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The creator of Flappy Birds is back with his latest game, Ninja Spinki Challenges!!, which features kawaii ninjas, bouncing cats, and killer fruits. Ninja Spinki Challenges!! is slightly less simplistic than its predecessor, but just as charmingly infuriating. Flappy Birds was released on May 24th, 2013 by Dong Nguyen. Nguyen found popular games like Angry Birds to be too complicated. So, he developed Flappy Birds in three days and used a character that he had designed for a platform that had been cancelled. By January 2014, Flappy Birds was at the top of the charts and Nguyen was making roughly... Read more...
Facebook has been on a fake news hunt for the past few months. Its latest algorithm is intended to not only prevent fake news, but improve the overall Trending experience. The improvements are largely based on user feedback. The biggest and most requested change is that Facebook will now display a headline from a publisher’s article about a particular topic. How will the publishers be chosen? The headlines will be selected based on engagement around the actual article or publisher, and whether or not others are linking to the publisher’s article. After clicking on the topic, users will be taken... Read more...
Many game developers use the massive gaming expo PAX West – which is currently underway in Seattle – to unveil their latest wares. There is always some hot, new gaming footage to come out of the show that sparks the usual conversations about graphics quality, framerates, game mechanics, and the myriad of other things that make a good (or bad) game. One of the game trailers released last night, however, may spark a different kind of debate. And we’re not sure that’s a good thing. If you grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, you may remember that discussions about video games, and video game violence especially,... Read more...
Forget about aggravating pre-orders; the Oculus Rift VR headset will be for sale on May 7th at Best Buy. They will be available online and at 48 of Best Buy’s retail stores (and online in desktop bundles, which will give you savings of $100 to $200). The Oculus Rift can also be ordered online on May 7th from Amazon.com and Microsoft.com.Last month we reported that Oculus was experiencing shipping delays for pre-orders, thanks in part to a component shortage. The available Oculus Rifts will include the headset, the sensor to translate your movements into VR, the Oculus remote, an Xbox... Read more...
Fallout 4 is finally here. Channeling its best 50's era paranoia and the allure of a warm, radiation-free bomb shelter, Bethesda’s newest RPG tells us doomsday prepping and cryogenics actually work—yay! Well, that is until they malfunction and you’re thrust topside to an irradiated, post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with vile mutated everything, all gunning and clawing for you.The world of Fallout 4 is a hostile place, much like Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3 before it, though we’re glad to be back on the game world's radioactive soil, becuase it has been nearly a decade since the latter launched.... Read more...
Sometimes I wonder if we should cook up a TMZ-style column explicitly for reporting on all the drama that transpires between AMD and NVIDIA. Today we’ve witnessed one of the first shots fired from one of those camps, on what’s poised to be a very heated battleground over the next several years: DirectX 12. Over the weekend press was handed access to one of the world’s first DirectX 12 benchmarks courtesy of Oxide’s Ashes of the Singularity. This isn’t a synthetic test like 3DMark’s API overhead feature test, but rather a true real-world benchmark using a pre-Beta version of the upcoming game. And... Read more...
If you followed this year's E3 -- particularly Bethesda's first annual press conference -- you still remember the wave of nostalgia and tech lust that washed over you when Fallout 4 director Todd Howard announced that for the low price of $119, you could secure your very own wearable Pip-Boy. Howard also emphasized that the upcoming RPG's Pip-Boy Edition would be very limited in quantity, and he wasn't joking. Bethesda's final allocation of Fallout 4 Collector's Edition bundles have shipped to retailers, and when they're gone, they're gone.  Correction: When they're gone, they'll inevitably... Read more...
It's not often that Facebook rolls-out features I consider to be useful, but it's hard to argue that suicide-prevention features it launched last month are good, or are at least backed by good intentions. The easiest-to-use feature is to flag a post as being made by a suicidal person, at which point Facebook will contact the person at next login, and offer them ways to get help. If the situation is dangerous, Facebook might decide to contact the person's local police. That's all fine and dandy, but people must realize that these features aren’t meant to be abused. A San Mateo man learned... Read more...
Everyone is waiting to see what the Federal Communications Commission will rule when it comes to net neutrality. However, the FCC is preparing itself for a lawsuit from cable companies in response to when it finally votes net neutrality regulations into place. At least that is what FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said earlier today.According to The Hill, Wheeler said, “The big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out. We need to make sure that we have sustainable rules, and that starts with making sure that we have addressed the multiplicity of issues that come along and are likely to be raised."Wheeler... Read more...
It's been quite the year for Facebook's Messenger app. Prior to the summer, a lot of people didn't even know it existed - myself included - but come summer, everyone was handed a deadline: Transition, or lose messaging capabilities. At the start of August, Facebook stuck to its word, and disabled the messaging capability in the main app, leading to a revolt - thousands took to Apple's App Store to give the app a 1-star rating. At that point, it seemed like maybe, Facebook would backtrack on this whole forced transition thing. It didn't, and look at where the app is now: It enjoys half a billion... Read more...
It's a funny thing, using Facebook. At it's best, the world's biggest social playground is a wonderful online tool to keep us connected with family, friends, sports figures, our favorite brands, and so forth. But have you ever found yourself feeling irritated with the posts that appear on your news feed? We've all been there, and if it happens frequently, you'll like that Facebook is making it easier to control what you see. It begins by making it quicker and easier to unfollow people, Pages, and Groups. This can be especially helpful during election periods -- we all have that tinfoil wearing... Read more...
Governments around the world are increasingly interested in what their citizens are doing on Facebook. According to the social network's third Government Requests Report, which provides information about the number of government data and content removal requests received during the first half of 2014, combined government requests rose 24 percent since the last half of 2013. That works out to 34,946 requests for data. In addition, Facebook noted a 19 percent increase in the amount of content restricted because of local laws. Image Source: Flickr (Maria Elena) "As we’ve said before, we scrutinize... Read more...
Facebook seems to have been focusing giving its users the ability to be anonymous in recent weeks. In October it was rumored that the company was working on a new mobile app, which has been designated Rooms, that would allow users to interact with each other under an alias. But now, Facebook is making its social media website more Tor-friendly. The company announced that Tor users could get a secure connection to its servers by visiting https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/ that will provide end-to-end encryption. Prior to this, it was a chore for Tor users to connect through a Tor-enabled internet... Read more...
One of the advantages that Twitter has over other social networks is its ability to offer real-time updates and information during disaster situations. For example, Twitter played an important role in relaying information during Hurricane Sandy a couple of years ago. Facebook isn't really designed in a way to compete with that, though the social network did figure out a way to make it easy to find out if your loved ones are safe during emergency situations. Through Facebook's new Safety Check feature, you can let your family and friends know you're safe, as well as check in on others in the area.... Read more...
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