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The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Two | TechCrunch

If single-play is the combination of independence and absence, “multi-play” is the opposite. Multi-play needs players to all be on the same pitch, in the same room, seated at the poker table or logged onto deathmatch arena. Whether co-operative or competitive, multi-play doesn’t work well unless all are present so that the dependent mechanics it uses (pass a ball, shoot a dude) work. This makes multiplayer video games most sensitive to the vagaries of time. Players disconnecting, players in different time zones, players with laggy network connections and more all affect multi-play more severely than any other kind of game, and these can be very heavy design constraints. And, interestingly, a side effect of multi-play’s problems is that multiplayer games tend to be the ones most likely to attract “hardcore” cultures.

One Family, Two Generations Of Stay-At-Home Dads

When my son, Aaron, was born, I had already opted out of corp. life into restaurants. Long hours but my then wife's schedule as a dentist gave me more time with my son than would've corporate life. When he turned 4, closing the restaurants & taking that year gave me even more time with him. I wouldn't give up those extra hours & days for the world. I only realized how important those extra moments in time were as I returned to the structure of consulting and full time positions taking me around the world with long periods away from him & later from his step-sister (who even now look at & refer to each other as true "brother & sister"). What I find interesting, Charlie, is that in 2014 you "cut back tall brush to forge my own trail" and have. In 1993 I attempted to launch Solo/Parenting - a magazine, cable TV show and website for single parents and couldn't get the funding. Today, I still define my life as, "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound". You Have.

Tiempo Wants To Simplify Time Tracking So You Can Focus On Work | TechCrunch

Tiempo is the fastest way for small businesses to track time and get paid. Time tracked in Tiempo can be quickly approved, invoiced, and paid. By reducing the pain of time tracking and the friction of invoicing, Tiempo gets small businesses paid faster. Apps are available for iOS, Android, and Web. Learn more at

Powermat Wireless Phone Charging Comes To Cadillac Vehicles | TechCrunch

Powermat Technologies Ltd. is a developer of wireless energy transfer solutions for consumers, OEM and public places. Retail products are sold worldwide under the brand Duracell Powermat. The company's inductive charging technology has been adopted by the Power Matters Alliance and is the platform adopted by Duracell, General Motors, Starbucks and AT&T. The company was founded in 2006 by Ran Poliakine …

Xbox Games with Gold: Dishonored, Strike Suit Zero

The free games for Xbox 360 and Xbox One in August via the Games with Gold program involve a lot of flying, biking and sneaking. From August 1 - 15 on Xbox 360, Gold members can grab Motocross Madness for free, and then from August 16 - 31, pick up Dishonored for free. Available for the entire month of August on Xbox One, Gold members can get Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut . Free games are good, but free Dishonored really is a great deal this time around. It may even be great enough that Xbox One owners will turn that old Xbox 360 back on. [Image: Bethesda Softworks]

Amazon Launches a Portal Dedicated to Customizing 3D-printed Products

To make finding and viewing 3D products easier, the portal includes custom search tools, interactive 3D preview functionality (allowing for a full 360-degree view) and a product personalization widget so you can tweak the item to your heart’s content. For around $40 or less you can customize items like cufflinks, bobbleheads or wine glass holders and for around $100 you can make custom pendants and other jewellery. Sellers that wish to list their items directly in the 3D Printing Store need to fill out a few details first.

The Danger of Financial Jargon

When I was growing up, my father worked for the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. His kind of banking wasn’t at all the fancy go-go modern investment banking that wrecked the global financial system in 2008. It involved lending to small businesses to get them started. At home, my father couldn’t bear to talk about money; his own father had been the type of control freak who uses money to express that control. If I brought up the question of my allowance, it appeared to cause him actual physical pain. On the other hand, when the subject was at one remove, he was vivacious and funny at telling stories and explaining how things worked, so much so that, forty years later, some of the things he said still make me smile. When he first joined the bank, it had a telegraphic codebook for communicating with the head office, in Hong Kong. The codebook quoted a typical message: “The marketplace is dominated by small Manchurian bears.” Dad explained that the message indicated the influence of pessimistic small-scale investors who were either based in Manchuria or had made investments there.

Instagram’s Forthcoming Photo Messaging App Bolt Could Face Legal Trouble | TechCrunch

Still, the challenge for Benton is that Bolt’s long-term goal was to move into messaging. He explains to TechCrunch, “I doubt that Instagram’s Bolt will try to move towards becoming a replacement for carrier voice and SMS, but by launching a photo messaging app they would effectively preclude us from continuing to develop our service into messaging, which we are currently working on and plan to launch this fall,” says Benton.

