Michael Alarid

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Why is virtual reality taking so long to take off?

By Hayley Tsukayama<p>, Reporter<p>LOS ANGELES — At the Electronic Entertainment Expo, all seemed right for virtual reality. Players were waiting in snaking lines — some for up to seven hours <b>—</b> for a chance to step into fantasy worlds. Crowds watched as players wearing VR headsets over their eyes reached …

Virtual Reality

9 innovative, entertaining, and downright strange gaming trends from E3 2017

Creative work isn’t made in a vacuum. While video game studios across the world don’t necessarily know what their contemporaries are working on at …

Hackers Use E-Cigarettes To Transmit Malware

via Ecig Click<p>The health risks of electronic cigarettes remain uncertain. But the digital risks have become crystal clear.<p>Hackers are turning vape …

A Comparative Study: Objective-C Versus Swift

iOS is an operating system which has successfully created fascination world-wide. This fascination and spell-binding impact must have looked day and …

Alan Wake vanishes from stores next week

Pick it up cheap before it does<p>Adored by some, overlooked by others, Remedy Entertainment’s <i>Alan Wake</i> will vanish from Steam and the Xbox Games Store on May 16 due to a music licensing issue, an official with the developer tells Polygon.<p>The licensing for the music, a compelling element of the game …

Microsoft's design rules push Windows 'beyond mere rectangles'

Microsoft's Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 might have an ironically uncreative name, but the upgrade itself is flush with artistic potential and useful features. It will give users a timeline to manage complex work sessions, APIs that tie all of Microsoft's services together and, notably, a …

Apple Just Revealed the Secrets to Taking Perfect iPhone Pictures

Struggling to take your photography game to the next level? Then fear not, for help is at hand. Apple has just launched a new website brimming with …

This $22 under-bed LED lighting system is our new favorite thing in the world

Remember when we first introduced you to LED backlighting for your TV? Remember how it blew your mind and completely changed your TV viewing …

Scorpio 12 GB Means The Sky's The Limit for Developers

No Technical Limit, No Technical Problem With Scorpio 12 GB GDDR5<p>Stardock CEO Brad Wardell had a lot to say on Twitter about the Scorpio 12 GB GDDR5 …

Game Development

Exploit attacks your smart TV through over-the-air signals

Worries that someone could hijack your TV with a broadcast have been present for decades (ever see <i>The Outer Limits</i>?), and it's clear that they're not going away any time soon. Oneconsult security researcher Rafael Scheel has outlined an attack that can control smart TVs by embedding code into …

Living Rooms

BioWare's 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Patch 1.05 fixes many but not all problems with the game

BioWare will be releasing Patch 1.05 for Mass Effect: Andromeda this Thursday. The patch will address many complaints that players have had since the …

BioWare

'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' How to Fly: Build an airship and traverse Hyrule like a god

In <i>The</i> <i>Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</i>, Link can access a handful of mystical powers using his Sheikah Slate. That includes magnesis, which lets …

8 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

What’s that you say? Your iPhone isn’t yet stuffed to the gills with apps? Don’t worry, we’ll do everything we can to remedy the situation. Today’s …

Listen up, Alexa: Google Home could soon act as a Wi-Fi extender

Google's been busy battling to catch up with Amazon's Alexa in the race to control the voice-activated smart home. Its first-gen Google Home smart speaker has already made some progress to that effect, and now, the company is reportedly plotting ahead to generation two.<p>According to a report from …

How to find and tame the Giant Horse in Breath of the Wild

Taming Zelda’s wildest and biggest horse<p><i>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</i> gives you tons of options to explore its world. One of the best ways to do that is by taming and riding a horse. There are special techniques required to taming horses and once you’ve master the art, you might want to …

What is the benefit of Functional Programming?

<i>Reposted from my blog at the suggestion of Pablo Rivera.</i><p>I've seen some posts lately trying to come to grips with or warn against functional …

Apple considers teaching Siri to recognize your voice & only your voice

Allowing Siri access from the lock screen is a potential security threat that has, in the past, allowed someone to access personal data like photos. Additionally, Siri will respond to any command given by anyone when your device is unlocked.<p>Apple thinks it has a solution, using a combination of a …

Personal Data

At Nintendo, Working All Night Is 'Mario Time'

Over the years, game development companies have found all sorts of euphemisms for unpaid overtime, but Nintendo’s might be the best. If legendary …

If you owned an older iPhone, Apple may owe you money

If you used certain apps on an Apple phone between 2009 and 2012, then you may be eligible for a little money from Apple and iOS app developers.<p>Several app makers, including Twitter, Yelp, and Instagram, are offering $5.3 million to settle a five-year-old suit alleging that they violated users’ …

SwitchCharge gives Nintendo Switch hours of extra battery life

Playing the Nintendo Switch in its portable configuration is an absolute blast thanks to the system’s Joy-Con controllers and crisp display, but you …

Apple pushes the reset button on the Mac Pro

“If we’ve had a pause in upgrades and updates, we’re sorry for that — what happened with the Mac Pro — and we’re going to come out with something great to replace it.”<p>Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller is talking to a small group of reporters in a white stucco building …

Launch of next-generation iPhone 8 may be pushed to October or November, says report

The iPhone 8 may debut later than we have been used to, according to a new report. For the last few years, Apple has announced its new iPhone lineup at a September event in the fall with a release date a couple weeks later. For example, the iPhone 7 was announced on September 7th and released on …

Mobile Technology

Microsoft finally reveals what data Windows 10 really collects

Another attempt to ease privacy concerns<p>Microsoft has been responding to Windows 10 privacy concerns for nearly two years now, and it appears the company has finally got the message and is prepared to act. Starting today, Microsoft is updating its privacy statement and publishing information about …

Windows 10 tip: Startup and shutdown secrets

Thanks to a default feature in Windows 10, choosing Shut Down from the power menu doesn't really shut down Windows. That's a great time-saving …

iOS 10.3 inadvertently re-enables iCloud features you disabled

Apple warns that the iOS 10.3 update rolled out last week could inadvertently re-enable some iCloud features that users previously disabled.<p>Users have been asked to revisit the iCloud settings page to disable any services they do not use.<p>Its version number suggests iOS 10.3 was just an incremental …

10 Best CSS Tools & Web-Based Apps For Developers

Modern CSS development has come a long way with best practices made easier through tools.Dozens of free CSS libraries, tools, webapps, and automated …

Web Design

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' And Why You Should Now Wait To Play Everything

Yesterday, BioWare came out with a list of fixes for <i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i> that they’re going to be rolling out as soon as tomorrow and as late as two months from now in order to alter many aspects of the game that fans and critics alike have had issues with. The list includes many bug fixes, as is …

Microsoft will unveil the next Xbox's specs on Thursday

Last fall, Sony outraced the competition in releasing the PS4 Pro, their half-step improvement on current consoles that includes better tech to handle VR gaming. Microsoft's mid-generation successor to the Xbox One, known as Project Scorpio, was in no shape to try beating Sony's to market, but it's …

15 free games that will help you learn how to code

Online learning has come a long way in the last few years. There are interactive courses, tons of online tutorials, and one of my personal favorite ways to practice coding: games.<p>While a game alone probably isn't going to teach you everything you need to know about coding, it can be a really …

Vim

Bethesda Promises ‘Fallout 4 VR’ Will Be The ‘Most Incredible Thing You’ve Ever Seen In Your Life’

If there’s one thing <i>Resident Evil 7</i> in virtual reality has taught us — being inside a video game isn’t always the most satisfying thing in the world. Actually living — and dying — in a virtual world can be downright horrifying. Such is the impressiveness of the technology we hold in our hands these …