How to Start and End a Presentation: 10 Unique Ideas

A good presentation leaves you wanting more. It engages your thirst for information. These presentations are a mix of killer content, striking visuals, a charismatic speaker and—crucially—a memorable start and end. And with the right tools, almost anyone can give a great presentation. When every minute matters, how you start and end your presentation can have a huge impact on what people take away from the time you’re talking to them (and whether it makes a lasting impression!) Today, we’re breaking from traditional visual design techniques to think about how to craft a dynamic presentation, with a memorable beginning and ending. How to Start a Presentation: Capture Their Attention Every good presentation starts with something that grabs audience attention. While it can be a cool visual, such as an opening slide, it could be in the form of what is being said (TED Talks rely on this format for success). Read the full article…

UX Optimizations For Keyboard-Only And Assistive Technology Users

UX Optimizations For Keyboard-Only And Assistive Technology Users UX Optimizations For Keyboard-Only And Assistive Technology Users Aaron Pearlman 2019-06-11T14:00:59+02:002019-06-12T11:05:31+00:00 (This is a sponsored article.) One of the cool things about accessibility is that it forces you to see and think about your application beyond the typical sighted, mouse-based user experience. Users who navigate via keyboard only (KO) and/or assistive technology (AT) are heavily dependent not only on your application’s information architecture being thoughtful, but the affordances your application makes for keeping the experience as straightforward as possible for all types of users. In this article, we’re going to go over a few of those affordances that can make your KO/AT user experiences better without really changing the experience for anyone else. Additions To Your Application’s UX These are features that you can add to your application to improve the UX for KO/AT users. Skip Links A skip link is a Read the full article…

Nintendo reimagines a Zelda classic with Link’s Awakening for the Switch

It’s going to be a while before players can get their hands on the Breath of the Wild sequel teased at the end of Nintendo’s E3 Direct earlier today. The good news, however, is that Nintendo’s got a few other Zelda-related adventures in the pipeline before that. There’s the compelling beat-based Cadence of Hyrule, due out this Thursday, and later this year, the company is releasing a remastered version of the Game Boy classic, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. That one’s due out in September. As is the case with a number of recent titles (see: most of Square’s presser from earlier this week), Link’s Awakening isn’t so much a new game as a revamp of an older one designed to get the most out of the latest technology. Here that means more than most, however. Released in 1993, the original version of the game was subject to the Read the full article…

Nintendo teases ‘Breath of the Wild’ sequel, raising Zelda hype to new levels

The capstone to an eventful Nintendo’s E3 Direct was an unexpected joy: A sequel to the modern classic in the Zelda series, Breath of the Wild. Of course, all they said was that it’s “in development,” but that’s enough for me. Concluding the video that Nintendo has opted for instead of a press conference in recent years, the company’s Shinya Takahashi said, confidentially: “We have more games in development than what we’ve shown you today. I’m looking forward to the day we can introduce them to you. Speaking of… before we end this Direct, I actually have one more thing to show you.” With that he threw to a final trailer that instantly identified itself to the trained eye as Breath of the Wild related — superfans will have recognized the green magical trails and corruption slime from that game immediately. But any doubt was cleared away when we got Read the full article…

Animal Crossing, Zelda and Gooigi – The best of Nintendo’s E3 event

After a weekend of press events, E3 officially kicks off in earnest this morning. Nintendo continued its tradition of starting the show with its customary Direct streaming event. Aside from a brief Doug Bowser/Bowser Koopa mixup at the top, there was very little executive chatter, with the company instead focusing on trailers. And that’s for the best. There was a LOT crammed into less than an hour here (a nice change of pace after last night’s Square slog). Though, as usual, it was a mix of new and old, with a few surprises sprinkled throughout. Here’s the best of what Nintendo had to offer this year at E3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – The big news here, sadly, is a delay. The long-awaited new addition to the Animal Crossing franchise has been pushed back to March 2020 in order to tweak the title. We got a nice new trailer out Read the full article…

Nintendo starts producing new Switch models outside China to fend off trade war

Nintendo has reportedly begun producing two new variants of its Switch console, and at least some of them are being manufactured outside of China in order to evade new tariffs on US imports. The Wall Street Journal reports that sources within Nintendo’s supply chain have confirmed the movement of production to Southeast Asia, and that the company aims to produce enough consoles to fulfill demand in the US. Reports of the two new consoles first emerged back in March. One is thought to be a high-end version of the Switch, while the other is a cheaper model that’s designed with an emphasis on portability. The Wall Street Journal notes that the start of production means that the new consoles could be introduced soon. The WSJ initially… Read the full article…

