Ravi Hansda

78 Flips | 13 Magazines | 28 Likes | @ravihansda | Keep up with Ravi Hansda on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Ravi Hansda”

Handle awkward date silences, end a conversation with a stranger – plus chat to your children, your parents and your boss. Our panel shares their secrets<p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them …

Siblings

12 Game-Changing Cooking Hacks From Top Chefs

<i>By: Dan Gentile</i><p>Cooking can be both intimidating and time consuming, which often leads to microwaving. But on the rare occasion when you're not heating up Hot Pockets, it's empowering to have a few tricks up your sleeve. We asked a few of our favorite chefs and our in-house recipes editor to give us …

Here’s everything you need to know about the new US passports

For global travelers, a passport is a golden ticket. And starting in 2016, US passports will be getting an overhaul and catching up with the rest of the world’s protocol. It’s a lot to take on: US passport holders have increased by more than ten-fold over the past two decades. If your passport is …

Personal Data

The Shocking Evolutions of 8 Iconic Female Gaming Characters

Makeovers aren't just for reality TV.<p>Most video game redesigns incorporate new characters, along with detailed costumes and evolving physiques. Just …

'Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor' Paid Branding Deals Should Have #GamerGate Up In Arms

In the laundry list of complaints gamers have about video game journalism and its ethical quandaries, being in bed with game developers and publishers is very near the top. Gamers see ads for a video game plastered all around a scored review and question whether there’s some pressure from these …

Report: Google backed out of Twitch deal because of competition laws

In the wake of Amazon's purchase of streaming powerhouse Twitch, a new report suggests Google — thought to be an early contender for the buyout — backed out of the deal following concerns over antitrust issues, according to Forbes.<p>This refers to a competition law developed to regulate …

This is why people want to watch other people play video games

Amazon agreed to pay just shy of $1 billion for video game streaming site Twitch last night. The service, which originally launched as a spinoff from Justin.tv in 2011, has become so wildly popular that its owner’s major concern has not been how to grow the site, but how to secure sufficient …

The Hollywood super agency behind Respawn, Obsidian and Turtle Rock | Polygon

"The only one I couldn't get that everyone wanted was Grand Theft Auto, of course."<p>"I could stand wearing a suit, or I could stand having lawyer meetings for three days ... because there was a goal."<p>"At least initially, the gratification came from feeling like we were kicking up a lot of …

Officials: Robin Williams apparently hanged himself with a belt

The tributes to Robin Williams flow from around the world as stunned friends and family search for answers about why the comic legend would take his own life.<p>Investigators believe Williams, 63, used a belt to hang himself from a bedroom door sometime between late Sunday and when his personal …

6 of the Greatest Game Demos Ever

From Solid Snakes to Stalefish, they just don't make demos like they used to.<p>Remember video game demos? Congratulations on being born before 1990 and …

Slot-machine science - Vox

How casinos get you to spend more money<p>The next time you find yourself in a casino, pause for a second to appreciate the architecture.<p>Casinos put an enormous amount of thought into their designs. The layout of the tables, the patterns on the carpet, the lighting — they're all explicitly engineered …

A quick history of Source 2, the possibly released engine that may power Half-Life 3

It appeared as if Valve had soft-launched the Source 2 engine in a recent update to the massively popular <i>Dota 2</i>, but the company has yet to confirm if the game is running on the new engine, or is simply benefiting from the work being done on the new engine, or if we're just grasping at …

The best way to survive a headshot in a first-person shooter

Step 1: Wait for your opponent to line up a perfect headshot.<p>Step 2: Discard your weapon a fraction of a second before they fire.<p>Step 3: Deflect incoming bullet with discarded weapon.<p>Step 4: GIF it.<p>Step 5: Become internet famous.<p>Check out the post at Reddit for a GIF of the shot in real-time.

Killing the Games Industry: A Murder Mystery

"The games industry is dying" is one of the most oft repeated phrases within the industry itself. But is it actually dying?<p>Following his talk at last year's GDC Europe, former Zoe Mode creative director and now games consultant Ste Curran describes his problematic relationship with video games from …

Radial G is fast, beautiful and shows mastery of virtual reality design

<i>Radial G</i> places a magnetic craft on a tube that snakes around a futuristic cityscape, and the effect is remarkable. You move to the left or right as the world screams by your canopy, trying to hit the green nodes that increase your speed while avoiding the red areas that slow you down.<p>The demo only …

What is the Dota 2 Compendium?

