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Seven Steam games whose reviews have changed a lot

Valve recently overhauled Steam’s review system, putting a larger focus on recent perspectives. The move made sense. Games are no longer static works. They constantly evolve thanks to updates and programs like Early Access. The system is, by and large, very useful, providing percentages that give narrow and wide snapshots of games. But numbers only tell part of the story.

The biggest question for IoT: Who pays?

Talk to anyone with even a passing interest in the Internet of Things, and they’ll quickly tell you that the real value of an IoT deployment lies in the data that it generates and the insights that can be gleamed…

Console gaming at its best: Uncharted 4 review

For a time there Uncharted 4 feels like little more than a familiar, obligatory sequel. Thankfully, after a few chapters, the game dramatically improves and hits a great stride for much longer. By the end, it justifies the creation of a sequel in this nearly decade-old series beyond the need to check off the box between Ratchet & Clank and Wipeout on the PlayStation franchise list.

Learning about deep learning

The concept is certainly compelling. Having a machine capable of reacting to real-world visual, auditory or other type of data and then responding, in an intelligent way, has been the stuff of science fiction until very recently.

The End of Hardware?

The picture isn’t pretty. Whether it’s PCs, tablets, smart watches or now, even smartphones, the outlook for most major hardware device categories is not looking good, particularly in the US. The issue is that both consumers and businesses have already…

Enterprise IoT drives indirect savings

It was supposed to be about the money. Primarily saving it, but possibly even making some. In the real world, however, it turns out that process and innovation trump the dollar when it comes to the use of IoT-related technologies…

Dark Souls III Review: A lovely sendoff for the Dark Souls series

Dark Souls 3 is an action RPG in which players are thrust into a gothic fantasy world and asked to survive against brutal odds. The narrative connects to the first two games, but story takes a backseat to action, so newcomers won’t feel totally lost. In Dark Souls 3, players travel to Lothric, a land of ash and decay. Your task is to defeat the Lords of Cinder, god-like creatures corrupted by power.

Tidbits about bots: the next evolution of apps

The software world is all atwitter about the latest technology to head their way: bots. Touted by some as the next evolution of apps and others as the critical first step in enabling realistic human-to-machine interactions, bots have become the…

IOT will drive technology outside of IT

For the last several decades, the locus of technological power and control within businesses has resided in the IT department. IT has bought and managed the technology that people use on their desks, as well as hardware and software that…

Apple moves to middle age

Most reports from yesterday’s Apple product launch event said that the first topic of the day was Tim Cook’s comments on the still-evolving Apple-FBI case. In fact, the very first thing that Apple showed was a tongue-in-cheek video segment that…

The Invisible Platform: Voice-based computing

Sometimes it’s the things hidden in plain sight that have the biggest impact in the long run. After an awkward start, the Echo has morphed into the new tech darling, receiving heaps of praise for its ability to easily and intuitively bring control to our digital devices and services.

How a fake video game screenshot is made

Consumers are smarter today than they used to be, but that hasn’t stopped video game publishers from releasing what have become known as “bullshots,” doctored images that are meant to show what a video game looks like, but end up…

What if Twitter died?

Scrolling through my Twitter feed, I had an interesting thought the other day. What if Twitter just didn’t exist anymore? Given all the recent troubles the company’s been going through, it’s no longer a completely unreasonable scenario. …

Smart home safety evolution: Physical to digital

One of the greatest yet most easily overlooked benefits of modern technology and modern science is the ability it gives us to both literally and metaphorically “see” things that were not visible or understood before. Unfortunately, when it comes to…

The promise and confusion of USB Type-C

I’ll admit it: this is not exactly the sexiest topic in the world. But when it comes to the practical, day-to-day existence with all of our modern devices, connectivity is an important story. And when you survey the landscape of…