Netflix is working on a live action TV show based on the popular Nintendo video game Legend of Zelda, according to a Wall Street Journal report that quotes an unnamed source pitching the show as Game of Thrones for a family audience. I suspect that means no red weddings, but lots is still up in the air: Netflix is still looking for a writer for the show, and the Journal cations that Netflix or Nintendo may kill the project altogether before it ever reaches our TVs.
Google hasn’t officially announced it, but if you own a Chromecast and check this offers page, there’s a good chance you’ll see a $6 Google Play Store credit available. I did just that and got the $6 added to my account to “enjoy a Valentine’s Day rental,” although it can be used for any media or app purchase in the Play Store. I’d also recommend bookmarking the Chromecast offers page and checking it from time to time. Between this and other offers Google has provided previously, they’ve paid for my Chromecast at least two times over.
On Twitter’s earnings call yesterday, CEO Dick Costolo said its nearly flat user growth in the fourth quarter was partially the result of an iOS 8 bug. He didn’t explain it very well confusing analysts and journalists alike. On Friday, Twitter backtracked on that explanation. It tweeted, “To clarify from yesterday’s call: there was no bug or issue with iOS 8. It is an issue on Twitter’s side as users upgraded.” For a deeper explanation on what might have happened, read this.
VMware’s Tony Scott has been chosen to become the next U.S. chief information officer, according to a White House announcement on Thursday. Scott will follow in the footsteps of previous U.S. CIOs Vivek Kundra and Steve VanRoekel and be tasked with spearheading the White House’s Smarter IT Delivery Agenda and looking over the nation’s federal IT budget. Scott is currently VMware’s CIO and was previously the CIO of Microsoft for a little over five years. The White House hasn’t had an official CIO since VanRoekel left the post to return to the US Agency for International Development where he advised the government on the Ebola outbreak.
Microsoft may (or may not) be planning to purchase Sunrise, but that doesn’t mean the calendaring app can’t receive updates in the meantime. On Thursday, Sunrise updated the Android version of the app, adding tablet support, more built-in “interesting calendars” for events like sports schedules or international holidays, and support for pulling in event data from Google Tasks and Eventbrite. Grab it now — if Microsoft does end up buying the company, this could be the last major update for the beloved calendar app under the name “Sunrise.”