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Amazon Lumberyard launched for “free” game development in the cloud

Amazon Lumberyard launched for “free” game development in the cloud

This week a new cross-platform 3D game engine was launched with the name Amazon Lumberyard. This system is integrated with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Twitch, including cloud-connected gameplay features and connectivity with Amazon GameLift. This second service, Amazon GameLift, was made to deploy, operate, and scale session-based multiplayer games. These tools appear to put Amazon right into the thick of the game development universe. Appear to. We'll see how adoption works soon.

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Google reverses Android ad-blocker decision

Google reverses Android ad-blocker decision

Just last week, Google seemed to declare war on mobile ad-blockers on the Google Play app store. It all started when they blocked Adblock Fast from the store. The most bizarre part of the story was Google's vague reasoning behind their decision, which was that it violated Section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement. Well, now they appear to have reversed course.

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Google releases Android Studio 2.0 beta with improved developer tools

Google releases Android Studio 2.0 beta with improved developer tools

Google has just announced that a beta of its Android Studio 2.0 software is now available for download, offering new and improved tools for Android app developers. As the latest version of the IDE (integrated development environment), Android Studio 2.0 doesn't have a confirmed release date yet, but sometime before May seems likely. Those interested in trying it out can download it now from the Beta channel website.

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Unreal VR lets you become an edit-happy god

Unreal VR lets you become an edit-happy god

What you're about to witness is the next best example of why virtual reality changes the way we'll perceive the world. Inside the Unreal Engine 4 VR editor, users will be able to manipulate everything around them inside a virtual universe. What's more - this isn't like Minecraft, where everything is boxy. This is an Unreal Engine 4 environment. That means realistic. That means so realistic that we're leaping over the uncanny valley. It's done being creepy and we're straight away into The Matrix.

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The Android ad-blocking war has begun

The Android ad-blocking war has begun

Google blocks an ad-blocking from the Google Play app store not long after Samsung announced an ad-blocking API release for its own web browser. Thus begins the ad-blocking war on Android devices in ernest. This is not the first time an Android app has been blocked from Google's official app store for disobeying the official developer rules - and at this time it's not entirely clear whether or not the block has been put in place for something new, or the same reason as the old.

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Narrative opens wearable camera to inventive devs

Narrative opens wearable camera to inventive devs

Wearable camera company Narrative is throwing open its platform to developers, inviting more interesting uses for the tiny life-logging gadget. Dubbed the Narrative Open Platform, it clears the way for both hardware and software customization, as the crowdfunding success attempts to make its wearable a must-have accessory rather than a niche geek trinket.

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Build 2016 sold out: here’s your only hope

Build 2016 sold out: here’s your only hope

In what very well may be record timing, Microsoft's developer conference BUILD 2016 has sold out. No more tickets are available. If you want a ticket to Build 2016, you're going to be out of luck. Without some immense luck or a force of will the likes of which include intense clicking beyond comprehension. The other possibility for you is getting invited. That's not going to be easy, and you're probably not going to be able to get to this year's event either way.

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Google I/O conferences gets dates and a new location for 2016

Google I/O conferences gets dates and a new location for 2016

Google I/O is one of the best tech conferences of the year. If you're a developer, then this is your chance to get up-close and personal with some of the best and brightest minds in tech. This year the conference is moving away from San Francisco for the first time in its history.

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Google wants to be the AI eyes in drones, robots, and apps

Google wants to be the AI eyes in drones, robots, and apps

Google is throwing open the computer vision system that powers Google Photos to third-party developers, helping them to filter out obscene images, spot faces and landmarks, and more. The new Cloud Vision API is what allows Google Photos to sift through all your pictures and collect all those with dogs in the frame, with well-known landmarks, or even particular facial emotions.

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Super Smash Bros Project M is ended, team heads to new project

Super Smash Bros Project M is ended, team heads to new project

The bummer in this situation is the fact that the original team of developers will no longer be working on Project M. The good news is - they're not quitting the business altogether. A side-project, mostly for the fun of it, isn't going to be the end-point for the people behind the popular Super Smash Bros mod-makers, and the mods that've already been made will remain in operation for the foreseeable future.

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Intel Curie chip arrives on Arduino 101 board

Intel Curie chip arrives on Arduino 101 board

First revealed almost a year ago at CES 2015, Intel's low-power Curie chip is finally becoming available on its first development board, the new Arduino 101. Up until now, Curie has mostly been used in things like wearables, along with the occasional odd product. But now that it's coming to the open-source Arduino platform, students and hobbyist makers can take advantage of its sensors and connectivity options.

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Google OnHub has Chrome OS inside

Google OnHub has Chrome OS inside

A group of developers opens up the Google OnHub smart router's software to find that it runs Chrome OS. That means the device is a Chromebook - or a Chrome... Hub... as it were. While it doesn't mean you're going to be connecting the machine to a display and using it as a Chromebox any time soon, it does mean that there's far more potential for this OnHub device than Google is letting on initially. This all points to smart home control.

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