Amazon ditches TestDrive, Developers everywhere shrug

Amazon ditches TestDrive, Developers everywhere shrug

Yesterday (April 16 — that’s an important footnote for all this), Amazon blogged on their Developer site to let everyone know TestDrive was being cancelled. Corey Badcock from Amazon wrote “since its launch in March 2011, over 16,000 apps have been launched on TestDrive, giving customers the experience of running the app and discovering new features before committing to purchase.” So why is Amazon ditching TestDrive? Freemium apps. Those free-to-use apps and games rendered TestDrive nearly useless, it seems.

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Scientists mistook microwave interference for alien messages

Scientists mistook microwave interference for alien messages

Mistakes do happen even in science, which is the whole basis for the experimentation process. But there are some mistakes are just too embarrassing to make. Take for example this group of scientists who stumbled on what they thought could possibly be messages from intelligent lifeforms in outer space. Fact, however, couldn't be farther from the truth, or nearer to the scientists, in this case. Apparently, the source of the shorts bursts of energy was nothing more than their very own laboratory microwave.

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2016 Fiat 500X first-drive – America’s grown-up Italian

2016 Fiat 500X first-drive – America’s grown-up Italian

If the Fiat 500 is an icon reborn, then why wouldn’t people want even more of an icon on their driveway? That’s the question the 2016 Fiat 500X arrives to address, slotting with Italian panache into the fashionable urban crossover segment. As the little-loved 500L demonstrated, however, there’s more to taking a popular city car and breaking it free of its urban runabout roots than simply enlarging it, but Fiat believes it has some secret weapons there, too.

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Baidu’s Android-based smartwatch OS gets a landing page

Baidu’s Android-based smartwatch OS gets a landing page

Google might be the household name in web search and services globally, but in China, Baidu has more clout. As if to take that competition one notch higher, Baidu is teasing some details about a smartwatch operating system that, while based on Android as well, is set to compete with Google's own Android Wear platform. Dubbed the DuWear, this smartwatch OS promises functionality similar to Android Wear and then some, naturally integrating with Baidu's own products and services, and even running on existing Android Wear devices.

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Sony’s 2015 Blu-ray players get PlayStation Now streaming

Sony’s 2015 Blu-ray players get PlayStation Now streaming

Pretty soon, you might not need to get your hands on a PS3 if you don't own one yet just to play its exclusive titles. Sony seems to be keen on adding support for its PlayStation Now game streaming services to devices outside of its own gaming hardware. Now the Japanese company is announcing that the 2015 model of its Blu-ray Disc Player is getting that feature as well, allowing owners to rent and stream their desired PlayStation 3 games right in their living room, without having to own a PS3.

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New SpaceX Falcon 9 crash video shows how close they came

New SpaceX Falcon 9 crash video shows how close they came

SpaceX had a successful launch this week to send supplies to the ISS inside its Dragon capsule. The more interesting bit about the launch was SpaceX's latest attempt to have the Falcon 9 rocket land on a floating platform at sea so that it could be refitted and reused. The last time SpaceX tried to have the Falcon 9 land at sea on the platform it created a fantastic explosion.

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Twitter uses ‘the Force’ to bring out new Star Wars emojis

Twitter uses ‘the Force’ to bring out new Star Wars emojis

Disney and LucasFilm are really going full "Force" to market Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Twitter is helping to spread the excitement of the upcoming movie by offering new Star Wars emoji. Now, you can join in the conversation about all things Star Wars, especially what's happening at Star Wars Celebration Con in Anaheim, April 16 - 19th. We've analyzed the latest trailer, watched the convention panel, and marvelled at the latest adorable droid, the BB-8.

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Apple CarPlay lands in Russia and four more locations

Apple CarPlay lands in Russia and four more locations

Apple has been rolling out CarPlay in force for several months now after having announced nine new partners in the automotive world that bake the service into their vehicles from the factory last summer. This week Apple has announced that CarPlay is now available in five new regions, including Russia. Anyone who has ever watched some of the crazy dashcam videos of Russian drivers knows that they need all the help they can get to combat distraction while driving.

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