August 2017

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Minecraft Cross-Play Beta Now Live for Windows 10 and Android

The beta that will allow Windows 10 and Android Minecraft players to play together is now live.

The beta is the first step in Microsoft’s Better Together Minecraft upgrade, which aims to unite Minecraft on console, Windows 10, and Android. The Xbox One beta will be rolling out in the coming days.

Not all of Better Together’s features will be available in the beta (servers aren’t live) but they’re being added as they become ready.

The Better Together upgrade for Minecraft was announced at E3 this year. The upgrade will bring the console and Windows 10/Android versions into the Bedrock Engine family, designed for cross-platform play. For the full breakdown of Minecraft’s Better Together update, check out the FAQ.

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A look back in IPO: Google, the profit machine

We’re taking a look at the IPOs of tech’s biggest players. Next up is Google, which went public in 2004. At the time, the firm frankly told investors that it was “not a conventional company,” and it did “not intend to become one.” For Google, the unconventional attitude worked. But before its IPO more than 10 years ago, the company’s future was… Read More …read more


Facebook buys Ozlo to boost its conversational AI efforts

Facebook has gone ahead and purchased Charles Jolley’s conversational AI startup Ozlo. Jolley, formerly Head of Platform for Android at Facebook, will not be returning to the company. The Ozlo team is expected to join Facebook to work on natural language processing challenges. Ozlo launched with a consumer facing app back in October 2016. Jolley told me at the time that the… Read More …read more


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Stone Cold Classic ‘Jet Car Stunts’ Updated with 64-Bit Support, Resolution Fixes, and DLC Levels Included for Free

With the iOS platform approaching a decade of existence, there are quite a few titles you could denote as classics when talking about the history of mobile gaming. Jet Car Stunts [$1.99 / Free] is without a doubt one of those titles. Launching in the fall of 2009 with the App Store still in its infancy, Jet Car Stunts married the unique capabilities of iOS devices with some seriously fun stunt track racing. There really was no greater feeling that launching your little digital rocket car into the air, spinning and twirling, and totally nailing the landing on the other side. Or finding some obscure shortcut that gives you a leg up on the highly competitive online leaderboards. Yes for some Jet Car Stunts was an obsession, and for me personally it brings back great memories of the early days of iOS gaming. However, 2009 was a LONG time ago, and the last significant update to Jet Car Stunts was way back in July of 2012 when the game received long-awiated Universal iPad support and some performance improvements. Well, with iOS 11 and its lack of support for 32-bit apps likely coming in just a couple of …read more


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Overcooked: Special Edition Review

A well played round of Overcooked feels like dancing in a graceful ballet, except missing a step means your burger burns, the kitchen lights on fire, and a raccoon in a wheelchair plummets into a lake of lava. Actually, maybe it’s nothing like a ballet (although this gives me an idea for a fantastic ballet). But working with your teammates as a well-oiled machine to produce food for an insatiable demon is as rewarding as it is challenging. Overcooked remains one of the most fun couch co-op games I’ve played in years, despite some port problems that keep the Special Edition on the Switch from standing as the definitive version.

The local co-op cook-em-up poses the herculean challenge of asking up to four people to work together for three full minutes at a time, performing relatively simple cooking-related actions to fill food orders. It’s practically a two-button game: one to pick up things like ingredients, pans, or plates and the other to chop, cook, or wash them depending on the station you are standing in front of. But combine those simple controls with the stress of a ticking timer and cleverly designed levels made to mess with you at …read more


Anthem’s Lead Designer Corey Gaspur Has Passed Away

Corey Gaspur, designer on the Mass Effect trilogy and most recently Anthem, has passed away.

Corey Gaspur via BioWare’s official site.

BioWare released an official statement on its website, which you can read below.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Corey Gaspur.

He was a member of our team for over nine years, and worked as a designer on many of our titles, including Sonic Chronicles, Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect 2 and 3, and most recently Anthem.

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Several departures at venture firm Kleiner Perkins

Noted venture firm Kleiner Perkins is getting a little leaner. General partner Mike Abbott announced Monday that he’s leaving the team for an undetermined startup role. Separately, its early stage “Edge” team is folding. The instances are unrelated, I am told. Abbott, who joined KPCB in 2011 from Twitter, wrote in a post, “my desire to discover and invest in the next… Read More …read more


Anime Watchlist: How Can My Recommendations Be This Useful

Fights! Power levels! Ice skating! People rushing at each other with swords, pausing briefly, then someone falling down!

Every so often, I’m going to recommend some anime and manga for people to check out and catch up on. If your favorite anime isn’t here, let me know! I’d love to check some stuff out and pass the word. If I recommend something you hate, that’s also okay! Not everything I recommend will be the best show ever, but if it’s something you might be interested in checking out, I encourage you to give it a chance.

This week, we’ll start off by talking about My Hero Academia. If you’re tuned in to the anime community pretty much at all, you have heard of MHA, so I don’t think I’m giving anyone a news flash here. If you’re on the fence, though, I recommend just trying out MHA to see if you enjoy its fantastical world and (pardon the pun) quirky characters. In what appears to be the far future, almost all human beings have been gifted super powers, which of course means that some people use them for evil, and other people try to stop them. Superheroing is a regulated service and …read more


Anime Watchlist: How Can My Recommendations Be This Useful

Fights! Power levels! Ice skating! People rushing at each other with swords, pausing briefly, then someone falling down!

Every so often, I’m going to recommend some anime and manga for people to check out and catch up on. If your favorite anime isn’t here, let me know! I’d love to check some stuff out and pass the word. If I recommend something you hate, that’s also okay! Not everything I recommend will be the best show ever, but if it’s something you might be interested in checking out, I encourage you to give it a chance.

This week, we’ll start off by talking about My Hero Academia. If you’re tuned in to the anime community pretty much at all, you have heard of MHA, so I don’t think I’m giving anyone a news flash here. If you’re on the fence, though, I recommend just trying out MHA to see if you enjoy its fantastical world and (pardon the pun) quirky characters. In what appears to be the far future, almost all human beings have been gifted super powers, which of course means that some people use them for evil, and other people try to stop them. Superheroing is a regulated service and …read more