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Oregon Scientific MEEP! tablet ships for $150, gives kids a safe, exclamation-filled place to play

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For all the enthusiasm Oregon Scientific put into launching (and naming) its MEEP! tablet, the company has been a bit timid about getting the kid-friendly Android device into the market -- we're just seeing it go on sale eight months after it was first shown to the world. Now...
Oregon Scientific MEEP! tablet ships for $150, gives kids a safe, exclamation-filled place to play

QOTD: Virtually Unnecessary Coinage

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We already have money, it’s called money. – Developer and film-maker Garrett Murray on Amazon’s Coins virtual currency...
QOTD: Virtually Unnecessary Coinage

10 Quick Tips To Make Your Draw Something Art Suck Less

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We asked artist and designer Jon Williams for Draw Something art advice. Here are ten tips he offered that will make your art less shameful on the app. You can follow Williams' art on Instagram or Twitter @puffpuffdub. Sit somewhere and if possible put your device down on a...
10 Quick Tips To Make Your Draw Something Art Suck Less
Turf Geography Club: if Wes Anderson made a mobile game

Amazon expands Android Appstore to reach nearly 200 countries

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On the same day Amazon rolled out Kindle Fire HD availability to 170 countries, the Seattle online giant also announced that its Appstore for Android is now available internationally to countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa and South Korea — reaching nearly 200 countries around the world. The...
Amazon expands Android Appstore to reach nearly 200 countries

PopCap And Wooga Pull Games From Google+

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Less than a year after the debut of gaming on Google’s social platform, Google+, two game developers are pulling their titles. Bejeweled Blitz, a popular game owned by Electronic Arts‘ Pop Cap divsion, and several titles from Wooga, the maker of games for children, will no longer be available on the...
PopCap And Wooga Pull Games From Google+

Mobile games giant GREE inks carrier billing deal with SingTel, its first outside of Japan

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Mobile gaming giant GREE’s plans to ramp up revenues outside of its native Japan have advanced today after it announced a deal that brings carrier billing to user of its games on Singapore-based operator SingTel’s network. The deal is the first of its kind for the company outside of Japan,...
Mobile games giant GREE inks carrier billing deal with SingTel, its first outside of Japan

Amazon launches Coins virtual currency in US for Appstore purchases

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Amazon has launched its virtual currency in the United States, and has provided Kindle Fire owners with an initial credit on their accounts. The 500 Amazon Coins, valued at $5, can be used to buy apps from the Amazon Appstore as well as in-app items, along with an incentive to...
Amazon launches Coins virtual currency in US for Appstore purchases

PlayerDuel lets iOS developers add a competition layer to their mobile games

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There’s been a massive surge in mobile games over the last few years, aided by the ever-increasing penetration of powerful smartphones and tablet computers. A lot of those games are designed and developed to be used by one player, although people generally like to know how to stack up against...
PlayerDuel lets iOS developers add a competition layer to their mobile games
Battle evil through the ages with Time Defenders

PowerbyProxi debuts wireless charging solution, aims to fully integrate it into future smartphones (video)

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The pathway to innovation is paved with failed attempts to produce wireless charging solutions that a) actually work and b) people genuinely want to use, but we've got yet another upstart here at Mobile World Congress willing to give it a go. PowerbyProxi's solution looks pretty similar to renditions...
PowerbyProxi debuts wireless charging solution, aims to fully integrate it into future smartphones (video)

Amazon announces 'Coins' virtual currency for Appstore purchases on Kindle Fire

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Amazon today announced that it will soon roll out a new virtual currency, known simply as “Coins,” that Kindle Fire owners can use to purchase apps, in-app purchases, and other content from the Amazon Appstore. Amazon said the service will launch for users in the United States in May and...
Amazon announces 'Coins' virtual currency for Appstore purchases on Kindle Fire

iTunes users spend $40/year on apps, music, and digital shtuff

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale Apple has built a massive and fast-growing $16 billion annual revenue stream in digital content alone, Apple analyst Horace Dediu says. The company announced that quarterly iTunes revenues topped $4 billion — including $2.4 billion in content alone...
iTunes users spend $40/year on apps, music, and digital shtuff

Did Parking Meters Just Get Too Smart?

