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DirectX with Granite API can reduce shader complexity and memory usage

by Ryan Burgesson April 14, 2014
It looks like this year it will be the battle of the API’s after the DirectX 12 announcement for Xbox One, companies have been capitalising on the weird notion that somehow DX12 will double performance on the Xbox One. Graphine Software seem to be one of these companies piggy backing on the excitement for DX12 […]
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Microsoft are considering Xbox 360 emulation for the Xbox One

by Ryan Burgesson April 7, 2014
In an interview at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference, development lead Fred Savage explained the difficulties behind a 360 emulator on the Xbox One. Fred Savage said: There are, but we’re not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately, It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff. So there’s […]
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Plex is coming to Xbox One

by Ryan Burgesson April 5, 2014
Plex the home media OS has announced today that Microsoft has approved a Plex client for the Xbox One. Plex is an amazing free Linux based OS that turns any machine into quite an impressive home media centre. This should hopefully pave the way for many more applications, like the hugely popular XBMC. Microsoft have […]

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Microsoft to launch the Xbox One in China

by Ryan Burgesson March 31, 2014
In what may come of some surprise, Microsoft has managed to arrange the release of the Xbox One in China. This move could mean a lot of money for Microsoft, China is relatively untouched due to their various human rights issues but Microsoft’s Zhang Yaqin, global vice president said that they: would add more content […]
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Microsoft reveals Kinect V2 for Windows

by Ryan Burgesson March 29, 2014
Microsoft showed off recently their ‘new’ Kinect for Windows PC’s, the major difference between it and the Xbox One version is the removal of the xbox branding. You will need ‘a hub’, a USB 3.0 port and a power supply connection to use the Kinect with your PC. The ‘hub’ is something that allows the […]

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Microsoft won’t allow Xbox One and PC Cross-platform play

by Ryan Burgesson March 27, 2014
War Thunder Developer Gaijin Entertainment revealed today in an interview that Microsoft will not permit cross-platform play. In a rather typical move by Microsoft it looks like we’ll never see the cross-platform play that pretty much every gamer would like to see. Microsoft will not allow this cross-platform play because of their process of verifying […]
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Facebook to Buy Virtual Reality Startup Oculus for 2 Billion Dollars

by Ryan Burgesson March 26, 2014
In news that has shocked nearly everyone, Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook to announce the purchase of Oculus. Oculus already has big plans [in gaming] that won’t be changing and we hope to accelerate. The Rift is highly anticipated by the gaming community, and there’s a lot of interest from developers in building for this […]

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Greg Costikyan’s GDC 2014 rant

by Ryan Burgesson March 24, 2014
At GDC there is a ‘rant’ session every year, this session allows people within the game industry to speak out against trends they find worrying in the industry. This year it was the turn of Greg Costikyan, This year marks the rant session’s 10th anniversary and Greg Costikyan (he also spoke in 2005′s session) took to […]
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Microsoft to give XP users $100 off of select Windows 8 PC’s

by Ryan Burgesson March 22, 2014
I reported a while back about Microsoft ending their support of XP in an attempt to get people to move to their currently failing Windows 8 now though Microsoft are throwing money into the mix with $100 off of select Windows 8 PC’s. Though to see what models this discount applies to you have to […]

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Gmail now encrypts every email you send

by Ryan Burgesson March 21, 2014
Google announced yesterday they were to make Gmail encrypted through a HTTPS connection at all times. Before this change HTTPS encryption was an option, now it is mandatory and rightly so as new revelations of government snooping and spying are released everyday. Google also announced that every email you send will be encrypted from when […]
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EA game web server hacked to host Apple phishing website

by Ryan Burgesson March 20, 2014
Hackers have managed to take over an EA game server and have hosted on there a phishing website under the guise of an Apple website. The website asks users to enter their Apple ID and bank account details. Paul Mutton, from Netcraft, the internet security company that uncovered the hack said in his blog: The […]
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Unity 5 engine revealed at GDC

by Ryan Burgesson March 19, 2014
At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Unity Technologies revealed the new iteration of their engine Unity 5 and it is available to pre-order today. David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies, wrote in a press release: Every time we ship a new version of Unity, we’re looking to empower developers with technology that’s more […]

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GOG to start stocking Linux games this Autumn

by Ryan Burgesson March 19, 2014
GOG announced yesterday that they are to start selling Linux versions of games starting this Autumn with at least 100 games to be available. GOG said in a blog post: We’re initially going to be launching our Linux support on GOG.com with the full GOG.com treatment for Ubuntu and Mint. That means that right now, […]
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Valve unveils redesign of their Steam Controller

by Ryan Burgesson March 15, 2014
Valve announced a couple of months ago they were to redesign their Steam Controller though there were only rough mock ups, yesterday Valve released some pictures of the redesign. The biggest change is the touchpad has been axed and replaced by a more traditional diamond layout. Valve has promised the latest prototype will be on […]

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Facebook’s WhatsApp purchase opposed by privacy groups

by Ryan Burgesson March 8, 2014
Privacy groups want US regulators to stop the Whatsapp purchase until Facebook provides more information on what it plans to do with the personal data of WhatsApp’s users. Facebook are adamant in the fact that it will respect the previous user agreements and will be operating Whatsapp as a seperate company. Facebook said in a […]
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ASUS’ Chromebox to ship on March 14th

by Ryan Burgesson March 8, 2014
ASUS are set to release their Chromebox (M004U) to the public on March 14th at $179. ASUS’ description reads: With easy out-of-the-box setup, integrated virus and malware protection and feature-enhancing updates, ASUS Chromebox starts up in seconds to get you to your favorite websites and apps instantly. And why a box? Because with a box […]

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Samsung introduces Milk Music

by Ryan Burgesson March 8, 2014
Samsung has just launched their free music streaming service, Milk Music to the masses (in the US). The service is currently only available on Galaxy smartphones and only available to those of us that live in the US as of now. Milk Music currently has over 200 radio stations and 13 million songs available to […]
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Facebook Rumored To Buy Drones Company To Connect Africa To Internet

by Matthew Lucason March 5, 2014
Facebook is in talks to buy a drone company called Titan Aerospace for $60 million, according to TechCrunch. The acquisition would reportedly further the efforts of Internet.org, a coalition of mobile technology companies spearheaded by Facebook that is working to bring Internet access to the 5 billion or so people around the world without it. The fact is, Titan […]

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This is How Apple’s CarPlay Looks in Action. The Secret is BlackBerry

by Chris Murphyon March 5, 2014
We’ve been covering Apple’s plans for iOS in the Car, and now the final product is being shown to the world — and given a new name: Apple CarPlay. The new system will allow iPhone owners to use their handsets to power the infotainment system in their cars, and early partners include Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, BMW, […]
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Android beats Apple in tablet sales last year

by Ryan Burgesson March 3, 2014
Android tablets managed to collectively over take Apple as their global market share increased to 61.9% according to research firm Gartner. Though sales of Android tablets increased overall by 127% the iPad reigned supreme being the highest selling single tablet, which I think is unsurprising given the number of Apple tablets available compared to the […]
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Google Glass is Updating to Android KitKat & No More Monthly Updates

by Matthew Lucason March 3, 2014
Google Glass is receiving its biggest Glass update yet. The smartglasses are getting an upgrade to Android KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. If you own Google Glass or are simply interested in it and its updates, you may have noticed that Glass didn’t get any usual major monthly updates in the months of January and February. […]

 
 
 
 

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