In the past, Microsoft has been steadfastly isolationist when it comes to their software and third party app permissions. A fact that has led to a pretty big problem when it comes to their sales. No one wants a phone that is so limited in their apps, and Windows Phone really doesn’t have enough to bring users away from the more extensive iPhone or Android devices.
The man responsible for the game is a mystery. He has been remaining anonymous, his name obviously fake. In an exclusive interview with Forbes, he refused to allow them to reveal or photograph his face. At a hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, when he claimed he would be taking down Flappy Bird forever.
Smartphone sales in general have been up in 2013 to levels never before seen. But HTC has not been on the receiving end of those profits. In fact, they have been quite disappointed recently with their sales, which have continued to steadily decline over the last 24 months.
The order was made by GT Advanced, which is Apple partner since November 2013, when they announced that they have “entered into a multi-year supply agreement with Apple Inc. to provide sapphire material”. At the same time, Apple announced that they are going to build a new manufacturing facility in the city of Mesa, Arizona.
According to the press release, Sony PC and TV businesses failed to reach a high level of profitability and this was one of the main reasons behind this decision. In other words Sony hopes to reform its PC and TV business and this move will also affect 5,000 employees.
Sony claims that that they decide to sell VAIO brand after seeing “the drastic changes in the global PC industry”. They expect to close the deal with Japan Industrial Partners(JIP) by the end of March 2014. JIP will reevaluate VAIO lineup and will first focus on selling VAIO-branded computers in Japan.
In more news on the spying scandal, this time from the UK, the GCHQ allegedly attacked hackers associated with the loose hacker collective known as Anonymous, and the more organized group LulzSec in an attempt to take both down.
Taken from documents released by Edward Snowden, the allegations state that the British spy agency, which has come under fire for its invasive program running parallel to the US’s NSA, attempted to take both groups down.
But there was a kink in their plans. Not only did they illegally launch DDOS attacks against websites and chatrooms they believed to be hackers, but they ended up impacting the websites and communications of completely unrelated activists who were not engaged in unlawful online actions.
After months of waiting and speculation, Satya Nadella, rumored last week to have been the top pick for Microsoft’s CEO position, has been officially confirmed for the position. He hasn’t wasted any time, and the moment the announcement was made he emailed an introduction email to his new employees.
Many within the company would have already known the man personally, other by at least name or sight. Nadella has been working for Microsoft for more than twenty years, joining up in 1992. Since then he has been a part of several of departments, and headed others. Most recently, he was the vice president of the Cloud and Enterprise Department.