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  • ‘Flappy Bird’ creator Dong Nguyen speaks out, considers bringing it back

    Remember the Flappy Bird phenomenon earlier this year? This simple one-tap-and-survive game became an unexpected mega-hit, which eventually forced its creator, developer Dong Nguyen, to pull the game, citing that he "cannot take this anymore". I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore. — Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014   But Nguyen lives on and has dropped some enticing details about his creation and the ultimately death of Flappy Bird, as detailed by this excellent article from Rolling Stone. Nguyen, 28, is a self-professed "geek developer" living at home with...

  • 20W: a cheap-as-chips South African-made, solar-powered Android PC

    Two things computers, smartphones and tablets rely on most are power and the internet. That's expensive. This South African-made Android desktop computer only uses 24 Watts of power and is built to run on solar energy. Developed by Capsule Technologies with the poverty-stricken in mind, the 20W is designed to give people a cheap and effective option to further work, play and educate themselves. It's just the box, you'll need to fork out for the display, keyboard, etc. As seen in the image above, although it's not the slimmest, sexiest piece of hardware, the 20W is still a prototype. It's...

  • 6 apps that have proven themselves awesome for streaming film and TV

    Streaming movies and TV are the future when it comes to entertainment, no doubt. People love the ability to watch their favourite films and series while they're on the go, waiting in line, lying in bed, or traveling. Recognising this, many developers now have free and paid apps that allow streaming. Whatever your device and wherever you are, you too can use these apps to get your favourite flick fix or binge-watch House of Cards, Game of Thrones or True Detective (or just stick with True Detective, it's for the best). Get Multimedia on Google Play Movies (click for list...

  • WiseButton to become the universal remote for our phones

    There are a lot of things we lose in our lives. Our sanity comes second to keys and our phones, which vanish at an alarming rate. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a magic button that could solve these problems? That's what the WiseButton wants to become, and will be as it's fully funded on Indiegogo. WiseButton is a small radial button on a keychain fob which connects to "any" mobile OS: Android, Windows Phone or iOS (no BB 10 OS) and becomes a handy shortcut for features like music playback, photo galleries and video presentations. It's also a...

  • Raspberry Pi gains Wolfson Audio Card, sound good?

    Here's something for the eager Raspberry Pi modder. From today, online store Element 14 will sell the Wolfson audio card add-on for the Raspberry Pi. This is the first audio card add-on for the Pi and will let users capture sound from a camera and "experiment" with digital audio capture. As great as Raspberry Pi is, it has a number of limitations which modders have quickly overcome. The audio though, has remained as a sour point, as out of the box there's no way for a user to capture audio, only to stream it from the 3.5mm audio jack. Wolfsen's Audio...

  • Polish-made InkPhone rocks two week-long battery life

    for those who fell in love with the idea of the YotaPhone, a smartphone and eBook in one, the concept of the InkPhone should turn anyone into an e-Ink phone believer. More so the InkPhone, from Polish developers Onyx, last for two freaking weeks on a single charge of its 1800mAh battery. When Engadget got its hands on it, it described the InkPhone as a back-to-basics device, but that doesn't stop this Android smartphone from winning fans thanks to the incredible battery life. But then, would a monochrome display ever consume that much power? At first glance, it's most definitely...

  • WhatsApp for Android increases security, lets us pay for friends’ subscriptions

    WhatsApp for Android gains a global update today which adds a fair number of time saving and security features. New additions include changing the "last seen" status, which will be handy for those who want to keep their last chat timestamps private from others. Also, the ability to add a nice, chunky Video thumbnail certainly makes the chats look more accessible. Other notable features include setting the privacy for statues and the option to pay for a friends WhatsApp subscription. Are these new features indicative of the US$19-billion Facebook buyout? Nope, but every little bit helps. As for accessing the...

  • Thief review: pilfered problems

    When the original Thief arrived on PCs in 1998, it was something of a revelation. Understated yet involved, quiet yet resonant, you were Garrett the master thief. The world you explored was oozing in atmosphere and informed by rich mythology. You had water arrows to extinguish flickering candlelight from afar, moss arrows to quieten your step and a sword lest you came face to face with a guard. It was simply made, but beautifully conceived, and the onus was on you to find the right path and execute your plan. Yet two sequels later, both Looking Glass and the franchise...

  • Neil Young launches US$399 Pono Music player to ‘save us from MP3s’

    MP3 players are all the rage, according to legendary musician Neil Young, who's about to launch his first US$399 (not a typo) music device, named PonoMusic. Unlike the US$10 MP3 player you can buy down at the Kwik-E-Mart, PonoMusic reportedly offers the best sound reproduction in an audio device yet, in conjunction with Ayre acoustics. For US$399 we're getting 128GB storage (with a slot for memory cards), equivalent to 1 000 to 2 000 high-resolution songs, give or take. PonoMusic's offering is going to be a lot like Apple and its iPod in that the Pono store and device are...

  • Fujitsu’s X923 is the all-in-one business PC that’s always turned on

    Imagine having a desktop PC you never have to turn off? Of course, many PC's since the late nineties have had a low-power or "sleep" mode but Fujitsu's Esprimo X923 range ramps it up a notch says Engadget. By turning off applications when not in use, these 23-inch touchscreen PCs enter LPAM (Low Power Active Mode) and consume close to nil-power. And this still beats traditional sleep modes as Fujitsu's PC is always accessing the network, even when in LPAM. Outside of the nifty LPAM mode, the X923 (and the touchscreen X923-T) is a desktop PC that's made for the office environment,...