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Planetary Annihilation gets single-player Galactic War content today

<i>Planetary Annihilation</i>, Uber Entertainment's real-time strategy game, now has a single-player component called Galactic War, the developer announced today.<p>Galactic War lets players battle through a galaxy filled with procedurally generated content, offering random drops, maps and abilities that the …

1,000 Days of Syria – turning war journalism into a game

How an American journalist is attempting to tell the story of Syria’s conflict through an online adventure game<p>The sound of a gunshot rattled against the back of Mitch Swenson’s teeth as he sprinted across a Turkish field. If the guards had fired to scare rather than wound, the warning had its …

Apple Patents Mechanical Shutters That Could Ruggedize Speakers And Mics On Future iPhones

Apple has applied for a patent (via AppleInsider) that would introduce mechanical shutters to mobile devices that would slide shut when they detect a potential fall or impact, protecting sensitive weak points like speakers and microphones. These areas are currently kept safe using wire mesh and …

The Man Who Invented The Computer Password Admits That It's Become A Nightmare

Between the massive Heartbleed bug discovered in April and numerous password breaches — the most recent coming from eBay — it's clear there are serious problems with the password.<p>As it turns out, the man who invented the computer password back in the early 1960s agrees.<p>In a recent interview with …

Moto E review: the people's smartphone

The first cellphone I ever owned was the cute and compact Nokia 6510. My heart was actually set on the more expensive and slider-protected 8850, but a teenager’s budget could only stretch so far. The funny thing is that over the course of its lifetime, the handset I got served me exactly as well as …

Researchers Plug Google’s Project Tango Into A Drone To Let It Fly Itself Around A Room

Remember Project Tango? Google’s crazy project to add 3D environment mapping abilities to a smartphone?<p>Yeah, someone just went ahead and took the next logical step: they plugged it into a drone.<p>Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania managed to get their hands on a prototype Tango device, and …

Now all Chrome users can say “OK Google” for a voice search on their computer

If you see someone near you talking to their computer, don’t be surprised. The latest version of Google’s Chrome browser now supports voice search …

Google and Netflix Are Teaming Up Against Internet Providers

In its heated debate with Comcast over who should pay for the delivery of online content to customers’ homes, Netflix just got a big co-sign from …

Net Neutrality

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Apple allows advertisers to create fullscreen iAds

Apple has issued an update to its iAd producer tool — adding support for creating full-screen banner ads for iPhone, along with the ability to upload Producer project to iAd workbench.<p>iAD Producer version 4.2 additionally includes folder reorganisation in the tool’s Assets sidebar, alongside the …

How one indie publisher accidentally found its own Mega Man, Castlevania, and Zelda (interview)

It’s funny. I remember when I was little kid playing Mega Man and Mario on the Nintendo Entertainment System. All I thought about was how awesome gaming would be in the future. How much better the graphics would become. How much more immersive the experience would get.<p>But these days, a lot of us …

'Platformer-without-platforms' Magnetic by Nature coming to Ouya first in May

Team Tripleslash's 2D "platformer-without-platforms" Magnetic By Nature will launch in early May on the Ouya Android console as a timed exclusive, developers announced today.<p>The title is a redesign of <i>Magnetic By Nature: Awakening</i>, a short game the team created and released through Xbox Live Arcade …

Google's Project Ara wants to revolutionize the smartphone industry within a year

The night before Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division was supposed to show off the one and only functional Project Ara prototype to a room full of eager developers, someone dropped the phone and broke the display. At <i>any</i> other product reveal, this worst-case scenario would be a …

Sweden wants to use games to promote democracy and creativity

Sweden is making attempts to promote democracy and creativity through a project called Democreativity, which curates ideas for "the most unlikely [video] game ever."<p>According to the website's description, the project crowd-sources ideas from the public and lets site visitors vote on what they like …

Keep Steve Jobs' personality out of trial: tech companies | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Witnesses at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley should not be allowed to offer evidence that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was “a bully,” four major tech companies argued in a court filing.<p>Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows the new MacBook Air during the …

