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Flitchio smartphone case has built-in game controller

Flitchio smartphone case has built-in game controller

Playing mobile games by using joysticks on the touchscreen is a frustrating process. There are third-party game controllers as an alternative, and they work just fine. The problem with them, however, is that they're somewhat large and they require the user to carry them around. Enter the Flitchio, a smartphone case that has a game controller built into it. This positions a pair of flat controls on the back of the case, allowing an impromptu game to be played without having to tote around a separate controller.

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Fake Shenmue 3 crowdfunding campaign appears on Indiegogo, gets the 0 dollars it deserves

Fake Shenmue 3 crowdfunding campaign appears on Indiegogo, gets the 0 dollars it deserves

If you've been paying attention to the E3 news this week, you've already heard about Shenmue 3's crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, and how it's smashed records. Well, an apparent troll going by the name "Ryan Nets" seems to have had hopes that people wouldn't notice the difference between Kickstarter and similar platform Indiegogo, as that's where he put a fake fundraising campaign for Shenmue 3. Now, the good news is that the fraudulent project has already been taken down, and the better news is that no one fell for it, for it last had $0 pledged.

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Shenmue 3 smashes Kickstarter goal in 9 hours

Shenmue 3 smashes Kickstarter goal in 9 hours

SEGA game Shenmue 3 has blasted through its Kickstarter goal, raising $2m in less than 9.5 hours, and looking set to find backers for considerably more. The third installment of the classic series, Sony and game creator Yu Suzuki announced they'd be looking to crowdfunding to pay for development at E3 2015 this week, but probably didn't expect to reach their multi-million target quite so quickly.

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Shenmue 3 announced at E3 2015 as a Kickstarter project

Shenmue 3 announced at E3 2015 as a Kickstarter project

If there's one theme to Sony's pre-E3 2015 conference, it might be making dreams come true. No, it's that Dreams game from Media Molecule. Among other things, Sony has revealed The Last Guardian, which will finally launch in 2016, hopefully. It has also finally given in to fans and will make, or rather remake, Final Fantasy VII as a first-class PS4 port. And now, it's going to make Shenmue 3 a reality. Well, sort of. What Sony and game creator Yu Suzuki actually announced is the launch of the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter campaign.

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FTC makes history: first settlement with failed Kickstarter

FTC makes history: first settlement with failed Kickstarter

Crowdfunding seekers in the US beware! The long arm of the law has finally caught up with the modern idea of seeking money from the masses. The US Federal Trade Commission has just announced that it has reached a settlement with Erik Chevalier, the man behind "The Doom That Came to Atlantic City", a Kickstarter that was successfully funded in 2012 but was announced canceled in 2013. Failing to refund pledges as promised, the FTC took action on consumer's behalf and imposed some almost light sanctions on Chevalier.

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Castlevania creator’s Bloodstained now most funded Kickstarter game

Castlevania creator’s Bloodstained now most funded Kickstarter game

Nostalgia can be a pretty strong emotion. And profitable too, as some game developers on Kickstarter have discovered. Although the crowdfunding platform has seen many a new game or idea come to life, most of the most successfully funded games on its list happen to have strong ties to the past. Like Bloodstained, which come from the mind of Koji Igarashi of Castlevania fame, which is close to reaching $4.5 million with less than 24 hours to spare, making it the top funded computer game so far in Kickstarter history.

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Linka auto-unlocking smart bike lock keeps your bike safe

Linka auto-unlocking smart bike lock keeps your bike safe

In areas where lots of people ride bikes to and from work, bike theft is a major concern. There are plenty of locks that require you to mess with chains or other types of locks each time you want to park or ride the bike and that can get annoying. A new bike lock called Linka is the world's first auto-unlocking smart bike lock and it attaches directly to the frame of your bike.

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Mr. Henry car horn lets you beep messages at others

Mr. Henry car horn lets you beep messages at others

Your car has a horn, and in this day and age that horn has one meaning: I'm upset. Of course, that might not always be your intention, and sometimes you have to take to the horn for other reasons -- maybe to warn someone about something you suspect they haven't seen. You've only the horn as your option, though, and so you shelve your message and move on, knowing in some places a friendly beep might instigate a not-so-friendly case of road rage. Thusly enters Mr. Henry, a crowdfunding project that comes in the form of a connected speaker, an app, and whatever phrases you feel like recording.

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Holus promises Princess Leia holograms from your phone

Holus promises Princess Leia holograms from your phone

Holographic tabletop platform Holus connects to smartphones, tablets, and PCs to turn 2D content to 3D holograms. This machine uses projection in a pyramid-like structure inside a table-like box that allows you to display and interact with 3D content. Users are able to connect with the machine using full-sized HDMI and/or USB, and connections are supported through several types of smart devices. This is a crowdfunded project for now, but in the first 20 minutes of being on Kickstarter, it's both reached and surpassed it's goal by over 150%.

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Gekkopod is a flexible, wrappable camera and phone tripod

Gekkopod is a flexible, wrappable camera and phone tripod

Tripods are becoming increasingly flexible, and Gekkopod is perhaps the best example of that. The Gekkopod tripod can hold a smartphone and a regular camera (though not at the same time) and be positioned just about anywhere the user would like — wrapped around the end of a long stick to be used as a selfie stick, around a tree branch to record some event, or on a flat but angular surface. The idea is that you can use the Gekkopod in a variety of situations that would otherwise necessitate many mounting accessories.

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