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The Risks Of Risk Reduction: Why AAA Methods - And Studios - Fail At F2P

<i>“Risk cannot be created or destroyed – it can only be converted into other kinds of risk”</i><p>This rephrasing of the first law of thermodynamics comes from Nicholas Lovell, speaking at the F2P (Free to play) Summit in London’s glamorous* Shoreditch.<p>Lovell is a business analyst, and both a consultant on …

Double Fine's Costume Quest now available on iOS

Double Fine Production's <i>Costume Quest</i> is now available for iOS, according to its listing on the iTunes App Store.<p>For $4.99 players can dig into the whimsical role-playing game, which first launched on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade in 2010. The game was ported to Windows PCs in October …

Sakurai questions industry's appetite for remakes

According to Kirby creator and Smash Bros. designer, the game industry's appetite for and reliance on remakes and sequels is at an "unnatural level."<p>"Is there any industry that relies so much on reusing and reusing their old titles as much as video games?" Sakurai said in his latest Famitsu column, …

Real Steel robot beat-em-up sequel launching on mobile Oct. 17

Reliance Games will launch <i>Real Steel: World Robot Boxing</i> for iOS, Android and Kindle on Oct. 17 — the second entry in its series of games based on the film Reel Steel — studio executive vice president Amit Khanduja told Polygon.<p>Reliance is focused on developing mobile games based on big-branded IPs …

Grand Theft Auto V coming to PC in early 2014 - Report

Grand Theft Auto V will be released on PC at the start of 2014, Eurogamer has reported.<p>Citing multiple industry sources, the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V is said to be coming within the first quarter of 2014.<p>The release window is said to mirror Grand Theft Auto IV, which Rockstar released on …

In-flight gadget rules may be relaxed

A report from an advisory panel set up by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US has said that restrictions should be relaxed on the use of mobile phones, tablets, e-readers and laptops. It found that there was no longer any scientific/operational reason for ordering they be switched …

Look out Google: Disconnect says its no-track search tool is taking off

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Disconnect, a startup co-founded by a former Google(s goog) engineer, is fast becoming a darling of privacy advocates — and a …

Money Meter App Level Launches With $5M From Kleiner Perkins

How does today’s digital generation think about money? Likely not in terms of cash, budgets and balanced checkbooks.<p>The reality is, we each bring in …

Retargeting Company AdRoll Says It Has Reached A $100M Revenue Run Rate

Online retargeting company AdRoll is announcing that it has reached a revenue run rate of $100 million.<p>To be clear, that’s run rate, not the actual revenue it’s going to see in 2013. (The company declined to provide that number.) However, it’s double the $50 million run rate that AdRoll announced …

What I Learned About Facebook As A Feedback Panelist

Today when I opened Facebook, as I do every day, at some point, at least once, I was surprised to see the social network asking me for some time and input. Generally speaking, it asks “What’s on your mind?” or something similar in the status update entry field, but this was different; this was a …

Foxconn admits interns worked overtime to assemble PS4

Students were given night and overtime shifts to put together parts for the PlayStation 4, a violation of Foxconn policy, the company has acknowledged.<p>Foxconn violated its own policy by forcing students to work overtime to help build Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 game console.<p>Foxconn reportedly …

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Ustwo Spends To Keep Whale Trail Flying: From Mobile Game To E-Book To Kids’ TV Show

London-based app developer/digital UI studio, ustwo, has turned out a raft of interesting work over the years — for itself and for paying clients. On the former front its antisocial photo-sharing app, Rando, is a particular highlight for me. But ustwo’s psychedelic Whale Trail mobile game has …

Smartphones are getting bigger as tablets are getting smaller

The tech world’s two most popular devices are moving in opposite directions.<p>Smartphones used to win praise for their compactness. Remember when Apple released its first iPhone and the world marveled at how much the company managed to pack into a moderately-sized mobile phone? But lately mobile …

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US Mac sales down as PC decline stablizes, but wildly-differing estimates by Gartner and IDC

US Mac sales fell year-on-year as part of the global decline in the PC market as consumers switch to tablets, phablets and smartphones – but the two major market analysts produced wildly differing estimates of the size of that fall.<p>IDC has a dramatic drop of 11.2 percent, from 2.14M in the third …