Video games in education doesn't have to mean educational video games

Play is one of the fundamental ways in which humans learn. Video games, like games in general, are inherently educational, but they still haven't quite taken off in the classroom. Many teachers remain dismissive of video games, or outright hostile toward them. They don't recognize the value of …

Play this: 'Super Planet Crash' tests your god mode

Sometimes, it's easy to forget what a serendipitous marvel our universe really is. At least, until you've tried building your own. <i>Super Planet Crash</i> is a browser-based simulation that requires players to forge a planetary system capable of surviving at least 500 years. The interface is simple: …

Mobile AR game Run An Empire brings strategy to the streets

<i>Run An Empire</i> offers mobile gamers the opportunity to turn their local neighborhood into their own fiefdom, by the simple expedient of jogging and a little strategic thinking.<p>It's a GPS-fuelled alternate reality game that passed its recent £15,000 ($25,000) Kickstarter target with ease. Players …

Hitchhiking with the crowd: Star Citizen space sim reaches $42M in funding

Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium reached a significant milestone in its efforts to raise cash to pay for development, and that prompted it to add an important new item to the game: a towel.<p>Fans have contributed more than $42 million to the production of Star Citizen. That’s the total Cloud …

Oculus Rift development kit sales top 85K units

More than 85,000 Oculus Rift development kits have been sold to date, Oculus told TechCrunch.<p>Of this number, 60,000 are the first-generation DK1 kits, while 25,000 units are its second-iteration DK2 kits, which went up for pre-order on March 19.<p>Just last month, Oculus announced it had to …

247 game companies generate more than $1M in mobile revenue in the U.S. alone

There are 247 game companies that reap more than $1 million in revenue from mobile games in the U.S. alone. That should be a reassurance to small indie game makers who are striving to compete amid a sea of rivals.<p>But big mobile-game publishers like King, Supercell, and Kabam are strengthening their …

Updated: X-COM creator’s Kickstarter for Chaos Reborn hits its funding goal

[<b>Updated</b>: Chaos Reborn’s birth is a done deal.<p>Julian Gollop, the creator of the original X-COM: UFO Defense, has successfully crowdfunded his next project, Chaos Reborn. The game creator’s crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter has hit its goal with more than a day to go.<p>If the funding is successful, …

8 Reasons We're Excited for Mario Kart 8 - IGN Video

IGN can't wait to play the next installment in Nintendo's Mario Kart series.

Glitchspace now available through Steam Early Access

<i>Glitchspace</i>, a "first-person programming game" from Space Budgie, is now available for Linux, Mac and Windows PC via Steam Early Access, the developer announced today.<p>The game takes place in a cyberspace world, where players are hunting for the Glitchspace, a "by-product of cyberspace and its …

What can Sony do to save the Vita?

Welcome to Friends List!<p>If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing …

Teaser site hints at Interceptor game with Duke Nukem removed

Interceptor Entertainment just launched a teaser website whose URL, NoGumNeeded.com, hints at a reconditioned version of a Duke Nukem game that brought on a lawsuit two months ago.<p>NoGumNeeded.com's countdown (pictured) expires in 29 days. In February, Interceptor launched the website …

Some Gamers Fear a Dystopian Free-to-Play Future

The makers of Candy Crush and Clash of Clans love it. RollerCoaster Tycoon fans, not so much.<p>King’s Tommy Palm thinks all games will one day be free-to-play and supported by micro-transactions.<p>He may be right. King and its free-to-play competitors certainly hope so, since that’s the business model …

Here's Amazon's phone: six cameras and a 4.7-inch screen

Rumors of an Amazon-made phone are nothing new, but today the rumors enter reality more firmly: what you see above is what <i>BGR</i> claims is the Amazon's first phone. "Whoa, that's super ugly!" you might be saying. <i>Cool it</i>, that's just an enclosure around the device itself preventing prying eyes (like …

Sakamoto Talks About The Future Of Metroid

Yoshio Sakamoto, the director behind Super Metroid and Metroid: Other M, doesn’t sound like he’s returning to the series anytime soon. Sakamoto says …