Excuse me while I kiss the skybox: Timelapse footage of Destiny's skies

If Ralph Waldo Emerson was right, and the sky is indeed the "daily bread of the eyes," then the gorgeous, multi-layered heavens found in the Destiny beta rate at least a spongecake (or a dozen especially flaky croissants). [Image: Activision]

Mozilla Interim Chief Chris Beard named permanent CEO at the Firefox Web browser firm

The maker of the Firefox Web browser, Mozilla Corp., has named Chris Beard as its permanent chief executive, the company said Monday.

11 Brings On CEO To Raise Funding For Its Social Shopping App | TechCrunch ’s graph database matches people with products, and rewards users’ social influence with cash-back commissions. Whereas a user would have to sign up to an affiliate scheme to share an affiliate link, with, a user just searches for a product and brings them back to the affiliate link, which is linked to their account. When they share it, any sale commission is credited directly to their bank account.

Blockchain Returns to Apple iOS with New Bitcoin Wallet

“The app strikes a strong balance between functionality and security. At Blockchain, we always believe in putting users firmly in control of their funds and that hasn’t changed with the new iOS wallet. You’ll also find a new security PIN screen and we have updated the default miners’ fee when sending transactions.

OkCupid Lied To Users About Their Compatibility As An Experiment

Ever since the big kerfuffle over Facebook’s emotion manipulation study — and the defense that this happens all over the Web all the time — we’ve been wondering what other experiments we may have been part of without knowing it. OkCupid came forward Monday with another one: it shot falsehood-tipped arrows through users’ hearts as an experiment. The dating site exhumed its three-year dormant “OkTrends” blog which used to share insights into online daters’ behavior, but went silent after the company was bought by IAC for $50 million. In a flippant entry that announces his upcoming book on data, OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder defends Facebook, brags about experiments OkCupid’s done in the past, and reveals that at some point the site told people who were poor matches for each other that they were perfect pairs, and vice versa. The site wanted to see if OkCupid’s matching algorithm actually predicted whether people would go gaga for each other, or if they were just slaves to an algorithm and would fall in love (or lust) because the data told them they should. In other words, it wanted to know if it had blinded users with data science .

Bravely Default Sells Over 1 Million Copies - IGN

Bravely Default got off to a great start in North America, where the JRPG sold 200,000 units during its first three weeks of availability. And this isn't the first time we've heard about Bravely Default performing well worldwide either, with Square Enix reportedly refocusing on JRPGs after the success of the 3DS title.

Apple keeps blurring lines with OS X and iOS, but when do things get too hazy?

Granted, Apple has cut down on the shock of the shift with a more frequent upgrade model. The company began distributing the operating system through its App Store, dropped the price considerably, and then ultimately made it free. It’s much subtler approach, easing users into things a few features at a time — a smart move in a time when changes to Facebook’s news feed nearly cause people to riot in the streets. This time out, those changes include literally turning your desktop machine into a phone, with the ability to make and receive iPhone calls and send and receive text messages.

Quality grilled cheese delivered, thanks to algorithms - CNET

Also inside the box is a fan, which blows air over the heat mass, over several holes so that there's constant circulation inside. Sensors placed on the interior of the box measure heat -- so that if the temperature drops too low, it's clear it's time to plug back into an outlet -- as well as humidity. A second fan automatically engages if the humidity gets too high, sucking out moisture. All of this is run by a microcontroller, and The Melt's algorithm, which aims to keep the sandwich tasting as if it had just come off the grill.

A giant armadillo building is hiding in the middle of Paris

On a tree-lined boulevard in southeast Paris, an enormous creature is slowly coming to life. Nestled in a dense block of 19th-century buildings, the sloping glass structure looks like a metallic armadillo shell, but is in fact a new project from world-renowned architecture firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The building was commissioned by the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé , a research organization dedicated to the history of cinema through the lens of Pathé — one of the world's oldest and most celebrated production companies.

10 Rising Social Networks You Should Explore

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

Researchers hard at work to make the workhorse lithium ion battery better

Will the lithium ion battery be the dominant battery form for many more decades to come? Tesla thinks so, which is why it’s investing billions of dollars into a massive lithium ion battery factory. And thanks to these types of scientific innovations, the lithium ion battery will get even better over the coming decades.

Mapping the Mass of an Enormous Galaxy Cluster | Science | WIRED

You are looking at the most precise gravity map ever made of a distant galaxy cluster. Using the map, astronomers have determined that the cluster is roughly 650,000 light-years across and contains enough matter to make 160 trillion suns.

