Nate Berent-SpillsonContributor, TechHive

Nate Berent-Spillson has been a Delivery Director with Nexient since 2014. Specialties include architecture for enterprise application, regulatory compliance, and compliant software design. His experience includes development within the .NET, JavaScript and Microsoft ecosystems. Previously, he led teams at Thomson Reuters, Ford and Pfizer, among others.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Nate Berent-Spillson and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

PSA: Rockstar Games releases official Grand Theft Audio playlists on Spotify and iTunes

Rock out to Rockstar’s iconic radio stations.

Dungeon Hunter 4 and the trouble with the free-to-play fun tax

Microtransactions are here to stay, but what's the appropriate amount of nickel-and-diming?

Review: Roccat Isku FX gaming keyboard hits all the right notes

The Roccat Isku FX lacks mechanical keys, but delivers an otherwise excellent typing and gaming experience.

What I’m Playing: On magic, mechanics, and musical hotel management

Hotels with a beat, mafiosos to beat, and wizards who can’t help beating each other.


What I’m Playing: Fishing with chainsaws and strolling through the forest after dark

Let’s do a bit of fishing, play a few rounds of golf, and cap it all off with a nice walk.


Review: SimCity rebuilds the sandbox game

SimCity is a visually striking homage to a classic series that takes city building in bold new directions, but troubling business decisions and technical snafus spell trouble.

Urban blight: SimCity’s failure to launch

SimCity’s server woes set a troubling precedent for PC gaming.

Real Racing 3 puts a price on your patience

Electronic Arts’ Real Racing 3 serves up gorgeous visuals and a fun, fluid racing, but the game’s in-app purchase system has proven to be a bit contentious.


Review: Razer's Orbweaver is stylish and completely superfluous

Razer’s Orbweaver gaming keypad offers a different a different take on the traditional keyboard-and-mouse pairing, but doesn't really improve upon it in any meaningful way.

Keep your Android device safe with these mobile security apps

Smartphones and tablets are privy to a lot of sensitive information, and losing one can wreak untold emotional (and financial) harm. Check out these apps to help keep your device safe.

Office for Windows Phone 8: Your handy starter guide

Your Windows Phone 8 smartphone is good for more than Angry Birds. Welcome to some of the most robust document editors available on a handset.

Windows Phone 8 and Xbox: Best friends forever

Microsoft's Xbox Live platform adds a few novel features to the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem

Learning Windows Phone 8: Bing, Maps, and more

Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your Windows Phone.

LG Optimus L9 review: A modest mid-range smartphone

The LG Optimus L9 can’t compete with higher-end smartphones, but a modest price tag and competent hardware could make it a compelling option for folks on a budget.

Mobile maps showdown

Google, Apple, and Microsoft each offer a distinctive take on finding locations with your phone, but which service is the best?