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Flappy Bird alternatives march on: Sesame Street’s Bert, Doge, MMO, Cupid

Flappy Bird alternatives march on: Sesame Street’s Bert, Doge, MMO, Cupid

The Flappy Bird obsession continues this week as the creator of the original game has completely shut down his app and - in the wake of this event - clones have arisen. This isn't the first time we've covered the Flappy Bird alternatives, as it were, but they've prevailed to such an extent that we had to return for a double-dip! Today we're having a look at several in-browser solutions as well as one rather well-made app.

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Microsoft “seriously considering” Android on Windows

Microsoft “seriously considering” Android on Windows

It would appear that Microsoft is either unaware of the existence of BlueStacks, or they've decided it might be time to take the technology mainstream. In a chat with the Verge, an anonymous source has suggested that Microsoft is "seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone." Allowing these apps to run, as it's said there, would allow both platforms access to thousands of apps never before available to them in the past.

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Shazam iPhone update brings simplification

Shazam iPhone update brings simplification

An update to the Shazam app for iPhone this week adds a bit more content-led action to the ecosystem while the entire layout earns a much more simplified look. This update to the system is part of what the Chief Product Officer at Shazam, Daniel Danker, suggests makes Shazam much more in-tune with its goals: simplicity in design and consumer experience. In other words - Shazam doesn't do one whole heck of a lot more between yesterday and today, but it's a lot easier to understand what it does do.

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Flappy Bird alternatives: iPhone, Android, offline, and on your wrist

Flappy Bird alternatives: iPhone, Android, offline, and on your wrist

Well before Flappy Bird was taken offline by its creator (just this weekend), there were plenty of clones to be played by the public. Today it's become a rather lucrative enterprise, potentially, as users have (apparently) gone so far as to buy iPhones specifically because they have Flappy Bird pre-installed. Don't be fooled, though, aside from the extreme ease with which you'd be able to hack your device and side-load the original game for free, there are plenty of alternatives to be had, some of which are better than the original.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/10/14: HTC low, 2014 Lexus IS F, Flappy Out

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/10/14: HTC low, 2014 Lexus IS F, Flappy Out

It's a dark day in the world of ultra-popular apps as we've come to (sarcastically) realize that we'll no longer be seeing any more Flappy Bird updates. The developer of Flappy Bird has decided that it was all too much, speaking on the massive amount of attention he'd received over the game, shutting the app down entirely this weekend. Now we've got to head to eBay to buy iPhones with the game pre-installed - no joke, that's a real thing. Also we've reviewed the 2014 Lexus IS F, if you'd like to get up close and personal with it.

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Apple pulls Blockchain Bitcoin wallet from App Store

Apple pulls Blockchain Bitcoin wallet from App Store

Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency available, is stored using a digital wallet app, some of which are more secure than others. The most popular among these is Blockchain, which was removed from the App Store tonight. The reason provided alluded to an issue that hadn't been resolved, but Blockchain contends that Apple hasn't provided any specific reason for its action.

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BBM “Find Friends” feature added for iOS and Android

BBM “Find Friends” feature added for iOS and Android

Just in case you're having trouble finding friends using BlackBerry's own BBM on your iPhone or Android device, BlackBerry has added a feature called "Find Friends on BBM" to the mix. This update allows the user to detect all the friends you've got in your contact list (harvested from your phone) that already use BBM. Doing this allows you to quickly choose who you'd like to connect with by sending them a unique PIN code.

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AllCast live: stream to Chromecast, Apple TV, Xbox One

AllCast live: stream to Chromecast, Apple TV, Xbox One

This week the app known as AllCast has gone (once again) fully live, ready for the Chromecast world first and foremost now that the Google team behind development for the device has released an official Chromecast SDK. This means software developers of all kinds can work on apps that integrate streaming abilities with the Chromecast hardware while the hardware remains up for sale by Google. The AllCast app was one of the first to take advantage of the Chromecast device's abilities before Google was technically ready to allow 3rd party app developers roll forth.

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