When I finally got my hands on the Royole Flexpai, the world's first flexible smartphone, I couldn't stop obsessing about the rubber spine as I opened and closed it. I worried that I was going to break it, but the two halves snapped into place via magnets just fine. Watching the Android operating system flex and bend on the display kept me riveted.But then I tried using the phone. I tapped the screen, and nothing happened. When it finally did, another widget popped over the main menu. I folded out the display, and waited for the screen to reorient itself. And waited. Tap, tap, tap. Nothing, nothing, nothing. It was definitely not ready for prime time. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung's foldable phone is coming soon 7:56 To be fair, the phone I tried out wasn't a commercial-ready unit yet, and the Royole engineer who showed me the phone said updates were coming daily. But that first awkward experience underscores some of the growing pains that flexible smartphones are … [Read more...] about The foldable smartphone revolution will be awkward, but essential
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If you take a peek at the back pages of 1990s computer magazines, you’ll find plenty of ads for data recovery services, toner cartridges, and bulk shipments of computer disks. Look even closer, and you’ll discover a now-almost-forgotten world of early digital erotica and sexual chat services. Dialup bulletin boards with names like “Sexy Modem” and “Cyberlust” enticed readers of MacUser and PC Magazine to log on and chat with singles or download pornography. At the same time, erotic game makers offered CD-ROM titles like Penthouse Select a Pet and The Interactive Adventures of Seymore Butts. One, simply called Girlfriend, was advertised by Sexy Software as the “first virtual woman” and naturally retailed for an introductory price of $69. “Now You Can Have Your Own GIRLFRIEND,” boasted an ad in PC Magazine, “a sensuous woman living in your computer!” While some of these offerings are cringeworthy by today’s … [Read more...] about How ’90s Cybersex Pioneers Looked for Action and Found Community
Hollywood actress Elle Fanning has taken on the titular role of in the upcoming biopic Mary Shelley, depicting an artist as a young woman, finding first love with romantic poet Percy Byshe Shelley (played by Brit actor Douglas Booth). While many know the female writer for her magnum opus, the iconic Frankenstein, published anonymously in 1818, her life story is one of high drama and larger than life characters. Born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, she was born in 1797 in Somers Town in London. Her parents were two iconic philosophers: the feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft was her mother, while her father was the first proponent of anarchy, William Godwin. As Wollstonecraft tragically passed away from puerperal fever not long after Mary was born, Godwin raised the girl alone with her half-sister, Fannie Imlay, who was her mother's child from a liaison outside of marriage. A troubled childhood Mary's happiest years were with her father and Fannie, along with housekeeper and nurse Louisa … [Read more...] about True story behind the Mary Shelley movie
The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California is one of the biggest industry events — and for some attendees, it’s indispensable. For South African developers, it’s a rare opportunity to get face time with publishers, platform owners, and other devs. It’s a huge commitment that can cost an enormous portion of their annual salary just to attend. At GDC, I went to the South African booth to learn more about what it’s like to create games in an emerging market. I sat down with a few developers — Nyamakop founders Cukia “Sugar” Kimani and Ben Myres, artist and designer Dorian Dutrieux, and Nick Hall from the trade association Interactive Entertainment South Africa (IESA). It’s not the first time any of them have attended GDC, but it’s the first time South Africa has had an official booth, though Hall’s organization has previously set it up at Gamescom and Paris Game Connection. “[Gamescom] draws from the … [Read more...] about The IndieBeat: Why South African game developers are starting their own industry event
Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we’re talking about shitty local announcers, eyeballs, scrambled eggs, and more. Your letters: Adam: Who is/was the best Old Sports Guy (by which I mean of people who played into their 40's)? I’m of the generation that was actually raised watching both Bartolo Colon and Jaromir Jagr, but I also caught the tail end of Robert Parrish’s absurd 21-year NBA career that ended when he was 44! I think I’m firmly on Team Jagr if only because, all things being equal, he seems to be the most fun. I’m taking Bartolo over Jagr because Bartolo is fat, and nothing makes an athlete cooler than being both old AND fat. It gives hope to the rest of us. And Bartolo has always been fat! He’s PRESERVED in his own fat, like a leg of duck confit. I wish they made the whole league out of Bartolo Colons. I want an XLB that bans any player under age 35 and 25 BMI. The … [Read more...] about Who Is The Greatest Old-Ass Athlete?