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Papers, Please is coming to the iPad on Friday

When it comes to video games that will make you think, few are as cerebral as “dystopian document thriller” <i>Papers, Please</i>, a Mac game released in 2013. It casts the player as a passport inspector for a fictional Soviet bloc state who must keep track of increasingly arcane rules to let people in or …

Supercapacitor-powered Bamboo speaker charges in minutes and lasts for hours

A few years ago, Portland resident Sam Beck built a bike-powered speaker that wouldn’t cut off when he stopped pedaling at stoplights. He accomplished such a feat with an amazing new technology: supercapacitors.<p>Instead of stopping there, however, Beck decided to bring his vision to the portable …

The 21 games that should be installed on every iPhone

<i>Bounden</i>'s predecessors, <i>Fingle</i> and <i>Friendstrap</i>, encourage players to use their body to gain advantage against a friend. But roughhousing and expensive smartphones aren't an ideal match, and so a match in either game could easily end in hurt feelings or worse, a broken screen.<p>And so <i>Bounden</i> feels like …

Print-It-Yourself Cool Moving Optical Illusions

This is a video of a bunch of cool moving optical illusions you can print yourself (links to Youtube page with links to all the designs). You just …

And Now, an 8-Bit Super Mario Version of the New York City Subway Map

Like most everyone who was born after, say, the mid-70's, we're big fans of Super Mario—see figs. 1, 2, 3—so we're definitely digging Robert Bacon's …

The Best-Selling Strategy Game Returns: Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gold Edition #BlackFriday [Deals]

One of the greatest strategy games of all time returns…and just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings!<p>This special GOLD edition includes Civilization V, the Civilization V: Gods & Kings expansion pack, plus tons of available add-on content. And Cult of Mac Deals has it for just $12.50 …

Civilization (Video Game)