Scribattle Lite is a free preview of Scribattle, a very fast-paced arcade game with an original look and interface that evokes pencil-and-paper games. You control three stationary warriors--stick figures drawn on graph paper--with a fixed amount of ammo per level (similar to classic games like Missile Comand), as they fire up at wave after wave of scribbled, fast-moving enemies. To fire, you touch a warrior and then quickly flick up to determine the speed and direction of each shot.
The multitouch controls mean that you can fire from one, two, or three warriors at once, which makes for interesting tactical … Read more
Updated at 12:25 p.m. on Saturday with notes about Hearst's plans to charge for some content online.
It looks as if the e-paper revolution is really about to start.
Hearst, one of the largest media conglomerates in the world, announced on Friday that it has developed an electronic reader for newspapers and magazines, the way Amazon.com's new Kindle does for books. The publisher is also planning to put at least some of its online content behind a pay wall, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
The University of California at Berkeley's RAD Lab, short for Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems, has been studying the technologies and logistics of on-demand computing at high scale for about three years.
According to a 2006 Wall Street Journal article, the lab is focused on studying large-scale utility-computing infrastructures. With the backing of many of the largest companies in enterprise computing, many have been waiting anxiously to see what advances they contribute to cloud computing.
On February 12, the lab published a paper titled "Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing" (PDF), authored by Michael Armbrust, Armando Fox, Rean Griffith, Anthony D. Joseph, Randy Katz, Andy Konwinski, Gunho Lee, David Patterson, Ariel Rabkin, Ion Stoica, and Matei Zaharia. Intended as a broad road map for the future of cloud computing, the paper makes recommendations about everything from business models to hardware design to required software infrastructure.
The paper begins by setting a definition of cloud computing that will be considered controversial by many, as it is firmly in the "there is no cloud computing inside enterprise data centers" camp:… Read more
E-readers are all the rage (this week at least), so it should come as no surprise that another e-reader story is appearing on Crave.
The test is being conducted as a joint venture between SoftBank Telecom and Mainichi Newspapers.
Customers of the restaurant will be able to use the Flepia's (maybe Flepia is the plural?) to browse newspapers and advertisements wirelessly sent to the terminals.
Accoring to Tech-ON, the companies will verify whether the … Read more
Paper Football is a fun, free app that simulates the classic, two-player, football-like game that's usually played on classroom desks or school cafeteria tables, with fingers for goalposts and a folded-up piece of notebook paper for a ball.
Much as in real Paper Football (or Flick or Finger Football), you take turns flicking the ball across the table, trying to score a touchdown by going over the edge without falling off. Once you score, you go for an extra point by trying to flick the ball through a "goalpost" formed by the opposing player's fingers. Paper … Read more
Dots Free is a free game that lets you play the classic pencil-and-paper game Dots and Boxes (aka Dots and Dashes, the Dot Game, Squares, and so on).
Players take turns placing horizontal or vertical lines between dots on a five-by-seven grid, and the player that places the last line to close off a box scores a point and takes another turn. In Dots Free, you can play with one or two players (or, if you're particularly risk averse, you can even watch the game play by itself), and you can choose between Easy and Medium artificial intelligence settings. … Read more
There are many options for the modern coffee drinker. Gone are the days when the choice was simply between regular or decaf. Now, we can walk into any coffee joint and be presented with a laundry list of choices. Whether you are "hammerhead" type of coffee drinker, or would rather opt for the smooth drinking cafe au lait, chances are your local caffeinated watering hole has you covered.
For those on the go, the choices are also plentiful. Portable thermal carafes come in all shapes and sizes. Most independent cafe's will fill up your own personal cup … Read more
Does the world really need Post-it 2.0? Ask those of us with Post-its habitually plastered on our monitors, walls, backs, and foreheads, and we'd probably be hard-pressed to come up with suggestions for improving the classic attachable notes.
Still, the designers at Sequoia Studio have come up with an inventive concept product called E-notes. The notes use tactile and flexible electronic paper technology and are powered by a solar captor. They can be stuck and unstuck to surfaces easily using a glue inspired by the adhesive that keeps the gravity-defying gecko in place. The best part? They can … Read more
There's nothing worse than trying to print a two-page article from the Web and have it print out in a half-inch column across 37 sheets of paper. It happens all the time, and if the site you're on doesn't have a special printer friendly option, your only other method was to use special software, or attempt to save the page as a PDF then print it out later.