The beautiful world of Columbia from BioShock Infinite.

VentureBeat’s 12 most popular stories from 2013

From superpopular video game franchises to really obscure indie games, from the ancient Apple vs. Android battle to brand-new programming languages, from kids acting awesome to grownups acting completely childish, this year had a little bit of everything.

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Model the world with Wolfram’s new software for engineers

The wise carpenter has a simple philosophy: measure twice, cut once. Wolfram, the uber-geek’s software company of choice and organization behind the WolframAlpha “computational knowledge engine,” takes a slightly different tack: test as many times as you want, build once.