Jacob Harris

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Should we make games about Israel/Palestine?

Are some topics just too taboo to be tackled by gaming?<p>This week, a controversial game called “Bomb Gaza” was pulled from the Google Play store after a public backlash. Designed for Androids and tablets, the game’s stated aim was to “drop bombs and avoid killing civilans”.<p>Inevitably, the game drew …

Tech-Savvy Tortoises Learn To Use Touchscreens

Headbutt the shape, get a treat!<p>Tortoises are using their cleverness to do more than just win long distance races against hares–now they’re moving into the field of touchscreen technology.<p>Researchers from the U.K.'s University of Lincoln have successfully trained four red-footed tortoises (native …

Paper USB Business Card Lets You Track Usage

The humble business card still hasn’t been killed off by digital alternatives. Being handed a piece of dead tree with contact details printed on it in ink arguably increasingly stands out in an age when digital data is so cheap and mutable.<p>But paper inevitably presents a barrier to accessing and …

Apple Patent Details A Siri For Mac That Acts As A Virtual “Third Hand”

Apple has a new patent application published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) which details a desktop incarnation of its Siri virtual assistant. The iOS Siri software has long been something observers have expected to make the jump to OS X, but so far, only its voice dictation component has …