Amazon Launches A 3D Printing Store With Customizable Goods | TechCrunch

Along with the launch of the store, Amazon is introducing a new personalization tool for customizing some of the 3D-printed designs, which opens up a widget that lets you choose from a number of basic designs, pick the color and finish of your plastic/metal material, and preview what it will look like with a 360-degree 3D preview. You can also tweak individual aspects of the design with some items, including thickness and other dimensions.

Love Child review: The human cost of Internet addiction in Korea

The aftermath of that story, especially as it’s presented in this film, is pretty cut and dry: babies good, game addiction bad. Thus, this documentary (named after the baby in question, whose name, Sarang, translates to “Love Child”) doesn’t offer many surprises in perspective. It casts a particularly negative light on the gaming world and the rapid expansion of Internet access throughout South Korea.

Dear Instagram

We have no intention of competing with you. We are building a service to replace your mobile phone carrier's voice and SMS plan, so that you only need to pay them for data. We have a ton of respect for what you've achieved in mobile photo sharing, and we expect that your new one-touch photo messaging app will be quite popular.

Bitcoin catches on in tech-savvy Romania

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Amazon to launch credit card reader to compete with Square, leaked papers suggest

The original Square reader launched in 2010. The brainchild of Twitter co-creator Jack Dorsey, the system is designed to offer a quick and simple method for accepting card payments using a small device – the reader – attached to a smartphone or tablet, making it an ideal tool for small businesses and retailers.

I got 99 problems... palsy is just one

"I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time," Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it's hilarious.) "I'm like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali." With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.

27 20 words that once meant something very different

Words change meaning all the time — and over time. Language historian Anne Curzan takes a closer look at this phenomenon, and shares some words that used to mean something totally different.

On being wrong

Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.

FIFA International Soccer had two of the best glitches in video game history

FIFA International Soccer (sometimes called "FIFA 94") was the first edition of FIFA. It only had national teams, and these teams had fictional players. It was a pretty good effort for an early rendition of a video game, but we're not here to praise it. We're here to talk about two of the most fun glitches in video game history. (Well, I guess we kind of are praising it, but not in the way its makers intended.)

Google Smart Contact Lens Focuses On Healthcare Billions

Have either Google or Novartis considered the downside of a contact lens for diabetics? As in contact lenses without sufficient tears cause abrasion(common in anyone at any time, but especially in ‘dry eye’ prone older adults who are more likely to be diabetics), abrasions and wounds are disastrous for diabetics, and then we are dealing with scarring and loss of sight? And certainly the embedded sensors are more likely to cause abrasion. And if you add artificial tears, the monitoring becomes worthless. I’d like to see those two considerations answered before we in digital health get further worked up on this. Donna Cusano, EIC, Telehealth & Telecare Aware (and contact lens wearer since age 15)

A Baby Elephant Met A Cat For The First Time And It Was So Freakin' Adorable

A Baby Elephant Met A Cat For The First Time And It Was So Freakin' Adorable

A New App Called Moment Shows You How Addicted You Are To Your iPhone | TechCrunch

Some of us jokingly say that we’re addicted to our iPhones. A newly released app called Moment  will show us just how true that statement may be. Designed to promote a healthier balance between our real lives and those lived through the small screens of our digital devices, Moment tracks how much you use your phone each day, helps you create daily limits on that usage, and offers “occasional nudges” when you’re approaching those limits.

What it takes to be a great leader

The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

Ask an expert News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Lifehacker

Are you a budding entrepreneur, or maybe thinking of turning a hobby into a business? Starting your own business is an intimidating prospect of financial risks and planning, but can be a potentially rewarding and life-changing challenge. Say hello to Ramit Sethi, financial expert, best-selling author , and occasional … » 5/05/14 12:00pm 5/05/14 12:00pm

Next-generation lithium cells will double your phone's battery life

The lithium ion batteries in your mobile devices are inherently limited by the "ion" part of their name; they can safely use lithium only in the part of the cell that supplies ions, wasting a lot of potential energy. It's good news, then, that researchers at Stanford have developed a new lithium battery that could last for much, much longer. The technique allows for denser, more efficient lithium in the battery's anode (which discharges electrons) by using a nanoscopic carbon shield that keeps the unstable chemical in check -- uncontrolled, it can quickly shorten the device's lifespan.

