Branded mobile games have become a common marketing tactic for companies. Pop Secret and its Poptopia game is no different in this regard. However, Pop Secret took it a step further and created a device called the Pop Dongle to work with its game.
The dongle, designed by the innovation studio Deeplocal, plugs into the audio-out port of your iOS device and emits a popcorn smell as you play the game. Each dongle contains enough popcorn juice to spray 500 to 1,000 times. Pop Secret is billing it as "the first-ever scented mobile gaming experience."… Read more
Ever catch yourself drumming on your legs? DrumPants, a wearable musical kit that launched a Kickstarter push Monday, turns your gams into a full band with 100-plus sounds.
We probably don't need to point out that the product also invites a whole host of brilliant infantile jokes, which we'll get out of the way up front (these are just a few of the more printable ones courtesy of CNET copy editors Jeff Sparkman and Kelsey Adams): … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A one-stop shop for cheating is now available for students on the iPhone.
- Teen pays $735 for photo of Xbox One on eBay.
- PS4 crushes Xbox One on eBay during respective launch weeks, data shows.
- 4chan backwards-compatibility prank bricks Xbox One.
The National Security Agency, along with its UK counterpart, the GCHQ, has taken to video games to spy on alleged terrorists, according to a new report.
The Guardian reported on Monday that leaked documents obtained from Edward Snowden show that the NSA several years ago determined that online games could be a breeding ground for terrorist activity. In response, the US and UK set out a plan to monitor activity on popular games, World of Warcraft and Second Life. Xbox Live gaming was also targeted in that effort.… Read more
Does your iPhone case merely protect your iPhone? Bo-ring!
Why not spruce things up a bit with a case that combines protection with festive, blinky coolness? That's the idea behind this line of VanD flashing iPhone cases.
Available in a variety of styles for iPhone 5/5S and iPhone 5C, the LED Cover Flashing Clear Case offers a seemingly transparent protective shell for your handset.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Hey look, a real-life "Serendipity" story!
- Forget about ordering pizza delivery -- now you can 3D-print a pie at home.
- NASA funds attempt at 3D food printer for pizza.
- Brightest Flashlight Android app slammed for lying to users.
- Yes, those free health apps are sharing your data with other companies.
- Want to text and walk? New cell phone says no.
We've all been there -- out and about and fast losing gadget power without an easily accessible charging solution. This week's prize is here to rescue you and your gear from powerlessness.
The Powerocks Magicstick is a compact, lightweight 2,800mAh battery that you can put in a pocket or toss in a purse or backpack. A single USB port and included Micro-USB-to-USB cable let you easily charge a variety of devices -- smartphones, e-readers, cameras, and more. … Read more
Peter Clatworthy, a 19-year-old in the UK, has been saving his pounds to buy an Xbox One console for his young son. In particular, he had his sights aimed at the special and hard-to-find Day One edition. Day One editions on eBay UK have been selling for upwards of $800, so Clatworthy thought he had gotten a deal when he found one for $735.
There was one big red flag on the listing. The description noted the item up for auction was a photo. However, since it was listed in the consoles category and the seller had good feedback, Clatworthy went ahead with the purchase. "It said 'photo' and I was in two minds, but I looked at the description and the fact it was in the right category made me think it was genuine," he explained to the Nottingham Post.… Read more