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It's not often that a goliath tech company like Microsoft admits it was wrong and actually changes course before a highly anticipated new product release. Sadly we're not talking about Windows 8, but rather the company's even more lucrative Xbox One. Microsoft has responded to vocal gamers (and a little pressure from Sony didn't hurt), so read on to find out what they changed...
Admit it: You want to get your hands on OS X Mavericks as much as the next guy or gal, but don't want to disturb your current OS X Mountain Lion installation. Parallels announced Wednesday that the company has come to the rescue with an update to Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, which adds experimental support for OS X Mavericks 10.9 inside a virtual machine. Developers will have to first install a previous version of OS X inside a new VM and then upgrade it with Mavericks, but otherwise the developer preview appears to be working like a champ.
It's become known as the "Xbox 180": On Wednesday, Microsoft announced on its Xbox Wire blog that the console maker is lifting two Xbox One restrictions that were causing considerable hand-wringing with gamers. The first was a need to connect to the internet every 24 hours, even to play disc-based games, while the second restricted the trade-in, lending, sale, gifting or renting of disc-based games. With the wave of its magic hand, Microsoft has bowed to the pressure of consumers as well as Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One will now operate just like the Xbox 360.
The Rdio Blog announced Wednesday that its companion online television and movie service Vdio is no longer exclusive to Rdio Unlimited subscribers. Now anyone can sign up and enjoy the service, assuming you live in the U.S. or U.K. and are cool with watching content on the website or the iPad app, since it's not currently available by any other means.
AppleInsider reported Wednesday that an unnamed "well-known third-party case manufacturer" has created a 3D rendering of what they expect the so-called cheaper "iPhone Lite" to look like, which is pretty much consistent with the rumors thus far. The blueprints used to create the rendering also reveals the rumored "iPhone 5S," which seems to indicate that Apple's next flagship handset won't deviate much from the current model, at least not externally.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that merger negotiations no one even knew were going on between Microsoft and Nokia appear to have petered out, with sources blaming "price and worries about Nokia's slumping market position." A Nokia merger with Microsoft would make sense, given the once-mighty smartphone maker's commitment to Windows Phone. While details of any possible deal are unknown, a Nokia spokeswoman attempted to deflect attention away from the rumor, while Microsoft declined to comment at all.
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