Truth in real-time and the end of Apple: the week’s top tech stories

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Last week, it was all about the iPhone 5… the hype hasn’t quite died down, as the first round of reviews were published, the mocking ads hit YouTube and the queues started forming in front of iStores ahead of today’s release. But it was also a week for comical iOS 6 Maps problems, discussions around #muslimrage and envy about the free smartphone programme at Yahoo! Here are our picks for the best of the week.

Everyone shoots first: reality in the age of Instagram

Written by Maria Bustillos, this thoughtful piece discusses how the immediacy of smartphone photography has influenced society’s notion of ‘the truth’. She touches on subjects like citizen journalism, humankind’s obsession with recording everything and the power of a connected crowd in an world increasingly driven by immediacy. It’s an overview of some of the emerging ideas around sharing information in real time and how reality is becoming increasingly collaborative.

Apple: the day of reckoning might not be far

iFan? You may not want to read this (or you may just want to click on through already and start trolling the comments section). Adding to the debate surrounding the evolutionary (but not revolutionary) iPhone 5, Rahul Agarwal suggests that Apple may be headed down a dangerous path if it continues to place so much of its focus on a product which may or may not stand up to the competition and users’ increasing demands. Yes, the iPhone is still an amazing device: but Nokia and Samsung are stepping up their game and producing knock-out phones too.

Google News at 10: How the algorithm won over the news industry

Google News has been called everything from a “digital vampire” to a pirate by media owners and journalists, who accused the tech giant’s aggregation function of harvesting and making a profit from their content. But the power of Google is undeniable: around one-billion users see Google News every week, and publishers crave that traffic. They were building what their users needed before they realized they needed it. Then again, how does an algorithm understand and rank the minute distinctions in the news?

When Twitter fans steer TV

When was the last time you watched a TV show without picking up your phone? We’re increasingly using multiple devices simultaneously and making even previously individual experiences networked ones through social media. You can’t shout at your TV screen and tell the characters what they should do, but now you can tweet your suggestions. Some major TV shows are even altering their scripts and story lines to answer the questions raised by viewers on Twitter, but where is the line between listening to the audience and transforming scripted TV into a user-directed story where you can design your own ending?

Apple’s self-inflicted maps issue is a headache – but don’t expect an apology

As Apple continues in its quest to divorce from Google, the move is raising questions about whether it is the best strategy for the users. Apple’s native maps app has nowhere near the wealth of data or detail that Google has managed to amass over the years — so why the switch? The Guardian’s Charles Arthur considers Apple’s choice to stick with in-house apps in the context of its past design decisions (like its unwillingness to support Flash) and questions if this is yet another instance of Apple’s non-conformist philosophy or a major setback.

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  • Har har har

    Sony is struggling financially worse than MS. Sony combine PS4 sales
    figure with PS3 sales figure in financial reports. No one knows exactly
    the sales figure of PS4, Check Sony’s financial charts from 2013-2014,
    you’ll see how the PS4 sales have been failed to make positive impact
    for Sony financially, even at higher market and attach rate than X1.

    Downward recovery:
    money.cnn.com/quote/chart/chart.html?symb=SNE

    BTW PC will be getting RRAM tech first (just like GDDR5), others may follow the
    step. So PC will always be winning in specs department.

  • kstuffs

    What does “almost instantaneous r/w” between GPU and CPU really mean? I think you are referring to latency. Instantaneous = 1 cycle. Almost instantaneous would imply something like <= 2 cycles. Where did you get these numbers? The BW between CPU & GPU is about 20 GB/s although this information is kept secrete by Sony.

    http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/154924-secrets-of-the-ps4-heavily-modified-radeon-supercharged-apu-design/2

  • kstuffs

    I suppose having that much asset allows them to Sony when they need the case. Also note from the same website the Profit rank is 591th with about $8B in cash. They bled $1.26B as of Mar 2014. How much more money can they lose before having to sell more assets?

  • sampson3121

    DICK!

  • demfax

    Stop spreading fanboy lies, FUD, and hatred and get mental help. You are sick in the head and constantly lie to fuel your mentally ill hatred of a piece of plastic. Sad.

    Sony announced 7 million PS4s sold to consumers by April 6 2014. PS4 is almost at 10 million sales to consumers by now.

    Sony is on its way to recovering from years of losses and recently posted a quarterly profit as almost all of their divisions were profitable.

    It’s sad PS4 is dominating so badly that ignorant microsoft fanboy shills are left desperately wishing Sony would go bankrupt. Keep dreaming, it’s not happening. Sony’s games division is making a profit and is well funded. Stop spreading fanboy lies, FUD, and hatred and get help.

    Sony has total assets worth US$148.893 billion dollars. It is still one of the largest corporations on the planet, ranked 233 in The World’s Biggest Public Companies on Forbes.

  • demfax

    Sony is selling or splitting off their lossy businesses (Vaio, TVs) and focusing on their profitable divisions. This means they’ll soon cut their losses and start turning a profit.

    Last quarter they reported a profit, and almost all divisions were profitable, so far so good. Expect a much smaller yearly loss than a billion this FY.

  • demfax

    Stop spreading fanboy lies, FUD, and hatred and get mental help. You are sick in the head and constantly lie to fuel your mentally ill hatred of a piece of plastic. Sad.

  • demfax

    Stop spreading fanboy lies, FUD, and hatred and get mental help. You are sick in the head and constantly lie to fuel your mentally ill hatred of a piece of plastic. Sad.

    All 3 consoles have good games and have their pluses and minuses. It’s only fanboys mindlessly trashing one or the other. It’s not healthy to hate pieces of plastic and people who like playing video games on them.

  • demfax

    All you do is spread hatred and lies.

  • demfax

    This is what the article actually said “but that most certainly does not mean that Microsoft will give up on the Xbox One anytime soon. With the Xbox One dropping to the same price as the PS4 — both are now US$400 — we may see both consoles evening out in sales.”

    You are reading things that don’t exist.

  • http://www.xboxonedaily.com/ TheRedButterfly

    Crazily, the site says that Microsoft may leave gaming altogether

    You’re excluding things that take away from your (imaginary) point.

  • demfax

    They are talking about what the “insiderp” source website said, the article writers themselves did not say that.

  • http://www.xboxonedaily.com/ TheRedButterfly

    They still included it. If you’ve taken any higher-level language courses, you’d know that that sentence would’ve been omitted from the final draft, as it has NOTHING to do with the entire rest of the article.

  • Stickz

    funny thing is. Xbox division lost like 400 million million while playstation division was profitable. their ps division is their most succesfull one atm so bitch plz. You fail at trolling stop trying

  • ShoNuff

    I heard Sony is filing for bankruptcy and is going to be selling off all of their divisions to pay off their debt.

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