Markus Persson, known also by the online handle "Notch," is an indie game success story like no other. Not only did he create Minecraft, one of the most popular independent titles in gaming history with more than 33 million units shipped worldwide, but he also released it to the general public and then walked away. Lead development was handed off to Persson's friend and fellow developer Jens Bergensten and Mojang -- the Sweden-based studio Persson set up in 2009 to take charge of Minecraft development -- shortly after the game's launch in November of 2011. … Read more
I've been getting a bit soft lately.
I don't know whether it's Google's fault or merely life's.
So along comes Lego with an attempt to make you buy, well, Lego this holiday season, and I find myself oddly moved.
Here we have a father and son who are bonded by the fact that they build things together.
Yes, they have their differences. But, when it comes down to it, their ambitions know no bounds, just as their relationship is, in the kid's words: "bound by blood."
This is an especially clever son … Read more
Arden Hayes may be 5 years old, but he has a sanguine presence that Congress could use.
He's an expert on presidents of the United States, as well as just generally being a lot more astute than most 5-year-olds.In a return appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Hayes casually mentioned he'd been hanging out with Al Gore.
He also noticed that Kimmel's map of the world didn't include South Sudan.… Read more
Remember Clippy, the helpful, googly-eyed paperclip? Microsoft hasn't had a lot luck with anthropomorphic characters. But that's not going to stop Sailor IE from lending a hand to the launch of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 on Thursday.
Known as Inori Aizawa, the Microsoft Singapore character was created to draw local attention to the new IE, as well as Windows Phone-powered Nokia phones and Surface tablets, from attendees of the currently-underway Anime Festival Asia.
A Microsoft representative told CNET that Inori's not about to become an official Internet Explorer mascot, but that doesn't mean that … Read more
Sony has announced the entertainment apps that will be available on the PlayStation 4 when the console launches on November 15. Dominated by familiar names like Netflix, Amazon Instant, Crackle, and Hulu Plus, the lineup is similar to what's offered on the current PS3 console.
According to Sony, the launch lineup is as follows:Amazon Instant Video Crackle Crunchyroll Epix Hulu Plus NBA Game Time Netflix NHL GameCenter Live Redbox Instant Sony Music Unlimited Sony Video Unlimited Vudu YuppTV
The most notable name missing from the list is YouTube. Also absent (despite being available on the PS3) are Cinema … Read more
Marvel fans will be able to get their superhero fix in 2015 when Netflix unveils four different live-action series based on comic book characters.
In a deal announced Thursday between Marvel owner Disney and Netflix, the lineup will debut with a show focused on Daredevil, the red-clad adventurer whose alter ego is blind attorney Matt Murdock. Another series will focus on Jessica Jones, a superhero who's gone through a few different identities in the Marvel universe.
The next-gen consoles hitting store shelves later this month from Sony and Microsoft look, and perform, very much like middle-tier gaming PCs, thanks to similar architecture that doesn't offer much mystery under the hood. Still, Sony decided to get the jump on the teardown crowd by dissecting its own console for those eager to get a glimpse at the guts of the PlayStation 4.
In a video, courtesy of Wired, Sony engineering director Yasuhiro Ootori cleanly dismantles the console, showing off its powerhouse processor that combines an 8-core AMD "Jaguar" CPU with an AMD next-generation Radeon GPU. … Read more
It wasn't Facebook's fault, but the IPO also was affected by trading glitches which delayed the start of trading by 30 minutes. The $38 IPO price wouldn't be … Read more
One potential future for streaming technology doesn't look much like it does today, and that was enough to convince Amazon Web Services to sign up for it.
AWS customers using Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) G2 will be able to stream complex software and games that require scalable GPU ray traced rendering such as Autodesk 3DS Max and Maya from AWS servers to … Read more
Twitter and its bankers set the price for its IPO at $26 per share this afternoon, with everything set for shares of TWTR to begin trading tomorrow on the New York Stock Exchange. It's the most anticipated -- and hyped? -- IPO since Facebook went public in May 2012.
And Twitter execs hope the comparisons to Facebook's IPO, which was met by eager sellers and technical glitches, ends there.