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  • Join the Bumble Bee Prototype beta test

    Posted on November 5th, 2017 at 09:15 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    While you and I were slogging through the latest Windows and Microsoft minutia, my #1 son, Justin, was secloistered, perfecting his mobile game — now called Bumble Bee Prototype.

    (warning: YouTube video has a soundtrack)

    Justin’s about to take the game on the road looking for investors and distributors. Good time to run a beta. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet, I’d appreciate it if you’d give Bumble Bee Prototype a shot and report back here on any problems, suggestions, or tips.

    The story

    Move over Candy Crush, Bejeweled, Shariki, and all you older-generation matchers. This ain’t yer grandfather’s matching game. Justin’s built a fully-functional tile matching game inside a physics engine, with an intelligent pattern matching generator that steps you through game play, re-shuffles when necessary, and helps with prescient hints. Lots of twists and turns, power-ups and blocks, with gyrating gravity in outer space. Easy to learn but challenging, with intriguing strategies.

    I think it’s a tremendous game for sharpening your brain. Wish I had it when my dad’s memory started slipping.

    To get the beta

    Those of you with Android phones and tablets have it easy. Go to this Google site, using your phone or tablet, and follow the instructions. If you want to leave the beta, instructions are there, too. It’s all associated with your Google id.

    iFolks have an extra hoop to jump through. You need to send your Apple ID (email address) to me, Woody@AskWoody.com. I’ll then add you to the beta list and Apple will email you directions for joining the beta. It involves installing the Apple developer’s TestFlight program, and typing in a specific code at the right time.

    Then join us here

    Jump into the fray by replying to this post. Justin and I will be watching — and learning from your experiences.

    If you happen to know an experienced development/marketing person, or a group that invests in innovative games, please drop a line.

    UPDATE: Special beta invitations are no longer needed. Justin decided to open the latest builds to everyone who’s interested. You can get the latest beta builds here:




  • New version of the EU General Data Protection Regulation

    Posted on November 5th, 2017 at 09:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From HiFlyer:

    “This website is a resource to educate the public about the main elements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    “After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. It will enter in force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal and will be directly application in all members states two years after this date. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 – at which time those organizations in non-compliance will face heavy fines.”


    Key Changes



  • AnimojiKaraoke: Birth of a new art form

    Posted on November 5th, 2017 at 04:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yeah, I’m joking. It’s really AnimojiLipsync. Still…

    If you haven’t been on Twitter this weekend, you may have missed the emergence of a remarkable new form of … I’m not sure what to call it.

    Enabled by the “animoji” feature of the new iPhoneX, it’s captivating. I first saw “Hooked on a Feeling” animojisynched by Harry McCracken. Then I saw “Bohemian Rhapsody” from Mia Harrison and my life will never be the same.

    Here’s a great compilation from Oli Newton. Enjoy the weekend.