Initial thoughts on Disney+
I took a quick look at the Disney+ app on Apple TV this morning. The process of signing up was painless. Creating an account takes a couple seconds and you’re able to link your subscription to your Apple ID so I didn’t have to …


The 100 best games of the decade (2010-2019): 10-1 Overall, great list. I’m really happy to see some of my favourite games and series come out on top including The Witcher 3 and Dark Souls. The biggest shocker for me was not only …


I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about accepting freelance design work. I’ve had a number of discussions with content creators and streamers who’re looking to get work done and I feel like I could provide that. Now …


Three years ago today I married my best friend


I’m going to try converting my custom Ghost theme Outpost into one that would be usable on a Micro.blog site. I feel like it’s one of the main reasons I haven’t made a full switch yet and it would be nice to keep …

Blizzard announces Diablo 4
This first look — particularly the gameplay footage — looks really impressive. I'm happy to see that — while Diablo 3 took the game's art style in a more lighthearted direction — this new game brings the look and feel of the second game …

Google buys Fitbit
Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge: Google has just announced that it’s buying wearable company Fitbit for $2.1 billion. In a blog post announcing the news, Google SVP of devices and services Rick Osterloh said that the Fitbit purchase is “an …


EA returning to Steam The first new EA game coming to Steam will be Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which will arrive on Nov. 15 — and incidentally can be pre-ordered starting today. Later this year, The Sims 4 and Unravel 2 will come to …


Exhibitor party @ TwitchCon 2019

Mixer should be everywhere
It's been an exciting week for Mixer — one of Twitch's rivals in the streaming space. In a week that saw major streamers like Shroud and Gothalion jump ship, it's become clear that this is just the beginning of a long battle between the two …

Vault Comics delivers with Money Shot's debut issue
As I assumed it would be, the first issue of Money Shot — which arrived on comic shelves this week — was a blast. In particular, I really loved Rebekah Isaacs' art. I found it complimented the humour and absurdity of the story but still …


Mixer signs exclusive deal with Shroud Mixer has signed away another big Twitch livestreamer. A couple months after Tyler “Ninja” Blevins committed to the Microsoft streaming platform, Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek …


The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

Jared Leto apparently tried to kill Todd Phillips' Joker movie
William Hughes for The AV Club: Leto was so pissed about the reveal of Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie—which essentially invalidated his own largely abortive run as the character—that he attempted to leverage his status in …

Gaming at the end of the world
All the craziness of Fortnite’s black hole last weekend got me thinking. Epic took the most popular game in the world offline for roughly 36 hours because they could. But what if they had to? First, a little background on what exactly …


Ms. Marvel is the hero of the Avengers game Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers has a main character, and her name is Kamala Khan. That’s right, Ms. Marvel will take it upon herself to bring the Avengers back together again after Captain …


The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas


Team photo from the last day of TwitchCon 2019

Thoughts on Twitch's new look
The subtle adjustments to the glitch logo is fine and I actually like the updated logomark looks better than the original, which — as someone who really liked the old logo — I never thought I’d say. The larger radius on the button corners …

River City Conventions shutting down permanently
Central Canada Comic Con (Facebook): River City Conventions after 25 years will be closing its doors permanently. There will be no future events planned for 2020 or the future.I wasn't the biggest fan of the convention but I'm still sad to …

Pocket Casts changes offer for longtime users following backlash
Pocket Casts: We made some pretty big changes this week, and we’ve heard your feedback loud and clear. Although we intended to demonstrate our appreciation to our most loyal users, we know many of you feel we missed the mark. With that in …


A ‘really fun’ and ‘surprisingly excellent’ experience for $5/month Apple Arcade will officially launch later this week, when iOS 13 is released to the public on September 19th. Ahead of that, the early hands-on and reviews of Apple Arcade …

Remedy teases Alan Wake tie-in for Control via DLC
While the first Foundation related expansion will undoubtedly be awesome, it's the second expansion — titled AWE and featuring a silhouette that looks very familiar — that I'm really excited for. This could be as close to an Alan Wake …

Apple Watch versus the competition
It's almost unfair how far ahead Apple is in comparison to other smartwatches. I never thought we'd reach a point where someone like Google or Fitbit literally can't catch up but... here we are.

Extra Life North wrap-up
Extra Life North raised $55k~ (on a goal of $50k) for the Children's Miracle Network and the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. I'm so thankful for everyone who contributed and proud of our whole team for getting through the 24 …

Extra Life North 2019
Starting today and running through the weekend, I'll be working/playing alongside my co-workers as we try to raise fund for the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and the Children's Miracle Network. If you've got a chance, please …


Moon Knight series coming to Disney+ Though the details are slim, Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios confirmed at D23 that Moon Knight is getting his own series. That announcement came with announcements for Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk series’ as …

Catherine: Full Body offers a more complete experience than the original game
Aimee Hart for Polygon: Catherine developer Atlus has stretched and edited the game into Catherine: Full Body, an updated version for the PlayStation 4 that now features 13 endings, new levels, new music, another love interest, and a whole …

Telltale Games is back
Colin Campbell for Polygon: Telltale Games, which shut down last year, is coming back after its assets were purchased by a company called LCG Entertainment. The new company will sell some of Telltale’s back catalog and will work on new …

First impressions of Control
Control is crazy cool, like Fringe meets Quantum Break. It’s got everything you’d expect from a game by Remedy and a couple new surprises along the way. Though I’m not super deep into it yet, I still highly recommend giving it a look.

Android 10's new look
Abner Li for 9to5Google: Google is using this year’s release to significantly update the operating system’s brand and naming scheme. Moving forward, “Android” will just be followed by a version number. This tradition of naming major …

Ghost-Spider returning to the Marvel Universe
I haven't kept up with Spider-Gwen/Ghost-Spider since shortly after her debut. I've never been particularly fond of alternate universe stories and while I could appreciate the art, it wasn't really my favourite. However, when I found out …

Money Shot from Vault Comics
Graeme McMillan for Hollywood Reporter: In the near future, space travel has become too expensive to pursue and too boring for people to pay attention to — until Christine Ocampos introduces a teleportation device that she intends to fund …


Night Call, the Neo-noir taxi driver murder mystery, is coming in July Night Call is a “neo-noir narrative investigation game” about a taxi driver who roams the gloomy eventide streets of Paris, collecting fares, delivering …

Comics collected: July 2019
As part of my birthday present, my wife decided to help me clean out my pull box at the local comic book store. I have a bad habit of not visiting the shop on a regular basis so books tend to pile up there pretty quick. For those of you …

The Batman’s Grave by Ellis and Hitch
DC Comics: Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, one of the most legendary creative partnerships in modern comic book history, reunite this fall for The Batman’s Grave, a twelve-issue monthly DC maxi-series about life, death and the questions most …


Ubisoft running spec work campaign for Watch Dogs: Legion music Ubisoft have defended their decision to source some of Watch Dogs: Legion‘s soundtrack through spec work, saying it’s “completely voluntary” for fans to create music hoping …


Remedy still dreams of Alan Wake 2 It’s been nine years since its original Xbox 360 release and more than seven since it came to PC, and there’s no sign of a sequel—but writer Sam Lake told IGN that he still hopes to do one. …

First appearance of Jane Foster as Thor sells for $55 online
Rich Johnston for Bleeding Cool: Thor Vol 4 #1 by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman featured the first full appearance of a new Thor, later revealed to be the transformed Jane Foster. Since the news last night at San Diego Comic-Con that …


While watching a movie, my son finds a dude getting shot in the ass with a dart particularly funny. It’s clear I’ve passed on all the wisdom I can to him.


Nintendo insists the Switch Lite won’t replace the 3DS Nintendo says the Switch Lite isn’t going to replace the 3DS You might think that a handheld-only Switch would mark the death knell for the Nintendo 3DS, but Nintendo doesn’t …

Image releasing Mirka Andolfo's new series Mercy in 2020
Rich Johnston for Bleeding Cool: The new series, composed of three volumes, will be a horror with a gothic atmosphere set in Klondike and starring Hellaine, a “woman without mercy”, amidst the background of a gold rush. The story will …


Shenmue 3 available on Steam one year after Epic Store, refunds available for backers
Fraser Brown for PC Gamer: Backers were originally anticipating Steam keys, and some have asked that they still get them as their backer reward when Shenmue 3 launches. That won't be happening, unfortunately. If you want a Steam key, you'll …

Fans upset about Pokemon Sword / Shield don't understand how things are made
Michael McWhertor for Polygon: While developer Game Freak has said that bringing all Pokémon to the a new platform and balancing them for Sword and Shield would be difficult, that hasn’t prevented fans, who nicknamed the controversy …


Alpha Protocol has vanished from Steam Spy thriller game Alpha Protocol mysteriously vanishes from Steam What’s going on with Obsidian’s Alpha Protocol? We’re not sure, but we think there might be a chance it’s not …


After only one day with iOS 13 installed, I reverted back to 12. I think I’ve realized that I really just need a dependable, functional device to keep notes, take photos of my kid, listen to music, etc. Or maybe I’m just old.

Ubisoft announces Watch Dogs: Legion
Bradly Shankar for MobileSyrup: Following a few weeks of leaks and speculation, Ubisoft has formally unveiled its upcoming action-adventure game, Watch Dogs Legion, at E3 2019. Unlike the previous two Watch Dogs games, Legion is being …


Fans of No Man’s Sky are buying a billboard ad to thank Hello Games The GoFundMe campaign, which has already surpassed its goal, will also buy the studio a case of beer and some lunch. While other studios could (and likely would) …


For all the negativity online, I enjoyed Tom King’s Knightmares arc on Batman. Aside from the couple Flash crossover issues, the main story was pretty great and the payoff in issue #70 was worth it in my opinion.


