Flappy Bird creator’s latest mobile game is slightly less impossible

Game developer Dong Nguyen made waves in 2014 with Flappy Bird, an ultra-difficult mobile title that briefly engulfed the entire smartphone-using populous. Since then, Nguyen has released a couple of follow-ups using his now-infamous formula that blends twitchy, erratic controls with standard obstacle-avoiding. His newest game, which has the peculiar name of Ninja Spinki Challenges, blends six different games types into one maddeningly difficult collection, with a few twists that make it his most polished and accessible release yet. The game, available today for iOS and Android, is centered on…

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Wine 2.0 is out, ready to disappoint you once again

There comes a time in every alternative OS user’s life when they decide they’d actually like to use a program that typically runs on Microsoft Windows. Typically, on Linux, it’s around day one. It happens less often (in my experience) as a Mac user, but eventually some tantalizing gaming experience or obscure utility will call across the void, and there’s no way your 128GB SSD has enough room for a Boot Camp copy of Windows. And that’s when Wine pops into memory: the 23-year project to run Windows applications on…

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HBO Go now supports Apple’s TV app and single sign-on feature

Apple’s recently released TV app is slowly picking up partners, with HBO adding support to its HBO Go app in an update pushed out earlier today. The premium cable network’s HBO Now app has supported Apple’s TV software since launch. But now the cable-only HBO Go is getting it as well, specifically the single sign-on feature that lets subscribers store login credentials through Apple. That way, you don’t need to sign in to HBO Go separately when you tap through to a HBO show from within the TV app. As…

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Google Maps now tells you how hard it is to park in some cities

Google Maps has been updated on Android with a new feature that estimates how much trouble you’ll have finding parking in certain cities. At launch, the “parking difficulty icon” will be displayed in 25 metro areas around the US. This information isn’t real-time; Google uses a similar method for parking as it does to estimate the busiest times at local businesses using historical data. But it should still be accurate enough to “give you a heads up on what kind of parking crunch to prepare for when you’re on the…

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LG’s G6 will reportedly be the first non-Pixel phone with Google Assistant

We’ve already seen what LG’s upcoming flagship phone looks like, and now we’re hearing more about its capabilities. A report from CNET suggests the LG G6 will be the first handset outside of Google’s own Pixel range to come equipped with Google Assistant. This will give users all the usual voice command functionality expected from a digital assistant (setting alarms, making searches, and so on) but also access to Google’s chatbot-style interface. It’s interesting to note that although these sorts of voice interfaces have been available in phones for a…

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Following Trump’s executive order on entry visas, Google orders staff back to US

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has issued a memo to Google staff members currently overseas, ordering them to return to the US immediately if affected by an executive order from President Donald Trump that banned travel from seven majority-Muslim countries. Bloomberg Technology obtained a copy of the memo, in which Pichai commented that “painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues.” The executive order bans citizens of Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya from entering the United States for the next 90 days, and bans…

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Dropcam co-founder who hated working for iPod creator Tony Fadell joins Apple

Apple has hired Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy for an undisclosed position, reports The Information. The move to Apple is an interesting one, considering rumors of a culture clash between Duffy and former Nest CEO Tony Fadell, who led development on the iPod at Apple before founding Nest. Last year, Duffy said that selling Dropcam to Nest was a “mistake” and criticized Fadell for the way he ran the company, calling him a “tyrant bureaucrat.” Duffy departed Nest in 2015 and continued working for Google as an Entrepreneur in Residence until…

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Apple joins research group for ethical AI with fellow tech giants

As artificial intelligence becomes an increasingly powerful force, some of the world’s biggest companies are worrying about how the technology will be used ethically, and how the public will perceive its spread. To combat these problems (among others), five tech companies — Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and IBM — set up a research group called the Partnership on AI. Today, Apple has joined their ranks along with six new trustees from corporate and nonprofits, cementing the Partnership’s position as the foremost industry AI research group. “This is a pivotal moment…

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Seven years later, we’re still asking the wrong questions about the iPad

When Apple’s iPad was first announced seven years ago today, some people wondered whether it would work as a giant phone. It’s hard to imagine now, given that talking on the phone is a dying art form. But this morning I was reminded (thanks, Facebook) of a photo someone took of me on January 27th, 2010 using a large piece of cardboard as a proxy for the real iPad; it was pressed up to the side of my face like I was making a phone call with it. It was…

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Apple has filed a patent for some sort of vaporizer

The US Patent and Trademark Office this week published a patent application by Apple that details a peculiar vaporizer technology. The document, filed last year, outlines plans for an apparatus that can regulate temperature to release heat from a substance within a canister. It’s also able to keep air out of the chamber of the substance being vaporized. That little nugget of information might lead you to think that Apple is building some sort of iVape, but we wouldn’t be quick to jump to that conclusion. The patent application doesn’t…

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