Top technology stories for October 3
Research firm IDC published a new note this week showing that it expects the Sony PlayStation 4 to outsell the Xbox One this holiday season. IDC says there are number of reasons why this will happen, but the biggest is that the PlayStation 4 will be cheaper than the Xbox One.
Word surfaced from an executive at the CEA that Microsoft will be returning to CES 2014. The company gave up its booth space and skipped CES 2013 claiming that its product announcements didn't align with the schedule of the biggest electronics tradeshow in the US. Word is that Microsoft won't have a booth, but will have lots of space and meeting rooms at the show.
Netflix announced that it had updated its iOS app with new features specifically for iPhone and iPad users running iOS 7. The updated app now supports full HD video streaming and AirPlay streaming between the Apple TV set-top box and your smartphone. The updated version 5.0 of the app is available for download now.
Rdio finally kicked off free music streaming in the United States via mobile devices today. The Rdio app is available for iOS and Android users and while it plays with no commercials, users don't get to choose the songs they listen to.
Rumors have surfaced that claim LG is getting ready to roll out a G Flex curved display smartphone next month. We don't have much in the way of details right now, but rival Samsung is also tipped to be getting a curved screen smartphone ready as well.
Federal agencies have shut down an online drug marketplace called Silk Road. The alleged mastermind behind website has also been arrested this week in San Francisco and faces criminal charges.
Dell launched new XPS computers today including the XPS 15, XPS 13, and XPS 11. The new machines will sell for $999.99 for the XPS 11 and XPS 13 with the XPS 15 going for $1499.99. Check out all the specifications for the new XPS laptops here.
Along with the new XPS laptops, Dell also announced new Venue tablets. The line has new Venue Pro tablets that run Windows and standard Android-powered tablets as well.