Microsoft is reportedly testing its own web-connected eyewear set to battle Google Glass. Microsoft's prototype — which includes cameras and other parts from Asian component makers — may never actually make it out of the Redmond offices, though. Microsoft declined to comment on the rumours specifically, but released a statement saying that they are "determined to take the lead in hardware manufacturing to make sure the company won't miss out on the opportunities in the wearable gadget market."
LG's upcoming G Flex flexible screen smartphone has appeared in a video for the first time with a batch of additional photos showing more of the device's features ahead of its release next month. The phone appears to be curved in a top-to-bottom direction, which sets it aside from Samsung's side-to-side curved design on the Galaxy Round. The Verge posted a series of pictures that show LG's device in various different situations and revealed that the rear of the device will look almost identical to the LG G2, with buttons placed towards the top of the back shell. The company claims to have developed the "world's first flexible OLED panel for smartphones," and the final release will be available in the early part of 2014.
PayPal founder and CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla Motors Elon Musk has announced that the first models of his Tesla's Model S electric car will use Google Chrome as its default browser. The car's 17in capacitive touchscreen display and "infotainment" system currently runs on Linux, but Tesla is considering adding an Android emulator in the future. The base Model S starts at £43,258, and can accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 4.4 seconds, with a range of 265 miles.
France's Le Monde daily has accused the US National Security Agency of hacking into French diplomatic networks and introducing spyware capable of performing complex surveillance. Le Monde learned of the use of several of what they call "very innovative programmes" after a top secret NSA memo was passed to them by Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, operating from Brazil. Surveillance apparently occurred at the French Embassy in Washington, DC, and France's delegation to the UN in New York. Susan Rice, former UN envoy, is quoted as saying that the intelligence helped the US "keep one step ahead in the negotiations" in a UN vote to increase sanctions on Iran in 2010.
Netflix is now officially bigger than HBO. The on-demand Internet streaming media reached 31.1 million US subscribers in the third quarter of this year, adding 1.3 million American viewers since Q2, whereas HBO has only 28.7 million customers in the United States. In its stockholders report, the company attributed some of its success to "great press coverage and social buzz generated by Orange is the New Black," Netflix's first original series. The series was positively received among critics. Over the past three months, Netflix users streamed some 5 billion hours of content, putting the total number of hours streamed in the past six months at 9 billion, or 1,026,716 years.