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Lego Minecraft arrives, sudden drop in productivity expected when the UPS man gets here

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Minecrafters, commence running through the streets screaming "It's here!, It's here!" as Lego's homage to the world-building game is now available to buy. The Cuusoo-developed project features Steve, a Creeper and 480 bricks, including plenty of 1x1 tiles to recreate the pixelated landscape we know and love. It costs...
Lego Minecraft arrives, sudden drop in productivity expected when the UPS man gets here

Google offers free online course to turn you into a 'power searcher'

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If you're game for learning some new search tricks, they may as well come from the hive mind itself. Mountain View is currently accepting registrations for "Power Searching with Google," a free-of-charge virtual course which will start on July 10th and involve six 50-minute interactive classes spread over two...
Google offers free online course to turn you into a 'power searcher'

Look Out: Pinterest Marketing Platform Curalate Lands $750k Seed From NEA, First Round, MentorTech

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A new breed of social media sites led by visual rather than text-based interactions looks like it is now spawning a new breed of marketing service catering to the new format. The latest of these is a startup called Curalate, which is officially launching today with $750,000 in seed funding...
Look Out: Pinterest Marketing Platform Curalate Lands $750k Seed From NEA, First Round, MentorTech

Funds sought for duelling game

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An ambitious plan to make sword fights in games more realistic is unveiled by genre author Neal Stephenson....
Funds sought for duelling game

The ultimate Infographic that charts Draw Something’s explosive growth

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Draw Something was downloaded 50 million times in 50 days. Users created billions of drawings, adding 3,000 new pictures every second. On March 21st, OMPOP, the company behind the game, was bought up by Zynga for more than $200 million. On the first weekend in April, I downloaded the game for my...
The ultimate Infographic that charts Draw Something’s explosive growth

Little “Want” Button Code Forshadows Big Things For Facebook Ecommerce

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Last week, developer Tom Waddington uncovered Facebook code that pointed to the creation of a “Want” button — a plugin that potentially points to a new kind of commercial innovation being developed by Facebook itself, different from “want” buttons already being developed by third parties (one example here), and partially...
Little “Want” Button Code Forshadows Big Things For Facebook Ecommerce

Garmin Approach S3 golf watch provides assistance for 27,000 courses (video)

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If you're looking for the latest dose of technology to compliment your time on the green, then take a gander at Garmin's Approach S3 golf watch. An upgrade from the Approach S1, this GPS-enabled gadget adds a touchscreen to the mix and now provides assistance for 27,000 courses across...
Garmin Approach S3 golf watch provides assistance for 27,000 courses (video)

Star Wars Arcade gets fan made mini-me, weeps tears of joy (video)

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Arcade fan (and genius) Le Chuck got up one morning and thought "Why not build a perfect replica of Atari's Star Wars Arcade, at 1:6 scale?" The result is this amazing 12-inch cabinet with a fully working Atari-yoke, handmade from aluminum and a pair of potentiometers. Tucked inside the...
Star Wars Arcade gets fan made mini-me, weeps tears of joy (video)

Drawing game is 'fastest growing'

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Mobile game Draw Something notches up 50 million downloads in 50 days making it the fastest growing mobile game ever, its owner says....
Drawing game is 'fastest growing'

Nintendo posts first annual loss

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Game giant Nintendo reports its first annual net loss of 43.2bn yen ($533m; £329m) as sales of its Wii games console disappoint and a strong yen hits exports...
Nintendo posts first annual loss

PlayUp, the $50m-funded social network for sports fans, arrives on Android

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You might not think that the world needs another social network, but the good people behind Australian-based startup PlayUp disagree. Launched globally last October, the premise behind PlayUp is pretty simple – you choose a sporting encounter that you’re watching, and you set-up a virtual, private hangout to discuss all...
PlayUp, the $50m-funded social network for sports fans, arrives on Android

Angry Birds activity parks launch

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Children's activity parks based on the popular smartphone game Angry Birds are set to be build in the UK, Finland and other countries....
Angry Birds activity parks launch

Angry Birds Space now available for download, pigs fly

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Rejoice, casual gamers -- Angry Birds Space has landed! Rovio's latest game -- which we recently took for a spin on Samsung's Galaxy Note LTE at SXSW -- frees itself from the earth's gravitational pull to explore the final frontier. We've gathered download links to all the major platforms...
Angry Birds Space now available for download, pigs fly
The Noteboard Is An Amazing $10 Foldable Pocket Whiteboard

