I write literally hundreds of articles every year, so summarizing them is impossible. Instead, I’ve rounded up five articles and reviews I’m particularly proud of. You can read more of my recently published work by checking out my author page on Digital Trends and MakeUseOf.
Samsung ATIV Book 8 Review: Digital Trends, May 25th 2013
The 15.6-inch 1080p display on the ATIV Book 8 looks fantastic the moment it’s turned on. Solid results in our benchmarks backed up this impression. We found the panel can render 96 percent of the sRGB gamut, posting respectable contrast and black level results. This is not the best display in the class, but it’s certainly good, and it beats both the Toshiba Kirabook and the Asus Zenbook UX51Vz by a slim margin.
When Kickstarters Fail: MakeUseOf, November 1st, 2012
It’s arguable that Retrovirus is a crowd-funding success because the investor who helped support the game may never have heard of Retrovirus if not for the Kickstarter. Even so, Dylan made it clear that he won’t be heading back to crowd-funding any time soon. “Really, Kickstarter is presales that allows for your ‘super-fan’ to pay above and beyond and subsidize development,” he said. “For the top 0.1% of projects, it can be game changing. For everyone else, traditional funding is going to spare you the stress and the opportunity loss of working on fundraising instead of development.”
Hybrids Are The Future Of Computing: Digital Trends, January 24th, 2013
The future of computing will be a story of convergence, not divergence. Multiple devices will fuse into a single master computer. This will not be tablets or smartphones, which are incapable of replacing modern PCs – hybrids will rise to take on this new role. The tablet will remain, but it will be pushed into low-cost markets or sold as an add-on to a computing ecosystem built around the hybrid.
Meet Microsoft, The World’s Best Kept R&D Secret: PC World, January 2nd, 2013
Microsoft’s working on a solution, and it’s based on the infirmities of the flesh. The human eye can only view a limited area in full detail. Our peripheral vision is much less sensitive. A computer with eye-tracking hardware—like, say, the holodeck mentioned above—can take advantage of this by determining where we’re focused and rendering objects in the periphery with less detail, using an anti-aliasing algorithm to smooth out the lower resolutions found off-center.
Steam: A Monopoly In The Making? The Escapist, 16th March, 2010
Steam’s tight integration with Steamworks is uncomfortably similar. Steamworks installs Steam automatically, even if the user isn’t interested in Steam or the user purchased the game through some other digital distribution service. And unlike Internet Explorer, there is no way for the user to opt out of using Steam. Install Steam or don’t play the game – those are the only choices. This kind of limitation on the use of a product is extremely anti-competitive and is sure to cause continued tussles between Steam and its rivals.