Google ‘working on videogame console’

The new hardware would allow Google to compete with rumoured products from its rival, Apple, including a next generation TV that will include a videogame console and an Apple smartwatch.

The internet search giant is planning to design and market the two devices and then release at least one of them this autumn, according to reports.

Google’s smartwatch is expected to connect to smartphones using Bluetooth technology, much like its Google Glass product. Wearable computing is a key focus for major technology companies and Samsung has also said it has plans for an Android-based smartwatch.

Google also has some experience in the videogames market, as games that run on Adroid software are growing more quickly than those made for Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo consoles.

The Wall Street Journal reported the developments based on unnamed sources “familiar with the matter” and also claimed Google is planning to release a second version of its media-streaming device Nexus Q.

The first version of Google’s home entertainment device was revealed last year but was criticised for costing $299 (£195) and never went on sale to the public.

Google’s next attempt at the Android-based device is expected to be much less expensive, according to Wall Street Journal sources. The product should help Google sell more music through its streaming service, Google Play.

The technology company is also reportedly working on low cost Adroid smartphones that would be released in developing markets, including places where Google plans to help create wireless networks.

Sourcehttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/10147504/Google-working-on-videogame-console.html

Facebook reportedly working on a news reader

To encourage this behavior, Facebook is reportedly working on a news-delivery service to add to its mobile offering. Sources familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that the company has been working on the product for over a year. So it may not be a reaction to the public outrage over the news that Google would shutter its RSS Reader.

The Wall Street Journal said the new mobile product will resemble Flipboard, a beautifully-designed application that lets readers swipe to flip through news articles.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently said that every team at the social networking giant is “mobile first.” The company is increasingly focused on mobile as a means to boost advertising. People use smartphone devices at home and at work, so Facebook can reach and serve highly-targeted ads to people at any time of day.

The strategy seems to be working. Facebook gets 1 in 7 of the minutes people spend on desktop PCs, and 1 in 5 minutes on mobile devices. So mobile usage is up — and the company is making 30 percent of its revenue from mobile now — up from zero at the time of its public offering.

“Now, we can do it all day, because you’re checking Facebook on your phone all day,” Sandberg said at a recent technology conference.

The release of a news reader service, internally dubbed Reader, will likely prove to be more popular with consumers than Facebook Home. Home is a family of mobile ads and an immersive networking skin for select Android phones, which people seem to love or hate. Sandberg summed up the public’s response as “bimodal.”

Sourcehttp://venturebeat.com/2013/06/24/facebook-reportedly-working-on-a-news-reader/