Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 6/11/2013 12:32 pm


Sony is bringing out a powerful weapon in an effort to win the game-console wars against Microsoft: money. Sony says its new PlayStation 4 will retail for $399 — $100 less than Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One. Word of the pricing came at the Electronic Entertainment Expo — the gaming industry's annual U.S. trade show. The lower price wasn't the only shot fired across Microsoft's bow. Jack Tretton, head of Sony Computer Entertainment America, announced that the PlayStation 4 won't restrict used game sales or require a regular online connection. Microsoft has come under fire for being vague about whether its Xbox One will play second hand games as well as its requirement that the new console be connected to the Internet at least once every 24 hours.

Google has purchased online mapping service Waze in a deal that keeps a potentially valuable tool away from its rivals while gaining technology that could improve the accuracy and usefulness of its own popular navigation system. The acquisition announced Tuesday ends several months of speculation involving Waze. The company flirted with suitors interested in its rapidly growing service, which blends elements of a social network into its maps to produce more precise directions and more reliable information about traffic conditions. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Google Inc. is believed to have trumped two of its fiercest foes, Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc., in the bidding for Waze. The startup is based in Israel but also maintains a Palo Alto, Calif. office near all three of the Silicon Valley giants.

For the European physicists who created the World Wide Web, preserving its history is as elusive as unlocking the mysteries of how the universe began. The scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, are searching for the first Web page. It was there that Tim Berners-Lee invented the Web in 1990 as an unsanctioned project. Dan Noyes oversees CERN's website and has taken on the project to uncover the world's first Web page. He says it may be impossible to uncover a clear-cut "first." That's because of the way data is shared, overwritten and looped around. Among the earliest existing versions of the first Web page is one maintained by a professor the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

A new report shows the percentage of Utah residents with some kind of Internet access is the highest rate in the country. The U.S. Census Bureau report Internet use in the United States was released Monday and is based on data from 2011, the most recent year available. The report found that only 7.5 percent of Utah residents have no access to the Internet, the lowest rate in the nation. The report also found more than 27 percent of Utah residents are what the bureau calls "highly connected," meaning they can access the Internet from multiple devices, at home and at other locations. The national average was more than twice as high at 15.9 percent.


RT @aldotcom: Sony takes aim at Microsoft with PlayStation 4, which will run $399. http://t.co/kpc803ESdJ

Sony Finally Reveals The PlayStation 4 - http://t.co/iOvbbXvxwI

Sony's PlayStation 4 Will Launch For $399 This Holiday Season http://t.co/kLV7nJuBWA

Google buys social driving app Waze for a rumoured $1billion - big success for Israel's booming tech sector http://t.co/S8ts9dmJYV

To help you outsmart traffic, today we’re excited to announce we’ve closed the acquisition of Waze http://t.co/QgoCoSNOjU

Google announces acquisition of Waze, a community-based traffic, navigation app - @google http://t.co/e8zgCOMpvy

Search for first web page proving elusive for CERN scientists -- http://t.co/fYADFqBz56

RT @CTVNews: Why some big thinkers say the hunt for the very 1st webpage ranks alongside unlocking the mysteries of the universe: http://t.co/HQ6mjUaBh6

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