I quickly jumped over to the Google Store and pre-ordered the Stadia Founder's Edition before remembering that the games available at launch are not exclusives, and use a controller instead of a keyboard/mouse. Sooo I'm cancelling... I …

Tom King and Clay Mann on Batman/Catwoman in 2020
Jesse Schedeen for IGN Comics: Fans of Tom King's Batman saga can rest easy. Though we learned earlier this week that King is leaving the series sooner than expected, his story will continue in a new form. Today DC announced a new 12-issue …


Instagram’s website reportedly leaked phone numbers and emails for months Instagram’s website leaked user contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, over a period of at least four months, a researcher …

Panic debuts Playdate console
Playdate: We love video games. We love the places they take us and the feelings they give us. We’ve grown up with them. It sounds silly, but they really mean a lot to us. Playdate is our celebration of the video game. This thing looks so …


Observation offers an interesting twist to players The space station Observation has broken away from its Earth orbit and is drifting somewhere near Saturn. Its systems are malfunctioning, a fire has broken out, and the on-board artificial …

George R.R. Martin working with FromSoftware
Julia Lee for Polygon: A new blog post by George R.R. Martin following the series finale of Game of Thrones teases that the author has been helping make a video game. The blog post says that he’s been busy lately, and even “consulted on a …


Taking a look back through the Nintendo eShop on the Switch, there's some really great stuff on there, some of which I've already played and some that are entirely new to me. I've enjoyed revisiting Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen. It doesn't …

Bokeh on Kickstarter
My friend Tim Smith of Bright Pixels has officially launched his Kickstarter campaign for Bokeh, a social network to privately share your photos with friends and family. If you’re looking for a more secure, less advertiser-friendly …

Thoughts on Android "ripping off" Apple's gesture navigation in Android Q
John Gruber, via Daring Fireball: They should have called it Android R for “rip-off”. This is the iPhone X interface. The shamelessness of this rip-off is staggering. Does Google have no pride? No sense of shame? I couldn’t help but …




Marvel adding Patrick Gleason to the rotation of Amazing Spider-Man artists is yet another slam dunk for the book. It’ll be tough to see Humberto Ramos go but I’m sure it’s not the last time we’ll see him drawing Spidey.


Winnipeg comic convention cancelled indefinitely
Central Canada Comic Con (Facebook): it is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we have to announce that C4 will not be happening this year. […] It has been tough running it the last few years with rental fees and costs going up, as …

Venom's new look seems familiar...
Rich Johnston for Bleeding Cool: So we have a new looking Venom as well… with all sorts of Dark Elf symbols. And yes, it is rather Fear Itself-like but Venom never got a hammer in that one. I’ve always found it a little awkward how …


I was browsing Twitter tonight and noticed someone asking followers what the first RPG they remember playing was. While I’m not certain it was the first one I played, I distinctly remember playing through the entirely of Secret of Evermore …

Taking another look at Neo Cab
While it's not new, the trailer for Neo Cab from last year is certainly worth a second (or maybe first?) viewing. The game looks criminally unnoticed by most gaming media. The neon palette alone is almost enough to make me play the game and …


The campaign in Far Cry: New Dawn has some of the worst pacing I’ve ever seen in a game. An otherwise entertaining, action-packed Far Cry title blows it in the 11th hour by dropping you into sluggish, uninteresting missions. Very …


Is Capcom teasing a Resident Evil 3 remake?
Jenni for Siliconera: It began with a screenshot showing Jill in the Resident Evil remake. It asked, “Ever feel like somebody’s watching you…?” This is a reference to Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, which has Jill stalked by Nemesis, who she …

Octopath Traveler arrives on PC in June
Andy Chalk for PC Gamer: Square Enix announced today that the previously Nintendo Switch-exclusive JRPG Octopath Traveler is coming to Steam on June 7. Octopath Traveler features a retro-styled mix of 2D and 3D graphics in the magical …


I enjoyed The Last Jedi, I’m excited for The Rise of Skywalker. That is all.

Remedy's new game Control arrives August 2019
I remembered today when opening the Epic Launcher (don’t ask) that Remedy’s new game Control is only a few months away from release. Regardless of my previous thoughts on this whole mess with Steam and Epic, I know I’ll be getting Control …


I’m curious if the new Hellboy movie would be so poorly received if Guillermo del Toro’s (amazing) series didn’t exist. Is it genuinely a bad movie or is it “bad” because it’s not a third del Toro movie starring Ron Perlman?

Watch Dogs 3 set in London?
Vikki Blake for PC Gamer: This has been rumoured for some time, of course—we said as much when Ubisoft confirmed details of its upcoming E3 conference—plus we know a patch that revised the ending of Watch Dogs 2 included references to …

Zack Snyder confirms existence of his Justice League cut
Britt Hayes for The AV Club: While appearing at a fan event to promote (checks notes) the director’s cuts of his various films–an event that proves anything can be an event with the right attitude–Snyder confirmed the existence of what has …


If I had one piece of advice for the enemies of The Division 2, it would be to stop leaving so many full jerrycans laying around. If I had another piece of advice, it would be to stop standing so close to your full jerrycans during a …


Dialog received its first review this week, which is an exciting milestone! If you’re using the app on your Android device, consider taking a second and reviewing it in the Play Store.


I need to do a serious purge of my RSS news sources — mostly in the tech space. The repetition, smart-ass headlines, and cynicism towards anything new is nauseating. There's a handful of sources I know I can rely on so I'll focus on those …


I enjoy true crime podcasts. So much so that I've already listened to all but one of the shows on Lifehacker’s "Best True Crime" list. One recommendation I have that does not appear on their list is Cold by KSL and Wondery that covers the …

Microsoft banning April Fools Day pranks
Tom Warren for The Verge: In an internal memo, obtained and verified by The Verge, Capossela explains that “data tells us these stunts have limited positive impact and can actually result in unwanted news cycles.” He encourages all teams …

Devil May Cry 5 sells 2 million copies
Matthew Handrahan for GamesIndustry.biz: Devil May Cry 5 has reached two million shipments, and it has done so since it launched on March 8. The critics also gave the game a warm reception, leaving it with an aggregate score of 87 on …


Stunning strategy game Overland out this fall It’s a squad-based game about surviving in a post-apocalyptic North America, making your way from the east coast to the west. Each run starts with a randomly-generated character and a …

Axel Alonso, Bill Jemas, and Jon Miller form AWA Comics
Rich Johnston for Bleeding Cool: …former Marvel EIC Axel Alonso, financer Jon F Miller who brokered the Millarworld/Netflix and former Marvel President Bill Jemas have gone official in the New York Times as the executive team of Artists, …


How to get the most money from selling your used AirPods Here’s the best way to sell [AirPods]. Years ago, when I worked in video game retail, we wouldn’t accept trade-ins of gaming headphones for sanitation reasons, never mind earbuds. …

Google announces Stadia gaming platform
Tom Warren for The Verge: Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who says he plays FIFA 19 “quite a bit,” introduced the Stadia service during a special keynote at GDC this morning. Describing it as a platform for everyone, Pichai talked up Google’s …


I’m really interested to see what Google has to announce tomorrow at GDC. If the rumours are true, it could be a pretty big deal not only for Google but for other companies in the gaming space as well.


Robot Hive logo stickers

Tumblr traffic dropped by 30%
Shannon Liao, writing for The Verge: Tumblr’s traffic has dropped nearly 30 percent since December. Tumblr’s global traffic in December clocked in at 521 million, but it had dropped to 370 million by February, web analytics firm SimilarWeb …

Reeder 4 beta available now for macOS
I’ve been using Reeder on both iOS and MacOS for years so I’m really excited to see this new version finally coming to life. Already I’ve noticed a ton of great improvements — mostly around the UI and animation — that gives Reeder 4 a new, …


The new custom theme options available on Micro.blog are great. After a couple days of work, I was able to completely transform the default theme. What a huge update from the original custom CSS options.

Despite a pathetic campaign by trolls, Captain Marvel is a massive success
William Hughes for The AV Club: …the MCU’s latest big-budget offering, Captain Marvel, is on track to make more than $150 million at the domestic box office this weekend, making it the most successful 2019 film premiere to date—and by, …

Icarus and the Sun on Indiegogo
Gabriel Picolo launched his campaign for his book Icarus and the Sun yesterday and its already annihilated the goal of $20,000. The book looks great and he’s included some stretch goals for hitting $300k and $340k. Definitely give the …


While I’m still not totally sold on Zachary Levi as Cap/Shazam, the new trailer was a blast. Between this, WW84, and the success of Aquaman, it looks like WB finally has a solid plan in place for the DCEU.


I put just over five hours into The Divison 2 beta this past weekend and it kicked ass. Sure, it’s really similar to the first one but the shooting feels tighter, the game looks better, and there’s a ton more to do.

Resident Evil 2 team reveal details of the game's development
Alistair Wong for Siliconera: The Resident Evil 2 staff had an afterparty to celebrate the launch of the game, and they were secretly recorded by producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, resulting in an off-the-cuff, informal roundtable discussion …


Going to be playing The Division 2 open beta tonight. Hoping it snaps me out of whatever video game funk I’ve been in recently. Hell, I might even stream it.


THQ Nordic apologizes for granting interview to the toilet of the internet, 8chan If you’re unfamiliar with 8chan, Google once delisted it and warned users of “suspected child abuse content.” It has included boards dedicated to pedophilia …

Rotten Tomatoes removes pre-release features following Captain Marvel trolling
Angela Watercutter for Wired: “Unfortunately,” the blog post noted, “we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership.” […] This, [no longer …


Seeing as it’s the best of the series, I’ll be buying Final Fantasy IX again, this time on the Switch. Reading that back, I'm just now considering how weird it'll be to play one of the numerical entries on a Nintendo system again.

Black Cat ongoing series launches in June
Megan Peters for ComicBook.com: Today, Marvel Comics has announced an ongoing Black Cat series is coming this summer, and it will get into some high-strung heist drama. The upcoming series will be penned by Jed Mackay while Travel Foreman …


I’m actually really interested to check out the changes Bethesda has planned for Fallout 76. The game isn’t great but I don’t feel like it’s beyond redemption.


Anthem update is really good. Noticeable improvements in load times, easier mission selection, better movement speed in Tarsis, and so much more. Nice to see so much getting addressed this quickly.


‘Captain Marvel’ Is Already Being Review Bombed on Rotten Tomatoes A quick look at the audience reviews page for Captain Marvel over on Rotten Tomatoes has been flooded with negative, angry “reviews” of the film and while there …

The state of DC Black Label
Rich Johnston for Bleeding Cool: But today DC Comics cancelled all orders [of Batman Damned #3], promising it will be resolicited at a later date, for May. I wouldn’t hold my breath though. There has been no more sign of any other new …

Catherine: Full Body launches worldwide on PlayStation 4 in September
Jenni for Siliconera: Catherine: Full Body has a release date for North America and Europe. The game will appear on the PlayStation 4 in both regions on September 3, 2019. In addition, a launch edition and Heart’s Desire Platinum Edition …



According to Vince Zampella, Apex Legends has already built up a player base of over one million users in less than eight hours. Not to discount the incredible numbers the game has pulled in but — considering the list of streamers Respawn …


This whole Metro Exodus mess makes me wonder what the people at 4A — the studio that actually made the game — think about their work being tossed around and thrown through the mud like this.

