Xbox Steam Page is Reportedly in Development

Microsoft’s initial unveiling of the Xbox One received a fairly polarizing reception due to the hefty price point and disdain surrounding its TV focus. Furthermore, the console’s lacklustre specification resulted in cross-platform games running at a lower resolution than the PlayStation 4. Microsoft also angered their core fan base with plans to block second-hand sales and underestimate the huge number of people who rely on cheaper, used games. Arguably, Sony had similar plans, and cancelled them after witnessing the chaotic backlash. All of this contributed to Microsoft’s poor market share in the current console generation and it looks unlikely that the Xbox One will recover from this poor start.

Perhaps the Xbox One’s situation has made Microsoft more open to PC gaming and cross play between the two platforms. Recently, the company announced it would release Quantum Break on the Windows Store at the same time as the Xbox One version. This is fantastic news for PC gamers, and showcases Microsoft’s new inclusive policy. However, some might argue they are doing this because of the weak market position of the Xbox One. Whatever the case, this new approach is commendable and suggests other key Xbox One titles might come to the PC including Halo and Forza.

According to Reddit, the domain name “xbox.steampowered.com” has been in development recently and fuelled rumours about a very exciting announcement. The most logical theory revolves around the idea that Microsoft is bringing Steam to the Xbox One and allowing its user base to play PC games. This would massively expand the console’s library and might encourage PC players to use the Xbox One as a secondary console. I doubt this move is anything to do with bringing Xbox games to Steam, because Microsoft wants to push their own Windows Store exclusively on Windows 10. Hopefully, the advent of Steam on Xbox is the start of a closer relationship between PC gaming and the Xbox brand.

WebAssembly Hopes To Increase Browser Speed Up To 20X

Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox and Safari. These are the five big names when it comes to web browsing, and each of these comes with both their own strengths and their weaknesses. Engineers at Google, Microsoft, Apple and Mozilla however are putting their arms down and working together to create WebAssembly, a piece of code that looks to speed up web browsing up to 20 times.

The concept behind WebAssembly is that is will be closer to machine level code (a series of numeric codes) than it is to higher level languages (such as Java, C#, Python, ext..). With a lower level language the aim is that both desktop and mobile browsers will be able to read it quicker than your average web page.

While most pages currently use Javascript to create functionality and dynamic code, bytecode based systems are made to be faster. With the hope that once developed the language could be used as an industry standard, the results could see your web browsing being more similar to loading up and running apps than waiting for that page to load.

Currently, the plan is to use a filler to convert WebAssembly to Javascript to support browsers that don’t have WebAssembly compatibility.

Being able to browse the internet at 20 times its current speed would greatly reduce how much time people have to wait in your average day and with companies like Mozilla, Apple, Google and Microsoft taking the helm you know that they are serious about trying to get this technology developed. Personally………PLEASE WAIT WHILE LOADING

Thank you Ars Technica for providing us with this information.

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Crayola Facebook Page Hacked – Flooded With NSFW Content

When you think of Crayola, you think of youthfulness and innocence, a child scribbling with his or her favourite colour crayons perhaps. What you don’t think of is “The Worst Kind of Boobs”, “Reasons why girls don’t give blow jobs” and “Disney For Adults”.

That pretty much summarises what happened to the company’s Facebook page this past weekend after it was hacked and flooded with racy and sometimes mildly pornographic content.

The company did eventually get back in control of the page, but fortunately Adweek managed to screenshot some of the offending posts.

Source: Adweek

Facebook Predicts The University of Princeton’s Future, No More Students By 2021?

The University of Princeton has recently made a study, predicting that Facebook will lose more than 80% of its users by 2021. But apparently, that prediction did not go too well with Facebook’s officials.

It appears that Facebook analysts now claim that the University of Princeton will lose half of its students by 2018, and there will be no more students at the university by 2021. Facebook’s analysts use the same principle based on which the original Facebook prediction was based, and came up with the numbers, which can be seen on a dedicated Facebook page called Debunking Princeton.

“In keeping with the scientific principle “correlation equals causation”, our research unequivocally demonstrated that Princeton may be in danger of disappearing entirely,” said Facebook’s Mike Develin.

He claimed Facebook likes and Google searches had shown an alarming trend for the university based in New Jersey. He added: “This trend suggests that Princeton will have only half its current enrollment by 2018, and by 2021 it will have no students at all, agreeing with the previous graph of scholarly scholarliness.”

He also made a statement about the air disappearing in time, but after that, Mr. Develin admitted he just wanted to prove a point involving the study made and that not all studies are accurate.

“We don’t really think Princeton or the world’s air supply is going anywhere soon. We love Princeton (and air),” he said. “Not all research is created equal – and some methods of analysis lead to pretty crazy conclusions.”

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