One of the most exciting prospects of the Xbox One
is the ID@Xbox program
, which allows both independent and AAA developers alike to self-publish on Microsoft’s
console. Chris Charla, director of the program, has taken to the Xbox Wire
to share some familiar names that have already received dev kits and have begun working on the first round of self-published Xbox One games. Crytek, the team behind launch title Ryse: Son of Rome and the Crysis series, is easily the largest developer on the list, but several indie darlings have made their way into the first batch as well — Vlambeer, Double Fine, Iron Galaxy, Capy and Gaijin Games are just a few of the developers currently working on titles for ID@Xbox. According to Charla, “this is just a sampling of the many developers who are part of the program.” ID@Xbox is currently slated to kick off early next year.
Let’s be clear: I think that Windows 8
is in many ways a good operating system. But it is also a very polarizing one among longtime Windows users and that’s something Microsoft
will ignore at its own peril. First, let’s go through Windows 8′s obvious virtues — it runs much more smoothly than earlier versions of Windows, it starts up more quickly and is generally a more stable platform than Windows 7. However, for a sizable chunk of PC users these plusses are outweighed by the giant minus of the big changes Microsoft made to the traditional Windows user interface.
Ever since Andy Rubin stepped down
from his post as Google’s Android
boss, questions arose about what would be his next job within the company. And now The New York Times has given us
the answer: Rubin is still working with androids, albeit of the “small a” variety. According to the Times
has put Rubin in charge of a new “moonshot” initiative “to create a new generation of robots” that will be used for manufacturing and for retail delivery operations. The most realistic scenario, say the Times
‘ sources, is that Google will make a fleet of robots for “automating portions of an existing supply chain that stretches from a factory floor to the companies that ship and deliver goods to a consumer’s doorstep.”
It looks like BlackBerry had some very good reasons for sending its enterprise customers a letter this week
letting them know that it was still alive. AllThingsD flags
a new research note from Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair claiming that BlackBerry’s recent failed attempt to sell itself
has created even more uncertainty around the company and helped drive some of its corporate customers into the arms of hated rival Apple
and its iPad
Eight members of the U.K. parliament led by Margaret Hodge, head of the public accounts committee, joined an Ethical Consumer campaign
to boycott Amazon, advising shoppers to avoid purchasing gifts from Amazon
U.K. this Christmas, as the retailer is known for dodging taxes in the region
. “Amazon is one of the global companies that aggressively avoids paying tax on the profits that they earn from the business they undertake in the UK,” Hodge said in an interview
with Ethical Consumer. “Not only is this morally wrong but it disadvantages every business from the local community-based bookshop to bigger, British-based companies like John Lewis and therefore endangers British businesses and British jobs.”
After just one month, Android 4.4, or KitKat, is now on 1.1% of all Android
devices, according to the latest update to Google’s Android dashboard
. Jelly Bean (Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) still has the largest share, with 54.5%, followed by Gingerbread (Android 2.3) at 24.1% and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) at 18.6%. Google
updates its Android dashboard at the beginning of each month. Since KitKat was released on October 31st, this was the first update that included the latest version of Android. Early KitKat adoption seems low, as is the case with all new Android versions following their debuts, but 1.1% penetration is actually quite respectable.
Let’s face it: The chances that the federal government will let Amazon fly delivery drones around in densely populated areas by the end of 2015
are basically slim to none. So why did Amazon bother putting on a big show about its delivery drones for CBS’s 60 Minutes earlier this week? Wired’s Marcus Wohlsen
and Forbes contributor Will Burns
each suggest two plausible explanations that make Amazon
look either very cynical or merely somewhat cynical.
Things just get worse and worse for HTC
. Bloomberg reports
that London Judge Richard Arnold has issued a sales ban against the HTC One mini smartphone in the United Kingdom for infringing upon Nokia
-owned patents. Even more ominously, Arnold ruled that a similar sales ban could soon take effect for the flagship HTC One
smartphone, although he’s holding off on issuing an injunction so that HTC has time to appeal a ruling that will deal it “considerable” harm. Getting its top-selling phones banned in major markets is just about the last thing that HTC needs right now since it’s already dealing with quarterly losses of $ 100 million and employees who have allegedly been stealing its trade secrets
and selling them to a municipal government in China.
As the electronics market continues to shift away from standard desktops and notebooks, other devices are primed to take their place. Tablets have the upper hand for the time being
, but a recent report from Juniper Research
claims that wearable device shipments could reach 130 million by 2018, 10 times the amount of wearables that shipped this year.
More than 7 million gamers were logged into Steam
at the same time on Sunday, a new record for Valve
‘s platform, which has a total of around 65 million users according to the latest available data. The new number surpasses last year’s record of over 6 million users that played simultaneously on November 25th, 2012, Engadget reports
. The new record is particularly interesting considering that Sony and Microsoft have each released new consoles in the past few weeks, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with both devices receiving increased attention from gamers
. Over 1 million PS4 units were sold during its North American launch
, a number the Xbox One matched during its first day of sales
, although Microsoft launched its new console in more markets than Sony.