Metro Exodus ditches Steam for Epic Games Store
AJ Dellinger for Engadget: PC gamers planning to explore the post-apocalyptic world of Metro Exodus will have to go through the Epic Games Store. Publisher Deep Silver announced today that the upcoming game will be available exclusively …


Dialogers, we’ve got unisex t-shirts for sale if you’re looking to update your wardrobe and help support the app. This initial design features the logotype on the front and our multicoloured logomark on the sleeve.

Star Citizen has cost $200m (and counting) to make
Fraser Brown, writing for PC Gamer: Star Citizen has raised over $200 million since Cloud Imperium Games started looking for funding in 2012, and a financial breakdown from late last year reveals how a lot of that money has been spent …

Ranking the Resident Evil games
Lists like these are incredibly subjective so I’ll break down why the one by PC Gamer doesn’t align at all with my own personal tastes in regard to the RE series. Firstly, It’s a tall task to ask someone to rank the Resident Evil games …


PC Gamer had an interesting article the other day about the cutscenes in games you can't miss or never skip and it got me thinking about mine. I’ll never forget sitting through the early demo of Mass Effect 3 at E3 2011 as Director Casey …

Resident Evil 2 remake reviews are coming in
Sam Byford for The Verge: Capcom’s new Resident Evil 2 — which comes out this week, 21 years after the PlayStation original — is a more radical remake than most. It’s an intense, terrifying experience that rebuilds the game from scratch …


Thoughts on the Resident Evil 2 one-shot demo
Today I pre-ordered Resident Evil 2 on Steam and got around to playing (and completing) the 1-shot demo of the game. I didn’t think I could get more excited for this game, since the original RE2 on PlayStation was—and still is—one of my …

Dialog has officially left beta
It is with great excitement that I announce Dialog is now officially out of beta. If you were a part of our public beta, there should be an update available soon — if there isn’t already — and new users can download the app now via the Play …


Dialogers, we’ve got a cool announcement and an update headed your way soon. We can’t wait for you to get your hands on it and see where we’re headed.


A couple of themes we’re adding to the newest version of Dialog.

Thoughts on relaunching Superior Spider-Man
ComiXology: Otto Octavius leaves the moniker of Doctor Octopus behind and once again becomes THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN! If you think you’ve already read the most intense and surprisingly heartbreaking Superior Spider-Man story, prepare to be …


We’ve got a big beta update available now for Dialog. The app has been completely rewritten from the ground up using Google’s updated Material Theming tools and features the ability to create new posts on Micro.blog.


I finally read the debut issues of TKO’s SARA and Goodnight Paradise, both of which I enjoyed. The big question is do I buy the individual issues, the trade paperback, or the digital versions of the single issues? Decisions, decisions.


Blot is a great way to leave Tumblr behind
If you’re a frequent user of Tumblr and are looking for a way to move off the site following some their recent changes, I’d highly recommend using Blot to do it. I went with the portfolio theme — as I post a ton of images on my Tumblr page …


We’ve got some really cool news coming in the new year for Dialog users regarding a big update and our push towards a full featured release. I’m excited to share more very soon.

Marvel doing weird things with numbers again
Jude Terror for Bleeding Cool: That’s right, in addition to Amazing Spider-Man #17 and #18, March will also see the release of Amazing Spider-Man #16.HU, not to be confused with February’s Amazing Spider-Man #16. Where will it fit in with …


TKO has been fascinating to watch come to life over the past little while. They’re bringing on great talent, the books they’ve shown off so far look beautiful, their pricing model is completely new, and they’re letting people read the first …

Apple Music Twitter account tweets from device that service is available on
Gary Ng for iPhone in Canada: YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee seems to be the ultimate sleuth when it comes to Twitter, as recently he’s been busting companies for tweeting from competitor devices. Earlier this month, he caught …


The fingerprint reader on my Pixel 2 XL was acting up so I sent it to Google for repairs — leaving me without a phone. I made it almost two days before caving and picking up a Pixel 3. First impressions? The camera is amazing and the build …


I felt inspired after watching the Noclip Half-Life doc and decided to toss $10 — an absurdly good deal — at EA for Titanfall 2 on PC. I’m looking forward to checking out the single player campaign after hearing so many good things about …


Something I’ve been working on over the past little while is moving my blog off of WordPress and on to Blot. Converting the posts was tough at first (and will be an ongoing project) but converting my existing theme over and getting …

Persona 5’s Joker is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as DLC
Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is almost here, but Nintendo isn’t resting on its laurels. On the eve of the game’s launch the company announced the first of five DLC characters for the fighting game: Joker from …


It’s as though Tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio has failed to understand his own platform, how unique these communities are to Tumblr, and how unlikely it is for them to survive beyond the shutdown. Truer words have never been spoken.


My longtime Tumblr blog isn’t affected by the update to their content guidelines. That said, I find it infuriating that neo-nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are allowed to remain on their platform as photos of …


Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th Banned content includes photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any media involving sex acts, including illustrations. Might as well have just shut the …


Keeping up with DC’s Drowned Earth crossover event was so much harder than it should have been. There’s one supertitled Justice League / Aquaman and another Aquaman / Justice League. One is the first issue, the other is the final issue, and …

Elza Walker Resident Evil 1.5 costume will be available in the RE2 remake
Jenni for Siliconera: Elza Walker was a Ducati bike rider who attended Raccoon University. She was in the Resident Evil 1.5 build, before being redesigned and turned into Claire Redfield in Resident Evil 2. This costume is a nod to what …



TwitchCon 2018 in San Jose




Henry’s first Birthday


Henry’s first (half) day at daycare.









Dialog’s beta has launched in the Play Store













Sunday Funday



Another observation from the comics I’ve been catching up on is that the new Captain America by Waid and Samnee is a blast. I haven’t had as much fun reading a Cap book in a long time.


It’s become very apparent that Joëlle Jones should be drawing Batman for the foreseeable future. I LOVE her art.



This Micro Monday I recommend Eli Mellen. He was one of the first people I followed on Micro.blog and stands as shining example for microbloggers, sharing his technical expertise, insightful links, and heartwarming photos of his family …


Well, I’m calling it. I’ve tried twice on two different systems-roughly 15 hours total-but the newest DOOM game just isn’t for me. Sure, it’s better on PC, but I still found it way too repetitive.


Spent the evening playing FEZ with Hank. As it turns out, he loves it too.


After much deliberation, I’ve decided to clean up the list of accounts I was following, delete all my old tweets, add a ton of muted words, and push my statuses from my blog to Twitter rather than delete my account entirely.



Not only do the new DC corner boxes look super sharp, they’re incredibly informative, showing if a series is a mini and how many issues it runs for. This is very helpful.


For this week’s Micro Monday, I recommend everyone follow my fellow designer and illustrator Isabelle K, as she travels through Japan and shares some of the pictures of her trip! https://micro.blog/ijk


DC’s new corner box designs are awesome. I had seen them a couple of times but didn’t realize they were official yet.


My heart skips a beat every time I see a tech news site use a hero image of a phone laying face down on concrete.


The most ridiculous goal I have this year? Get caught up (and stay caught up) on my monthly comics.



I think I’m done with FPS games on consoles. First, it was Prey and now DOOM. It’s like a completely different—and much more enjoyable—game on PC.



Finally getting started on my Games of the Year list. I can tell it’s going to be a weird one.


If you’re looking to get yourself a little something for Christmas, check out some of the deals on ComiXology’s list of essential graphic novels. There’s some gems in there for sure.


Whenever I see companies announce new or updated UI design software, the first thing I wonder is what theirs does that Sketch doesn’t. Typically, it isn’t much.


It took me almost six years but I finally persuaded my wife to ditch her PC laptop and get a new rose gold MacBook.


I’m constantly impressed by the communication and transparency of the Essential team. What other Android OEM does bi-weekly AMAs with their users and potential customers?


While it’s been a busy weekend with family and friends, I’ve been able to sneak in a little work on the Micro.blog Android app, which has been transformed into something with its own look and feel. I’ll be showing more in …



Likely going to be a couple bumps in the road while I switch my hosting over to my new provider. Was previously running a plan that — while very affordable — wasn’t really cutting it for speed and features. Thank god for Duplicator.


It’s fun to see all the home screen posts on Micro.blog. I might make it a habit to post my current one every now and then since it changes so often.


Did I need Xenoblade Chronicles 2? No. Did I buy Xenoblade Chronicles 2? You bet I did.


I'm going to be writing up a proper design rationale in the coming days and adding hotspots to the my prototype/mockups. Next step? Maybe finding a developer to help me put it all together.


I'm feeling good about the Micro.blog Android concept. It was nice to flex some Material Design muscles again.


I had a busy weekend getting but was able to get around to wrapping up most of my Android Micro.blog app concept. I'm leaning towards building an Invision prototype tonight after I finish up a couple more screens and enabling comments on …



Almost done my first cut of the timeline in the Android Micro.blog app design concept. I’ll be tackling mentions and discover pages tomorrow, then wrapping up a couple other pages over the weekend before hopefully showing it off early next …


I started my Micro.blog Android app concept this week and will have some screens to share soon. Really liking how it's coming along.


As an RSS user, the news in my Google Feed is so stale by the time I get to it, I wonder why they wouldn't offer some sort of integration with Feedly or something similar. At the very least, I'd love to be able to disable it or use the …




I’d even go as far as saying that, in a single issue, Doomsday Clock shows it has more of the spirit of the original Watchmen than almost all of the Before Watchmen books ever did. Save for Adam Hughes’ Doctor Manhattan series. That …


I really enjoyed the first chapter of Doomsday Clock. It’s tough to see how these two worlds will fit together but the first issue really sets the hook for the rest of the series.


When it comes to Doomsday Clock, I definitely haven’t been this excited for a DC release in a long time. If anyone is going to make me want to read about the Watchmen’s arrival in the DCU, it’s Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. …


My dad, who passed away almost ten years ago, would have been 61 today. I wouldn’t be half the man I am today without him.


I’ve gone completely off the deep end. My Android Wear watch arrives tomorrow.


While I didn’t follow the themes at all, I did earn the Photo Challenge pin. It’s such a fun project and I’m glad to have taken part in it.


Taking the opportunity to make some changes to the design of my microblog as I’m moving content over. I’m having a little too much fun and will need to cut off soon or I’ll be here all night.



Packing my metaphorical boxes and moving a pile of my content over to my microblog. I’ll continue to use my Tumblr for images and whatever I find on there but any writing and more personal stuff will be posted here going forward.



Disappointed but hardly surprised by the reviews Justice League is getting. At the very least, it sounds like it’ll be entertaining and a step up from both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad.


Really happy with the Oreo update for the PH-1. Notification dots are a nice touch, the new view for notifications on the lock screen is really nice too.





Speaking of projects, I finally catalogued all my digital comics. Now, working my way through my physical comic collection.


I’ve starting looking into the process of merging my Tumblr and WordPress sites and have run into a ton of CSS issues displaying new types of posts. Looks like I have another new project.



The more I use both Tumblr and WordPress for writing, the more I feel like I should consolidate the two into one project. I’m just not sure I’m ready to have one site that contains both my culture posts/commentary and my …


The Essential PH-1 has arrived.


I’m completely floored by the Bendis news this morning. I’ll read whatever he’s on just because it’ll feel so abnormal, much like when JRJR started on Superman.


Essential phone ordered. I ended up getting the white version from Amazon for $50 less than Telus. I’ll be happy to never step in one of their stores again.


Those anti-Apple Samsung ads are so strange to me. Say what you will about Apple but Samsung’s phones exploded — literally blew up — twice.


Finally got around to seeing Wonder Woman. I really enjoyed it. It is by far the best DCEU film so far.



Alright, I give. I visited multiple Telus stores today and was told by all of them that I can’t buy the PH-1 outright. That a company would make their device this hard for people to buy is alarming.


I can’t wait for The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 tabletop game, looks like it’ll be a blast for fans of the Carpenter classic.


Seems like getting the Essential phone just wasn’t meant to be. Telus refuses to sell devices outright, which is news to me. Given how hard it is to get one — since Essential only ships to the US and I am not and will not be a Telus …


That price cut on the Essential phone makes it very tempting, just wish it was available from Telus in white.



Despite just having jumped into Destiny 2, I grabbed a copy of Super Mario Odyssey. I haven’t played enough of it to decide if I like it or not but it’s definitely a nice change from what I’ve been playing lately.


Blown away by Destiny 2 on the PC. It runs so smooth, the combat is so tight, and it’s incredibly fun. If it wasn’t clear already — in my opinion — Bungie has reclaimed their spot at the top of the FPS food chain.



I gave it one more shot trying to get a SNES mini tonight. The Best Buy site buckled in seconds and the console was sold out in two minutes. I’ll stick with my RetroPie.


Still playing catch-up on my comics but finally got to read Metal #1. Interesting first chapter that I’m sure will be unlike anything we’ve seen in a Batman book. Snyder and Capullo are a dream team, once again poised to deliver that …


I caved. Destiny 2 has been purchased. With all the other games on my playlist right now, it’s become crystal clear how serious this addiction really is. 😛


Finding it really hard not to just cave and buy Destiny 2 on PC. I’ll see if I can’t hold off the temptation for now and finish some of the other games on my backlog.


It only took having a kid to understand the struggle everyone had with the 16GB iPhone. My phone is loaded with baby pictures.


Henry 📷: @ktphotographymorden


Got my invite for the Starborne alpha. Super excited to jump into it, might even stream some of it on Twitch.


I finally had the time to read the first issue of the new Mister Miracle book. It’s exactly what I’d expect from King and Gerads. It was so good. Highly recommended.


With Stardew Valley finally available, I’m dusting off my Switch and giving it a shot. It still shocks me how empty the eShop is this far past the system’s launch date.


Birthday parfait


Plenty to be thankful for this year. Great friends, wonderful family, my beautiful wife, Rachel, and our son, Henry. I’d say 2017 has been pretty good so far.


Sometimes I really wish I didn’t despise the experience of seeing a movie in a theatre as much as I do. I’d really love to see Blade Runner 2049 sooner than later.



Really blown away by how much more I’m enjoying Prey on the PC than on the PS4. I’m really glad I gave it a second chance.


Huge, awesome update today from the Bobby team. If you need a simple app to keep track of your subscriptions and bills, give them a look.


Call me crazy but, from an industrial design perspective, I feel like Google beat Apple in the battle of Pixel 2 XL vs. iPhone X. Love the symmetrical in the top and bottom bezels, the pop of colour in the power button. However, still hate …


I pre-ordered a couple Google Home Minis after the event today. I’ve been really pleased with the original Home device, will be nice to have the assistant cover more areas in our house.


That resigned launcher on the rumoured Pixel 2 phones looks pretty rough. Having trouble understanding the placement of that search bar. I would constantly be hitting it by accident. Really like the calendar reminders at the top and the …


So while RUINER is an excellent game, it’s also incredibly hard. Even on easy, it’s taking me dozens of attempts to beat some levels.


RUINER is incredible. The gameplay just drips with style and flair. The audio really knocks it out of the park. Highly recommended.


It took two months and a Raspberry Pi but I think I’ve finally convinced myself not to buy a SNES Classic. Maybe.


Twitter is the most depressing part of my day.


After 42 long weeks of waiting, my wife and I welcomed our son Henry into the world this past week.






The more I use Micro.blog, the less I see myself continuing to use Twitter. The design and control I have of my content is becoming too good to pass up.


Still crazy that I can pre-order an iPhone 8 Plus and get it before the end of September. Are that many people really waiting for the X?




Free weekend on Steam for The Division. Will be fun to jump back in and see what’s changed. I haven’t played since the beta / launch.


$35 later, I finally bought all the comics I’ve been holding off on for the past month and a half. Now I just have to read them.


If I took a shot every time I saw a typo in an article on Bleeding Cool, I’d black out before I finished the headline.


Joz “going rogue” at the event today to explain the magic of the LTE Apple Watch was really exciting. I loved that he took the time to really drive home how special these experiences can be.


Get real. Unlocked buyers won't care. It will cost everyone else $10/mo more. This is the dumbest argument in history of Apple pricing. I’m really not sure why it took so long for something like this to be said or why it had to be …


Where you at little dude?



Best. Birthday. Ever.


Birthday bub.


Outside cat.


Hi Neighbour.


Safe to say I met my @gmbchomichuk quota for a while at Fanquest.


Sunday Funday. #minecraft


Who’s down?


Cabana wear.


According to a tweet by Remedy Entertainment, Finnish creator of Alan Wake, its atmospheric horror game will be "removed from stores" (including Steam) on May 15 because of "expiring music licenses." If you don’t already own Alan …


Had I realized how similar Prey would be to Bioshock, I likely wouldn’t have bought it. I’m not feeling the first hours, but I’m hoping that changes.


If you’re near a comic shop today, be sure to swing by, grab some free books, and buy a few as well to say thanks.


First issue of Black Bolt was great. With an interesting story, and incredible art, I’ll definitely keep reading.


I finally got around to reading The Belfry. If you dug Wytches, check this one out. It’s a great horror one-shot.


New house.


Paint day.


The makeshift controller that ships with the Switch reminds me so much of the ones for the Dreamcast and I think I love it.


The Switch increasingly sounds like something that should/could have arrived five years ago but does it matter if the games are good? Not really. The initial buzz for Zelda is good, which was expected, but what about the rest? What’s …




I just finished Resident Evil 7, overall I really liked it. That said, so many of the things it does right are almost completely undone by terribly predictable boss battles. Still, it’s an incredible feat to have re-energized the …


Late Christmas gift from Mother Dearest™.


Parker and Bruce

Carrie Fisher: 1956–2016
Via Star Wars: We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Carrie Fisher, who in addition to being both a celebrated actor and author, is a cherished member of the Lucasfilm family. She was adored by all who knew her for her …

The first of many fan-made 'iPhone 8' concepts has arrived
Via Redmond Pie: Like Apple’s MacBook Pro, the iPhone 8 concept shows the Touch Bar visuals and experience changing depending on the application that’s currently taking center stage on the device. In fact, Touch Bar is shown as one of the …

Samsung Galaxy S8 reportedly removing headphone jack, home button
Via 9to5Google: A new series of reports today from SamMobile, a blog that often provides accurate details on unreleased Samsung products, claims that the company plans to ditch both the 3.5mm headphone jack and the physical Home button on …


Han & Chewie.

Users bombard the App Store with negative reviews for Super Mario Run, stock drops
Via iPhone in Canada: Disappointing early reviews and sales of Nintendo’s latest ‘Super Mario Run’ smartphone game have caused the company’s shares to fall by almost 16% in the past five days, while some analysts are also expressing concern …


Facebook’s Messenger app for iOS has become progressively more awful. Feature creep has compromised what was once a very simple, user-friendly app. I’d almost consider switching to Android just to be able to use Messenger Lite.

New doc takes a look at the Doom that could have been
Via PC Gamer: Doom 4 was "a lot more cinematic," and had "a lot more story to it, a lot more characters around you that you were with throughout the course of the gameplay," id Software's Marty Stratton says in the video. "It was definitely …


May 2017’s issue of “Venom” will be numbered #150, a number taking into account all of the previous issues of “Venom” published across previous volumes. Can Marvel figure out if they want to continue legacy numbering of books or not? This …




Between the constant relaunching of titles and the weird X.1 numbering, it’s getting really hard to introduce people to comic books.

Google Play Music design overhauled, machine learning added for better music discovery
Via Business Insider: Play Music’s latest update blows up the concierge in favor of a new array of recommendations that pull from not only relevant activities (e.g., "focusing") but also recent listening and recommended classics, new …

Google has finally updated the Gmail iOS app
Via TNW: Gmail for iOS is getting a big revamp today in what Google calls “the biggest overhaul of the app in nearly four years.” While it’s largely an aesthetic change, there are a few interesting new features to note. First up, that new …


Bye bye Disney.


“Chewie, we’re home.”



Converse shoe-wall.



All the groom’s men.


Razer attacks Apple with awful tweet
Via Razer (Twitter): You call yourself Pro? S my D. – RΛZΞR (@Razer) If there's a better way to win over the professional (SD card loving?) crowd than a childish, offensive tweet, please let Razer know. I'm sure they'd love to hear it. …


Movie night.


