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Amazon's Lumberyard game engine has "direct plumbing to AWS"

Amazon's Lumberyard game engine has "direct plumbing to AWS"

Amazon made the surprise announcement earlier this week that it would be releasing its own free game engine called Lumberyard, and in a recent interview with GamesBeat, Lumberyard head Eric Schenk explained how and why Amazon created the engine, as well as how it ties into the company's other products, including Amazon Web Services. "Lumberyard started when we were looking around at what our customers were asking for as far as using our services at AWS with games," Schenk explained. "Amazon is a customer-focused sort of company. We were getting a lot of feedback on how to make our services easier to... more »
Was the world not ready for Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero Live?

Was the world not ready for Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero Live?

For a short time, it was almost impossible to go to a party without seeing a group of friends playing either Rock Band or Guitar Hero, but the two game oversaturated the market with an endless stream of sequels that offered little more than a few new songs to play, and as a result, the rhythm game genre dried up as suddenly as it had arrived. Last year, the two game series finally made their next-gen comeback with Rock Band 4, the first mainline Rock Band title since 2010, and Guitar Hero Live, also the first mainline Guitar Hero game since 2010. Unfortunately, five years does not seem... more »
Quantum Break PC release controversy proves gamers can hate just about anything

Quantum Break PC release controversy proves gamers can hate just about anything

Gamers are a notoriously fickle bunch, and few people in the industry know that fact better than the head of Microsoft's Xbox division, Phil Spencer, but even Spencer was left scratching his head when numerous Xbox owners reacted with anger to the announcement that Quantum Break would also be available on PC. Quantum Break is an upcoming third-person action-adventure game from Max Payne and Alan Wake developer Remedy Entertainment. The game had originally been announced as an Xbox-exclusive title, but yesterday, Remedy revealed that not only will Quantum Break also be releasing for PC, but players who pre-order the Xbox One version will get a download code for the... more »
Your Fitbit did what?! Tracking pregnancy and heartbreak

Your Fitbit did what?! Tracking pregnancy and heartbreak

Fitbit, Inc. may be trading well below its IPO price, but that doesn’t mean the device maker's products aren’t getting the job done and then some. Fitbit's collection of wearable bands are able to track steps taken, distance covered, calories burned, heart rate, and even sleep patterns with the goal of motivating wearers to keep moving in order to stay fit. Data can be viewed directly on some Fitbit models, but mostly, users rely on the smartphone app to get a better sense of the data obtained as well as to keep track of goals. Though Fitbit's uses may seem limited to these parameters, some... more »
Will it? Won't it? New doubts raised over Dell-EMC takeover

Will it? Won't it? New doubts raised over Dell-EMC takeover

Dell Inc.'s proposed $67 billion takeover of EMC Corp. is once again, with the New York Post reporting that bankers are having difficulty in raising the necessary cash to fund the acquisition. When the deal was announced last October it looked to be cut and dried, with Dell carefully laying out its plans to fund the takeover. However, that was five months ago, and five months is a long time in the tech business, which has been hard hit by the worldwide slump in stock prices. Now, the New York Post says that the JP Morgan-led banking consortium that's supposed to get the funds... more »
What's Twitter done to your timeline and how to fix it

What's Twitter done to your timeline and how to fix it

Twitter users were in an uproar this weekend when rumors emerged that Twitter Inc. would be changing its timeline this week. The rumors sparked the introduction of #RIPTwitter, which became a very popular hashtag over the days that followed. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey attempted to quell users' frustration and concerns with the announcement on Sunday, February 7 that the company would not be reordering timelines this week. However, this promise was short-lived and just four days after Dorsey’s tweet, Twitter launched its new algorithmic timeline. Since the announcement of the new Twitter timeline on Wednesday, February 10, the outcry and complaints about the new... more »
Rackspace now hosts Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack on its private cloud

Rackspace now hosts Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack on its private cloud

Rackspace Inc. has teamed up with Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. to add another Openstack-as-a-Service offering to its lineup. Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat is essentially Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform hosted on Rackspace's private cloud, and sits alongside Rackspace's own Private Cloud powered by OpenStack. The service comes with Rackspace's standard “Fanatical Support” customer service infrastructure, and is managed by the company's OpenStack and Red Hat specialists. If you're scratching your head as to what makes this a “private” cloud, well, let's just say that Rackspace uses a different definition of the concept from most of the rest of... more »
Report: Google building new untethered VR headset that will work sans mobile or computer

Report: Google building new untethered VR headset that will work sans mobile or computer

The rumors keep flying about Google's plans in the virtual reality space with a new report claiming the search giant is actually doubling down on VR and is building a standalone unit that doesn't need a smartphone to operate, as is currently the case with its Cardboard VR headset. According to sources quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Google is developing all-in-one virtual reality headset that not only doesn’t require a smartphone but also won't need a computer or game console to operate, a first in the space. Google's new standalone device is said to include "a screen, high-powered processors and... more »
Be my Valentine LOL: Americans are turning to dating sites like never before

Be my Valentine LOL: Americans are turning to dating sites like never before

Online dating can sometimes be a frustrating affair, negotiating profiles that are less realistic than the one you’ve posted yourself, finding out the person you’ve spent countless hours sending emojis to is not really the one your heart desires. Nonetheless, young Americans are turning to dating sites and apps like never before. According to a new survey taken by the Pew Research Center in the USA, the amount of people aged between 18-24 using online dating sites or mobile dating apps has tripled in the last three years. At the same time usage has doubled for 55 to 64 year olds,... more »
Time Inc. has acquired a majority stake in Viant Technologies, the owners of MySpace

Time Inc. has acquired a majority stake in Viant Technologies, the owners of MySpace

Time, Inc. has announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Viant Technologies, Inc., the ad network that is the parent company of MySpace. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but it is reported that the founders of Viant, the Vanderhook family, will retain a minority stake in the company, and it will continue to trade as an independent business. Founded in 1999 Viant's primary business is its advertising platform, with its Viant Advertising Cloud providing marketers access to over 1.2 billion registered users, and is claimed by the company to be "one of the largest registered user databases in... more »
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