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Steam Refunds: Friend or Foe? An indie developer's perspective

On Tuesday Steam added a refund procedure that allows you to get a full refund on any Steam game you’ve purchased in the last 14 days and played for less than 2 hours.The sudden manner in which the refund program was announced and implemented has many developers asking: “Is this good for me?” Let’s go through the new refund flow together.

Maker movement drives the future

Maker movement drives the future

Walking the packed grounds of the San Mateo County Fairgrounds this past weekend with my son to attend the 10th anniversary edition of the Bay Area Maker Faire, I couldn’t help thinking I was seeing a vision of the future. …
Why your next phone might be a refurb

Why your next phone might be a refurb

When backed by a proper warranty and a return policy, a refurbished smartphone can save you a ton of cash over a brand-new model. But even knowing what a great deal a refurb phone can be, we're still a little surprised at just how popular refurbished smartphones have gotten recently. So what's behind this shopping trend?

Op-Ed: Whither Apple?

Op-Ed: Whither Apple?

About a month back, I wrote a column called “Whither Windows 10,” where I pondered where Microsoft was going with their big new product. Little did I think that, less than a month later, I would feel compelled to write…
The Cornerplay: On clicktivism, social media and trolling

The Cornerplay: On clicktivism, social media and trolling

Social media has become an indispensable part of many people’s lives. The one trend that piqued our interest this year is social activism or “clicktivism”. I was recently asked to be a guest on a TV show to talk about social media, and thought I’d share some of the Q&A and my notes.