Last lap in Fargo.

The touchscreen MacBook
Via Engadget: Why should you scrub through a video timeline on your keyboard when you could manipulate it directly on the display? Many everyday activities, such as choosing emoji in Messages or playing music in iTunes, practically beg for …

Mockingbird writer Chelsea Cain harassed by trolls, deletes Twitter account
Via The Beat: Mockingbird writer Chelsea Cain, the bestselling author of Heartsick and other thrillers, deleted her Twitter account today after receiving abusive tweets yesterday. In a now vanished series of tweets [...] Cain noted that she …

On the Pixel's apparent lack of 'premium features'
Via Android Central: This is a fantastic phone, but there's clearly room for improvement and it's important to remember that as we place this phone on its pedestal. And yeah, I miss the Note 7. I can't have a Note 7 though, and the S7 edge …


New Batwoman ongoing series arriving in 2017
Via CBR: Written by “DC Bombshells” scribe Marguerite Bennett and drawn by “Velvet” artist Steve Epting, Batwoman’s new series will kick off with a “Rebirth” one-shot in February, with “Batwoman” #1 following in March... DC's gone all out …







The boys.

Cutting through the noise on Apple's AirPods
Via Computerworld: To catch you up on the story, Apple dumped the headphone jack in iPhone 7. Why? Was there a change.org petition to get rid of old, working technology? Nope. According to Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide …

Snapchat debuts Spectacles
Via Select/All: Snap Inc.’s Spectacles are a pair of video recording sunglasses that come in three different colors. [...] “When you slip Spectacles on and tap a button near the hinge, it records up to 10 seconds of video from your …


Bioware reveals first Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay footage
While the footage is light on action, graphically, it looks incredible and definitely feels like a Mass Effect game. I can't wait to (hopefully) see more of Andromeda in the next few months leading up to the game's release sometime next …

Hideo Kojima is wisely getting as far away from Metal Gear Survive as humanly possible
Via IGN: Kojima took the opportunity to distance himself from Konami’s forthcoming game Metal Gear Survive, a spin-off from Kojima’s acclaimed Metal Gear series. When asked whether the idea for Survive had come from Kojima himself, he …

Telltale releases trailer for second episode of Batman - The Telltale Series
Via The Beat: Last month Telltale Games made a huge splash with the debut of their new Batman inspired series. It was a ballsy shake up of the established Dark Knight mythos while still retaining the essence of what makes the character …

Early thoughts on Android's Pixel Launcher
Via Android Police: First off, this new launcher does away with the app drawer icon. The drawer itself remains, but it now hides under a "frosted glass" section along the static set of icons on the bottom of the homescreen, which have been …

Belkin's iPhone 7 port splitter
Via TNW: As its name suggests, the device is simply a Lightning port splitter. All you have to do is attach it to your iPhone and plug in a charging cable and a pair of EarPods; then you’ll be good to go. Those interested in the adaptor …

Deep diving into Smallwood's Moon Knight art
Via Comics Alliance: Greg Smallwood is one of the most fascinating artists to have emerged in the last five years. His breakout book Dream Thief showcased his innovative approach to page design, classic figure work, and the clever …


Likely the greatest reversible cover ever.

Apple's process behind removing the headphone jack in the iPhone 7
Via MacRumours: The idea for the removal of the headphone jack was raised during the development of the iPhone 7. In a nutshell, the "driver ledge" for the display and backlight, traditionally placed near the camera, was interfering with …

Daniel Craig offered a boatload of cash to return as James Bond
Via CBR: James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, is rumored to have been offered an astounding $150 million, by Sony, to return as 007 for two more films, according to Radaronline. It’s been widely noted online, though, that Craig, 48, has …


Doing some last-minute wedding shopping.

Konami has no plans to release MGS V: The Phantom Pain's controversial Mission 51
Via Kotaku: One of Metal Gear Solid V’s most important plot points, Mission 51, ended up on the cutting room floor. Today, Konami said it does not plan to finish this mission. The dodgy answers Konami gives as to why this mission isn't …

Otto Schmidt now exclusive to DC Comics
Via CBR: DC Entertainment has just signed international artists Robson Rocha and Otto Schmidt to exclusive deals with the Burbank company’s DC and Vertigo Imprints, expanding its roster of non-North American talent. [...] Siberian-born Otto …

RIP Google Nexus, hello Google Pixel
[media-credit name=“androidpolice.com” link=”www.androidpolice.com/2016/09/0…” nofollow=1 align=“alignnone” width=“1200”][/media-credit] Via Android Police: Speaking to two independent …

Turing announces a phone with insane specs that no regular human needs
Via Android Police: Turing is calling this new "perfectly designed device" the Turing Phone Cadenza, and they're expecting to release it next year. Some purported specs include two Snapdragon 830s (yes, not one, but two processors that …

Newsarama has a new design and strange logo
[media-credit name=“newsarama.com” link=“http://www.newsarama.com" align=“alignnone” width=“600”][/media-credit] Via Newsarama: Newsarama will not be updating until Tuesday morning, August …


Sunday funday.

RE7 submitted to ESRB, plot details revealed
[media-credit name=“siliconera.com” link=”www.siliconera.com/2016/08/2…” align=“alignnone” width=“600”][/media-credit] Via Siliconera: The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has …

John Gruber on Anil Dash's Pop Life Talkshow
Via Daring Fireball: I was this week’s guest on Anil Dash’s Pop Life, on Talkshow. It’s like texting in public. It was fun, and there were some excellent questions from the audience. I tell the story about the first time I met Steve Jobs. …

CBR.com has been redesigned, rebranded
[media-credit name="CBR.com" align="alignnone" width="600"][/media-credit] Via The Beat: At least one of the top rotating stories on the new site is about comics. And there are still previews and so on. And the forums are still there, with, …

Pattern is now available in the App Store
[media-credit name=“boooooom.com” link=“http://www.booooooom.com/2016/08/25/pattern-the-simple-drawing-app-every-designer-has-been-waiting-for/" nofollow=1 align=“alignnone” …

Star Citizen demos alpha 3.0 update at Gamescom 2016
Via RPS: Fancy space games are certainly more common now than when Star Citizen was announced but Cloud Imperium’s space ’em up is still the flashiest. The devs are still working on its core elements and pulling them together into a …

More evidence of "iPhone 6SE" surfaces
[media-credit name="techtastic.nl" link="[www.techtastic.nl/iphone-7/](https://www.techtastic.nl/iphone-7/)" align="alignnone" width="610"][/media-credit] Via 9to5Mac: Very sketchy images have surfaced showing off supposed future …

Facebook considering autoplaying videos with sound on iOS and Android apps
Via 9to5Mac: Facebook has confirmed to Mashable that it is testing a new version of autoplay videos in its iOS and Android apps – one that automatically plays the audio also as you scroll through your newsfeed. Who (besides …

The design of the Xbox One S
Via Minimally Minimal: After the launch of Xbox One, the design team began investigating a new approach to game console design. For Xbox One S, we wanted to create a more friendly and universal product that doesn't evoke traditional …

EA now considering remasters, including the Mass Effect series
[media-credit name=“gameinformer.com” link=”www.gameinformer.com/b/news/ar…” align=“alignnone” width=“610”][/media-credit] Via Game Informer: Right now, EA is the last big publisher to …

Konami unveils first post-Kojima Metal Gear game, disappoints entire gaming community
[media-credit name="ign.com" link="[www.youtube.com/watch](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3hjRKGrC40)" nofollow=1 align="alignnone" width="600"][/media-credit] Via Destructoid: The gist is that it seems like canon, following the story of …

Twitter's night mode coming soon to iOS
[media-credit name="theverge.com" link="[www.theverge.com/2016/8/13...](http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/13/12465362/twitter-night-mode-iphone-apple-ios)" nofollow=1 align="alignnone" width="1280"][/media-credit] Via The Verge: Last month, …

New images reportedly show "Space Black" next-gen iPhone
[media-credit name="feng.com" link="[www.feng.com/iPhone/ne...](http://www.feng.com/iPhone/news/2016-08-13/Pure-black-iPhone-7-Plus-suspected-exposure-looks-really-good_654448.shtml)" nofollow=1 align="alignnone" …

Instagram lifts Snapchat's Stories feature
Via The Verge: Facebook’s efforts may pay off. Compared with Snapchat, Instagram is more intuitive for first-time users, and so is its stories feature. Granted, a superior visual aesthetic and more user-friendly navigation doesn’t …

George Lucas purchases all original artwork from Marvel's Han Solo comic
[media-credit name="marvel.com" link="[marvel.com/comics/is...](http://marvel.com/comics/issue/52695/han_solo_2016_1)" nofollow=1 align="alignnone" width="750"][/media-credit] Via CBR: It turns out "Star Wars" creator George Lucas is a big …

Samsung mocks Apple's (still unconfirmed) decision to remove headphone jack from iPhone
Via MacRumours: While on stage describing the new Galaxy Note7, Samsung marketing VP Justin Denison made sure to point out that its new device comes with a headphone jack as can be seen in the video [above], shared by iPhoneAddict.fr. "Want …

BioWare closing (almost all) community forums
Via Destructoid: If you frequent the BioWare forums, you better sit down. Over the weekend, the publisher explained that everything outside of the Star Wars: The Old Republic forums will be shut down. That includes Mass Effect, Dragon Age …

Instagram unveils suite of tools to combat harassment
Via The Verge: Online harassment is a serious issue that any network needs to deal with, period. And flexible tools like a custom banned word list can let individual users take matters into their own hands to clear up their comments …

Thoughts on "Batman: The Killing Joke"

While it isn’t without issue, I enjoyed the animated adaptation of the Alan Moore / Brian Bolland classic.

