I won’t pretend to know what holidays mean for you, but for most, there’s
a singularly shared experience: long flights and being far away from your
PlayStation or Xbox. If you aren’t already an active mobile gamer, even at
this point, you’re missing out on quite a bit of both simple and even
deeply involved experiences — and if this holiday, you happened to upgrade
your device to the latest and greatest, we’ve got a couple of suggestions.
Here are a few of our picks to get through the end of 2016 and beyond.
We’ve rounded up our favorite and most-used apps and utilities for the
technology we use every day. Check out our other picks for iPhones, Android
phones, PCs, and Macs. We’ve also listed our favorite games for iOS and
Android from this year.
By Omed Habib
The age of computers is over. You are now living in the age of intelligent
processing by just about everything else. Like vacuum tubes and tape drives,
desktops and laptops are on their way to becoming odd relics of a distant
age, if people remember them at all. That may sound a bit extreme, but the
fact is that applications are not married to any technological substrate, not
even the most advanced mobile devices. That is why smart developers have
next-generation technology like drone controllers, big data management tools,
and connectors for the Internet of Things (IoT).
The World After Web Apps
rebirth as a result of t... (more)
This is a comprehensive report on ransomware-related events covering a time
frame of May – December 2016. The incidents herein are visually broken down
into categories, including new ransomware, updates of existing strains,
decryptors released, and other noteworthy news. Security researchers and
users interested in the ransomware subject can now use this all-in-one
knowledgebase instead of having to collect data from multiple different
New ransomware released
Old ransomware updated
Other important ransomware related events
THE ENIGMA RANSOMWARE SURFACES
Targets Russian-speaking victims. Appends the .enigma extension. Creates the
enigma_encr.txt ransom note. CRYPTXXX 2.0 EDITION
Kaspersky’s free decryptor defeated. Concatenates the .crypt extension.
Ransom notes named after victim ID. SHUJIN RANSOMWARE SPREADING IN CHINA
Zeroes in on Ch... (more)
We’re starting to writing a book for O’Reilly that’s titled
“Enterprise Web Applications: From Desktop to Mobile.” The book will be
available under the Creative Commons license, which means you can read it and
provide your feedback from the get go. Here’s the github repository where
we’ll keep the current version of the book. In the morning we had a
discussion about the meaning of the word Enterprise applied to Web
applications. Below is the draft we came up with and we ask your input –
would you agree or have a different understanding of the meaning of the term
“Enterprise Web Application”.
The easiest way to do this is by example. Creating a Web application that
will place process orders is not the same as creating a Web site to publish
blogs. Enterprise applications, including company-specific workflows, might
need to be integrated with a number of internal syst... (more)
In an example of Microsoft-like vertical integration Nvidia under the
code-name Project Shield is going to take parts it builds for other people's
videogame consoles like the new version of its Tegra 4 processor and build a
game machine of its own that it sells direct to consumers.
The portable Android device is supposed to stream both Android and PC games
over Wi-Fi to high-definition TVs and its own five-inch 1,280×720 screen.
Gamers will be able play in bed or from a sofa instead of sitting at a
The move will put Nvidia in competition with Apple, Microsoft, Sony and
Nintendo. It could also unsettle Nvidia's established customers, which have,
however, been drifting over to AMD.
The streamed games will also have to be instantly responsive.
According to Nvidia consultant Patrick Moorhead the widget is "disruptive"
and "sent a shock wave through the gaming... (more)
SoftLayer, an IBM Company, on Wednesday announced that game development
studio KUULUU and online game servers provider Multiplay are using IBM
SoftLayer's cloud capabilities to power popular games such as Battlefield 4
and RECHARGE. KUULUU tapped into SoftLayer's cloud for higher performance and
scale for their newest game created with Linkin Park, the most popular band
on Facebook with 55 million followers, called RECHARGE, while Multiplay
utilizes SoftLayer cloud to support the mega title Battlefield 4.
