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How Double Fine changed game development and Kickstarter forever

How Double Fine changed game development and Kickstarter forever

Today, Double Fine released to the public the last episode of its aptly named Double Fine Adventure documentary series. This ends a run that was something akin to a TV soap that spanned 20 episodes and three years (Episode went up August 2012). It also closes a chapter of the game studio's history, a single chapter but one whose effects have rippled throughout the gaming industry and the crowdfunding scene. And whether or not you actually liked their Broken Age game, there is no denying it: Double Fine made, and changed, history. For better or for worse.

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Amazon Prime Day was a complete bust… or was it?

Amazon Prime Day was a complete bust… or was it?

Now that the dust has settled from Amazon Prime Day, it's clear that the Seattle-based online retailer wasn't just using overblown hyperbole to get rid of some of its online inventory. It also didn't miscalculate. Rather, the response was more likely exactly what Amazon expected. As we previously reported, there were some great deals to be found, but for the most part, Prime Day was ridiculed for featuring discounts on seemingly random or even off-the-wall crazy items.

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Windows 10 auto updates are a necessary evil

Windows 10 auto updates are a necessary evil

Last week, Microsoft was discovered to have silently updated its Licensing Agreement, you know, that part that barely anyone reads before installing software, for Windows 10. What Microsoft sneaked in has sent ripples on the Internet over the weekend and, in typical fashion, has polarized even Windows users. What exactly is that change? In order to use Windows 10, users, at least the Home consumer ones, must agree to receive automatic system and app updates, no questions asked. It is, after all, for the common good, but thing aren't always ideal.

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CNN, Fox, other news networks still think we’re all technology idiots

CNN, Fox, other news networks still think we’re all technology idiots

While the endless filler and sometimes mind-numbing commentary that comes with 24-hour news networks provide plenty of subject matter worthy of eye-rolling criticism, it's hard to find any subject that is approached with a deeper level of maddening condescension and downright idiocy than when a breaking technology-related story unfolds. Watching CNN and others last Wednesday was just the latest example in this continuously absurd area of mainstream journalism.

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Finding a place for the new iPod Touch

Finding a place for the new iPod Touch

Apple just announced something both expected, if you've been reading the signs, and unexpected: a fresh new iPod Touch. Calling it "The Best iPod Touch Yet", the sixth generation of this peculiar device sported new color options and updated hardware with a touch of the iPhone 6. Given the two long years between fifth and sixth generations, one might ask why Apple suddenly showed interest in the device again and if the iPod Touch is still relevant at all. It turns out, it might actually be more relevant to Apple than ever.

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Forget fitness, Misfit Flash Link could be a smart home essential

Forget fitness, Misfit Flash Link could be a smart home essential

Misfit hasn't only made one of the cheapest fitness wearables around, the Misfit Flash Link could well end up a must-have for the smart home. The $19.99 health tracker announced today is designed to clip to a wristband, belt, or other item of clothing, and funnel movement stats into your phone. All the same, for anybody with more than a toe dipped into home automation its potential as an affordable way to address one of the lingering frustrations after you've upgraded to wireless lights, appliances, and more, is clear.

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Amazon Prime Day delivers the worst of Black Friday

Amazon Prime Day delivers the worst of Black Friday

Perhaps we should've expected Amazon Prime Day to be a monstrous disappointment. When you model your huge, one-day-only sale on Black Friday, after all, you're probably going to experience the same instantly-evaporating deals and masses of unlovable clearance items. Sure enough, though there have been some impressive bargains to be had, there are more people vocally annoyed than crowing about their purchases.

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Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

ZTE made an unexpected, if you haven't been monitoring the rumor mill, announcement yesterday. A new Axon smartphone brand that puts mainstream flagships on notice with its high-end specs and sub-premium price. That is, however, just the tip of the Chinese iceberg. Crowd favorite Xiaomi has made its slow crawl to markets outside China. Huawei made an interesting proposition when it announced the P8 lite smartphone and seems to be a crowd favorite for the next Google Nexus smartphone. The dragon is rising and OEMs should take note. But this journey to the West, just like the novel, is fraught with challenges.

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Amazon Echo’s weirdest talent is making you feel heard

Amazon Echo’s weirdest talent is making you feel heard

Amazon’s Echo is a lot of things - shopping companion, music player, portal to Wikipedia - but its most surprising feature says more about human comfort with next-gen electronics. Echo’s cleverness is in the cloud; the black column of its local hardware is really just a gateway to that remote functionality. Yet it also has to satisfy a few core requirements, such as demonstrating attentiveness. The solution Amazon came up with is both simple and elegant.

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Dear Topps: fix your Star Wars app or give it to someone else

Dear Topps: fix your Star Wars app or give it to someone else

The following is an opinion piece - asserting here with thousands of Star Wars Card Trader app users that this brand deserves better. While it's true that the Star Wars brand has been licensed to countless new companies over the past couple of years due to the Disney deal, Topps is not one of them. Topps has been working with Lucasfilm since "The Star Wars" was released back in 1977. Now something has gone wrong. Someone is dropping the ball. We're living in an age where the Star Wars franchise is open for the best developers and manufacturers to work on it - and this sort of thing is no longer acceptable.

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Did Nadella just put the nail in Windows Phone’s coffin?

Did Nadella just put the nail in Windows Phone’s coffin?

Just a while ago we looked into the reasons why it wouldn't be in Microsoft's best interests to suddenly switch to Android as its mobile platform. And then head honcho Satya Nadella dropped the huge bombshell. Microsoft has, for all intents and purposes, stricken off Nokia from its books. This has lead many to conclude Microsoft's surrender in the smartphone market. And they might very well be right. Or not. Like many things in life, things aren't as clear cut as we would like, and Microsoft's struggle with mobile is far from over.

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