Facebook Camera App; SpaceX Dragon Nears ISS; Motorola Patent Loss
Topping tech headlines on Thursday: Facebook released a new camera app, the SpaceX Dragon capsule is expected to dock with the ISS today, and Google revealed video shot with its Project Glass device.
Topping tech headlines on Thursday, Facebook released a standalone “Camera” app that allows users to add Instagram-esque filters and post multiple pics from a phone at one time, among other things.
Facebook Camera, available in the Apple App Store, “makes using Facebook photos faster and easier,” Facebook said in statement. Oddly, Facebook made no mention of Instagram in its announcement, but on Twitter, the phrase “Facebook releases Instagram clone” soon started trending.
Meanwhile, the SpaceX Dragon capsule is moving closer to the International Space Station (ISS), and has completed several key tests required before arriving at its destination. The Dragon is expected to arrive at and dock with the ISS later this morning; stay tuned to PCMag for all the details.
In other news, a Munich court ruled that Android-based Motorola devices infringe on a Microsoft messaging patent. The patent in question covers “communicating multi-part messages between cellular devices using a standardized interface.” Microsoft said it was hopeful that Motorola would now sign up for a patent license for the technology in order to avoid a ban.
Also making headlines on Thursday:
- Fox Sues Dish Over DVR Commercial-Skipping Feature: In its suit, Fox called the “Primetime Anytime” service from DISH, which automatically records all four major networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, a “bootleg broadcast video-on-demand service”.
- Google Publishes Data on Copyright Removal Requests: Google yesterday announced plans to disclose the number of copyright-related takedown requests it receives on a daily basis.
- Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios Strikes Out, Lays Off Entire Staff: Following several weeks of turmoil, World Series hero Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios video game venture appears to have reached its final out with reports that the company laid off its entire workforce on Thursday.
- Obama Calls for Govt. Apps as Part of Digital Strategy: President Obama ordered each branch of the federal government to develop at least two apps, providing access to essential services on mobile phones.
- Big Retail Partners Sign on to Pay With PayPal: PayPal moved aggressively to place its technology at point-of-sale terminals at major U.S. retailers, signing deals with Verifone and Equinox Payments, and announcing 15 new retail partners.
- Report: Microsoft Prepping Office for iPad, Android Tablets: Boy Genius Report (BGR) reported that it has a “reliable source” who said Microsoft plans to launch Office apps for iOS and Android tablets in November.
- ST-Ericsson Shows Off 1.85-GHz Tablet: In the U.S. smartphone world, Qualcomm, TI, Nvidia and Samsung make most of the chips. Now ST-Ericsson is trying to break in with a low-power, high-value processor clocked at up to 1.85GHz.
- Intel: Touch Screens Likely in Windows 8 Notebooks: Gary Richman, the director of marketing for Intel’s PC Client Solutions Group, said this week that OEMs are making “specific and pretty dramatic product decisions” to put touch screens inside traditional clamshell notebooks in time for the Windows 8 launch.
- Apple Selects John Malkovich as Latest Siri Pitchman: . Now one of the more elusive celebrities who for many represents the ultimate anti-mainstream, coffee house intellectual and master of all things quirky—John Malkovich—has joined the Siri campaign.
- Google+ for Android App Gets Easier Hangout Access: Google on Thursday released a new version of its Google+ for Android app with a new user interface, and access to its Hangout video chat feature.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag