Kirsten Frisina

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Wizardry’s wild ride from West to East

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Wizardry was one of the founding pillars of computer role-playing games in the heady era of the ’80s. Published by Sir-Tech, a company that would become …

Custom Android software turns every notification into a Facebook-style Chat Head

Facebook introduced a fairly compelling new way to do notifications and messaging with Chat Heads, and so it's not a huge surprise to see it spreading out amongst the indie ecosystem. We've already seen a jailbreak version on the iPhone, and now Android developers are creating something similar for …

Will we ever… communicate telepathically?

There’s tantalising evidence that technology could one day allow us to transmit thoughts telepathically between two brains. The question is how far can we go?<p>In a lab at Harvard Medical School, a man is using his mind to wag a rat’s tail<b>.</b> To send his command, he merely glances at a strobe light …

The Brain

Shrinking the toaster for today’s tiny kitchens

The toaster is a much-loved kitchen staple – but it can take up a lot of space in small, cramped kitchens. In the fifth of BBC Future’s Imagineering redesigns, a London team transforms the breakfast basic.<p>We have a Scottish inventor called Alan MacMasters to thank for the electric appliance that …

Product Design

Radical roads drive robot cars

A lot is written about the rise of autonomous cars, such as those developed by Google, but these vehicles will also change our highways forever.<p>One of the world’s most famously gridlocked cities in the world may be about to shed its image and get on the move again.<p>Los Angeles in California has just …

Autonomous Cars
Psychology

Twitter study: Happiness rises the further you travel

People’s tweets get significantly more positive in mood the greater the distance they are from home.<p>Feeling low? Over-worked, anxious, bored with life? A holiday will do your mood the world of good. Really it will: there’s now scientific proof. A team of researchers at the University of Vermont in …

Social Media

Bitcoin and the illusion of money

The world’s “first decentralised digital currency” promises financial salvation, but what is it and can it really deliver?<p>Dubai. Greece. Spain. Portugal. Italy. Cyprus. Ireland. The list of countries needing financial bailouts seems to go on and on. And that’s before you include those banks in the …

Bitcoin