Brandon McKinney

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Microsoft’s mind-blowing vision of the future: 3D holograms, smart surfaces, next-gen wearables, and ‘fluid mobility’

What will the world be like in another 5 to 10 years? Microsoft is answering that question with a new installment in its “Productivity Future Vision” …

Painting Shangri-La

How the developers of Far Cry 4 created a world with a world, using five colors.<p><i>Far Cry 4</i> is an open-world shooter set in the fictional Himalayan country of Kyrat. Mostly.<p>In <i>Far Cry 4</i> proper, players assume the role of the American-raised Ajay Ghale, who returns to his ancestral homeland after his …

12 Crystal Clear Reflections of Skyscrapers in Busan

Busan is the second largest metropolis after Seoul with a population of about 3.6 million. It's also the largest port city in South Korea and it has Korea's largest beach and longest river. High-rise developments and luxury hotels in its Marine City has drawn the wealthy to flock to the area. …

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Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps

Google today announced that it has acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly. Firebase currently has almost 110,000 registered developers on its platform and the Firebase team says that the …

Here's how PS4's new game sharing feature will work

On Oct. 28, the PlayStation 4 will receive a new feature dubbed Share Play as part of the console's 2.0 system software update. Share Play will let PS4 owners share their games over the internet, which Sony has likened to a "virtual couch." In a new video released by Sony Computer Entertainment, …

Scuba Diving

The Show-Off of Smartphones

The Bella smartphone concept, immodestly self-described as “the most beautiful phone,” is focused on being highly customizable for the discerning …

Gorgeous 3D Artworks by Riccardo Zema

I really love when an artist uses a technique - that would somewhat have a particular outcome - to make something very different from it. If you …

So You Need A Portable Kitchen

Compact living and constantly moving from one home to another can take a toll on how we pack our kitchen and port it with us. Keeping …

13 Savory Cupcakes You Can Legitimately Eat For Dinner

Everybody knows that life is more fun with cupcakes in it. Until now, there's always been a time (the afternoon) and a place (a party) to enjoy them. But it turns out that cupcakes aren't just for party time anymore.<p>Yes, it's time to move on to the less popular realm of cupcakes -- savory ones. So, …

Destiny's post-Level 20 features and systems explained

<i>Destiny</i> doesn't come to a screeching halt after you hit the "soft" player level cap at Level 20. There's a bunch of new systems and activities for you to take part in, and a new equipment attribute for you to focus on — one that can potentially increase your rank well beyond that limit. Those …

Innovative Kids Room Features Hammock Seating and Modular Furniture

When the studio Ruetemple created a room in a Russian home meant for a young brother and sister, they didn't take a conventional approach to the design. The two-storey space, called <i>Interior for Students</i>, needed to be a place for the kids to study, sleep, and hang out with their friends. So, …

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Become an EDM Master with Super Looper

If you want to make sure your productivity comes to a full and complete stop, you should check out Super-Looper, an interactive music site that lets you compose your own loops.<p>The site lets you create loops with four drum tracks and single rhythm, chord, bass and lead tracks. The result is a fun …

Breach & Clear: Deadline Behind-the-Scenes Trailer - IGN Video

Dig a behind-the-scenes look at the PC version of the hit iOS tactical strategy game.

Acorns Micro-Invests Your Spare Change

There’s a growing arsenal of apps that integrate with your daily spending habits to deliver smart tips on how to make the most of your money. BillGuard, for example, helps you combat credit card fraud and hidden merchant fees. But a new entrant to the personal finance space is looking to go the …

Sit Happens: Noonee's So-Called 'Chairless Chair' Offers Wearable Seating Solution

<i>Editor's Note: A commenter referred me to Darcy Bonner's wearable chair, which inspired a brief history of this typology via the USPTO.</i><p>As anyone who …

You can pre-order the cutest Solid Snake action figure right now

Solid Snake from <i>Metal Gear Solid</i> is the latest video game character to get the giant-headed, highly poseable and extremely cute action figure treatment in Good Smile Company's Nendoroid line of toys. The chibiest of Solid Snakes won't be out until November, but you put a pre-order in for the …

The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Two

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly writes a regular column about all things video game for TechCrunch. He is a games industry consultant, freelance designer and the creator of leading design blog</i> <i>What Games Are</i><i>. You can follow him on Twitter</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>Last week I discussed how video games are both unbounded and …

Our 20 Most Popular Grilling Recipes of All Time

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Wallpaper of the Week by Lucas Di Matta

The wallpaper of this week is an amazing image created by Lucas Di Matta, a graphic designer and web developer, particularly interested in interface …

The Most Unlucky Mario Kart Player

The 10 best designs for the Moto 360 watch face

While Motorola prepares for the release of its Moto 360 smartwatch this summer, hundreds of designers have been battling it out in a contest to win one of the Android Wear-powered devices. A total of 1,300 entries have been submitted to a panel of judges in the competition, providing some stunning …

Journalism

The Art (Well, Some Of The Art) From Watch Dogs

This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

Backed By John Legend, Adventr Allows You To Build Choose Your Own Adventure-Style Videos

Startup Adventr (pronounced “adventure”) is betting that it can make online video even more addictive with interactivity.<p>For example, here’s a promotional video for Adventr itself — at the beginning, a girl finds a camera in her closet, and you can choose whether she takes it or leaves it. (Trust …

Hearthstone tips: A beginner's guide to losing less

<i>Hearthstone</i> is a difficult game to get better at.<p>It's not that the game has a steep learning curve — it's that it has like, 75 discrete learning curves, each with their own unique gradient of steepness. What's tricky isn't figuring out what cards have the best synergies, or how to counter the …

8 Steps to Launch an Idea, in Just a Few Hours

Thanks to the spread of "lean" startup techniques, today's innovators are smarter than ever. But in the race to launch that first prototype, some of them might be moving too fast.<p>Now that "lean" methodology has taken hold of startup culture, many founders and internal innovation teams grasp the …

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