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Amazon is going to build its very first PC game. Yes, that Amazon, the one that started off as an online bookstore and now rules the e-commerce scene with everything from diapers to car parts. It's not yet know what type of game it will be or what the plot will involve, only that it's currently working on "an ambitious new PC game project." To get the job done, Amazon is looking to expand its talent pool of developers. The Seattle-based team that's working on the PC game project is currently comprised of former Portal, World of Warcraft, and BioShock creators. They've also worked on titles like Half Life 2, Left for Dead, Dota 2, Halo, Infamous, Shadows of Mordor, and The Last of Us. "Amazon... Read more...
Looking for something to do this weekend? Microsoft has made available an ISO for its Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130. The company took the unusual step of releasing an ISO for the build before doling it out to the Slow ring, and the reason for that is there's a bug that's preventing users on the Fast ring from getting the latest release. "Hi everyone, today we are releasing the ISOs for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130. We are not, however, releasing Build 10130 to the Slow ring due to several bugs we’re looking to fix," Microsoft explained. "Once we have these fixes in hand and ready to push out to Windows Update, we’ll consider pushing Build 10130 to the Slow ring. I know we said... Read more...
Microsoft is planning to release a new version of its Office productivity suite, Office 2016, sometime later this year. In the meantime, Microsoft has made available an Office 2016 Public Preview, which is also available for Mac users, and there are a few new features that were just added. One of them is called "Real Time Presence," a technology that ties into Real Time Typing.What Real Time Presence does is allow you to see not only who is editing a shared document, but where in a document a teammate is making edits. It's a feature that Microsoft says will be available first for OneDrive for Business subscribers, and then more broadly soon.Another addition is called Insights for Office. Insights... Read more...
It seems hard to fathom, but it's been two and a half decades since Microsoft released its first true mainstream operating system, Windows 3.0. Yes, there were two major releases that preceded it, but Windows 3.0 was the first to version to strike a cord and see widespread use. Together with Windows 3.1, Microsoft sold 10 million copies in the first two years.By the time Windows 3.0 debuted on this day in 1990, computers had already become a part of daily life. PCs were getting faster, and Windows offered a friendly user interface that was far more welcoming to new users than having to type commands in MS-DOS. It also spurred the interest of developers, especially once Microsoft released its... Read more...
Chinese telecom Huawei reckons the fast growing Internet of Things (IoT) landscape will consist of 100 billion connections by 2025 with two million new sensors being deployed every hour. The company readily admits that its network is ill equipped to handle the future load, though it's very much interested in being a major player in the IoT market. As such, Huawei announced an architecture upgrade that, among other things, includes new a operating system called LiteOS.Huawei describes its aptly named LiteOS as the world's most lightweight OS for IoT devices. With a footprint of just 10KB, we won't argue the point. Though small in size, Huawei has big ambitions for LiteOS, which it says can be... Read more...
Like China, officials in Russia aren't happy that so much of the nation's technology is reliant on software that originates from the United States. In an effort to change that, the country's minister for communications and mass media, Nikolai Nikiforov, reportedly announced plans to develop a brand new mobile operating system. The mobile OS will be based on Jolla's open-source Sailfish OS. At present, Sailfish OS is only installed on 0.5 percent of devices in Russia. Meanwhile, Android enjoys an 81 percent market share while iOS claims another 15 percent. That equates to Android or iOS being installed on 9.6 out of every 10 devices in Russia, or nearly all of them. Nikiforov knows he faces a... Read more...
Koji Igarashi of Castlevania fame is getting back in the game development saddle, though he's not designing another Castlevania title, nor is his next project for Konami. You may recall that he left Konami just over a year ago to form his own studio and for the opportunity to develop the types of games he wants. And what he wants is a throwback to the side-scrolling platformer days, which he's resurrecting through Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.According to Igarashi, he's found partners willing to support his vision with funding, but only if he can prove there remains a demand for side-scrolling platformer titles. To do that, he's turned to Kickstarter where the project has already amassed... Read more...
