Valve Will Create Console For The Living Room, Will Be Very Controlled

While chatting on the sidelines of the Video Game Awards, Valve CEO Gabe Newell told Kotaku that any Valve hardware would involve a “turnkey solution” with a “very controlled” environment, not unlike a console. Furthermore, this would be a living room PC of sorts, which would come with Steam pre-loaded, as a sort of computer/console/Steam OS device. Other than the idea being a real concept, Gabe expects this hardware to be ready by next year, so it can compete with next-gen video game consoles. This will be mighty interesting.

Via: Kotaku

Apple And Google Purportedly Teaming Up For $500M-Plus Bid On Kodak Patents

After Kodak stated it was going out of business, it was time to get a green light for them to off their library of 1,100 digital imaging patents. Apple and Google were willing and ready to jump into the fry and secure some of the swag bags, but as Bloomberg reports, there are sources reporting that both companies may actually start working together to secure patents from the sale. In fact, they’re in a $500 million-plus bid for the patents. All three factions are remaining quiet about this — for now. And perhaps this may also dig Kodak out of bankruptcy? Or, maybe not.

[Image credit: Viktor Nagornyy, Flickr]

Via: Bloomberg

FCC Chairman Wants The FAA To Allow People To Use Gadgets During Takeoff

In a positive turn of events, the FCC is “urging” the FAA to let people use mobile electronic devices during flight takeoff and landing, reports The Hill. Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the FCC, sent a letter to FAA acting director Michael Huerta, this Thursday exhorting the benefits of tablets and computers, which he says (and I quote), “empower people to stay informed and connected with friends and family.” Genachowski added more sugar to sweeten the approach, stating further that, “both large and small businesses to be more productive and efficient, helping drive economic growth and boost US competitiveness.”

So basically, “you’re not letting America become more efficient and make more money using the Internet, so it would be great if you could let us use tablets during takeoff, kthanxbai”. In retrospect, that’s what Mr. Genachowski is saying.

Via: New York Ties (Bits)

T-Mobile Enters Agreement With Apple To Release Products In 2013

The long story, cut short so that you can understand it, and be on your way: a new deal between Apple and T-Mobile is valid from 2013-2015, where T-Mobile states that it will carry and sell “Apple products”. The T-Mobile CECO John Legere has confirmed that this also includes the iPhone. So, it is finally happening: T-Mobile is getting the iPhone, and Apple will have the monopoly of all four major wireless carriers in the United States. Talk about power, eh?

Via: T-Mobile 

NASA Releases New (Awesome) Photos Of The Earth At Night

Oh, nothing revolutionary. Just some really great looking photos, of the planet Earth, during our perception of “night”. With all the lights turned on, of course (or as many as possible). Regardless, it’s spectacular to see. To make the shots, NASA  filter scans photos multiple times in order to detect the amount of light in individual pixels, boosting and dimming different parts of the image, as necessary. Using the day-night band technique allows them to produce photos as seen above — for science.

Via: NASA

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Hits $1 Billion In Sales During 5 Days

Apparently, Activision can probably buy their own drone fleet (again). Call Of Duty: Black Ops II made $500 million in the first 24 hours of availability, and after 5 full days, $1 billion in sales. That’s a lot of pwning, compressed into just Xbox 360, PC, and PS3 versions of the game. This is stellar mathematics here, people. Press release after the cut.

Google Now Updated For Additional (And Awesome) Voice Inquiries

Google decided that today was a good day to do what its does best: make progress. So, Google Now just got updated for all Android 4.1 smartphones, via an update for the Google Search app. The update brings several new features: asking for the weather at your destination, automatically pull up your boarding pass at the airport (albeit only for United flights, at the moment), inform you about nearby events, and offer more information about things like artwork at museums using Google Goggles.

A number of additions were made to the voice search component, including the ability to search for the name of a track that’s playing by saying “what’s this song?” or look up additional information on a product by saying “scan this barcode.”

ViaOfficial Android BlogGoogle Play