The new prologue created by writer Brian Azzarello brings a layer of complexity (and controversy) to Batgirl and her …

The state of Marvel's ongoing comics
Via Newsarama: What exactly is an “ongoing” series in 2016? …and does Marvel actually publish them anymore? What the term meant in the past of course, were titles that were published indefinitely, in many cases, of course, for decades at …

Pocket Casts 6 brings dark mode, multitasking, and more to its iOS podcast app
Via 9to5Mac: Pocket Casts is a cross-platform podcast player with apps on iOS, Android, the web, and even Windows Phone, and today Shifty Jelly released a major update to the iPhone and iPad version. Pocket Casts 6 is out today and includes …

2016 iPhone reportedly being called "iPhone 6SE"
Via iPhone in Canada: What is Apple going to name the next iPhone? According to the latest rumour from Apfelpage.de, Chinese supply chain sources cite the next smartphone upgrade will be called ‘iPhone 6SE’, not ‘iPhone 7’. This makes total …

Brian Azzarello talks about "Batman: The Killing Joke" controversial new scene
Via CBR: “The thing about this is that it’s controversial, so we added more controversy,” explained Azzarello. “I think she is stronger than the men in her life in this story. She controls the men in her life in this …

Facebook shutting down its Paper app
Via The Next Web: Paper was beautifully designed and almost universally adored by the design community for its novel animations, clean UI and immersive experience that provided an entirely ad-free way to view your newsfeed. The app …


#Fringe wall at MTC.

Some early thoughts on Pokémon Go and its many (many, many) issues
Via VICE: So, you connect and head to one landmark, you wait for it to load in. It fails to load in, but hey, there’s a Pidgey! You click on the Pidgey, the game crashes. When you boot it back up, the Pidgey is gone. You start to walk a bit …

Revisiting Resident Evil 1.5: Who is Elza Walker?
Via Dehorvie (Tumblr): Elza Walker in Resident Evil 1.5 (バイオハザード 1.5) - The first footage of the game was shown at the V Jump Festival ‘96 in July When I was a kid, I wrote into Gamepro magazine asking them who the heck Elza Walker was and …

CD Projekt Red announces "The Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition"
Via Polygon: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red is planning to release a Game of the Year Edition of the open-world action game, the studio confirmed today in a statement to Polygon. A great value for an amazing game. Without …


Miss you.

Resident Evil 7 (seems to) return the series to its roots
Via The Verge: Not to take anything away from Resident Evil 4, which is one of the best and most influential action games of all time, but there’s a case to be made that it set the series on a path to irrelevance. Subsequent entries learned …

Bethesda & Arkane rebooting "Prey" again
Via RPS: Just as DOOM is not Doom 4, Prey is no longer Prey 2. That makes sense, given that it doesn’t appear to be a sequel to its ten year old predecessor in any way. The only real similarity appears to be in the basics of the setup – …

It's time to break podcasts out of iTunes and release a dedicated Mac app
Via 9to5Mac: iTunes in its current form can be a mess as a music player, but at least that tries to be its primary function; being a good podcast player is hardly the focus of iTunes. Aside from removing part of the bloat from iTunes, …

Logo design for Embark
Via Logo Design Love: Embark sells DNA test kits to dog owners. The company has one of those rare symbols that’s an ideal mix of two, relevant ideas. Such a simple idea that works so well for what the company does. It’s fun and …

Apple rumoured to be announcing iMessage for Android at WWDC 2016
Via The Hungry and Foolish: I’m not convinced this will come true, but if it does, I’d have to wonder what the motivating factor behind this decision is. In my opinion, iMessage is a reason many people stay on iOS. If it went …

Twitter's Android app gets Material Design inspired update
Via MobileSyrup: Twitter has announced its native app has been overhauled with a “revamped look and feel” in order to move its aesthetic in line with Android’s Material Design guidelines. The earlier version of the Android Twitter app, in …

ComiXology launches Unlimited: an on-demand, all-you-can-read service for comics
Via CBR: For the flat cost of $5.99 a month, readers will be given access to titles from Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Oni Press, Archie Comics, Valiant Entertainment, Fantagraphics Books and more. Titles …

Pebble takes to Kickstarter (again) for Pebble 2, Time 2, and Core

Via MobileSyrup:

With the help of crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, Pebble has revealed plans to launch three new products, the Pebble Time 2, Pebble 2 and Pebble Core. The most interesting of the three devices is the Pebble Core, a 3G …

Google debuts Spaces, their new group sharing app

Via Google Blog:

When someone shares something new to a space, the conversational view lets you see what the group is talking about without missing a beat. And if you ever want to find something that was shared earlier—articles, videos, …

Siri for Mac’s dock icon leaked ahead of OS X 10.12 announcment
Via MacRumors: In the menu bar, there's a simple Siri black and white icon that features the word "Siri" surrounded by a box, while the full dock icon is more colorful and features a colorful Siri waveform in the style of other built-in app …


Rocket, the birthday cat.

DC Comics reveals new logo
Meagan Damore for CBR: Following its debut on "Rebirth," the logo -- which was developed in partnership with Pentagram -- will begin to appear on various digital platforms, including DC websites, social media channels, the DC All Access …

Apple Music reportedly getting design overhaul for iOS 10
Via MacRumors: Details about the upcoming Apple Music redesign have been shared by 9to5Mac. It is said to feature a “bolder, yet simpler” design that puts an emphasis on black and white backgrounds and text and more of a focus …

Dark Souls III and the end of an era
Via RPS: Where before the Souls games were only cryptically connected with each other, leaving the community to thread the lore together, Dark Souls 3 not only threads the narratives together but then wraps them up with a bow and some …


Secret #twinpeaks.

Instagram testing redesign on iOS
Via 9to5Mac: Instagram, following the controversial announcement that it would change the order in which images appear in user feeds, now appears to be testing a complete redesign of its app. I really like the direction they're …

CDPR shares progress on Witcher 3's Blood and Wine DLC
Via Destructoid: I know people who are anticipating the next Witcher 3 expansion, Blood & Wine, more than just about anything else on the docket for this year (which is exactly how I am with Souls add-ons, so, I get it). Sometimes, it's …

Nintendo's "NX" console arrives March 2017
Via Engadget: We've heard plenty of rumors since then, including a console-handheld hybrid, a system more powerful than the PS4 and Xbox One, and a console with a bizarre touchscreen controller (including faked photos) based on Nintendo …

Fallout 4 is not the best game released this year


The room hushes. It’s time. The big one’s here. Best Game. Arses shift on seats. Armpits get a little stinky. Someone stifles a sneeze for fear of being ejected.

The winner is Fallout 4.


Fallout 4 …

Podcasts hit Google Play Music this week
Via The Verge: Podcasts have finally made their way to Google Play Music, the company announced today in a blog post. Google began recruiting podcasters last October after it initially revealed plans for the service, and has managed to sign …

MacStories' iOS 10 new features concept video
Via MacStories: Every year, I put together a list of the changes I’d like to see in the next version of iOS. I’ve been doing this for several years now. This year, I wanted to prepare something bigger. The tenth version of iOS …


Lucy dog.

Twitter's Moments feature now live in Canada
Via Mobile Syrup: Rory Capern took over leadership at Twitter Canada and stated the country is a top ten market with “tremendous growth potential.” Canadians flock to the platform to keep updated on the latest news, sports and …

New Fear Effect game launching via Kickstarter
Via Polygon: Fear Effect: Sedna will be the third official game in the franchise, if it meets its crowdfunding goal. Sushee is taking its Fear Effect game to Kickstarter in the coming days and is doing so with the permission of Square Enix …

Google debuts new family of Play icons
Official Android Blog: You’ll start to see the new Google Play icons across devices and online in the coming weeks. We hope you’ll continue enjoying the Play family of products—now with a new look. I really dig the new look. Very …

Source code hints at switch from OS X to macOS
Via Cult of Mac: We’ve all noticed Apple’s latest operating system nomenclature, with each new release a device-centric OS, like iOS, tvOS, or watchOS. Why not macOS, then? Likely what we'll see at WWDC later this year. To be honest, I'm …

"The 10 Cloverfield Lane backlash is missing the point"
Via The Verge: …ultimately, the ending fits because it’s the necessary completion of a meaningful arc. The film is Michelle’s story. It starts with her, it sympathizes with her throughout, and it dismisses plot points that aren’t …


Busy weekend.


Death Cab.

DC announces new All-Star Batman
Via Bleeding Cool: Elephant in the room is Scott Snyder, Jim Lee says. Jim is announced that Scott Snyder is here to announce his new book with John Romita Jr. All-Star Batman. Jim Lee is pissed that they’ve taken the name. Jock and Sean …

Google working on Echo-like hardware
Via The Verge: Google executives have seen and heard all the positive buzz around Amazon's Echo speaker, and now the company is said to be preparing a similar product for the home. The Information is reporting on a "secret Google project to …

Everyone Apparently Hates Batman v Superman
Via ComicsAlliance: The first critic reviews of Batman v. Superman hit the web last night and early word was... not kind. The film currently sits at 40% on Rotten Tomatoes. By comparison, the divisive Man of Steel had a 56%. Having now seen …

Pebble Lays off 25% of Staff
Via MobileSyrup: Pebble is laying off 25 percent of its total staff this week (about 40 employees). CEO Eric Migicovsky confirmed the news to Tech Insider. The company has since issued a statement, “We have a vision where wearables will …

Konami wanted Hayter out long before MGS V
Owen S. Good for Polygon: In a blunt interview with Game Informer's podcast, David Hayter, the longtime voice of Solid Snake until 2014's Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes and last year's Phantom Pain, indicated that Konami and Kojima …


Parker boy.