Where's My Billion Dollar Check, I Wonder

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When a blockbuster deal happens, a lot of people get excited. The press is all over it, money comes pouring into startups in search of the next one, people quit jobs and school to get in the game. It's a gold rush. But there's another reaction that I have heard...
Where's My Billion Dollar Check, I Wonder

Amazon’s Takes In-App Purchases Out Of Beta: Here’s How They’re Getting Around That Pricing Issue

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Amazon is taking the wraps off a new in-app purchasing service today in an effort to make its app store competitive with what Apple and Google offer developers. That should let developers for Amazon’s appstore tap into what has emerged as the most lucrative revenue way of monetizing apps over...
Amazon’s Takes In-App Purchases Out Of Beta: Here’s How They’re Getting Around That Pricing Issue

Has Dating Site Badoo Found A Love Match In The Form Of Hotornot?

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Maybe even dating sites deserve to find a special someone at one point in their lives… it looks like Badoo, the UK-based dating site, has joined forces with rival Hotornot. The two have yet to issue a formal release of any kind, but Hotornot now boasts the same amount of...
Has Dating Site Badoo Found A Love Match In The Form Of Hotornot?

TomTom opens up MapShare to all 60 million of its GPS units (video)

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TomTom has seen the inexorable rise of smartphone navigation and decided that it needs a cheaper way of updating its head units. Its cunning solution has been to open its MapShare community to all 60 million TomToms in the wild -- which was previously limited just to smartphone apps...
TomTom opens up MapShare to all 60 million of its GPS units (video)
Bizarre security vulnerability found in every x86-64 Intel processor

Draw Something 'suffers user dip'

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Popular mobile game Draw Something has lost millions of users in the past month, analysis suggests....
Draw Something 'suffers user dip'
'Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut' announced

Activision Brings 'Call of Duty' to China

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Activision Blizzard is tailoring a version of "Call of Duty" for the China market. The game will be free online, with profits coming from the sale of virtual goods....
Activision Brings 'Call of Duty' to China

The 100 Most Entertaining Tech Twitterers

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As bloggers, we spend a fair bit of time on Twitter, watching the tech talk flow forth, a never-ending river of gossip and congratulations and insidery chit-chat. Unfortunately, we’ve noticed that since everyone realized social media can be a tool for, ugh, “brand building,” folks have become a little guarded, a...
The 100 Most Entertaining Tech Twitterers

Apple II turns 35, doesn't bother with midlife crisis

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It was 35 years ago today that two Steves and a handful of employees introduced the world to a game-changer: the Apple II. Easily recognizable today as one of history's first truly accessible personal computers, it's a bit odd to think that the iconic rig was almost overlooked at...
Apple II turns 35, doesn't bother with midlife crisis
Rovio: Angry Birds Space Downloaded 10m Times In Three Days

The Incredible Story Of How Laid-Off OMGPop Workers Got Hired Back Just In Time To Cash-In On The Big Sale (ZNGA)

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A few months ago, OMGPop was about to go bust. Its Facebook games weren't performing and prospects were so bleak, CEO Dan Porter was forced to lay off several of the startup's flash developers. Then OMGPOP launched a mobile game called Draw Something, and everything changed. Days after its...
The Incredible Story Of How Laid-Off OMGPop Workers Got Hired Back Just In Time To Cash-In On The Big Sale (ZNGA)

Panasonic Eluga gets official launch date in Japan and Europe

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No, it's not the noise of an air-raid siren. It's Panasonic's bold return to the smartphone game. Eluga admittedly isn't the most attractive of appellations, but in the flesh it's drop dead gorgeous. It'll arrive as the P-04D in Japan on NTT DoCoMo on the 29th of this month,...
Panasonic Eluga gets official launch date in Japan and Europe

Angry Birds Space hits 100 million downloads in just 76 days

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Further demonstrating the size of its pig-smashing franchise, Rovio has announced that Angry Birds Space has topped more than 100 million downloads, reaching the milestone in just 76 days. The company shared the figure via a tweet posted to the official Angry Birds Twitter account, embedding a celebratory image to...
Angry Birds Space hits 100 million downloads in just 76 days

A Google Nexus tablet is bad news for Android partners

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Think it's difficult to operate in the tablet business now? Wait until Google gets into the game. [Read more]...
A Google Nexus tablet is bad news for Android partners

Angry Birds series to be launched

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The company behind successful gaming app, Angry Birds, says it is going to start a weekly animation series based on the game later this year....
Angry Birds series to be launched
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