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

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Event May Have Just Been Scheduled In Barcelona

unpacked-5Sending out press invites to press going to this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, comes a special surprise.

See, whenever Samsung uses the brand name “Unpacked” for an press event, it usually preludes to Galaxy devices being announced. The fact that this is Unpacked 5 (or raised to the 5th power, it seems) makes it slightly silly not to assume the Korean technology giant is speaking of the Galaxy S 5. We’ll know more, come February 24th.

Also, it is worth mentioning that Reuters believes that the launch “has been brought forward by around three weeks after sales of Samsung’s S4 came in weaker than expected.” Intriguing.

Via: Reuters

Google’s “Mystery Barge” In San Francisco Bay Must Relocate, Thanks To Lack Of Permit

gal-land-Google11-620x414Whoops, apparently.

Quietly advertised by Google as, “an interactive space where people can learn about new technology,” the mystery barge floating in the San Francisco Bay has been stationary for a few weeks now. However, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission received complaints of the construction of said floating mystery box, investigated, and found out that the permits required for the barge to stay in its location weren’t exactly in working order — in fact, there were no permits to speak of.

Thus, according to Larry Goldzband, the commission’s executive director, the big G must move the vessel, and send it to a permitted construction spot.

Meanwhile, Google hasn’t commented on what changes they’ll have to make in their plans thanks to this, inconvenience.

ViaSFGate (Associated Press), Image credit: Reuters  

Twitter Outs A Complete Redesign Of Their Web App

download (7)While most Twitter users don’t make direct use of the website, and instead of a myriad of apps and services that do the same, albeit with interesting user interfaces and effects, it comes as no surprise that Twitter wants to spruce up their design game, starting first with their mobile apps, then continuing onward with the web app, starting today.

Making use of the modern “flat” design principles, the new Twitter site has your profile pic and compose box in the upper left corner, with the feed and everything else in one centralize locations; your mentions and hashtags as buttons on the top navigation. It’s and excellent overhaul, and honestly, looks pretty good.

Via: Twitter

BMW Outs The 4 Series Gran Coupe: 4 Doors, But Looks Of A 2 Door

BMW 4-SeriesKeeping the looks of a slim coupe with the adaptability of a four-door sedan, and you’ve got the new BMW Gran Coupé. It has actual rear space, headroom, and trunk capacity, and thanks to all that, BMW is calling a “4+1 seater”.

Specs stay rather mid-range, with engines to 306HP. At the top end there’s the 435i with a six cylinder, in-line 3.0L, while the 245HP 428i and 184HP 420i sit below, with smaller, four cylinder engines.

Transmission options in the U.S. (much like engine options) will remain very rigid, as only automatic will be offered, but the option of xDrive, BMW’s branded form of all-wheel drive. An M Sport package will also be offered, which boosts the wheels to 19″ alloys and enhanced styling with a navigational heads-up display.

Total price? Starting in July a steady $41,225 for the 428i and a hefty $43, 325 starting price for xDrive models.

Meanwhile, the fanciful 435i Gran Coupé will start at $46,725.

Google’s Q4 2013 Results: $16.86 Billion Revenue


It couldn’t be explained in a way any more sincere:

“We ended 2013 with another great quarter of momentum and growth. Google’s standalone revenue was up 22 percent year on year, at $15.7 billion”, said Larry Page, CEO of Google in a statement today.

He went on, stating that, ”We made great progress across a wide range of product improvements and business goals.  I’m also very excited about improving people’s lives even more with continued hard work on our user experiences.”

The words of Google’s CEO are simply stating the following: the company made $16.86 billion revenue, and were very much in line with Wall Street’s expectations for the company. The number represents a 22% year-over-year increase for that quarter.

What contributed towards the success? The Google Play Store and lots of hardware sales, interestingly. That’s according to Patrick Pichette, Google’s chief financial officer:”Play hardware sales drove a big chunk of quarter-over-quarter growth. Nexus 5 was very strong for us, and the Chromecast was a best seller all quarter.”

The big G continues its grandiose accumulations.

Via: Google

Xbox One Scheduling Outed: A White Version Is Coming, Plus Major Update In March

AVDmdJzThe internet has hit the mother load when it comes to Xbox One plans. Apparently, a ton of scheduling information got leaked, and they go in no particular order of interest. First off all, a white version of the previous employee-only Xbox One will launch later this year, most likely in October, followed by a 1TB version in November — these things have been confirmed by multiple sources.

However, things get dicey and questionable where it is stated that Microsoft is planning an Xbox One without a Blu-ray drive, but with a Bluetooth adapter; as far as it’s been alleged, Microsoft has tested such a configuration internally, but hasn’t booked it for worldwide launch.

And to top all of it off, as seen above, a Titanfall limited edition Xbox One will also debut in March, alongside a major software update that brings performance increases, bug fixes, and some new features.

Via: NeoGAF