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Steam's New Refund Policy Has A Big Problem With Little Things

Recently, Valve announced a refund policy for its digital games marketplace, Steam. That in itself is, in many ways, revolutionary, and one of the most important pro-consumer steps taken by any video game company in recent memory. They may have gone through some sticky situations to arrive here, …

Game Development

C.H.I.P. — the super tiny computer that only costs $9

If you thought the $35 Raspberry Pi 2 was a small and cheap computer, think again. Next Thing Co.'s open-source C.H.I.P. is an even smaller barebones …

Raspberry Pi

How Konami accidentally made P.T. the coolest game of all time

Konami is trying really, really hard to make you forget that P.T. ever existed. That plan is backfiring.<p>In the wake of <i>Silent Hills'</i> cancellation, Konami has done virtually everything in its power to scrub <i>P.T.</i>'s existence from the face of the planet. First, it quietly revealed plans to remove the …

Avant-garde

How Chrome Won the War of the Browsers

You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Google keeps on winning the internet. In less than a decade, Google Chrome has become the web browser with the biggest market share. Its features appeal casual web surfers and businesses alike. How did it do …

Quickstart: Sending a toast notification from the desktop (Windows)

This quickstart shows how to raise a toast notification from a desktop app.<p>Prerequisites<p>Libraries<p>C++: Runtime.object.lib<br>• C#: Windows.Winmd<p>A shortcut …

How to enable desktop toast notifications through an AppUserModelID (Windows)

This topic shows you how to create a shortcut for your app, assign it an AppUserModelID, and install it in the Start screen. We strongly recommend …

This new artificial muscle is made from gold-plated onion skin

The robotics world just got a new kind of artificial muscle to flex, crafted from an unexpected material: onion skin. Today in <i>Applied Physics Letters</i>, researchers from National Taiwan University unveiled a new artificial muscle design, made by layering gold on top of the skin of an onion. It's a …

Microsoft Office | Productivity Tools for Home & Office

Bring your ideas to life with Office 365<p>Explore how Office 365 helps the people of Lovepop take their creativity and teamwork to new heights.

C# and Visual Basic - Use Roslyn to Write a Live Code Analyzer for Your API

Alex Turner | Special connect(); issue 2014<p>For 10 years now, Visual Studio Code Analysis has provided build-time analysis of your C# and Visual Basic …

Monitoring usage and performance for Windows desktop apps

In the Azure portal, create an Application Insights resource. For application type, choose ASP.NET app.<p>Take a copy of the Instrumentation Key. Find …

Roslyn Overview · dotnet/roslyn Wiki

.NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") Overview<p>Download in PDF<p>Contents<p>Introduction<p>Exposing the Compiler APIs<p>Compiler Pipeline Functional Areas<p>API …

Roslyn ships v1.0-rc2 with "Go-Live" license

For the last six years you’ve heard us go on and on about this Roslyn thing and how it’s the platform for the future and would change everything and …

Code Aware Libraries with Roslyn

Code Aware Libraries are “libraries that provide guidance on correct use through embedded tooling and operates on the user’s code in real time.”<p>.NET …

A superfan turned The Last of Us from a game into a beautiful TV series

Video game “playthroughs” are a dime a dozen. For every major title and many minor ones, tons of YouTube videos show viewers story elements, cutscenes, and tips for getting through tricky spots. They’re useful for those engrossed in a game, and a good way to get a sense of whether you would like a …

15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter

Newsprint is on life support, emoji are multiplying faster than hungry Gremlins, and 300 million people worldwide strive to make their point in 140 …

Audi Announces Diesel Fuel Derived from Water and CO2

Maybe EVs aren’t inevitable after all. Audi, together with the German energy company Sunfire, has announced that it is able to synthesize diesel from water and CO2, and that the product can fuel automobiles.<p>The process involves heating water to 800 degrees Celsius, creating steam. Electricity—from …

