10/18/2013 – Big Phones, Apple’s New Hire and More

Pierce Courchaine Technology

Your weekly news roundup for the tech industry is back! Sit back and enjoy. It’s Friday, after all.

HTC Launches HTC One Max With a 5.9-inch Display – Oct. 14

It’s clear HTC believes bigger is better. The tech company gave details on their new HTC One Max phone: The behemoth with have a 5.9 inch display, fingerprint scanning and new integration with certain content providers, such as Instagram. The phone will be released in mid-to-late-October and, unlike the competition, will not be sold in a gold color.

Source: The Telegraph

Netflix Trying to Partner with Cable Companies – Oct. 14

Netflix has already found success in original programming with their shows “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.” The company isn’t content, though. Netflix is looking to provide its programming through a proprietary app in the set-top box. Although it would be nice to watch Netflix from a cable box, no U.S. companies have taken Netflix up on their offer as of publication.

Source: Gigaom

Apple Hires Burberry CEO to Run Retail Operations – Oct. 15

Angela Ahrendts had a pretty prestigious job working as the CEO for Burberry, but when Apple called, she came running. Ahrendts will now run the retail division for Apple, and she will be the only woman on the executive board of the tech giant, something the company has taken flak for in recent years. “She shares our values and our focus on innovation,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said of Ahrendts. One of Ahrendts first tasks will be to oversee 27 new Apple stories in the fiscal year 2014.

Source: LA Times

Google to Support Windows XP until 2015 – Oct. 16

Even though Microsoft will retire Windows XP in April 2014, Google’s Chrome browser will support XP for an additional year. Microsoft wants users who are still using XP to transition to the flashy new Windows 8. “Many organizations still run dozens or even hundreds of applications on XP and may have trouble migrating,” Google said in a press release. “Our goal is to support Chrome for XP users during this transition process.”

Source: LA Times