Now that Netflix has a solid (if imperfect) track record with original shows, it appears that the big-name talent is lining up for its chance at creating an internet-only hit. Case in point: the streaming service has reached a deal with Legendary Television to release Love, an “excruciatingly honest” romantic comedy penned by 40 Year-Old Virgin producer Judd Apatow, Inglourious Basterds‘ Paul Rust and Girls‘ Lesley Arfin. You won’t see the end result until 2016, but Netflix is already confident that you’ll like it. The company has already committed to two seasons (22 episodes total) sight unseen — if you’re a fan of Apatow’s frequently blunt approach to on-screen relationships, you’re going to get your fill.
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Internet stores can sometimes be far too optimistic about the time it takes to ship your order — just ask the scores of gift givers whose packages arrived late last year. They’ll have to be much more pragmatic from now on, though. The FTC has issued new rules requiring that retailers ship within a “reasonable” selected timeframe, or within 30 days if they can’t provide a date. If they don’t meet their targets, they’ll have to either get your permission for a delay or issue a prompt refund. You can still change your mind even if you agree to wait, and saying nothing will still get your money back. The new guidelines take effect on December 8th, so you can buy your holiday presents online with a little more confidence this time around.
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The FTC is eager to crack down on any perceived online privacy violations, especially when they involve children — and we just got a good demonstration of that eagerness today. Both Yelp and mobile app developer TinyCo have settled with the FTC over allegations that they knowingly scooped up kids’ personal information without permission. Yelp is paying a $450,000 penalty because it didn’t have an effective age screen in its apps, letting those under 13 sign up by themselves. TinyCo, meanwhile, is shelling out $300,000 after some of its kid-oriented games asked for email addresses in return for in-game currency. These aren’t the biggest settlements we’ve seen by any stretch, but they’ll hopefully serve as warning to any app creator that wants to collect your little ones’ data.
Looking for a new tower defense game to kill the long work hours of Wednesday? Outplay Entertainment Ltd just released a new one that looks pretty good called Alien Creeps TD.
The title gives the gist of the game. It is a tower defense game that pits you against an age old alien invasion story line. It brings over 50 insane challenges to complete, 25 explosive two minute rounds optimized for mobile, 60 achievements, 50 towers to use and upgrade, Heroes to deploy, reinforcements and airstrikes to share with your friends (via Facebook login. Not required to play though.)
Unlike some of the other tower defense games I have played, this one has a bit more to it. You don’t really have the ability to place the towers where you want like you do in Field Runners. The Aliens have a pre-determined path and you can only build your towers on pre-determined bunker locations. You have to use your engineer between matches to upgrade your towers, which takes time or gems, once upgraded then you can use the energy collected killing aliens to upgrade during battle. During game play you have control of physical troops from infantry towers, as well as your heroes, air strikes and the Tesla tower. This small addition makes the lack of freedom in tower placement a non issue really. The audio is great and the animations are smooth so far and there seems to be some pretty good replay value with each mission having three levels to complete.
Alien Creeps TD is a free title for all Android devices, which does mean it offers up in-app purchases. Judging from the first bit of gameplay you should be able to play a large majority of the title without spending money. However, with some upgrades and other areas of the game drawing up “time until completion” you might end up dropping some cash to move things along faster.
Off topic: Doesn’t the commander look like General Monger from Monsters vs Aliens?
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Many of you are aware that the Humble Mobile Bundle 7 is well underway. If not, then you are missing out on a chance to grab The Tiny Bang Story, Color Zen Premium and Heroes of Loot for any donation amount you see fit to offer. It wouldn’t be Humble Bundle without a minimum purchase price to grab others though. The current price to match or beat is $4.08. Anything above that gives you Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Horn, Sorcery!, Alpha Wave and Swordigo. It will also give you a new one that was just added to the mix, Soda Drinker Pro.
All of the titles are great, but this alert post is about the latest addition to the package, Soda Drinker Pro. Have you ever been stuck somewhere and just really wanted a soda but had no way to get your hands on one? Soda Drinker Pro gives you that ability, in a virtual world. Yes, this is a soda drinking augmented reality world we live in. Don’t laugh, it is a thirst quenching experience. Seriously, stop laughing. Watch the video first.
