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28Jul/14Off

London Transport Network Finally Opening Up To Contactless Mobile Payments

Overground train London London has had a dedicated contactless payment travelcard, called Oyster, for over a decade — offering a smarter alternative to paper ticketing that can hold a balance and cap daily and weekly travel costs. But change is coming. From September, London’s public transport network will be accepting contactless bank cards for payment, after conducting a trial with some 3,000… Read More

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Now Sidestage Joins Gigit In The Race To Empower Bands To Get Gigs

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 11.34.41 Gigit, a platform allowing venue owners or hosts to book both well-known and up-and-coming bands for private shows, was unofficially at SXSW earlier this year after organising private shows for Path, Ashton Kutcher and Spotify. On Gigit, you pick an artist, a date, answer questions about the venue, the vibe they want etc. It then charges the host and takes a small fee from the artist. But… Read More

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27Jul/14Off

The Seven Constants Of Game Design, Part Two

shutterstock_149622131 In the second of a three-part series exploring the constants of game design, we delve into talking about elegance, naturalism and the role of time. Read More

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Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion

2136948367_aabf3f74e2_b After years of backing headline-grabbing consumer internet deals, it seems that venture capitalists are paying more attention (and more money) to the seemingly staid and stodgy enterprise technology companies (the businesses that sell technology to make businesses work better). Their mission: to explore new ways of organizing data, to seek out new models for efficiency and security for… Read More

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The Return Of The Desktop Productivity App

Screenshot 2014-07-27 13.39.15 For many users, the desktop productivity app probably never fully went away. Anyone who uses Microsoft Exchange for email or calendaring, or Microsoft Word as their word processor, can tell you that those applications remain omnipresent in a number of organizations. What has changed, however, is how users first find and connect with those applications. Read More

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27Jul/14Off

#Love: In The Time Of Spotify

love-spotify If you look closely at what I’ve built—at my playlists, all of them public—you can see me. You only have to search my name and you’ll see it all right there: what’s in my head. I’m 23, and my idea of love isn’t far from the chorus of “In Your Eyes”. I’m living in the memory of John Cusack standing outside a window. I’m in the… Read More

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Fates Forever Is League Of Legends Lite For Your iPad

Fates Forever Released earlier this month, TechCrunch Disrupt alum Hammer & Chisel’s Fates Forever is a well-executed attempt to bring the MOBA to tablets. It doesn’t bring every feature in League of Legends to your iPad, but as you play you realize that most of what’s missing is fat trimmed to make for a better handheld experience. Read More

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These Guys Turned A Rock Climbing Wall Into A Big Video Game

rockwall Indoor rock climbing is a pretty excellent sport. It’s great exercise, it works your brain, and you can feel yourself getting better each time you reach the top.
But once you’ve mastered the fastest/hardest/most creative routes up a given wall, that wall becomes… pretty boring. Perhaps a massive, virtual chain saw heading in your direction will liven things up a bit? Read More

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The VP of Devil’s Advocacy

Film-Speedy Zombies In the 2013 film, World War Z, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is riding through the streets of Jerusalem as Jurgen Warmbrunn (Ludi Boeken) explains how the city was able to avoid the zombie apocalypse: The tenth man. If nine of us look at the same information and arrive at the exact same conclusion, it’s the duty of the tenth man to disagree. No matter how improbable it may seem, the tenth man… Read More

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On The Importance Of Forgetting

10574439473_4f87b29251_z The ongoing debate about Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling on search engines has shone a light onto a key pressure point between technology and society. Simply put the ability of digital technology to remember clashes with the human societal need to forgive and forget. Read More

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