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‘Lands End’ VR Game Announced By ‘Monument Valley’ Creators

Release date set for October 30<p>Monument Valley took iOS and Android devices by storm in 2014. The mobile title has racked up many accolades in a short period of time from GDC, BAFTA and Apple—among others. Now Ustwo is looking to follow up with a virtual reality title.<p>Land’s End will give fans of …

Bogus hotel-booking sites lure 15 million travelers a year, group says

About 6% of U.S. travelers -- 15 million people -- are tricked each year into thinking they are booking a room directly through a hotel website but instead are making reservations through a "rogue" third-party site.<p>That is one of the findings of a survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Assn., which …

Hospitality

After building a $14 million company in 13 months, college party app Wigo is dead

The app became a sensation earlier this year by making college kids wait to use it and deploying several other smart tactics to make the app go viral, such as signing on user "ambassadors" at each school.<p>When it was 13 months old, Wigo raised $1.4 million at a valuation of $14 million from tech …

Apps

Turn yourself into a virtual Freud, and you just might feel better

When study subjects get advice from a virtual counselor that looks like them and another that looks like the 19th-century doctor, they report that one helps their mood more.<p>What if you could have a virtual Sigmund Freud at the ready to offer you on-the-spot counseling? You might end up with way …

Humble Mobile Bundle 15 is out now with Real Boxing, Trouserheart and many more

<b>Update (9/28):</b> With only one week left to pick up Humble Mobile Bundle 15, two new games have been added to the pack. Retro platformer Bean’s Quest and turn-based puzzler The Nightmare Cooperative have both been added to the premium tier, which you can pick up if you beat the average donation price …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Bravo’s App Makes It Easy To Tip When You Don’t Have Cash

Though the majority of today’s payment transactions are digital – credit card swipes, online bill pay, tap-and-pay at point of sale, etc. – there are still a few places where cash has yet to die out. You still often need a handful of small bills to tip service professionals like valets, baristas, …

FinTech

21's $400 computer lets you mine Bitcoin and sell digital goods

If you’ve ever wanted to get into the Bitcoin game for fun and profit, this new $400 gadget could be the best way to do so.<p>21 Inc.’s Bitcoin Computer is a tiny Linux-based box that lets you mine the cryptocurrency and buy and sell digital goods for Bitcoin, either independently or plugged into a PC.<p>…

Andreessen Horowitz

Carl Pei seems to regret over-hyping the OnePlus 2

OnePlus sure know how to get themselves noticed. Bold statements, big promises and an affordable handset with solid specifications have caught our attention, but when combined with limited availability and an infuriating invite system, it seems almost inevitable that some people are going to left …

Cellular Networks

Pixalate unveils ‘seal of approval’ for app ad sellers

Fraud protection firm Pixalate is out today with a first-of-its-kind Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for sellers of in-app ad space.<p>Of course, the Santa Monica, California-based firm isn’t calling it that. Instead, the listing is called the Mobile Seller Trust Index, or MSTI. The monthly index …

AdTech

Google Nexus 5X review

The lightweight, affordable choice for Android purists<p><b>The Good</b> The Google Nexus 5X offers great performance, wide carrier compatibility, great pictures, an excellent fingerprint sensor and a relatively small, lightweight chassis, all for a fairly low price.<p><b>The Bad</b> Battery life can be a little weak, …

These headphones come with a gimmick that makes a difference

When a piece of technology becomes commoditized, the inevitable response from its maker is to try and obscure that fact by resorting to gimmicks. Smartphones offer some of the best examples of unnecessary over-engineering (see LG’s curved G Flex handsets) and gratuitous use of exotic materials …

Meet Companion, a new travel app that claims it will keep you safe

Can a smartphone <i>really</i> keep you safe? On the face of it, the answer is, of course not. A phone can’t protect you from violent crime any more than a …

Google's new Brotli compression algorithm is 26 percent better than existing solutions

Google is introducing a new compression algorithm named Brotli, which it says can reduce file sizes up to 26 percent over existing solutions.<p>The increased density is achieved by “a 2nd order context modeling, re-use of entropy codes, larger memory window of past data and joint distribution …

Algorithms

Periscope Turns Screenshotting Into A Social Experience

A new version of Periscope popped up on the App Store today that allows viewers to share screenshots that they take during your stream. Additionally a little screenshot icon will show up in chat letting you and everyone else know that a screenshot has been taken. It’s basically Periscope’s version …

Xiaomi launches "Mi Mobile", offers 3GB data for under $10

Xiaomi has continued its expansion into all-things-consumer with the launch of its MVNO network “Mi Mobile” in China. The first OEM to launch a carrier, Xiaomi’s mobile network is offering 3GB of LTE data for RMB 59 – which is under $10 – if you sign up to a monthly plan.<p>Unlike its mobile products, …

Cellular Networks

Meet the woman responsible for the year's biggest video game

There are a lot of people who would like to be in Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir’s shoes these days.<p>While most of the world has to wait three more months …