Nerf, "Star Wars," and Marvel gear was everywhere at Hasbro's showcase at the Toy Fair in New York City.
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--There was a time, not all that long ago, when the only way to play a decent (or indeed most any) "computer game" was to seek one out at a local pizza parlor or bowling alley--or, if you were lucky and your neighborhood had been blessed with such an establishment, the local arcade.
In fact, computer games weren't computer games yet. They were video games, or arcade games.
I can remember the excitement my friends and I felt when our neighborhood suddenly witnessed the arrival of a "real" video arcade. Space Invaders had been around for a while by then (how cool was it that the Pretenders had recorded an instrumental in its honor, complete with a sampling of the game's throbbing, threatening sound effects?). But the newly opened Louie's brought us a startling array of bright, beeping, and then-revolutionary games with strange and thrilling names like Pac-Man and Centipede.… Read more
Burning Man organizers are scrambling to quiet a loud and angry response to its recent ticket lottery, a drawing that resulted in less than a quarter of its most ardent community members getting selected.
And while the organization behind the countercultural arts festival that's held annually in Nevada's Black Rock Desert didn't offer any specific solutions to upset members of the Burning Man community, they did say they are looking for ways to ensure that most artists and others involved in "key" projects will be ensured of being able to attend.
The problem arose after … Read more
Sometimes the bare essentials are all it takes to make a great video game. In this collection, our hero is the stickman.
Everyone knows that in today's hottest games (for any platform), high-quality graphics are at a premium. Whether it's a first-person shooter, an MMORPG, or even a console golf game, realism and fancy graphics seem to be key to getting people to buy the product. But if you've played games for a while, you know that graphics aren't everything.
A whole slew of games in the iTunes App Store have enjoyed a ton of success by completely ignoring fancy graphics and instead focusing on the gameplay aspect. Some developers have even distilled graphic concepts down to the most basic level--stick figures--to prove that it's not about antialiasing and bloom, and more about having fun using clever game mechanics.… Read more
The Internet flexed its power with this week's SOPA/PIPA blackouts, but make no mistake: this battle isn't over yet, and will only intensify--it might get a lot more sneaky, in fact. But this week? The Internet wins. Will students lose out with Apple's new plan to revamp the textbook industry? Or just the students (and schools) who can't can't afford iPads?
A military judge has advised the U.S. Army to court-martial Pfc. Bradley Manning after hearing arguments that he was allegedly involved in leaking documents to WikiLeaks.
Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, who is the military judge in the case, made the recommendation yesterday after listening to arguments during an Article 32 hearing. According to the U.S. Army, which released a statement on the hearing, the judge said that "the charges and specifications are in the proper form and that reasonable grounds exist to believe that the accused committed the offenses alleged."
LAS VEGAS--When Tony Stark developed the latest MK VI armor for the classic red and gold Iron Man suit, he probably forgot to engineer a way to listen to music, but Wolfson Microelectronics picked up the slack and is showing off a Digital Silence DS-421D headset here at CES that appears to draw aesthetic inspiration from the superhero's exoskeleton.
Best of all, it features a special "Aeroplane filter" that removes typical aircraft noise, though I doubt it'll overpower the sound of boot-mounted rocket thrusters.… Read more
David Forbes is a man with a fashionable vision.
The $20,000 array is no slouch, using custom-made circuit boards that pump nearly 5 gigabits of data to 14,400 red, green, and blue LEDs.
Surveillance video technology limits the resolution of the video so content is watchable on the flexible vest, which displays content at 160x120. Battery life clocks in around 90 minutes, and runs off lithium-polymer batteries commonly used for remote … Read more
U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was dealt a significant blow yesterday after a government investigator at a hearing revealed that a computer Manning used had diplomatic cables and other sensitive information on it.
According to the Associated Press, which first reported on testimony that digital-crimes investigator David Shaver gave in Manning's case, one of Manning's work computers had over 10,000 diplomatic cables, as well as video of a widely publicized 2007 helicopter attack in Iraq. Shaver's testimony follows U.S. government claims that Manning was accessing classified information and giving it to WikiLeaks founder Julian … Read more
If you are used to the Unix command line, then you will find yourself right at home with Apple's Terminal application in OS X. The tool launches bash as the default shell for user accounts, but you have the option of using others such as sh, zsh, and csh.
In addition to the shell environment, Apple offers a full set of BSD tools that enable you to script many tasks for automating just as you would on any Unix system.
The BSD library and other commands that Apple includes in its operating system are vast, and with hundreds of … Read more