Leon Swinkels

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The Terrible Truth About Toddlers and Touchscreens

I saw this thing on Christina Bonnington's desk and it filled me with a dull, cold dread. It’s the Fisher Price Apptivity Case, a toy that securely …

Tech That Helps Me With Healthy Living

Living a healthy and active life takes a lot of extra work as a parent. But with the help of an arsenal of gadgets and apps I've found it's possible …

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Next generation: Android and Steam in the living room

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>The next generation of household consoles has already started, and boy, are we in for a treat. Not only do we have the big three companies (Nintendo, Sony, and …

Nextdoor and Hyperlocality

Some time ago I wrote about a social network called Nextdoor that really impressed me. What makes Nextdoor stand out is that it’s hyperlocal and based on real, physical communities; a Nextdoor “neighborhood” is defined by a group of houses that form a contiguous block and only people who live in …

Time Sink: Columbia Tourism And Gaming Photojournalism In 'BioShock Infinite'

I recently played through the opening 20 minutes of Irrational Games’ <i>BioShock Infinite</i>, but nearly 2 hours of real-world time ticked away. This protracted session wasn’t caused by protagonist Booker DeWitt dying, nor by any work distractions pulling me away from the PC. No, I simply couldn’t stop …

Runaway complexity in Big Data... and a plan to stop it

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Statistics & Data Analysis Software for Mac.

The program is called <b>Wizard</b>, and to be perfectly honest with you, I think it’s the <b>most exciting desktop software since the spreadsheet</b>. Wizard is …

Data Science

Rust (0): Index and Conclusion

This four-post series on Rust is intended to introduce you to the language, to teach you about Rust's cool language features, and to give a …

Learnable Programming

Designing a programming system for understanding programming.

A Conversation With Randall Munroe, the Creator of XKCD

<i>Q: What would happen if a beloved web comic created a series of ... physics explainers?</i><p>Randall Munroe began his career in physics working with robots at NASA's Langley Research Center. He is famous, however, for engineering a creation of different kind: the iconic web comic that is xkcd. Last week, …

Nate Silver’s ‘The Signal and the Noise’

Normally, when a new book rolls into our office, we subject it to Marshall McLuhan's page 69 test. Flip to page 69, read what's there. If the passage is any good, then the book's worth a deeper browse.<p>But here comes our advance copy of Nate Silver's "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many …

Essays: Did NSA Put a Secret Backdoor in New Encryption Standard?

Did NSA Put a Secret Backdoor in New Encryption Standard?<p>November 15, 2007<p>Random numbers are critical for cryptography: for encryption keys, random …

What Happens to Our Brains When We Exercise and How It Makes Us Happier

Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and more. At …

Bestsellers

StarCraft: Orcs in space go down in flames

In my previous article about StarCraft I talked about why we rebooted the project and changed it from a follow-on to Warcraft — derisively called …

Starcraft

Adaptive Resampling

Want To Disrupt An Industry? Try Actually Working In It First

Lee Lin thought his startup, RentHop, could “automate away” real estate brokers. Then he tried being one for a month.<p>Lee Lin is the cofounder of RentHop, which helps apartment seekers cut through the clutter of real estate listings by assigning a “HopScore” to listings, helping to surface the …

The Programmers Before Us Were Better

Gather round young coders while I tell you a little story. Way back when, far before you were born, we were building programs just like you are. …

Computer Science