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You wait years for a new games console to come along, and then several come along all at once. Who would have thought games consoles and buses had so much in common. Hot on the heels of the PS4 and Xbox One being revealed at E3 2013, and Matt Smith and I arguing about the […]
At the time of the announcement regarding the future of Google Reader we asked you what should have been culled in its stead? We’ve also previously asked what one website do you value above all others? This week we’re combining these two questions, sprinkling a little nostalgia on top, and (hoping) to have a fruitful discussion about dead websites.
The Internet consists of at least 4 billion webpages, which, you’ll realize unless you have lost all sense of scale, is a vast collection of content. Not all of it is good content, obviously, and I suspect a fair percentage is pornography. Still, the Web is epic and only likely to grow even more epic from this moment forth. But wait! It turns out the Internet has an end.
Crowdfunding is becoming a legitimate tool for inventors, merchants, and creative people to raise money for their wares. We asked for your views on the phenomenon. Crowdfunding seems set to keep on growing, so gaining an insight into how the MakeUseOf readership thinks about it all was a good idea.
With E3 2013 fading into the dark and distant past, we now know the runners and riders that will be competing in the next-gen console war. The Wii U from Nintendo was first out the gate, but it’s struggling to repeat the mainstream success of its predecessor. The PlayStation 4 from Sony has already gained […]
Google Glass may or may not change the world. It’s really too early to tell. However, Google Glass is certainly an innovative new product with the capacity to change our idea of mobile devices. It’s very much still a work in progress, and yet the product already has an air of excitement attached to it. In February 2013 the first Google Glass headsets were dispatched to developers who had paid the $1,500 asking price.
This week has seen the launch at retail of Ouya, a small, $100 games console designed to play indepedendent Android-style titles. It can also be used to run emulators and ROMs, and/or as a media center using XBMC or similar piece of software. However, to get to the point when Ouya is available to buy […]
Having already proposed five reasons you should be buying a PlayStation 4, it’s time to focus in on the games that will be released for the system within its first year on sale. What follows is a list of five upcoming games that are being exclusively released on the PS4. They give a good indication of what we should expect from the next-gen consoles, though launch titles are rarely anywhere near the best the hardware has to offer.
Oh, Apple, how we love/hate you so. Unlike every other technology company currently trying to persuade us to hand over our hard-earned money for shiny new gadgets, almost everybody has an opinion on you, your products, your design sensibilities, your sky-high prices, and the attitude of those Geniuses you have working in your Stores.
Cats are everywhere online… as photos shared by friends on social networking sites, as cute pics on Reddit, on any of the cat-centric Tumblr sites, and even here on MakeUseOf. Oh, and then there’s Nyan Cat. There are even whole websites dedicated to our feline friends, eight of which are highlighted below.
Apple is probably the only company in the world that everyone has an opinion on. And they usually aren’t middling, not-fussed-either-way opinions either. You either love or hate Apple… either buy every iDevice you can get your hands on or refuse to even install iTunes and QuickTime on your computer. This week’s We Ask You is wholly dedicated to discussing the possibility that Apple’s time in the sun is coming to an end. Or not. You decide.
All hobbies have their own terminology; sets of words and phrases that are only known to those actively involved. Gaming is no exception. What follows are 20 of the most common terms associated with gaming, along with short, easy-to-understand definitions. Think of this as a crash course in gaming lingo that will prevent you looking like a n00b in front of your fellow clan members. If that sentence makes no sense then you’ve come to the right place.
Imagine having to share your Web browser with other people. I don’t mean sharing in the sense of one person using the browser at a time, much like a family uses a computer now, but sharing in the sense of everyone trying to browse the Web at the same time. This has been made possible by the We See In Every Direction Web browser created by Jonas Lund.
Anyone into gaming in a big way will be aware of what the next-generation of consoles has in store for us. OK, perhaps not PC gamers, who see themselves as superior and don’t need to worry about such piffling matters as generations of hardware, but the rest of us. Nintendo launched the Wii U in 2012, and now, thanks to E3 2013, we know everything we need to know about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
We here at MakeUseOf specialize in directing our readers to websites they can make use of, hence the name. But that means we’re all missing out on a vast number of peculiarly pointless websites that offer nothing other than strange and simple diversions that will last no longer than 5 minutes. If that.