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Will Microsoft develop a sequel – Minecraft 2?

#Microsoft’s Xbox boss Phil Spencer suggested last week that the company has no plans for a Minecraft sequel.

When Microsoft #announced its purchase of Minecraft, fans worried it might ruin their beloved game. However, the company has been careful about saying how much it wants to support the game and not make any radical #changes.

On the IGN Podcast, Spencer said that maybe ‘Minecraft 2‘ isn’t “the thing that makes the most sense” for the game. He sounded much more in favor of continuing support for the current game, which has been hugely successful by regularly updating itself free for anyone who’s bought the game.

A new version might upset the huge community, and there are other directions Microsoft could take with the franchise, like movies or TV series. For now, however, Spencer says that Microsoft‘s responsibility is to meet the desires of the Minecraft community before doing anything else.

One thing Microsoft is looking at is how to bring all the different versions of Minecraft (Linux, OS X, Windows, Java, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Xbox 360/One, Raspberry Pi, PlayStation 3/4/Vita) together. The original desktop versions have things like access to mods and different servers, which console players do not. This could be improved.

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Game Streaming with Raspberry Pi Limelight

If you fancy streaming your games from your #PC to your HDTV but just can’t wait or want to purchase a Steam Machine you might be interested in the Raspberry Pi Limelight Pi #opensource software.

RaspberryPi Limelight is an open source software that lets you stream games from your home PC to your Raspberry Pi as long as you have a NVIDIA GTX 600/700 series graphics card, NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience program and either a powerful wireless router or direct Ethernet connection. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.

 

“As with the Nvidia Shield, you’ll need one of Nvidia’s newer GTX 600 or 700 series graphics cards in your PC rig to get your games streamed over, but if you’ve got all the necessary hardware, you can get started right now.

Currently, you can only play games with a keyboard and mouse, but there should be gamepad support on the way. In any case, it’s an awesome excuse to dust off your Pi if it’s been sitting in the corner, and it could be your ultra low-cost Steam Machine. If you want to get tinkering, you can find the necessary free code here, along with instructions too.

Limelight also works on other PCs and laptops running OS X, Windows or Linux, and there’s even an Android port that’ll let you sling over your games to your favourite gadgets running Google’s OS, including the Ouya, which may give the microconsole a new lease of life.”

The awesome Limelight Pi software is available from irtimmer’s Github page. Enjoy!

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Power of Arduino and Raspberry Pi combined in $99 Android/Linux PC

Arduino board uses quad-core ARM CPU for the power of “4 Raspberry Pis.”

The Raspberry Pi is all the rage for hobbyists in search of cheap, credit card-sized computers that can run a full PC operating system. Arduino boards have been around nearly a decade, meanwhile, powering robots and all sorts of other creative electronics projects.

Now, a project called UDOO (“you do”) seeks to bring the best elements of Raspberry Pi and Arduino together into a single mini-PC that can run either Android or Linux.

“With UDOO, we want to combine the winning characteristics of Arduino and Raspberry Pi in one single board. The simplicity of Arduino in managing sensors, combined with the flexibility of a microcomputer based on ARM are integrated in UDOO, giving you a powerful prototyping board able to run Linux or Android,” UDOO project coordinator Bruno Sinopli, a Carnegie Mellon professor in electrical and computer engineering, said in a video on UDOO’s Kickstarter page .

UDOO-based projects demonstrated in the video included a camera-equipped toy car controlled remotely with a tablet, programming education for kids, and a video game involving players running on equipment reminiscent of the Wii Balance Board. Touchscreens and various other types of sensors can be connected to the UDOO.

“Want to build an LED light-controller, a RFID reader, or a creative game controller? UDOO allows you to create any kind of project and share it with the community,” the Kickstarter page states. “Combining the flexibility of Arduino with the power of Android or Linux, you can create and update tons of stand-alone solutions without worrying about the linking between the two worlds and their wiring.”

The UDOO has the same pins as the Arduino DUE, as well as the DUE’s ARM SAM3X processor, which is dedicated to the GPIO pins. Android 4.0.4 or Linux (Ubuntu 11.10) runs on a second processor, a dual- or quad-core i.MX6 Freescale chip, based on the ARM Cortex A9.

