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Xbox 720 Durango dev kit sale gives early taste of next-gen console

Xbox 720 Durango dev kit sale gives early taste of next-gen console

A Microsoft Durango developer kit reportedly emerged on a developper forum over the weekend, commanding a sale price of $10,000. The kit, which is said to feature an Intel CPU, NVIDIA GPU, and “more than 8GB of memory”, is used for Xbox 720 development. The fact that the kit looked like a plain black PC tower running a regular debug launcher led many to believe it was nothing more than a hoax, but Digital Foundry decided to reach out to several sources and developers, discovering that the kit was in fact the real deal.

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Microsoft BUILD 2012 puts developer focus on Windows 8 and WP8

Microsoft BUILD 2012 puts developer focus on Windows 8 and WP8

Microsoft has announced the dates for BUILD 2012, its next big developer conference, held at the Microsoft campus the week after Windows 8 goes on sale. Kicking off October 30 and running until November 2, BUILD 2012 will focus not only on the new desktop platform - and its ARM-focused Windows RT counterpart - but cover Windows Phone 8, Windows Azure, Server2012, and Visual Studio 2012, among other things.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core tablets available now for $1299

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core tablets available now for $1299

Today Qualcomm has been showing off some of their technology including their new quad-core chipset, the APQ8064. And for those folks looking to get into the mobile powerhouse action right away they are now available. Qualcomm's usual developer kit distributor BSQUARE have just posted them up for sale -- starting at $1299.

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Is Microsoft’s Windows $0.99 app omission madness, money or moral?

Is Microsoft’s Windows $0.99 app omission madness, money or moral?

When you're trying to kick-start your tablet platform, apps are everything, so why has Microsoft decided to opt out of the most common price point in recent years: the $0.99 app? Confirmation this weekend that Windows 8 and Windows RT users would be offered paid apps as well as free (unsurprising) and that developers would be able to price their wares from $1.49 to $999.99 (surprising) is a distinct departure from Apple and Google's strategy. According to the stereotypes, iOS users love paying for apps while Android users only download free ones (or steal them until the apps are made free out of exasperation), but what do Windows tablet owners do?

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BlackBerry 10 Gold SDK in November: RIM promises feature progress transparency

BlackBerry 10 Gold SDK in November: RIM promises feature progress transparency

RIM has shared its BlackBerry 10 roadmap, confirming that the Gold SDK - the final version of the tools developers need to create apps for the platform - expected in November. According to the roadmap, the latest R6 SDK beta is up for download today, including a software update for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha smartphone to add the BlackBerry App World storefront app and thus allow developers to share their apps with other Dev Alpha owners.

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Google Glass grabs developer outreach chief from Gmail

Google Glass grabs developer outreach chief from Gmail

Google's Glass wearable division has poached itself a new Community Manager, with former Gmail community lead Sarah Price jumping from email to augmented reality. Price's new role, confirmed on Google+, will see her engage with bleeding-edge Glass developers, who stand to get their hands on the first Explorer Edition in early 2013, as Google attempts to encourage coders to come up with apps suitable for a wearable display.

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Face.com shutters API support

Face.com shutters API support

Remember when Facebook acquired face.com last month? Face.com reported at the time that it planned to continue to support its developer community. I think most of those developers suspected that wasn't an accurate statement when it was made, and that inaccuracy has now been confirmed.

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Recon Instruments MOD HUD Hands-on

Recon Instruments MOD HUD Hands-on

Earlier today we mentioned a little bit about Recon Instruments and their new MOD Heads-up Display technology. They offer something similar to Google's Project Glass, only it is available today for just $399. These will be your ultimate companion while going skiing or snowboarding, and much more is planned for the future.

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Can’t wait for Google Glass? Recon’s MOD Live has you covered today

Can’t wait for Google Glass? Recon’s MOD Live has you covered today

Google Glass may be grabbing the headlines at IO this week, but with Explorer Edition developer devices not shipping until 2013, it might be worth looking elsewhere for your head-up display fix. Recon Instruments has just the thing, with a new Android SDK for the MOD Live eyepiece that will allow developers to create their own applications that float in the user's eyeline.

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Microsoft demos prototype Nokia Windows Phone 8

Microsoft demos prototype Nokia Windows Phone 8

Microsoft may be targeting the news at the Windows Phone Summit at developers, but there's a little new hardware on show, too, in the shape of a prototype Nokia handset. The Nokia-made device has a large, 720p resolution touchscreen along with a dual-core processor, both freshly supported in Windows Phone 8.

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Facebook App Center could launch today says source

Facebook App Center could launch today says source

The use of apps and social gaming of Facebook is been growing significantly over the last few years. Social games such as Farmville and other apps have been insanely popular on the service and have generated significant income for developers. Facebook is set to take apps on the social network even further according to a source claiming to be briefed by Facebook on a competitor to the App Store from Apple that Facebook plans to launch soon.

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Apple WWDC 2012 June 11 keynote confirmed : We’ll be liveblogging!

Apple WWDC 2012 June 11 keynote confirmed : We’ll be liveblogging!

Apple has confirmed the WWDC 2012 keynote, taking place in San Francisco on June 11 at 10am PST, as part of the newly-published schedule for the developer-centric event. The subject of the keynote - which is expected to see CEO Tim Cook take the stage, as well as other luminaries from Apple's executive team - is still a source of contention, with predictions of both iPhone 5 and new Mac news that day.

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