Facebook Pulling the Plug on BlackBerry App
Via The Verge: Facebook is dropping support for BlackBerry’s mobile operating systems, which will force BlackBerry owners to use the social network’s mobile website if they’d like to access it on the go. In a world where …

"Firewatch sells half a million copies, ships a thousand sets of photos [Corrected]"
Via Polygon: Panic, the publisher who partnered with developing studio Campo Santo, announced the sales total in a retrospective post on its blog yesterday. Firewatch had been the top-selling downloadable game on PlayStation Store in …

Google releases Android N Developer Preview
Via Ars Technica: Google I/O is happening on May 18-20, but forget Google I/O—the developer preview of the next version of Android is launching,right now.,Google has posted the Android N Developer Preview for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus …

"Spider-Man's new suit is beautiful fan service"
Via The Verge: Spider-Man just leapt into the final shot of the Captain America: Civil War trailer, tingling spidey-senses across social media. The clip lasts only a couple seconds, but gives fans their first clear look at the web-slinger’s …

Sean Parker of Napster is creating a day-and-date movie release service
Via Engadget: Sean Parker, Napster co-founder and ex-Facebook president, is cooking up another big project. […] If it sees the light of day, it’ll cost you $150 to buy the set-top box that transmits movies the same day they …

"The Division isn't just Ubisoft's next game, it's the company's future"
Via Polygon: This week doesn’t mark just the launch of Ubisoft’s latest new franchise with the release of Tom Clancy’s The Division, the leadership at Ubisoft tell us. It’s also the dividing line between the Ubisoft of old and what the …

"Sony's 'Venom' Taps Writer for New Film, Potential Franchise"
Via CBR: “Venom” is swinging back to Sony. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has hired Dante Harper to write the script for the “Spider-Man” spinoff, which is intended to develop into its own franchise. …

"Dark Souls 3: finding joy in a world that wants you dead"
Via The Verge: If there is one thing I know to expect from the Dark Souls series, it’s that nothing is ever as easy as it seems. And that’s as true as ever in the first half hour of Dark Souls 3. It’s incredible to me that, this far into …

Nintendo’s 3DS Woes
Via Motherboard: Well, the days when Nintendo can count on its portable business may very well be coming to an end. The company’s recently released a modified financial forecast that includes a drop to 6.6 million units in expected hardware …

"'Alan Wake' sequel hinted in trademark filing"
Via Engadget: A trademark application for “Alan Wake’s Return” was spotted by a user on the gaming forum Neogaf, pointing to another instalment of the Twin Peaks-style thriller. Remedy’s creative director Sam Lake …

Apple's iPad Pro likely revealed in March
Gary Ng for iPhone in Canada: While we all suspected an iPad Air 3 was set to be announced, Gurman now says it’s going to be marketed as a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, bringing the tablet into the same family as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. As someone who …

Resident Evil 4–6 coming to PS4 and Xbox One
Via The Verge: A trio of Resident Evil games is on its way to modern consoles. Today Capcom announced that Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6, will all be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year. The games appear to be largely …

BlackBerry talks security, compliance with law enforcement but no backdoors
Via Android Central: BlackBerry abides by lawful access principles — at the end of the day we want to ensure that we’re not helping criminals or terrorists. With that said, we don’t create backdoors and that’s something we stand by. Not one …

"Apple removing Pencil navigation in iOS 9.3 beta 4"
Via iMore: Apple’s pressure-sensitive tool is incredible for drawing and writing on the iPad Pro’s screen, but its navigational ability is just as important. Part of the iPad’s magic is the seemingly physical contact of your fingers and the …

DC Pivoting Once Again Post-New 52 With Rebirth
Via Newsarama: “The whole point of ‘Rebirth,’ for all of us, is to get back to the essence of the characters,” Johns said. “In the DC Universe: Rebirth special, the very first couple lines in it sum up what this is to me. There’s a picture …

Tom King Leaving The Vision
Via Bleeding Cool: It is very possibly the best comic book Marvel Comics is publishing. But Tom King is a new DC Comics exclusive writer. We think he will be writing the Batman bi-weekly comic launching with Rebirth. If this news …

"DC Comics celebrates classic covers from five whole years ago"
Via Polygon: May 2016 is the month that every title that launched at the start of the New 52 will hit its 52nd issue. Of those initial 52, only 11 have made it to this milestone, and DC will be adorning those comics with variant covers that …

Quality over quantity: No 'Assassin's Creed' this year
Via Polygon: Assassin’s Creed is taking the year off, Ubisoft announced today. The publisher won’t release a new entry in the popular franchise during 2016; instead, the development team is “stepping back and re-examining …

Xbox fans upset about Quantum Break PC release
Via Polygon: There is a certain, likely small, vocal subset of Xbox One fans who are upset that Quantum Break is coming to the PC, and will be available day and date with the Xbox One release. This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

"'The Division' is getting an open beta next week"
Via Engadget: If you didn’t participate in The Division’s recent closed beta, don’t worry – you’re going to have another chance to play the game soon. Ubisoft has announced open beta dates for its new Tom …

"Twitter begins rolling out its algorithmic timeline"
Via The Verge: After years of debate and months of user testing, Twitter is rolling out a new version of its timeline this morning that ranks tweets by quality in addition to timeliness. The twitpocalypse is upon us.

Google Visual Identity
Via The Rivalry: We were invited to create a new visual identity for GOOGLE that would adapt to the ever-evolving multi-screen world, without losing the speed and simplicity users love. No small task with over 12 billion searches made …

Because it's 2017: Google ads going all-HTML, banning Flash
Via Ars Technica: On the Adwords Google+ page, Google just announced a timeline for banishing Flash from its advertising network, announcing that “Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing are now going 100% HTML5. This …

"Tim Cook hints more Apple apps could come to Android"
Via Engadget: Apple stepped into the Android waters late last year with the launch of Apple Music on Google’s competing mobile OS. But if comments made by Tim Cook at recent “Town Hall” event for Apple employees are to be …

"For some reason, VAIO announces a Windows 10 phone"
Via Engadget: VAIO’s Windows Phone runs Windows 10, and (on paper) has the specifications to make that work – especially when it comes to Continuum: running a PC environment entirely from your phone. There’s an octocore …

Outlook on iOS gets calendar widget, Sunrise relevance fades
Via Macworld: Microsoft hasn’t said exactly when it plans to end support for the app it acquired last year, but the company has put Sunrise users on notice that it will leave the market after its features get “fully integrated” into …

"Windows Phone is Dead"
Via The Verge: Windows Phone started off life as a promising alternative to Android and iOS five years ago. Microsoft positioned its range of Windows Phone 7 handsets as the true third mobile ecosystem, but it’s time to admit it has failed. …

"Chrome for iPhone and iPad now more stable, faster"
Via iMore: Google has pushed an update to its Chrome browser for iPhone and iPad, making it nearly 70 percent more stable as well as much faster. The browser now uses Apple’s latest rendering engine, WKWebView, which provides an overall …

BlackBerry lets us know people care about their phones enough to show them in movies
Via Engadget: People say you must love yourself in order to be loved by others, and that’s exactly what BlackBerry’s trying to do. The manufacturer recently posted a blog highlighting how many times its devices appeared in …

"Hitman Kills Full Release, Goes Fully-Episodic Instead"
Via RPS: Hitman still technically releases on the same day, but at about one-third the size. Only two missions—the Prologue and one set in Paris—will make the March release. The other two that were planned for the initial release, set in …

"Newest Humble Comics Bundle offers some of 2015's best comics for 94 percent off"
Via Polygon: Bitch Planet, ODY-C and Wytches were numbers one, five and eight on our list of the best comics of 2015, and you can pick all of them up (and more than twenty others besides) for a cool $20 in the latest Humble Books bundle. A …

Lenovo moving away from Motorola name, becoming simply Moto
Ryan Whitwam for Android Police: According to Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh, Lenovo will keep the Motorola name around at an organizational level, but at the consumer level you'll see phones emblazoned with the Moto "batwing" logo and "Moto by …

iPhone 7 apparently debuting alongside new wireless EarPods by Beats
Via Macworld: There’s a reason why the iPhone 7 is getting rid of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. According to 9to5Mac, Apple is developing new wireless EarPods powered by Beats. These Bluetooth-equipped earphones are rumored to debut in the …

'Final Fantasy IX' Coming Soon to PC
[youtube [www.youtube.com/watch](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oDeSJI0qJc&w=500&h=281]) Via PC Gamer: Final Fantasy IX, the secret best Final Fantasy title, is coming to PC, only 15 years after it released for the original PlayStation. …

2015 in Video Games
Another year gone is another opportunity to look back at what was. Overall a pretty solid twelve months of video games that kicked off slowly (as they often do) and gained momentum as the months rolled on. Here are just a handful of my …

"Everything Apple Introduced This Year Kinda Sucked"
Via Gizmodo: In 2015, Apple made a series of flashy new introductions of both hardware and software. Several seemed amazing at first, but on closer inspection, they were all disappointing. Here is the year in Apple things that sucked. Ugh. …

"Google and Ford reportedly team up to build self-driving cars"
Via Ars Technica: Google just found a major partner for its self-driving car program. A report from Yahoo Autos claims that, during CES, Ford will announce a joint venture between it and Google to build self-driving cars. Similar to how the …

"Marvel Launches 'Gwenpool' Ongoing From Hastings, Gurihiru"
Via CBR: Gwenpool is here to stay. After becoming a meme-worthy cosplay sensation at this past Comic Con International in San Diego, the dimension-hopping merc known as Gwenpool made a big splash in a number of comics – notably …


Christmas Spidey.

"Apple waited too long to get into music streaming"
Via The Verge: Let’s lay out just how large the head start its competitors have. Apple Music is essentially in fourth place, miles behind Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube, and all the companies ahead of Apple are only getting bigger and …

Vaughan, Martin, Vicente Release First Issue of 'Barrier'
Via The Beat: Out today, likely timed with this week’s release of the hardcover physical release of their originally digital-only endeavor The Private Eye, Barrier #1 hit Panel Syndicate from the exact same team. It’s follows the tried and …


Reeder 3 Available Now on iOS
Via 9to5Mac: First off, the update adds support for using Instapaper as a sync service. Instapaper joins services like Feedbin, Feedly, and Feed Wrangler as services supported by Reeder. The update also introduces a Safari View Controller, …

"Fantastic Four Sequel Removed From Fox's Release Schedule"
Via Comic Book: Despite Fox’s initial insistence that the Fantastic Four sequel was moving forward despite the box office failure of the first film, Fox has now officially removed the Fantastic Four sequel from their release schedule. In …

Sony is working on PS2 emulation for the PS4
James Vincent for The Verge: What exactly is Sony up to with emulating PlayStation 2 games on the PS4? A report this week from Wired confirmed that the company is, in its own words, “working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring …


Character creator is okay I guess.

The MCU needs more Doctor Doom
Alex Abad-Santos for Vox: While a First Family reunion and subsequent integration into the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be a sentimental and feel-good story, the Four aren’t what Marvel needs (or, at this point, likely wants). What …


Great reads this week.


