• 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

  • How Smart Lending Dumbed Down

    How Smart Lending Dumbed Down

    Between 2008 and 2010, Wonga was doing something mind-bendingly stupid: sending letters from fake law firms to borrowers behind on their loans. It sounds like a bad office prank. They even took the firm names from apparently still current employees — except when you consider that they did it 45,000 times and that it will cost them £2.25 million to give each injured party just £50… Read More

  • How The Big 5 Publishers Hobbled The Amazon Unlimited Launch

    How The Big 5 Publishers Hobbled The Amazon Unlimited Launch

    Amazon Unlimited was dubbed the Netflix of books. That is correct as long as you imagine a Netflix consisting of an endless array of low-budget indie releases and some major small-studio films. In truth, Amazon’s new $9.99 all-you-can-read service features no books by “big 5″ trade publishers, an issue on which Amazon has remained mum. I’ve asked Amazon for… Read More

  • Immersive Infections

    Immersive Infections

    Immersive technology will put the user into the digital shoes of their own avatars, experiencing video games, simulations, learning opportunities and even romance on new levels, so it goes without saying that while we can expect all that grandeur, there will be people who try to ruin it, for money. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Yotifications

    Gillmor Gang: Yotifications

    The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Alexia Tsotsis, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — react with nervous jokes as all eyes turn to the success of Yo, the single-minded communication app that has one thing on its little mind. But wait a minute, what’s surreally going on here as BetaWorks’ John Borthwick leads an investment round on the love child union of… Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want to Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want to Miss This Week

    The week of 7/12 – 7/18 was a busy one for TechCrunch. Here’s the best of the best from this week. Priya Haji was an inspirational and positive presence in the technology and business worlds, and she will be greatly missed. Chicago-based entrepreneur Cheryl Dahle established a crowdfunding campaign on Fundly to help support Haji’s young children. Read “Tech… Read More

  • With 1M Sold In The Last Quarter, Google’s Chromebooks Are A Hit With Schools

    With 1M Sold In The Last Quarter, Google’s Chromebooks Are A Hit With Schools

    During its earnings call this week, Google announced that it — and its partners — sold a million Chromebooks to schools in the last quarter. Overall PC sales worldwide were about 76 million in the last quarter, according to Gartner’s latest numbers, so a million Chromebook sales just to the education market is a pretty good number. Read More

  • Supposed iPhone 6 Display Cover Faces The Sandpaper Test

    Supposed iPhone 6 Display Cover Faces The Sandpaper Test

    The leaked component that’s being touted as the front screen of the upcoming iPhone 6 got a good workout in a video test by Youtube regular MKBHD (Marques Brownlee) when it first broke cover, and now Brownlee is back with a new video that takes the durability tests even further. This second round involves exposing the supposedly super-strong sapphire-based material to a true test of… Read More

  • Eigenmorality And The Dark Enlightenment

    Eigenmorality And The Dark Enlightenment

    This is a post about good vs. evil and right vs. wrong, but don’t worry, it’s highly technical. Let’s start with Stormfront, the white-supremacist hate site that attracts circa 300,000 unique American visitors per month, and the recent analysis of its members (and follow-up) by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz in the New York Times. Some numbers you probably didn’t expect: Read More

  • Blockchain Releases New Android Wallet App To Put Bitcoin Into Everyone’s Hands

    Blockchain Releases New Android Wallet App To Put Bitcoin Into Everyone’s Hands

    Popular bitcoin wallet provider Blockchain.info is releasing a major new version of its Android app, allowing you to store, receive and send bitcoins directly from your Android phone. The key thinking behind the update is to make bitcoin more accessible. It hides the complexity of the protocol in order to encourage mainstream user adoption. Read More

  • Waiting For VC

    Waiting For VC

    I spoke to the VC on Wednesday. He said he would have his decisions “fast.” He said the great thing about his VC firm (as opposed to all of those “others”) is that it has absolutely no problem making a quick decision. “Our lawyers are all ready. The deal is boilerplate. We can send the money to you right away.” Now it’s Friday. “Did anyone… Read More