VuePress: Documentation Made Easy

VuePress: Documentation Made Easy VuePress: Documentation Made Easy Ben Hong 2019-08-30T13:00:59+02:002019-08-31T11:05:02+00:00 When it comes to any project that requires any user interaction (e.g., end users, maintainers, etc.), there is one critical factor that makes the difference between success and failure: good documentation. This holds true regardless of how small or large your project is. After all, short of providing one-on-one support for your project, documentation is the first line of defense for users who are trying to solve a problem. And whether you like it or not, you will never hear from users who give up after being unable to solve their problem due to inadequate documentation. The Challenges Of Creating Good Documentation When it comes to writing good documentation, there are four recurring issues that teams often encounter: Documentation is often out of date.While no documentation for a project can be a frustrating experience, it is arguably worse to Read the full article…

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Xbox Live is down for many (Update: It’s back up)

If you were trying to sneak in a quick game on Xbox Live during your Friday afternoon lunch break and found that you can’t get online: don’t worry, you’re not alone. While Microsoft’s Xbox Live Status page still says all things are good to go (Update: Microsoft’s status page has now caught up with the outage, and says that it’s impacting sign-ins, account creations and searches), reports are pouring in of an outage keeping many users from logging in. Microsoft acknowledged the problem on Twitter, saying that they’re “looking into it now.” Update, 2:30 PM: It’s back up! The status page shows all lights as green again, and a Microsoft spokesperson says that services have been fully restored. We’re aware that some users are unable to sign in currently & our teams are looking into it now. We’ll update when we have more info to share. Thanks for all the reports! — Read the full article…

Minecraft Earth closed beta goes live on Android in five cities

When the beta for Minecraft Earth (think the building concepts of Minecraft mashed up with the real-world wandering/augmented reality/collecting concepts of Pokémon GO) first went live back in July, it did so with a catch or two: it only worked on iOS, and only players in Seattle or London were actually able to play. The beta pool is expanding dramatically this morning, with players on Android finally being invited to jump in. Meanwhile, the region locks have expanded over the past few weeks to include Tokyo, Stockholm and Mexico City (along with Seattle and London). Curiously, those new Android users will immediately get access to a fledgling feature that iOS players haven’t: the in-game currency, rubies. Rubies can be earned or bought, and allow players to buy more build plates upon which they can piece together their blocky creations. In a blog post on the beta expansion, the company promises Read the full article…

Launching from beta, ProGuides is making money ensuring that gamers never play alone

When ProGuides pulled the covers off of its service earlier this year, the young Los Angeles-based startup intended to give gamers a way to train with professional and semi-pro esports players from around the world. But as users signed on to the service, it became clear that they weren’t looking for training necessarily… Instead, what players wanted was a ringer. “After we launched the beta, we found some interesting user behavior,” says Sam Wang. “We found that gamers were experienced already and wanted experienced players who are better than [the matches] the game can provide… At the end of the day you do get to play with someone pretty awesome and is something that I think can make games better.” That’s right, ProGuides is pitching a marketplace for experienced gamers so that its customers aren’t randomly matched with some noob if they can’t game with their usual partners. “Our tagline Read the full article…

Seattle publisher and developer tinyBuild unveils new games and a release date for ‘Secret Neighbor’

An early screenshot from tinyBuild and Animal Labs’s new project, RAWMEN. (tinyBuild Image) tinyBuild, notably weird indie video game publisher based in Bellevue, Wash., kicked off its Penny Arcade Expo on Thursday evening by announcing several new games, as well as a release date for one of its highest-profile projects. The news came during a 90-minute press conference at the Triple Door in downtown Seattle, which included a murder mystery game played live on-stage with tinyBuild founder Alex Nichiporchik as the prime suspect. Founded eight years ago, tinyBuild partners with third-party studios to turn small game prototypes into full products. It launched in 2011 with the success of its original title No Time to Explain, the hero of which still appears on tinyBuild’s logo. tinyBuild moved into publishing in 2013 when Nichiporchik helped bring Speedrunners to Steam Early Access and since then has put together a broad lineup of titles from Read the full article…

Microsoft aims to juice Xbox Game Pass subscriptions with new Mixer tie-in

The Mixer studio on Microsoft’s headquarters campus. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) Microsoft is leveraging its Twitch competitor Mixer to drive more subscriptions for Xbox Game Pass. Starting today, Mixer Partners, the people who stream games for audiences, will get $3 for every person they get to sign up for Xbox Game Pass, or upgrade to Game Pass Ultimate. Microsoft wrote in a blog post that it built this tie-in between the two services because streamers play an important role in helping people discover new games. Game Pass is part of Microsoft’s push toward a gaming future that relies less on discs. The subscription service features a rotating catalog of more than 100 games that users can download to their hard drive. Microsoft recently bundled Game Pass, which costs $9.99 per month on its own, with Xbox Live as part of the new Game Pass Ultimate offering. That service costs Read the full article…

