Marvel is Killing Deadpool

10 01 2015

Outright Geekery

Deadpool Number 250 Puts the DEAD in DEADPOOL!

The Death of Deadpool and All-Star Creators in April’s DEADPOOL #45

That’s right – if you add together all the Deadpool series (creatively), April’s DEADPOOL #45 marks Wade Wilson’s landmark 250th issue! How will he be celebrating? DEATH! No, really. Wade’s about to reach the end of the line, but he’s not gone yet. Prepare for a colossal-sized series finale the likes of which you’ve never seen before as Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and more bid the Merc With a Mouth adieu, and explore the legacy he leaves behind.

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Internet Archive Brings Oregon Trail, Prince Of Persia, Lemmings And 2200+ Other MS-DOS Games To Your Browser

10 01 2015


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Time to get nostalgic!

Remember when The Internet Archive brought hundreds upon hundreds of classic console games online and made them playable in the browser? And when they did it again with hundreds of arcade games?

They’ve done it again — this time with over 2,000 MS-DOS games. Lemmings! Wolfenstein 3D!

Furthering the Internet Archive’s quest to catalog humanity’s foray into digital, they’re now hosting an archive of 2,296 MS-DOS games, all playable (some more so than others) in your browser.

Want to dodge dysentery on The Oregon Trail? Here.

Want to relive all of the frustration of being completely sure you were lined up for that jump in the original Prince Of Persia? Here’s that.

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Whereas the last few huge Internet Archive emulation projects have been powered by JSMESS (a Javascript system capable of emulating hundreds of systems and consoles), this latest addition is instead powered by EM-DOSBOX

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Peering Into The Minds Of The 4.3 Billion Unconnected

29 11 2014


Editor’s note: Hassan Baig is an entrepreneur who runs ClubInternet, a “connecting the unconnected” startup.

In a recent column on TechCrunch, I wrote about the mental challenges faced by the world’s offline population of 4.3 billion when trying to use the Internet for the first time. After all, they’ve never experienced the Internet before, lacking what UX experts call a ‘mental model’ of how basic Internet services work or why to even use them. In this post, I’ll shed more light on what sort of mental models are missing, so that the world’s foremost thinkers can come up with the best strategies to fix them.

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In the bid to research possible answers to this question, my team and I have been conducting usability tests with the unconnected/newly connected. We’re aided in these endeavors by a highly resourceful South Asian tech incubator, Plan 9, and the usability team of a local mobile network operator, so readers can safely assume a very high level of standardization and quality control behind each of these tests. Below are a few insights gleaned from our findings.

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Square Register, Sans Payments And Hardware, Now Works Globally On Android And iOS

29 11 2014


Last week, when Square started pre-orders for new chip-based card-reading hardware to upgrade its older mag-stripe readers, we noted that it seemed only a matter of time before the company would finally turn on more international services, where the newer chip-based system reigns supreme. Now it looks like that’s just what Square has quietly started to do.

Updated Square Register apps in the iOS and Google Play’s Android app stores — part of the company’s bigger solution that lets merchants turn their iOS or Android smartphones and tablets into payment processing devices — note that the point-of-sale app supports 130 currencies and “support for worldwide use of Register, even in countries without integrated Square processing.”

But it’s still babysteps for the company. While the Square Register app has now been turned on internationally, the hardware, and payment processing, have yet to arrive.

“If you are in the U.S., you can also take payments with a Square Reader or Square Stand,” the…

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Logitech’s New AnyAngle iPad Case Gives It A Surface-Style Kickstand

29 11 2014


Logitech is slowly but surely turning the iPad into a Microsoft Surface – which is good news for those who envy some of the Windows device’s productivity features, but not its software or overall form factor. The new Logitech Keys-To-Go feels a lot like the keyboard included in the Microsoft Type Cover, and now there’s a stand/case called the AnyAngle that essentially mimics the Surface’s variable inclination kickstand.

The AnyAngle will provide protection to your iPad, with a front cover flap, full coverage of sides and edges, and a back panel with a see-through window so that you can enjoy your huge expanse of gold, silver or space gray even with the case on. The iPad Air 2 fits in it snugly, and yet is also easy to remove and insert whenever you want. Passthrough buttons give you access to all switches, and openings let you charge, take pics and…

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Vainglory Review: A Solid MOBA On Your iPhone

24 11 2014


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Last week, Vainglory came out for the iPhone and iPad. We’ve already had the chance to play the game in the best conditions (on the iPad Air at the developer’s office) and found that it’s a great MOBA for tablets.

For those unaware, Vainglory is the multiplayer online battle arena Apple showed off on-stage at the iPhone announcement in September to demonstrate the real-world power of the Metal graphics framework and the A8 system on a chip.

That was great for demo purposes: Vainglory is a very pretty game from a technical standpoint. But seeing the game on-screen and playing on a tablet doesn’t let you know how it actually felt to play on a device the size of a phone.

Now we’ve had a chance to actually try out Vainglory in real-world settings: on my apartment’s decent Wi-Fi setup and on an actual iPhone 6 Plus. As it…

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In Memoriam – Justin Acharacter

24 11 2014