“This is better than life!” Ok, now you can laugh little. I like it. Talk about stepping outside of the box and creating something so unique that you know no one else out there is working on something similar. Who wouldn’t want a soda readily available? Now, where is Beer Drinker Pro? There is a free demo version of Soda Drinker available on the Play Store to help wet your pallet, links below. While you are at it though, you may as well head to the Humble Mobile Bundle and pick up all the titles while the price is low.
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Apple released iOS 8 to the public today, giving millions of users their first look at the new operating system. Along with all of the major features, like Continuity, Notification improvements, Messages upgrades, and the introduction of third-party keyboard/Touch ID access, there are also dozens of other minor tweaks and changes that have been introduced in iOS 8, both ahead of the OS’s initial launch to developers and across the beta testing period.
Outlined in the video below are some of the most interesting and handy tweaks in iOS 8, including automatic credit card scanning, expanded weather options, quick access to contacts, a hands-free mode for Siri, hidden photos, and more.
We’ve been collecting and cataloguing minor feature changes to iOS 8 since the first beta was released, documenting the development of new features and providing a one-stop location for all the changes that have largely gone under the radar.
A complete list of all of the hidden features in iOS 8 can be found in our dedicated Hidden Features Roundup, which also serves as a way to see the progress iOS 8 made over the course of the beta testing period.
For example, in beta 4, Apple introduced a Tips app that offers iOS 8 users information about all of the new features in the operating system. Beta 5, meanwhile, added location information to photo collections in the Photos app, and beta 4 saw a Control Center redesign.
We’ve also compiled a walkthrough of all of the major features introduced with iOS 8, which can be found in our iOS 8 Roundup.
iOS 8 can be downloaded immediately for free. It can be installed on the iPhone 4s and later, 5th-generation iPod touch, iPad 2 and later, and the iPad mini.
iOS 8, released to the public today, includes an API that allows developers to create system-wide third-party keyboards for the first time, which will let users select from a range of different keyboards with unique functions.
We’ve rounded up a list of the best third-party keyboards currently available to you find the keyboard best suited to you. Some of these keyboards are in the App Store now, while others will begin rolling out today following the launch of iOS 8.
SwiftKey (Free) – SwiftKey is a gesture-based keyboard that allows users to type by dragging their fingers from key to key. Along with offering predictive suggestions, SwiftKey integrates with SwiftKey Cloud to let a user’s preferences be backed up and synced across all devices.
Swype ($0.99) [Direct Link]- Like SwiftKey, Swype is a gesture-based keyboard that allows users to drag their fingers from key to key in order to create words. Swype’s built-in predictive text engine determines what was being typed, and it offers predictive punctuation to speed up typing. Swype also includes several different themes for custom looks. SwiftKey and Swype are fairly similar, and Re/code has done a review comparing and contrasting them.
Minuum ($1.99) [Direct Link] – Minuum is a resizable keyboard that can be shrunken down (via swipe gestures) to allow more of the screen to be seen. Minuum also takes advantage of a robust autocorrect feature that automatically corrects spelling as words are typed and offers word suggestions.
Fleksy ($1.99) [Direct Link] – Fleksy is known as the fastest keyboard in the world. It incorporates advanced autocorrection features to interpret what’s typed (which improves over time) and it uses swipe gestures to make it easy for users to delete, add punctuation, spaces, and select alternate autocorrect suggestions. It also includes support for emoji and offers a resizable keyboard.
TouchPal (Free) [Direct Link] – TouchPal is another keyboard that lets users drag a finger over letters in quick succession to spell words, suggesting different choices based on input. TouchPal also offers a design that’s similar to the standard keyboard, but it incorporates quick access buttons to allow for easy insertion of punctuation and special characters.
TextExpander ($4.99) [Direct Link] – Built into an update of the existing TextExpander app, the TextExpander keyboard allows users to type in short abbreviations, which are then spelled out fully. For example, tyvm might become thank you very much.
KuaiBoard ($1.99) [Direct Link] – Formerly known as QuickBoard, KuaiBoard is not a traditional keyboard. It’s designed to let users insert chunks of frequently typed text like signatures, address information, billing information, and more. As outlined in our full hands-on post, KuaiBoard lets users create blocks of text that can then be inserted anywhere. It also has a feature that automatically detects a user’s location, allowing it to be typed into a text message or email.
