Android may be based on Linux, but it’s not based on the type of Linux system you may have used on your PC. You can’t run Android apps on typical Linux distributions and you can’t run the Linux programs you’re familiar with on Android. Linux makes up the core part of Android, but Google hasn’t added all the typical software and libraries you’d find on a Linux distribution like Ubuntu. This makes all the difference. “Linux” vs. The Linux Kernel RELATED: “Linux” Isn’t Just Linux: 8 Pieces of Software That Make Up Linux Systems The big difference here comes down to what we mean by Linux. People use the term “Linux” to mean many different things. At its most basic, Linux means the Linux kernel. A kernel is the core part of any operating system. We also refer to Linux distributions as simply “Linux.” However, Linux distributions aren’t just the Linux kernel. They contain many other pieces of … [Read more...] about Android is Based on Linux, But What Does That Mean?
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The cycle of young girls playing video games often follows a similar arc: they start playing when they’re younger, then drop off as they get older, and by the time they’re adults, they’ve almost forgotten about the fun they had when they were younger. This is what happened to Laila Shabir, who even though she loved sneaking out to arcades with her sister in the United Arab Emirates when she was growing up, had forgotten all about gaming until she moved to the US to study at MIT and met her husband. “He was a pretty serious gamer and loved both making and playing games,” she tells the Standard. “He opened my eyes to this new way of influencing kids and changing perceptions through entertainment. And one of the best ways to do that is through video games.” Together they started LearnDistrict, a games studio focusing on educational games for children. And this is where they ran into their first barrier: it was really hard to recruit … [Read more...] about Girls Make Games: the organisation showing young girls another career
Microsoft is reportedly working on a higher-tier Xbox Game Pass ‘Ultimate’ subscription. First revealed by Twitter user ‘@WalkingCat’ and later corroborated by Thurrott and The Verge, the Ultimate subscription is said to combine Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold into a single monthly charge. Currently, it costs a total of $19.98 USD/month (versus $23.98 CAD in Canada) to subscribe to both services individually, but the Ultimate subscription will reportedly offer both as a package deal for $14.99/month ($20 CAD). It’s unclear if Microsoft also intends to offer the Ultimate subscription in Canada at a similarly discounted rate. However, the subscription appears to be another part of Microsoft’s ever-growing focus on digital games and services. The company has long been rumoured to be working on a disc-less Xbox One S console that will only play digital games — a system that an Xbox Game Pass ‘Ultimate’ … [Read more...] about Microsoft reportedly planning ‘Xbox Game Pass Ultimate’ subscription
Here at Ars, we tend to be skeptical of the regularly recurring rumors that two major video game competitors are going to be merging or teaming up in some way. From the early 2000s whispers that Microsoft would buy a struggling Sega to suggestions that Apple should buy Nintendo, these rumors often reflect wishful thinking at least as much as actual insider knowledge. That said, we're still intrigued by recent rumors that Microsoft could be bringing certain Xbox One games—and a version of its Xbox Game Pass subscription service—to the Nintendo Switch and other consoles. As the current scuttlebutt has it, an Xbox app to be released for the Switch would let players with an Xbox Game Pass subscription play a selection of Xbox One games on Nintendo's hardware. High-end games would work on Nintendo's lower-end hardware thanks to streaming via Microsoft's recently announced Project xCloud. Meanwhile, Microsoft would also sell certain low-end first-party Xbox One games, like the … [Read more...] about Why putting Xbox games on Switch isn’t as ridiculous as it might sound
Year In Review We look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year. For 13 years, I’ve been listing the games I’ve played each year. This used to be a means for me to log how many games I finished each year. These days, I use it as a way to tally the number of games I played in the past year, recommend some favorites and see how fatherhood (year two of that complete!) and other life events effects the shape of the list. As always, I’ve broken the list down by platforms. Games in bold are ones that I really liked and would recommend people play. If a game isn’t bolded, I may have disliked it or simply didn’t play enough to recommend it. Note that I don’t tend to go back and play old games and also don’t play the kinds of games—sports, fighting, racing, multiplayer shooters—that many people might keep playing regularly year after year. Instead, I mostly play new stuff or stuff that is at … [Read more...] about The 102 Games I Played Last Year And The Ones I Recommend