Microsoft takes on Apple in the tablet and music market, Apple offers a Goldilocks-sized tablet, and Gawker does something useful for once. It’s episode 40 of Technophilia: Dave’s dark descent into collecting/madness.
This week: Dave develops a disturbing new hobby: collecting old Nintendo games. Will he ever own every game? No. Will he spend all of his money trying? Probably. And James talks but Enemy Unknown, his new favorite game.
But first, as always, the headlines:
- Microsoft’s Surface RT costs $499 without the touch cover, and even the fanboys seem unclear about what it can’t do. Hint: legacy Windows apps won’t work.
- Microsoft produced 3 to 5 million Surfaces for Q4, so they’re expecting to sell quite a few.
- The iPad Mini is launching 23rd, apparently. Sarcastic joy.
- Microsoft launches a music service for XBox 360 users.
- Incredible new security methods introduced for Windows 8: Plain text passwords. Great job!
- DRM for 3D printing objects is patented. Justin is reminded of Transmetropolitan.
- The Pirate Bay is now completely raid-proof.
- Gawker outs Violentacrez, moderator of r/creepshots and even worse subreddits.
- Wikileaks sets up paywall, angers anonymous.
- DoNotTrack is basically useless now. RIP.
- Your browser alone can identify you via fingerprinting. Are you unique?
- Robots manually remove weeds, could reduce herbicide usage.
And, the gaming news!
- Project Eternity the most funded game ever on Kickstarter, just shy of 4 million.
- Halo 4 leaks online… we’re not going to tell you where to find it, but it starts with a Tor. Microsoft is banning people caught playing the leaked version.
- An article about an article might contain information about a game. It might be Grand Theft Auto. Maybe.
- Microsoft rolls out a new dashboard for the XBox 360.
This week in “What You Been Usin?”, we hear from our open source correspondent Alex Mayer about Unetbootin. Justin talks about his new MacBook Pro, which isn’t actually new. He also wants you to read The Worst Things For Sale, because it’s hilarious.