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In 1974, SIGGRAPH was formed by a small group of professionals who shared a common interest in an emerging trend: computer graphics. Step back and admire some of the finest computer art of the early 2000s.
Every dSLR, prosumer and even some high-end compact cameras have the ability to save raw image files. This isn’t just a higher quality of image, it’s a gift from the photography gods.
Photoshop is expensive, and while many are happy to fork out a monthly fee for Adobe’s revised Creative Cloud system, others will always turn to free software first. One thing is for sure: if you’re the proud owner of a camera that shoots raw, you really should be taking advantage of it.
You’ve no doubt watched a movie or two on YouTube by now. Whether it was uploaded by the original studio or a miscreant sharing someone else’s hard work; the streaming video behemoth is full of them. While many of the freely released feature films are just awful (no, really), there are a surprising amount of quality documentaries to sift through.
Solid state drives are awesome. The only snag is that solid state storage is still prohibitively expensive for storing lots of data. The days of cheap SSDs are probably not that far away, but for the moment Apple has come up with an interim solution. By using an SSD and a traditional slow-moving hard drive, the company hopes to strike a balance between space and speed, and the best part is that your Mac will handle all the hard work for you. This technology is called Fusion Drive.
There are an overwhelming number of apps for following live sport, reading match reports and catching up on news as the new 2013 football season gets going. Frustrated at the dizzying choice and the fact that my previous favourite app for following Premiership football has gone to the dogs, I took it upon myself to download the lot and try to decipher which are worth your time. Because this information is freely available from news sources across the web, my only criteria is that the apps must be free.
As a director, screenwriter, and producer of such classics as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and more recently Django Unchained, you’d expect Quentin Tarantino to know a thing or two about what makes a good movie. Last year the director (among other things) contributed a revised list of his top 12 movies for Sight & Sound’s 2012 poll. Many of the films on this list have clearly influenced his work throughout the years. How many have you seen?
In 1980 a game called Rogue was released that spawned a whole sub-genre of role-playing games, aptly named roguelikes. The dungeon crawling game procedurally generated in-game content, providing infinite replay value by guaranteeing a different game every time. A chess-like turn-based system accompanied the ASCII graphics, and when you died, you really died. Permanently. And so the roguelike genre was born, bearing characteristics like permanent death, turn-based gameplay and games that rely more on your imagination than pretty graphics. These days there are an immeasurable number of roguelikes, a lot of them free to play, and many blending other genres into their gameplay. I’ve assembled a short list of roguelikes to get you up to speed with what might become your new favourite genre.
Team 17 originally released Worms for the Amiga in 1995, and it didn’t take long before the world took note and the game was ported to the PC, PlayStation and even the GameBoy. Now, nearly two decades later, Team 17 are still releasing invertebrate-themed turn-based war games with the latest being iOS-exclusive Worms 3. Whether you fondly remember the early Team 17 releases or are simply looking for a first class iOS multiplayer experience, Worms 3 is sure to delight.
Striking the balance between education and entertainment (go on, use the word edutainment, I dare you) is difficult, but many have achieved it. AsapSCIENCE is another channel that fuses short bursts of truly interesting knowledge into light, hand-drawn videos that attract millions of views. Best of all you’re guaranteed to learn something, even if it’s the fact that you have the ears of a 70-year old rock star.
Few devices have had an impact on music quite like the Akai MPC. The sampler, sequencer and all-round music making machine was first released in 1988 and soon took the hip hop world by storm. Akai has recognised that not everyone has a couple of thousand dollars to spend on dedicated music-making hardware. While iPad users have had access to iMPC for iPad ($6.99) for a while, it’s the new iMPC for iPhone ($4.99) we’ll be taking a look at today.
How many times have you bought something second-hand in a shop without properly inspecting it first? Any answer other than “never” means you’re doing it wrong, and the same is true for Internet sales too. While the price and description you decide on will influence potential customers, it’s your photos that will draw in potential buyers. You’ll get a better price and more interest by following these tips.
Remember those old Java physics applets that let you mix water, sand, and various other materials together, with gravity and “realistic” physics being the desired end result? I used to spend hours playing around with those. Back when physics in games was a relatively simple affair and damage models were a novelty, the freedom to […]
In 2010 US telco AT&T started a campaign to reduce the number of accidents, deaths and permanent injuries as a result of drivers being distracted by their phones. What began as a campaign for no texting while driving has picked up speed as more and more US states adopt laws that punish and hope to deter this activity. Recently AT&T got on-board with Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon in a concerted effort to spread the word even further with a new documentary.
When I decided to highlight the best city building games on the App Store, I didn’t realise what a shortage of quality titles there were. Unfortunately progress has been slow for the city building genre on iOS, despite the platform’s ability to monetize well-executed concepts. That’s not to say there’s nothing to sink your teeth into if your mayoral urges take over, though you might want to reconsider what to expect from a city building game on your iPhone or iPad if you’ve been spoiled by Maxis in the past.