Recommended Reading: The secrets behind ‘Madden’s’ player ratings

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

How Madden Ratings are Ma…


Walmart vs. Netflix DVD battle snags $12 each for 1.2 million people

Ready for a blast from the past? Ten years ago, Walmart’s plan to undercut Netflix on DVD-by-mail rental pricing failed, and the retail giant turned that part of its business over to the movie service in exchange for a cut of the revenue, referral bo…


Disney wants to help developers make games more interactive

Many RPGs have more than one ending, but even then you still have limited ways to control the story or to interact with the characters. Disney Research, however, wants to make real interactive games — ones where your actions can affect how it progre…


Chinese internet giants purge 60,000 accounts for inappropriate usernames

China will enforce an even tighter control over online names starting on March 1st, and it’s already begun nuking any account that doesn’t conform to its standards. A handful of powerful internet companies in the country have deleted over 60,000 acco…


Disney’s retelling the ‘Star Wars’ film saga with Legos

There isn’t a way to turn back time and prevent the Star Wars prequels from ever releasing (just ask Cher), but maybe Disney XD’s upcoming crack at them could make the flicks palatable. You see, the channel is prepping the launchpad for The Force Awa…


Would you prefer a thinner phone or better battery life?

Despite a number of exciting (and novel) announcements related to battery technology, the sad fact is that our smartphones still need to be frequently charged. One thing that hasn’t helped in prolonging the lives of our devices is a trend toward ever…


Daily Roundup: History of net neutrality, deconstructing Nintendo and more!

Welcome to the Daily Roundup. In today’s news, you can learn about the history of net neutrality. Meanwhile, we look at Nintendo’s unique strategy and fondly recall Leonard Nimoy. You can read all these stories and more past the break….


Seattle PD has a YouTube channel for its body camera footage

Seattle’s officer-worn camera footage is making its way online, but if you were hoping for anything Cops-like you’re likely to be disappointed. In accordance with privacy measures, faces aren’t the only parts of a shot that are blurred out — most of…