It's not been quite the usual week at Fotofire, what with bank holidays and video shoots to contend with! We've still found the time to put together some of our favourite stories from the web this week...get your Friday news fix here!
Google to launch Moto X
Ever since Google purchased Motorola back in 2011, we've been waiting to see what the two companies have come up with. The answer is now here – Moto X.
Motorola will launch a completely new range of smartphones in autumn this year, led by the Moto X handset. The new devices will pose a huge threat to Apple, and it is claimed that the futuristic handsets will be able to predict what the user will do next. The devices are packed with sensors that can tell whether the device is sitting idle, or being used in a car, and so can change their behaviour accordingly.
The low-cost models are being developed in a factory in Texas, with Google claiming that these are the only smartphones that will be built in the US.
With critics claiming that Apple, once the frontrunner in developing inventive technology, is running out of ideas, it will be interesting to see whether Motorola can challenge Apple's dominance in the smartphone market.
Microsoft confirm that the 'Start' button will return to desktop
It's been rumoured for quite a while now, but Microsoft has finally confirmed that the 'Start' button will be returning to the desktop of it's Windows 8 operating system.
The Start button had been present on the desktop since Windows 95, and its removal sparked a lot of controversy and confusion amongst Windows users. Many complained that they found navigating the new desktop 'difficult' and frustrating.
On the current version of Windows 8, the start tip only appears when you hover the cursor over the lower-left corner of the screen. On Windows 8.1, this area will be more visible.
A preview version of Windows 8.1 will be available to download in June, and the final version will be released to the public before the end of the year. Both will be free to download.
'Facebook Home' European launch postponed
After disappointing US sales and poor feedback, the launch of Facebook Home, dubbed the 'Facebook Phone', has been delayed in Europe.
The Facebook Home software was designed to be more integrated into the smartphone than a standard app. However, after customer feedback turned out to be less positive than expected, mobile network EE confirmed that the European launch has been stalled.
On its US launch, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that Facebook Home would 'change the relationship' that people have with their smartphones. The software is free to download, and replaces the main home screen with the Facebook news feed and chat options.
In a statement, Facebook said that, 'While many people love it, we've heard a lot of great feedback about how to make Home substantially better. As a result we're focusing the next few months on adding customisation features that address the feedback we've received.'
Keep an eye on our blog for the latest information on the new Facebook Home release date.
'Grumpy Cat' hits Hollywood!
We've all seen the 'Grumpy Cat' meme (and if you haven't, check it out here!). After taking the internet by storm, and being crowned meme of the year at the 2013 Webby Awards, America's favourite grumpy feline is set to star in her own movie!
Todd Garner, of Broken Road, said that; 'This started off as a picture of a cat, but rare is an image that evokes so much comedy. You read all of the memes and the comments, and one is funnier than the next. We think we can build a big family comedy around this character.'
As a big lover of cats, I can't wait to see it!