Far Cry 5 focuses a terrifyingly realistic armed cult

Ubisoft revealed today that Far Cry 5 will be about one of the most disturbing realities about American extremism: an armed religious cult that believes the collapse of society is near. The French video game publisher has a way of making fictional games feel realistic, like the San Francisco setting of the recent Watch Dogs 2. But this game is going to make a lot of people, Americans in particular, feel uncomfortable about where our society is heading. The recent presidential election surely showed that the United States is divided, and the open-world shooter Far Cry 5 peers into the consequences of that division. Fans had guessed that story as Ubisoft slowly unveiled details this week on the setting in the fictional Hope County, Montana. And Ubisoft all but gave it away in an image of the box cover for Far Cry 5, which featured a group of cult-like figures presiding, Read the full article…

There’s a Strontium Dog fan film, and it’s very good

Enlarge (credit: Irradiated Hound Entertainment) News broke earlier in May that Rebellion—the games and publishing company that owns 2000AD, the world’s greatest comic—has joined up with IM Global to bring more Judge Dredd to our screens. In interviews since, Rebellion’s bosses have said that they hope to also adapt other 2000AD characters for live-action. But thanks to some very dedicated fans out there, we’ve got something to tide us over until that happens: Search/Destroy: A Strontium Dog Fan Film. Judge Dredd may well be 2000AD‘s best-known character: a hard-assed lawman of the future who’s more of an anti-hero than a role model. But readers of the comic will know that Strontium Dog‘s Johnny Alpha is at least his equal. Also created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra (who were responsible for Judge Dredd), he’s a mutant from about 60 years in Dredd’s future. Alpha works as a bounty hunter for Read the full article…

What We’re Reading: Emerging Technology

PwC has come out with their list of eight essential, emerging technologies for 2020. Their infographic of them is: Source: PwC Tincture has already been thinking about these, and here are a selection of our articles on how each of these may impact health care. In alphabetical order: Artificial Intelligence: How AI Will Keep You Healthy Augmented Reality: Democratizing Medical Education through Virtual and Augmented Reality Blockchain: Health Care Should Get “Smart” Drones: Rise of the Drones Internet of Things (IoT): Your Toaster May Be Bad For Your Health Robots: Octobot to the Rescue! 3D Printing: Print Me a New Arm, Please Virtual Reality: At Least I’m Virtually Healthy You keep coming up with new technologies, and we’ll keep thinking about what they might mean for health care. If you liked this article, feel free to click the ? icon to make it easier for others to find. What We’re Reading: Emerging Technology was originally Read the full article…

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Are Getting Real

Thanks to rapid advances in digital technology?—?and a huge surge in venture funding?—?virtual reality and augmented reality finally are ready to justify the hype that began nearly three decades ago. A record $2.3 billion was invested in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) startups in 2016, more than triple the $700 million invested the year before, according to mergers and acquisitions firm Digi-Capital. Funding came from large companies such as Amazon, Alibaba, Intel, and MGM, as well as numerous venture capital firms on Sand Hill Road and elsewhere. Why such sudden frenetic activity around a space that essentially has been dormant since an initial flurry of hype in the early ‘90s? Because now the technology is there to support VR and AR, though there’s still certainly room for improvement (we’re looking at you, Google Cardboard). VR and AR are similar, but there are crucial distinctions that determine appropriate use Read the full article…

Day 55 — Cruisin’

liner notes: Made some pretty good progress on the final project yesterday. In fact, I guess I was testing so much that I exceeded my Distance Matrix API daily quota. Haha There’s a lot of locations to get the distance for. I think I may have come up with a way to cut down on the number of calls to the API. As of right now, the distance and time it would take to walk there appears in the info window when you click a location. The distance shows up next to each location in the All Locations list. Also added a more info button next to each location in the All Locations list. When clicked, a modal pops up with a picture and information about the location. My classmate Tyler Davis had some troubles with getting the MaterializeCSS modal to work with React. To avoid that headache, like him, I Read the full article…

Beat Movie and OTT Content Piracy with VR

NETFLIX WON’T PAY RANSOM?—?STREAM AWAY! …is the bold stance and headline that made news recently when Orange is the new Black got pirated, and a ransom demand made. That, was indeed a bold move by Netflix to not give in, and as streaming media analyst Dan Rayburn of Frost & Sullivan stated on Wired: The joy of binge-worthy TV hinges on knowing that other people also binge. A water cooler that only the Pirate Bay gathers around defeats the purpose. “It’s not an experience,” says Rayburn. “People want to watch it with friends.” Facebook knows the future is Social: This is exactly what was being discussed during a talk at the OTTVSummit 2017. It also so happens that Facebook had invested an eyebrow raising (at least back in 2013–2014) amount in a company, called Oculus. Of course Facebook has a plan with VR. Today, there’s already Netflix VR, Hulu VR, and we know from a Read the full article…

Is Bingo Good For Your Brain?

