Microsoft will reveal the latest iteration of its graphics API, DirectX 12, later this month at the Games Developers Conference in San Francisco. Microsoft confirmed the new platform via a landing page on the DirectX blog as well as posting in the event's session schedule. At 10am PT on March 20, Anuj Gosalia, Windows graphics development manager at Microsoft will present the new API, though additional details remain scarce. The panel's description highlights how the company plans to deliver on demands of better tools for developers, added performance, and support for an "unparalleled assortment of hardware," with specific mention of PCs, tablets, phones, and consoles.
From the ashes of its high-profile bankruptcy filing and mass layoffs in 2012, OnLive's new CloudLift service has risen. After almost two years of silent reconstruction, OnLive's CloudLift builds upon its existing service, but instead of trying to replace the games on your PC with a cloud-based alternative, CloudLift detects the games installed on your machine to provide streaming access from virtually any device.
Next year is 2015, and at long last, we'll all live in the same year depicted in Back to the Future 2. Now, if we could just find a bunch of working hoverboards and auto-fitting jackets--oh, wait, here we go. A website has started making the rounds today, with a company called Huvr showing off what they claim are working hoverboards. And then Tony hawk rides one while obviously hanging from wires.
Roku has unveiled a new version of its Streaming Stick, which now works with more TVs and comes with a lower price tag. What Roku has essentially done is pack its set-top box into a small dongle that plugs into your television's HDMI port, giving you access to a wide selection of streaming services like Netflix, HBO Go, and Spotify.
With Microsoft's Xbox One February update adding support for keyboard text entry, it was only a matter of time before compatible hardware arrived. Today, Logitech introduced the Harmony Smart Keyboard — a wireless keyboard designed to be used with 225,000 different devices, including the Xbox One, PS3, Apple TV, Roku, and more.
Primarily known for manufacturing airplanes and fighter jets, Boeing also has a communications division. And just like something out of a spy movie, the company has created a smartphone capable of thwarting any peering eyes by destroying itself.
Rumors began circulating last year that Microsoft was working on Cortana--a competitor to Apple's digital assistant Siri. A new report from The Verge offers leaked images of the interface, which appears to show Cortana as a circular animation.
The Oculus Rift VR headset has garnered a ton of attention, but its designers don't want potential buyers to worry about a prohibitively high price tag.
GamesIndustry International interviewed Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey, who said that he wants to keep the device affordable for the regular consumer.
As expected, Apple has finally announced the initial rollout of its "iOS in the car" system, CarPlay. New vehicles sporting the iPhone integration will be announced from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo later this week.
When Ashton Kutcher took on the role of Apple's visionary co-founder in the biopic Jobs, something must have really stuck. As reported by Recode, the actor will assist Lenovo in developing a unique line of smartphones set to launch sometime in 2014. Lenovo had previously hired Kutcher to promote its Yoga Tablet.
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