Xbox on the go Lightweight PC gaming Microsoft Project xCloud builds on the Xbox empire, expanding its influence beyond the living room. It's looking promising for all Xbox gamers and is set to debut in 2019. Microsoft's Netflix-like Xbox Game Pass service is currently the closest available alternative. $10 at Microsoft Pros Headed to PCs, consoles, and mobile. Existing Xbox games are supported. Established background in cloud and gaming. Cons No examples of working code. Release still far away. Project Stream is Google's first foray into AAA PC gaming. And it works really well. It's a pure PC experience, but for those on low-end devices, gaming on the cheap has never been easier. Free at Google Pros Free trial now available. Great early experience. Full-fledged PC gaming. Cons No mobile presence (yet). Unproven in AAA gaming. With the next generation of game streaming on the horizon, Microsoft and Google are leading the pack. While Google's Project Stream is … [Read more...] about Microsoft Project xCloud vs. Google Project Stream: Which game-stream service is for you?
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Since launching in 2008, GitHub has become by far the largest place on the internet for hosting and collaborating on software code. The company, which is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft, now hosts more than 85 million projects, and boasts 31 million monthly users. But while you've been able to store your code on GitHub, you couldn't actually run it. For that you needed a web server or a cloud service. But today at its annual GitHub Universe event, the company announced that will now enable programmers to run certain types of software on its platform. The company's new offering, GitHub Actions, is designed to help developers automate the various tasks involved in managing their code, such as testing and technical support. GitHub head of platform Sam Lambert says the company's users often write their own software and bots to handle tasks like automatically running a test when someone updates code or sending a text message to an on-call team member when someone submits a bug … [Read more...] about You Can Now Run Some Code Hosted on GitHub
Google has announced the end of another service, and this one is a shocker—Google Code is going away on January 25th, 2016. That gives you about ten months to get your code off of Google's servers before it's gone forever. Why is Google breaking your heart like this? According to the company, Google Code simply isn't very popular anymore. When Google Code was launched in 2006, there weren't many options for open source code repositories. Google felt it was necessary to provide this service to encourage open source development. Since then, however, services like GitHub and Bitbucket have gotten very popular. Developers have been migrating from Google Code to these more powerful services—Google has even migrated almost 1000 projects from Google Code to GitHub because that's where the developers are. Really, Google doesn't seem to have worked very hard to make Code better over the years, so this isn't much of a surprise. In its current state, a large proportion of … [Read more...] about Google Code Will Shut Down In January 2016 Because Almost No One Uses It Anymore
Have you ever imagined what it'd be like if we could run iOS apps and games on our Android companions? We bet you have. Well, there are certain workaround techniques that allegedly allow you to do the unthinkable, but most of them require some kind of a virtual machine and the process is rather cumbersome. Project Cider might put an end to this, as it enables native execution of iOS apps on Android.Researchers from the Columbia University have created this “operating system compatibility architecture”, which does not use a virtual machine, but it still allows you to execute iOS apps on Android. In order to do its mojo, Cider makes use of a compile-time code adaptation method – it does not make any modifications to the source code of the iOS apps in question, it just adapts them to run on Google's platform. Along with it, some diplomatic functions let them connect to the host libraries of your Android device. Interestingly, the native Android libraries for 3D hardware … [Read more...] about Project Cider enables native execution of iOS apps and services on Android
With the announcement of the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL, Nokia and Microsoft have just turned the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) on its ear. Yes, on its ear. This is the kitchen sink being thrown at Google and it will feel the pinch. Microsoft also loosened the reigns just a bit on Windows Phone when it announced a slew of new manufacturers joining the gang.In Microsoft’s case, it will basically allow manufacturers to use existing architecture and hardware design in the Windows Phone dynamic. That means the dedicated camera button is not going to be mandatory. Windows Phone 8.1 and its on-screen buttons further the “openness” of sorts. The trade-off is that Windows Phone arguably loses a bit of differentiation in the hardware, but gains attractiveness for manufacturers like Lenovo, based in China, and LG, a company with an ever growing and impressive war chest of ideas and talent. Certainly Foxconn, who builds anything for anybody, will capitalize … [Read more...] about Fight fire with fire: Nokia uses Android against Google, Microsoft opens the gates