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This app uses artificial intelligence to turn design mockups into source code

While traditionally it has been the task of front-end developers to transform the work of designers from raw graphical user interface mockups to actual source code, this trend might soon be a thing of the past – courtesy of artificial intelligence.<p>Copenhagen-based startup UIzard Technologies has …

Artificial Intelligence

The year's best drone photography, from eagles to fireworks

While small "drones" have raised controversy in the US, they've made a lasting contribution to the world of photography. A light camera and a quadcopter can capture beautiful aerial shots that might once have been difficult or impossible for most photographers. Last year, Dronestagram launched as a …

MIT researchers use drones as photography lights

Researchers at MIT have come up with a novel use for the humble drone, turning them into flying photography lights.<p>Rim lighting is a technique used to illuminate the side of a subject, with the light source usually positioned behind or next to the subject.<p>Also known as backlighting, the technique …

Drones

Play this: burglary is a puzzle in 'Third Eye Crime'

Semi-charmed thief<p><i>Third Eye Crime</i> opens with a familiar scene: a young woman walks into a dimly lit office, while a trench coat-clad man sits behind a desk. Slow, jazzy music plays in the background. She has a problem with her husband, and needs some help. But in this case, the man isn't a private …

More People Are Opening More Mobile Apps Every Single Day

Mobile advertising platform Flurry has dived into its statistics once more this week to look at the mobile app economy. Specifically they are looking at the ‘whales’ of the app world – people who are heavy users of their smartphones and tablet.<p>Flurry has defined a ‘mobile addict’ as someone who …

Flappy48 Combines the Two Most Addictive Games Ever Into One

When Dong Nguyen released <i>Flappy Bird</i> last May, I don’t think he—or, for that matter, anyone else—could have predicted the game’s spectacular rise and …

See Skylanders Trap Team's new Trap Masters, villains and portal in action

<i>Skylanders Trap Team</i> features a new gameplay mechanic that lets players trap the action game's villains, thanks to an all-new portal accessory, and recruit them to fight alongside an all-new batch of Skylanders heroes. In <i>Skylanders Trap Team</i>'s first trailer, how the new interplay between video …

One of Activision's top moneymakers gets a new entry in Skylanders: Trap Team

Like taxes, iPhones and, well, <i>Madden</i>, you can count on a new <i>Skylanders</i> game every year. If you're unfamiliar with the franchise, that may just be a symptom of not being around kids -- the toy / video game series is a dominant force in the kids gaming market, sharing responsibility with biggies like</i> …

How to make educational games more effective

Changing the world with games is hard.<p>Speaking at the 2014 Games for Change festival, Zoran Popović — University of Washington associate professor of computer science and founder of its Center for Game Science — outlined why drastic transformative change with games is difficult to achieve, and what …

How commercial games can engage players in social causes

Video games designed for commercial purposes can act as a springboard for engaging players in social causes, according to a panel of developers who recently spoke at the Games for Change Festival in New York.<p>The developers explained that commercial games can benefit social causes through a number …

Apps featured by Apple or Google get 6 times the downloads and 9 times the revenue — or nothing

Everyone who has published an app in the iOS App Store wants Apple to feature them, because that will boost download numbers to insane levels, right?<p>Nope.<p>A new report from app analytics provider Distimo indicates that while getting the Apple spotlight can boost your downloads by up to six times …

NES Remix 2 Review

Retro Redux<p>In my review of NES Remix, I said the frantic collection of microgames and mashups based on the 80s NES library was a more entertaining …

N version 2.0 released by Metanet Software, adds local multiplayer, level sharing

Metanet Software released version 2.0 of <i>N</i>, its challenging and highly addictive ninja platforming game, for free through its official website, adding a host of new features, including local co-op multiplayer and built-in level sharing.<p>The game is playable on Kongregate and is also available as a …

Pointe shoes and Pokeballs: how one choreographer brought Pokemon to life through dance

Andrew Plotner began dancing his junior year in high school after he fell for a girl who loved the art. But, as Plotner says himself, he ended up liking dance more than he liked the girl, and a passion was born.<p>Plotner, who will graduate this weekend with a BA in Chemistry and Dance from Creighton …

The best NES games of all time

These days, playing one of the many timeless games made for the Nintendo Entertainment System feels like going back to the basics in the best way …

Real-world news turned into video games

This just in...<p>News happens all the time. But not all of it is game-related enough to write about on GamesRadar. Shame. Fortunately, there's a way …

'Rebound' is a maddeningly simple physics game

Sometimes the simplest games are the most difficult. That's certainly the case in <i>Rebound</i>, a game in which the only goal is to get a pole as far to the right as possible, but where actually getting very far is incredibly challenging. The trick is that the pole's only means of propulsion is bouncing …