Google’s Next Gig: Building Robots, Thanks To The Man Who Brought Android

ar-googleGoogle has revealed this gloomy autumn morning in New York City, that Andy Rubin, the father of Android, will be leading Google’s charge into the realm of robotics. In only the last six months, Google has managed to claim seven different technology companies en route to its very real robot plans, which Rubin exclaimed in an interview with the NYT, “You have to think of time as a factor” and that, “We need enough runway and a 10-year vision.”

If you’re wondering if Rubin has any sort of technical experience besides what si arguably the world’s most popular mobile operating system, then take this fact: he was already a robotics engineer for Carl Zeiss, of world-class camera lens fame.

Both Larry Page and Andy Rubin seem keen to begin showing the world what Google can really do besides search, social, storage, advertising, self-driving cars, augmented reality headsets, tablets, laptops, and phones — by adding robotics to the list.

ViaNew York TimesGoogle Plus (Larry Page)

The Next-Gen USB Connector Will Be Reversible And Smaller Than Ever

usb-type-cMaking their technology even better, the parent body regarding USB cables has announced an upcoming change: the use of ultra-fast 10Gbps USB 3.1 standard into the next gen of slim devices, called the USB Type-C connector. It’ll be similar in size to existing USB 2.0 Micro-B connectors you see today in phones or cameras, while bringing USB 3.1 speeds, as well as being reversible like Apple’s Lightning ports, so you won’t have to worry about which  which way you put it in. Other included features will be scaled charging and support for future standards, despite the fact it won’t be compatible with past iterations.

But, really: A reversible cable that can go in any way we want it to? Give it here, please.


So, YouTube’s Purported Subscription Music Service Has Been Delayed Till Next Year

 youtube-logoThe rumors of a YouTube music subscription service have been on and off lately, but now something else has been added to fuel that fire: that it’s been delayed until next year, the cozy 2014.

According to All Things D, it’s not that YouTube doesn’t have the licenses for the music it wants users to subscribe to, but more that the software doesn’t work as intended, so a sure 2013 release has been delayed toll Q1 of 2014.

It’s interesting that something like this would happen, considering that this YouTube service would not only compete with the likes of Spotify and Rdio, but even with Google’s own Play All Access service, which on its own is already great and purportedly a success. Time will tell.

Via: AllThingsD

Sony Sold 2.1 Million PS4s In November

playstation-4-controller-sensorIt hasn’t launched in every corner of the globe, but the PlayStation 4 is off to a great start. Sony Computer Entertainment’s Andrew House has just announced that the company’s now sold 2.1 million PlayStation 4s as of December 1st. That combines sales from the US, Europe and parts of Asia during the month of November, so naturally, December stats should be quite different.


KitKat Gets 1.1% Share Of Android Devices A Month After Launch

android-versions-december-2-2013 (1)Not too shabby, considering previous Android software versions took longer to propagate through the ecosystem of devices. A month after launch, Android 4.4 KitKat has already been part of upgrades for existing phones and comes with the Nexus 5, taking a 1.1% share of the pie. The previous software version,  Android 4.3 Jelly Bean represents 54.5 percent of all Android use, but the growth will eventually stop with the incoming waves of 4.4 devices and updates.

And that’s a good thing.

ViaAndroid Developers

The Next Windows Codenamed ‘Threshold’, Designed To Unify Microsoft OSes


With all of Microsoft’s recent sharing of design traits between Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1 and RT, plus the new Xbox OS, it makes sense that the next major overhaul of software would be unified.

Microsoft news veteran Mary Jo Foley received tips from individuals concerning the situation that the next Windows version is currently codenamed ‘Threshold’, and will span the Windows Phone, PC, and Xbox platforms; the goal, to unify the Microsoft software ecosystem, plus feature cross-OS features with single, unified app store and tool sets designed to further entice developers to create applications for all three device categories.

Of course, no one at Redmond is confirming the rumor, but it’s currently expected to be part of a spring 2015 release.


Total War: Rome II Gets New Campaign, Dubbed “Caesar In Gual”

Caesar_in_GaulThe upcoming Caesar in Gaul expansion campaign in Total War: Rome II, the award-winning real-time strategy game which depicts playable campaigns and 3D battles of thousands of onscreen soldiers, is all about Rome’s battles in the north.

Players will get the selection of four playable factions: the Gallic Arverni, the Germanic Suebi, the Belgic Nervii and Rome; the whole campaign inspired by Caesar’s Commentarii de bello Gallico (Commentaries on the Gallic war) during 58-51BC. A new campaign map has also been built, with 24 turns per year, rather than 1 turn per year in the base game.

Sounds like fun. The release date is on December 12th, for $14.95 off of Steam.

Via: Total War