5 iPhone Apps Gone Free — Weekend Roundup

1) Connectrode Connectrode is a pure puzzle game of simple but elegant strategy. Connect the chips to clear them from the board?—?but with each connector you place, beware blocking off parts of the board from yourself! The game has no time limits?—?play at your own pace. Once you master the gameplay, try for a high score and discover new depths of challenge and strategy?—?and land a high score on the Game Center leaderboards. The “boards” you play in Connectrode are randomly generated?—?you’ll never run out of new challenges. Post your score on a board to Twitter or Facebook, and friends can use your link to play the very same board?—?they may even beat your score and send a challenge back to you! Connectrode features a gorgeous ambient soundtrack by David Pencil (known for his soundtracks for Penny Arcade: The Series on PATV). This game was developed completely independently by a small Read the full article…

REVISED Assignment #4

I have choose the two articles that were written by Kelly(2015) and Chang(2015). These two articles seem to have opposing views when it comes to gaming in Virtual Reality (VR). Although the author Chang goes into a little more detail about VR applications outside of gaming, both articles seem to be in a stasis. The author Kelly has the purpose of trying to persuade the reader that VR is not the future of gaming just yet by providing reasons about the inconvenience of headsets and their applications, while the author Chang has the purpose of trying to persuade the reader that VR is beneficial for gaming and uses statistical data to prove that point. Using the rhetorical strategies of ethos, and logos, Kelly’s article is by far more persuasive. In the article(Chang, 2015), the author states “No surprise, then, that companies like Facebook, Google and Intel are investing. Facebook acquired Read the full article…

SIGGRAPH 2017 will showcase the latest in AR and VR

Over the last several years the long-running SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference served as an important marker of immersive computing’s march toward mainstream. Just a few years ago I found the Oculus meeting room hidden in a corner of the show floor where they were showing the HD prototype of the Rift featuring improved resolution. As increasingly impressive developer kits and then consumer units arrived, VR spread out from that corner to overtake so many of the other floor presentations from both researchers and established commercial giants. Now in its third year, the VR Village serves as a central area for researchers and content creators to present their work. Two years ago it was where Ken Perlin and his team from NYU showed Holojam — a project which recorded slices of space-time as people painted together in VR. Last year, the Synesthesia suit provided a hint at what full-body haptic feedback could feel like. This Read the full article…

Stranger Things’ VR experience on HTC Vive impresses at SDCC

Stranger Things was one of last year’s best new shows on Netflix or otherwise. It captured a unique sense of nostalgia for the 80s as well as channeling a unique and fresh take on sci-fi, thriller, and suspense genres, all with an ensemble cast of standout child actors. At San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) this week we got the chance to stop by the Netflix interactive loft at the Hilton Gaslamp and see elaborate displays for Marvel’s Defenders, the upcoming Netflix-only film Bright, and of course Stranger Things. With Season 2 of Stranger Things poised to release this October, excitement is understandably high. In fact, the experience we saw was nominated for an Emmy this year in the Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program category. In the video above you can see a passive 360 version of the VR experience. The quality is lower, you can’t move around or interact Read the full article…

How VR training prepares surgeons to save infants’ lives

Virtual reality promises to be great for gamers, but it has a lot of potential to change the world in other ways. Shauna Heller saw that potential, so she quit her job at Oculus VR and became a consultant to make non-VR applications happen. And one of her projects was create a VR simulation that trains doctors how to treat infants in emergencies. Heller pulled together a team of developers and technologists and matched them with surgeons at the Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles. Together, they made a VR simulation that helps doctors in training to save infants who have suffered some kind of seizure or anaphylactic shock. They worked with the consumer-grade Oculus Rift + Touch. The project began in early 2016 and went through two prototyping developments. The team delivered a working model in early 2017 and the development and medical teams will continue to monitor and enhance the Read the full article…

Pokémon Go Fest is experiencing connectivity issues

Fans who were hoping to catch ’em all at the Pokémon Go Fest today are experiencing some technical issues. The real-world event is developer Niantic Inc.’s way of throwing a 1-year birthday party for its hit mobile game Pokémon Go. Around 20,000 fans are expected to attend the festival today in Chicago, Ill.’s Grant Park (as first reported by news site Game Informer). The event, however, had a rocky start when many were unable to get on the servers for the location-based monster-catching game. Fans, many of whom still play the game every day, showed their frustration with the outage and the developer by booing Niantic CEO John Hanke when he took the stage to address the crowd. Players, we are experiencing some technical difficulties and are currently working to resolve them. — Niantic Support (@NianticHelp) July 22, 2017 The festival comes after Niantic rolled out new features, such as an updated gym battle Read the full article…

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Mozilla’s voice based apps for next generation

The technical industry strongly believes that voice based interaction is the next game changer. Our AI driven assistants communicating with us from the other side are prime examples of voice based apps. UNFORTUNATELY, THE TASK IS CONSIDERABLY CHALLENGING AND REQUIRES AN ABUNDANT SUPPLY OF DATA TO STUDY FROM. TEXT-TO-SPEECH FUNCTION: As a result, the developers of Firefox browser at Mozilla are currently working on a project that will erase the stress factor completely. The Common Voice project will archive voice tones of various frequencies so that developers can later use them for text-to-speech feature support in their projects. 10,000 HOURS OF AUDIO! The objective is to accumulate 10,000 hours of audio files spoken in numerous accents possibly heard these days. Eventually, to help the machine in distinguishing between voice tones. YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED… Lastly, if you’re willing to contribute, simply click here and record your voice by reciting sentences or hear Read the full article…

