• The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part One

    The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part One

    In the first of a two part series exploring game design, this article discusses the idea that games operate within a universe of defined constants, meaning traits to do with play that stand independent of platform, audience or technology. Read More

  • Political Leaders Rebuke Microsoft’s Mass Layoffs

    Political Leaders Rebuke Microsoft’s Mass Layoffs

    Microsoft’s record layoffs have picked up negative attention from governmental authorities and leaders, even as the cuts have been largely welcomed by investors and the broader market. The software company accreted more than 20,000 employees when it acquired the majority of Nokia’s hardware assets. In the wake of that deal’s closing, Microsoft announced 18,000 cuts to its… Read More

  • #Love: My First Experience With Internet Porn
  • Taptalk Taps Phone Contacts To Add Friends, And A New Game Emerges

    Taptalk Taps Phone Contacts To Add Friends, And A New Game Emerges

    One of the issues I’ve been grappling with with the Taptalk social photos and location app, is that although it’s super simple and addictive — way more so that Snapchat I’d say — adding friends until now has been a chore. You had to literally type people’s handles in to the app. But, good news fellow Taptalkers! A new update to the Beta version of the app… Read More

  • This Little Box Hijacks Your Chromecast, Rickrolls Your Living Room

    This Little Box Hijacks Your Chromecast, Rickrolls Your Living Room

    You’re sitting in your living room. All you want to do is watch some Game Of Thrones on your day off… but your Chromecast refuses to respond. All it will do is play Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up. It might be this little box’s fault. Read More

  • Why Marco Arment Built A Podcast App

    Why Marco Arment Built A Podcast App

    Developer Marco Arment isn’t exactly a household name, but that could depend on your household. As a frequent podcaster and writer, he’s taken on a somewhat polarizing role as a commentator on the Apple developer ecosystem. As a developer, he was Tumblr’s first employee and went on to create the still popular Instapaper (now owned by Betaworks) and iPad periodical The… Read More

  • TiVo Founders Shutting Down Qplay Video Service Fewer Than 6 Months After Launch

    TiVo Founders Shutting Down Qplay Video Service Fewer Than 6 Months After Launch

    Qplay, the video streaming app and device from a couple of TiVo co-founders, is closing down next Friday. The shutdown marks a short life for the service, which launched in February this year with a $49 streaming device and expanded to the iPad just last month. Read More

  • The Problem With Founders
  • Snowden Calls On Developers To Champion Privacy By Design

    Snowden Calls On Developers To Champion Privacy By Design

    Speaking at the Hope X conference taking place in New York this weekend, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden put out a call for developers to build systems that protect privacy and constitutional rights by design. He also revealed his own intention to work on developing privacy protecting technology. Read More

  • We Can No Longer Unbundle Microsoft Office

    We Can No Longer Unbundle Microsoft Office

    This spring we witnessed the big three OS manufacturers — Microsoft, Apple and Google — continue to unbundle their versions of Microsoft Office apps for mobile, including versions of PowerPoint, Excel and Word for iPad. You’ve also seen Craig Federighi’s endurance test at Apple’s WWDC where he juggled all three Apple devices in order to demo the concept of app… Read More