Microsoft wants you to be able to let others know how you really feel, so the company's giving you the middle finger to do just that. The new emoji is one of several being introduced in Windows 10, and what's awesome about its inclusion is that Microsoft is venturing into territory that other major tech companies haven't had the guts to trek.Just last month, Apple introduced hundreds of new emoji to iOS and OS X, including 14 new families, 198 new flags, 60 updated people, and a whole lot more. The update even included a hand gesture, just not a profane one -- it's the Vulcan salute made popular by Spock in Star Trek.Android also has plenty of emoji to play with, but if you to flip someone the... Read more...
Google is all about teaming up with third-party partners to improve its core services. We saw it earlier this week when Google added over 70 new apps to Google Now, including Spotify and Feedly, and now Google's voice actions is learning to play with others as the first set of partners for custom commands arrive on Android. As explained the Android Developers' Google+ page, this new feature will allow users to say things like, "OK Google, listen to NPR" or "OK Google, show attractions near me on TripAdvisor." Rather than being directed to NPR's or TripAdvisor's respective websites, these commands now open the accompanying apps (assuming you have them installed) and perform the requested action.... Read more...
Extreme weather, air traffic congestion, equipment maintenance issues, late arrival of connecting flights...and now iPad software glitch can be added to the list of flight delay causes. On Tuesday evening dozens of American Airlines flights were temporarily grounded due to problems caused by an issue with the software in iPads used in cockpit by AA pilots. The problem apparently struck randomly across the airline's fleet, affecting an app that serves as a navigational aid. In a statement, American Airlines said, "Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads. In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a Wifi connection to fix the issue."... Read more...
Microsoft is giving us a lot to be excited about with the release of Windows 10 -- it's a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, it will introduce a brand new browser (Project Spartan), the return of the Start menu, universal apps, and a whole bunch more. Go ahead and add to the growing list built-in tech support.Now before you go and pshaw this latest amenity, consider that even though you may know your way around Windows and are adept at troubleshooting issues as they arrive, your folks probably fall on the other end of the spectrum. Or your friends. Heck, be excited for anyone that often calls you at bizarre hours because they're having a "computer emergency" and require your pro... Read more...
At long last, Pixar has finally made good on a promise they made last year to release Free Non-Commercial RenderMan. The software is a full-feature version of the company's RenderMan software that anyone can install and use for purposes of research, education, evaluation, plug-in development, and personal projects that do not generate a commercial profit. And Free Non-Commercial RenderMan is without limitations, too, such as watermarking, time limits, data volume, or any other such restrictions. Pixar's RenderMan software release features the company's new RIS rendering paradigm, which the company says "delivers extremely fast global illumination and interactive shading and lighting... Read more...
Cyanogen has 80 million reasons to celebrate to today. The open source Android startup just completed an $80 million Series C funding round with backing from several strategic partners. Not wasting any time, the Cyanogen team is already thinking about ways to leverage its influx of cash, which will include hiring new talent and accelerating the development of its open OS platform. Financing was led by Premji Invest but also included participation from Twitter Ventures, Qualcomm Incorporated, Telefonica Ventures, Smartfren Telecom, Index Ventures, Access Industries, Rupert Murdoch (CEO of News Corporation, the second-largest media conglomerate in the world), Vivi Nevo, and several others that... Read more...
Software pirates worldwide are no doubt dancing a jig with this morning's news out of China that the upcoming Microsoft Windows 10 release will be a free upgrade not only for users running genuine copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 but for all who are running less-than-legitimate copies of those OS versions as well. Speaking at the WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Community) technology conference in Shenzhen, Microsoft Executive Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson told Reuters, "We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10." He went on to offer the first glimpse of a release date for Windows 10, sharing the news... Read more...
Climbing Mount Everest isn't easy for a number of reasons. There's the logistics of traveling to the Khumbu region of Nepal, home to Mount Everest, the world's tallest peak. But assuming you have the time, money, and experience to make the trek, it's a dangerous climb, one that has claimed over 200 lives. You can now avoid all that thanks to Google Maps. Hey, we're not trying to rain on any mountain climber's parade -- if you have the chance to climb Mount Everest and are okay with the risks, the visual rewards and experience will follow you for the rest of your life. But for those who can't or otherwise don't want to take the risk, Google Maps is the next best thing, especially after Google... Read more...
