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Apple and Google reported to be pulling down games on the basis of “Flappy” names

Apple and Google reported to be pulling down games on the basis of “Flappy” names

Like a zombie that refuses to die, Flappy Bird has still been seeing some activity days after its official demise thanks to imitations and scams proliferating on the Internet. Now it seems that Google and Apple are finally putting an axe to those clones by rejecting or even removing games from iTunes App Store and Google Play Store if they have the word "Flappy" in their name.

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Disney Google Play exclusive Mickey take takes on “Vinylmation”

Disney Google Play exclusive Mickey take takes on “Vinylmation”

There's a kind of stop-motion animation* called "vinylmation" right this minute, if you did not know, using vinyl toys as the models and just as simple a stop-motion technique as you like. While we've seen everything from Ninja Turtle Legos to Star Wars figures snapped in this bit of creational sway, today Disney lets loose a trailer for a short called "Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story" featuring a couple of rather plain-looking mice.

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Maleficent trailer 2 haunts with Lana Del Ray and Google Play

Maleficent trailer 2 haunts with Lana Del Ray and Google Play

No, Lana Del Ray will not be making an appearance in Maleficent. She will - or has, rather - made a rather large effort to help with the resurgence of one of Disney's most devilish villains with a wholly new iteration of the song Once Upon a Dream. Bringing this happy tune down to the depths of her own natural range, Lana Del Ray creates an brooding, haunting atmosphere the Google is keen to give away for free - through Google Play, right this minute, that is.

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Lax Android in-app purchase rules could get Google Play FTC attention [Updated]

Lax Android in-app purchase rules could get Google Play FTC attention [Updated]

Google has been been criticized for having just the sort of lax in-app purchase policies in the Google Play store that Apple will pay out a hefty $32.5m to settle over, after parents complained their children were free to rack up sizable App Store downloads. Apple's settlement - grudgingly agreed by CEO Tim Cook - came following complaints that iOS users were able to buy in-app purchases with no password required in the fifteen minute period following a download, a window of opportunity some children exploited. However, Consumer Reports discovered, the Google Play store offers an even bigger window than that.

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Moto G Google Play Edition hands-on vs Motorola’s G

Moto G Google Play Edition hands-on vs Motorola’s G

When we heard about the Moto G being offered as a Google Play Edition handset, we immediately scratched our heads in wonder. Why would Google offer a device from their own store with the exact same price as the original device when the software is essentially the same? The answer lies in Google's unique plan, the one where they hand-pick the most appealing devices in the market and sell them themselves - all other matters pale when shown in the face of this Google Play Edition long-term goal.

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