Konami announces TurboGrafx-16 Mini console

Konami has announced the latest in the slew of shrunk-down retro consoles, the TurboGrafx-16 Mini. Six games have been announced so far for the system, which will be released in Japan as the PC Engine Mini and in Europe as the PC Engine Core Grafx. It’ll have two USB ports for controllers and support a five-way multiplayer adapter. The games announced so far are: R-Type New Adventure Island Ninja Spirit Ys Book I & II Dungeon Explorer Alien Crush Other versions of the system have different games announced so far. For example, the PC Engine Mini is confirmed to include Castlevania classic Dracula X: Rondo of Blood. The original PC Engine was designed by Hudson and manufactured by NEC. It was released in Japan in 1987, and the US-focused… Read the full article…

The Atari VCS retro console can now be preordered from GameStop and Walmart

The long-awaited Atari VCS retro console is up for preorder starting today from GameStop, Walmart, and the company directly. It’s still months away from shipping, mind you: Indiegogo backers are scheduled to get it first beginning in December. Retailers won’t be shipping out their units until March 2020 — assuming this timing actually sticks, that is. Atari’s Indiegogo campaign raised over $3 million. The Atari VCS is an oddball machine with retro styling and powerful guts inside. It features an AMD processor and is capable of 4K gaming with support for HDR and 60 fps frame rate, according to the company. It will be offered in several different configurations: Atari VCS 800 “All In”: $389 (includes joystick and controller) Atari VCS… Read the full article…

generate CSS is coming to London!

For all you fans of generate, the conference for web designers and developers, we have some exciting news: generate is returning to London on 26 September. Not only that but it’s coming to you in a radical new form. Brought to you by leading design brands net, Web Designer and Creative Bloq, generate CSS will bring you everything you’ve come to expect from previous years but this time as a concentrated single-day event focused on delivering skills and insight from some of the world’s biggest CSS superstars. 10 amazing new CSS techniques Taking place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, generate CSS will bring you great sessions on everything CSS, covering everything including the latest specifications, creating revolutionary new layouts or assembling smooth UI animations. But that’s not all there is to enjoy: you’ll also get to meet fellow designers, pick the brains of CSS experts, get hands on with the Read the full article…

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2019 review

Kaspersky Lab is a household-name, global cybersecurity company with over two decades of experience. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2019 is their latest and greatest malware elimination tool. Does it keep up with the competition when looking for the best antivirus software around? There are plenty of features to keep users safe while online. A critical element is the core antivirus engine, which will block malware prior to it threatening you and your PC. Additionally, System Watcher seeks out undiscovered threats through behaviour monitoring technology. It uses multiple layers of protection against a full array of threats including network attacks, malicious email objects and phishing attacks. A selection of bonus features complete the package, including Kaspersky Secure Connection, an extremely basic VPN powered by Hotspot Shield. In general, we would certainly appreciate a VPN without a registration requirement, but its very low 200BMB daily limit sells itself short. The option for an upgrade Read the full article…

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Hands-On: Damn it Feels Good to Be a Jedi

We finally had the question of “What does Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order look like?” answered at EA Play on Saturday. And then our own Miranda Sanchez got to see an extended version of that demo shortly thereafter. Now I can also answer the obvious follow-up question, “How does Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order play?” To set expectations up front, I didn’t see anything new that Miranda didn’t. I simply got to play the back half of the extended demo; basically, I played what EA first aired on their livestream. Read Miranda’s preview to get the full rundown of that presentation. I took the controls after warming up in a combat tutorial. Read the full article…

Marvel’s Avengers E3 Gameplay Demo Looks Like You’re Playing the Movie

Square Enix showed off Marvel’s Avengers on its E3 2019 stage, but the footage only offered a brief glimpse of actual gameplay. IGN attended a behind-closed-doors extended gameplay demo where we got a much better look via 25 minutes of honest-to-goodness Marvel’s Avengers gameplay. The demo started in the same way as the E3 footage: with an attack on the Golden Gate Bridge during the A-Day celebration. While we weren’t told if this was the opening of the game, we can assume it’s the beginning, or at least early on. It felt very much like a tutorial area as a little time was spent controlling each hero. Gameplay automatically switched from one Avenger to the next as the events of the story dictated. Here’s a description of what it’s like to play as each Avenger. Read the full article…

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Teases a Much Larger, and Deeper, Game

As a fan of the previous Marvel Ultimate Alliance games, and the X-Men Legends franchise before it, I comfortably sank back into the groove when I played a short demo of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. But what surprised me most about Team Ninja and Marvel Games’ follow-up to the last entry 13 years ago is that, as much of the core of the experience is retained, the developers have done an impressive job of modernizing and expanding on it for a more varied, and possibly quite deep, experience. Marvel’s equivalent of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate “Everyone is here” moment, Ultimate Alliance 3’s character roster continues to grow and grow. I spent most of my time in the demo with just a few — the close-quarters Wolverine, the shooting-and-hovering Star-Lord, the flying powerhouse Captain Marvel, and the mixed-ranged and close-up Thor. Read the full article…