Melting Away: Portraits of polar ice with personality

For many of us, the climate crisis is a giant social, economic and environmental specter; for photographer Camille Seaman , it’s personal. A Shinnecock Indian, Seaman sees “images of icebergs as portraits of individuals,” akin to family photos — only these faces are dissolving. Over the last decade, the Emeryville, California–based TED Fellow has been documenting icebergs in both the Arctic and Antarctic for her “Melting Away” project. She writes in an email: “I felt that whenever I would come home it was like waking up in a nightmare where no one seemed to be paying attention to the larger picture. How hard is it to understand that we are poisoning ourselves, our water, our air, our land — and we are taking down how many untold species with us?” Take a look at 15 of her shots of icebergs and glaciers (along with some penguins and a polar bear) to see the world through Seaman’s eyes. And check out  The Earth Academy , an awareness campaign she just launched to teach sustainability education.

What you need to know about card skimming

"Skimming" is a blanket term used when referencing a crime where you take small amounts of money. It literally means to take cash off the top, as if money were the sweet cream floating atop a cauldron of lesser riches. Fifty years ago, skimming might have meant stealing a handful of dollars from your employer, or even millions in elaborate scams we've seen in countless Hollywood films. Today's skimming, however, employs tricks and hardware that are absurdly complex and yet sneaky enough to elude detection. Unless you know what to look for, of course. Today's world of skimming is high-tech, and it wants your credit card and banking info.

I Didn't Know Any Of These 22 Weird Things Before Today. #7 Left Me Speechless.

It’s hard to keep track of the weird and wonderful things that are happening everywhere. These few pictures are just a small sample of some of the marvelous stuff around you. Share it with others, let them in on the secret!

The 7 Counterintuitive Social Media Mistakes You May be Making

The funny thing about some of the mistakes I looked at for this post is that the advice to avoid them is counterintuitive—sometimes even controversial. As we’ve seen before, though,  counterintuitive advice  is sometimes the best kind.

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War and Peace: 10 Photos Commemorating 100 Years Since WWI

Macdiarmid's photographs highlight the destruction of structures across Europe, like the silhouette of an individual running through the streets of Rheims, France, as the Rheims Cathedral was bombarded on April 30, 1917. The ruins of the town hall and belfry in Arras, France, are superimposed on the modern-day reconstruction. The photographs also depict the people in the war with various haunting photographs of soldiers from both sides resting, marching or standing amid the rubble.


In this presentation, we highlight the most important trends fueling the changes: the rise of  payment apps, mobile registers, e-commerce, and the decline of cash and checks. We also show where the payments industry is headed.  Many of the slides are based on charts exclusive to BI Intelligence. 

Teen entrepreneur Avani Singh: "You can make a difference"

New Delhi’s streets are epic — trucks, cars, cows and, especially, bicycle rickshaws, three-wheeled carriers that can zip through traffic, pedaled by a very, very hard-working driver. Growing up in New Delhi, Avani Singh passed them every day on her way to school. And her route also passed the city’s slums. In this city of 17 million, the New Delhi slums are zones of poverty that stretch for miles. To Avani as a young girl, they seemed just a part of the city, always there, unchanging. But as she grew older, it began to dawn on her: Not everyone had what she had. And she could help.

Why A Stupid App Like Yo May Have Billion-Dollar Platform Potential | TechCrunch

Yo! Is tech turning too stupid for its own good? Attempts at building better healthcare systems do not get the kind of investor interest that a new app called Yo seems to be getting. While the whole world was deriding (and downloading) Yo, the company quietly (well, not quite so quietly) raised further funding at a $10 million valuation.

20 iPhone tips you'll wish you knew all along - CNET

Want to know if your best friend is calling without ever looking at the phone? Buried in the contact settings, a fun option lets you create custom vibration patterns for your contacts.

BMW Vs. Tesla: A Real Live Innovator’s Dilemma | TechCrunch

Rather than waiting for battery technology to evolve to make an all-electric car with a 200-mile range at a mid-range price point, BMW is selling an optional “range extender” consisting of a two cylinder motorcycle engine that maintains the batteries at a 5 percent power level and extends the car’s range an additional 80 miles. Since the range extender powers the batteries rather than a gas engine, the i3 is not a hybrid, but the range extender can be continually refilled so that the car is never stuck without power. It’s a total hack, but is well thought out and competitive. BMW’s engineers must have been giggling when they came up with this one.

7 Pieces of Connected Sports Gear to Give Your Game a Virtual Edge

There are a slew of sensors and connected equipment that will let you match your experience on the field with the metric and measurements you need to figure out what went right or wrong. When you can figure out why your free kicks are failing, or why your right hook isn't hitting hard enough, these tools will come in clutch.

