Web round up – Microsoft, Google and phones!

Some of these subjects I’ll be covering in a solo broadcast of Techbytes (which I lovingly refer to as Techbits) since my co-host and I are having issues in the meeting of minds as I’m using a Chromebook at the minute and it has limited broadcast choice.  We hope to return to normality asap.

Microsoft seems to have dumped its Kinect, or at least removed it from Xbox One bundles and subsequently reduced the price.  Desperation by Microsoft? Well since the PS4 has the better specification in my view, its still not offering value for money and I think Microsoft have got problems.  Not problems like the poorly received WIIU, but I get the impression the Xbox One has been received in a similar way and this is certainly not what Microsoft had planned.  There’s doom and gloom on the subject of Kinect at the moment, however we may see a surge in use on other platforms.  There’s quite a few developers who have taken an interest in using the Kinect in innovative ways, so maybe instead of acting as a device to sell more Xbox One’s, it will be a sucess in its own right.  Who knows? Who cares? And I’ve little sympathy or love of Microsoft who’s products I’ve been burned by (metaphorically) and who’s business practices have been highlighted time and again.

Talking of business practices, Google have a bit of a problem on their hands with the EU ruling allowing people to remove themselves from search results.  Is this good? Well no, because as we have seen already, there’s been a sex offender who wants Google to forget him. I personally think all sex offenders should be named, shamed and put permanently on the internet for all to see.  It may act as a deterrent to these individuals and if it doesn’t, at least it warns others of these “people” in society.  Remove them from search results? No way.  There’s also apparently an MP who has made the request of Google and I think I can guess who (after seeing numerous news reports of his conviction at the time).  If I’m right, I’ll be helping getting the results “remembered” again on my Twitter/Site, if he manages to disappear.

Going back to Microsoft, there’s a new report that Whatsapp has been removed from its Windows Phone Store….bad news for all 4 Windows Phone users…..joking aside, at time of writing it seems that no reasons have been given for the removal.

Google maps has apparently updated its cycle routes….great, that’s all we need – to encourage more cyclists.

And that’s my round up for today.  I plan to get a TechBits episode released this weekend so I hope to see you there!


3 thoughts on “Web round up – Microsoft, Google and phones!

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  1. Hello, Tim,

    I’m reading your blog for a while now 🙂
    I’ve some comments on this round up:

    1. Kinect – Did you know, that Robert Winchell asked the STK team, whether he can contribute Kinect support? (http://sourceforge.net/p/supertuxkart/mailman/message/32313503/) The drawback is none of the core decs has a device, so maintaining cannot be guaranteed … but there is Wii support 😉

    2. Twitter – I’m reading some German law blogs, which looked into that EU court ruling, too. They’re afraid, that even Twitter could be affected, since they’re offering a search functionality, too. The question is, how to achieve discoverability without using a search functionality …

  2. Thanks so much for taking that time to respond. You make an excellent point about Twitter. I’m not sure if the EU ruling was because Google is the big search engine, but its the thin end of the wedge.

    I also wonder if a search is an ongoing job to have it removed. For example if a John Smith has links removed from search results, what happens if I write a new article on a Smith detailing all that which he previously removed. Would Google filter that out too. Would any Mr Smith request be subject to constant monitoring?

    I can’t see how this would work personally.

    The Kinect future will be an interesting one, although I’m still one of the people who was not impressed now nor at the time with it. In respect of games, to me it was obvious it wouldn’t be a great hit. People want to sit on the couch and relax playing games, not jump about!

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