15 Tips to Improve Your UX Writing

There are so many micro elements that are a big deal with it comes to user experience design. A lot of focus has been put on micro-interactions and engagements, but what about micro-copy? UX writing is a big deal. The words, language, and composition of sentences and phrases throughout a design can make it or break it. (Think about how many times you’ve turned away from a website or app because directions were unclear, or a typo made you angry.) Today’s the day you should vow to improve your UX writing. It’ll make your website or app better. And it’ll definitely make users happier. Here are a few ways to do it. 1. Define Your Voice Stick to the type of language and tone that the rest of the site uses. Every website, product or brand has a voice. What sometimes happens is that we forget it when it comes Read the full article…

Get Started With Node: An Introduction To APIs, HTTP And ES6+ JavaScript

Get Started With Node: An Introduction To APIs, HTTP And ES6+ JavaScript Get Started With Node: An Introduction To APIs, HTTP And ES6+ JavaScript Jamie Corkhill 2019-02-20T14:00:53+01:002019-02-21T11:04:50+00:00 You’ve probably heard of Node.js as being an “asynchronous JavaScript runtime built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine”, and that it “uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient”. But for some, that is not the greatest of explanations. What is Node in the first place? What exactly does it mean for Node to be “asynchronous”, and how does that differ from “synchronous”? What is the meaning “event-driven” and “non-blocking” anyway, and how does Node fit into the bigger picture of applications, Internet networks, and servers? We’ll attempt to answer all of these questions and more throughout this series as we take an in-depth look at the inner workings of Node, learn about the HyperText Transfer Protocol, APIs, and JSON, Read the full article…

QuizUp founder launches Teatime, a mobile gaming platform with built-in video chat

At the end of 2016, Plain Vanilla founder Thor Fridriksson left the company he founded with the intent to take at least a year off of work. His product QuizUp, a social trivia game that raised more than $40 million and said it had more than 100 million users, never truly found a way to monetize. After a few missteps, including a proposed TV deal that eventually got cancelled, Plain Vanilla was acquired by Glu Mobile for a deal reportedly valued at $7.5 million. Fridriksson was only a few weeks into his planned yearlong vacation when he became restless and asked a few members of his core team at QuizUp — Gunnar Holmsteinn, Johann Thorvaldur Bergthorsson and Ymir Finnbogason — to start brainstorming with him about the future of mobile gaming. That’s where the seed was planted for what would eventually become Teatime. “The main thing we kept focusing on, Read the full article…

MLG co-founder Mike Sepso joins 100 Thieves board of directors

Mike Sepso has joined the board of directors for 100 Thieves, an esports and content creation brand. Sepso co-founded Major League Gaming in 2002, bringing the first true semblance of infrastructure to competitive gaming. MLG became the biggest independent esports league in the world, and played a big part in the evolution of esports as we know it today. In fact, MLG secured the first televised esports series ever with NBC sports, and eventually launched its own esports streaming platform. MLG was acquired for $46 million by Activision Blizzard in 2016, but still lives as an esports content hub for Activision Blizzard titles like Call of Duty and Overwatch. Sepso joins the 100 Thieves board alongside 100 Thieves founder and CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, president and COO John Robinson, Jake Cohen from Detroit Venture Partners and Scooter Braun (entertainment industry mogul who represents Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande). “Mike is Read the full article…

Selfie app maker Meitu eyes overseas gaming market with $340 million deal

China’s largest selfie app maker Meitu has been busy working to diversify itself beyond the beauty arena in China. On Wednesday, the Hong Kong-listed company announced in a filing that it has agreed to pay about HK$2.7 billion ($340 million) for a 31 percent stake in game publishing company Dreamscape Horizon. Dreamscape Horizon, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed games group Leyou, specializes in making video games for personal computers and consoles, and owns 97 percent of Canada-based studio Digital Extremes. This global connection will potentially hasten Meitu’s overseas expansion, and the foray into games, on the other hand, will help the Xiamen-based firm capture more male users. (Operating out of Xiamen might have also been convenient for Meitu to meet the coastal city’s booming hub of game developers.) Out of Meitu’s 110 million monthly active users overseas, only 30 million are male. “The collaboration with Leyou is not only focused on mainland China but also the Read the full article…

Indie developer Red Hook Studios working on ‘Darkest Dungeon 2,’ a sequel to 2016 hit