The global gaming market is estimated to total $111 billion by 2015 - driven
largely by the increasing popularity of cloud gaming (online, streamed and
downloaded games are estimated to represent as much as $38B in revenue in
2012). By leveraging the cloud built on open standards to host and stream
games, developers are able to provide users with uninterrupted, inst... (more)
At the JavaOne Developer Conference, Nokia and Sun Microsystems extended
their cooperation to simplify the development and delivery of mobile
multiplayer Java technology-based games for developers, service providers and
operators. Under this extended collaboration, the Nokia SNAP Mobile solution
will be integrated with Sun's Java 2 Platform Micro Edition Wireless Toolkit,
Sun Java System Content Delivery Server and Sun Java Enterprise System
running on the Solaris platform to deliver a carrier grade solution.
This end-to-end, integrated offering will provide mobile operators and game
distributors with a reliable and scaleable platform for the download of Java
games and multiplayer Java game connectivity. As the first game developer to
adopt the SNAP Mobile solution, Sega Mobile launched and demonstrated the
world's first SNAP Mobile based Java games at JavaOne this we... (more)
In Part 1 of this article, we started to develop a small racing game using
XNA Game Studio Express 2.0. We learned about the game loop and how it’s
implemented by the XNA (by using the Update and Draw methods) framework. We
also created our first track on the screen and four cars started moving on
the screen, but, sadly enough, they left the track and weren’t seen again.
What does that mean? It means we should take a closer look at collision
detection. In addition we should design a menu with different options. You
might remember that we want to have a racing game with three computer-driven
cars or a network game with one or more other humans playing against us.
Sounds easy? Well, it’s not that hard, but we’ll see that a few small
changes in the behavior will lead to a few other problems that have to be
solved (i.e., a game menu means we have to use so-called game s... (more)
Sony apparently has cloud intentions.
Sony Computer Entertainment has asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
for a trademark on the term "PS Cloud."
It's also reportedly registered the domain name "playstationcloud.com."
The broad trademark application, filed March 24 and annoyingly written in all
caps, doesn't say exactly what Sony's got in mind for the brand but covers a
wide range of cloud possibilities from "providing online video games that
users may access through the Internet" to streaming music over the net,
producing Internet radio programs, displaying online media such as electronic
magazines, books and educational materials - and Sony does have that
Kindle-like Sony Reader e-book - as well as video on-demand and e-mail. And
it mentions phones a lot.
It also covers "computer services, namely application service provider
services to third parties featur... (more)
Patrick Callahan, director of recruiting at SimSTAFF Technical Services, said
the firm had already secured a staffing contract with Fidelity Technologies,
a Reading, Pennsylvania firm that ranks as one of the nation's largest
developers of simulation technology.
Additionally, SimSTAFF was able to assist Fidelity Technologies in other ways
by identifying sublease space for the company to rent for its satellite
office in the Orlando area and by introducing Fidelity executives to the
local technology community.
"Because we work with participants across the simulation and gaming
industries, we've developed a strong network that is valuable to us and
allows us to add value to our clients." Callahan said.
"With simulation, modeling and training as well as gaming being two critical
technology clusters in Metro-Orlando, we are fully committed to doing
everything we can to sup... (more)
Zynga (www.zynga.com), the largest developer of social games, announced today
that its wildly popular FarmVille game is the largest and fasting growing
social game in history with more than 11 million daily active users. Since
its launch on June 19th, 2009, FarmVille has attracted more than 1 million
new daily active users a week, on average.
FarmVille is a light, fast and fun game where players create and manage their
own virtual farm. Like all Zynga games, FarmVille lets you play, invest and
express by plowing, growing and harvesting a variety of crops for money and
game points. Players also have options to invest in their farms by purchasing
fruit trees and farm animals such as pigs and cows, and compliment their
crops with other farm assets such as barns, windmills and greenhouses.
Nurturing the farm is the key to success for players and their network of