Microsoft Buys Gears of War Franchise, Will Produce New Title

GoWLogo1020x540Microsoft has purchased the acclaimed game series from the studio (Epic Games) behind the Gears of War franchise, including “rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise,” and simultaneously is creating a new game (likely for Xbox One) at Black Tusk Studios in Canada.

Perhaps Microsoft can make good use of the series, rather than just spewing out endless sequels of a famed title, which collectively reduces its value (like a lot of game series out there)?

ViaMicrosoft

Long Term: Google And Samsung Agree To License Patents For The Next 10 Years

DSC01435Google and Samsung are good friends, no matter how much it seems that Samsung wants to branch off and create their own smartphone operating system (again). Without further ado, it takes some guts to come to the following agreement: Samsung and Google have agreed to license patents between the two companies for the next 10 years — indeed, a decade. Besides accelerating product research, this arrangement also reduces the chance of patent lawsuits.

Sounds solid, on paper.

ViaTC

Pope Francis: The Internet Is A “Gift From God”

Pope Francis meets the media

In a report published today by The Associated Press regarding the coming of technology and the mingling of such with the Catholic Church and the Vatican. It’s an interesting statement that will undoubtedly spur discussions on Reddit and all over the world about the opposing factions: science and the church.

Specifically, Pope Francis stated the following: ”To dialogue means to believe that the ‘other’ has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective,” and continuing with, “Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the pretense that they alone are valid and absolute.”

Ultimately, he said, “This is something truly good, a gift from God.”

We have to agree with you on that, Pope Francis, no matter how religious or lack thereof a person is in this world.

Via: NY Times

Lenovo Buys Some More IBM: The x86 Server Business, For $2.3 Billion

Lenovo-LogoThe Chinese PC maker Lenovo has continued to make great strides worldwide, first with the IdeaPad brand, then a wave of ThinkPad laptops, bought as an entire brand from IBM many years ago. Today however, the shopping spree from IBM continues, with the $2.3 billion purchase of the American company’s x86 server business — low-cost servers for managing and hosting enterprises.

Meanwhile, more than 7,500 workers employed by IBM in that division will be offered jobs to their new Chinese bosses, once regulatory work and the rest of the formalities are complete.

Via: Lenovo

Beats Music Launches For iOS, Windows Phone, And Android

beats-musicWith much excitement? Well, not really, but no matter how late Beats Music is to the music streaming game, it brings with it new features, design, and publicity that might just be enough to have it enter into the main race against the like of Rdio and Spotify.

The human-curated music service went live in the US this morning, and besides being usable on mobile platforms, a web version exists as well. It costs $10 a month from the get-go, or $15 for a five-user family plan on AT&T.

Let’s see what you’ve got, right Beats?

Via: Beats Music

Starting Off Monday: iOS 7.1 Beta 4 Is Upon Us

iPhone 5SiOS 7.1 beta 4 is now available as an over-the-air update for all iPad, iPhone, iPad mini, and iPod Touch users/developers.

Of course, hardcore developers will get the update off of Apple’s servers via a desktop, but if you’re part of the program, an OTA update is all you need to get the periodical dosage of bug fixes and improvements to the next iteration of Apple’s mobile OS.

Changelog, after break.

The LG G Flex For AT&T Costs $300 Like The Sprint Version, But Pre-Orders The 24th

gflexatt1The LG G Flex. The first curved smartphone to grace most major American carriers, will make its AT&T debut for $300 with a two-year contract; the same price tag affixed to the Sprint version. If you’d rather get it on a Next plan, you can do so by paying $27 per month (on an 18-month plan) or $35 per month (on a 12-month plan) — but we’re not fans of any of the aforementioned payment plans. Regardless, pre-orders begin the 24th” of January.

Next up: the arrival of T-Mobile’s pricing for LG’s new curvy friend.

Via: AT&T

*Editor’s Note: Corrected to pre-order, not launch date.