Clever Font Adds Braille To Signs

A Japanese designer has created a typeface that allows written characters and Braille to appear in the same space to save space. Kosuke Takahasi hopes it will be adopted for signage when Tokyo hosts the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2020. The idea is to get around the problem of a lack of space deterring […]

Ridesharing Apps ‘Make Traffic Worse’

‘Ridehailing’ services such as Uber are making traffic congestion worse rather than more efficient according to a newly-published study. The results contradict previous studies and forecasts. Bruce Schaller explored data from New York streets over the past four years. He notes that the number of licensed ‘ride-sharing’ drivers is around five times the number of […]

Anime Pioneer & Studio Ghibli Co-Founder Isao Takahata Passes Away

Isao Takahata, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, has died aged 82. Alongside colleagues including Hayao Miyazaki, he was a key figure in the development of Japanese animation. While Studio Ghibli began in 1985, Takahata worked on television and movies from the early 1960s and made his name directing 1968’s The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince […]

Valve’s Steam Gaming Machines Alive, If Not Well

Valve says its dedicated Steam Machines project is still active, despite the boxes apparently disappearing from its online store. It’s also committing to ongoing work on Linux-powered gaming. SteamOS, a Linux-based system designed specifically for PC gaming, debuted in 2013. It was followed two years later by the first Steam Machines, dedicated computers running the […]

The 80s Classic Fireball Island Board Game Returns Bigger And Better

Fireball Island is coming back in a “reignited and restored” form after destroying its Kickstarter target. It’s the latest project from a company that updates classic board games for a modern age. Restoration Games takes out-of-print board games that are fondly remembered but have simplistic or outdated rules that mean they wouldn’t appeal to hobby […]

Overwatch Battle Royale Mode Not In The Works

The man in charge of Overwatch says he’d love to incorporate a battle royale mode. Unfortunately Jeff Kaplan says a couple of major barriers mean it might not happen soon. Calls for such a mode – in which a huge number of players compete in a last man standing clash – have followed the success […]

Google Home Now Pairs With Bluetooth Speakers

Google has finally made the Google Home smart speaker compatible with other Bluetooth speakers. It’s a plus for audiophiles and makes the Home Mini much more viable for some users. Until now, if you wanted to listen to music or podcasts with the Google Home’s voice control, you either had to stick with the built-in […]

Playstation VR Gets Another Price Cut

Sony is cutting the cost of its PlayStation VR technology, with the cheapest package now $299.99. That marks the second major price cut, suggesting Sony has exhausted the market for early adopters paying a premium. The entry package is the Doom VFR bundle, which includes the headset, camera, a game demo disc and Doom. That’s […]