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I won’t pretend to know what holidays mean for you, but for most, there’s a singularly shared experience: long flights and being far away from your PlayStation or Xbox. If you aren’t already an active mobile gamer, even at this point, you’re missing out on quite a bit of both simple and even deeply involved experiences — and if this holiday, you happened to upgrade your device to the latest and greatest, we’ve got a couple of suggestions. Here are a few of our picks to get through the end of 2016 and beyond. We’ve rounded up our favorite and most-used apps and utilities for the technology we use every day. Check out our other picks for iPhones, Android phones, PCs, and Macs. We’ve also listed our favorite games for iOS and Android from this year. <img src=”https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/7698875/reigns_game.png”?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rs... (more)

The Ubuntu Experience

Ubuntu Linux is a new experience for me. Having used only Red Hat's Fedora Core, I was anxious to try out the recently released Ubuntu 5.10 (available from Ubuntu's Website at www.ubuntu.com). I was not disappointed. After waiting approximately 45 minutes to download the 617 MB ISO file, I quickly burned it to a CD and rebooted my computer. Within a mere half an hour, Ubuntu was successfully installed on my system. Ubuntu 5.10 opens with an attractive background display resembling a swirling, luminous horizon surrounded by clouds. The bottom half of the picture looks like an ocean. Both the top and bottom of the desktop are framed by long horizontal menu bars. The top menu bar shows a few menu items such as "Applications," while the right-most corner displays the current date and time. The bottom of the desktop shows currently active programs along another horizont... (more)

Shanda Licenses Blockbuster Title Changchun Online from Wemade Entertainment

SHANGHAI, China, March 20 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited , or Shanda, a leading interactive entertainment media company in China, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with leading Korean online game developer Wemade Entertainment, Co., Ltd., or Wemade, for the license to operate the highly anticipated 3D MMORPG Changchun Online in mainland China. The game is expected to enter open-beta testing in China in the second half of 2007. Changchun Online is a unique fighting game based upon the popular Chinese novel ''The Romance of Three Kingdoms,'' which is one of a collection of four classic novels with an extensive reader base in China. It was produced by Kwan-ho Park, CEO of Wemade, who is often referred to as the 'Steven Spielberg' of the online game industry. On January 22, 2007, Changchun Online won the Ch... (more)

Soul and Vibe's Timeless Gems Receives Strong Review From Game Informer

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (Marketwired) -- 02/14/14 -- Soul and Vibe Interactive Inc. (OTCQB: SOUL), "The Company," a video, mobile and computer games publisher, announced that its new Timeless Gems game has received positive press coverage from Game Informer, one of the nation's leading video game circulations. On February 3, 2014, the Company announced Timeless Gems had been released to a worldwide audience on Facebook. In an online article, Jeff Cork, Senior Editor of Game Informer, highlights Timeless Gems, stating, "[Timeless Gems] has both the charm and gameplay chops to bring in people for whom Candy Crush is starting to go stale." Jeff Cork notes that Timeless Gems' combination of match-3 game play mechanics and board game elements introduces something new to the genre and sets up a new way for players to experience classic storybooks. Mr. Cork's review also refer... (more)

Soul and Vibe Releases Apple iOS Beta Version of Timeless Gems

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (Marketwired) -- 02/24/14 -- Soul and Vibe Interactive Inc. (OTCQB: SOUL) "The Company," a video, mobile, and computer games publisher, announced today that it has released a Beta version of its innovative match-3 game Timeless Gems on iPhone, iPad, and iPad Mini in Canada and the Netherlands. During the Beta period, players in Canada and the Netherlands will assist the Company and its development team, Telos Entertainment, prepare for the game's worldwide launch on iPhone, iPad, and iPad Mini. Soul and Vibe launched Timeless Gems worldwide on Facebook February 3, 2014. The Company also announced a Beta Launch of Timeless Gems on the Android platform February 18, 2014. Game Informer, one of the nation's leading video game circulations, recently called Timeless Gems "A gem of a match-3 game," and described it as a game that has "The charm and gam... (more)

