Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Starting Monday, gamers who use Xbox Live's Upload Studio to share videos with foul language will be forced to go dark on the network for 24 hours. Microsoft says it wants a "clean, safe, and fun environment" for everyone and is using the suspension to clean up language in its online community. Some critics say they feel this standard is inconsistent because some of the games played on the gaming system have foul language, but aren't banned.
We've got smartphones, smartwatches and smartglasses. Now Sony is planning a new kind of technology, smartwigs. The Japanese electronics company has filed a patent for the device, which will use sensors to detect everything from blood pressure to brain waves. In its filing, Sony said the wearable wig could be used in a number of practical ways, such as helping blind people navigate without any extra assistance. The company said the device could also come in handy for the video gaming industry.
There's good news for the virtual currency Bitcoin Wednesday. Prices have hit a new peak of trading for $1,030. It comes after a volatile few weeks in the markets for the currency. Earlier this month, it rose to what was then all-time high of $900. In just 28 hours, it dropped back to $500. The latest surge has been driven largely by demand in China, where the leading search engine, Baidu, now accepts Bitcoin for certain services. The program behind Bitcoin was created anonymously and introduced on the Internet in 2010. Unlike traditional paper currencies, Bitcoins are not managed by a central authority and exist only in cyberspace.