Don't-Miss Software Stories

Verdun

World War I shooter Verdun recreates Christmas truce with snowballs, Christmas letters

Join friends and foes alike in throwing snowballs, playing football, and not getting shot/gassed/bayoneted.

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Google may be working on messaging app infused with artificial intelligence

Google is working on a new messaging app that will employ artificial intelligence to bring some of the company's data smarts to a chat bot service in the software, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

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Steam Winter Sale kicks off with deals on The Witcher 3, Metal Gear Solid V, and more

Plus Valve will give you three free trading cards per day. Still no Daily and Flash sales, though.

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Microsoft buys Ray Ozzie's Talko to bolster Skype, will shutter service in 2016

The collaboration and voice chat app Talko announced Monday that it has sold to Microsoft, which will be rolling its technology and team members into Skype.

Pillars of Eternity

Obsidian documentary chronicles Pillars of Eternity's creation

"The Road to Eternity," originally available only to Kickstarter backers, can now be yours for a dollar.

Vulkan

Vulkan, DirectX 12's more open rival, slips to 2016

The next-generation open source graphics API Vulkan won't be ready before 2015 is out, but the Vulkan Working Group says the first version is almost done.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will dump the Ubuntu Software Center for GNOME Software

Users will get a more modern software hub in place of the neglected and deteriorating Software Center.

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This week in games: Rainbow Six Siege gets a free weekend, Battlefield 4 gets free maps

Plus: You got your AT-AT in my Fallout 4! This is your gaming news for the week of December 14 - 18.

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Powerful VLC media player lands on Chromebooks

With VLC for Chrome OS, Google's broswer-based operating system gets top-notch local media playback.

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Valve slapped with lawsuit over 'unfair' Steam game resale ban

A French consumer association, steamed up at the way major online game platforms prohibit the resale of games, is seeking to make an example of Valve Software, operator of the Steam platform.

Data Center

5 ways 2015 changed enterprise software forever

Looking back over the forces that shaped enterprise software over the course of this year, a few promise to have a particularly enduring impact.

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Evernote drops dead weight with demise of Clearly, Pebble app, and most Skitch versions

Evernote will shut down Clearly, Pebble app, and some Skitch versions in January, directs users to alternatives.

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Why ownCloud's CEO isn't worried about the death of Safe Harbor

Data sovereignty has become a hot-button issue ever since the EU's top court struck down the Safe Harbor agreement in October, and for many users of file-synchronization and sharing services, it poses a considerable problem. OwnCloud CEO Markus Rex sees it as more of an opportunity.

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Microsoft to offer special version of Windows 10 for Chinese government

Microsoft will offer Chinese government users a special version of Windows 10 as part of a new joint venture, the company announced late Wednesday.

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Plex's media streaming apps go free on Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Streaming your local media library no longer requires a Plex Pass subscription.