In early 2013, Valve announced a two pronged-attack for helping a community of gamers engage with the often mystifying world of massive online battle arena game <i>Dota 2</i>. Step one would be a system that lets viewers compete against each other in addition to watching professional gamers compete …

The Escapists is bringing the prison break genre back to life — on a shoestring budget

The Great Escape, The Shawshank Redemption, Cool Hand Luke, Papillon. Yep, the prison break genre sure has produced some fantastic movies over the years.<p>But where are all the great prison break video games?<p>Surprisingly, the idea of planning and executing an escape from incarceration has been …

10 Silly Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Image Quality

How many times have you captured an amazing image only to view it on your computer, or as a print, and realize that you screwed something up along …

Sigourney Weaver to appear in Alien: Isolation video game

Ripley, the last survivor of the Nostromo, is signing back on – together with some resurrected crew mates. Sega has announced that its forthcoming Alien: Isolation game will feature several members of the original movie cast; they will appear in two special missions, which will initially only be …

Video Games Didn't Make Me Gay, But They Did Make Me Proud

I wish that the first time I had sex with a man had been in a video game. Instead, it was the second. And he really wasn't a man at all, so much as a …

Game review: 'Valiant Hearts' a grim WWI tribute

The 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I has been relatively subdued, without much of the ceremony one would expect around such a …

As pixelated art takes off, Pixowl aims to grow its Sandbox to 100M players (exclusive)

Minecraft made the combination of the old 8-bit art style and Lego-like open worlds fashionable. And Pixowl is exploiting the same opportunity with The Sandbox on mobile devices. As the company’s user base zooms past 10 million, the San Francisco company is contemplating how to turn that into 100 …

GOG Galaxy connects players across Steam and other PC platforms

GOG made its name selling classic software without digital-rights management, and now it is bringing that concept to PC-gaming clients.<p>The company announced GOG Galaxy today, which is its alternative to digital-distribution platforms such as Valve’s Steam, Electronic Arts’ Origin, Ubisoft’s Uplay, …

Teaching Kids to Code Will Change The Way We Program

<i>Raj Sidhu is a designer, Web developer, and creator of Code Monkey Island, a board game that introduces kids to programming fundamentals.</i><p>I felt pretty jealous as I walked into the computer room of the elementary school I was visiting. The hulking PCs of my youth – with their giant floppy disk …

These VR gloves will let you control Oculus and more for $350 (updated)

With the sale of Oculus Rift to Facebook for $2 billion, virtual reality has officially become <i>very</i> interesting for developers. One of the companies trying to ride that wave is Control VR, which is ready to launch its gesture control gloves on Kickstarter. Though VR gloves have been around for a …

Turning off your iPhone won't stop NSA bugs, but this will

Just because you turned off your phone doesn't mean the NSA isn't using it to spy on you.<p>Edward Snowden's latest revelation about the NSA's snooping …

Sony Reverses Controversial Driveclub PS4 Digital Download Policy

Last week, Sony announced a rather cool initiative with the long delayed Driveclub, finally making its way to PS4 this October. They’re offering a special free version of the game for PS Plus members, one with ten cars and five tracks, a bit more meaty than just a regular old demo.<p>Then, if players …

Tricks and tips for how to get your game featured in the Apple’s App Store

Having Apple feature you on the App Store can make or break a mobile game, as it helps you stand out among a million competitors. But this is easier said than done.<p>Michael Ehrenberg, a former Apple App Store marketing manager, gave some advice on the difficult question of how to get Apple to …

10 Facts About Jeddah Tower, the Soon-To-Be Tallest Building in the World

<i>Updated May 17th, 2017</i><p>Construction has been delayed on the soon-to-be-tallest building in the world, Jeddah Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Originally slated to open next year, it is now projected for completion in 2019, according to Global Construction News.<p>Once complete, the building will stand at …

The keys to app store distribution that you need to know — but probably don’t

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Chris Hulls, the cofounder and CEO of Life360.</i><p>It’s one of the biggest questions most developers have when launching a new app: “If I build it, will they come”? Even if your product is amazing, if you don’t get an initial critical mass of users, you will fail. …