The contract between the two companies means that before PC and PS4, Activision has to release its ‘Call of Duty’ expansion packs on Microsoft consoles, which at the moment are Xbox One and Xbox 360. This may not be a big deal for most gamers, but can play a vital role in deciding which console to opt for if the person is a COD fan. Microsoft has a similar deal with EA Sports over ‘FIFA Ultimate Team Legends’.
LG has launched one of its new curved mid-range smartphones in India, the LG Spirit, listing it on its country-specific website at Rs. 14,250. The company has not yet announced availability details for the smartphone.
The popular Video LAN Client may finally have a stable release for Android, but that doesn't mean it can't be improved. The 1.2 update adds support for audio playlists, which was apparently missing from the previous releases. Unfortunately due to the limitations of M3U files (the default playlist type for the desktop version of VLC) it's tricky to simply copy your playlists from your computer to your phone. You'll probably need to set them up manually in the app, as below.
After the Nexus devices, Motorola is rumored to be next in line to receive the Android 5.1 Lollipop update. And with news that the Android 5.1 Lollipop notes already up at the Motorola website, it seems practically imminent that the Moto X will be getting the updated Android OS soon.
Owners of the 2014 Moto G in the U.K. are now receiving the handset’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop software. The release brings lots of new features and improvements, including Google’s gorgeous new Material Design overhaul.
Verizon customers with a Galaxy S5 are finally getting Lollipop again, almost two months after the update began its rollout and was subsequently pulled. In addition to visual improvements, the update brings numerous new features.
According to a report published this weekend, the new version of TouchWiz that is found on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge could be made available to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 when the phablet receives its Android 5.1 update. The first Samsung devices to get the Android 5.1 update will be the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Keep in mind that none of this has been confimed by Samsung and is all speculation at this point.
I've written about the potential for open source in China several times, and the same can be said about India. Here's some big news on that front, just announced by the Government of India's Department Of Electronics & Information Technology [.pdf]:
The Innovative Technology Partnerships Office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, announced the release of its core Flight System (cFS) Application Suite to the public. The cFS application suite is composed of 12 individual Command and Data Handling (C&DH) flight software applications that together create a reusable library of common C&DH functions.
Version 4.2 of WordPress, the world’s most popular web software that allows anyone to create beautiful blogs and websites in minutes, is getting closer with the recently released Beta 3 version that brings over 65 changes. The new version is available for download here.
Facebook showed plans last week for drone aircraft that beam lasers conveying high-speed data to remote parts of the world.
As powerful as that sounds, Facebook already has something that could be even more potent: a huge sharing of its once-proprietary information, the kind of thing that would bring a traditional Silicon Valley patent lawyer to tears.
In a departure from prior Plumbers tradition, we are pleased to announce not a Development Tools Microconference, but rather a set of Development Tools tutorials, including interactive tutorials, demos, and short presentations. Topics include Coccinelle (Julia Lawall), testing and debugging tools (Shuah Khan), issues with copying and pasting Linux kernel code (Michael Godfrey), and LLVM/clang and the Linux kernel (Behan Webster).
OSCAL (Open Source Conference Albania) is the first annual international tech conference in Albania organized by the open source community in Albania to promote software freedom, open source software, free culture and open knowledge.