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Atari co-founder: mobile games make me want to throw my phone

The video game arcade is the cathedral of the games industry. Veteran players see these increasingly endangered places as shrines to design purity, difficulty and player skill, bathed in the glow of flickering monitors. They were, after all, the places where the conventions of the medium were …

Mobile Gaming

In Norway, A New Model For Zero-Energy Housing

Snohetta’s carbon-neutral model home looks like it’s been tipped up for a quick vacuum underneath. Could it be replicated elsewhere?<p>The building industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. About half of the U.K.’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the construction and operation of buildings; …

4 Ways Meditation Can Empower Millennials At Work and in Life

Oh, I've researched you, <i>you millennials</i>. You are the largest living generation (those born roughly between the 80s and mid 2000s) and are a quarter of our population.<p>And, cringe, you have been given some intensely negative labels. People profess that you have an out-of-proportion level of …

From Saturn’s Moons To The Hoover Dam: The Greatest Landscape Photos Of All Time

A new book compiles 240 landscape photos, from the sublime (Greenland’s icefjords) to the disturbing (nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll).<p>“That one may see for miles into a bit of paper no bigger than one’s hand is, of necessity, a perpetual wonder,” <i>The Photographer’s Annual</i> wrote in 1891. More than a …

'Flappy Bird' Dominated 'Destiny' As Google's Most Searched-For Game Of The Year

Based on the stories we’ve written here at Forbes Games over the past year, I could probably give you a rough approximation of the most search-for video games of the year as a reflection of our page views. But I should probably just let Google give the official word.<p>They’ve come out with their …

Who Makes the Best Hot Chocolate?

By: Adam Lapetina<p>While it's <i>technically</i> still a few days away, let's face it: winter's here (no offense, solstice). And what better way is there to warm up than hot chocolate? Sure, you can get a gourmet cup at some coffee shop... for $10 a mug?!?! Yeah, better to just make a cup at home. But which …

An Open Letter To Tim Cook About Game Censorship

<i>Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a games industry consultant, freelance designer and the creator of leading design blog What Games Are. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>Tim,<p>I’m a huge fan of Apple’s products including my new iPhone 6 Plus. It’s gorgeous. I’m even more of a fan of what Apple has done …

Metal Craftsman Recreates Animals as Moving Steampunk Sculptures

Artist Igor Verniy assembles stunningly detailed, steampunk-infused animal sculptures out of discarded metal, car and bike parts, watch components, electronics, silverware, and other metal scraps. Spanning a myriad of species from birds to reptiles to insects, Verniy's works feature working joints …

What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation

At some point in their careers, most leaders have either consciously — or, more likely, unwittingly — based (or justified) their approach to motivation on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow’s idea that people are motivated by satisfying lower-level needs such as food, water, shelter, and security, …

“I’m Addicted To Decay”: What It’s Like To Be A Ruin-Porn Photographer

Urban explorer Andre Govia talks to Co.Design about the risks and rewards behind the scenes of his latest book, Abandoned Planet.<p>Andre Govia describes himself as “addicted to decay.” The U.K.-based urban explorer’s book of photography, <i>Abandoned Planet</i>, is an extensive tribute to that addiction, …

This Giant Maze Is A Self-Portrait For Your Patience

The Labyrinth is an otherwise unassuming 30″x22″ piece of paper that houses the freakishly long maze that’s been drawn by pen. It hides 375 feet of playable area within its ink walls. Successfully reaching the end will require you to draw half a football field in ink. And it will probably take you …

The Best Travel Gear Of 2014

Good design makes travel suck less. Here are seven accessories that make great holiday gifts for globetrotters.<p>Good design makes getting from point A to point B suck less. Here are seven accessories we came across in 2014 that aim to solve weary travelers’ problems, big and small–they’ll ease your …

Crowdfunding ‘is no silver bullet’

<i>This series looks at technologies that will be game-changers for small business, particularly firms whose staffs are highly mobile and where travel is part of the game.</i><p>When Monster Factory needed to raise funds for its next line of stuffed fantastical and mythical beings, it could have gone to the …

BlackBerry: 'We have completed the restructuring notification process'

One of the black clouds that hung over BlackBerry has dissipated.<p>Back in 2012, BlackBerry’s former CEO Thorsten Heins announced a massive “workforce …

Timex launches smartwatch with Qualcomm technology | News Home | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Timex Group is launching a smartwatch with cellular connectivity and a high-visibility display from Qualcomm Inc.<p>The Dutch watchmaker said in a news release on Tuesday the Ironman One GPS+ includes tracking features that can communicate the wearer’s location to friends as …

'Full-body joystick' lets you run and jump in virtual reality video games

If fiddling with joypads and keyboards just doesn't make you feel close enough to the action, you could soon be playing video games by running and leaping with all the kamikaze enthusiasm of Lara Croft, thanks to Austrian company Cyberith. In the race to escape reality and get ever deeper inside …

Food Huggers: Brilliant Product Design and Business Success by Michelle Ivankovic and Adrienne McNicholas

True industrial design seeks out problems that can be solved with objects. The more common the problem, and the easier it is to produce the item …

How Stripes Saved This Entryway

Pattern makes a bold impact in this young family's house. This article originally appeared on ELLEDECOR.com.<p>The space <b>BEFORE</b> the transformation.<p>The entry in a young family's newly-constructed home in Atlanta, Georgia, looked cookie-cutter and bland. To give the space more personality, designer James …

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The Handsome, Portable Vifa Copenhagen Speaker

Launched at the 2014 Stockholm Furniture Fair this past February, Copenhagen is the first wireless speaker from Vifa. Though the Danish company has over 80 years experience making loudspeaker components, they rebranded as a consumer audio company, with Copenhagen leading the way as their debut …

Paint It White: Soak Up the Sins of the City with Titanium Dioxide Rooftops

For big problems, I'm a big fan of big solutions. After all, the sheer scale of systemic issues all but demands concerted efforts when it comes to …

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