First it was the Samsung TV, now they’re saying your Xbox may be spying on you as well. And it doesn’t stop there, sources are now saying that Microsoft and Apple devices, and Samsung phones are also snooping on their customers.
For the Xbox, Microsoft uses Kinect to activate spoken commands for the console. Unfortunately, Microsoft is able to listen to conversations as well. Read the article.
Amazon plans to launch WorkMail, an enterprise email and calendar service, in the second quarter of this year. WorkMail will compete with the likes of Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google Gmail and Google Apps. WorkMail is built on Amazon’s cloud computing unit called Amazon Web Services or AWS. The email service is going be to encrypted and companies specify which regions to store their messages. WorkMail will cost around $4 per inbox per month. It comes with 50GB of disk space. Read more.
Twitter announced it will soon activate a new feature where you can record videos up to 30 seconds from your mobile devices. Viewers will be able to scroll through the video thumbnails, and tap on a video thumbnail to play. In addition, Twitter will also turn on another feature that allows you to send a group message up to 20 friends. Read the article from Digital Trends.
Forget the cloud. What if you can have 1TB secure storage on your wrist. Fasetto based in Superior, Wisconsin has a product called the Link. It’s a wearable wristband with 1TB of solid state drive. It can be made accessible to 20 devices. It can stream up to 7 devices at a time. It’s not connected to the cloud at all. It creates a localized cloud of its own. Access times are anywhere 470 to 530 mbps. Battery life is 12 hours. The 1TB model is currently priced at $799. Smaller models also exists all the way down to the modest 128GB model priced at $199.
Microsoft announced today that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users. I guess it means free updates as well. It doesn’t make sense to charge customers for bug fixes. So, why is Microsoft giving away a huge part of their revenue? Maybe, it has learned from the Windows Vista experience. Remember when Vista users had to buy Windows 7 to upgrade to a much more stable environment. Many people don’t seem to like Windows 8. That’s why Microsoft came out with Windows 10 right away, to make a right of the wrong. Charging for Windows 10, would have made people think twice before opening up their pockets.