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Your 2015 goal: Understanding how COPPA could ruin your day

It’s the middle of February, which is a time when many people remember the New Year’s resolutions they made in a haze of Seacrest and champagne and realize that they’ve already subconsciously given up on them without even trying. I mean, really, what was the point of making my annual “spend more …

El baile de máscaras con el que Rusia confunde al enemigo

<b>La anexión de Crimea por Rusia de hace un año tomó a casi todo el mundo por sorpresa. El ejército ruso disimuló sus operaciones y las negó, pero esos "pequeños hombres verdes" que aparecieron en la península del Mar Negro eran un caso ejemplar del manual de las prácticas rusas de decepción militar,</b> …

The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Three

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly writes a regular column about all things video game for TechCrunch. He is a games industry consultant, freelance designer and the creator of leading design blog</i> <i>What Games Are</i><i>. You can follow him on Twitter</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>This is the third in a three-part series of posts about the …

The Legend of Zelda-Themed Monopoly Gets Release Date

There will be fights over the Triforce player token.<p>Monopoly: The Legend of Zelda, an officially licensed Zelda-themed Monopoly game from board game …

How Minecraft has bewitched 40 million of us

The worldwide domination of Markus Persson's building-blocks game is a triumph for the power of human imagination<p>A funny thing happened on the way to this column. Browsing idly through the <i>Publishers Weekly</i> site, I came on the list of the Nielsen bestselling books of 2014 (so far) in the US. The Top …

The best tricks that Hearthstone's game designers used to make Blizzard's latest megahit

<i>Disclosure: The organizers of ChinaJoy paid my way to Shanghai. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>SHANGHAI — Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is one of those rare free-to-play games that has succeeded on both the PC and mobile devices. It has been downloaded more than 10 million times and earned an 88 …

Doing It Right in the Dominican Republic

With sounds of the surf lapping at the harbor next to La Yola restaurant, I tucked into my curried lobster with gusto. Though dining on an over-fished creature, I didn’t feel the least bit guilty. That’s because I knew that the local fishermen were given lobster houses in exchange for a commitment …

Mercedes-Benz SL, SLK May Share Architecture, Offer AWD

Big Bang Discovery Opens Doors to the "Multiverse"

Gravitational waves detected in the aftermath of the Big Bang suggest one universe just might not be enough.<p>Bored with your old dimensions—up and down, right and left, and back and forth? So tiresome. Take heart, folks. The latest news from Big Bang cosmologists offers us some relief from our …

The Orgasmatron: Strange tale of a pleasure implant

Pleasure-inducing implants can induce orgasms at the push of a button, but as Frank Swain discovers, there’s a curious history behind this technology.<p>This month, news outlets worldwide issued breathless reports of a wondrous implant that causes orgasms at the touch of a button. The Orgasmatron, …

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Cómo construir un universo por US$40 millones

<b>Si le dieran US$40 millones, ¿qué haría?</b><p>¿Compraría un yate para navegar por el mundo, se tiraría en una playa todo el día o lo apostaría todo en un casino de Las Vegas?<p>Chris Roberts tiene todo eso a su disposición y lo está usando para crear un universo.<p>Roberts no es totalmente libre de gastar el …

Google introduces separate change-logs for alpha, beta and stable apps

Up until now, developers had to use the same text for change-logs in Google Play, regardless of whether folks were interested in the alpha, beta or stable release of an app. In the latest update, it’s now easy for app makers to provide different change-logs for alpha testers, beta testers and just …

Apps

Porsche Makes More Money Per Car Than Audi, Bentley, Or Lamborghini

Volkswagen's shareholders love Porsche.<p>According to <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i>, Porsche makes $23,000 on every car it sells, for a profit margin of 18 …

Code.org Lets You Program Your Own Game Of Flappy Bird

Code.org is putting the incredible popularity of Flappy Bird to good use. It just released a new initiative to help young people (or whoever, really) learn how to code by building their own customized version of the absurdly simple yet highly addicting game.<p>You don’t have to know anything about …

Game Development

Native app or responsive web? How to choose in 3 steps

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Remember back in the day, when the big industry hoo-ha was the incessant debate over HTML5 web apps versus native mobile apps? …

The 12 Hottest iPhone and Android Apps

This story originally appeared on Business Insider <br>February had a slew of new apps arrive for iPhone and Android.<p>Facebook launched a news reader at the beginning of the month that made reading important information on your phone easy while everyone was talking about Secret, the anonymous app …

Apps

15 Ways to Fix Everything With Vinegar

Made a mess? Look no further than your kitchen cupboard<p>Made a mess? Look no further than your kitchen cupboard

15 jazz records for people who don't like jazz

<b>Busting the myth of jazz as a private island for the smug, middle-aged and lonely.</b><p>When the idea for this feature first came up it was with the …

Inside the murky world of knockoff smartphone apps and the ads that fuel them

There are two things any app developers can do to improve their chances of scoring a hit: Make a mobile game. And give it away free. But building an original game is a lot of work and the app store is cluttered with games. So there is a third thing the developer can do—”flip” an existing app. Buy …

Apps

How to Check if Your App is Addictive Enough to Make Money

Making money on mobile can be a tricky thing. Having ads on your app is an option, but few companies have truly cracked the perfect mobile advertising strategy, so adding ads to your app will likely be an annoying, disruptive experience to the user.<p>Still, this doesn’t mean having ads on your app …

Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

Android News

Android and iOS app revenue gap continues to shrink

Not too long ago it was pretty much common knowledge that developer revenues were higher with iOS than Android. Recently however, the revenue gap has been shrinking fast and, according to a new report from <i>BI Intelligence,</i> we’re now at a point where Android developers earn about 90 cents for every …

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What do you look for in a smartphone camera?

In this edition of the Friday Debate, we discuss smartphone cameras. With Android 4.4.1 rolling out to the Nexus 5 specifically to improve the camera app and image quality, everybody’s been talking about the importance of good software. Google’s working to improve Android cameras with a new API and …

Mobile Photography

Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter and Crispy Sage

Whipped Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potatoes.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> November 13, 2013 141<p>I present to you… the trashiest of the sweet potatoes.<p>It’s like every single …

How to pack like the pros

Does traveling more make you pack less? Not necessarily, although we talked to five high-mileage, high-profile travelers (whose combined annual airline points could buy a private island in the Caribbean) to get their take on carry-on and carrying less.<p>Pauline Frommer<p><i>Publisher of Frommers.com and</i> …

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Flank Steak on Texas Toast with Chimichurri Recipe on Food52

The Ultra-Commuter: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

Better mpg, better powertrain, and a better drive. Meet the new standard for hybrid sedans.<p><b>On Sale Date:</b> October 31, 2013<p><b>Base Price:</b> $29,945<p><b>Competitors:</b> Ford Fusion Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid<p><b>Powertrains:</b> 2.0-liter, I-4, 141-hp, 122 lb-ft; electric …

¿Existe algún animal "inmortal"?

La especie de <b>medusa</b> <i>Turritopsis nutricula</i> podría ser el <b>único animal en el mundo que realmente ha descubierto la fuente de la eterna juventud</b>.<p>Este …