Hacking Sustainability an innovation driver

Hacking Sustainability an innovation driver In the field of software, a corner has been turned from re-inventing wheels (custom code) to building and leveraging code libraries. Not only has this brought massive efficiency gains in reduced development cycles, it has also yielded in value added community contribution, re-use and improvement, harvesting, and general ease with natural progression. In short… the field has graduated from a state of waste to a state of sustainability and progress. In January of 2017, I walked on the sands of what’s called “Trash Beach”?—?the southernmost point of the Big Island of Hawaii. Situated in just the right place to capture and hold any plastics that escape the North Pacific Gyre. Fishing nets, bottles, toys, packaging, and general detritus. It’s one thing to look at photos and talk about how horrible it is… but it’s so much more visceral to see it stretch beyond your own Read the full article…

Sony’s legal quest to remove its leaked developer’s kit from the Web

Enlarge Sony appears to be using copyright law in an attempt to remove all traces of a leaked PlayStation 4 Software Development Kit (PS4 SDK) from the Web. That effort also seems to have extended in recent days to the forced removal of the mere discussion of the leak and the posting of a separate open source, homebrew SDK designed to be used on jailbroken systems. The story began a few weeks ago, when word first hit that version 4.5 of the PS4 SDK had been leaked online by a hacker going by the handle Kromemods. These SDKs are usually provided only to authorized PS4 developers with development kits. The SDKs contain significant documentation that, once made public, can aid hackers in figuring out how to jailbreak consoles, create and install homebrew software, and enable other activities usually prohibited by the hardware maker (as we’ve seen in the wake of previous Read the full article…

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Legendary pokémon are finally coming to Pokémon Go

Today Niantic announced that the long-awaited release of legendary pokémon in Pokémon Go is coming soon. The studio provided some details on how the feature will play out in-game. Players will have to work together to defeat the rare monsters using the game’s new cooperative raids feature, which was introduced last month. “Once in the wild, trainers can search for unique legendary eggs at gym locations around the world,” the company explains. “Players can team up with friends and other trainers to join legendary raid battle to defeat the legendary pokémon and earn a chance to catch it.” The feature will make its debut very soon; the first legendary pokémon raid will take place during Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago on July 22nd. If players in… Read the full article…

10 beautiful fonts that are hard to resist

With fonts, as with people, beauty is often in the eye of the beholder. After all, one designer’s Futura could be another’s Jokerman. With that in mind, we’ve put together 10 fonts that we’re sure someone, somewhere will find beautiful. They might not all be your cup of tea, but we hope that thanks to the laws of averages at least one font on this list will make you swoon. 50 best free fonts for designers 01. Bibliophile Script A perfect font for bookworms Format: OTF The elegant Bibliophile is a mish mash font made up of lettering from the hand of Louis Prang, a Prussian-American painter and publisher. Available in two weights, both of which contain over 900 glyphs that cover all the latin languages, Bibliophile usually retails at £78.99, but you can grab it now for just £39.50 (around $51). 02. Hello Beautiful Don’t forget to dot your Read the full article…

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What to look out for at SIGGRAPH 2017

The eyes of everyone in the CGI and digital content creation industry will be turned towards Los Angeles this summer, as SIGGRAPH 2017 takes place – the event’s 44th outing.  As one of the biggest shows in the industry, with representatives from Autodesk, Maxon, The Foundry, AMD, and NVIDIA among many others, SIGGRAPH is a must for CG artists. 30 inspiring examples of 3D art Marvel at new research The Technical Papers include how Clensch maps can be used for visualisation and processing SIGGRAPH’s Technical Papers presentations let attendees explore the science behind the pixels. These papers have earned the event its reputation as one of the most esteemed and influential forums for research in the world. This year, from 439 submissions, 127 papers will be showcased (scroll down for an overview video). And there are plenty of new areas of research to get excited about. “In addition to the Read the full article…

Trippy Rick and Morty trailer will blow your mind

It’s Friday. Fancy a spot of trippy animation eye-candy to ease you through the day? Then please, allow us. Our favourite new animation this week by far was Adult Swim’s trailer for the new season of eccentric animation series Rick and Morty. Titled Exquisite Corpse, the insane short features sequences created by a stellar cast of top animation talent, taking you on a journey through some 22 different animation styles. Greatest animated music videos The clip, which was directed by illustrator Matt Taylor, takes inspiration from the surrealist drawing technique of the same name – Exquisite Corpse – in which different artists draw a section of a body without seeing the others beforehand. Aided by an instrumental version of Run The Jewels’ Thursday in the Danger Room, it’s makes for the perfect Friday viewing – and a cracking way to gear up for the weekend. The all-new Rick and Morty Read the full article…

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20 Places to Find the Best Free Stock Photos

You’re reading 20 Places to Find the Best Free Stock Photos, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Good images are a key part of putting together a great website. But finding images to use can sometimes be difficult. Your options are to take the photos yourself, buy images from a photographer or stock image site or to find images that are free and available for use. That’s what we are going to […] Read the full article…