The software development kit (SDK) will be made available to all game developers in April, though it's already been in beta testing with a handful of developers, which Dolby would not disclose.
The technology, which has been available to PC game makers for the past year, adds three-dimensional location to a game's voice chat channel. This gives gamers a sense of where other players are talking from when heard through … Read more
Consumer Reports on Wednesday published results of its latest survey on the best and worst companies for computer tech support.
In January, the survey asked 7,000 subscribers who owned a laptop or desktop computer to rate their computer manufacturer in several categories: problem solved; phone waits; phone staff; and online support.
For laptop computers, Apple scored 86 out of a possible 100. That's 23 points above its nearest competitor, Lenovo, which scored a 63. In fact, Apple scored the highest in each of the Consumer Reports categories.
Rounding out the list after Apple and Lenovo are Toshiba (60), … Read more
The fee to become an Apple Mac developer dropped significantly Thursday to $99. According to Apple the new low cost of membership is in response to the success of the iPhone Developer Program (also $99 per year) and the potential that apps from that platform might crossover to the Mac. Apple had previously sold memberships to the Apple Developer Connection (ADC) Select or Premier programs for $499 and $3,499 respectively.
The newly named Mac Developer Program offers access to Mac OS X prereleases, technical documentation, Xcode 3 and other tools, development videos, member-only developer forums, and two technical code-level … Read more