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Watch this: live-action 'Aperture R&D' series takes you deep inside the labs of 'Portal'

Tired of flinging birds at pigs, Rovio launches Amazing Alex for iOS and Android [video]

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Rovio wants its fans to know that it’s more than a one-trick birdie. The pride of Finnish mobile gaming on Thursday finally released Amazing Alex for iOS and Android devices, a game that features an even more diverse array of physics-based puzzles than the company’s classic Angry Birds. The...
Tired of flinging birds at pigs, Rovio launches Amazing Alex for iOS and Android [video]

Crowdsourcing is here to stay -- now it's about building tools for networked journalism

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As the media have become more social and thereby more “networked” — whether they like it or not — smart publishers like The Guardian and ProPublica have taken advantage of this phenomenon to crowdsource knowledge in a variety of ways. A decade or more after the concept started to become...
Crowdsourcing is here to stay -- now it's about building tools for networked journalism

When It Comes To iPhone Games, What Sells Is Action, Adventure, and Arcade

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At recent the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, mobile app analytics startup Distimo gave a presentation with some other interesting comparisons, such the relative size of the iPhone App Store (150,000 total apps at the time) compared to the Android Market (20,000) and Blackberry (5,000) others. It showed that...
When It Comes To iPhone Games, What Sells Is Action, Adventure, and Arcade

3D-printed X-Cube is the hardest Rubik's cube ever (video)

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3D printing has created a lot of awesome items in its short history, and soon enough it could revolutionize traditional games and puzzles. Dane Christianson, an enterprising creator at the Idea Shop at the Illinois Institute of Technology, used a 3D printer to create what he calls the “X-Cube,”...
3D-printed X-Cube is the hardest Rubik's cube ever (video)

Valve announces Steam for Schools, helps teachers create educational Portal 2 levels

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Who ever said being a scientific guinea pig couldn't be educational? With Steam for Schools, teachers can now use Portal 2's level editor to create lessons focused on boosting critical thinking, spatial reasoning and problem solving skills. Announced at the Games for Change festival in New York City, the...
Valve announces Steam for Schools, helps teachers create educational Portal 2 levels
Play this: 'Corrypt' is a fiendishly difficult box-pushing game with a twist

Shifting World - review

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Nintendo 3DS, Rising Star, cert: 3If the Shifting World title sounds familiar, it is because the 2D platforming game started life as a range of cult browser titles, playable on the internet. Back in 2008 that series was named Shift, and charmed many who stumbled upon its stark monochrome visuals...
Shifting World - review

What Interview Questions Are Helpful In Hiring Developers?

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Interviews are always an interesting topic, and for software engineers the interview process can take many forms. First, there is the standard interview where you are asked questions regarding the technologies that the potential opportunity uses. Those types of questions are always useful because you can find out if someone...
What Interview Questions Are Helpful In Hiring Developers?

Gadgetwise Blog: Enhancing Family Game Night

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Discovery Bay Games, a maker of games and puzzles, has created an analog iPad add-on called Duo Pop that combines traditional board games with a touch-screen tablet....
Gadgetwise Blog: Enhancing Family Game Night
More Than Five Percent of Free Mobile Apps Include Adware

Jigsaw Mansion 2 brings tabletop puzzle fun to iOS

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Though MindJolt has been showing signs of flagging a little on Facebook with user figures across the publisher’s titles seemingly a little stagnant, the company has been making a strong push into the mobile market recently with the release of titles such as the popular Fluff Friends Rescue and now Jigsaw...
Jigsaw Mansion 2 brings tabletop puzzle fun to iOS

What Facebook’s world-class engineers will do to Instagram

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Facebook is home to some of the best, brightest hackers in the world. Its brain trust of developers is pretty much legendary, and with today’s Instagram acquisition, some of those developers will be spending time on Instagram now, as well. Think about the contrast: Facebook’s campus holds thousands of...
What Facebook’s world-class engineers will do to Instagram

PlayThru hopes to kill text captchas with game-based authentication

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At their worst, captchas are impossible to decipher; at their best, they're... fun? A startup called Are You a Human has developed PlayThru, an alternative to text-based authentication. Instead of requiring the user to type some blurry, nonsensical word, PlayThru has them play a mini-game, such as dragging and...
PlayThru hopes to kill text captchas with game-based authentication

Sony Smartwatch SDK update adds open source music player and puzzle game extensions

