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Procedurally Generated Terrain for a 2D Infinite Runner Game in Unity

Have you ever been thinking of creating infinite runner game with the Unity? This kind of games can be quite challenging even for experienced …

Fallout 4 Secret Room Has Every Item, Here's How to Get In

A secret room inside of Bethesda's post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 4 has been discovered. The room, accessible in the game's PC version, apparently features every item in the game, including all weapons, armor, and more. YouTube channel Tyrannicon (via <i>Game Informer</i>) has an overview of what you'll find.<p>…

App-controlled habitat grows just about anything in your home

You can already get smart gardening gear and smart aquariums, but wouldn't it be nice if you could get one box that handles just about anything you'd care to grow in or around your home? Jared Wolfe thinks so. His crowdfunded, internet-connected Biopod can nurture many kinds of plants and animals …

Aquaponics

These Unreal Engine 4 Scenes Are Unbelievably Realistic

Unreal Engine 4, the game engine from Epic Games that's behind titles like EVE: Valkyrie and Street Fighter 5, has been used to create some amazing projects. New scenes from a UE user, however, might just be the most photorealistic.<p>User Koola posted a couple of screenshots and a short video from an …

Unreal Engine

Golfers Rejoice: Microsoft Partners With TaylorMade To Bring Golf Tracking To its Band Wearable

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, one of the allures of the Microsoft Band (at least for me) is Microsoft’s desire to constantly update and bring more features to its combination smartwatch and health tracker. When it first arrived last year, it was obvious that Microsoft had much more in store …

Plantronics Unveils RIG 500 Series Headset for Pro Gamers

Personalisation for you ears.<p>Plantronics has announced the RIG 500 Series of PC headsets.<p>The big selling point is interchangeable components, which …

She's Almost Real: The New Humanoid On Customer Service Duty In Tokyo

The latest robot sensation in Japan is so lifelike that when she was on the floor of a Tokyo department store recently, she was confused for a human being. The new humanoid's name is Aiko Chihira, and she was working in customer service, clad in a traditional silk kimono.<p>"She's 165 centimeters [5 …

Customer Service

Hackers are stealing money through the Starbucks app (update)

If you use the Starbucks app with a linked credit card to pay for java with your phone, now would be a good time to change your account password. The Seattle-based coffee company confirmed Wednesday that some of its customers had funds withdrawn from the credit card linked to the app without their …

How to get, keep, engage, and monetize mobile users (webinar)

Over the past six months, we’ve talked to almost 2,000 mobile developers and publishers and studied 1.8 million apps to uncover deep insights about user acquisition, monetization, analytics, and engagement. This week, we’ll be presenting many of our findings about keeping, engaging, and monetizing …

Own A Chromecast? Google Wants To Give You $6

The Chromecast is already a damned great little device. Pretty much the only thing* that would make it better is if Google randomly gave you free money for owning one.<p><i>(*except for 5ghz WiFi support, that’d be good too.)</i><p>What do you know! That’s what they’re doing today.<p>As noted by Android Authority, …

Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

CEO David Helgason on why Unity has expanded into mobile game-dev services (interview)

David Helgason has grown up with indie-game developers by providing tools like the Unity 5 engine for building cross-platform games. As mobile exploded, so did Unity, which can be used to publish games across Android, iOS, PC, Facebook, the web, and next-generation consoles.<p>But Helgason, the chief …

AgeCheq hopes to save app developers and game companies from impending fed crackdown

The feds are set to begin slapping app developers and mobile game companies with hefty fines for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act starting any day.<p>And software startup AgeCheq’s software solution will help protect third parties such as advertisers, gaming outfits, and others …