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Free apps are going to get a lot more confusing in Europe

Free apps are going to get a lot more confusing in Europe

Android app downloads could get a lot more confusing in Europe, with Google agreeing to cease referring to titles with in-app purchases as "free" in the Google Play store, while Apple has been criticized by the EU for not committing to a similar system. Responding to concerns by the European Union around how "free" titles can be misleading as they subsequently push in-app downloads, Google agreed that no title with IAP content will be labeled as free as of the end of September this year. Meanwhile, Apple has also responded to the EU critique.

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These are Acton’s Rocketskates, and they’re insane fun

These are Acton’s Rocketskates, and they’re insane fun

We may not have hover boards yet, but we can have motorized shoes, and Acton is leading the charge with its RocketSkates. Already a Kickstarter hit, the futuristic electric skates are controlled by your feet and can push you along at potentially four times the average walking pace. Risking life and limb (not to mention being laughed at by onlookers), I caught up with Acton to try out the latest prototype.

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Facebook Mentions app: for celebrities, not you

Facebook Mentions app: for celebrities, not you

There’s an app out this week made by Facebook for Facebook users on the iPhone - but it’s more elite than that. You have to be famous to get in on the app. To use this app, you have to be a Facebook "Verified Public Figure" - if you’ve got a blue checkmark next to your name on Facebook, you’re in.

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Destiny Public Beta release: details and PS4 drop

Destiny Public Beta release: details and PS4 drop

On the morning of July 17th at approximately 11AM PST, we’ll begin seeing keys sent out for the Public Beta for Destiny. This game will be playable starting on the 17th by the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, while the Xbox One and Xbox 360 will have to wait until the 23rd of this month. Destiny Beta for the Xbox One will come in at around 12.63GB - massive - and we expect the PS4 version to deliver something similar.

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Avengers Age of Ultron Preview: Meddle Begets Metal

Avengers Age of Ultron Preview: Meddle Begets Metal

Today begins the massive stream of Avengers previews, beginning with an image of Ultron himself. This preview is of the flat, image kind, showing off Ultron as a terrifying Iron Man villain-looking fellow. Of course he’s powerful enough to take on the whole of the Avengers, so there’s a bit more to learn.

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Growing Jibo: Talking robot families with Cynthia Breazeal

Growing Jibo: Talking robot families with Cynthia Breazeal

The age of robotic butlers and Jetson's-style automation is yet to be delivered, but the team behind Jibo believes it has a more relevant, usable alternative. A robot that integrates into the family, as well as one which could spawn a family of its own, Jibo aims to humanize domestic robotics but without dropping us into an Uncanny Valley of creepy pseudo-skin. I caught up with company founder and MIT robotics expert Cynthia Breazeal to find out how the Jibo you see today is the gateway to a life peppered with electronic companions.

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