Vancouver, B.C.-based indie game developer Red Hook Studios announced on Tuesday that it has begun work on Darkest Dungeon 2, a sequel to the hit 2016 dungeon crawler. The announcement comes on the third anniversary of the original DD‘s exit from Steam Early Access. Most of what’s known right now about DD2 comes from a short PC Gamer interview with two of Red Hook’s developers. The new game is being made by a significantly larger team, up to 14 from the five core creators who worked on the original DD, and will feature an updated version of the original’s gameplay. Are you courageous enough tot carry the Flame? We’re working on a sequel to Darkest Dungeon! https://t.co/Hpgo36NFVb — Darkest Dungeon (@DarkestDungeon) February 19, 2019 Darkest Dungeon was initially funded via Kickstarter in 2014, and entered Steam’s Early Access program in 2015. The player takes the role of an adventurer who Read the full article…

Samsung’s Gear VR isn’t dead yet — will work with Galaxy S10

Two years ago, Samsung’s virtual reality ambitions were big enough to produce a bizarre, award-winning commercial featuring an ostrich who learns to fly, thanks to a Gear VR headset and the music of Elton John. But 2017 was also the last year that Samsung produced a new Gear VR device, much less a TV spot. Just like in 2018, today’s Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event featured a whole bunch of new phones — but not a single mention of VR. But Samsung hasn’t stopped supporting the tech quite yet. The new lineup of Galaxy S10 phones is still compatible with an existing Gear VR headset, a Samsung spokesperson tells me. “Yes, the latest model Gear VR will work. Gear VR comes with an adapter that will work with S10,” he wrote. Road to VR reports… Read the full article…

Fortnite has an exclusive K-pop skin for those who preorder the Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung made an exclusive Fortnite skin for people who buy the new Galaxy S10 Plus phone. It’s K-pop-themed, and it’s modeled after Jung Chan-woo, a member of South Korean boy band iKon. You may not have heard of iKon, but just know it’s a seven-member band from YG Entertainment, which also brought bands like Big Bang and 2NE1 to fame. Like their predecessors, iKon mostly performs hip-hop, from catchy ballads to more straight-up rap. Chan-woo is known as the group’s youngest member, or the maknae, who’s usually unofficially responsible for bringing more cuteness to a group. The deal is exclusive to the S10 Plus, so if you’re planning on getting a regular S10, you won’t qualify. It feels like Samsung is trying to incentivize more mobile… Read the full article…

The EPA stole music from Yoshi’s Island DS for a pro-recycling Flash game

The US Environmental Protection Agency stole music from a Nintendo title to play in the background of an educational Flash game, according to GameInformer. The EPA’s Recycle City Challenge takes players through several scenarios and asks them questions like “What’s in a zero waste lunch?” or how can a café “upgrade their lights?” Children would select the most energy efficient answers and win tokens if they got them correct. But seasoned Nintendo-lovers will recognize a familiar tune from Yoshi’s Island DS playing in the background of the game. A spokesperson for the EPA confirmed that the song was used in the game. “The ‘Recycle City Challenge’ game was created for EPA by a contractor,” an EPA spokesperson told The Verge. “We are… Read the full article…

Decluttering a Landing Page for Better Design and Higher Conversion Rates

You’re reading Decluttering a Landing Page for Better Design and Higher Conversion Rates, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! When it comes to improving the metrics of a landing page campaign, there is no magical trick. There is definitely not a one-size-fits-all approach. However, with the right UX strategy, it’s significantly easier to set up landing pages for success. … Read the full article…

No, Overkill’s The Walking Dead Has Not Been Canceled on Consoles

Despite reports suggesting the console version of Overkill’s The Walking Dead had been canceled, one of the game’s publishers has gone on record saying it’s simply been postponed. Confirmed by publisher 505 Games on Twitter, the company states “We just wanted to clear the position on the Overkill’s The Walking Dead on console and confirm that the game has not been cancelled, purely postponed whilst development is on-going. We will share further news as soon as possible.” We just wanted to clear the position on the OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead on console and confirm that the game has not been cancelled, purely postponed whilst development is on-going. We will share further news as soon as possible. Read the full article…

What $100 Gets You in Apex Legends

If you’ve been playing Apex Legends and have yet to part with any of your money, we’ve saved you the hassle of trying to figure out what’s what by spending 100 dollars in Respawn’s battle royale shooter. Because Apex Legends is free-to-play, microtransactions are inevitably going to be a part of its ecosystem. For consumers who are unclear with how mictrotransactions work in Apex Legends, don’t worry:  all of them are 100% cosmetic, which means you can’t get an edge in the game if you fork out cash. You can actually see every unlockable cosmetic if you head over to the legend and armory tab. There are over 1900 total items with 4 tiers of rarity: common, rare, epic, and legendary. Players will have unlocked 45 total apex boxes once they reach level 100 and with 3 items per loot box, that means you are getting access to 135 free Read the full article…