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Code.org turning the ashes of 'Flappy Bird' into a phoenix of coding education

The wildly simple yet infinitely frustrating game <i>Flappy Bird</i> is no more, though it continues to live on in countless clones. Now Code.org, the non-profit aimed at teaching people how to write code, has created a tool to make your own <i>Flappy Bird</i> game while learning some code at the same time.<p>Fend …

After two weeks of anarchy, 100,000 simultaneous 'Pokémon' players may actually beat the game

We still don't know if infinite monkeys on infinite typewriters can produce the complete works of Shakespeare, but it appears that tens of thousands of people collectively controlling a <i>single</i> Game Boy can beat a famous game. Two weeks ago, viewers of game streaming site Twitch.tv started playing a …

Nintendo 3DS Celebrates Third Birthday Today

The best-selling video game system of 2013 wasn’t a home console from either this generation or last-generation.<p>Beating out everything from the Xbox 360 to the PS4 was Nintendo’s handheld superstar, the 3DS.<p>Today, the little system turns three-years-old.<p>In those three years, it’s amassed an …

Nintendo killing Wi-Fi Connection service for DS and Wii May 20 (update)

Nintendo is shutting down the Wi-Fi Connection service for DS and Wii on May 20, Nintendo of Japan announced today.<p>While Nintendo DS/DSi and Wii users will no longer be able to access online features such as online play, matchmaking and leaderboards from the announced date, according to a Nintendo …

Google+ for Android Gets Photo Editing Across Devices

Google today updated Google+ for Android with a slew of new features focused just on photos. You can download the new version now from Google Play.<p>First and foremost, the app now features non-destructive photo editing across devices. In other words, you can now start editing a photo on one device …

Apple explains how the iPhone's fingerprint sensor keeps your info secure

If you've ever wanted to know how the iPhone 5s' Touch ID fingerprint security works beyond a basic overview, you'll be glad to hear Apple has just delivered a motherlode of new details. An updated version of its iOS Security white paper (PDF) explains much of what happens to your finger data after …

WhatsApp, Your Next Best Business Tool

The messaging tool is more than Facebook's latest conquest. It's helping small companies make deals of their own.<p>WhatsApp may pride itself on having "no ads, no games, no gimmicks," but you can still use the service to sell your product or business.<p>The little-known (at least in the U.S.) messaging …

Excessive gaming 'can cause involuntary actions'

New research reveals that playing for long periods can cause "automatic" impulses<p>Playing video games excessively can cause "automatic thoughts, impulses and behaviour", such as involuntary movement and verbal outbursts, new research has revealed.<p>Respondents to the study -- carried out by scientists …

The 3 Most Incredible PCs Of February 2014

PC modding stems from the days when enthusiasts that built their own PCs tried to improve cooling and make their bland beige boxes a little more attractive. Eventually, people with skills in painting, carpentry and metalwork all joined the fray with some amazing results that ended with PCs looking …

Google Maps charts the frozen home of the polar bear

Polar bears may not have much use for pavement, but that didn't stop Google Maps' Street View from getting very up close and personal with the elusive <i>Ursus maritimus</i>.<p>In honor of International Polar Bear Day, Google released on Thursday its first Street View maps of a remote area of Canada's tundra. …

Japanese cable provider launches on-demand gaming service, will stream Sonic and Pro Evolution Soccer titles

Sony's PlayStation Now streaming game service is still months away from launch, but Japanese cable company KDDI is testing the idea with the app-based GameNow service, through cable. It's the same company responsible for LG's Smart TV game service, although judging from the title lineup, J:Com and …

Boeing Unveils Super-Secure Android Smartphone

Boeing is best known for manufacturing airplanes, but it has now stepped into making smartphones by unveiling the ‘Boeing Black’ — an extra-secure device designed for government-level “missions.” Yes, that makes it sound like a smartphone built for spies, à la James Bond.<p>In a filing to the US …

Report: Mobile Gaming Revenue Rose Across iOS, Google Play in 2013

A new report issued today by the International Data Corporation (IDC) and App Annie sheds some light on how portable — and in particular mobile — gaming is rising in terms of spending worldwide.<p>The report shows that gamers spent more than four times as much money on Google Play smartphone and …

Wonders of Life: A Spellbinding 3D Tour of Earth

Remember Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe app? The multimedia, 3D beauty that redefined what an iPad book should look like? Well, as we hit the two year mark since its launch, publisher Harper Collins has rolled out the welcome mat for its follow up – Wonders of Life.<p>The Wonders of Life is …

Samsung Galaxy S5: Everything you need to know (FAQ)

Unless you were dead-set on a metal chassis and futuristic features, then Samsung's Galaxy S5 is an excellent successor to the Galaxy S4 in the evolving Galaxy S line.<p>We've taken a close look at phone's new fingerprint scanner and heart-rate monitor, tested out the new 16-megapixel camera, and …

Moshi Karts: Mind Candy's New Free-to-Play iOS Game

Just two months after Rovio launched Angry Birds Go!, Moshi Monsters creator Mind Candy is releasing a kart-themed video game of its own called Moshi Karts for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.<p>Although it may look like a traditional kart racer similar to Mario Kart and Sonic & All-Stars Racing …

Nintendo killing off online play for DS and Wii

Nintendo is terminating "certain online functionality" for the Wii, DS and DSi including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many of its …

Corephotonics' dual-camera tech will change smartphone imaging

Two-year-old Israeli company Corephotonics is ready to change how you take pictures with your smartphone, and it could happen as early as this year. The company's dual-camera technology has been making waves here at Mobile World Congress, and it's hard not to see why.<p>Before we begin though, I've …

US and Japan authorities probe Bitcoin attacks as “leak” blogger claims there’s no buyer for MtGox

Bitcoin watchers! Grab your popcorn and enjoy: As the MtGox car crash plays out in slow motion, there have been a few interesting new …

YunTab S5 Android phone uses 3D infrared for secure face unlock

BARCELONA, Spain -- Everyone knows how easily you can beat Android's Face Unlock feature with a simple photograph, but it will take a lot more to crack Chinese smartphone maker YunTab's solution.<p>Found on the company's $135 S5 Android-powered smartphone (not to be confused with Samsung's Galaxy S5), …

Facebook Messenger for Windows will Shut Down on March 3

Facebook today began prompting Facebook Messenger for Windows users with a message saying the app is shutting down next week. Without much of an explanation, the company plans to kill off Windows support for Facebook Messenger on March 3.<p>“We’re sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger …

The Gear Fit is what wearables should look like

Samsung steals its own limelight with a smartly designed fitness band<p>The original Galaxy Gear was always a beta device. Samsung’s first smartwatch was testing waters the company had never waded in before, and it took a lot of well-earned criticism for its shortcomings. Less than six months later, …