Liam Murray

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Mobile user acquisition is still a hard slog. Listen to what the experts say about it.

User acquisition is a sexy topic. I know because I moderated a panel discussion on the topic at the Casual Connect conference last week in San Francisco. We had a standing room-only crowd listening to the experts that we rounded up to talk about the problem of acquiring mobile users for apps and …

Casual Crossover: Learning from the Casual Video Game Industry

Hi!<p>I agree that boar games (or any industry) can look at something similar as a benchmark and apply it to increase their success. I often hear the …

I Was Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass In The Wrong Part Of San Francisco

A colleague and I had just finished covering a march in protest of a Google employee who had recently evicted several tenants after buying and moving into a home in the area.<p>After more than an hour spent working on the story in a coffee shop, I arranged my laptop, camera, and notes in my backpack. …

Google Glass

Facebook Killed the Class Reunion

Oh, really?<p>You got married and had three kids? <i>Nice.</i><p>You got rich and bought a car worth more than my parent's house? <i>Sweet.</i><p>You hiked Everest and basically became a super hero? <i>Righteous.</i><p>I was invited to my class reunion last week via Facebook group and within five seconds of newsfeed-scrolling, I …

Fickle teens love Apple more than ever, survey shows

The last time teenagers were consistent was the first time teenagers were consistent.<p>Their winds of change rarely abate and their judgments are as instant as the worst coffee.<p>Yet they seem to have a weird thing for Apple.<p>Piper Jaffray's Taking Stock With Teens report for spring 2014 told us about …

Hear Palmer Luckey explain why Oculus VR joined Facebook

Last month's news that Facebook bought startup Oculus VR for $2 billion spurred many loud and often furious reactions from gamers and especially those who participated in the project's initial Kickstarter. If you're among those wondering what's next for Oculus and haven't been convinced by the …

A Modern Apartment in a City’s Historic Center

This modern apartment, located in the historical center of Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine, was designed by SVOYA studio for a young married couple with a …

Living Rooms

Baby Charged With Attempted Murder, Goes Into Hiding in Pakistan

Relatives of a nine-month-old baby charged with attempted murder in Pakistan have taken him into hiding, a relative said on Tuesday, in a case that has thrown a spotlight on Pakistan's dysfunctional criminal justice system.<p>Mohammad Musa Khan appeared in court in the city of Lahore last week, …

Crime

Revisiting Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

A Year of Adventure #5, in which we encounter aliens, conspiracies and new age hokum.<p><i>Join Kosta Andreadis as he plays through some of the most</i> …

Lake Travis Residence by Hsu Office of Architecture

The Lake Travis Residence near Austin, Texas.<p>The creative team of Hsu Office of Architecture was hired to design this house atop a sloping site off …

A Visual Guide to What Colors Communicate

When you are designing your blog or website, how do you decide what colors to use? Your choice will make a difference on how others receive and …

33 Insanely Clever Upgrades To Make To Your Home

Your dream home is only a few DIY projects away.

4 Things We Learned From This Rare Interview With Apple Design God Jonathan Ive

Great design is a demonstration against thoughtlessness and carelessness, says the legendary iPhone designer in an interview with the Sunday Times.<p>Apple’s rock star designer Jony Ive has given the <i>Sunday Times (subscription required)</i> a rare interview, talking about his partnership with Steve Jobs, …

Proposed Building Looks Like A Giant Zipper

The winner of [AC-CA]’s latest contest plays with the tower shape to create a vertical campus for an architecture school.<p>Recent graduates Ali Chen and Evan Shieh have spun their architecture-school education into a creative new proposal for a unversity in Dubai: “Blue Tape,” a tower that looks like …

The Winter Paralympics Are The World’s Best Showcase Of Sports Technology

How can a blind person shoot a rifle? How can someone paralyzed from the waist-down play Olympic-caliber hockey? With these crazy tools, that’s how.<p>When there’s a significant technological advance that might help Olympians reach new heights, like the infamous (and now banned) Speedo LZR swimsuits, …

A tour of Cape Town, World Design Capital 2014

Forget fancy galleries – in Cape Town, 2014 World Design Capital, the most exciting work is in the townships and once-grungy inner-city areas<p>Standing on a dusty road in Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town, our tour guide, James Fernie, leaves none of our group of tourists in any doubt …

Guild Wars 2 disabled NPC inspires player with multiple sclerosis

A <i>Guild Wars 2</i> player with multiple sclerosis has found inspiration in one of the game's NPCs — a young woman with similar characteristics who is carried through the world by a giant golem.<p>Player Christina wrote on the <i>Guild Wars 2</i> forums that she was "overjoyed" to see Taimi, a girl of the Asura …

BAUX Sound Absorbing Wall Tiles by Form Us With Love

Swedish design studio Form Us With Love never ceases to amaze me. Their creative designs are not only clever, they’re pretty fun as well. Their …

The Creators of 'Rock Band' Are Making A Shooter, And It's Incredible

The creators of Rock Band are making another game, and it doesn’t require a plastic guitar attachment. The company just announced that it’s working on Chroma, a PC Arena Shooter, and no, you didn’t read that wrong. I got the chance to play a very early build at the DICE Conference in Las Vegas the …

With Hackathons Taking Center Stage, The Coming Transformation Of The Computer Scientist

When Dave Fontenot moved to the University of Michigan from his home in South Florida in the fall of 2011, he brought the standard equipment every freshman college student needs -– clothes, shoes, books, and a backpack. One item, though, was missing.<p>“I didn’t own my own laptop,” he said.<p>That didn’t …

The age of atheism: “If God exists, why is anybody unhappy?”

<b>Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton/ABC News/Reuters/Chris Keane)</b><p>“We’ve been misled by years of monotheism to think there’s one answer to everything,” says author Peter Watson<p>Katie Engelhart<p>February 15, 2014 3:45pm (UTC)<p>In 1882, the German philosopher …

Amazing Kinetic Doors Unfold Like Origami

You’re about to realize just how boring every door you’ve ever seen really is.<p>Vienna-based artist Klemens Torggler designs doors, except they don’t feel like doors. They don’t swing open or shut. Instead, you tickle them and they unfold. Part sculpture, part origami, Torggler’s doors seem less like …

The Dawn of the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Reasons to cheer the rise of the machines<p>The advances we’ve seen in the past few years—cars that drive themselves, useful humanoid robots, speech recognition and synthesis systems, 3D printers, <i>Jeopardy!</i>-champion computers—are not the crowning achievements of the computer era. They’re the warm-up …

Useful Web Design Resources – Learning Coding & Design

• 26 min read<br>• Tools, Techniques, Resources<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

"Superdesk" Seats All 125 Employees at a Single Table

The Barbarian Group, a digital creative agency based in New York City, has done away with traditional cubicles and outfitted their space with this incredible <i>Superdesk</i>, a 1,100-foot-long structure that seats all 125 of their employees. Clive Wilkinson Architects is responsible for the desk's design …

Employment

Playful Interior Space Constructed from 3D Grid of Ropes

Anyone who has the chance to venture inside this <i>String Prototype</i> will have great fun navigating through the complex arrangement of blue lines. Created by Croatian-Austrian industrial design group Numen/For Use, the inflatable concept is like a large jungle gym for kids and adults alike.<p>The …

Climbing

Sagmeister’s ‘Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far’ Gets an Updated Release - The Fox Is Black

Work in a creative industry? Then chances are you’ve seen Stefan Sagmeister’s <i>Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far</i> kicking around the office. …