May 2018

Scout.fm turns podcasts into personalized talk radio

Scout.fm wants to change the way people listen to podcasts. Instead of scouring through the over 500,000 available shows available in your current podcast app, this startup’s new curated podcast service will just ask you a few questions to find out what you like, then create a podcast station customized to you. The experience is primarily designed for use on smart speakers, like Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo devices, but is also available as iOS and Android applications.

The company was founded just over a year ago by Cara Meverden (CEO), previously of Google, Twitter, Indiegogo, and Medium; along with Saul Carlin (President and COO), previously Head of Publisher Development at Medium, and before that, Politico; and Daniel McCartney, (CTO) previously an engineer at GrubHub, Klout and Medium.

At Medium, Meverden explains, they saw an explosion of people creating great written content; but now those publishers had begun to create great audio content, as well.

But unlike on Medium, which helps to guide readers to topics they like, people today have to seek out new podcasts for themselves. Scout.fm wants to offer a better system, and hopefully bring more listeners to podcasts as a result.

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 31, 2018)

I began chatting
with Jeff Marchiafava about doing Blog Herding back in 2013. I just really
wanted my life intertwined with Game Informer’s. As many of you know, I
interned here. I love everything about G.I. I wrote many stories, one for print,
went to parties where craft beer was had, and bad games were played. And editor
Matt Kato became one of my closest friends, and one I look forward to chatting
with every day – even if he supports Manchester City. According to email correspondence
with Jeff, it was in January 2015 that we began talking about what this
iteration of Blog Herding would look like, and what it would mean when I took
it over.

There have been
so many times where bloggers reminded me just how old I was getting when it
came to a past game I played. And now I have this reminder that I did Blog
Herding for over three years, beginning on March 26, 2015. It’s baffling, rewarding, but also
scary. I’m afraid I didn’t do enough for all of you. I definitely tried! I hope
I did. I absolutely loved playing Rocket League and Monster Hunter with all of
you. I loved reading your writing. I absolutely enjoyed becoming friends with
some of you and chatting with …read more


Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 31, 2018)

I began chatting
with Jeff Marchiafava about doing Blog Herding back in 2013. I just really
wanted my life intertwined with Game Informer’s. As many of you know, I
interned here. I love everything about G.I. I wrote many stories, one for print,
went to parties where craft beer was had, and bad games were played. And editor
Matt Kato became one of my closest friends, and one I look forward to chatting
with every day – even if he supports Manchester City. According to email correspondence
with Jeff, it was in January 2015 that we began talking about what this
iteration of Blog Herding would look like, and what it would mean when I took
it over.

There have been
so many times where bloggers reminded me just how old I was getting when it
came to a past game I played. And now I have this reminder that I did Blog
Herding for over three years, beginning on March 26, 2015. It’s baffling, rewarding, but also
scary. I’m afraid I didn’t do enough for all of you. I definitely tried! I hope
I did. I absolutely loved playing Rocket League and Monster Hunter with all of
you. I loved reading your writing. I absolutely enjoyed becoming friends with
some of you and chatting with …read more


What the Life Cycles of Previous PlayStations Say About the PlayStation 5

Buy a hot new game system, and you’ll see an even better model the next day. That’s the stuff of lazy sitcom jokes, yet there’s an undeniable rhythm to the seemingly brief lives of game consoles. Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO John Kodera recently mentioned that the PlayStation 4 is in its “final life cycle,” prompting many to point out that the system isn’t even five years old.

We may complain, but it’s all part of the process. Sony follows the time-honored practice of piping up about a new system just as the current one hits its stride and the competition gets fierce. Yet if there’s a common thread in the PlayStation family, it’s one of dignified exits for old systems and overhyped entrances for the newcomers. Here’s what the life cycles of the previous four PlayStations possible tell us about the PlayStation 5.

