Nintendo Bringing Mario and Other Games to Smartphones and Tablets
Nintendo announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Japanese mobile game maker DeNA to jointly develop games for smartphones, tablets and PCs, meaning that new titles based on iconic franchises such as Mario, Pokemon and Zelda could soon be available on devices such as iPhone, iPad and Mac. Nintendo will purchase a 10% stake in DeNA for $182 million as part of a cross-shareholding deal, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Nintendo consistently refused to license its intellectual property to other platforms, fearing that doing so may threaten its traditional, console-based business model. Nevertheless, as the mobile gaming industry has grown into an estimated $25 billion market, and competitors such as Sony begin making more games available on other consoles, it appears that Nintendo has caved into the pressure.
“The company seems to have totally changed its mind-set, after having resisted against mobile game development, publicly complained about the low quality of content in mobile and played down its role in the game world overall,” said Serkan Toto, a Tokyo-based game consultant. “This is about the most drastic, bold shift in strategy Nintendo could have undertaken.”
Nintendo and DeNA will team up to develop a “multi-device membership service for the global market,” available next fall for PCs, smartphones, tablets and also Nintendo gaming consoles, according to the report. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said at a news conference on Tuesday that he hopes the service will allow the company to reach hundreds of millions of new users, while the company remains committed to its own lineup of gaming devices.
Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand
While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away, the software maker has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan. Speaking at Microsoft Convergence yesterday, Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossela revealed that the company is currently working on a new name and brand. “We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10,” said Capossela. “We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing.”
Internet Explorer will still exist in some versions of Windows 10 mainly for enterprise compatibility, but the new Project Spartan will be named separately and will be the primary way for Windows 10 users to access the web. Microsoft has tried, unsuccessfully, to shake off the negative image of Internet Explorer over the past several years with a series of amusing campaigns mocking Internet Explorer 6. The ads didn’t improve the situation, and Microsoft’s former Internet Explorer chief left the company in December, signalling a new era for the browser.
Apple’s TV service due this fall with about 25 channels
With the thawing of the spring we have a renewal of an old favorite: Apple TV rumors. After Re/code suggested a month ago that Apple might go its own way Sling TV-style instead of working with cable companies, the Wall Street Journal is reporting similar details. According to WSJ, Apple is negotiating to launch a “slim” package of 25 or so channels for streaming this fall for $30 to $40, but there’s a twist: There have so far been no negotiations with Comcast-owned NBCUniversal, thanks to a falling out between the two companies. The rumors go so far as to claim Apple felt Comcast was intentionally stringing it along while it developed its X1 cable box. So far Sling seems to be doing OK without Syfy and the rest, but we’ll see if that changes after The Expanse launches. With an Apple TV price drop and similar services either launched or on the way, we’ll move the Apple TV rumor alert level up to a still-skeptical (see my reasoning here) chartreuse.
Yahoo aims to kill passwords with on-demand codes
Passwords are easy to forget. They’re even easier to steal. Now Yahoo has unveiled a new scheme to make permanent passwords as outdated as Morse code.
Yahoo is rolling out its “on-demand” email passwords that utilize phone notifications so you’ll never have to memorize a password again. It works kind of like two-factor authentication, except you don’t ever have to type in your primary password.
The new on-demand password sign-in method is available starting today. When users try to sign in, they’ll see a “send my password” button rather than a normal text-entry box.
“This is the first step to eliminating passwords,” said Yahoo VP Dylan Casey during the service’s unveiling today at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. “I don’t think we as an industry has done a good enough job of putting ourselves in the shoes of the people using our products.”
While competitors like Google, Facebook and Apple have offered two-factor authentication for a while now, Yahoo is trying to step up its game with more user-friendly security options, even though on-demand passwords technically are less secure than two-factor authentication.
Geek this Week
Aaron – Product Hunt
Gozer – House of Cards, Cinderella & Dying Light
Review: Rhino Shield Crash Guard – http://www.evolutivelabs.com/pages/crashguard
On the radar
Gozer – Windows 10 & Xbox
Aaron – Magic SMS Concierge Service
Listener Feedback & Items of Note:
Tim gives us his take on the Crash Guard.
I’ll try to be brief, I have trouble with that.
Apple Watch – 18 hour battery life, price = fail, will sell lot hotcakes, Apple can now poop in a box and sell millions.
Pebble – we’ve broken up. Latest firmware made it inoperable with my phone. They’re devs are useless, end result, 1 month of debugging, they offered a refund for my 11 month old steel. Done!
- My Steel battery has tanked <3 days. I don’t believe Pebble can execute their promises anymore. The new one will be just as buggy, great hardware, developers not worth a damn. Do the math, a high level developer in the Valley is 300k/year at least, how many can Pebble have on staff — even with 20-30 mil in venture funding. Not many. Kickstarter was a total gimick this time. Think — what guarantees do you get when you pledge on KS? NONE! So you gave them $350+ with the HOPE you’ll get 2 watches. You do know they don’t have to give you a thing. It would be a PR disaster, but food for thought, it’s not a pre-order, it’s a funding campaign.
New watch LG G Watch R – none of the pebble issues (Bluetooth connects, and works). Battery life is respectable about 55 hours with regular use and screen always on– HELLO Apple Watch.
Now looking for a home weather station hopefully, Raspberry PI or Arduino based. I’ve had code reliant on openweathermap.org, they’ve been down for 2 days — so can’t rely on third party stuff. IOT my hind end. Have your own!
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