Digital Books Receive a Major Enhancement

Just when you thought books could go no further. Imagine you could tell Romeo that he doesn't need to take the poison to be with Juliet, warn Streetcar's Blanche Dubois not to rely on the kindness of strangers, or suggest that Jonathan Harker take his vacation somewhere other than Transylvania. The power to influence and interact with the stories in classic literature is a tempting prospect, and this is the premise of Inkle Studios' audacious attempt to apply the full possibilities of digital media Read more [...]

After Jamming Wi-Fi Hotspots, Marriott has to pay $600,000

Marriott International agreed to pay a $600,000 penalty for jamming guests' mobile Wi-Fi hotspots at a hotel and conference facility in Nashville, Tenn. In a consent decree filed with the Federal Communications Commission, Marriott acknowledged that "one or more of its employees used containment features of a Wi-Fi monitoring system at the Gaylord Opryland to prevent consumers from connecting to the Internet via their own personal Wi-Fi networks." At the same time, the FCC says, the hotel Read more [...]

GameStop’s Technology Segment is Its Fastest Growing

The popular video game retailer released its second quarter earnings figure for 2014, which displayed a net global sales increase of 7% for the first quarter. 3% of that increase came from their technology brands. In the U.S., the electronic gaming industry was nearly a $13 billion market for 2013, which excluded pre-owned sales of video game products. The digital content market had a huge stake in the electronic gaming industry market with approximately $7.2 billion for 2013. There was a Read more [...]

Emotion Manipulation by Facebook Backfired

In June, the social giant received criticism for manipulating the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users without their consent. The network said it was "unprepared" for the backlash it received. "[We] have taken to heart the comments and criticism. It is clear now that there are things we should have done differently," Facebook said. In a blog, chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer said the company should have "considered other non-experimental ways to do this research". In response on Thursday, Read more [...]

Amazon Workers Demand Pay for Waiting in Line (AMZN) warehouses hold a lot of stuff people like. To cut down on theft, workers who box and ship it are required to pass through security checkpoints after their shifts, waiting in lines that can take almost 30 minutes to get through. On Oct. 8 the Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether that time counts as work. In 2010 two former employees of Integrity Staffing Solutions, a temp agency that supplies workers at many of Amazon’s U.S. warehouses, sued the company demanding Read more [...]

Microsoft Removes Kinect and Sells Xbox One for $399

What has shocked many is Microsoft’s plan to release an Xbox One without Kinect. The new variant will be priced at $399, a figure that closes the $100 gap between the Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. Despite early promises to developers and Xbox One owners that Kinect would ship with every console, its clear Microsoft is having to change course and listen to consumers. "We’ve also heard from people they just like to play games with a controller in their hands," says Microsoft’s head of Read more [...]

Google could have a Supercomputer in the making

A new processing power era could be in the works from quantum computing, when you include ultra-cold temperatures and mind-bending physics. Everything from high finance to artificial intelligence is promised to be revolutionized by the new processing power. Although quantum computing remains to be in its infancy stage, Google’s September announcement gave the technology a sizable boost. The announcement involved a partnership with experts from University of California Santa Barbara, with plans Read more [...]