Hello everyone, here’s this week’s roundup of business, tech and creative news from across the Moving World! Many thanks to all who submitted links!
Full Steam Ahead
Valve, video game developers and distributors known for their flat business structure, have announced a new offer for the living room market in the form of Steam OS, labelling itself as the ‘future of gaming’. Steam OS plans to move their current PC gaming led share of the market and move it into the living room, in order to compete with Microsoft and Sony. The Linux based Steam OS will still allow users to play their Windows games by streaming them live from their computers to their TV. This is similar to services such as OnLive but without the latency problems inherent with streaming over the internet. Steam OS is the first of three announcements relating to the living room (with interesting cryptic symbols). One of the three is rumoured to be SteamBox, a hardware platform for Steam OS, announced at 6pm GMT today…. 6 – 3 = 3…Half Life 3 confirmed?
Blackberry fail fail fail
Blackberry have been acquired for 4.7 billion after an eventful week of fails. The business has gone private to redefine their long term strategy behind closed doors, without public scrutiny.
Onlookers have been doubting the company’s future of late, with the recent loss of 4,500 jobs, a reported $1bn operating loss and a disastrous rollout of BBM for Android and iOS which ended up getting halted. Blackberry have been also coming under fire for buying a $20million private jet just months before the job losses.
Tesco launch Hudl
Yep, you have heard right, Tesco are the latest company to have launched a tablet. Named the ‘Hudl’, it will be available at the modest price of £119 in order to give it an advantage against more well known technology brands. Tesco’s website states their intention with the product is to create a tablet accessible for all, arguing “three quarters of UK households do not have a tablet. Tesco’s research found that many feel that the technology is too expensive or intimidating, so Tesco has entered the market to change that.”
You may have missed
Apple have released updated Human Interface Guidelines, referencing “Deference’, ‘Clarity’ and ‘Depth’
The voice activated future isn’t quite here; 91 ‘texting zones’ to be installed on New York state highways
The Ordnance Survey have released a minecraft map of the UK
The first weekend iPhone sales top nine million, setting a new record.
Apple ran out of gold iPhones because it underestimated how much Asia likes gold.
Google reveal their new logo – it’s flat!
How al-Shabaab live blogged the Nairobi attacks.
Lucasfilm demonstrate real time rendering, removing the need for post-production (Thanks to Andrew)
Homeless, Unemployed, and Surviving on Bitcoins
Stunning use of robots and projection mapping in this short film (1080p recommended) (Thanks to Michael)
A founders postmortem of venture backed startup @Sonar
You can unlock the new iPhone with your nipple
Cops travel around NYC asking passers by to upgrade to iOS 7
Kanye ‘architect’ West speaks out…