All posts on March, 2016


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Microsoft integrates Xamarin into Visual Studio for free, will open source Xamarin runtime

Microsoft today announced that Xamarin is now available for free for every Visual Studio user. This includes all editions of Visual Studio, including the free Visual Studio Community, Visual Studio Professional, and Visual Studio Enterprise. More specifically, Xamarin’s capabilities have been built into Visual Studio Community, Xamarin Studio for OS X is being made available […]

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Playbuzz scores $15 million in funding for sponsored social content

Playbuzz said it has raised $15 million in funding from Saban Ventures and Disney for its business of providing sponsored content. Playbuzz helps publishers and content creators distribute their content in ways that boost engagement and social distribution. For instance, New York-based Playbuzz helps promote sponsored content by distributing it through slide shows, flip cards, galleries, […]

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Lynda.com’s new Learning Path program plans the courses needed to land the job you want

Lynda.com has launched a program called Learning Paths to help you land your next job, curating its courses by specific job titles. The idea is to give you a starting point to learn more about a particular profession. To start, the online education company offers 53 job titles with multiple courses listed under each one […]

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Disney hopes Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2 will blast its way to success on mobile

One of Disney’s most successful social games to date is Marvel: Avengers Alliance, which debuted on Facebook in 2012 and grew to 70 million players. Now, the sequel is coming out, but in a very different world — with target platforms in the $34.8 billion mobile game market. Disney Interactive Games and Marvel Entertainment are […]

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Sprint now lets you get Amazon Prime for $11 per month, $132 per year. But why?

ANALYSIS: U.S. telecommunications giant Sprint has a “unique offering” in store for its customers today — it will now let them sign up to Amazon Prime for $11 per month as an add-on to their usual monthly plan. There’s little question that Amazon Prime, replete with streaming video and music, and super-fast deliveries on goods, is […]

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Machine Zone’s Gabe Leydon freaked out East Coast media, now will speak at SF Mobile Summit

VB EVENT: Within two years, a relatively unknown company called Machine Zone has exploded to become one of the largest mobile gaming companies in the world, all on the back of a single successful mobile game, Game of War. The company’s CEO, Gabe Leydon, has since become one of the sharpest critics of the multi-billion dollar ad industry. […]

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Intel event highlights college student games that should be published right now

One of the delightful surprises at the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco was the Intel University Games Showcase, which featured some of the most innovative games being built by teams of college students. I attended the event in the vast upper level of the Metreon and was very pleasantly surprised at how good the demos […]

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