Razer made a case for cooling iPhones while gaming

Razer’s efforts to build a game-centric smartphone haven’t exactly caught the world on fire just yet. Still, mobile gaming is a huge business poised to get even bigger, with services from big names like Apple and Google waiting in the wings. Seeing as how accessories have long been the company’s bread and butter, products like Arctech are probably an easier way for the company to ensure it’s got a horse in that race. The product is a phone case specifically designed to help stop phones from overheating during resource-intensive activities like gaming. The product uses Razer’s proprietary Thermaphene technology sandwiched between a microfiber lining and an outer casing with perforations to help let the heat out. Per Razer: Thermaphene is a thermally – conductive material that dissipates heat. In independent testing against similar style cases, the Razer Arctech case maintained temperatures up to 6° Celsius (42.8 Fahrenheit) lower than the Read the full article…

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gets an educational mode — complete with quizzes

In my review of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, I was blown away by the authenticity and level of detail in the game world. The game itself — well, it was fine. But the highlight was ancient Greece in all its classical splendor, and a new educational Discovery Tour mode aims to teach the history of that society through a gaming lens. The free update, available now to anyone who owns the game, adds dozens of historical “tours” guided by a NPC, in which you can learn about the cities of ancient Greece, the life and crafts of the people who lived there, what they believed and how they were governed, and of course the many famous battles of the era. It’s an expanded version of a similar feature created for Assassin’s Creed: Origins, which was set in ancient Egypt. It seemed wasteful then, as in Odyssey, to create such a rich Read the full article…

Apple Arcade launches later this month for $4.99/mo

Apple finally delivered more details on its gaming subscription program, Apple Arcade. The ad-free gaming service will launch September 19 for $4.99 per month with a one-month free trial. Users will access the service via a dedicated Arcade tab in the App Store. The company reiterated that the service will boast “more than 100 ground-breaking exclusive games,” also noting that new titles will be added every month. Arcade titles are playable on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. Though Apple maintained that the additions will be cross-genre, it’s apparent that the emphasis is on more snack-able titles rather than desktop class epics. Apple has partnered with some high-profile studios like Konami, Square Enix and Capcom. We saw a few demos, which all seemed very mobile-friendly. Read the full article…

Google’s Apple Arcade competitor Play Pass is officially on the way

Illustration: Alex Castro / The Verge Earlier this year, screenshots leaked of an experimental Google Play game subscription service called Google Play Pass, which looked to be a direct answer to Apple’s similar Apple Arcade. But it doesn’t seem to be a test anymore — Google has now teased that Play Pass is officially “coming soon.” It’s almost time ?? Google Play Pass is coming soon. pic.twitter.com/vTbNmRehLm — Google Play (@GooglePlay) September 9, 2019 The teaser, a day before Apple revealed pricing and launch details for Apple Arcade, has zero details — so we’ll have to keep waiting to learn more about when the service is coming, how much it will cost, and which games will be available. But we do have those early leaked screenshots, first reported on by Android… Read the full article…

Apple Arcade is launching on September 19th for $4.99 a month

Image: Apple Apple’s subscription gaming service is coming soon. Today, at its latest iPhone event, the company revealed that Apple Arcade will be launching in more than 150 countries on September 19th, for a monthly fee of $4.99 and with support for Apple’s Family Sharing feature. The company will launch with a one-month free trial, and it will arrive with more than 100 titles. Apple Arcade was first revealed in March, though at the time, we knew little about the service aside from the fact that Apple had lured plenty of big-name mobile developers, including the likes of Monument Valley studio Ustwo and Alto’s Adventure creators Snowman. Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and SimCity creator Will Wright were also touted at the time. … Read the full article…

How to Get More Clarity and Control Over Your UX Projects

Have you ever worked on a UX project that went out of control? I’m sure you have. Every designer has horror stories of projects that went nowhere, clients that went AWOL, and designs that no two stakeholders could agree on. UI/UX designers suffer more than most, quite simply because the UI/UX design process is fundamentally […] The post How to Get More Clarity and Control Over Your UX Projects appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

Free Bootstrap Dashboards and Landing Pages

You’re reading Free Bootstrap Dashboards and Landing Pages, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! Whatever you plan to create, you have a reliable companion in Bootstrap. It provides a solid, trustworthy foundation for a web project with a bulk of features for building and extending functionality like Bootstrap dashboards. The free Bootstrap dashboards are … Read the full article…

Gears 5 Multiplayer Review

Editor’s Note: For Gears 5, we’re reviewing the campaign and multiplayer modes separately, followed by our overall review and score. This part covers the multiplayer modes – be sure to check out our campaign review here and the overall review coming soon. The Gears of War franchise’s multiplayer is special, and Gears 5’s selection of multiplayer modes carries on its tradition of excellence. If you want a break from the intensity of Gnasher shotgun quickdraws in Classic and Ranked Versus, you can swap over to the chaotic weapon party of Arcade. Or a group of friends can jump into a long session of Horde, or Escape if we you’re short on time. They’re all fun and tense, as always, and the impressive new additions fill gaps for certain playstyles and moods. Read the full article…

A Timer Is Counting Down to a New Final Fantasy 7 Remake Trailer

Square Enix has released a new timer that’s counting down to the release of a brand new Final Fantasy 7 Remake trailer. The counter is set to hit zero on September 11 at 7 am PT/10 am ET/3pm BST/ 11pm JST. On Square Enix’s official Japanese website for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, you’ll find a digital timer made to look like Nixie Tubes. It clearly says “New Trailer” atop the timer, so we can presumably expect one of those to go live once the timer hits zero. Read the full article…