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Mar

Stone Tower – a strangely addicting game about stacking rocks. [Review]


Overview – Stacks asymmetrical rocks as high as humanly possible. Play alone or compete against someone else to make a tower that will rend the sky. Developer: Kiraline Inc Price: Free (In-App

4
Mar

Always have power in your pocket with the mophie powerstation mini (review)


Over the past few years smartphone  companies have been making our phones bigger and bigger and inexplicably the batteries don’t seem to change much in size. The iPhone 5s was

4
Mar

Five for Friday – Apps to keep your wallet happy.


Unless you’re one of the lucky few that never has to worry about money (in which case I question your motives for clicking on this article), you’re probably looking for

4
Mar

House of Cards Season 4 available on Netflix: Watch on your Android phone or tablet now


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If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, clear your schedule because House of Cards Season 4 just hit Netflix. And since we’re pretty well catered for with Netflix apps you can get your fix pretty much wherever you are. Add in a Chromecast and you’re all set to kick back and relax and watch on the big screen.

You can of course also catch up using the Netflix web site on your computer or your Chromebook should you so wish. All 13 new episodes are available at once so grab a snack, tasty beverage and get ready to binge away. They’re around an hour each, so clear your weekend.

And let’s keep the comments a spoiler free zone, shall we.

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4
Mar

Google Maps gets a visit from Legend of Zelda’s Link on the web


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Google Maps is getting a nice Easter egg for the next few days on the web. The familiar peg icon that’s meant to move a user into Street View has been replaced with Link from Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda game series.

Link’s appearance in Google Maps is promoting the release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD remake on Nintendo’s Wii U console. Link even turns around when you move the street view camera 360 degrees. The official Japanese language Zelda Twitter account says that Link will stick around Google Maps for the next five days.

Check out Link on Google Maps

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4
Mar

Verizon’s HTC One M8 slated to get Marshmallow update on March 7


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Verizon owners of the HTC One M8 smartphone should mark Monday, March 7 on their calendar. HTC says that’s when it will start rolling out an over-the-air update for that phone to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The news about the update comes from the usual source: HTC’s Mo Versi on Twitter:

Verizon HTC One (M8) Owners! Marshmallow OS coming on 3/7! TA received today – Great work @arpu31

— Mo Versi (@moversi) March 4, 2016

The Marshmallow update was previously released for Sprint’s version of the HTC One M8 in late January.

Source: Mo Versi (Twitter)

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4
Mar

DeepDrumpf: The Donald Trump AI spoof bot America needs


“I’m what ISIS doesn’t need.” That may sound like a quote from Republican presidential candidate/real estate tycoon Donald Trump, but it’s actually from an AI-powered Twitterbot named @DeepDrumpf. Developed by Bradley Hayes, a postdoc student at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Lab (CSAIL), the bot pores through Trump’s speeches and debate transcripts, using deep learning techniques to recreate his language one letter at a time. (Engadget’s Aaron Souppouris used similar methods to build a neural network that recreated this site’s writing style.) The results are sometimes incoherent, but that only makes DeepDrumpf seem more like the real thing.

We have to make the United States. They can’t do it. Because I’m going to pay for the country.

— DeepDrumpf (@DeepDrumpf) March 3, 2016

You have comedian John Oliver to thank for the bot’s name — one of his recent segments tore apart Trump and pushed for the use of his ancestral name, Drumpf. Hayes says he was inspired by an existing bot that managed to recreate Shakespeare’s prose, as well as a report that Trump spoke at the level of a fourth grader, which made his language easier to analyze.

“The algorithm essentially learns an underlying structure from all the data it gets, and then comes up with different combinations of the data that reflect the structure that it was taught,” Hayes said.

While there are only a few true DeepDrumpf gems at the moment, it’ll likely get better over time as it analyzes even more of Trump’s rhetoric. Hayes says he’s considering building bots for other political candidates, and eventually they might be able to have automated debates on Twitter.