You may recall that we gave Grand Theft Auto V an Editor's Choice award when we reviewed it for the Xbox 360 nearly a year and a half ago. We've been anxiously waiting for it to arrive on Windows ever since, and were stoked when Rockstar Games said it would release to PC in January 2015. Ah, but it wasn't meant to be, as January turned into March 24, which has now turned into April 14. Yes, GTA V for PC is delayed again, though this time it's by less than a month. Whether it will be worth the long wait remains to be seen, and we're cautiously optimistic it will be, considering the graphical upgrades and other tweaks that are going into the Windows release. "The PC version of Grand Theft Auto... Read more...
I'm looking out my window and see snow. Lots of it. At this point, summer seems a million years away and I have no desire to go out in the cold to make a snow angel or do whatever it is people do in freezing weather these days. So I'll sit inside and catch up on some gaming, especially if the deals keep rolling in. Last week is an awesome collection of Star Wars titles that Humble Bundle was serving up, and now they've put together a tantalizing Square Enix bundle! You know the drill -- pay what you want for a core collection of games, and at least a paltry dollar to receive Steam keys. Pay more than the average to unlock even more titles, or shell out a specified amount (or more) to unlock the... Read more...
Well, what do we have here? It's yet another productivity suite that's found its way to the cloud, and more importantly in this case, it's also found its way to Windows users. We're talking about Apple's iWork software -- a pre-release cloud version is now accessible to Windows users, which could set the stage for an eventual showdown with Office. On the surface, this is an expansion of Apple's iCloud service that launched in 2011. Using iCloud, Apple device owners can backup and access various content from different locations and across multiple devices, such as their Mac, iPad, and iPhone. By bringing iWork to the cloud, Apple is offering that same convenience to productivity... Read more...
Obi-Wan Kenobi has a message for Star Wars fans: "This is the Humble Bundle you're looking for!" Even if you're not a diehard Star Wars fanatic, you still might be interested in the Star Wars Humble Bundle, one of the better collection of gaming titles yet to be offered up for whatever amount you feel like paying, especially if you feel like ponying up $12 or more.If you're new to Humble Bundles, the way it works is you pay whatever amount you want for a collection of games. You'll get Steam keys if you fork over $1 or more, and you'll unlock even more titles if you pay more than the average, which currently sits at $11.54. And in this instance, you might as well bump it up to $12 to unlock three... Read more...
Ever heard of "predictive policing?" Your local police department might be savvy to the term. A company called PredPol is making a lot of money from its predictive policing software, which feeds historical crime data to a proprietary algorithm that then predicts the next dozen or so locations that are likely to see crime activity during an officer's upcoming shift."Using only three data points – past type, place and time of crime and a unique algorithm based on criminal behavior patterns, PredPol’s powerful software provides each law enforcement agency with customized crime predictions for the places and times that crimes are most likely to occur. PredPol pinpoints small areas, depicted in 500... Read more...
Planning to call in sick to school or work tomorrow so that you can play Evolve all day long? Brace yourself, a 3GB patch is coming. Developer Turtle Rock Studios says you'll need to download and apply the massive patch before jumping into online play. By applying the update, you'll benefit from improved load times, better matchmaking, and network bandwidth optimizations, to name a few of the fixes. “What can you really add to Evolve at this point? It’s already gone gold!," Turtle Rock Studios stated in a blog post. "This question came up a lot over the course of the Open Beta weekend in January. Truth is, that long weekend was a big learning experience for us. As a result, on day one – before... Read more...
Are games getting too complex? One person who thinks they are is Richard Hilleman, chief creative officer for Electronic Arts. Speaking at the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas recently, Hilleman lamented that games are "too hard to learn," pointing out that it can take several precious hours just to get in a groove with a basic title. "Our games are actually still too hard to learn. The average player probably spends two hours to learn how to play the most basic game," Hilleman said. "And asking for two hours of somebody's time--most of our customers, between their normal family lives...to find two contiguous hours to concentrate on learning how to play a video game is a big ask."He made the comments... Read more...
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