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Borderlands Re-Release Might Be Coming to PC and Consoles

Borderlands might see new life on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Gematsu reports the Korean game rating board has listed Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition for those platforms. Though what’s a bit intriguing is that the same-named title is already available on Steam.

Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel have already been remastered for the current generation with Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. The first game, however, hasn’t received the same treatment, though Borderlands is backward compatible on Xbox One.

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends is Entirely Swapping Developers

The Elder Scrolls: Legends will be swapping development teams entirely, according to a statement to IGN from Bethesda.

The original developer, Dire Wolf Digital, will be transitioned off of the project and replaced by Dropzone developer Sparkypants Studios. Bethesda’s Pete Hines tells me that they’ve essentially already “been developing this new version of Legends for months under Bethesda’s guidance and direction.”

A sneak peak at The Elder Scrolls: Legends’ redesigned play area.

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‘Justice Royale’ Review – I Beat the Boss and Love, Love, LOVE the ending

At the beginning of this month two remarkable things happened, I began writing for Touch Arcade (thanks for all your kind words) and I got to look at Justice Royale(Free)by Zapling Studios in its soft launch. You may remember my preview, then again it was only my second piece for Touch Arcade so fully understandable if you bypassed the new writer.

At the time I put my first impressions together I knew the game was fun but was struggling to beat the boss, well I finally got my fingers to co-operate and took that sucker down. It was an exciting moment, followed by the big twist ending which blew me away.

I was finding the petty reason to fight the bullies refreshing, there was none of the usual “rescue the damsel in distress” syndrome so many brawlers fall prey to. However, when I got to the last episode there it was, the girl got kidnapped and I would fight the big muscle-bound thug to save her. No biggie, I figured at least the whole game wasn’t about saving the helpless girl. I found out exactly how cool Justice Royale is when I killed the boss man. Kidnapped on purpose …read more


Unreleased 2nd Generation Pokemon Found in 20 Year-Old Demo

Multiple unreleased 2nd generation Pokemon have been discovered, including never-used baby forms and evolutions, different starter Pokemon, and other entirely abandoned concepts.

A recently uploaded ROM of the 1997 Nintendo Spaceworld demo for Pokemon Gold and Silver has been unpacked by fans at The Cutting Room Floor. The demo pre-dates the final version of the game by two years – and a lot seems to have changed in that time.

Most notable are the Pokemon themselves. For instance, the Cyndaquil and Totodile starters and their evolutions didn’t exist at this point – instead, they were Flambear and Cruz:

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Neighborhood Goods raises $5.75M to reinvent the department store

Neighborhood Goods, a startup rethinking the traditional department store experience, is announcing that it has raised $5.75 million in seed funding.

Co-founder and CEO Matt Alexander told me via email that while the largely static layout and offerings of a department store provide a degree “consistency and reliability,” they’re also “dull and unchanging,” as well as “fairly transactional with little more to provide.”

So instead, Neighborhood Goods will allow around 15 brands to create their own “activations,” each highlighting the aesthetic and products that the brands choose. (Bulletin is another startup looking to bring a pop up approach to traditional retail.) The store will also have a restaurant and bar, and communal spaces that could be used for things like speaking events or art installations.

“At Neighborhood Goods, we’re creating something more social and communal around an ever-changing landscape of products,” Alexander said, later adding, “Neighborhood Goods ostensibly takes the polish and approachability of the typical department store, but combines it with the dynamism and community of a pop-up store or pop-up marketplace.”

He also said technology will play a big role in the experience — particularly with an iOS app that will allow customers to learn more about the brands, text …read more


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Nintendo Share Prices Spike After Pokemon Let’s Go Reveal

Nintendo’s share prices have rocketed following the reveal of the new Pokemon titles this week.

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee were officially announced this week, and it seems to have gone down well with investors. Nintendo’s share price jumped up 4.3 percent at closing yesterday.

Bloomberg tech reporter Yuji Nakamura noted the increase on Twitter, and a quick Google search of the company’s share prices shows a continued rise today.

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