Jon Watts talks about his Spider-Man inspirations
Via Rob Leane for Den of Geek: We have the freedom to pull from anything, but I really like what [Brian Michael] Bendis did. A lot. That felt like… that was Peter Parker back in high school. And, spending as much time with his high school …

Far Cry Primal coming in 2016
Via Sam Machkovech for Ars Technica: Far Cry Primal will take players to a prehistoric era that, according to today’s new teaser trailer, will be inhabited by saber-tooth tigers and wooly mammoths. The teaser showed off rudimentary, …

PS Vita successor doubtful, Sony blames mobile gaming
Owen Good for Polygon: Shuhei Yoshida, the worldwide studios chief for Sony Computer Entertainment, told a panel this weekend that “the climate is not healthy” for a successor to the PlayStation handheld, thanks to the saturation of mobile …

Pebble Debuts The Pebble Time Round
Via TechCrunch: Pebble, the company that arguably sparked the whole smartwatch trend with a $10M Kickstarter back in 2012, is shifting things up today. After years of sticking with square-faced displays, the company is today introducing its …

Konami done with AAA games, despite MGS V success
Via RPS: Our chums at Eurogamer are lending their trusted backing to recent claims that publisher Konami are beating a swift retreat from big budget land for a while, even though everyone and their D-Dog seems to be playing Metal Gear Solid …

Pokémon Go brings the game to real life on iOS and Android
Via 9to5Mac: Today, the Pokémon Company has announced that it is partnering with Nintendo and Alphabet-owned Niantic to produce a new upcoming mobile game called Pokémon Go. This title will be available on both iOS and Android devices for …

"iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus: hands-on with 3D Touch"
Via The Verge: There’s a consistent use case for 3D Touch: “peeking” into the thing that’s being linked. So you can peek in camera functions from the camera icon, you can peek at an email without opening it from your inbox, and you can peek …

Artist Kevin Wada Shows Off Scarlet Witch Design Process
Via Newsarama: Kevin Wada has become one of Marvel’s go-to artists for redesigning and updating their characters’ looks, and his latest effort turns his fashion-inspired style on Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, in preparation for her …

Reviews are rolling out now for MGS V
Via Polygon: Series creator Hideo Kojima has been making Metal Gear games with publisher Konami for close to 30 years, creating sequels and prequels that bounce back and forth between the future and the past of a labyrinthine fictional …

"OnePlus 2 Review: It's Powerful, It's Cheap, and Dangit, It's Exciting"
Via Gizmodo: Even as Apple, Samsung, and Motorola are pounding out their latest flagship superphones, the OnePlus 2 is easily the most interesting handset hitting the market right now. It’s different: An ambitious, powerful phone that won’t …

"DC Tells Editors, Stop Batgirling, Go Back To Meat And Potatoes"
Via Bleeding Cool: This morning we mentioned that DC Comics was down over $2 million on planned revenue/expenditure for 2014/2015. Here’s where the other shoe gets dropped. I understand from a number of senior sources that DC editorial have …

Until Dawn finds inspiration in classic horror movies
Andrew Webster for The Verge: The best horror movie of the year might just be a video game. Though it’s available on the PlayStation 4, and you play it with a controller, Until Dawn is really as much a film as it is a game; borrowing from …

Resident Evil 2 remake getting traction within Capcom
Via Polygon: Right after the RE HD Remaster project was finished, I actually started putting together my ideas for this “RE2 Project”. So, I just brushed it up and went to see my boss to present the basic concept of the project already … …

"Odin Sphere HD remaster coming to PS4, PS3 and Vita in 2016"
Via Polygon: Vanillaware’s side-scrolling, fantasy action-role-playing game Odin Sphere is coming back next year in remastered form, publisher Atlus announced today. Odin Sphere: Leifþrasir, a high-definition re-release, is bound for …

"Apple Disables App Store Reviews From Devices Running iOS 9"
Via Macrumors: This is a much needed change that will prevent developers from having their App Store ratings and reviews affected by beta-related problems that are out of their control. Not that it applies anymore but it should go without …

"Apple Watch Sales Estimates Remain Low"
Via TechCrunch: Analyst house Canalys is the latest to attempt to estimate demand for Apple’s debut wearable, the Apple Watch — forecasting Cupertino shipped 4.2 million over Q2, the device’s launch quarter. Ugh. Only in the world of Apple …

Looking Back at 'City of Heroes'
Via RPS: I stuck with CoH longer than any other MMO, even World Of Warcraft. I’ve never liked an MMO more than it. It felt so fun, so immediate, and I never had a moment where I felt I needed to grind. It had sidekicking to let you play …

"Apple Finally Fixes The iPhone Keyboard’s Worst Flaw In iOS 9"
Via TechCrunch: It’s the little things in life. Like, you know, being able to tell if your keyboard is currently set to use capital letters or not. Is it really the worst flaw if 99% of users never even noticed it?

The Verge is turning off comments
Via Nilay Patel for The Verge: What we’ve found lately is that the tone of our comments (and some of our commenters) is getting a little too aggressive and negative — a change that feels like it started with GamerGate and has steadily …

Marvel goes insane, announces 45 new books
Via Comic Book: Today, comic shop retailers across the globe received the All-New, All-Different Marvel Previews, a magazine revealing most of their post-Secret Wars publishing line that will debut in Oct., and it is full of revelations as …

Hangouts for iOS gets a redesign
Via Engadget: Frustrated with the Google Hangouts app on iOS from time to time? Us too. Mountain View updated the mobile software today with a refreshed UI and more. First, you’ll likely notice the new coat of Material Design paint that …

Google Officially Announces Android M
Via WIRED: We’ve gotten our first official look at Android M, and it offers scores of subtle improvements that promise to make using Android 6.0 a whole lot better. It’s evolutionary, not revolutionary which is exactly what Android 6.0 …

Tweetbot for Mac 2.0
Via ParisLemon: Twitter for Mac continues to suffer from its on-again, off-again death. They clearly don’t consider it a first-class citizen compared to the other clients. So I highly recommend the new Tweetbot for Mac 2.0, which I’ve been …

Resident Evil Zero HD remaster announced
Alice O'Connor for RPS: Capcom announced this morning that they’re giving the 2002 prequel to Resident Evil the old updatearoo. They say this new version will be a modern update similar to this year’s enhanced REmake. While I’m excited to …

First look at Google's new photo service
Liam Spradlin for Android Police: We’ve been hearing for a very long time (…) that Photos would be splitting off from Google’s social/sign-in platform. We’ve heard vague rumblings, and even seen some baby steps toward this split, but now we …

Ouya (the company) is reportedly for sale
Adi Robertson for The Verge: Embattled gaming company Ouya might be in even more trouble: according to a leaked memo, it’s putting itself up for sale in order to cut back its debt. Fortune reports that Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman sent a memo to …

Why comic fans dislike the idea of Batman v Superman
Steven Lloyd Wilson for Pajiba: Snyder setting the two up to be enemies so that they fight? Bullshit. The two are friends, brothers in arms, and that is exactly why their fights matter. They are friends because they are both good, and they …

The Batman v Superman trailer has leaked
Alex Abad-Santos for Vox: “Tell me, do you bleed?” a Batman with glowing eyes asks Superman. The sky is dark and rainy. The city looks like it hasn’t seen the sun in years. And the trailer closes with an ominous promise from Batman. “You …

Apple Watch sells out in less than six hours
Joe Rossignol for MacRumors: The stainless steel Apple Watch retained fairly better shipping estimates after the pre-order window opened, with most models available to ship in 4-6 weeks after the first hour of availability. I suppose that …

Adam Hughes reflects on his "Real Power" poster
Andrew Wheeler for ComicsAlliance: It’s inspired cosplayers and artists alike, and hangs in pride of place on many comic fans’ walls, yet Adam Hughes‘ Real Power of the DC Universe poster was originally just a giveaway at San Diego …

The art and style of the new Batgirl
Betty Felon for ComicsAlliance: A stark, dramatic departure from the decidedly dour tone of previous issue, the new book introduced Barbara Gordon’s new life in the newly created and decidedly hip Burnside neighborhood of Gotham, where she …

The hidden arc in the design of Mass Effect
Ben Kuchera for Polygon: Any two images from a Mass Effect game look like they came from not only the same game, but the same world; there is a sort of visual coherence that most games lack, or even worse, that most games simply share with …


Third year typography books

Reports suggest new Apple TV with App Store, Siri coming in June
Jacob Kastrenakes for The Verge: According to BuzzFeed News, Apple is planning to debut a revamped Apple TV at its World Wide Developers Conference. The new box will reportedly support third-party apps, voice control with Siri, and …

Superman and Wonder Woman getting new costumes
Jesse Schedeen for IGN: A handful of upcoming comic book covers have revealed new costumes for both Superman and Wonder Woman. These costumes will debut in June as part of DC’s major post-Convergence relaunch. Coming off of the New 52 …

PC companies bash Apple’s new MacBook
Tom Warren for The Verge: Mac vs. PC is always fun. It’s a never-ending war of words between Apple fans and Microsoft fans, mixed with tech spec comparisons of GHz, nits, and RAM speed. While Apple was busy unveiling a new 12-inch MacBook …

Google Calendar arrives on iOS
Jon Fingas for Engadget: Do you prefer the iPhone, but would like to use Google’s calendar app to keep track of your life rather than Apple’s own? That’s finally an option. Google Calendar has launched for the iPhone, giving you the same …

Bombshell is a Duke Nukem game starring a robotic woman
Chris Plante for The Verge: “It was Duke [Nukem] replaced with [the character] Bombshell.” The heroine, a former explosives expert named Shelley Harrison, was to play a supporting role in the original Duke Nuke game; when the lawsuit …

DC Comics ending digital/physical combos in March
Rich Johnston for Bleeding Cool: At the DC Retailer Roadshow on Friday in New York, DC Comics announced they would be ending their digital combo editions, bagged copies of the comic books with a digital download code sold for a dollar over …


99designs and the exploitation of designers
Steve Douglas: Not only have many come to believe that logo design contests are accepted and groovy, but that this is how the industry operates as a matter of course. There’s almost a weird sense of entitlement for oodles of free design …

Pebble is not an Apple Watch
With the rumoured new watch from Pebble with a colour e-paper display, the company has been able to completely change my outlook on their future. When I first got my Pebble watch, I was pretty convinced that something like the Apple Watch …

Tizen versus Android UI
Ron Amadeo for Ars Technica: With the release of Tizen, Samsung now has two smartphone interface designs under its belt. The company’s other creation is TouchWiz, the skin that ships with all of its Android phones. But for the most part, …


iOS 8 adoption: 72%, Android Lollipop: 1.6%
Juli Clover for MacRumors: Though adoption of iOS 8 has been slower than iOS 7 adoption rates, Apple is still way ahead of Android. The latest version of Android (5.0, aka Lollipop), released in November, is currently only installed on 1.6 …



Shownotes for the final episode of Comic Stack