The graphics source code for Xbox Series X has leaked online

Microsoft has been quite forthcoming with information about its upcoming console, but it probably wasn’t ready for its graphics source code to be leaked.

The Series X uses a custom GPU by AMD which supports ray-tracing. AMD’s current RDNA flagship, the Radeon RX 5700 XT, features 2,560 Stream Processors across 40 compute units. For comparison, the Series X has 3,328 Stream Processors spread across 52 compute units.

AMD will release high-end GPUs that are more...

Facebook Messenger partners with devs to provide free official coronavirus responses

Facebook is partnering with its developer community to provide free services to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The company will help government health organisations and recognised agencies like the UN to connect with Facebook’s developer community to scale their responses to the pandemic.

Facebook says its developer partners are offering their services to such organisations for free during this crisis to help tackle it and save lives.

Among the examples of...

Sony’s Mark Cerny provides a ‘deep dive’ of the PS5 for developers

Sony’s chief system architect Mark Cerny has given a “deep dive” of the PS5 console hardware for developers.

The PS5’s base hardware features a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU clocked at 3.5GHz along with a custom GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture which promises 10.28 teraflops and 36 compute units clocked at 2.23GHz. The processors are accompanied by 16GB of GDDR6 RAM and a custom 825GB SSD.

For a quick comparison to the recently-unveiled...

Tim Sweeney backs GeForce Now for being ‘developer and publisher-friendly’

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has voiced his support for Nvidia's beleaguered GeForce Now cloud gaming service.

GeForce Now allows gamers to access their already owned PC games wherever they are, even using an Android smartphone. Because the service uses custom high-end GPUs from Nvidia in the cloud, even low-spec PCs can access games often on their highest settings (impressively, even features like ray-tracing.)

While it's been an enticing proposition for gamers,...

Apple now allows iOS developers to send ads using push notifications

Apple has updated its App Store guidelines to allow iOS app developers to send ads using push notifications.

Cupertino has traditionally been strict around areas which could be detrimental to a user’s experience; advertising being a key one. In the past, developers were unable to use push notifications for “advertising, promotions, or direct marketing purposes.”

The new rules will only permit sending push advertisements to users if they agree to it. Users must...

Ethereum outlines plans for Devcon 6 while teasing ‘major announcement’

The Ethereum Foundation has outlined plans for Devcon 6 while teasing a “major announcement” in the coming days.

Ethereum is the world’s most popular smart contract platform and the second-largest cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin. The platform’s goal to become the “world’s decentralised computer” has inspired a legion of developers to help build the open-source project and DApps (decentralised apps) for it.

Data from Santiment shows...

Facebook issues update following cancellation of ‘in-person’ F8 event over coronavirus

Facebook has issued an update following its decision to cancel this year’s F8 conference over coronavirus fears.

F8 is Facebook’s annual event to update the world on its plans for world domination. The event is developer-focused but users also watch the conference to learn about all the new apps, features, and even hardware coming their way.

In a blog post, Facebook wrote:

“Given the growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve...

Developers can now access Twitter’s useful ‘Hide Replies’ feature

Twitter has opened up “Hide Replies” to enable third-party app developers to integrate this welcome new feature into their own software.

Hide Replies was rolled out worldwide last November but, as so many of the social network’s features initially, it was limited to Twitter’s own app.

The feature allows users to hide specific replies to their conversations. While these can be unhidden if other users choose, it helps to filter out online trolls aiming to...

Ripple’s dev platform Xpring is ‘building bridges’ with Ethereum

Ripple and Ethereum may be about to prove that friendliness can go a long way in the cryptosphere with a bridge between the platforms.

The two platforms really have quite different goals. Ripple is aiming to become #TheStandard when it comes to instant payments and remittances, while Ethereum wants to become the world’s first decentralised computer.

Going by market cap and partnerships, both are the closest in crypto to achieving those goals.

With a current market...

Block.One posts a $200k reward for whoever can build an Ethereum VM for EOS

The main development company behind the EOS blockchain has posted a $200k reward for anyone who can build an Ethereum virtual machine for it.

Ethereum has, by far, the most DApps (Decentralised Apps) and developers contributing to it. However, the “world’s computer” is also plagued by scalability problems.

To help solve its scalability issues, Ethereum is transitioning to a proof-of-stake consensus in addition to implementing features like sharding....