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Still wishing for some more functionality on Sony's touch-friendly watch? Well there's good news if you're into slider puzzles and music playing apps, as both of these have arrived open source in the SmartWatch's latest SDK. The music extension will allow devs to start work on their own music...
Sony Smartwatch SDK update adds open source music player and puzzle game extensions
Review: Vessel's inventive, liquidy puzzles marred by technical frustrations
Watch sound rule shape and color in upcoming platformer '140'

eToys - 25% Off a collection of Melissa & Doug puzzles and toys

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eToys - 25% Off a collection of Melissa & Doug puzzles and toys

Real Racing 3; Cut the Rope: Time Travel - review

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Toby Moses reviews the latest appsWhen is free not really, quite, free? Well, EA's shiny new addition to its high-spec driving series, Real Racing 3 (Firemonkeys, iOS/Android) won't charge you a penny to download it on to a chosen handset. So off you go, driving a gorgeously rendered automobile around...
Real Racing 3; Cut the Rope: Time Travel - review
Google Taps Its Inner J.J. Abrams With The Niantic Project

Crickler provides a new take on crosswords

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Crickler is a new iOS word puzzle game from PlayScreen. It’s available now as a free-to-play download from the App Store, supported through in-app purchases. A “Crickler” puzzle is similar to a crossword, but instead of taking place on a grid, players simply answer clues one at a time. Certain...
Crickler provides a new take on crosswords
Microsoft-backed HTML5 'Prometheus' tie-in recruits you for Weyland Industries

Free Game Friday: Free Don't Mean Easy

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This week we've got 5 different games that redefine difficultly in games. Some are hard to play, some are hard to watch and some are just brutally difficult for everyone involved. If you're looking for a game that challenges you, each of these will fit the bill in their...
Free Game Friday: Free Don't Mean Easy

Nightsky - review

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Nintendo 3DS; Nicalis Inc; £8.99; Nintendo eShop downloadReading this on mobile? Click here to viewSilhouetted against a set of serene multi-coloured sunsets and introduced only by a lonely paragraph or two of text, NightSky is an unusually atmospheric and beautiful set of physics puzzles that involve rolling a ball from...
Nightsky - review

Android Crosswords free trial to end

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Our Android crosswords app will remain free until late June, when users will be able to subscribe to daily crosswords and purchase additional puzzle packsBack in March, we launched the Guardian Crosswords app for Android as a free beta trial. In late June, the beta will end. Users who want...
Android Crosswords free trial to end

Practically impossible: The quest to decipher Fez's cryptic final puzzle

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One monolith versus an Internet filled with frustrated but determined gamers... Photograph by Fez screengrab Since its release last Friday, thousands of players have struggled to untangle the knotty thicket of puzzles hidden deep within Xbox 360 indie title Fez, the 2D-meets-3D puzzle platformer that drove us batty with its...
Practically impossible: The quest to decipher Fez's cryptic final puzzle

ZocDoc Wants You Ahead of the Curve on Those Medical Forms

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Adorable ZocDoc mascots. (Photo: Screencap) We've all been there: You dash down to the doc's office on your lunch break, hoping you can squeeze a checkup into your lunch hour. Instead you're handed a stack of forms you're pretty sure you filled out on your last visit, but the receptionist...
ZocDoc Wants You Ahead of the Curve on Those Medical Forms

More locked doors with 100 Floors

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100 Floors is a new iOS release from Tobi Apps. Like its spiritual — though unrelated — precursor DOOORS, 100 Floors is a “room escape” puzzle adventure game that has proven immensely popular with mobile gamers. At the time of writing, it is the No. 2 free app on iPhone...
More locked doors with 100 Floors

Meet Zappar, the company trying to take augmented reality mainstream, one hat at at time

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Zappar’s self-stated goal is to “make the world a little less boring,” and they are well on that path. TNW spoke with Zappar recently, and then interviewed the company’s own Caspar Thykier about just what the company is up to, where it’s going, and how it may help take augmented...
Meet Zappar, the company trying to take augmented reality mainstream, one hat at at time

Escape from the 35 rooms with DOOORS

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DOOORS is iOS game from Japanese developer 58works.  Although originally released in December, in March the game has been consistently showing up near the top of the free app charts. The game appears to have climbed the chart based on word-of-mouth, since its received almost no attention from the mainstream...
Escape from the 35 rooms with DOOORS
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