Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Pac-Man turns 35 today — iOS and Android users get a treat

Pac-Man turns 35 today — iOS and Android users get a treat

If you love Pac-Man and have an Android or iOS device, Bandai Namco has a treat for you: a new game to celebrate the game's 35th anniversary, which is today. The game is available in the respective app stores, with each one hawking a big '35' at players and a bunch of other features. The game features a bunch of new mazes, the ability to add more mazes to one’s own collection, bonus rounds, daily tournaments, and more.

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Google’s new ‘Literata’ font makes ebooks beautiful

Google’s new ‘Literata’ font makes ebooks beautiful

You expect different fonts in the books you read than on the Web pages you read, and so it is common for some fonts to only be found in books -- they're tailored for the long-form reading experience, and altogether visually pleasant. Apple will reportedly be switching up its system fonts for better readability, and Google is doing something similar with its Google Play Books specifically. The Internet giant has unveiled a new font specifically for ebooks, and it's called "Literata".

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Pretty Smart Lamp includes phone finder and more

Pretty Smart Lamp includes phone finder and more

There’s a new decorative lamp called the Pretty Smart Lamp, and while it doesn’t do super bright illuminating, it is both pretty and smart. There are several designs available with it, but more importantly there are several features that your average lamp won’t do. One of those features is finding your phone when you lose it; another is letting you know of (and dismiss) notifications. There’s temperature monitoring, brightness monitoring, support for home automation systems, and more.

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Yeesh, Scrabble adds ridic load of new words to dictionary

Yeesh, Scrabble adds ridic load of new words to dictionary

Scrabble wants you to pwn your opponent, and so now it'll let you officially use pwn and a slew of other words as part of your gameplay. The last update to the Scrabble dictionary took place back in August of last year, and likewise modern lingo was added to the list, including the ever-important “selfie”. This time around you will find even more tech terms and modern slang, including the likes of ridic and pwn, hacktivist, and so many more.

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SoundCloud for Apple Watch has arrived

SoundCloud for Apple Watch has arrived

Apps for Apple's newly launched wearable, the Apple Watch, are pouring in. SoundCloud has made sure it is one of the companies getting an app out for the wearable, and as such recently announced the arrival of its own SoundCloud for Apple Watch offering. The app does exactly what you'd expect it to do -- allows Apple Watch owners to listen to audio on the platform from their wrist. It works in conjunction with the SoundCloud for iOS app and one's iPhone.

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Snapchat starts dabbling with music videos

Snapchat starts dabbling with music videos

Snapchat has been slowly but surely expanding its reach, adding in content from various partners in an effort to draw in more users and advertisers. Latest to give the mobile service a shot is Josh Legg, a musician who goes by the name Goldroom. Given that some of his fanbase has started increasingly using Snapchat as a communication medium, he has decided to partner with the messaging service and will release four music videos on it. The first video came out on Tuesday, and the last one is scheduled to be released tomorrow.

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Netflix to add BoJack Horseman season 2 this July

Netflix to add BoJack Horseman season 2 this July

If you like yourself some adult-friendly cartoons, good news: Netflix has decided to nab a second season of the not-for-kids animated series BoJack Horseman, which revolves around a man that is half-horse and voiced by Will Arnett. Season 2 will consist of a dozen episodes and will be arriving on July 17 for those with a Netflix subscription (globally). This joins season 1, which has been available since this past August, as well as a Christmas special that came out around Christmas time.

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Level 257: a day at the upscale Pac-Man themed arcade and lounge

Level 257: a day at the upscale Pac-Man themed arcade and lounge

"To play is human." Such is the philosophy behind Level 257, a new luxurious lounge, arcade, restaurant, and bowling center near Chicago. Whatever you think it is, you're wrong. It's not an arcade. It's not a bowling alley. It's not a lounge. It's not a restaurant. At least, it's not any of those things in the way you're thinking of them. Level 257 is a place all of its own, and no single part of it exists separate of the other. It is luxury that invites you to dress casually. It is an arcade woven around a miniature library. It is sparkling bowling lanes a few paces from a full bar and cushioned leather lounge seating. It is, ultimately, an experience.

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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon for 3DS arrives this winter

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon for 3DS arrives this winter

Nintendo made a wee announcement today, revealing that the new Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon game for the 3DS will be launching some time this winter. This follows 2013’s Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity game, and will be launching in North America for those using Nintendo’s portable console. The news was jointly revealed by the Pokemon Company International and by Nintendo. More details after the jump!

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Firefox to get more ads via upcoming ‘Suggested Tiles’

Firefox to get more ads via upcoming ‘Suggested Tiles’

Firefox’s previous introduction of in-tab advertisements didn’t go over well with many users, but the outcry apparently wasn’t high enough to reverse things. Today Mozilla announced “Suggested Tiles”, which are advertisements that appear as tiles inside of a new tab. It differs a bit from the previous Directory Tiles (it is said to be a “complement” to them), and works by presenting content from advertisers that are personalized based on the user’s own activity. It is promised the ads are fully "user controlled".

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