Tech 2.0 for Friday, June 7, 2013
It appears you aren't the only one upset over word that the U.S. government keeps watch on our phone calls and Internet activity. The top U.S. intelligence official is upset too -- but for a different reason. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has denounced the disclosure of highly secret documents about how the U.S. keeps tabs on who calls who or who surfs where. A newspaper report in the U.K. says the U.S. government gets regular reports from Verizon about all calls made on its system. Clapper says letting on that the U.S. is engaging in phone and Internet surveillance is "reprehensible" and risks Americans' security. Clapper says he wants to correct what he feels are misunderstandings about both monitoring programs -- and will declassify details about the process so Americans can get a better idea of what is going on.
Microsoft says its upcoming Xbox One gaming console will be able to play used games, clearing up a worry among gamers and video game retailers such as GameStop, which trade in used games. That means video games discs users buy will not be limited to one Xbox One device, and players can share or trade in the games they have bought for other used games, just as they have been able to do in the past. Microsoft Corp. said in a blog post Thursday it will not charge a fee to retailers, publishers or gamers for transferring their old games. Separately, Microsoft says the Xbox One, which goes on sale later this year ahead, will need to be connected online at least once every 24 hours to work.
BlackBerry is trying to wedge his way back onto the playing field when it comes to smartphone sales. Its newest model with a physical keyboard is making its way to market. T-Mobile has been selling the Q10 model since Wednesday. It features the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. That OS tries to address the kind of shortcomings that have let Apple's iPhone and Android devices gain ground and pass BlackBerry phones in both sales and high-tech swag. Verizon, AT&T and Sprint also have plans to sell the Q10 in the U.S. Verizon has already begun shipping its first orders -- and AT&T is taking orders for the new BlackBerry units now.
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NSA, FBI are collecting data directly from central servers of U.S. Internet companies with program code-named PRISM http://t.co/GcAzYUnmCq
PRISM: Your Gmail, Google, Facebook, Skype data all in one place. The NSA just beat out like 30 startups to this idea.
Game over for used games: How Xbox One and PS4 could gut gamers' wallets | Fully Equipped|CNET Reviews http://t.co/rA86syOktD
"Don't get an Xbox One, get a PC!" Yes, welcome to a place where we haven't been able to sell our used games for the past 10 years
Microsoft finally gets specific about Xbox One’s internet connection, used games policy and Kinect privacy http://t.co/lFPqF1BOL5
In case you missed it, Microsoft has explained its full policies on Xbox One's internet requirements and much more! http://t.co/n4ojYuCuZa
Good News: BlackBerry Q10 apps will immediately work on the BlackBerry Q5 - http://t.co/1spknfd80v
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Got my new BlackBerry Q10 setup! I absolutely love this phone! Make sure you get it when it's in stores in your area! Thanks @blackberry