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Star Apps: Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman is best known for his acting: "The Hogan Family" and "Teen Wolf 2" if you grew up in the '80s, and "Arrested Development" and "Identity Thief" if you're watching him now. But he's also been recognized for directing. Bateman ran an episode of the "The Hogan Family" at the age of 18, thus becoming the youngest person inducted into the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Recently he has capitalized on both talents with the feature film "Bad Words," in which he plays Guy Trilby, … Read more

GDC 2014's virtual-reality highlights

Eddie Cho looks at the latest developments in immersive gameplay, including the second version of the Oculus Rift dev kit, Project Morpheus, and the Virtuix Omni controller.

Also check out the IGF winners from GDC.

Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 now on sale for $350

Oculus' vision of virtual-reality gaming took another step closer to reality on Wednesday with the public availability of its second Rift Developer's Kit (DK2).

Game makers can purchase the headset for $350 today from the Oculus Web site, with an expected ship date sometime in July.

Oculus said many of the headset's features are ready for the average gamer. These include "key technical breakthroughs" such as "low-persistence, high-definition display and precise, low-latency positional head tracking."

The DK2 takes cues from Oculus' Crystal Cove prototype, including a low-persistence OLED to tamp down on simulator sickness … Read more

Google packs in new gaming features for devs, players

Google took a big step over the weekend to address problems with in-game purchases, but that's not all that the company has in store for game developers this week.

As the annual Game Developers Conference kicks off at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Google has announced several improvements to Play Games on Monday that the company says will take several weeks to become available.

Game Gifts, a new feature, will let players send virtual in-game objects to anyone in their Google+ Circles or through player search, just as in other social-media-driven games. The Play Games app will add … Read more

Apple's hiring binge could point to more iPhone development

With a massive hiring binge in China and Taiwan, it looks like Apple is working to boost product production.

The tech giant has reportedly poached engineers from smartphone maker HTC and other companies to create new Apple teams in Shanghai and Taipei, according to The Wall Street Journal. It's said that the company now has more than 600 engineers and operations staff in China.

The Journal reports that the hiring push is due to Apple's focus on developing components for the iPhone and iPad, which could lead to more product releases more often.

"Apple is building an … Read more

Install command line developer tools in OS X

Part of OS X is its powerful command-line interface, where a competent or even novice programmer can make use of a number of tools for configuring and customizing the system, and make programs and scripts.

While OS X ships with a number of common commands, by default Apple does not include those that are used for checking out, compiling, and otherwise managing code for developing applications.

If you need these tools for some reason, then there are three ways you can get them on your Mac. The first is to install Apple's XCode developer suite, which is available via … Read more

What Google really means when it calls Android 'open'

The gooey center of Google's pitch to developers to make apps and services for Android is a series of terms easily misunderstood, but central to Android's flexibility and success.

Every once in a while, Android terminology discussions flare up like a stomach ulcer for Google. They center on Android's nature as a development platform, which in turn affects the variety and breadth of Android apps -- from Minecraft to Pandora to the latest Flappy Bird copycats -- that you can download, and how up-to-date they are. Is Android truly open-source? Can you "fork" Android? What … Read more

The 404 1,425: Where we dig up the dirt (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Joke's on LA: Comedy Central behind Dumb Starbucks faux shop.

- Steve Jobs time capsule dug up after 30 years: Here's the video.

- Your brain on audio books: distracted, forgetful, and bored.

- Check out this year's Game Developer's Conference!

- Follow Meggan Scavio on Twitter.… Read more

Windows Phone 8.1 features leaked by developer

Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows RT will be able to share the same code, helping developers more easily create the same apps for phone and tablet. At least, that's the take from a round of leaked details.

On Tuesday, a developer with access to the new Windows Phone 8.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) hopped onto Reddit to share several features headed for the new version. New Universal Apps templates will help developers build WinStore/WinRT and WinPhone apps using the same HTML and JavaScript code, according to the SDK. The developer pointed to the new feature as … Read more

Developers: Nadella speaks our language

The white smoke has risen from Redmond, and with the ascension of new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday, so rise the hopes of the developer community that it depends on.

Nadella brings to the commander's chair a reputation for building community and fostering good third-party relations. While he didn't address developers directly in his first public comments as CEO, he did indicate that Microsoft was prepared to change.

As my CNET colleague Charles Cooper noted from those comments, Nadella envisions a "people-centric IT" that focuses on products and services where "the end-user gets the … Read more