Via: The Guardian

Source: MIT

4
Mar

SpaceX will attempt to another launch and sea landing today


SpaceX has been trying to launch a Falcon 9 rocket tasked with carrying a communications satellite for over a week now. After a few scrubbed attempts, the company will give it another go this evening. Today’s launch is planned for 6:35PM ET at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Similar to previous tries, SpaceX hopes to successfully deploy the SES-9 satellite before landing the rocket at sea. Thus far, the company hasn’t been able to nail the landing after three attempts — the last of which was foiled by a landing strut failure.

Elon Musk & Co. aren’t optimistic about completing the maneuver this time either. In a press release about the launch, SpaceX noted “given this mission’s unique GTO profile, a successful landing is not expected.​” However, it does mean that, success or failure, there’s sure to be a livestream worth watching when the launch actually happens. Hopefully another boat won’t venture into the safe area later today. You can follow along here when the time comes.

Source: Space.com

4
Mar

Best iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus cases: Treat your new Apple devices


Apple’s latest smartphones – the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus – are available all around the world and you can pick up either from multiple retailers.

Not much changed in terms of design compared to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, if you ignore the extra colour and different aluminium, but a few things are different elsewhere.

The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus both arrived with a new camera, faster processor and new display technology that Apple is calling 3D Touch. As the design is almost identical, you still get the lovely slim, metal build the iPhone 6 was praised for, which is both good and bad.

A great design means you probably won’t want to cover it up but unfortunately smartphones don’t have the best reputation for handling knocks and drops. So if you want to ensure you don’t end up with a bruise and battered iPhone after a few days, keep reading.

We have rounded up the best iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus cases we have come across so far to keep your new Apple device safe and protected. We will be updating this feature as more catch our eye, but for now, check out the gallery to see the case options available to look after your iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus.

4
Mar

HTC 10 amazingly revealed in hilarious Twitter one-upmanship


While us mere mortals scrape at the earth for tiny morsels, two of Twitter’s most prolific leakers have swung in and given us a veritable feast of HTC 10 leaks.

For those who follow the business of leaking smartphones via Twitter, there are two names fighting for supremacy. In one corner you have Steve Hemmerstoffer going by the name @onleaks and in the other corner Evan Blass tweeting under the name @evleaks.

These leakers extraordinaire have had plenty of spats in the past, but both have also delivered a rich supply of nuggets when it comes to future devices. The revealing of HTC’s forthcoming handset emerged in hilarious fashion however. 

We reported earlier that @evleaks had dropped the name HTC 10 into play. We’d previously heard the codename HTC Perfume and we’d seen HTC using the “power of 10” tagline on its teaser campaign, but HTC 10 was a new name.

Then @onleaks revealed a number of photos of the HTC 10 in the wild: they’re typical leaker photos of a prototype device, out of focus and with the identification stickers obscured. They appear to be shot with a backdrop of a brown mattress with no sheets. Talk about glamour.

#HTC10 (prototype specs) 5.15″ QHD / SD820 / Adreno 530 / 4GB RAM / 12MP / USB Type-C pic.twitter.com/I8P0Mjlz8M

— OnLeaks (@OnLeaks) March 4, 2016

No sooner had @onleaks revealed the handset’s design through these photos, when @evleaks swings in with what looks like a full rendering of the HTC 10 from all sides.

This wonderful show of leaking one-upmanship serves us up a full design reveal of HTC’s next handset.

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— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 4, 2016

We’ve seen the chamfering on the rear before, but both sets of images appear to confirm USB Type-C. The front of the handset looks very much like the HTC One A9, but with capacitive controls flanking the fingerprint sensor in the centre beneath the display. We saw capacitive controls like this on the One X9, but as many will have feared, there’s no BoomSound speakers.

Both sets of photos also appear to reveal some aspects of the software, with what appears to be a redesigned messenger and dialler app icon. We suspect that HTC will continue to remove bulk from Sense 8.0, which this phone should launch with.

On the display of the @evleaks render we have the location New York and the date of 19 April, which may well be a potential release date.

It now feels like we have a full picture of HTC’s forthcoming handset. We’ve been tracking the leaks for many months and you can read up on the rest of the story right here.

READ: HTC 10: What’s the story so far?

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