The tech world continues to reel from a deluge of new products coming out of CES. Day one was an avalanche of information.
We love it, but we also have to try and cut through the guff to bring you our handpicked top tech stories of the day for Tuesday the 7th of January, 2014.
As ever we start with the more serious stories and finish off with a look at the culture of science and tech.
Apple’s App Store brought in a record $10 billion in 2013 – Apple just announced its year-end numbers for the App Store, and the totals are impressive. Customers spent more than $10 billion at the app store in 2013, and Apple says its developers have now earned more than $15 billion from the store.
Thanks to the holiday rush, December was the best month on record for the App Store, with more than $1 billion in sales and nearly three billion total app downloads.
The Pirate Bay is building a platform to defeat Net censorship once and for all – The Pirate Bay has started work on a new peer-to-peer platform that will ensure that it lives on forever.
Their plan: to turn torrent trackers themselves into torrent downloads that users then seed and share with the swarm. That will serve to make the trackers virtually impossible to shut down, since there won’t be a single, easily-identified host that can be blocked, confiscated, or DDoSed.
Intel backs away slowly from the (crazy John) McAfee brand – After John McAfee’s year of living like
a crazy mofo dangerously Intel have finally called it quits with the McAfee brand name. McAfee Inc is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel and as of now will be renamed ‘Intel Security’.
Kanye serves Coinye with cease-and-desist, alleging infringement – Kanye West may not be as easygoing as you thought. On Monday, lawyers working for West delivered cease-and-desist papers to the coders responsible for Coinye, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
The letter demanded the group stop distribution and promotion of the Bitcoin-style cryptocurrency, alleging that Coinye’s cartoon image of West constitutes a form of infringement.
Lexar’s new CFast 2.0 cards boast SSD speeds, but no cameras support them yet – Lexar has just announced new CompactFlash cards using the CFast 2.0 SATA tech format to greatly improve speeds and maybe steal back some thunder from SDHC.
The cards, ranging in size from 32GB to 256GB, support a mind-boggling max write speed of 500MB/s, bettering earlier models from SanDisk. That’s easily enough to keep up with even RAW 4K images, let alone the 65MB/s barrier required for the VPG-65 performance guarantee standard.
The Simpsons might finally get its very own official Lego set – The Simpsons may finally get its very own Lego set, if this leaked image of 742 Evergreen Terrace turns out to be the real deal. The box image above was snapped by “the brother of a Facebook friend” with access to the purported goods, and it was then uploaded to the EuroBricks forums by a reputable leaker. The set looks like 2,523 pieces of pure Springfield goodness.
Finally, a light switch so green it doesn’t need electricity – It’s not very often that a light switch really catches our eye, so you know it has to be something clever to show up on our virtual pages.
This particular lightbulb activation device is not only wireless, it’s powerless – we were able to turn on a wireless lightbulb simply by tapping on the switch itself, without requiring an external power source. This one single action alone actually generates just enough power to push a signal to the bulb.
A first glimpse at Nikon’s new flagship, the D4S – Nikon told us to expect a D4S preview at it’s CES booth, but this early look at the pro-grade model actually comes courtesy of our Engadget colleagues in Hong Kong.
They spotted the DSLR at an official press event, but it was encased in glass, which unfortunately prevented them from giving it a try and discovering if it was anything more than a prototype or model – but, in any case, it at least suggests that Nikon is largely sticking to its tried and tested control layout.
Pro Tip: Mexican drug lords shouldn’t post photos of guns and drugs on twitter – Suspected Mexican drug cartel enforcer and enthusiastic twitter user, Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa has been arrested by Dutch Police on behalf of the US and is awaiting extradition.
There is some conjecture as to how Arechiga came to the attention of US law enforcement. Whilst they won’t confirm or deny any reports we would politely suggest that posting photos of guns, drugs, supercars and your pet tiger on a public social media account is probably not the best way to lay low
Onewheel is a self-balancing single-wheeled electric skateboard (video) – If the idea of combining a Segway, a skateboard and a unicycle sounds like your idea of fun, you might want to check out the Onewheel.
It uses gyros, accelerometers, proprietary algorithms and a single rubber tire to give its passengers a smooth, self-balancing ride that supposedly mimics surfing or snowboarding on dry land. Its direct-drive motor pairs with the aforementioned components to determine the board’s speed based on a how you lean your body.
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