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Flappy Bird 2: sequel release goes vertical

Flappy Bird 2: sequel release goes vertical

The creator of Flappy Bird has revealed his first major release since shutting his hit game down. With "Swing Copters," we get a Flappy Bird successor - a game that basically has the same innards as Flappy Bird, but made vertical instead of horizontal. And you’ll have to avoid swings instead of simple tubes.

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Galaxy Note 4 pictured with curved edges: not so much

Galaxy Note 4 pictured with curved edges: not so much

This week a number of publications are showing off a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 concept that they believe is real. Expect that they’ll be fixed and updated by the end of the day, because this machine is not real. It is instead a conceptual work of design created by a fellow by the name of Ivo Maric back in May of this year.

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Ignore No More app forces you to call your mother

Ignore No More app forces you to call your mother

Oh great. There’s an app out there this week made by Mountaineer Technology Ventures called "Ignore No More." This app is made by these maniacs to install on two separate devices - one for the parent, the other for the child. When the child refuses to return messages or calls to the parent, the parent can lock down their child’s phone remotely, requiring a call to unlock.

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Google grabs Jetpac team for image recognition smarts

Google grabs Jetpac team for image recognition smarts

Google has snapped up the talent behind Jetpac, the iPhone app which used image recognition to figure out custom city guides based on Instagram photos shared publicly. The news is likely to mean an improvement in Google's use of automatic object tagging, though it's also the end for Jetpac's own app, which the company says will be yanked from the App Store over the next couple of days.

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Google’s Project Tango SPHERES robots arrive at ISS

Google’s Project Tango SPHERES robots arrive at ISS

Google's Project Tango has arrived at the International Space Station, with the 3D mapping smartphone prototype strapped to SPHERES smart internal satellite robots. The "Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites" are floating ball 'bots intended to navigate their way around the inside of space stations and, eventually, help astronauts with their everyday lives, and NASA hopes the addition of Tango tech will make them even smarter.

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Your phone’s gyroscope can listen to you with a hack

Your phone’s gyroscope can listen to you with a hack

Hacking your phone’s gyroscope is not a simple task. It’s not going to happen overnight, and unless there’s some method we’re not yet aware of, it’s not going to happen without your permission - yet. Several researchers have discovered a way to make a gyroscope listen in on your voice, on the other hand, and it may be possible to turn a normally harmless piece of equipment into a spy machine soon.

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Sounds of Street View brings ambient audio to Google Maps

Sounds of Street View brings ambient audio to Google Maps

Google Maps might be the go-to for all your travel or location discovery needs, but they lack one important thing: sound. It’s hard to recreate what you might experience in a given area, but one ambitious project is giving Street View just that. Sounds of Street View brings a more ambient feel to your 'pivot and leap' browser experience.

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Chrome browser may soon be much more like Chrome OS

Chrome browser may soon be much more like Chrome OS

Account switching in the Chrome browser can be a bit of a pain. Log off, log in, or find your way through the settings muck. However you do it, it’s not easy for households with multiple users. A new feature in Chrome Canary, a deep precursor to the Chrome browser you might be using, suggests Google is going to put account management front and center.

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