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Flash may have died an extremely timely death at the end of 2020, but it deserves more credit than it gets at times. It enabled a generation of artists, animators, and game designers to create online in ways that wouldn’t be possible without Flash for years to come.
And no one made better use of Flash than Mike and Matt Chapman — a.k.a The Brothers Chaps — when they created Homestar Runner.
This site featured cartoons, minigames, eventually full-sized…
Epic Games, the company behind the colossally popular and profitable Fortnite, is no stranger to game development infrastructure. It makes the widely-used Unreal Engine, which hundreds of games have used over the last couple decades. But Epic wants to do more than just own the game engine.
So, Epic has been going shopping.
Today, Epic announced it is acquiring SketchFab, a digital marketplace and sharing hub for 3D models. From professionally-designed 3D asset packs for use in game development, to independent artists making highly-detailed replicas of Dinobot from Beast Wars because they feel like it. …
Netflix has a problem. It’s one of the most popular ways to watch TV and movies on the internet, but watching TV and movies isn’t the only way for people to spend their time. Increasingly, another medium is vying for people’s attention, and increasingly it’s winning:
Netflix correctly acknowledged, as far back as 2018, that they aren’t just in the movie and TV business. They’re in the leisure business. When people sit down in their living room to do something with they’re downtime, they’re not just forced to choose between watching the latest Netflix show, or some show…
Today, Valve announced its upcoming portable gaming PC, the Steam Deck. Physically, it’s reminiscent of the Nintendo Switch, but inside it runs a new version of SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system Valve designed for its games. The idea is that gamers will be able to play their library anywhere.
I just wish I could believe it.
What Valve claims it’s doing is nothing short of herculean. The dedicated site for the device promises that “Steam Deck runs the latest AAA games” and, realizing how lofty that promise sounds, reassures, “and runs them really well.”
It’s well-known that the first rule of the internet is never read the comments. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of it as a hard, fast rule, but that’s because I have a bit of a bias. I used to be a commenter! In fact, I got my earliest writing jobs because editors of sites I commented on noticed the un-asked-for essays I was writing for free. But it’s rare to find a community like that, where people wrote thoughtful things, had camaraderie with the site authors, and members of the community talked civilly with each other.
Instead, it usually…
Multiple times throughout Microsoft’s Windows 11 event today (when I could watch it, anyway), I felt a strong sense of déjà vu. Windows was getting a new look with translucent windows! There’s a new dedicated space where you can find widgets! And, for what feels like the hundredth time, there will be a kind of hacky workaround that lets you run Android apps on Windows!
Time is a flat circle and all that.
It’s a little odd to see Microsoft pulling out the full version number treatment for an operating system — especially after claiming that Windows 10 would be…
When I got my first Android phone in 2008, I remember being stunned by the notification shade. It was a brilliant feature that seemed so obvious, yet most platforms still hadn’t adopted it: a single place to get every kind of notification you’d need. Get a new email? Notification. Text message? Notification. Someone on Twitter called you a moron? It’s right there in the notification shade!
Finally, there was a single funnel that everything important could be run through and either addressed or dismissed with ease. No more manually refreshing a dozen apps to find everything I needed to know…
There’s a scene in The Social Network, where one of the cofounders of HarvardConnection — arguing over whether or not to sue Mark Zuckerberg for stealing their website idea — makes a claim that is often taken as a sacred truth in real life.
Divya Narendra: We know he stole our idea, we know he lied to our faces for a month and a half.
Cameron Winklevoss: No, he never lied to our faces.
Divya Narendra: Okay, he never saw our faces. Fine. …
On Friday, Twitch sent out an email to its users letting them know that the company had received “about 1,000 individual claims from music publishers,” and “they will likely send further notices.” The message was clear: Stop using copyrighted music in your streams, and check your old videos before they get taken down.
This isn’t the first time that Twitch has wrestled with the problem of music on its platform, and it doesn’t look like the issue will resolve any time soon. …
Today, Google announced a new feature of the already incredibly powerful Google Photos app: Now you can add photos to a locked folder, where they will be hidden behind a PIN or biometric ID and won’t show up in your photo roll.
This feature is for your nudes. But Google won’t say that.
While announcing the feature, Google executive Jen Fitzpatrick explained one possible reason you might want to have a hidden folder in your photos app: secret dogs. …
Eric Ravenscraft is a freelance writer from Atlanta covering tech, media, and geek culture for Medium, The New York Times, and more.