HBO Now comes to Android devices

In today's open source roundup: Watch HBO on your Android device. Plus: LinuxGames.com is shutting down. And The Apotheosis Project game released on Steam

HBO Now and Android

HBO's exclusivity deal with Apple has ended, and now Android users will be able to watch HBO's shows and movies on their devices via the HBO Now app.

Emil Protalinski reports for VentureBeat:

Home Box Office today launched HBO Now on Android devices and Amazon’s Fire tablets, ending the app’s exclusivity to Apple devices. The app will soon become Google Cast-enabled and arrive on Android TV. Amazon also announced today HBO Now will be available on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick “in the coming weeks.”

HBO Now, not to be confused with HBO Go which requires a subscription to a television provider, lets you access all of HBO (TV series, movies, documentaries, sports programs, comedy and music specials) for $14.99 per month. Consumers only need Internet access, and one of the following devices: iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android phone, Android tablet, or Amazon Fire tablet.

More at VentureBeat

LinuxGames.com is shutting down

Linux gaming has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years, thanks to the efforts of Valve and its Steam service. But despite that growth LinuxGames.com - a popular Linux gaming site - is closing down.

Marv reports for LinuxGames.com:

After 17 years on the Internet, AtomicGamer, the site who has been hosting LinuxGames is shutting down at the end of the month. I think it is time also that we put LinuxGames to bed as well.

It has been a wild and fascinating ride all these years watching the Linux community mature and come to age. The passion that created this site has left me years ago and I know it is time to put the site to rest.

I would like to personally thanks Dustin and Al for all their support thru the many years and well as the countless people who have contributed to this site over the years.

More at LinuxGames.com

The Apotheosis Project game released on Steam

Speaking of Linux gaming, the point and click adventure "The Apotheosis Project" has been released for Linux on Steam.

Flesk reports for GamingOnLinux:

The Apotheosis Project is a traditional point-and-click adventure game where you control two protagonists with supernatural powers, and the game is now available for Linux on Steam.

The most interesting part of this game is how you control two characters, who each have their unique skills and slightly different perspective on things. You can swap items freely between the two, as long as they're in the same room, and both can be used to solve most puzzles. The game has a convenient feature that lets you choose if you want to move both characters together or separately. There's also a point system in the game that increases a score each time you find some significant clue, which either move the story forward or is optional and only serve as flavor text.

There were a few issues at launch, but the game now runs well for me. At least as well as you might expect of an AGS game, since as usual I'm having problems with Alt+Tab, and the Steam overlay does not work for me. Steam achievements work fine though.

More at GamingOnLinux

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