The maker of the wildly popular Angry Birds franchise, Rovio Entertainment, in an acquire-hire type of deal has just bought another Finnish gaming company by the name of Futuremark Games Studio. This acquisition was for an undisclosed amount, but according to many VentureBeat its a deal said to be one driven by the company’s desire for some new talent.
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Fo’ shizzle my nizzle! Snoopify is one of those apps that is so dope, you’ll be asking yourself; how did we survive before it? The app lets users drop it like it’s hot by snapping photos and adding Snoop themed stickers that’ll make you look like a real member of Death Row. Stickers include Snoop’s head, doobies, grape soda, and even a hairnet. The app, which was created in collaboration with Upper Playground is almost too much fun. The app is free to download, and includes one free sticker pack. If … Read more
Twitter’s video sharing app Vine was released back in late January of this year on iOS, and users have been utilizing the animated GIF-like service to create some very creative six second video clips. The service has come into its own, and is planning an Android release soon. We’ve seen many people embrace the service, as well as Hollywood movie studios and even the White House. I’m a huge fan of Vine, and I was pleased as punch to discover this series of Vine videos in my reader feed this morning, … Read more
Facebook Home has been downloaded to various Android devices a little under a million times since its launch last month. The software suite comes pre-installed on the HTC First, which has been facing lackluster sales and recently received a price drop from AT&T. A million downloads may seem like a lot, but compare that to Facebook’s over one billion users and it seems a little low. Compare that also to Google’s estimate of over 1.5 million Android devices being activated each day, and the potential for Facebook Home to be … Read more
The creaters behind the well-known photo sharing app, Hipstamatic has announced the release of a new app called Oggl. Oggl is basically the same app as Hipstamatic, but with a bevy of new photo editing options. Oggl is free to use, with the free version coming pre-loaded with five “favorites” for shooting, including nightlife, food, portraits landscapes and sunsets. Users who would like to access more lens and film options will have to pay however, with a subscription service that costs $.99 a month or $9.99 a year. Oggl will be … Read more
SoundTracking, an awesome music sharing service has added Instagram support today, which allows users to share their Instagram photos directly to their posts on the SoundTracking app. Users can also share their SoundTracking posts to Instagram as a “music postcard” image. The update is available for both the Android and iOS versions of the Soundtracking app. SoundTracking is gaining popularity with the teenage demographic in the U.S., but forty percent of its traffic is coming from overseas, with Brazil and the U.K. topping the international user base. The app combines the … Read more
The HTC First has received a price drop from AT&T today, making the device available for $0.99 with a new two-year contract, or $350 off- contract. The handset was previously $99 with a two-year contract and $450 off contract. Although official sales figures for the device have not been revealed, a price drop this significant after only a month of release seems a bit troubling for the Facebook centric smartphone. The HTC First features Facebook Home, which is Facebook’s software suite that runs over an almost stock version of Android. … Read more
Tired of having to tag your friends in Instagram by typing their name into the comments? I know I am. Instagram has a new feature coming up that will allow users to tag themselves as well as friends in their snazzy snapshots. The new feature, called “Photos of you” will be available in version 3.5 of Instagram’s app,which is rolling out today. Users will have until May 16th to check the feature out before it starts becoming visible to others. “Today, we’re excited to introduce Photos of You and bring you a … Read more
Last week, Facebook rolled out some updates to its Home software directly to users, bypassing the Google Play Store. Normally, updates to Android apps are pushed through the Play Store. Users who had the “Unknown Sources” box checked on their devices received an update straight from Facebook, without passing through the Google Play Store. Currently, only apps that are “side loaded” or installed outside of the Google Play Store are allowed to update without going through the Play Store. In an attempt to curb malware, viruses and trojans, Google has … Read more
If you’re a huge Chat Head living in the U.S., Facebook has just made your day. Facebook is rolling out free VoIP calls to Android owners today, allowing free video calls through their Facebook Messenger for Android and Facebook Home’s Chat Heads. The update will be coming out over the course of the day and will not require an application update. Using VoIP within Facebook’s messenger app is simple, with a “Free Call” button displayed next to a friend’s contact page. Using VoIP through Chat Heads is a bit more challenging however, requiring … Read more
Here it is. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. Or maybe not. Either way, Zuck’s new Facebook Home launcher has just gone live on the Google Play Store, allowing owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 2, HTC One X and One X+ to play with the new Facebook interface. The Galaxy S4 and the HTC One will also be able to run the software, though we’re still getting a “device not compatible” warning on our international HTC One. Facebook Home is essentially a launcher that hijacks … Read more
Ugh, dating. It’s an awful enterprise, fraught with awkwardness and hangovers. A company called Hinge is trying to change all of that, by tapping into the biggest repository of potential dates imaginable; mutual friends on Facebook. Hinge is one of the SXSW Accelerator finalists, and is part of 1776, a new startup campus in Washington DC. It makes perfect sense, right? Many online dating sites exist, but work in a different fashion. Sites like OkCupid require users to answer a barrage of questions and quizzes to determine compatibility for potential dates. Using Facebook connections provides … Read more
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