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Developers and G2A clash over the impact of grey market keys on indies – Gamasutra

Developers and G2A clash over the impact of grey market keys on indies –...

What started out as a tweet from No More Robots founder (and former Gamasutra editor) Mike Rose has since spiraled into a Change.org petition for the key reseller G2A to remove indie games from its platform, and a lengthy back-and-forth between the company and game makers about its effect on indies altogether. This latest discussion…
Alexa developers can now personalize their skills by recognizing the user’s voice

Alexa developers can now personalize their skills by recognizing the user’s voice

Amazon Alexa is already capable of identifying different voices to give personalized responses to different users in the household, thanks to the added support for voice profiles two years ago. Now, those same personalization capabilities will be offered to Alexa Skill developers, Amazon has announced. Alongside Amazon’s big rollout of new consumer devices on Wednesday,…

Why do developers at Google consider Agile development to be nonsense? (2016)

As a former Google Engineering Director, I can offer some insight.Agile means many things to many people. The simple high level Agile Manifesto is something I think is close to the way Google engineers think about software development.Individuals and interactions over processes and toolsWorking software over comprehensive documentationCustomer collaboration over contract negotiationResponding to change over…
Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

A group of app developers have penned a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, arguing that certain privacy-focused changes to Apple’s iOS 13 operating system will hurt their business. In a report by The Information, the developers were said to have accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior when it comes to how apps can access user…
Web feature developers told to dial up attention on privacy and security

Web feature developers told to dial up attention on privacy and security

Web feature developers are being warned to step up attention to privacy and security as they design contributions. Writing in a blog post about “evolving threats” to Internet users’ privacy and security, the W3C standards body’s technical architecture group (TAG) and Privacy Interest Group (PING) set out a series of revisions to the W3C’s Security…
Developers mentoring other developers: practices I’ve seen work well

Developers mentoring other developers: practices I’ve seen work well

How does mentoring work? I asked this question ten years into my software engineering career when I joined Uber. Until then, I've never received or done mentoring, or at least never put this label on any activity I've done before.Uber, however, had an official mentoring program. Almost every engineer I met had a mentor. Mentorship…
AlphaDream, developers of the Mario & Luigi series, file for bankruptcy – GoNintendo

AlphaDream, developers of the Mario & Luigi series, file for bankruptcy – GoNintendo

Closing after 19 years AlphaDream, the developer behind the Mario & Luigi series, has officially filed for bankruptcy. AlphaDream officially opened for business back in Jan. 2000, marking 19 years of game development coming to close. AlphaDream worked alongside Nintendo on Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Partners in Time, Bowser's Inside Story. Dream Team, Paper…
Game Developers Really Love Putting IT Easter Eggs In Their Games – Kotaku

Game Developers Really Love Putting IT Easter Eggs In Their Games – Kotaku

Easter eggs are always fun. A little secret or hidden item that lets players and developers have a connection, for a brief moment. A player jumps into an out of the way tunnel and is rewarded with a little reference or Easter egg. And these secrets help tell us what developers like or care about.…
Open source developers say GitHub must terminate its contract with ICE — or else.

Open source developers say GitHub must terminate its contract with ICE — or else.

Since at least September, employees of GitHub have been pressuring the Microsoft-owned code repository to terminate its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, without success. Now they’re getting reinforcements from a constituency that could have more clout. In an open letter published Wednesday on GitHub, software developers representing the open source community joined the call…
If you want developers to adopt your software, make it less risky (2017)

If you want developers to adopt your software, make it less risky (2017)

“Analyzing the Decision Criteria of Software Developers Based on Prospect Theory” by Kina et al *applies behavioral economics to a question that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about: *what makes developers adopt software and methodologies which will aid them in their jobs? The premise of the paper is that there are some things,…

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Nintendo Switch Lite is in stock at Amazon, Best Buy and...

Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET The coronavirus pandemic has caused a huge upswing in videogame usage as millions continue to stay home. That's left the Nintendo Switch nearly impossible to find since at least March, as the pandemic has disrupted the global electronics supply chain and the fact that sleazy resellers have been using bots to scoop up what little…

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