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March 12, 2014

Google Acquires Green Throttle Games, Signals Android Console Possibilities

The possibility that Google is working on an Android-powered game console has been speculated since at least last summer. While the company still has yet to announce any such device, a recent acquisition would seem to indicate that it’s getting closer. A post on PandoDaily reports that Google has purchased what was left of Green Throttle Games, the makers of a Bluetooth controller for Android, along with a now-defunct app that would give developers the power to allow for multiple controllers on one device.

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March 12, 2014

Amazon Considering Playback Limits for Rumored Music Service

Rumors that Amazon is working to bring its Prime customers a new music streaming service continue to swirl. A new report from the Wall Street Journal today says that Amazon may put in playback limits on songs, prompting listeners to buy the tracks once the limit has been reached.

If this plan turns out to be true, it could provide a handy way for Amazon customers to try before they buy. Locking customers into Amazon’s ecosystem when they’re listening to a song could prove to be a great business model for the online retailer, [...]

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March 11, 2014

Popcorn Time Makes Movie Piracy as Easy as Netflix

Not too long ago, you had to be a techno-wizard to engage in piracy. The act usually involved paying for access to Usenet’s servers, participating in complicated Newsgroups, and figuring out how to download the goods – all with usually painfully slow download feeds. All that began to change as time marched on and pirates transitioned to BitTorrent as their primary method of piracy. Suddenly, no subscriptions were needed, no Newsgroups to be found – just Google for a torrent file, click download, hope that there are [...]

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March 11, 2014

The Flappy Bird Rises: App Creator Says Game May Return

We extensively covered the prolific story of Flappy Bird, including its rise and fall from glory (and app stores). But now, it appears the little app that could might be making a return to digital shelves, according to its creator, Dong Nguyen.

According to an exclusive interview Nyugen gave with Rolling Stone, the developer says he’s “considering it” in regards to returning Flappy Bird to the iOS and Google Play app stores.

This wouldn’t be a new version of the game, and it wouldn’t have any substantial changes. [...]

 
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March 11, 2014

Neil Young Hopes to Raise $800k from Kickstarter to Turn PonoPlayer Into A Reality

Yesterday we told you about the PonoPlayer, a high-resolution (FLAC) audio music player dreamt up by Neil Young that was announced at SXSW. Today, the PonoPlayer Kickstarter campaign is live and is looking to raise at least $800,000 in the next 34 days in order to fund the production of the music player.

Early backers of the product have a chance to nab the PonoPlayer for $200, as opposed to the $400 retail price it will be selling for this fall. Other rewards include posters signed by Neil Young and a private dinner with the [...]

 
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March 11, 2014

Goodreads Coming to First-Generation Kindle Paperwhite

I reviewed the 2013 edition of the Kindle Paperwhite a few months back, and one of the best things about the device was its Goodreads integration. Unfortunately, that feature was brand new to the second-generation Paperwhite; those who purchased the device in 2012 didn’t get it. According to GigaOM, though, Goodreads is on its way to the first-generation Paperwhite soon.

Goodreads is a book-focused social network that was acquired by Amazon back in early 2013. The buy seemed natural for Amazon; the company has been in the [...]

 
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March 11, 2014

iOS 8 To Feature Apple Maps Fix, Health Monitoring

A new report on 9to5Mac claims to have information on what Apple will bring to the table when iOS 8 launches for iPhones and iPads—whenever that might actually happen. The report cites unnamed “sources briefed on [Apple’s] plans” and says that iOS 8 will offer users a new and improved Apple Maps app, not to mention a focus on health monitoring and biometric data collection and analysis.

So what kinds of improvements will Apple Maps receive? The post says it’ll rely on “enhanced data so it is more reliable,” along with “new points [...]

 
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March 11, 2014

Leaked Australian Ad Explains HTC All New One’s Duo Camera

There have been more than a few leaks for HTC’s next smartphone, which will supposedly be revealed later this month. Today, we’ve got another. This time the news comes courtesy of GSMArena, which got its hands on a leaked advertisement from Australian phone carrier Telstra. While getting a look at the phone isn’t anything new at this point, we finally have an idea as to how the dual-camera on the back of the handset will work.

This advertisement gives some details about the HTC All New One’s [...]

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