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Apple

+ - iPad 2-player "face to face" games-> 1

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j_philipp
j_philipp writes "For almost a year now I've been working on iPad 2-player "one shared device" games, a genre I'm absolutely in love with. The games are still all free, for now. Recently, I've switched to the terrific Corona framework, a middleware which makes it very easy to utilize things like a physics engine (Box2D), and do other game-related stuff. Before that, I used PhoneGap, meaning some of the other games are based on JavaScript and HTML (you can glean the full source of one of the games on the site). This week my new game, Siege Towers, got released. If you're a developer pondering your next project, maybe you can give Corona a try... a pretty fun framework."
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Books

+ - A New Book About Classic Graphic Adventure Games->

Submitted by j_philipp
j_philipp (803945) writes "As a fan of the genre, I've compiled and edited a book called "Graphic Adventures: Being a Mostly Correct History of the Adventure Game Classics By Lucasfilm, Sierra and Others, from the Pages of Wikipedia". As the title says, it's collected from the pages of Wikipedia, with slight or heavy editing as well as additional material — depending on what was needed to make it work in book form — and with many additional creator interviews I conducted with people like Al Lowe (Leisure Suit Larry) or David Fox (Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken...). There's also many screenshots from the games. If you liked to play Loom, Monkey Island, Space Quest, Myst and many others, perhaps this is something of interest... and because the book is GNU-licensed, you can grab the free download if you like."
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Books

+ - A New Book About Classic Graphic Adventure Games->

Submitted by j_philipp
j_philipp (803945) writes "As a fan of the genre, I've compiled and edited a book called "Graphic Adventures: Being a Mostly Correct History of the Adventure Game Classics By Lucasfilm, Sierra and Others, from the Pages of Wikipedia". As the title says, it's collected from the pages of Wikipedia, with slight or heavy editing as well as additional material — depending on what was needed to make it work in book form — and with many additional creator interviews I conducted with people like Al Lowe (Leisure Suit Larry) or David Fox (Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken...). There's also many screenshots from the games. If you liked to play Loom, Monkey Island, Space Quest, Myst and many others, perhaps this is something of interest... and because the book is GNU-licensed, you can grab the free download if you like."
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+ - New gadget photo comics->

Submitted by j_philipp
j_philipp (803945) writes "Slashdot, my neighbor and I are creating these gadget & tech toys photo comics. Today we've tested the Star Wars Force Trainer — which analyzes your Beta brain wave activity to measure concentration, allowing you to move a sphere with the power of your thoughts — and today we're also going live with the site. Let her know if you like the stories!"
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Google

+ - Google Chrome, the Google browser

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Philipp Lenssen
Philipp Lenssen writes "Google announced their very own browser project called Google Chrome — an announcement in the form of a comic book drawn by Scott McCloud, no less. Google say Google Chrome will be open source, include a new JavaScript virtual machine, include the Google Gears add-on by default, and put the tabs above the address bar (not below), among other things. I've also uploaded Google's comic book with all the details (details given from Google's perspective, anyway... let's see how this holds up). While Google provided the URL www.google.com/chrome there's nothing up there yet."
Google

+ - Google Translation Center for human translations

Submitted by
Philipp Lenssen
Philipp Lenssen writes "Discovered earlier today, the Google Translation Center is Google's service to "request, provide, and review translations." (You likely won't be able to sign in, and parts of the program are already removed again.) This site is not directly connected to Google's machine translation efforts — at least not on the surface, though it does utilize some of Google's existing translation tools — but seems to be a marketplace in the making to connect those looking for translations with those offering translations. However, several people in blog posts and comments argued that one of the motivations for Google to offer this service may be to feed their statistical machine translation system more input... to achieve better automated results in the future."
Google

+ - Google News Adds (Special) Comments

Submitted by Philipp Lenssen
Philipp Lenssen (803945) writes "Google News now allows individuals or organizations who are mentioned in news stories to add comments. (I've posted some screenshots.) "Our long-term vision is that any participant will be able to send in their comments, and we'll show them next to the articles about the story. Comments will be published in full, without any edits, but marked as 'comments' so readers know it's the individual's perspective, rather than part of a journalist's report," Google writes in the official Google News blog. Comments (for the US version of Google News only, right now) need to be sent to news-comments@google.com and will then be manually approved to verify that the sender is indeed who they claim they are. You can check out a live example at Google News."

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