Box Breaks Out Of Application Box With New Developer Edition

Box announced ‘Box Developer Edition‘ at its yearly BoxDev event today. The new approach allows developers to run their own Box “instance” inside of their application — their very own Box, in other words.<p>This turns Box on its head in a sense because instead of running the Box application, and …

Apps

D&D now on Steam, complete with dice and a Dungeon Master

<i>Fantasy Grounds</i>, one of the leading virtual tabletop platforms, now offers officially licensed Dungeons & Dragons content from Wizards of the Coast. Available through Steam, the software can allow players to virtually recreate the 5th edition D&D tabletop experience complete with dice rolling, 2D …

Board Games

Replace Your Eyeballs With Synthetic Ones

Vision would no longer have to be #nofilter<p>Our eyes are such elegant, complex, specialized organs that their existence seems almost hard to believe--Darwin himself called their evolution “absurd.” But that doesn’t mean they’re perfect; eyes sometimes don’t focus correctly, they break down over …

The strangest sounds in the world

Do you hear the same things as me? Probably not. As these weird audio illusions show, people have radically different opinions about what reaches their ears, says David Robson.<p>“You know you were told to be nice and not to heckle?” Sophie Meekings asks her audience in the dingy cellar of the North …

Moore’s Law Hits 50, but It May Not See 60

Intel's CFO says it can keep turning out chips with less expensive transistors for a few more generations. Science says it can't go on forever.<p>Moore’s Law turns 50 years old this Sunday. It may not make it to 60.<p>Since Intel co-founder Gordon Moore first made the observation in a 1965 paper …

Press me! The buttons that lie to you

Does it help to push the buttons on pedestrian crossings, train doors and thermostats? Often the answer is “no”, as Chris Baraniuk discovers.<p>The tube pulls in to a busy station along the London Underground’s Central Line. It is early evening on a Thursday. A gaggle of commuters assembles inside and …

Why knuckle cracking makes a popping sound, and why it might be beneficial

When muscle joints are pulled apart there forms a tiny cavity filled with gas which then collapses, creating a popping noise.<p>The wince-inducing sound of knuckles cracking is caused by a small bubble building up in the fluid of the fingers then ‘popping ‘, scientists believe, and it could even be …

University of Alberta

'Bravely Second' Opening Movie Streamed

Bravely Second, the upcoming and anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed role-playing game Bravely Default, has now had its rather beautiful opening movie streamed.<p>Developed by Silicon Studio, the first game was a breath of fresh air for role-playing game fans. Exclusive to the 3DS it harked …

EVE Online has a god named Bob

How the sci-fi virtual world spawned a strange new religion<p>It started with a joke. Or more accurately, a bizarre jeer.<p>"Early on, [members of the <i>EVE Online</i> corporation Adhocracy] started taunting the lower classes saying Bob is going to smite you if you're not participating in our gameplay style. …

Life is Strange: Episode Two - Out of Time review: stand by me

Life is Strange is an episodic adventure game from Dontnod, whose previous game, Remember Me, was also its first.<p><i>In the style of most episodic games, Life is Strange relies on a choice-and-consequence narrative in which players take on the role of high school student Max Caulfield — a young woman</i> …

TV

How Pillars of Eternity rewrites the rules for role-playing

You shouldn't have to put in hours of study to roll up a great character, and games shouldn't hinge on your ability to guess what combination of skills designers thought make the most powerful archetypes. The team behind <i>Pillars of Eternity</i> knew they could do better. So they threw out the rules, and …

Dungeons and Dragons

Meet Cyanogen, The Startup That Wants To Steal Android From Google

It’s a little hard to take Kirt McMaster seriously at first. He tends to run on his own schedule, and when he shows up 20 minutes late for a meeting on a recent weekday, there’s not so much as a mention of his tardiness, let alone an apology. In black jeans, a black hoodie that looks a half-size …

Android Phones

Southland surgeons implant Watchman heart device after it gets FDA OK

Surgeons at two Southern California hospitals on Monday implanted a controversial heart device that struggled for years to gain the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.<p>The Watchman device, made by Boston Scientific Corp. and designed to reduce the risk of stroke for people with …

Medicine