YouTube Network DanceOn Raises $4M To Become The Go-To Place For Dance Entertainment

YouTube network DanceOn is the latest new media company to raise money for its growing video business. The company, which is the Number 1 place for dance videos on YouTube, has secured $4 million in funding, in a round co-led by Plus Capital and AMC Networks.<p>DanceOn is one of a number of …

Bill Nye launches YouTube series about NASA's mission to Jupiter

Bill Nye has collaborated with NASA to launch a new eight-part web series on the agency's latest mission to Jupiter. The science enthusiast and TV host, who for years entertained kids with the PBS show <i>Bill Nye the Science Guy,</i> first teased a return to presenting back in July, noting that any show …

Dropcam Pro Upgrades Quality, Adds Bluetooth LE, Sounds Awfully Like Dave Eggers’s Dystopian Future

In Dave Eggers’s new dystopian technology industry book, “The Circle,” the pinnacle of progress is described as a small, cheap, high-quality personal …

Nintendo 2DS Invites New Gamers to Play at an Affordable Price

“What were they thinking?”<p>That was the question on many people’s minds when Nintendo announced its newest handheld game console back in August. …

LG launches mid-range LG G Pro Lite

LG has announced a new member for its G Pro range in the form of the G Pro Lite, which looks to be a mid-range handset running a customized version of Android.<p>The device will have a 5.5-inch display (although the resolution is just 960 x 540 pixels) and will offer a large capacity 3,140 mAh …

Dropcam’s new camera is crystal clear — and it’s learning, too

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Dropcam has pulled out all the stops with its new Dropcam Pro monitoring camera by vastly improving its clarity, control and, …

Apple reportedly expanding in-store iPhone trade-in to Europe

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Apple(s aapl) launched its long-awaited in-store iPhone trade-in program back in August, but only in the US. That might be …

In Server Sales Push, Dell Comes Out Swinging Against HP’s Moonshot

Computing giant Hewlett-Packard has placed a lot of hope for its efforts at a turnaround in sales of servers on a new product called Project Moonshot.<p>…

How to: Use a password manager to have strong, unique passwords for each website

Evernote, Adobe, even Apple … just a few of the companies who have found their user data compromised by hackers in recent times. The possibility of a hacker being able to access one of your web accounts is worrying enough – but if you use the same email address and password for almost <i>all</i> the …

Nokia adds a little more Symbian customization to its Windows Phone Glance screen

Nokia introduced its Glance screen feature with the Lumia 925, allowing users to double-tap to wake the device, and it has been gradually improving it ever since. While Glance also typically shows a clock when the phone display is turned off, Nokia has previously added a "Peek" feature to let you …

Cloud Security: Mobile Startup Lookout Gets $55M Led By Deutsche Telekom To Go Global & Target Enterprise

Mobile security company Lookout is all about protecting user’s mobile devices against malicious threats, a business that today has 45 million customers. Today it’s raising its own profile a little bit more. The startup is announcing another $55 million in funding, led by strategic investor Deutsche …

Taskmasters: how Israeli intelligence officers helped inspire the look of iOS 7

In October 2009, at an Israeli sports training facility called the Wingate Institute, Eden Shochat walked the floor of GeekCon admiring the projects. Each year at Shochat's long-running, invite-only creative gathering, attendees are tasked with making things that are both amazing and useless. One …

Here’s What a Twitter News Service Might Look Like

Many of Twitter’s 215 million users have turned the service into their own personal newspaper by following people and publishers that bring them news …

Tikker Is A Watch That Counts Down To Your Death, Because YOLO

You wait in the doctor’s office with a furrowed brow and a heavy heart. When he returns, his face is somber and his eyes concentrate on the clipboard in front of him.<p>“You’ve only got a little time left,” he says apologetically. “If there’s anything you want to do before you die, now’s the …

Launch Center Pro reinvented for iOS 7

David Barnard’s Contrast (previously App Cubby) shipped a massive update to the quick shortcut app Launch Center Pro for iPhone today.<p>Launch Center Pro 2 delivers an iOS 7-inspired user interface and a gorgeous new icon as well as several new features including Dropbox backing up and restoring, …