Obsession with the Sea

Once a favorite haunt of pirates, and the setting for Treasure Island, the riches in this area of the West Indies now lie in abundant coral reefs and unpopulated islands accessible only by boat. The crisp, crackling underwater sound I heard was unfamiliar to me. I tried to pinpoint it while caught up in the mesmerizing world of slowly waving purple sea fans, magenta-colored coral, and schools of fish ranging from electric blue to vibrant yellow. When I was able to tear myself away long enough to return to the tender of the 85ft Hatteras, Obsession, I removed my snorkel and asked Captain Gene Costa about the source of the noise. He told me it was the sound of the vividly colored, multistriped parrotfish chewing on the coral. In fact, he said, their teeth are designed for just that purpose. I resumed my drifting, facedown in the 86-degree turquoise sea, this time focuse... (more)

Product Review: openSUSE 10.3

Sunny Talks Tech Blog For the last 10+ yrs, I have spent quite a lot of my PC experience on SuSE beginning with v4.2. openSUSE 10.3 was released October 4 2007.  A lot has improved over the years and I've seen how it has improved with every new version. My last Linux installation and review was Shift Linux 0.5 RC2 some days back and I was eagerly waiting for openSUSE 10.3 to be released. I have been following the development of v10.3 and installed a few milestone builds on the way to the final release. What's New There are a plethora of improvements in openSuSE 10.3. I wouldn't go through all the changes, since the link explains everything. But I wouldn't mind mentioning my special favorites in this version. 1-Click Install, Official Repository List, Improvements in YAST, Compiz-Fusion, KDE4 Games. These are some of my favorite enhancements in openSUSE 10.3. Installa... (more)

Freedom Through Constraints

Today we have new gaming platforms. There are games for wireless phones and PDAs. Some calculators, watches, messaging pagers, and other handheld devices are also capable of supporting games. The purpose of this article is to apply basic game design principles to these devices. I've worked as a designer and producer of electronic games since 1979. My first electronic game design was for a game watch (Game Time by GCE, circa 1981-82). I've designed handheld game LCDs, board games, dice games, and games for videogame consoles, computers, and the Internet. I'm not a programmer. The ideas in this article are based on general principles of game design - not on details of the technology. When designing games for a new gaming platform, the first fact you must face is the constraints of the system. These platforms aren't generally intended to support games. These devices ca... (more)

Extending VRML 2 with Java

There is no doubt that Java holds tremendous potential in bringing sophisticated behaviors and networking to VRML 2 worlds. The debate is over how to add the Java and how much control the Java should have over the VRML. There are two approaches to using Java to extend VRML 2 worlds which have been popularized by VRML technologists. A third approach, which will allow programmers to load a VRML 2 file directly into a Java 3D API and manipulate worlds completely in Java, is just on the horizon. This article looks at the potential of the External Authoring Interface (EAI), reviews when best to use the EAI, shows how to use the EAI and provides a complete example of virtual kaleidoscope application which is appropriate for the EAI. To me, VRML has two distinct purposes: To provide a pleasing architecture to 3D cyberspace and to provide educational and entertaining things ... (more)

The Strangest Board Games of 2009

+6 Bag O'Munchkin Babes Following Steve Jackson's other release +6 Bag O'Munchkins. Aside from the weirdness of using these in a game of Munchkin - you can put one in front of you in order to gain a benefit during the game - SJ added a whole level of weirdness to them by allowing you to use the pieces in any other game. For instance, you can whip out a munchkin babe to add or subtract from your die roll once in some other roll and move game. This is so cool, that I hope the concept spreads (and I'll be stealing the idea for my next game at BGG.con, so look in your goodie bags). Aargh!Tech Architecture in the stone age. One player is the architect who sees a card with blocks in a certain order. The other is the builder who doesn't see the card. The architect has to communicate to the builder using grunts in and moves to tell the builder which blocks to pick up, rotate, and... (more)

Record iPhone Downloads Post Holiday Week

PlayHaven, an online universe of fan communities for iPhone games, and Mobclix, the industry's largest targeted mobile ad exchange, released data today predicting that iPhone game usage is likely to set records in the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, soaring to levels 28 times greater than the same weekly period last year. "The week between Christmas and New Years has become the great 'Game Rush' for iPhone games - essentially what Black Friday is to brick and mortar retailers," said Raymond Lau, co-founder and CEO of PlayHaven. "This soaring increase in iPhone game downloads is even more spectacular when you consider the slow holiday sales this year for console game titles." From January through November, sales of console titles were down 12 percent from the same time frame last year, according to retail analysts. Lau said consumers are looking to their i... (more)