The Joys Of July (2019 Wallpapers Edition)

The Joys Of July (2019 Wallpapers Edition) The Joys Of July (2019 Wallpapers Edition) Cosima Mielke 2019-06-30T10:30:34+02:002019-06-30T11:05:11+00:00 A scoop of their favorite ice cream, a bike ride in the summer rain, or listening to the frog concert by the nearby lake — a lot of little things and precious moments have inspired the design community to create a wallpaper this July. This monthly wallpapers challenge has been going on for more than nine years now, and each time anew, artists and designers from across the globe take it as an occasion to tickle their creativity and cater for beautiful, unique, and thought-provoking wallpaper designs. Wallpapers that are bound to get your ideas sparking, too. The wallpapers in this collection all come in versions with and without a calendar for July 2019 and can be downloaded for free. A big thank-you to everyone who submitted their designs! At the end of Read the full article…

Geared Up: Microsoft’s mystery foldable Surface tablet; updated Nintendo Switch Mini; and Apple vs. Spotify intensifies

Image: Let’s Go Digital This week on Geared Up, we talk about the latest rumors saying that Microsoft is working on a new secret new foldable Surface tablet device that will be able to run Android apps and iCloud services, with a stripped-down Windows Core OS. This will likely be more of a mobile device than a laptop, with LTE and 5G options available. This reminds me of the Microsoft Courier project from back in 2009 — take a look at the embedded video below. Nintendo is ready to release two new updates to the Nintendo Switch lineup. First, a new miniature version of the popular Switch console that will likely be the successor to the Nintendo 3DS. In addition, there will be a more powerful Nintendo Switch “Pro” that will be 4K-capable when docked, with an upgrade to a 1080p display on the Switch unit itself. Apple and Spotify’s battle intensifies Read the full article…

Slo-mo shoot ‘em up My Friend Pedro will make you obsess over high scores

It’s a good time to be an indie developer making games for the Nintendo Switch, and the most recent title to prove that point is My Friend Pedro. From developer DeadToast Entertainment, the formal entity by sole designer Victor Agren, and renowned indie publisher Devolver Digital, My Friend Pedro is an evolution of Agren’s Flash experience fans of Adult Swim web games might have played a half decade ago. Now as a full-fledged console title, it’s easily one of the most stylish and aesthetically distinctive games I’ve played in quite a while. Even as a $20 indie game meant to be played over just a few sittings, what makes the game truly shine is both its replay value and how it pushes you to engage with its perfection-demanding higher… Read the full article…

You’ll LOL when you see what this overdramatic ad is for

Okay, we admit it, our headline’s pretty clickbaity. But on this occasion it’s for a good reason. That’s because we don’t want to ruin the surprise of which brand is behind this overdramatic ad that’s been doing the rounds on social media recently. Once you’ve watched it you’ll be grateful that we didn’t spoil it for you. We’ve watched it in the office without knowing where it goes, and we were all guffawing like idiots by the time it finished. So without further ado, check out this cinematic ad that looks like a remake of Boyhood. We’ve chosen to share it via this tweet from video director Ryan Simmons to stop the video’s title on Vimeo from ruining the surprise. And trust us, you really won’t see the ending coming… Finished it yet? Yep, we were cracking up too. Why on earth Subway decided it was a good idea to Read the full article…

Build prototypes with Adobe XD

In contemporary web and app design there are often times when the interaction doesn’t open a whole new page or screen. The modern approach to creating interactive content requires transitions between design interface elements so that the user is surprised and wowed by the experience of changing content. This all happens on the same screen or page, without a refresh. Designing these kinds of interactions and refining them to work properly can take time, but it’s worth doing before writing your code.  This is what Adobe XD has spent the last few months of development getting right. Create content in one state on one screen, move that content to the new state on the new screen and simply choose the ‘Auto-Animate’ option to transition. All the content that is the same on both screens automatically animates from one position to another. If you don’t want all the content visible on Read the full article…

July’s Xbox Games With Gold Revealed

Another month, another round of free games for Xbox Live Gold members. For July, Xbox owners who subscribe to Xbox Live Gold will receive four free games as part of the Games With Gold program. For Xbox One owners, your two free games are Inside, from the creators of Limbo, and Big Crown Showdown. IGN readers will remember that we gave Inside a 10 out 10, and nominated Inside for our 2016 game of the year. IGN editor Ryan McCaffrey called it “a dreamlike platformer that takes us to incredible places.” Read the full article…

Valve’s new Index headset is a high-end option for VR fans, but is it worth the $999 price tag?

(Valve Software Photo) The Index, Valve Software’s new expensive entry into the virtual reality hardware market, has officially been released. At $999 for the whole package, the Valve Index is easily the highest-priced method of entry for VR on the market (Oculus Rift S is the next most expensive, at $399). It has a number of high-end technical improvements over the competition to justify its price tag. The full Index consists of a headset ($499 by itself), two “Knuckles” rechargeable controllers ($279 for two), and two base stations ($149 each, with a 15-foot power cord, stand, and mounting hardware). The individual components are also backward-compatible with the HTC Vive and Vive Pro systems. Initially announced back in late March, the Index is Valve’s first solo entry into the virtual reality hardware market, following the Bellevue, Wash.-based company’s 2016 collaboration with HTC that created the Vive. The Index is a peripheral Read the full article…

Google’s Phil Harrison isn’t worried about ISP data caps for Stadia

One of the questions surrounding data-hungry streaming services like Project Stadia is how they’ll manage with things like data caps, which some home internet services place strict limits on (similar to cellular data). But in an interview with GameSpot, Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Google, doesn’t seem too concerned that it’ll be an issue. “The ISPs have a strong history of staying ahead of consumer trend and if you look at the history of data caps in those small number of markets … the trend over time, when music streaming and download became popular, especially in the early days when it was not necessarily legitimate, data caps moved up,” explained Harrison. “Then with the evolution of TV and film streaming,… Read the full article…

Valve Index review: high-powered VR at a high-end price

Gaming company Valve pioneered VR as we know it today, creating a sophisticated tracking system and prototyping several headsets. It runs the popular SteamVR platform, and it’s partnered with HTC on the Vive system. But it hasn’t actually produced a VR headset. That’s changing with the Valve Index: a high-end, PC-tethered headset that starts shipping today. The Valve Index is specialized and expensive even by VR’s standards. It costs $999, which is more than twice as much as the $399 Oculus Rift or $499 HTC Vive. Like those systems, you’ll need a gaming PC to use it. If you need convenience and portability, it’s not the right choice. You can find headsets with higher resolutions or wider fields of view. But for people who spend a lot of… Read the full article…

EA Access will launch for the PlayStation 4 next month

EA Access will launch on the PlayStation 4 on July 24th, Electronic Arts announced today. The service — which has been available for Xbox One for nearly five years — gives players access to a massive library of Electronic Arts games. The subscription service is $4.99 per month and includes games such as Mass Effect: Andromeda, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Battlefield V, and A Way Out. Subscribers also get access to prelaunch trials and a 10 percent discount on EA digital purchases. EA revealed back in May that the service would finally come to the PS4 sometime in July. Subscribers who own EA Access on Xbox One will still need to pay separately for PS4 access; the service acts as a different account across various consoles. Read the full article…