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The Big List Of Royalty Free Music And Sounds (Free Edition)

A list of sites where you can download royalty free sounds and music.<br>The first list shows those sites that offer free downloads.<br>The second list shows …

Microsoft's Project Siena lets you create Windows apps with ease

If you think creating an app is something only whizkid developers and those with programming skills can do, think again. Microsoft has recently unveiled Project Siena, a Metro-style app that lets anyone create their own Windows 8.1 program with regular PowerPoint and Excel knowhow. As it's a Metro …

Microsoft’s Project Spark DIY Game Creation Software Beta Begins Today

Microsoft has recognized that people appreciate the chance to make their own stuff, possibly due to the success of PlayStation exclusive LittleBigPlanet, and that’s why it created Project Spark, previewed back in June at E3. Spark is an even more free-form game creation engine with a focus on …

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip

This dip might put me into rehab. It is so addicting. I couldn’t get a grip. I kept telling myself I needed to stop, but apparently my hand and mouth …

Why 'Assassin's Creed' Style 'Eagle Vision' Is Terrible Game Design And Needs To Stop

In <i>Assassin’s Creed</i> games you can enter a super-sensory mode known as “Eagle Vision.” The primary reason for this mode is to tag enemies, items, or reveal hiding spots—a useful sixth sense.<p>In the recent <i>Tomb Raider</i> reboot there’s something called “Survival Instincts.” It allows you to highlight …

4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …

Telerik Launches New Development Platform For Web, Hybrid And Native Apps

Telerik has long made a wide range of tools for developers, ranging from the Kendo UI jQuery framework to the cross-platform development service Icenium and numerous related backend services for mobile and desktop apps. Today, the company is combining all of these tools under the “Telerik Platform” …

How To Overcome Self-Doubt And A Lack of Motivation

You don’t feel like doing anything, you’re in a rut. Here are some possible solutions to help you get back on your feet.<p>This morning I didn’t feel like doing anything. It’s a combination of overtiredness from a few days of hard work, and a lack of sleep last night.<p>I couldn’t motivate myself to do …

Cookie Clicker and Rogue Legacy: Making something out of nothing

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>I’ve installed an automatic mouse clicker on my work computer. I know it’s an irresponsible — and probably contract-breaching — way to utilize the company …

Why the Grass is Never Greener and How to Be Happy Today

<b>“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.” ~Unknown</b><p>Lifestyle. Opportunities. Wealth. Just think …

7 Obstacles to Mindfulness and How to Overcome Them

<b>“Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to cope with it.” ~Unknown</b><p>Mindfulness has allowed me to become more aware of …

Mindfulness

How to Find Peace of Mind in Under 500 Words

<b>“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” ~Proverb</b><p>Practice and patience are like inseparable twins that have the capacity to …

Streamus Turns Chrome Into A Fast, Free, YouTube-Powered Spotify Alternative

Use Chrome? Listen to a lot music throughout the day? Check out this extension.<p>Take a music streaming service like Rdio or Spotify, and boil it down to the absolute basics — searching for songs, adding songs to playlists, and playing said songs. Power it with YouTube’s massive (and sometimes …

Sample Resume: Online Game Developer

Jennifer Johnson <b><br>Game Developer</b> <br>www.socialmedia.com/jjohnson<p><i>Passionate creator of awesome web experiences</i><p><b>Objective</b><br>To create awesome experiences for …

Bored of your normal résumé? Sumry wants to replace it with an interactive timeline

Looking for a job and sending out résumés is a full-time job in itself, and in order to make yourself stand out from the crowd you might be considering adding some flourishes to your existing CV.<p>However, tweaking that existing Microsoft Word template isn’t going to cut it. According to Sumry, a …

PS4 declassified: How Sony used its PS3 mistakes to build the ultimate developer's console

Valve's Gabe Newell famously said the PlayStation 3 was a 'waste of everyone's time.'<p>Cerny's straightforward analysis is a refreshing departure from the bombastic declarations of superiority that accompanied 2006's PlayStation 3 launch.<p>Part of Cerny's job was corralling the opinions of dozens of …

In Theory: Valve and OpenGL: is PC gaming coming to mobile?

This week Valve hosted the Steam Developer Days in Seattle, where game creators got hands-on time with the Steam Machines and Valve's innovative new …

OpenGL

Bosca Ceoil

<b>UPDATE: This blog post is for an old version of Bosca Ceoil, and is out of date! Bosca Ceoil v2.0 is available from here: boscaceoil.net</b><p>I made a …

The Billion Dollar Market Microsoft And Sony Are Ignoring

The console video game market remains huge. Last September, <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> generated over $1 billion in revenue in its first few days, a feat even the wizards of Hogwart’s and Middle Earth never matched on the silver screen. And the new PS4 and Xbox One have generated tens of billions in …

How players teach designers about their own procedurally generated games

Video games are much like animated films; every item in every environment is created.<p>You design every room and every character or item in that room. It’s an act of creation that’s driven by the will of the artists working on the game, and it’s such a deliberate process that it can be rare for the …

30 Recipes for the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed

Nothing says “I love you” more than heartwarming fare… especially when it’s served in bed. Valentine’s morning is the perfect excuse to indulge in berry-infused pastries and heart-shaped treats so delicious, you’ll wish every day was a special breakfast-in-bed affair. So dish up a little love for …

A greenhouse just in time for Spring

A new addition to my workshop! We completed the greenhouse seedling boxes this weekend, just in time for Spring...<p>... but with snowflakes fluttering …

62 Ways to Make Something New Out of Something Old

Get creative with these ideas for crafts made of recycled materials.<p>Get creative with these ideas for crafts made of recycled materials.

How to Build a Rocket Stove - DIY

In less than two minutes, you can learn how to build a rocket stove using only cement blocks. Just watch this brief video, "The 6-Block Rocket …

rocket stove mass heater

• heat your home with 80% to 90% less wood<br>• exhaust is nearly pure steam and CO2 (a little smoke at the beginning)<br>• the heat from one fire can last for …

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Rex: The Brain For Robots

<i>Check out the video! Visit our website:</i> alphalem.com and follow us on Twitter.<p>The biggest leaps in robotics and AI will come from makers and …

Native Union's Jump charging cable can juice up your devices on the go

It only took a little over 24 hours for Native Union's Jump, a charging cable with a built-in battery pack for juicing up on the go, to reach its funding on Kickstarter. Still, the company hasn't abandoned its booth here at CES to go out and celebrate, so we dropped in and laid some paws on the …

Razer tries its hand at wristbands with the Nabu SmartBand

In addition to the massive, ambitious Project Christine modular gaming PC concept, Razer had another new product to reveal at this year's CES and it's not what you might expect. Alongside dozens of other products in a category known as "wearables" is Razer's offering: a still-in-development …