Apr 4, 2014

Obama's promise to prevent NSA spying rings hollow

by John Naughton

Last week in the Hague, Barack Obama seemed to have suddenly remembered the oath he swore on his inauguration as president — that stuff about preserving, protecting and defending the constitution of the United States. At any rate, he announced that the NSA would ...

Mar 27, 2014

Military-industrial warnings ring as true as ever

by John Naughton

On Jan. 17, 1961, the outgoing U.S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, went on TV to deliver his valedictory address to the American people. Ike had been a relatively uncontroversial president. He had overseen a period of astonishing prosperity and economic growth. He had impeccable ...

BitSummit reveals tantalizing homemade worlds of play

Mar 13, 2014

BitSummit reveals tantalizing homemade worlds of play

by Jason Coskrey

After a successful debut last year, former Q-Games producer James Mielke once again shone a light on Japan’s independent gaming scene with the second edition of BitSummit, a gathering of independent developers. This year’s event, held March 7-9 in a large exhibition hall at ...

Feb 27, 2014

Don't be taken in by Amazon's friendly face

by John Naughton

When corporate types gather to schmooze at expensive watering holes they talk about competition as an unalloyed public good. It’s seen in Darwinian terms: companies engaged in a ceaseless battle for survival, with only the fittest emerging triumphant. But generally the discussion is couched ...