Bingo has been considered as a game requiring little skills and efforts,but it turns out that it is really good for the brain! This fun and engaging game is stimulating to concentration of the players, especially among older players. If you want to stimulate your brain too, you can play a game of free no deposit bingo in the UK. Bingo can be played online as well as offline, the online version providing the option to play free bingo without deposit as well. The game is shown to make the players faster and more accurate at performing mental tasks than the ones who did not play bingo. As more and more people are now playing bingo online, it only means better brain functioning for all of us. If you still haven’t started, then a game of UK online bingo with no deposit is bound to be good for you! It was also found Read the full article…

Friday The 13th: Experience The Dark Fantasy With Jason Voorhees

Gear up to discover the dark thriller of “Friday the 13th”, a deft game app developers’ creation. This ILLFonic & Gun media presents multiplayer-third person-survival-horror game is coming soon with its stunning virtuality to take you up inside a semi-open world; where Jason Voorhees, the most wanted killer of Horror world is waiting for you with bucket full of homicide skills. Try your best to escape from him to win all the 51 sparkling trophies. Originally published at the-app-geeks.blogspot.com. Read the full article…

What is a purpose of life?

Our spiritual discussion within Amazon India Design team lead to the question “What is the purpose of life?” Although, everyone has their own perspective to this fundamental question, I have my own opinion. Every day I try to validate this question with every situation. And I get more data point to backup my opinion. The purpose of life is hope. Hope is a a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen. This might sound as dictionary meaning but it is literally true. Hope is a feeling. Hope is a expectation (mostly positive). It is a desire to have something. Its unconscious high demand of human feelings. Every day we wake up with all of this, feelings, expectations, demands. Every day we put efforts to full fill these feelings, expectations, demands. Learnings from design As a designer, I focus on two things. The desire every user has to improve themselves. How users Read the full article…

So it begins: My (structured) UX journey

A few months ago (or rather even a few aeons ago), I’d been thinking about where I was in my career and where I would like to steer it to. This is a perennial dilemma that most people encounter in their lives, sooner or later. I was browsing through job ads as I always did every time I felt unhappy with what I was doing or with where I was. I even submitted an application to a position which I knew deep down I would eventually dislike and leave. By some point and clicks of the mouse, I came upon an article about user experience and just read it. Alas! Like a eureka moment, I said that’s what I wanted to do. Within days, I’d been scouring the internet for more information about UX and had been subscribing to meetups and mailing lists. I also attended an intense bootcamp by Academy Xi which Read the full article…

User interface (UI) user experience (UX) and customer experience (CX) explained in a candy way!

UI, UX and now CX are often confusing and mixed up for the people outside the user experience community or to a lay man. Being an experienced member of the design and user experience community in the software industry I thought it would be great that if I could make it simple and help explain these terms in a candy way. Even though each area is related and dependent, they are distinctive too. So let me explain these terminology in a candy way on how they differ, but mostly how they relate to each other. I am taking an example of something that we all may have experienced at least once. We as children always enjoyed ice cream candy bars (may be enjoying still if not restricted by our doctors). Frankly speaking I am not a fan, but I enjoy it at times. So imagine that you are going to Frozen9 Read the full article…

The slipperiness of UX data

In my article proving design, I talked about how hard it is to have proofs for making the right product or product decisions. Some projects are so expensive that it takes a lot of convincing to get a budget for them. It’s a natural trade-off. It doesn’t get easier after you’ve done parts of the project, or even after you’ve done the project and are now interested in moving forward with a second stage of development. Many UX professionals talk about the importance of data but let’s be honest, in the cycle of design and decision making there are countless things that cannot be measured. What can be measured? Do people need your product? The product itself and how people use it. Ideas, and iterations?—?Using user research. Basically everything you can do with your team. It adds up to around 20% of the creation process. What do you create? What informs your ideas? Read the full article…

RETO 5: Mapa Presente -Futuro

#retodesignthinking El objetivo es sencillo, definir los conflictos e identificar los deseos de los usuarios. En esta ocasión trabajaremos mano a mano con nuestro cliente para conseguir elaborar SU mapa presente?—?futuro. Antes de empezar 1. El equipo se hará con un toolkit ? : Incluirá imágenes impresas de situaciones cotidianas (ver la tv, sacar al perro, trabajar, hacer la comida…), elegidas a conciencia que tienen que ser positivas y negativas. 2. Mano a mano con nuestro usuario ?: Es aquí cuando empezamos a interactuar, el usuario deberá ordenar las imágenes en una línea de tiempo y a su vez las colocará más arriba o más abajo dependiendo del grado de satisfacción de dichas actividades. Cuando haya terminado esta fase tendemos nuestro MAPA DEL PRESENTE. Mapa del Presente 3. Elaboración del Mapa del Futuro ? Una vez hemos logrado terminar la primera parte, pediremos a nuestro usuario que repita el ejercicio, pero esta vez nos debe Read the full article…

