A recent study shows that mice have pretty sophisticated singing skills, including the ability to change tunes. While scientists have known that dolphins and various birds possess the same ability as humans to learn and change tunes. Previously, the vocal abilities in mice was believed to be innate.
DirecTV has announced the addition of a new channel to its lineup as of Saturday, July 14. The new channel is Disney Junior is aimed at children aged 2 to 7 years old. The channel is undoubtedly an attempt to help replace the loss of Nickelodeon in the wake of the DirecTV and Viacom contract dispute. The new channel is now available on DirecTV 289 and is available 24 hours a day.
A Kickstarter campaign for the development of a game called "Mythic" has been officially declared a hoax, and yanked from the social funding platform. Either the person/people behind the scam did not estimate the amount of interest the campaign would get, or just simply did not have any sort of intelligent thought process when announcing the project through Kickstarter. The project page showed screenshots that were of other games and blatantly ripped from other websites.
Apple, Google, and Intel along with four other technology firms will face an antitrust lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that the companies conspired against hiring each other's employees. The companies attempted to have the case dismissed before it went to trial, but District Judge Lucy Koh has refused the motion to dismiss.
Today most of us expect litigation between technology firms for things like patent and copyright infringement. What we might not expect is litigation against tech firms over agreements not to poach employees from one another. In the past the technology world has seen companies get together and agree to set pricing and other details on products, even though that's illegal. The LCD industry is a prime example with an agreement for price-fixing and the massive fines they paid out the cause of it.
YouTube has hit a whopping four billion daily video views, the company has said, with around 60 hours of footage uploaded every minute of the day. However, only around 10-percent of videos are monetized, Reuters reports, though that's still enough for $5bn in revenue from advertising annually, owner Google reckons.
Though the actual origin of the name Apple Computer and how it was brought up might not set the world on fire with inspiration, the time between Steve Jobs' passing this year and now has been one furious maelstrom of interest in the historical leavings of the mastermind himself - so more than likely, you still want to know. The source of the information comes from a recently revealed (in short by the Associated Press) Stanford warehouse containing a vast archive of Apple-related media. Inside this historical treasure trove are documents, books, software bits, videos, and of course the original blueprint for the very first Apple computer, donated in 1997 after Jobs returned to Apple after his extended "hiatus", if you know what I mean.
Ahead of the holidays, Sony has announced a new Special Edition of its popular game title LittleBigPlanet 2 with PlayStation Move support. It's offering the Special Edition game on its own as well as in a bundle that includes the Move add-on and controllers. As announced back at E3 2011, we should be seeing many other popular titles get Move support as well.
Sony has acquired the movie rights to Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Steve Jobs and is reportedly pursuing screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to turn the book into a script for the big screen. Sorkin not only has several acclaimed works under his belt but also seems especially fit for the part since he had recently won an Academy Award for his work on the movie about Facebook called The Social Network.
The technology world, and certainly the gadget news world, stood still this week as news spread instantly across the web that Steve Jobs had passed away - and today we learn that his legacy will live on - through education. And not just through the products he literally helped invent, ranging from the personal computer to the iPhone, through a school that'll include a training program where company executives present and future will learn how to think and act like their former leader. In "a forum to impart that DNA to future generations", a project will ensure the future of Apple, this effort reportedly lead by former dean of Yale's Business School, Joel Podolny.