The New York City Mayor’s office has announced plans to turn old payphones into free municipal WiFi hot spots. The plan is being called LinkNYC and is expected to start offering free public WiFi to New York City residents by the end of next year. LinkNYC is a partnership between the city and CityBridge, a New York-based consortium comprised of Qualcomm, Titan, Transit Wireless and others.
Amazon is looking to test their same-day delivery drones in Cambridge, England. Late last year Amazon announced that they were considering using drones as a way of dramatically reducing the time it takes to deliver orders to customers. Many though this could just be a publicity stunt, but it look like Amazon is moving forward with the plan.
A few days ago we reported on the whole Moneual fraud conspiracy. If you are not up to date Moneual, Zalman’s parent company has been accused of export fraud and 3 top level executives and 13 mid-level executives have been arrested.
Zalman has been a company that we have worked with for years here at ThinkComputers. We have reviewed their cases, CPU cooler and more. Well today we have to report some bad news about the company and it has conspiracy written all over it. Moneual, Zalman’s parent company has conspired from the beginning, bleeding out trillions of Korean won for years, this has now led to Zalman filing for bankruptcy.
Intel has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that alleged that the company manipulated benchmark scores for its first generation Pentium 4 Processors. The suits also alleges that Hawelett-Packard helped Intel manipulate scores in order to cover up “pervasive design flaws” that resulted in “dismal” performance compared to previous generation Pentium III and AMD Athlon CPUs.
It looks like Microsoft is rewarding their Office 365 customers. They will be giving Office 365 subscribers free unlimited cloud storage via its OneDrive service. This roll out will begin immediately and will continue over the next few months. That means that you can get unlimited storage on OneDrive for as low as $6.99 a month with a Office 365 Personal subscription.
One of the last remaining Apple-1’s sold for $905,000 at an auction in New York on Wednesday. This far exceeded expectations of auction house Bonhams, who expected to sell the machine for $300,000 – $500,000. The buyer of the auction was the Henry Ford organization, which plans to display the machine in its museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
A new biopic on Steve Jobs is in the works coming from Aaron Sorkin and will be directed by Danny Boyle. It has just been announced that Christian Bale will play jobs in the film. Of course we best know Bale for being Batman, but can you see him being Steve Jobs?
One feature I actually enjoyed in Windows 8 was the Xbox Music streaming service. The was a free ad-supported streaming service for music. Well it looks like Microsoft is pulling the plug on the free service and will restructure it to a paid subscription plan.
It looks like people really want Half Life 3. A new project has hit the IndieGogo crowdfunding site seeking $150,000 to pressure Valve into finishing the “game we’ve dreamed about for all these years”. The money raised will not go to any type of game development, but for a media blitz that will target Valve and its employees.