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Creating 'Bioshock' was a protracted, ego-driven battle

Like many classic video games, the development process of Bioshock was fraught with peril — just a few months before the game's release, developer Irrational Games invited people outside the company to try the game for the first time, and the feedback was entirely negative. The testers called the game too dark, confusing, tedious — and one player didn't even understand that Rapture was a...


'Dream Sushi' and the art of the ringtone

It’s been years since ringtones were a multimillion-dollar industry, but the medium still has value for James Ferraro. As part of his exhibit for New York’s MoMA PS1 in Queens, 100%, the 25-year-old Los Angeles-based experimental musician composed a suite of 18 ringtones that he says are meant to evoke, the "aestheticization of capitalism." They’re all available for free download for Apple and Android phones on a lime-green website built and hosted by the museum.

James Ferraro is the sound of today

The darknet just got its first black market search engine

The network of sites known as the darknet, only accessible through the anonymizing Tor browser, resembles the early internet in many ways — including being difficult to navigate. Most users get around by clicking from link to link, accessing pages like "The Hidden Wiki" that list popular site...

Next PlayStation 4 update adds video editing software

While over seven million Playstation 4 units have been sold, the upcoming v1.70 release will be the console's first major system software update. Sony Computer Entertainment is introducing a video editor application called SHAREfactory with the next update. SHAREfactory will allow PS4 owners to stitch together gameplay footage and customize them with text, transitions, filters and so forth. Users will also be able to add video commentary with the help of the PlayStation Camera and import...


Facebook's friend problem

When I arrived at the University of Michigan in fall 2007, everybody said "Facebook me."

In the following days, even a passing meeting guaranteed that a friend request would pop up the next time I logged on to Facebook. I felt popular and...

Blizzard's addictive 'Hearthstone' card game is now on iPad

Prepare to say goodbye to your free time. Blizzard's excellent digital card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available for iPad worldwide, after recently launching in a few select territories. The iPad version is exactly the same as its Windows and Mac counterpart, though the portable nature and addition of touch controls make this perhaps the ideal way to play the game. You can also share your account across the desktop and mobile...


The app men of Odessa

“Uh guys, I think we took a wrong turn somewhere.”

Denys Zhadanov, the 25-year-old marketing director of Readdle, a Ukrainian app-development company, peers out from behind the wheel of his gleaming white Volkswagen Tiguan, vainly searching for a landmark.

We’re lost somewhere off Akademika Filatova street, a long four-lane boulevard cutting through Odessa, a sprawling Black Sea port of a million people in southern Ukraine. A...

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