Steven Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft, Was Head Of Windows 8 Division

In one big shakeup of roles at Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky is leaving the, effective immediately — he was the former leader of the Windows diviosn, and oversaw development of Windows 8. Internet Explorer, Office and Windows interface veteran Julie Larson-Green will be taking on most of his duties by heading up all Windows development, including hardware “opportunities” like Surface; whilst CFO and CMO Tami Reller will take on pure business and marketing sectors of the Windows platform.

Sinofsky commented on his departure:

“It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company.”

This comes as a continued surprise, with Microsoft shuffling around internally much like Apple has in the past few months. Whoa.

Via: Microsoft

Samsung Galaxy Camera Coming November 16th On AT&T For $500

This is the first Samsung Galaxy camera. Obviously, it’s a new concept that people haven’t really heard of before: a camera with Android, but backed-up with AT&T 4G connectivity. Its specs include a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (with Google Now), a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD screen, 21x optical zoom lens and a super-bright 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor, with the cheapest AT&T data plan at $10 per month. All of that will cost you $499.99 at AT&T — for that much money, you’re getting something more like spy equipment than a simple point-and-shoot camera.

And, it might just be worth it. Press release is on the post’s page.

MinutePhysics Tells President Obama To Up The Ante In High School Physics

Currently, I’m a 16-year-old who takes 11th grade classes. Chemistry and trigonometry hardly give me much trouble — but do they brighten my day? Not really. Physics however — recent physics — would change all that. And I agree with MinutePhysics — the newly-elected President Obama should get the physics brewing in high schools — without hesitation.

HTC and Apple kiss and make up: enter licensing deal for 10-years

There goes any hopes of intense patent war between HTC and Apple. There’s just a nice little legal notice that popped up on everyone’s screen today, referencing a court deal between both companies: lifting all existing patent disputes, and agreeing to a 10-year licensing deal for all patents disputed, and any new patents that may be created in that time span.

Both CEOs of the multi-million dollar consumer technology companies have issued statements about the agreement:

“HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.

“We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC,” said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. “We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation. 

So from now on we can only get our technology patent disputes from Apple and Samsung? Aww, no fair. On a serious note though, this is good news.

Via: Apple

Big Deal: TI-84 Calculator Getting Upgraded To A Color Screen

Think about the graphing calculators you use in American classrooms. Now, think of the Texas Instruments TI-84 calculator (or TI-83) and you’ll remember how useful it can be. Well, there’s a new version coming out, and it has a color screen. Apparently, this new calculator is called the TI-84+ C Silver Edition, and a site called Cemetech, claimed that it was one of 24 provided by TI for in-classroom testing and that it’s slated to launch next spring. Time to look forward to that, if you’re a math geek, no?

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343 Industries And Microsoft Bust Out 3.1 Million Copies Of Halo 4 In A Day

And I can’t disagree — playing Halo 4 is amazing. It turns out that 343 Industries has made a fantastic game, selling 3.1 million copies of Halo 4 in its first 24 hours, with 1.9 million of those sales coming from the U.S., according to VGChartz. The video game sales tracking website says Halo 4 managed to sell about 15% more copies than previous games in the franchise including Halo 3 and Halo: Reach. 

But do you want a really amazing fact? The Xbox 360 will turn seven on November 22nd — who’s to say this “aging console” doesn’t have some kick left in it?

ViaVGChartz

LaCie Has Debuted A New Waterproof USB Key, Smaller Than An Actual Key

Introducing another one of LaCie’s epic USB keys: the Petite. That’s right, because it is small. Smaller than your actual house keys, it comes in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB for $15, $23, and $40. Plus, it’s waterproof down to 100-meters, is scratch-resistant, and comes with a two-year warranty just to back up that ruggedness. And just to be sure to prove the point that this is an amazing USB key, its dimensions are 0.25 ounces and measures just 1.5 inches long.

Convenient? Why, heck yes.

Via: LaCie

Origin Will Soon Let You Broadcast Your Gameplay Live, Using TwitchTV

EA and Twitch has produced a partnership that will take affect for most users in an Origin beta than a stable version for all users at a later date, that allows you to livestream your gameplay to TwitchTV, in HD resolution, with different frame rates available. Needless to say, this is pretty awesome. The only setup needed to is sign into Origin, open your game, log-in with your Twitch account, then start broadcasting. Even better yet, you can import games that are not from Origin (Steam, anyone?) and have them get livestreamed as well.

It’s an interesting development, but Origin seems to be getting better and better than other PC gaming platforms, slowly but surely.

Via: Origin Blog