Luke McKinney

An Irishman abroad in Toronto, Luke has two master’s degrees in physics, a PC resembling 2001′s monolith, and a phone so smart it can wear a dinner jacket. Luke has turned “researching cool stuff” into a job and currently writes about technology, science, food, drink, solar power, comedy, and video games -- so he needs to work smarter just to fit it all into the day.

Fantastically Fun iPad Board Games

by Luke McKinney - on Nov 25th 2014 - No Comments
Board Games for iPad

The iPad isn’t just a gadget; it’s an electronic window into a finer world where seconds aren’t wasted. It’s the perfect size to bring everywhere, and it’s useful enough to justify bringing to any work engagement. And if that means you’re carrying the cleverest and silliest entertainment option since Feynmann started...

Looking Through the Google Glass

by Luke McKinney - on Oct 22nd 2014 - No Comments
Google Glass (image source: Google)

Google has changed how we see the online world and now it wants to do the same for the real thing. It’s a science-fiction stereotype, a vast computer network trying to escape into the physical world. And in a horror movie stereotype, it needs human hosts to do so. Project Glass is a giant leap for the company: instead of organizing...

Essential Education Apps For New Students

by Luke McKinney - on Dec 19th 2012 - No Comments
College Student with Laptop and Notebook

Modern students aren’t just preparing for the future; they’re part of it, because this is the first time we’ve educated an entire generation of cyborgs. Search the average first year student and you’ll find more advanced computer technology than the first moon lander, and for the same reasons: they’re exploring a brand new world...

4 Fantastic iPad Games

by Luke McKinney - on Dec 18th 2012 - No Comments
iPad Game

The most awful anti-productive attitude is thinking, “I’ll waste a few minutes on games instead of working.” It should be, “Woohoo, time for some fun!” Too many people parse games in terms of what you’re not doing. Avoiding work, killing time, waiting impatiently, a whole range of negative words which view gaming as slightly...

4 Excellent Image Editing Apps For Your iPad And iPhone

by Luke McKinney - on Nov 1st 2012 - No Comments
iPhone 4S Camera

Cameraphones mean most modern people are uploading more digital images than the average space probe, but from much less interesting places. And while absolute accuracy is a good thing for science, it’s not always so awesome when you’re giving the entire Internet a look into your house, dorm-room, or any other place you didn’t realize...

4 Crazy iPad Fusions

by Luke McKinney - on Oct 4th 2012 - No Comments

Thousands of blogs mocked the iPad as pointless, and even now scientists are working to breed rapid-fire chickens to generate enough egg for their faces. The iPad single-handedly created the tablet market, mainly by being it until other companies scrambled to catch up. That “catching up” is still ongoing. The core of the iPad’s...

The Best iPad Board Games

by Luke McKinney - on Sep 12th 2012 - 1 Comment
(image: istock/ MKucova)

Board games are called “bored games” by people who miss the point and prefer ancient puns to actually enjoying themselves. But it’s not their fault! These poor souls had their sense of fun beaten out of them by a barrage of games which should be banned under the Geneva Convention. Mouse Trap taught you that life was random chance...

The Best Twitter Apps For Android

by Luke McKinney - on Apr 2nd 2012 - 3 Comments
7 of the best Twitter apps for the Android

Twitter now provides more data than the Large Hadron Collider, and the results are examined by more people. It’s also just as hard to extract worthwhile data from the endless mass of random brainless little things bashing off each other. There are so many bots infesting the server you’d swear it had been invented to distract...

Create Diagrams & Flowcharts Online With Lucidchart

by Luke McKinney - on Feb 26th 2012 - No Comments
Create Diagrams & Flowcharts Online With LucidChart

Living a smart life means being intelligent, making yourself clear, and doing everything logically — which is why we didn’t believe in love at first sight. Until we saw Lucidchart, and for the same reasons. There are thousands of chart-making applications on the Internet (see our list of Gantt and PERT), and if you’re wondering...

Gantto: Using Gantt Charts To Avoid Crunch Times

by Luke McKinney - on Feb 21st 2012 - No Comments
Gantto: Using Gantt Charts To Avoid Crunch Times

Technology is all about amplifying human abilities. When it goes well, a single person can travel at hundreds of miles an hour, lift hundreds of tons, and talk to entire nations. When it goes wrong, the slightest oversight can snowball into an avalanche of stress. Anyone who’s ever completed a project knows that there’s no time like...