Niantic Labs (under Google) will be a company that is not around forever, and heck, just about all companies cannot guarantee that they will be hanging around still when the apocalypse approaches. Well, if there is one thing that you ought to know about Niantic Labs, it is this – programming kits are being worked upon, where upon its release, it would be able to assist coders to virtually write down the code for their own games, complete with chat layers and location information, where ads too, will also pop up as and when required.
The thing is, you might not be able to write your very own title at any point in time in the immediate future, as the folks over at Niantic Labs has yet to make ready such tools. Apart from that, their availability might also depend on the kind of flexibility which the team intends to developer. One thing is for sure though, should Niantic Labs actually manage to release a programming kit that appeals across a broad spectrum of users, then Ingress fans would be a happy lot, with more than just the beta’s end or iOS support to look forward to. What do you think the programming kit will usher in?
As far as we can remember, the release of Windows 8 (and of course, Windows 8.1 after that) has seen requests made by Slingbox customers for an app which will also be able to play nice on Windows 8 devices, and those will include a plethora of tablets, convertibles, laptops and desktop machines. Well, I suppose the gods of tech have heard you, since Sling Media recently announced that the SlingPlayer for Windows 8 app will be made available to interested parties over in the Windows 8 App Store.
As long as you own a Windows 8-powered tablet, convertible or PC, installing this app would let you use it for free, albeit with a time limit of 24 hours, tops. Once that time limit is up, you will have to make a decision as to whether to pick up the app for good at $14.99 a pop, or to just turn your back and wistfully hope that the price will be reduced one fine day down the road. Just for reference’s sake, $14.99 would be the same price as that of the other versions of the SlingPlayer app. Some of the new features that will arrive with the Slingplayer Windows 8 app include Gallery View, a touch-enabled User Interface as well as Windows RT support. [Press Release]