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Titanfall is the most hotly anticipated Xbox exclusive game right now, and Microsoft is well aware. That’s why the company is ironing out the Xbox One’s kinks ahead of the game’s March 11th release date. You might have heard that Microsoft will make some multiplayer tweaks and add a new headset adapter, but the changes go far deeper than that: Microsoft will also update the Xbox One controller specifically at the request of Titanfall‘s development team. According to Titanfall design lead Justin Hendry, an upcoming software patch will make the analog sticks more precise than before.
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Amazon has confirmed that it has purchased video game developer Double Helix Games as part of its “ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers.” Double Helix, based in Irvine, California, is best known for developing Xbox One launch title Killer Instinct. The purchase was exposed by an invitation to a joint recruiting event by Amazon and Double Helix set to take place in Los Angeles on February 13th. TechCrunch, who uncovered the news, says the deal was likely to be announced on that day.
The purchase of a video game developer is not Amazon’s first — it acquired casual game maker Reflexive Entertainment in 2008 — but it is the latest in a set of conspicuous moves the company has made into video gaming recently….
Ever wish you could turn on the air conditioning without leaving the couch? Samsung’s new Smart TV SDK 5.0 will give you the luxury of being that lazy. The programming kit gives the TV control over home appliances, including network-savvy lighting …
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Pebble today revealed a new project aimed at education in which it will donate over 4,000 smartwatches to higher ed schools including Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Stanford, Virginia Tech and many more. The donation is worth over $ 600,000, according to Pebble’s own estimates, but it’s clearly designed to make sure Pebble and the Pebble SDK are in the hands of the next generation of top-tier developers before they ever even hit the job market.
Now that Pebble has released its official app creation SDK, and unlocked many of the dormant features of the platform, it needs developers to get on board and start pumping out creations that really show off the potential of wrist-worn computing to push the Pebble’s appeal beyond the early adopter and gadget loving crowd who’ve already purchased one, and into the mainstream. Software sells hardware, and developers build software. In school, they’re often more willing and able to experiment with platforms that don’t necessarily have a proven ability to pay the bills, hence why it’s a good idea to give these things away to engineering students as development hardware.
Pebble only recently hit the tipping point in terms of having stock on hand in stores and online, but current inventory levels seems strong, and there’s also a sale on right now offering a $ 10 discount on new units. As 9to5Mac’s Seth Weintraub noted on Twitter, this sale and education donation could be taken as evidence that the company is looking to offload stock ahead of some kind of refresh.
Pebble is also offering a special discount through its institutional partners to anyone who wants to order a personal device through them, it notes in its announcement today, which could also be taken as an indication that it’s offloading on-hand stock. This is a key time to watch the wearable computing manufacturer, since at the very least it’s clear it’s through the frenzy and supply catch-up process that it faced while Kickstarting the project and quenching initial demand.
If you were bold enough to buy a Developer Edition HTC One or its unlocked sibling, today is your lucky day. HTC’s US division has announced that it’s rolling out an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade to both One variants, weeks ahead of the expected update for carrier-locked models. Sense 5.5 should also be a part of the package. While the KitKat upgrade isn’t reaching these units as quickly as it did for the Google Play Edition, it’s safe to say that many One owners will have another reason to celebrate this Thanksgiving weekend.
Source: HTC USA (Twitter)
Extreme Reality, an Israeli startup backed by SV Angel, has been at work for eight years on building motion capture technology.
Now they’re opening up the kimono with a platform that can turn any basic webcam or laptop cam into something like a Kinect, with the power to capture a three-dimensional range of movement.
“We’re aiming to give people a console-like experience without the user having to buy additional hardware,” said Asaf Barzilay, who is Extreme Realty’s vice president of products and research and development.
They’ve launched a new developer zone and an SDK for developers to play and test out Extreme Reality’s motion control software. They say it will let developers easily add Kinect-like experiences to web-based games. Without asking consumers to buy hardware, they believe the market for motion-centric games could be orders of magnitude larger.
Their platform lets based laptop and mobile cams capture motion and gestures that are up to 5 meters or 17 feet away from the camera.
The Herzelia, Israel-based company says that other game makers like SEGA have already incorporated their SDK into games like GO DANCE for iOS. Then there are more indie titles like Side-Kick’s Top Smash Tennis for Windows 8, Indie Hero’s BeatBoxer+TM for Windows 7 and VTree Entertainment’s Pro Riders Snowboard for Windows 7 and 8.
The SDK is free at first, but then there’s a revenue sharing arrangement that the company works out on a case-by-case basis. The SDK supports Unity, C++ and C# and operating systems like iOS and Windows 7. But no Android yet.
The company has raised about $ 19 million in venture funding from SV Angel, Marker LLC, Texas Instruments and Crescent Point Lantern.
Extreme Reality was actually founded eight years ago, but didn’t really start putting out consumer or developer-oriented products into the market until about three years ago. During that time, they picked up about 14 patents.
“We were in a laboratory mode,” Barzilay says.
Appcelerator, a company that supports multi-platform development, released its quarterly developer report today. The survey helps track market interest in the various platforms, tacking changing winds.
The third-quarter report details Microsoft’s difficult market position: The percentage of respondents (developers, CIOs, etc.) that are “very interested” in building apps for Microsoft’s smartphones and tablets is low. Twenty-five percent said that they were very interested in building for Microsoft’s tablets, while 26 percent expressed strong interest in building for Microsoft’s smartphone platform.
As CiteWorld reported, those numbers are down several percentage points from the start of the year. Even as its new platforms have matured, Microsoft has lost developer interest in Windows Phone and its tablet efforts.
The percentage of respondents “very interested” that Microsoft lost in the past few quarters (3 percent for smartphones, 5 percent for tablets) isn’t lethal, but it’s not moving in the right direction. Microsoft has a long history of building developer platforms. And it is utterly dedicated to making the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store bear out as bets and investments.
In a way, it doesn’t have a choice: It cannot cede the mobile market, and to play in that space it needs developer support.
Microsoft has a trick up its sleeve, however. As Tom Warren of The Verge reported earlier today, the company is working to unite its Windows and Windows Phone app stores. This is not a surprise – merely more unification of the larger Windows platform as expected – but it could be helpful. Developers want to build for big platforms. Windows 8 and Windows Phone are smaller in pieces than they are in aggregate, and so their fusion could lead to a more interesting developer pitch.
Current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently stated that his company has “almost no share” in mobile devices. That must change for Microsoft to retain any sort of relevance in the consumer world. And I think that some underestimate the importance of that slice of Microsoft’s DNA in its continued relevance in other market sectors.
A few other data points: 6 percent of developers claimed to be “very interested” in developing for BlackBerry tablets. 80 percent stated that they were as into building for the iPhone. Microsoft is stuck in the middle.
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Despite its internet connection, Nest’s Learning Thermostat has been a closed device so far — you’ve had to rely on Nest for new features and software. The company is opening up its platform with the announcement of a developer program. Programmers will soon get to build web apps that link the thermostat to other devices and services, such as home automation equipment. Nest won’t start the program until early 2014, but it’s already partnering with Control4; eventually, all of Control4′s apps and remotes will commandeer Nest hardware. If you’re interested in growing the ecosystem, you’ll find more details at the source link.
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