Hide and Seek

“I’ll count to 100 by tens,” she says. “You go hide! 10… 20…” I race into the office and squeeze myself under my desk. “… 100! Mommy! Where are you?” A few seconds later, she peeks under the desk and spots me. “Now you count. In the kitchen,” she says as she pushes past me to crawl under the desk. She giggles as I count. The laughter intensifies as I finish counting and pretend that I have no idea where she is. When she finds me behind the door, she also hides behind the door. Same for under the kitchen table. When we hid behind the shower curtain, the cat decided to follow us into the bathroom. I guess he wanted to play, too, because this is where I found him an hour later. Hide and Seek was originally published in 100 Naked Words on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. Powered by Read the full article…

Definitely the right place to start.

Definitely the right place to start. HMDs will be niche for another year or so. Mass adopting in 2 or more years, at least as far as gaming and entertainment is concerned. 5 years early adopters will abandon smartphones for AR headsets(stylish glasses) and 10 years smartphones will be waning in existence. I suppose my opinion is that everything you have mentioned is entirely correct, and development will continue at a similar pace in regards to HMDs and fashionable AR (mixed reality) glasses aimed at the masses. My Echo has become an integral piece of my daily life. I find myself asking Alexa for help even when she isn’t around. I’ll admit to using the term ‘virtual reality’ more loosely than some, but it is the umbrella term for the remainder considering mixed reality is not real in the sense of nature. Even a place like Starbucks is a virtual reality, built Read the full article…

Design Trend: Side Navigation Is Everywhere, but Does It Work?

There’s a trending topic in website design navigation: sidebar menus. More designers are working with vertical side navigation for projects, with a specific location on the left side for many of these website designs. And while it looks nice and can help streamline clutter in the overall canvas, does it really work? Will users respond to side navigation? Is it a design trend that you should consider? Today, we’ll try to get to the heart of the questions with some practical and usable answers. Side Navigation Is Popping Up Everywhere Side navigation is part of an evolution of hidden and interesting menu styles. Responsive design almost forced designers to think about alternative navigation patterns to make getting around on small screens easier. And the hamburger menu icon was born. That’s evolved to more pop-out styles that start with a hamburger icon. Some of these navigation menus swing completely open, while Read the full article…

UXConf BR 2017: a evolução da experiência

Ao final de sua apresentação, escolhida para encerrar a UXConf BR 2017, Robson Santos destacou que um processo só é um processo se houver evolução. Coincidência ou não, ela serviu de síntese da conferência deste ano: um retrato da evolução da comunidade brasileira de UX. Em sua 3ª edição, a UXConf BR se afirma como um evento consolidado e maduro, com conteúdo e organização excelentes. E neste ano, os profissionais e estudantes de UX e áreas afins que estiveram em POA participaram de discussões e assistiram apresentações que foram além de uma usual postura e discurso defensivos e que resolveram apontar responsabilidades e caminhos para a construção de projetos para um mundo mais sustentável e humano. No primeiro dia, Franz Figueroa, com sua experiência em projetos de aplicativos para crianças, revelou a preocupação com a criação de experiências que exploram vícios comportamentais e defendeu que tenhamos consciência de que “stop points” e Read the full article…

User Interface Design Principles For Mobile App Developers

User Interface Design Principles In mobile app development, user interface plays a significant role just as much as user experience in the success of a mobile app. From the perspective of an app designer, an exceptional UI can only be ensured when tried and tested design principles are applied. These design principles or what are commonly called ‘heuristics’ are loose guidelines that can help designers in improving the quality of a user interface design. Here are the details: https://goo.gl/T0G4SR Read the full article…

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You can now access an in-game world map using the map icon beneath your minimap!A simple left-click will open up a resizeable, moveable world map interface. You can also right-click the icon for a full screen option.The resizeable, floating world map can be open as you play. You can even have runescape 2007 gold other interfaces open alongside it.Once open, the in-game world map has a number of useful functions. Time to Prepare for Menaphos & Inferno with code RS7J to buy 7% Off RS/OSRS Gold During June.1-June.7! If you wish to see a key, click the key button found in the bottom left of the interface.Clicking on one of the items in the key will cause the icons on the map to briefly flash, allowing you to easily locate whatever it is you are looking for! If you have the floating world map open, you can move it by clicking Read the full article…