Google Shines A Rainbow Light On Russia’s Shortcomings For The Orientation Of People

2014-winter-olympics-5710368030588928-hpGoogle has published what may be the most creative, yet most powerful jab the internet can make to that of country’s policies.

In response to Russia’s anti-homosexual laws (which involves prosecution based on “propaganda”, with the threat of jail time and fines), the internet giant modified the logo of all of their homepages, including the Russian variant, and applied the following message, along with a Winter Olympics rainbow-themed logo:

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” – Olympic Charter

True words indeed, and words that Russian politicians need to understand, adopt and enforce. Meanwhile, the opening ceremony begins on Friday, with NBC using a nine hour tape-delay for recorded sporting events.

Via: Google

Apparently, The Call of Duty Franchise Will Remain Refined, Now With Three-Studio Rotations

Call-of-Duty-Ghosts-multiplayerInstead of having two studios head Call of Duty game development, one after the other, each taking a year to make a game then release it (a rather viscous cycle, if observed from the player perspective) Activision will have three separate studios do the work, each responsible for just one game a year. Thus, the math allows for a CoD studio to spend three years to finish a game instead of two; allowing for “more time to polish”, says publishing chief Eric Hirshberg.

Interesting to see how that will pan out, considering the franchise’s reputation is slightly lacking with the most recent game release, Ghosts.

Via: Joystiq

Firefox Beta Now Allows For Full Touchscreen Use In Windows 8

firefox-for-windows-8-touch-betaIt’s been in development for little over a year now, but it’s finally here: a Firefox beta will full touchscreen control, destined for Windows 8 machines. Besides a finger-prone and friendly design, there are also gestures and an updated interface that reflects the new design that needs to accommodate that of a touchscreen. Available at the source link, for your perusal.

Via: Mozilla

Sony Sells Its VAIO PC Business To Japan Industrial Partners

DSC01405It’s big news in Sony this Thursday morning: the Japanese tech giant has sold off its VAIO PC division to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), via a Memorandum of Understanding to sell all the company’s PC-related assets, which will be complete by July of this year.

Meanwhile, Sony is no longer designing new VAIO PCs, and will stop producing them as well once the entire new set of computers are sold worldwide. Instead, they will focus on post-PC gear (smartphones, tablets) to bring in valuable income in the computing sector.

Keep in mind, the damage: the death of 5,000 jobs—1,500 of those in Japan—while Japan Industrial Partners will take on just 300 staff. On the upside however, both companies will offer aftercare warranties for existing VAIO owners, so there’s that.

Via: Sony

EVE: Valkyrie Will Be An Oculus Rift Exclusive Launch Title

gaming-eve-valkyrie-screenshot-2For those of you wishing that EVE: Valkyrie will be more than just a proof-of-concept for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset — your wishes have been granted. Oculus announced that it’d be entering into a co-publishing agreement with developer CCP Games to make its space dogfighter one of the Rift’s first AAA “made-for-VR” launch titles.

The game, most likely set in the same or similar universe and style as the uber-popular space MMO EVE: Online, will feature first-person dogfights and augmented reality control, later on in 2014, when it officially launches.

Via: Oculus 

Microsoft’s New CEO Is: Satya Nadella, A 22-Year Microsoft Veteran

01_lowThe CEO search for Microsoft is officially over. Taking control immediately is Satya Nadella a 46-year-old man who has now transformed to one of the world’s most powerful company leaders.

Starting off at the company over 20 years ago, Nadella was born in India, in 1969. He then studied Electrical Engineering at the Mangalore University before moving to the US to study computer science at the University of Wisconsin. He originally worked at Microsoft rival Sun Microsystems before heading to Redmond to work on research for Microsoft’s online services division.

As he takes the helm, it is crucial to realize that he comes in at a strategic move of Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia, in the middle of a market full of competition and rivals taking silent jabs at one another, in smartphone, console, and operating system wars.

Meanwhile, Bill Gate retains a new technology adviser role while Nadella’s new role at the company was announced, thus stepping down as chairman.

Via: Microsoft