How well do Uber drivers rate you? (update)

Uber's car service lets you rate your drivers, but it also lets them rate you . The customer might always be right, but some customers are simply jerks -- and the system lets drivers know what they might be in for. Until now, there's been no way to draw out your customer rating from the app, but with a little Javascript magic, courtesy of Aaron Landy , you can cajole Uber's mobile site into spitting out your rating, out of 5. Log into Uber's mobile site, then open the console (for Chrome: View -> Developer -> Javascript Console from the drop-down menu), and paste some javascript code in. The browser will reload, and you'll need to paste the code again. Another reload, and a popup will offer up your user details and your passenger rating. The hack might even the odds a little: drivers have been able to see how passengers have ranked their rides for a while . It's like leaving feedback on eBay all over again.

3 rules to spark learning

It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.

Startups Are Finally Hacking Healthcare | TechCrunch

New companies are going around the traditional “front door” of FDA approval, insurers and healthcare institutions by launching ‘Healthcare 2.0’ companies that target consumers and self-insured employers, upending the health sector through the use of innovative digital and social technologies.

51 In Photos: The Most Ridiculous Laws in America | Raw File | WIRED
52 More than 90% of Human DNA Is Useless 'Junk,' Study Finds
53 5 Amazon Sex Toy Reviews That Will Tickle You Pink [NSFW]
54 This Site Lets You Check If A Hotel’s WiFi Sucks Before It’s Too Late | TechCrunch
55 On The Importance Of Forgetting | TechCrunch
56 The Countries Where Human Progress Is Fastest and Slowest [CHART]
57 A Disturbing Look at Today's Celebrities, 60 Years in the Future
58 Mobile apps galore for managing business cards | ZDNet
59 Innovation By Design Awards 2014
60 18 Little Tips That Just Might Save Your Life One Day
61 7 things the iWatch needs to do if Apple wants to win
62 How to Invent a Person Online
63 Test Your 'Orange is the New Black' Knowledge
64 Welcome Back to Baghdad: A Part of My Life I Had Forgotten
65 The Surprising Demographics Of Who Shops Online And On Mobile
66 Top 10 Jobs With the Highest Work-Life Balance
67 Second Siberian Hole Found – Is Permafrost Losing Its Perma? | Mysterious Universe
68 The Judges Approving the NSA's Surveillance Requests Keep Buying Verizon Stock | VICE United States
69 Watch: How Adobe Illustrator Changed Graphic Design
70 18 Rejected Emoji Concepts That Make Grinning Piles Of Poop Look Normal
71 Flight Tonight App Finds Last-Minute Airfare Deals
72 What Are Successful Strategies for Establishing a Career in Management?
73 The Most Important M’s In M-Commerce | TechCrunch
74 Sharing Data Is a Form of Corporate Philanthropy
75 Now Sidestage Joins Gigit In The Race To Empower Bands To Get Gigs | TechCrunch
76 Stunning Video Shot with GoPro Camera on Car Tire
77 4 Chic Ways to Make an Enviable Fashion Set
78 A Most Dangerous Machine | TechCrunch
79 Why do we sleep?
80 'Sons of Anarchy' Books 'Glee' Star Lea Michele for Guest Spot
81 The Majority Of Today’s App Businesses Are Not Sustainable | TechCrunch
82 Marinanow Raises Seed Funding To Let Yacht Owners Find A Berth | TechCrunch
83 Good news for electric cars: New battery tech uses peroxide to boost energy density by 7X
84 The Near-Death And Resurrection Of Teen Social Network Let | TechCrunch
85 Technology is Inspiring the Modern Columbus. Here's How...
86 Study Shows The Power Of Social Influence: 5 Ways To Avoid The Herd Mentality
87 Ebola only a plane ride away from USA
88 Amazon Jumps Into 3D Print Game With On-Demand Store
89 Snapchat Faces New 'Minimalist' Rival From The People That Gave Us Yo
90 Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion | TechCrunch
91 Hitchbot, the hitchhiking robot, bums 1st ride
92 Spain pushes for 'Google tax' to restrict linking. Could it kill Twitter and Facebook there, too?
93 The Pope Comes to America: Here's What His Holiness Should See
94 Yelp Now Lets You Add Video to Reviews
95 The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR
96 Proliferation of new online communications services poses hurdles for law enforcement
98 7 iPad Apps to Help Students With Dyslexia
99 Comcast Confessions: when every call is a sales call
100 #Love: In The Time Of Spotify | TechCrunch