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UDOO’s Kickstarter page claims the board will have “the power of four Raspberry Pis,” apparently in reference to the quad-core chip. The Raspberry Pi uses a single-core ARM chip. The UDOO also has twice as much RAM (1GB) and Gigabit Ethernet as opposed to the Pi’s 100 Megabit Ethernet. The Raspberry Pi has the UDOO beat on price, though, with models selling for $25 or $35.

The UDOO was seeking $27,000 to jump start development of the computer. It has already received about $95,000 in six days, with pledges being taken until June 8. Pledges of $99 or more will net contributors a dual-core UDOO board, while a $119 pledge will get you a quad-core board. The dual- and quad-core boards will retail for the slightly higher prices of $109 and $129, respectively, the Kickstarter page says. Contributors are expected to get their deliveries in September of this year.

At 4.33×3.35 inches, the UDOO is a little bigger than the Raspberry Pi’s 3.37×2.13 inches. Here’s UDOO’s list of components:

  • Freescale i.MX 6 ARM Cortex-A9 CPU Dual/Quad core 1GHz
  • Integrated graphics, each processor provides 3 separated accelerators for 2D, OpenGL ES2.0 3D and OpenVG
  • Atmel SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3 CPU (same as Arduino Due)
  • RAM DDR3 1GB
  • 54 Digital I/O + Analog Input (Arduino-compatible R3 1.0 pinout)
  • HDMI and LVDS + Touch (I2C signals)
  • Ethernet RJ45 (10/100/1000 MBit)
  • Wi-Fi Module
  • Mini USB and Mini USB OTG [On The Go]
  • USB type A (x2) and USB connector (requires a specific wire)
  • Analog Audio and Mic
  • SATA (Only Quad-Core version)
  • Camera connection
  • Micro SD (boot device)
  • Power Supply (5-12V) and External Battery connector

The UDOO has been in development for more than a year, and the team says it is “80 percent ready” to deliver the final product. Although UDOO has surpassed its Kickstarter funding goal, there are still pre-order boards available to contributors.

Reblogged from: Ars Technica

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Minecraft marches onto Raspberry Pi

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Free-to-download port of mobile edition will enable users to open up the game’s code

Mojang’s hugely popular Minecraft is making its way to credit-card sized computer Raspberry Pi, the developer has revealed.

Dubbed Minecraft: Pi Edition, the free to download game will come with a revised feature set and support for multiple programming languages.

The title will be a port of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, which is currently available on iOS and Android.

Users will be able to use the tiny computer to “break open” the title’s code and manipulate various objects in the game world, as well as helping aspiring developers learn the fundamentals of programming.

“The possibilities are massive,” read a statement on the studio’s website.

“You could organise the cheapest LAN party of all time, or use the Pi to learn the fundamentals of programming on a minuscule budget. It’s like hacking your way into Minecraft and modifying the game world with code, a bit like being Notch, Jeb, or Nathan, but arguably more fun and less stressful.”

The Raspberry Pi is a $35 (£29.95) mini computer developed by charity organisation the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and was designed to help children get into programming by providing a cost-effective solution to computing.

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iControlPad 2 takes iPhone & Android game control open-source

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It supports standard gamepad/joystick/keyboard modes. It works without issue in Linux.

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A new open-source Bluetooth gaming controller with full QWERTY, from the team that delivered the iControlPad for iPhone and iPod touch, has hit Kickstarter in search of $150,000. iControlPad 2 will run open-source firmware and include dual-analog controls and support not only for Apple’s mobile devices, but Android phones and tablets, Google TV set-top boxes, and other hardware.

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It’s fair bristling with buttons and sticks, too, keeping even the most frantic gaming fingers occupied. As well as the analog sticks there’s a D-pad and the usual cluster of four buttons, a 5-row keyboard – with the sticks sandwiched in-between rows one and two – start/select, and two shoulder buttons, though the iControlPad 2 team says the layout isn’t quite final and could still be changed base on gamer feedback.

iControlPad 2 takes iPhone & Android game control open-source

Attaching to whatever mobile device you want to use the iControlPad 2 with uses a swivel-holder, that can flip around the back of the phone in case you need to suddenly take a call. Inside there’s a battery good for 12-14 hours of runtime.

It’ll work with your PC, Mac, and Linux too, and the firmware is open-source so that you can hack it about if you don’t have support for a specific device. Pledging is open from today, with a minimum pledge of $69 getting you a unit when it begins shipping; that’s expected to happen in time for the holidays.

Source: Slashgear

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