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This week, the on-street parking meters in Santa Monica, California, have evolved to the next state of sentient existence. Now, whenever a car leaves a spot, the meter will reset itself, even if there's still time left on the meter. The tiny, measured-in-minutes lottery prize of the urban driver is...
Did Parking Meters Just Get Too Smart?

Amazon Coins virtual currency coming in May

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Amazon is launching Amazon Coins, a virtual currency to purchase apps and buy in-app goods on the Kindle Fire. Announced this morning, Amazon says they will be available in May. According to the Amazon Coins FAQ, an Amazon Coin has a one-to-one relationship to an American penny, so developers will...
Amazon Coins virtual currency coming in May

How to stop your child spending £980 on in-app purchases in an iPad game

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Two simple steps to avoid a nasty credit card bill for virtual donuts, coins or ammunitionTwo British parents have managed to get a refund from Apple after their eight year-old son spent £980 buying virtual donuts in iPad game The Simpsons: Tapped Out."It was only when my wife rang me...
How to stop your child spending £980 on in-app purchases in an iPad game

Daily iPhone App: Blot

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There's a lot of buzz around cloning apps lately. Zynga recently received some flak for making a clone of Tiny Tower, and there's a big lawsuit around Triple Town and its clone Yeti Town. I would argue that there's a right way and a wrong way to clone an...
Daily iPhone App: Blot

Insert Coin: 2012's top 10 crowd-funded projects

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This trip around the sun has been a monumental one for crowdfunding, marked by big projects and astronomical numbers. Take Kickstarter wunderkind OUYA, for example, which raised more than $8.5 million in funding from 63,416 backers. Kickstarter itself has even grown and matured, expanding to the UK and putting...
Insert Coin: 2012's top 10 crowd-funded projects
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The 10 Smartest Things Tim Cook Has Done Since Becoming Apple's CEO (AAPL)

Apple forces Line to remove the ability to send virtual items as gifts from its iOS app

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Asian mobile messaging service Line is seeing early success with its monetization model — to the tune of $58 million in revenue for Q1 2013 — but there’s a little bad news today as the company has withdrawn the gift sharing feature from its iOS app at the request of...
Apple forces Line to remove the ability to send virtual items as gifts from its iOS app

Rewards halve for digital miners

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People trying to profit via the bitcoin electronic currency will soon have to work harder to mint the digital coins....
Rewards halve for digital miners

Kickstarter project Turf Geography Club launches its "Foursquare + Monopoly" app

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Here’s a Kickstarter project that got funded and launched, Turf Geography Club. It’s an app that calls itself “Foursquare + Monopoly.” Well then, that sounds fun. The project had 185 backers and raised $17,375, ahead of its goal of $15,000. The app has launched for iOS, and it seems really...
Kickstarter project Turf Geography Club launches its "Foursquare + Monopoly" app
78 percent of Bitcoin currency stashed under digital mattress, study finds
Hacked Bitcoin exchange BitFloor back online, founder promises to repay stolen funds

Games for the weekend: Tiny Monsters

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Games for the Weekend is a weekly feature aimed at helping you avoid doing something constructive with your downtime. Each Friday we’ll be recommending a game for Mac, iPhone or iPad that we think is awesome. Here is one cool enough to keep you busy during this weekend. Tiny Monsters...
Games for the weekend: Tiny Monsters

Mt. Gox delays plan to support virtual currency litecoin

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Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has temporarily shelved plans to support a competing currency, litecoin, the company said Thursday.Mt. Gox, which is the largest bitcoin exchange, has been battling ongoing distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that caused it to delay launching an exchange for litecoin, a lesser known virtual currency designed...
Mt. Gox delays plan to support virtual currency litecoin
Bitcoin Is Now Seeing Massive Hyperdeflation That Could Devastate Its Economy

Amazon unveils new virtual coins for Kindle Fire users

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Amazon Coins will offer Kindle Fire owners a new and different way to buy games and other apps. [Read more]...
Amazon unveils new virtual coins for Kindle Fire users

Curiosity lands at the App Store, in the massively multiplayer cube-chipping category

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Peter Molyneux's first creation since Lionhead, is now live on the App Store, presenting gamers with a humungous cube composed of billions of tiny cubelets. Curiosity's virtual block needs to be stripped down layer by layer through collective effort, to reach the center and reveal "something life-challengingly amazing". There's...
Curiosity lands at the App Store, in the massively multiplayer cube-chipping category
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