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Activision Blizzard cuts 600 jobs, says game development teams not affected

Activision Blizzard cuts 600 jobs, says game development teams not affected

Activision's Blizzard Entertainment unit announced today that it will be laying off 600 employees. Blizzard is the largest US developer of video games, including major franchise titles such as Diablo, StarCraft, and the most popular massively multiplayer online game, World of Warcraft. President and co-founder, Mike Morhaime, released a public statement on the World of Warcraft forums to explain the decision and to allay any concerns over the company's future game developments.

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Apple announces Developer ID system for app security beyond the Mac App Store

Apple announces Developer ID system for app security beyond the Mac App Store

Apple announced a new program today called Developer ID that will allow third-party developers to distribute apps outside of the Mac App Store, while keeping things safe for consumers. The move comes after Apple introduced a new Gatekeeper feature in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, which only allows users to install apps from the Mac App Store in order to safeguard against malicious software.

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AT&T planning to charge app developers data fees

AT&T planning to charge app developers data fees

AT&T has revealed plans to launch a new service that would give mobile app developers the option of paying for the mobile data used by their app subscribers. Although this sounds ludicrous, AT&T's network and technology head John Donovan likened it to offering a 1-800 Toll-Free option for apps, where developers could motivate users to download and use their apps if the data involved in using the apps didn't count towards the users' data plan limits.

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WIMM One Micro App Store Beta opens today

WIMM One Micro App Store Beta opens today

The coolest little watchband-based Android computer in the world, the WIMM One, is today letting loose its own Micro App Store. This device is currently out in the same form as we did a WIMM One Developer Kit full review of some weeks ago, and today it gets its own app store in beta form and one big software update! This software update will axe a series of bugs and allow the device to work with the app store as it launches via the web this afternoon.

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Transformer Prime bootloader unlock now available!

Transformer Prime bootloader unlock now available!

This week the folks at ASUS have granted the world with a simple unlock tool for their most excellent tablet yet, the Transformer Prime. Since this first in its class for many reasons device was released, developers and so-called hackers have ben working on plans for what they're going to do with the Transformer Prime once its bootloader was unlocked, and now the fun can commence. As is true with any bootloader unlock on an Android device specifically, going forward with the process will void your contract and will make your device no longer the device it once was.

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SlashGear’s WIMM Spring Developers Project Update!

SlashGear’s WIMM Spring Developers Project Update!

This week and next we're running our Spring Developers Project with none other than WIMM and their WIMM One developer preview kits. This is the same kit we reviewed in full a few weeks ago, now here ready to distribute to you! All need in exchange is your awesome ideas for mini-apps for the future of this watchface-sized Android device! We've chosen several winners already and the project is set to continue through until right before the start of Mobile World Congress 2012 - check below to see our first winners and their awesome contributions!

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Developers cautiously convinced by Apple Gatekeeper

Developers cautiously convinced by Apple Gatekeeper

Apple began its Mountain Lion Gatekeeper charm-offensive with developers last week, it's been revealed, though there remain concerns around whether non-Mac App Store apps will get the same advantages as those released through the official download store. Developers Panic have documented Apple's outreach efforts, co-founder Cabel Sasser having been invited to a preview session with Mountain Lion earlier in February, where the Cupertino company was keen to reassure him that it has no plans to make the Mac App Store the only way to get apps in OS X.

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Join in on SlashGear’s WIMM Spring Developers Project!

Join in on SlashGear’s WIMM Spring Developers Project!

It’s time to work with SlashGear and WIMM to bring you into the next generation of Android-based wristwatch-sized fun and interaction with our WIMM Spring Developers Project! What we’ve got here is a set of TEN WIMM One developer preview kits (Be sure to check out SlashGear's review of the WIMM One developer preview kit here!) ready to distribute to you, but what we need in return is your ideas for what a watchface-sized Android device should or could be capable of! It’s an ideas project, ladies and gentlemen, and we want you to use your mind to bring a WIMM One unit directly to your wrist!

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning brings dream team to gaming

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning brings dream team to gaming

The newest Electronic Arts game to bring epic gaming to the forefront, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, promises to do so with a trio of story and development heroes not to be missed. With designer Ken Rolston at the helm and author RA Salvatore and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane behind the innards of the path gamers will follow, there's no doubt this game will bring the magic. This game will be coming out in Europe for starters on the 10th of February on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, and you'll be getting your game on here in the United States soon as well.

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Zynga CEO applauds concept theft in leaked memo

Zynga CEO applauds concept theft in leaked memo

I can't say I approve of what's going on in the gaming industry today when I read something as nasty as what you're about to experience. What follows is an internal memo sent out by Zynga CEO Mark Pincus to his developers, engineers, and the like, congratulating them on their hard work in the face of accusations that they've copied the idea for developer Niblebit's game Tiny Tower with their own game Dream Heights. Pincus has been known to speak on points like this in similar ways before, but his famous "just copy what they do and do it until you get their numbers" remark has never fully been substantiated with proof - until now.

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