Don't worry folks, Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen is still getting paid. Big time.
Over the past few days, there's been a global outcry in the wake of Nguyen's seemingly inexplicable decision to stop making the game available for download. On the one hand, some people were terrified that they wouldn't be able to play the highly addictive game anymore. And on the other, people were dumbfounded that the developer, a single man living with his parents in Vietnam, would just up and walk away from the riches pouring in.
After all, Nguyen told The Verge … Read more
How do you like your documentaries? Heavy on narration, interviews, and pan-and-zoom photos? Then you're probably a fan of Ken Burns.
The filmmaker has lent his signature visual storytelling style to a wide range of subjects, bringing to life everything from baseball and the Civil War to the Dust Bowl and Prohibition.
Now, he's dipping a toe into the app world. Ken Burns for iPad offers a curated collection of clips from his various films. And while it may be disappointing that you don't get the full Burns library, it's still an interesting and educational tool … Read more
The Flappy Bird flap may have peaked over the weekend when the developer of the super-addictive smartphone game yanked the top free app from both Google Play and Apple's App Store. But it seems some people may be willing to pay to keep that silly little bird soaring -- although not nearly as much as you may have read elsewhere.
Just hours after it disappeared from the major online stores, used phones with Flappy Bird installed on them hit eBay, and you may have read that some of them appear to be fetching serious cash, as high as $100,000 in one auction.… Read more
Flappy Bird was removed from app stores on Sunday, just hours after its creator warned that the popular game's demise was nigh.
The free smartphone game for iOS and Android took the mobile market by storm, reportedly earning $50,000 in ad revenue each day. Flappy Bird had been download upwards of 50 million times and earned 47,000 reviews on the App Store.
After Flappy Bird secured the No. 1 spot on the App Store and Google Play Store late last month, several media outlets attempted to explain our fascination with the ad-based tapping game, which sported a pixelated art style inspired by Super Mario Bros. However, all that attention proved too much for Dong Nguyen, the app's creator. … Read more
There are apps, just as there are lovers, that are high maintenance.
They constantly appeal for your attention, while at the same time sucking the very life blood from your being.
Well, in the apps' case, from your phone.
Some are simply more high maintenance than others. At least that's what a study performed by KS Mobile, makers of the Battery Doctor app, indicates.
KS Mobile decided to examine which Android apps trigger a warning to smartphone users about their own battery consumption levels with the highest frequency.
What an eclectic list emerged.… Read more
If you're familiar with the iOS pop-up dictionary, you may wonder why the same functionality isn't built into Android. On iOS, you can select words in most apps, and easily access their definition.
WordLookup is an Android app that can offer you that same convenient and omnipresent dictionary. The one restriction when using the app is whether or not the text will be available for long-press selection -- as not every app allows this. Ready to check it out? Let's get started:
Step 1: Grab a copy of WordLookup for your Android device.
Step 2: … Read more
Circa News (Android|iOS) is a free news app that condenses top stories from the US and around the world into short, quick-read summaries so that you can stay on top of the news when you only have a few moments to spare.
The news team behind Circa combs through press releases, blog posts, and new stories from major publications to get the most crucial bits of information, including quotes and photos, then combines each tidbit into a short article, called a storyline. You can follow storylines to get updates on new developments and browse the news by categories, such … Read more
Smart, athletic, and easy on the eyes: that describes two-time "Survivor" competitor Malcolm Freberg. I chatted with the "Survivor Philippines" and "Survivor Caramoan" contestant and fan favorite in advance of CBS's "Survivor Cagayan," which premieres Wednesday, February 26, at 8 (7 central), about his most difficult experience on the series, what he learned, and which apps could have helped him win.
Why did you decide to try out for "Survivor"? I only went because I was a super fan of the show. I just happened to become popular with … Read more