Why tech giants create their own programming languages
There’s a really good piece on Medium about why some of the biggest technology firms are creating their own programming languages. “Google has Go, first conceived in 2009. Facebook introduced Hack last spring. And Apple...
December 19, 2014
Messaging app Line buys Microsoft’s MixRadio streaming music service
MixRadio started life as Nokia's free streaming music service, preloaded on its Lumia range of Windows Phone smartphones. After Microsoft bought it as part of Nokia's devices and services business earlier this year, MixRadio...
December 18, 2014
Microsoft has now shipped 10m Xbox One consoles
Microsoft provided an update yesterday on shipments of its Xbox One games console, reporting that “shortly, we will have sold in to retailers more than 10 million Xbox One consoles”. So this isn’t sales to actual people,...
November 17, 2014
Microsoft tipped to add music storage feature to its OneDrive service
We haven’t seen much excitement about cloud music lockers for a while, but the concept lives on – with Microsoft seemingly the next tech giant to launch an offering as part of its OneDrive service. At least, that’s...
November 8, 2014
Taylor Swift heading for 1m first-week US sales
Taylor Swift’s ’1989’ is shaping up as one of the pivotal albums of 2014, amid the ongoing panic over falling download sales within the industry. Billboard has the latest dispatch from the US, where ‘1989’ is now...
October 29, 2014
Microsoft ends free streaming on Xbox Music service
Some streaming music services – Rdio for example – started as subscription-only before adding a free tier. Microsoft’s Xbox Music is going the other way. Yesterday, Microsoft announced the “retirement”...
October 25, 2014
Watch Vines on TV with its official Xbox One app
Vine might have started life on smartphones, but as more people watch its looping seven-second clips without necessarily wanting to create them, it’s ramping up its efforts to be on other devices. Witness the relaunch of...
October 16, 2014
Microsoft will pay $2.5bn to buy Minecraft-maker Mojang
Minecraft has become a gaming phenomenon across PC, console and mobile devices in recent years, with more than 50m sales (and 100m total downloads once free users are taken into account) across all platforms. All of this...
September 18, 2014
UK’s culture secretary: ‘Copyright infringement is theft’
That headline may seem an obvious thing to say, but in the bungled aftermath of the UK’s Digital Economy Act, a government minister talking about piracy in such terms will be welcomed by music rightsholders – even if...
September 2, 2014
YouTube promises ‘easier-to-use’ app for TVs
YouTube is launching a major redesign of its app for televisions, starting with the one available for Microsoft’s Xbox One console. While one thrust of the redesign is to match YouTube’s design evolution on computers...
August 19, 2014
Microsoft sues Samsung over non-payment of Android royalties
A different twist in the battle for mobile OS supremacy has emerged with the news that Microsoft is suing Samsung for what it claims are late payment on per-device royalty fees relating to the mobile and tablet manufacturer’s...
August 4, 2014