E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was deemed one of the worst video games of all times, and legend has it that Atari buried all copies in shame. Now, Microsoft wants to dig them up.
Are you a terrorist using virtual worlds and gaming networks to hide your communications? There’s no evidence you exist, but if you do, then be warned: according to fresh revelations in the Guardian, New York Times and ProPublica, the National Security Agency and Britain’s GCHQ have for years infiltrated World of Warcraft and the Xbox(s msft) Live network. Hilariously, so many agents were knocking around Second Life at one point that the NSA identified a need to “deconflict” them, ensuring they weren’t wasting time by spying on one another or duplicating efforts.
Getting local video and images from an Android device to a connected TV, Xbox, Apple TV or other device just got a lot easier. AllCast, now available in beta, streams that content over Wi-Fi from an Android smartphone or tablet.
On this week’s podcast: Is the Xbox One worth it as a media center? And why is Apple building a big solar farm in North Carolina?
Good news for everyone lining up to get an Xbox One: Microsoft’s (s MSFT) new game console will have a YouTube app available at launch, after all. YouTube announced the app on its blog Wednesday, explaining that it will make use of both voice and gesture control, and showing that it’s otherwise pretty much the same as any other recent connected TV app implementations of YouTube. Earlier this week, it briefly looked like neither the Xbox One nor Sony’s (s SNE) PS4 would have a YouTube app at launch, but it appears that Microsoft got the job done just in time. In other words: Sony, the ball is in your court.
Just in time for the release of the Xbox One, we talk with one of its industrial designers about the challenges of creating a modern media machine.
Xbox has announced its first wave of media apps for the Xbox One, which include participation from network stations.
Indie developers will see some of their costs shrink to develop for Xbox Live, as [email protected] now offers free access to the Unity game engine.
Underdog chip company AMD reported a profit during its third quarter financial results in part because the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One consoles carrying its chips are getting ready to hit shelves. The highly-anticipated consoles contain custom-built AMD chips from a new group inside AMD, the Embedded and Custom Semi group. AMD estimates that group will generate a fifth of its sales this year, and apparently is already improving the bottom line.
Google and now Microsoft are moving towards an ad strategy that leaves third party cookies behind. The move is likely to bring a shift in power in the ad industry of who gets to collect and keep customer data.