Today in Tech: Is this the Xbox 720?June 18, 2012: 12:58 PM ET
Meet the app developers too young to drive; Yahoo's new advertising czar.
Notable features include Xbox SmartGlass, Blu-ray support, 3-D glasses, cloud-based gaming and an improved Kinect system. If the Xbox 720 described in the document is true, Microsoft's next-generation entertainment console could change the future of gaming.
How depressives surf the Web [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
We found a trend: in general, the more a participant's score on the survey indicated depression, the more his or her Internet usage included these (rather technical-sounding) features — for instance, "p2p packets," which indicate high levels of sharing files (like movies and music). ... For example, participants with depressive symptoms tended to engage in very high e-mail usage. This perhaps was to be expected: research by the psychologists Janet Morahan-Martin and Phyllis Schumacher has shown that frequent checking of e-mail may relate to high levels of anxiety, which itself correlates with depressive symptoms.
App developers who are too young to drive [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
This year, Apple opened up its developers event for the first time to 13- to 17-year-olds. The Cupertino, Calif., company supplied 150 teens with scholarships to cover the event's $1,599 entrance fee, arranged a student lounge with beanbag chairs and Skittles, and invited their parents to chaperone. The teens, or their parents, still had to sign Apple's customary nondisclosure agreements.
The move to hire the high-profile exec — who has been working at Google since it bought an ad tech company he ran a year ago — gives Yahoo a boost in its most critical area of business.
Facebook says it's working on a location-based mobile-advertising product that will allow companies to target users with real-time data showing their whereabouts. "Phones can be location-specific so you can start to imagine what the product evolution might look like over time, particularly for retailers," Carolyn Everson, Facebook's vice president of global marketing solutions, said in a telephone interview.