't have to worry about launch codes getting leaked on the internet. These old systems were built before modems came installed. Interesting stuff, and it makes a bit more sense when you look at the security side of things. Sort of.

When Stahl asked Maj. Gen. Weinstein to explain further, he stated that a “complete analysis” of the “entire network” was conducted by “cyber engineers.”  The engineers recommended that the analog system be kept the way it is now, finding that was it very safe and secure. Since the system is not connected to the Internet, it can’t be infiltrated by hackers.

Source: DigitalTrends

Blizzard Releases Classic Games - for Free

Blizzard is doing pretty well with StarCraft, World of WarCraft, Diablo and a bunch of other subscription-only titles they have in their arsenal right now. It's fitting that they wax nostalgic and offer up a few very "classic" games for free. The recently announced that Blackthorne, The Lost Vikings and Rock N' Roll Racing are now available for free. If you want to rock out with this old SNES-era titles, check out the details below.

 

Source: Battle.net

Ubuntu for Android is Dead

Ubuntu for Android looked pretty sweet when they were showing it off a couple of years ago on the then-new Galaxy Nexus. Unfortunately, the project never really took off and without OEMs and a big corporate budget behind the project, it was doomed to fail. As cool as it was, without a solid mobile eco-system behind it, developers aren't going to develop for it and that is another of the many reasons the project was scrapped recently.

Well, Canonical has decided to put the project out to pasture apparently. Buried away in a recent bug report (now hidden from public view) was the fact that "Ubuntu for Android is no longer in development," and thus its landing page should be taken offline. Though some responses from the Canonical team appear to muddy the story, the take away is the same -- active development on Ubuntu for Android has come to a halt.

Source: Engadget

Google Glass Costs $80 to Build, Says Teardown

The wizardry behind Google Glass seems pretty awesome. This is a heads-up display that is almost futuristic in design and in purpose. To top that off, it's still pretty exclusive and very cool. What is not cool is the $1,500 price tag for this unit, and up until recently, I was pretty sure that it cost a lot to build. The latest teardown takes a look and sees that less than $80 of parts and labor actually go into Google Glass. Still, there is a lot of engineering and more involved - still, I think the price is crazy steep.

Originally the Google Glass was only available to “Explorers” better known as developers. Finally Google offered a one day sale on April 15, 2014 allowing the general public to purchase the Glass for a whopping $1500. At Teardown.com we managed to get our hands on one but it didn’t last long. The teardown is underway! Stay tuned for teardown sequence photos, board shots, component identifications, and an estimated bill of materials.

Source: TechInsights

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

I don't think it will come as a surprise to anyone that they are already working on a new Call of Duty title after Call of Duty: Ghosts was yet another massive success for the franchise. The next title will be Call of Duty: Advance Warfare and will feature the well-known actor Kevin Spacey in its storyline. Normally video game actors are pretty brutal but I guess thanks to the boatloads of money the Call of Duty franchise has made they can go and splurge a little. Engadget has more.

With Call of Duty being one of the most successful game franchises out there, you know there's always going to be a next one. Well, the first trailer for that game has dropped, revealing its full title of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Kevin Spacey. The House of Cards actor appears to be cast in the role of a powerful, politically driven antihero (how original), but what we're more interested in is the little hints of new and changing gameplay elements. Just as CoD 4: Modern Warfare brought the series out of the WWII era,Advanced Warfare will send us further into the future, as the presence of spider tanks, hover bikes, the 'copters from Avatar and weaponized exoskeletons suggests. 

Sony cuts earnings forecast

Sony has announced that due to the recent sale of their PC division and also due to the "slowing demand" for Blu-ray discs they haven't lived up to their earning expectations last year. Sony was hoping to recoup their initial investment costs from Blue-ray by having many years of great sales but due to streaming services like Netflix Blu-ray just hasn't sold like expected and Sony is now paying the price. I guess we will see what next year brings for Sony but I would guess things aren't going to get better overnight... The Verge has the full story.

Sony is warning shareholders to expect poor financial results for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. The electronics giant previously expected to pull in an operating income of 80 billion yen ($782 million) over the financial year, but is today adjusting that figure down to just 26 billion yen ($254 million).

The sharp reduction — the new operating income estimates are 68 percent down from a February forecast — can be attributed to a pair of somewhat unexpected events. Roughly 30 billion yen ($293 million) of the drop is due to "additional expenses" from Sony's exit from the PC business. The company announced it's to sell its PC division to a Japanese investment fund earlier this year.

Sony develops 185TB Tape Drive

Yes you read the headline right, Sony has come up with the technology to make a 185TB tape drive which will make backing up hundreds of big hard drives much easier. Currently the biggest tape drive available can back up 2.5TB per cartridge so this is a huge jump. Most might assume that tape drives are dead or dying, however last year the tape drive market grew by 13% and could see double that growth this year. ITWorld has the story.

Sony has developed a magnetic tape material that can store data at 148 gigabits per square inch, roughly 74 times the density of standard tapes.

The technology represents the world's highest recording density for the medium, the electronics giant said, and could allow the creation of tape cartridges with a capacity of 185 TB.

By comparison, LTO-6 (Linear Tape-Open), the latest generation of magnetic tape storage, has a density of 2 gigabits per square inch, or 2.5 TB per cartridge uncompressed.

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