There is little point upgrading hardware for any other reason than improved visuals. You can get better rendering, AA, FPS. etc, but most people are satisfied with the visual quality of the current HD gaming systems.
Are there even enough potential buyers to support a new generation of consoles? I honestly don't know, but I think they are aiming at the majority of the user base (casual), like myself who will need some serious justification to encourage me to buy a new system, and I don't think they can offer any justification at the moment. We already have HD, decent surround, WiFi, browser, motion capture etc.
The next generation of consoles will feature 3D technology. That's the next logical step, but until there is a concrete 3D standard (not just Blue-ray 3D), there will be reluctance to gamble with technological development.
The 3DS might have few games for it, and have a smaller screen, but when someone else says "hey look, ours has loads of games, bigger screens AND better 3D", this is not a bad thing.
UK users under the age of 19 will now be able to click on the ‘Report abuse’ link on each page and have the option to report the abuse directly to CEOP as well as to Facebook employees.
There is are lot of knee-jerk reactions in politics when tragedies such as this happen. Even more so when the currently uncensored UK internet (and incompetent parents) grant unfettered internet access to children who should really know better but don't.
Fortunately, that was the last government's reaction. When a gunman in Cumbria went on a killing spree recently, the current PM rejected immediate calls for heavier restrictions on gun ownership. I'm hoping the pattern continues.
If it was me, I would get a court to subpoena the machine, get the error independently verified, and while they're at it, verify the winning odds the casino claim.
You put it nicely when you said "No one is making anyone develop for an iPhone" and given the tiny margins people make on apps, I'm surprised anyone bothers.
I think it would be pretty easy for MS or Apple to simply say, "We will never collect any data about our OS users' application usage, browsing habits, or other personal information."
Except they have never said that, nor will they ever.
Chrome OS is also open source, maybe there will be some nice branch projects in the future. I'm concerned about how their OS is so entwined with Flash though, it hardly has a stellar reputation for security.