Funding any sort of internet endeavor is never easy, but a jazz interview podcast? Really difficult – you are playing to a small audience to begin with, yet have to deal with the same real world technology costs of any other web site or podcast. Jason Crane of The Jazz Session made numerous attempts, getting underwriting from AllAboutJazz.com and thenRead more
The development of music hardware to work with Apple’s iPad and iPhone over the last few years has been nothing short of stunning. Things like the Behringer iStudio and iRig HD allow you to turn your iPad into a serious music workstation. But the folks at Miselu found that the piano keyboard interface options were too limited and set outRead more
I’ve been fascinated by saltwater aquariums since I was a child. Although the few I’ve seen that weren’t in city-run aquariums were usually elaborate installations inside restaurants (like Rainforest Cafe or Todai), I have seen a small number of saltwater aquariums installed in private homes. Saltwater aquariums are a very different experience from what you’d see in a freshwater aquarium,
You’re in your buddy’s car, and your iPhone’s battery is low. Typical, right? And of course, you forgot the Lightning cable for your iPhone 5. Your friend has a car charger, but it’s for his 30-pin iPhone, and he’s using it anyway. Buried under an open bag of chips and some diaper wipes, he has an old microUSB cable. That’sRead more
The Heavy Gear world dates back to the 90s as a tabletop boardgame and card combat game, and came to the PC after Activision lost the rights to the Battletech/Mechwarrior series. There were two games introduced that brought the Heavy Gear world to gamers, with the second game being very well received as the best game in the genre atRead more
I continue to be amazed at the crazy-cool ideas that indie developers come up with. Years after being declared ‘dead’, PC gaming remains the most innovative source of new gaming styles. Take Dungeon of Elements – this game looks like a dungeon crawler, yet has a 3D Tetris element mixed with things like crafting and so on. Intrigued? I knowRead more
Anyone with a history in classic PC gaming is familiar with the Jagged Alliance franchise. Going back to the 90s, the tactical strategy games defined the ‘thinking man’ style of gaming for many. Now in the last 36 hours, the Kickstarter campaign is very close to hitting its goal – but needs your help!
Project Title: Jagged Alliance: Flashback
The background behind the hopes and aspirations of WebOS, HP’s acquisition of the Palm portfolio, the dreadful August 2011 cancellation and subsequent fire sales of the HP WebOS Touchpad tablet are well-known in the tech world. There were a lot of unhappy folk who truly enjoyed the WebOS experience, but one of the critical factors contributing to the lukewarm reception
I have an iPad 1, and it does not have a camera. I have never really minded this, because it always seemed weird to me to want to heft up this 9″ tablet and try to take a picture with it. Heck, as a long-time shutterbug, I think it’s weird to use a phone to take a picture, honestly; I’m
Though it is May here in Texas, the temperatures have (miraculously) yet to regularly pop up above 90 degrees. But still: it’s May. And in Texas in the Spring and Summer (and Fall, for that matter), that means a whole lotta folks cooking outdoors on their hand grills. And unless you have a gas-powered grill — and believe me, plentyRead more
Back in early May of 2012, Dan posted an article about both Judie and him supporting the Pebble Watch Kickstarter project. The project became noteworthy in that it became one of the most heavily supported Kickstarter projects in Kickstarter history. Initially hoping to raise $100,000, it meet that goal two hours after going live. In less than a weekRead more
The lengths that some developers will go to to see their vision realized amazes me, and with Guns of Icarus Online that was certainly true. They were almost bankrupted putting out the initial game, and have had a previous Kickstarter campaign to complete that effort. But they envisioned much more, including a Skirmish mode and a full Adventure. Skirmish wasRead more
I have written extensively about my love of the Divinity games from Larian studios, including the recent Kickstarter of the turn-based Divinity Original Sin. The company is simultaneously working on another game, a real-time strategy game called Divinity Dragon Commander. Now Divinity Dragon Commander is Available for Pre-Order or as an Original Sin Perk.
This week Larian and GoG.com
When you think about gaming controllers there is the keyboard & mouse and traditional console controller that immediately spring to mind. Then you might think about the Wii and Kinect motion controllers, or perhaps driving controllers or flight sticks for specialized games. Everything based on hands – but what about your feet? That is exactly what the folks at StinkyBoardRead more
Increasingly developers are not just looking to Kickstarter for full funding of a project, but also to help get specific features into a game, deliver multiplayer or extended art or something else. Developer Larian Studios looked at what they could do themselves, and decided that with a successful Kickstarter project they could realize all of their goals for the game.Read more
One of the big PITAs with modern smartphones that I’m sure you’ve noticed just as much as I have is: They suck power like a toddler sucks down a juice box on a hot day at the park. The iPhone that I keep with me at all times has more computing power, more functionality, and more memory by a coupleRead more
Sarah and I are getting settled into our new home and are quite pleased. It’s really great…there’s just one minor issue. See, the first floor has a bathroom (which is great) but the sink doesn’t have much of a lip to rest items like reading material. So the John-E-Reader at Kickstarter caught my eye!
The John-E-Reader was invented to address
There are various reasons to back a Kickstarter project: you might directly want to experience the product, or perhaps like the idea and want it to happen, or maybe the project is in an area you feel is underserved, or maybe the project is funded and you see benefits to the ‘stretch goals’. Whatever the reason, it is important toRead more
Last fall Sinister Design, creators of the excellent ‘Telepath RPG: Servants of God’, launched a Kickstarter for its ever-expanding game Telepath Tactics that would allow Craig Stern to properly complete the game with all of the desired features. That effort failed to gain proper support, but Stern he had learned from the attempt and knew what to do going forward.Read more
When it comes to protecting your gear with cases, unless you’re like my kids and only want a case that’s going to serve as decoration (and a lot of teens seem to be in that category), you have to perform a dance between convenience and durability. Take Otterbox as an example; the cases are solid and protect your gear really
A couple of years ago on Christmas, I got the kids iPhones as their “big gift”. They were teens now, they had already spent several years “practicing” with less expensive (usually “free with contract”) phones, the iPhone had been on the market a while, and they really really really really (repeat several hundred times) wanted them. ”We promise to be
I live in Austin, which we like to think of as “The Live Musical Capital of the World” (and honestly it probably is), but which is also a huge biking mecca. He-who-must-not-be-named is from here, and the number of teams and individual cyclists who are out on the road regularly is simply staggering. And just like anywhere, cyclists and motorists
Have you ever looked at the Playstation Vita or Nintendo 3DS and thought that they look great, but you would rather have a handheld gaming system that ran inexpensive open-source games but had physical control buttons? That is the concept behind the GCW-Zero: Open Source Gaming Handheld.
Project Title: GCW-Zero: Open Source Gaming Handheld
Closing Date for Funding:
Project Title: tabMount – Tripod Adapter for iPad, iPad mini, & All Tablets
Closing Date for Funding: January 27, 2013
URL of the Project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ndrasheta/tabmount-tripod-adapter-for-ipad-ipad-mini-and-all
From the Creatives: “Imagine being able to mount your iPad, iPad mini, or whatever tablet you are currently using to a standard tripod. That’s exactly what you’ll be able to do with the
Since I got my iPhone 5, I have been using it a lot, way more often than my iPad. I use it for pretty much everything from watching TV to taking notes to reading books to playing games. Which is great, except when I want to prop it up and read while I’m eating, or use it to take notes