In today’s Bulldog wrapup of the latest news:
- Windows 10 is coming in July
- A $200,000 Apple antique is tossed
- Intel makes $17 billion bid for Altera
- New Godzilla game avoids nukes
- Silk Road founder gets a life sentence
- Microsoft Windows 10, with mobile in mind, arrives in July
Microsoft will roll out the latest version of its Windows operating system at the end of July.
The company said Monday that Windows 10 is designed with mobile computing in mind, allowing users to switch seamlessly between personal computers, tablets, smartphones and other gadgets. The operating system is intended to give apps a similar feel on all devices and comes with a new Web browser integrated with Cortana, the company’s voice-activated answer to Apple’s Siri.
Microsoft Corp. says Windows 10 will be available in 190 countries as a free upgrade on July 29 for anyone currently running Windows 8.1 or 7, the two previous versions of the software.
- Woman tosses Apple computer that turns out to be worth $200K
A recycling center in the Silicon Valley is looking for a woman who dropped off an old Apple computer that turned out to be a collectible item worth $200,000.
The computer was inside boxes of electronics that she had cleaned out from her garage after her husband died, said Victor Gichun, the vice president of Clean Bay Area.
She didn’t want a tax receipt or leave her contact information, and it wasn’t until a few weeks later that workers opened the boxes to discover an Apple I computer inside.
The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bayareane.ws/1QiwrkE) it was one of only about 200 first-generation desktop computers assembled by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne in 1976.
“We really couldn’t believe our eyes. We thought it was fake,” Gichun told KNTV-TV.
The recycling firm sold the Apple I for $200,000 to a private collection, and because the company gives 50 percent of items sold back to the original owner, Gichun said he wants to split the proceeds with the mystery donor.
- Intel reportedly will offer $17 B for chip designer Altera
Semiconductor chip maker Intel Corp. is expected to announce plans Monday to buychip designer Altera Corp. for about $17 billion, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
The deal, part of an ongoing wave of industry consolidation aimed at boosting revenue and profit, follows an earlier round of talks between the two companies that ended in April.
The New York Post first reported late Thursday that the two Silicon Valley companies had restarted talks.
On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/1K2KcnH ) reported that “people familiar with the matter” said Altera shareholders would receive about $54 per share, similar to the offer the San Jose, California, company recently rejected. However, the paper noted the deal could still collapse.
If the acquisition goes through, it likely would be the biggest in Intel’s 47-year history.
Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, is the world’s largest maker of PC chips and sells most of the chips used in servers, a much more profitable product. It already partners with Altera, manufacturing some top-end chips designed by the much-smaller company, while Altera has used some of Intel’s technology in the design of its chips under a long-term agreement reached in 2013.
- New Godzilla game steers clear of nuclear references
Godzillas galore, including last year’s Hollywood version, stomp on buildings, thrashing about and breathing fire, in a video game going on sale globally mid-July. But don’t expect any references to radiation, the mutant reptile’s trademark affliction.
Simply named “Godzilla,” it’s the first video game devoted to the irradiated creature in a decade. It’s also the first such game for the Sony Corp. PlayStation 4 home machine, ensuring dazzling digital graphics.
Shunsuke Fujita, the game’s producer, is flush with excitement when he speaks about how he and his team are true Godzilla believers, having grown up on the movies. They were very careful to render what he calls its “totally cool” ferocity.
In the original 1954 movie, Toho Co. studios concocted the giant animal that arose as a mutation from nuclear testing in the Pacific. That had special resonance in Japan as the only nation to have been attacked with nuclear weapons.
Gareth Edwards, the director of the 2014 Hollywood Godzilla, also made a point to include backdrop references to atomic weapons and radiation.
But the game steers clear of the horror of both topics and Fujita is reluctant to explain why. What substitutes for radiation in the game is a reference to “energy,” which Godzilla sucks up to gain strength.
- Silk Road founder gets life for creating online drug site
A San Francisco man who created the underground drug-selling website Silk Road was sentenced Friday to life in prison by a judge who cited six deaths from drugs bought on his site and five people he tried to have killed.
U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest told 31-year-old Ross Ulbricht he was a criminal even though he doesn’t fit the typical profile — he has two collegiate degrees — and she brushed aside his efforts to characterize the business as merely a big mistake.
“It was a carefully planned life’s work. It was your opus,” she said. “You are no better a person than any other drug dealer.”
Ulbricht’s 2013 arrest shut down what prosecutors described as an unprecedented one-stop online shopping mall where the supply of drugs was virtually limitless, enabling nearly 4,000 drug dealers to expand their markets from the sidewalk to cyberspace, selling drugs on a never-before-seen scale to more than 100,000 buyers in markets stretching from Argentina to Australia, from the United States to Ukraine.
The government said in court papers that Ulbricht left a blueprint that others have followed by establishing new “dark markets” in sophisticated spaces of the Internet that are hard to trace, where an even broader range of illicit goods are sold than were available on Silk Road.