Why this console carrying case is popular with gamers, pro athletes, and deployed soldiers

The GAEMS Guardian personal gaming environment debuted this month. (GAEMS Photo) GAEMS (Gaming and Entertainment Mobile Systems) is primarily known for its line of “personal gaming environments,” hard-shell protective carrying cases for video game consoles which feature built-in flat-screen monitors and stereo speakers. While the Redmond, Wash.-based company keeps a surprisingly low profile, its products are popular with an audience that includes game developers, esports pros, superstar athletes such as LeBron James, other businesses, and even military personnel. “Think of our business model: 18-to 36-year-old men and women who travel for a living,” John Smith, co-CEO of GAEMS, told me during an interview at the company’s office. “The No. 1 downtime activity for soldiers, when they were asked in a poll, was reading a religious text. The No. 2 activity was video games.” You can install a PlayStation or Xbox product into one of GAEMS’ cases to turn it into Read the full article…

Nintendo is making the perfect Switch Lite case, but it’s only in Japan for now

Nintendo’s Switch Lite seems like a great portable console. But due to the portable-focused nature, you’ll probably want to get a case for it. Fortunately, Nintendo is making an official one that looks just about perfect — assuming you live in Japan (via NintendoSoup). The case appears to be made out of some sort of gray cloth, and it clips on to the Switch Lite. It’s not the flashiest case on the market, but it does the basics: it protects the Switch, it has a fold-down cover to keep the screen from getting scratched up, and it cleverly has some dimples on the cover so the joysticks don’t get ruined. (That should help anyone concerned about Joy-Con drift issues.) The case is set to cost 3,758 yen, or roughly $35.36, when… Read the full article…

Xbox Live went down again, the second time this week

Photo by Nick Statt / The Verge Xbox Live went down again, according to the Xbox team and lots of reports on social media. This is the second time in just a few days. The outage lasted approximately two hours, and the service appears to be back up now — save a few lingering errors: Our teams are aware & currently investigating errors when updating the Xbox One console. We’ll update here & on our status page: https://t.co/PzAdjUFMJj when we have more info to share. — Xbox Support (@XboxSupport) August 30, 2019 The initial outage today mainly affected sign-ins, account creations, and searches, according to a tweet from the Xbox team, but those sign-ins are required to play lots of popular online games. Things are looking better with sign in now, so feel free to try… Read the full article…

Watch 14 minutes of new Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay footage

It’s been over a year since CD Projekt Red last unveiled a look at the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077. Today, the company has released a new trailer showing off what gameplay will look like when the game comes out next year. The demo footage appears to be a condensed version of the one shown behind closed doors at E3 this year, and it shows off more of the actual gameplay for Cyberpunk 2077. As the demo explains, there are no set classes in Cyberpunk, although the demo does show off two differently built characters: a “strong solo” player built around strength and direct combat and a stealthier “netrunner” character designed around hacking and manipulating technology around the game world. There are also more glimpses at how the… Read the full article…

The 56 best infographics

The best infographics should tell the story of a piece of data in an entertaining and concise way. A piece of effective data visualisation appears simple but should display the right combination of images and words to convey complex data in an impactful way (these top data visualisation tools will help). Infographics should spark interest in the data story, and allow people to understand it at a glance.  How do you design the best infographics? There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to designing infographics. However, there are several great infographic tools, which will help get you off to a great start. And these examples of infographics from around the web will show you how you can take things a step further and add a bit of style and personality to your data. We’ll kick off with some awesomely meta infographics about infographics, before moving on to Read the full article…

Apple shares how AirPod users personalise their cases – and they look amazing!

Unless you’ve been living in an Amish village for the last couple of decades, you’ll know that Apple products are sleek, clean, and powerfully understated. And while this means that its devices look cool and minimalist, it also means they’re a blank canvas waiting to be customised. And that’s just what Apple celebrates in this new video. If you’re an iPhone user – and we can’t blame you if you are, what with all those free iPhone apps for designers – you might listen to your device with AirPods. These wireless headphones are housed in cute little charging cases, which are made even more adorable with a bit of personalisation. Crafty AirPod owners have made them their own with charming heart decals, knitted sleeves, and even keychains. To celebrate its community’s creativity, Apple in South Korea has compiled this supercut of super-sweet modifications. Cool, huh? Of course we could see Read the full article…