Richard “Lord British” Garriott in space: “I might just sit up in my window in orbit and write the next game” (interview)

Richard Garriott is best known as Lord British, the designer of video games that have been enjoyed by tens of millions of people over the past three decades. But thanks to the documentary film Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott’s Road to the Stars, he is also now known as a pioneer in commercial space travel who paid about $30 million for a trip to the International Space Station.

Growing and profitable, Longform releases its first app for iPad

Over an ice coffee on an unseasonably warm January day, Longform co-founder Aaron Lammer took VentureBeat for a test drive through the startup’s new iPad app, which debuts today at noon. The company, which curates the best long form journalism from around the web, is taking a gamble on an expensive $4.99 app, hoping its passionate audience will pony up for a premium experience.

HTML5 versus Adobe Flash (infographic)

One of Steve Jobs’ last major acts before passing was to launch an attack on Adobe Flash. Mobile Apple devices began blocking Flash-powered content, and Apple even went so far as to prevent iOS developers from using Flash — one of the most popular multimedia programming platforms — in their apps. Apple positioned HTML5 not as an alternative, but as a replacement. A few months later that decision was reversed based on “developer feedback” (i.e. Internet outrage), but the battle between HTML5 and Flash rages on.