25
Jan

A16Z Leads $58M Round In UK’s TransferWise To Ramp Up Its P2P Transfer Business

TransferWise TransferWise, the fast-growing UK-based P2P money transfer startup that has reportedly been in talks with Facebook for remittance services, has raised now raised a large round of funding led by one of the social network’s earliest backers. Andreessen Horowitz is heading up a $58 million round of investment in TransferWise, a Series C round with participation also from previous backers… Read More

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25
Jan

Microsoft Soft-Launches the Highly Anticipated DirectX 12 ‘Low Level’ API in Recent Windows 10 Update

Ever since DX12 API was announced by Microsoft, the industry has waited its release with abated breath. The time it seems has finally come for Mantle’s rival to enter the scene. Inspired by and arguably built on the same foundation as AMD’s Mantle API, DirectX 12 aims to give developers and Windows OS to-the-metal control over the GPU, among other things. Interestingly it would seem that Microsoft has actually soft launched the API because it can be found in the dxdiag tool of the latest Windows 10 technical build.

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Microsoft secretly launches DX12 on windows – Xbox One could follow soon

Turns out, if you run dxdiag or the windows diagnostic tool in Windows 10 it will actually show DirectX 12 as the API. However, even though its actually showing DX12 as the API, you  wont be able to actually use it or do anything with it. The reason? the drivers of whatever GPU or iGPU you have will currently not support the new implementation. There will be no way for the OS to fetch the low level API so while its technically there, its actually not. But because the release from Microsoft has occurred, all that remains, is for the current GPU vendors to start rolling DX12 capable driver updates. Oh and ofcourse, you would then need an actual DX12 capable application or game.

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You might remember an article I did a while back that talked about how Mantle is capable of surviving in a DX12 conquered ecosystem. One of the primary features of which is the fact that any game created on Mantle API can easily be ported to DX12 with very little hassle and effort on the developers part. This means that it is highly likely for some of the first DX12 games (that Nvidia users will also enjoy I might add) to be the direct result of a quick-port from a Mantle API supported game. Ofcourse, the first consumer application to support DX12 will most probably be the 3DMark benchmark codenamed Farandole. The DirectX 12 API would allow far more draw calls than DX11, in the order of 7-10 times more. Infact the Farandole benchmark employs around 7.5 times the draw calls of DX11. In any case, the end of the tunnel is in sight, with one of the biggest changes to the gaming platform that is Microsoft Windows (and Xbox One) coming very soon.

Lets talk a bit about Xbox One now. Phil Spencer has made it clear in his tweets that Xbox One will be getting DX12, infact he claims that it will be getting not only DX12 but Feature Level 12_0 as well, something I find hard to believe since the feature level has yet to be finalized. However, as I have maintained before, consoles already have to-the-metal access to their hardware via an RTOS (Real Time Operating System) and the only advantages Xbox One will get are new graphical features. Still it would be interesting to see what Microsoft can pull off with this new update.

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25
Jan

More Than 200,000 Photographers Have Participated In EyeEm’s “Missions” For Brands

eyeem Whenever a new social network or online community springs up, it seems pretty inevitable that brands will eventually try to build a presence there. Naturally, this can cause lots of handwringing and eye-rolling — that’s why emphatically ad-free social networks like Ello attract a lot of interest, but also seem rather quixotic. So I was glad to get an update on what EyeEm is doing… Read More

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25
Jan

Kotaku ‘Shop Contest: Behind Microsoft’s Holographic Wall

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Behind Microsoft's Holographic Wall

This past week Microsoft debuted Hololens, a holographic Windows 10 interface that could hide a Minecraft-like game behind your walls
. What else can the holographic Windows of the future help us hide? Strap on your ‘Shop Contest goggles, kids.

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25
Jan

Here’s How To Turn On Windows 10’s New, Hidden Calendar And Clock

windows 10 I presume by now that if you are a Windows kid, you are using the newest build of the Windows 10 operating system, the recently released 9926 edition. If you are, go ahead and select the clock in the lower right corner of your screen. It looks slightly mundane, does it not? I thought so. What if it could look like this (Image via Brad Sams): It’s not hard to turn on. I even managed it… Read More

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25
Jan

Filmmakers Need A Virtual Reality Editing Suite, So Visionary VR Built It

Visionary Focus Feature Virtual reality is as different from movies as movies are from novels. It’s hard to port one into another without losing a lot. New storytelling mediums need new creation tools, and Visionary VR is making them. But this isn’t some Final Cut clone. Visionary’s editing suite lives entirely in VR. Directors use their hands to manipulate a 3D timeline, and select camera angles… Read More

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25
Jan

Digital Distribution Is Changing Who’s Going To See Indie Films

1125019024_356243621e_o Combine a culture that increasingly encourages self-expression; an economy that generates considerable surplus capital with low interest rates; Moore’s Law-like improvements in performance-per-dollar in production technology; proliferating on demand distribution outlets for digital media; and persistent underemployment for liberal arts graduates; and what do you get? More films being made! Read More

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25
Jan

Homeworld Remastered Collection coming February 25

Homeworld Remastered Collection, a compilation that includes Gearbox’s modern take on Relic Software’s strategy game series, will make contact with Steam on February 25. As announced during Gearbox’s presentation at PAX South 2015, the bundle includes original and updated versions of Homeworld 1 & 2, with Gearbox’s recreations featuring new voice recordings and a remastered score. Homeworld Remastered Collection will provide commanders with space fleets for $34.99 at launch, though a 15 percent discount ($29.74) is available to those who preorder.

The bundle also grants access to Homeworld Remastered‘s Steam multiplayer beta, a mode that serves as a joined multiplayer mode for both games. Races, maps, game modes and features from both games will be ready for battle once the multiplayer beta launches.

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25
Jan

Social Customer Service Firm Sparkcentral Locks Up A $12M Series B

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 11.36.17 AM Sparkcentral, a company that provides tools to help businesses conduct customer support over social channels, has raised a $12 million Series B round of funding, led by Split Rock Partners. The company previously raised a total of $5.6 million, including a $4.5 million Series A round of capital in October of 2013, or around 15 months ago. That places the company’s Series B round inside of… Read More

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25
Jan

OneDrive for Windows Phone gets visual update

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Microsoft has posted a minor update for the OneDrive for Windows Phone app.

imageVersion 4.6 of the app includes a minor redesign of the File Properties page, and also the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.

Find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store here.

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