HTC has announced plans to launch its own virtual reality headset this year, with a ‘developer edition’ this Spring and a consumer version by the end of 2015.
Its announcement was made at Mobile World Congress 2015 and involves a partnership with gaming software specialist Valve.
Microsoft has agreed a $2.5 billion (£1.5 billion) deal to acquire Mojang, the game developer behind the popular Minecraft franchise.
The acquisition is expected to be completed late this year.
Podcast - 23rd July 2014
We start this week's podcast with news that thousands of Microsoft's ex-Nokia employees are losing their jobs.
Other topics for discussion include the new Apple and IBM partnership, Yahoo's acquisition of Flurry, regulating mobile games, improving rural mobile coverage, BT's new phone service and some management movements.
The European Commission says Google has agreed to change its policies in response to EC proposals about mobile gaming and in-app purchases.
In December 2013, the EC said games advertised as ‘free’ shouldn’t mislead consumers about the true costs. It also said consumers “should be adequately informed” about payment arrangements and shouldn’t be charged without giving explicit consent.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has published a memo to all company employees.
As Microsoft starts a new financial year, Mr Nadella referred to his previous comments about Microsoft needing to rediscover its soul.