Third-party keyboards require users to install a separate app for each keyboard. Once downloaded, a keyboard can be turned on in the Settings app. In Settings, go to General –> Keyboards –> Add New Keyboard and tap whichever keyboard needs to be installed. From there, it is easy to switch between available keyboards by holding down on the Globe or Emoji icon in any app that supports keyboards.
Vice President of Product Management at Motorola, Punit Soni, today announced his departure from the company. A post on his Google+ account tells us he’s leaving Motorola “after a couple of amazing years in the best job I ever had”.
The news, which comes rather abruptly, arrives at an interesting time for Motorola. In the big scheme of things we have the pending transition over to Lenovo. More immediately, however, we’re seeing the launch of the next-gen Moto X and Moto G smartphones.
Looking over some of Soni’s recent interactions we can’t help but sense a general dissatisfaction with the smartphone industry. When asked a few days ago whether we might expect a Verizon Developer Edition of the new Moto X he said no, later adding the following:
I agree we have to change the system. I will keep these thoughts front and center in my mind regardless of what role/where I am in the future. I am sorry that these devices are not more open. But we got to keep hacking away at the system.
Perhaps there was some butting of heads and conflicting viewpoints happening between Motorola and wireless providers. Or, worse, maybe there’s some discord with the Moto ranks. We’ll be curiously watching what happens within Motorola over the next few months, how about you?
We wish nothing but luck to Punit Soni and thank him for his efforts over the last few years.
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Starting today, AT&T will be taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S in both the 10.5 and 8.4 inch sizes. Shipping is expected to take place on Sept. 23, or if you want to wait to buy them in store you just have to wait 3 days longer.
Both tablets qualify for AT&T’s Next plan, for 0 down and $31.50 a month for the 10.5 inch flavor and $26.50(both for 20 months) for the 8.4 inch version. If you want to buy them outright, the 10.5 version will be $629 and the 8.4 inch version will be $529 with no annual contract.
If you’re confused as to which tablet this is specifically, because of Samsung’s wide assortment of tablets, the Tab S is the tablet with the high resolution Super AMOLED display. Most other tablets use LCD technology which doesn’t allow for high contrast and vivid colors like the Tab S. The Tab S is also super slim and has a soft-touch plastic back similar to that on the Galaxy S5. Samsung powers the Tab S with an Exynos 5 processor with 3GB of RAM to allow seamless multitasking which Samsung does superbly well. In addition to the high end hardware, the Tab S also comes with a fingerprint scanner for additional security.
AT&T is also offering 50% off the Tab S keyboard with the purchase of either of the Tab S tablets.
Source – AT&T
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Today is the day! T-Mobile’s new Wi-Fi CellSpots are available in stores, and the other facets of their Uncarrier 7.0 plan are in full effect!
T-Mobile – Canton, OH
After a week of waiting, I walked into my local T-Mobile corporate store to see about picking up a new Wi-Fi CellSpot. They had them in stock, but barely knew what the devices were, let alone how they would process an order for one, so I waited for the kind representative who had the bad luck to have to assist me to read up on what exactly the device is, does, and how to sell it.
Insert 10 minutes of Jeopardy theme music.
The representative disappeared behind the employee doors and re-emerged with the coveted Wi-Fi CellSpot. I began to salivate, idly thumbing the raised numbers on my debit card, ready for throw my $25 at T-Mobile. He placed the box on the counter before me.
Another five minutes of reading followed by a confused “I’m not sure I can sell this yet” and the near hospitalization of the representative, were I not a praying man.
After another 20 minutes of listening to the salesman talk to customer service he redirected his attention to me with bad news, and some unexpected good news.
The bad news was that I wouldn’t be paying the $25 deposit required of post-pay customers to take home my very own CellSpot today, I would have to wait seven business days for the router to be shipped to me. The good news, however was that because I came in before September 23rd, I wouldn’t have to pay the deposit at all.
If you want one of these bad-boys, get to a store before the 23rd so you don’t have to pay the deposit.
If you’re interested in reading the specifics on T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 7.0 strategy check out their page here
Or watch this video for the highlights:
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