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Rovio’s Retry is a frustrating new game with 8-bit graphics, out in the Play Store

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Rovio has gone the 8-bit route, emulating the incredible success that was Flappy Bird. The company’s first game to use pretty much the same formula is now available to download from the Play Store. It’s called Retry, and you’ll be doing a lot of that while you play it.

It’s no Angry Birds, that’s for sure. Like Flappy Bird before it, Retry is easy to learn but frustrating to play and master. It’s hard but addictive. It’s not a full-on Flappy Bird clone, however, coming with some interesting twists of its own. Read more »

Google Earth 8.0 for Android adds new 3D tech, quicker map updates

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Google has just announced a pretty big update for the Google Earth app for Android. The new version will be rolling out over the next week, bringing with it faster and smoother transitions as you’re zooming in.

Mountains and cities get sharper 3D views too, thanks to an overhauled 3D rendering technology that was built from scratch. This is, in fact, the first big upgrade for the 3D tech since Google Earth launched 10 years ago. And more 3D updates are promised for the coming months. Read more »

Google launches Inbox by Gmail, a brand new take on email

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Google has just unveiled a new service. It’s called Inbox, and it uses the data in your Gmail account. But it presents this to you in some pretty interesting new ways.

It’s designed to “focus on what really matters”, the company says. It does this by surfacing important information from emails, and by letting you add reminders to your new inbox. Read more »

Nexus 9 accessories can now be pre-ordered from Amazon

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The HTC Nexus 9 tablet itself went up for pre-order last week. And now you can pre-order both the Keyboard Folio for Nexus 9, as well as the Magic Cover for the tablet from Amazon.

The former of those will cost you $129.99, while the latter is priced at $39.99. The Magic Cover comes in four different hues. You can choose from black, ‘coral amethyst’, ‘lime stone’, and ‘mint indigo’. Read more »

LG G Watch receives Android Wear update which enables offline music playback

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Back in September, Google told us to expect an update to Android Wear that would bring support for offline music playback and GPS sensors. And now it looks like the first Android Wear device to get the new software is LG’s G Watch.

Some owners of this particular smartwatch have started receiving update notifications. After applying the new bits, they’re on software version 4.4W.2 and build KNX01Q. And sure enough, a new ‘Play Music’ option shows up in the watch’s menu. Furthermore, the G Watch is now capable of pairing itself with Bluetooth audio accessories. Read more »

Google enhances 2-step authentication with USB Security Key

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Google has today announced it’s started supporting a new type of two-factor authentication for its websites, as long as you use its Chrome desktop browser. The existing 2-step verification system is based on you entering your password followed by a six-digit code that you either receive via SMS or get from a special mobile app.

The new system replaces the code-entering with inserting a physical USB device into your computer, then tapping its sole button when prompted to do so. Read more »

Google Play Music gets contextual music stations, Material Design

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Google has announced a big update for its Play Music service. First off, the Android and iOS apps have received a new, Material Design-infused coat of paint. Second, the service now brings you contextual music stations.

These have apparently been “hand crafted” by a team of music experts, including DJs, musicians, music critics, and ethnomusicologists, to give you exactly the songs you need for a particular moment. Read more »

Skype for Windows Phone adds drawing feature

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Microsoft has published a new update for Skype in the Windows Phone app store. The new version is 2.24, and it debuts an interesting feature: drawing.

It’s just as it sounds, basically. You can tap the “+” icon in any chat and then select “drawing” to, well, draw – a picture, or whatever else your talent level allows you to. There’s also the possibility of adding a “personal touch” to a photo, or to annotate a Bing map. Read more »

Dropbox adds Touch ID support for iOS 8

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Dropbox has updated its mobile app for iOS today, and with the new version comes support for Touch ID. Specifically, you can use the fingerprint sensor embedded into Apple’s wares to get access to your Dropbox.

This means no more entering passwords to view the files you have stored in this particular cloud service. Read more »

Mac OS X Yosemite available today as a free upgrade

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At its ongoing event, Apple has officially announced that Mac OS X Yosemite will be available for download today. What’s more, it’s going to be a free upgrade. And an iWork update for OS X will also be going out today.

The latest version of Apple’s OS for desktops and laptops was unveiled in June during the company’s traditional annual developer conference. Read more »

Apple Pay rolls out on Monday

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Apple’s NFC-based new mobile payment initiative will start rolling out on Monday, October 20. The information was made official at the company’s event today, during which it’s expected to also announce the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Interestingly, that’s the exact date that has been rumored at the beginning of the month.

Apple Pay was unveiled during the big iPhone 6 announcement in September. Since then, Apple has managed to bring in 500 more banks to support its service. Read more »

First Nexus 9 hands-on video and photos come from Vietnam

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The Nexus 9 tablet that was officially unveiled yesterday by Google and HTC is already to be found out and about in Vietnam. And thankfully some enterprising souls decided to make it the star of several live, hands-on images, as well as a video that shows it to the world for the first time.

Sure, press renders are just fine, but to get a real impression about what any given device actually looks in real life such live images are a lot more helpful. Read more »

Android 5.0 Lollipop gets its own statue at Google HQ

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Now that Google has finally revealed that Lollipop is the name of its Android L release, you probably saw this coming. The new OS version has received its very own statue outside of Google’s HQ in California.

This is customary for all new Android iterations, and there are already a lot of sweet statues hanging out on Google’s lawn. Read more »

Nexus Player by Asus is the first Android TV console

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The first device to run Android TV is the previously leaked Asus Nexus Player, announced today alongside the Nexus 6 phablet and the Nexus 9 tablet. The Nexus Player is a set-top-box / console that you connect to your existing TV, and it even comes with an optional gamepad accessory.

Using that you’ll be able to play Android games on your TV. The Nexus Player ships with a voice search capable remote in the box. Read more »

Breathometer Breeze is a Bluetooth touting wearable breathalyzer

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Breathometer has unveiled the Breeze today. This is a new breathalyzer that the company claims is the industry’s first such device to be “truly wearable”. It’s small, has a built-in mouthpiece, and it comes with a wearable clip, keychain, and a mouthpiece cover.

It apparently delivers ultra fast and ultra accurate results, and it uses Bluetooth LE to talk to your iPhone or Android smartphone – on which you install the Breathometer app. Read more »