Monthly Web Development Update 4/2019: Design Ethics And Clarity Over Style

Monthly Web Development Update 4/2019: Design Ethics And Clarity Over Style Monthly Web Development Update 4/2019: Design Ethics And Clarity Over Style Anselm Hannemann 2019-04-12T14:44:48+02:002019-04-13T11:05:41+00:00 “‘Ethics’ and Ethics” is more than a typical article. It’s a detailed essay exploring what the term ‘ethics’ really means, how its meaning changed in recent times, and how diffusion of responsibility makes it hard to address and fix problems in big organizations. Implementing design ethics, tech ethics, or business ethics as individual responsibilities might seem like a quick and easy solution, however, it’s not a very effective one as they all lack context when they don’t have support from other people who provide the foundation for their work. Only if a company’s business analysts, bookkeepers, investors, PR, marketing and sales people, as well as the CEO themself all contribute to building an ethical product, it will become successful. And because such an undertaking requires Read the full article…

Harry Potter, the Platform, and the Future of Niantic

What is Niantic? If they recognize the name, most people would rightly tell you it’s a company that makes mobile games, like Pokémon GO, or Ingress, or Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. But no one at Niantic really seems to box it up as a mobile gaming company. Making these games is a big part of what the company does, yes, but the games are part of a bigger picture: they are a springboard, a place to figure out the constraints of what they can do with augmented reality today, and to figure out how to build the tech that moves it forward. Niantic wants to wrap their learnings back into a platform upon which others can build their own AR products, be it games or something else. And they want to be ready for whatever comes after smartphones. Niantic is a bet on augmented reality becoming more and more a Read the full article…

HQ Trivia replaces Quiz Daddy Scott Rogowsky

Quiz Khalifa aka Host Malone aka Trap Trebek aka HQ Trivia’s Scott Rogowsky has been pushed out of the live mobile gaming startup. The two split due to disagreements about Rogowsky attempting to take a second full-time job hosting sports streaming service DAZN’s baseball show ChangeUp while moving to only hosting HQ on weekends, TMZ first reported. HQ wanted someone committed to their show. Now HQ co-founder and CEO Rus Yusupov confirms to TechCrunch that Rogowsky will no longer host HQ Trivia. He tells me that the company ran a SurveyMonkey survey of its top players and they voted that former guest host Matt Richards rated higher than Rogowsky. Yusupov says HQ is excited to have Richards as its new prime time host. It’s also putting out offers to more celebrity guests to host for a few shows, a few weeks or even a whole season of one of its time Read the full article…

GeekWire Calendar Picks: Science fiction literature, biases in AI, and helping businesses go global

(Norwescon Image) — “We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things.” That statement seems eerily on point for what’s going on in the world right now, but it’s actually a quote from “The Martian Chronicles,” written by Ray Bradbury back in 1950. Works from authors such as Bradbury and Isaac Asimov as well as newer books from fantasy and science fiction authors are the centerpiece of Norwescon, which takes place from April 18 through April 21. While its focus is literary, the event also includes other media such as movies and games. It’s also where the annual Philip K. Dick Awards are presented for new science fiction books. — Everyone has some biases in their life, but those biases can bleed into the development of artificial intelligence in ways we may not realize. This is the topic of EqualAI, which takes place on April 17. This presentation Read the full article…

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is now banned in Nepal

Battle royale shooters Fortnite and Apex Legends may have surpassed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in some ways, but PUBG is back in the headlines for a controversial new reason: some governments are outright banning the game. Last month, we heard how police in India arrested ten college students for playing PUBG after some cities in Gujarat, India restricted the title, and now an entire nation has done the same. Nepal has directed every ISP and mobile operator to ban the game, according to The Kathmandu Post, The Himalayan Times, and Reuters. According to the Post, Nepal is also prepared to arrest players now that the game has been banned. “We have decided to ban the game before anything unfortunate occurs in Nepal” As you might guess,… Read the full article…

Sony will now automatically replace offensive PlayStation Network IDs

Sony is taking the initiative when it comes to preventing bad behavior and hate speech in PlayStation Network usernames by replacing those offensive IDs with temporary placeholders. Just yesterday, Sony opened the floodgates by allowing PSN users to change their usernames on console for the first time in the history of its online platform, giving PS4 players an opportunity to redefine their identities in both positive and negative ways. Moving forward, the official PlayStation Blog outlines that any PlayStation Network ID that violates the network’s terms of service will be censored by a temporary placeholder ID that reads “TempXXXX” (the Xs are replaced by numbers in the actual username). While it may sound like a funny placeholder… Read the full article…

If you haven’t played the wacky Ace Attorney trilogy, now is the best time

You’d be forgiven if you missed out on the Ace Attorney trilogy, which debuted in English on the Nintendo DS way back in 2005. (It was previously a Japan-exclusive GBA series dating to 2001.) After all, the games are pretty weird. They star a spiky-haired defense attorney in what is best described as “Law & Order but anime.” Not only does that ridiculous-sounding premise work, but the series is quite possibly the best example of an ongoing crime drama in all of gaming. It’s strange and silly, sweet and charming, and now it’s the best possible time to play. This week, Capcom released the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy on the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, a remastered version of the first (and best) three games in the series…. Read the full article…

Facebook Mistakenly Hid ‘Easter Egg’ Phrases in Oculus Touch Controllers

Facebook accidentally added some “easter egg” labels on tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers, including such phrases as “Big Brother is Watching” and “This Space For Rent.” Nate Mitchell, co-founder of Oculus and head of VR product at Facebook, took to Twitter to explain this issue and said that while he does “appreciate easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed.” These labels made it onto the internal hardware of the Oculus Touch VR controllers, with final production hardware saying “This Space For Rent” and “The Masons Were Here.” Some dev kits were sent out, which were non-consumer units, and included the phrases “Big Brother is Watching” and “Hi iFixit! We See You!” Read the full article…

Horizon Zero Dawn Actress Says Sequel Is in Development

Janina Gavankar, who voiced Tatai in The Frozen Wilds DLC, may have spilled the beans on a potential sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn. Via a Reddit post from user ninjyte, Gavankar, who portrayed Iden Versio in Star Wars Battlefront II, was speaking with fans at Star Wars Celebration Chicago when she made the potential slip. A fan thanked Gavankar for introducing her to Horizon Zero Dawn, to which Gavankar replied “Just wait until you see the sequel, you’re gonna die. I know some secrets, you’re gonna die.” Though her character Tatai was only present in the game’s DLC, she did have an open narrative thread where she was headed to Sundom to learn how to harvest machines. Because of this continuation, Tatai could return in a sequel, meaning Gavankar may have some knowledge of its development. IGN has reached out to PlayStation for comment. Read the full article…