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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. <img src=”https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/7698875/reigns_game.png”?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rs... (more)

JavaScript: Beyond Just Web Apps | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #ArtificialIntelligence

JavaScript: Beyond Just Web Apps 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 already turned their attention to using JavaScript for building out next-generation technology like drone controllers, big data management tools, and connectors for the Internet of Things (IoT). The World After Web Apps In Fabio Nelli’s “Beginning JavaScript Charts: With jqPlot, d3, and Highcharts,” he starts off by saying “JavaScript is experiencing a rebirth as a result of t... (more)

Ransomware Chronicle

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 sources. New ransomware released Old ransomware updated Ransomware decrypted 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)

What Makes a Web Application Enterprisey?

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)

Nvidia Diversifies with Project Shield

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 computer. 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)

Multiplay and KUULUU Launch Games with SoftLayer, an IBM Company

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)

Nokia and Sun to Drive Multiplayer Mobile Java Gaming

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)

XNA or Game Development for Everyone - Part 2

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 Trademarks the Term ‘PS Cloud’

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)

SimSTAFF Plays Key Role in Supporting Fidelity Technology Growth

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’s FarmVille Becomes Largest and Fastest Growing Social Game Ever

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 fellow... (more)