The Game Developers Conference is running full throttle this week in San Francisco. We spoke there with Peter Molyneux, creator of Fable and Godus, now available on Steam. Molyneux talked about the 22Cans studio's Kickstarter campaign for Godus, teaching players how to be a god in the game, how video games have enriched his relationship with his son, and his verdict on the One and PlayStation 4.
Google still owns the biggest slice of mobile ad sales. But Facebook is increasingly carving up more of that pie, according to eMarketer.
The two giants together snagged more than two-thirds of last year's $17.96 billion in mobile ad sales, eMarketer reported Wednesday. Mobile ad spending worldwide surged by 105 percent last year and is forecast to jump another 75 percent this year to $31.45 billion.
Google is by far still the top recipient of all that spending, grabbing 49.3 percent of mobile ad revenue last year. But that number showed a small dip from 2012 … Read more
Xbox 360 owners will need to wait a couple more weeks before they can get their hands on Titanfall.
Titanfall will now launch on the Xbox 360 on April 8 in North America and April 11 in Europe, the game's publisher, Electronic Arts, announced on Wednesday. The title was expected to launch March 25 on the console, but EA said its development team needs a little more time to work out some kinks. Like the Xbox One and PC versions that launched last week, the Xbox 360 offering will include 6-vs-6 gameplay and feature all the same maps, modes, … Read more
Comcast has broadened its live-streaming channels on the Xfinity TV Go app.
The TV provider's app, which offers live streaming to mobile devices and online, says that A&E, Bravo, Food Network, Syfy, Travel Channel, and others have been added to its live-streaming lineup. In total, Xfinity TV Go has over 50 networks and includes On Demand programming for those who want to watch shows they might have missed.
Comcast is attempting to merge with Time Warner Cable in what would be a blockbuster deal between the companies. The firms are expected to face some criticism from lawmakers … Read more
Looking for your daily fix of yoga? A couple of free smartphone apps can lead the way.
As a student of yoga and meditation, I like to stay in practice as frequently as possible. However, finding the right classes when I'm traveling can be a challenge. That's when I turn to a couple of yoga-locating smartphone apps to help me find a nearby instructor.
Om Finder Available for the iPhone and iPad, Om Finder picks up your current location to suggest nearby yoga classes, studios, and teachers. You'll find the times, location, and other details on each … Read more
Sony has started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat across its Xperia line.
The company on Wednesday announced that the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, and Xperia Z1 Compact are getting KitKat updates starting on Wednesday, though timing and availability vary by market and carrier. Sony said the KitKat upgrade includes the standard interface improvements baked into the mobile OS, along with the company's "tweaked" Status Bar and Quick Settings features. Sony's KitKat installation also includes PlayStation 4-like user interface elements.
Like most mobile vendors, Sony customizes the standard version of Google's Android to … Read more
WebGL has been a strong success, bringing hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the browser. Now the standards group behind it hopes to let Web apps get even more use out of the graphics chip by releasing version 1.0 of an interface called WebCL.
At this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the Khronos Group standards body announced the ratification and release of WebCL 1.0. WebCL lets programmers run general-purpose tasks on a device's graphics processing unit (GPU) or on a multicore central processing unit (CPU), the main brain in computers and mobile devices.
Just as WebGL … Read more
Microsoft's crusade against pirated software was bolstered on Tuesday with the release of a study that found stolen programs are going to cause issues this year for both consumers and enterprise customers.
The study, conducted by research firm IDC and the National University of Singapore, found that consumers worldwide will spend $25 billion and collectively waste 1.2 billion hours this year as the result of downloading pirated software. On the business side, companies will spend $500 billion on fixes in 2014 to issues with pirated software.
Although Microsoft didn't work on the study, it was released as … Read more
Apple has received yet another crown -- this one as the top billion-dollar brand in the United States.
In a report released Tuesday, UK consulting agency Brand Finance awarded Apple a brand value of $104.6 billion, up from $87.3 billion in 2013. This year's value far surpassed that of second place Google, which was valued at $68.6 billion. Other tech companies on the list included Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T, Amazon, and IBM, all of which made the top 10 out of 50 brands in total.
How does Brand Finance come up with the billion dollar … Read more
Those who despised Adobe's shift to its Creative Cloud subscriptions predicted that customer defections would sink the company's stock price -- but so far, the opposite is happening.
Adobe Systems' stock hit an all-time high in after-hours trading when Adobe reported strong first-quarter financial results on Tuesday. It surpassed analyst expectations and increased Creative Cloud subscriptions by 405,000 from the previous quarter.
In after-hours trading, Adobe's stock rose 35 cents, or about 0.5 percent, to an all-time high of $68.52.
The company is in the midst of a sales transition with software titles like … Read more