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Fallout 4 “Fallout Shelter” Mobile App Game Released For Free

After their mind blowing first ever E3 showcase, Bethesda Softworks released their brand new mobile game for free. Fallout Shelter, is a new Fallout franchise tie-in app game that allows players to act as overseers of their own vaults. What’s really cool about this game is that not only does it build on the mythos of the Fallout franchise, but also acts as its own mobile app standalone, where you don’t have to have any previous gameplay experience with the Fallout franchise to enjoy.

Fallout Shelter is a post-nuclear strategy and simulation experience that puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault. Build the perfect Vault from a variety of rooms, oversee your very own thriving community of Vault Dwellers, and protect them from the dangers of the Wasteland.  Vault-Tec has provided the tools, but the rest is up to you. – Bethesda Softworks

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Fallout Shelter requires iOS7 or later, is compatible with iPhone 5 or later, iPad Mini 2 or later, iPad 3 or later and is optimized for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2, and is only available currently in the Apple App Store, so Android and Windows Phone users will have to wait. No word yet on when it will be released on additional platforms.

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Samsung Teases Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge

You may soon be able to rock an Iron Man edition of the Samsung Galaxy S6!

Samsung recently tweeted an image of what appears to be a red Galaxy S6 Edge box with Iron Man’s face embossed in gold with the words “coming soon” glowing above.

The tweet has since been deleted by Samsung, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that any plans to release the special edition Iron Man S6 are being scrapped from the table.

Samsung’s head of marketing for their mobile division announced earlier in the month that the new phones would be released late May or early June.

This new phone will have been created due to a partnership between Samsung and Marvel.

Samsung has released a few advertising campaigns in cooperation with Marvel, and in one of them you may be able to see what the Iron Man themed phone will look like. View the video below and shortly after the  3:00 marker you will see the Iron Man Galaxy phone, as well as other versions corresponding to the different Avengers.

There is no word yet on what the price of this new phone will be, and we do not know if it will be exclusive to certain wireless carriers.

Samsung’s tweet only specifies that it will be available for the Edge, but there is a possibility that it may be available for the normal S6 as well.

The Edge has nearly identical specifications to the normal S6, but the screen on the Edge is curved, allowing for colorful side notifications when the phone is placed faced down. It is slightly thicker than the S6, but also is slightly lighter in weight.

Both phones run on Android Lollipop and boast a unibody aluminum design with 32 GB of storage available at the base model level. There is no removable battery or external storage slot, which is a huge change from past Galaxy incarnations, where those features were standard.

The Galaxy S6 currently starts at $199.99 USD (with a 2 year standard contract), while the Edge is priced starting at $299.99 USD (again, with a 2 year standard contract).

Would you rock an Iron Man S6 Edge? Let us know in the comments below!

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Apple Watch: Are You Ready?

Apple Watch preorders start Friday, April 10, with the official release date of the latest smart watch gadget set two weeks from that on Friday, April 24.

Until then, Apple is releasing a series of videos to get you all pumped up and ready to shell out your hard earned grand (if you want one that looks like an actual watch you would pay over $300 bucks for and not a toy) for the new wearable.

Apple Watch StylesIn a letter to Apple employees, CEO Tim Cook announced that over 1000 apps for the new watch have been submitted to the App Store by developers. In addition, to encourage employees to buy the gadget (because even Apple employees think $17,000 is a little much for a watch that’s not even a Rolex), Apple is offering a 50% discount on all Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch models with a $550 price break on the most expensive Apple Watch Edition Models.

Can we just say that yes, I wish I was an Apple employee so I could get the discount?

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Google Has A Creepy Robot Dog You Will Want To Buy

So, I don’t advocate cruelty to animals. Even the mechanical robotic kind! However, this is done to demonstrate how amazingly lithe this new robotic invention is.

Google owned Boston Dynamics wants you to meet “Spot”. The 160 pound, electric-powered, hydraulic-moving, robot dog with a sensor for a head, is the latest bot developed by the technology firm. While it looks insanely creepy with its mechanical exo-skeleton, its actually pretty nimble, and almost…dare we say it…CUTE!

Boston Dynamics is an industry leader when it comes to agility based robotics, and has worked with the US Military on a number of projects. Could they be Cyberdyne systems in disguise? Are these creatures coming to a Best Buy near you? Who knows? By the looks of “Spot”, agile electric-powered humanoids are not that far off!

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Google Glass Isn’t Dead. It’s Just Molting!

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The tech world has been in a tiny uproar, sounding the call of doom and gloom ever since Google made the announcement that it will be ending the Google Glass Explorers Program, which will effectively halt sales of the mobile computer eyewear product. While many have predicted that this is the end of the idea that people should be able to wear computers on their faces, others (including this author), are pointing out that they are clearly not reading the post in its entirety.

Google GlassWhile the Google Glass Explorers Program will definitely end on January 19, The program will be moving out of the Google [x] development department into its own standalone division under the watchful eye Nest CEO, Tony Fadell. For those of you who don’t know, Google purchased Nest last year for a whopping $3.2 billion. So the guy who has been at the forefront of home automation technology, and was responsible for the iPod at Apple, is now going to bring the struggling product under his innovative wing (yes, pun fully intended).
Even though the product has been largely derided, and banned from being worn inside a number of businesses, Fadell is still optimistic about its potential success, offering this The Verge, “Early Glass efforts have broken ground and allowed us to learn what’s important to consumers and enterprises alike. I’m excited to be working with Ivy to provide direction and support as she leads the team and we work together to integrate those learnings into future products.”
Ivy Ross is the leader of the development team who will be reporting directly to Fadell. Plans for a more affordable version of the product for the average consumer, and the development of new apps are currently under way. Cheer up everyone! The future of wearable face tech seems pretty sound. All I ask for is a GeekGirl World Pink Edition, and Tony if you are reading this, that’s hex color #e84974!

 

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How to earn money with apps

It may only be October, but the holiday’s are going to be here sooner than we know it, guys. I’m sure many of our wallets cringe at the sight of Christmas lights every year, so ease their suffering and prepare early! And no, that doesn’t have to mean working overtime and collecting lint-covered pennies that have been stuck in the couch cushions for who-knows-how-long. Your smartphone can be a source of income, and here’s three legitimate (and may I add, FREE), safe apps you can find in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store that make it possible:

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We’ve all seen those advertisements: “Want to get paid to shop? Click Here!” A tempting dream, but of course we know it’s too good to be true.

But Shopkick might just be the closest thing. This app allows you to “check in” to select stores (including Target, Macy’s, Best Buy and American Eagle) from your smart phone and collect “kicks”, which when added up translate into gift cards!

Pretty awesome, right?

And it doesn’t stop there. You can collect even more kicks by scanning barcodes in select stores and can even get kicks for purchases you make by syncing your credit or debit card with the app.

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You can easily make this app your best friend during a trip to the grocery store. Checkpoints, in a similar fashion to Shopkick, allows you to scan a variety items including ice cream, kitty liter and laundry detergent for points and coins. The points can be banked and redeemed for gift cards, while the coins can be used to play mini in-app games which give you the opportunity to win even more coins, including a jackpot of 100,000 points.

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The premise is eImage courtesy of bubblews.comasy: watch trailers, get points, and redeem those points for gift cards or PayPal credit.

On select trailers, there even is the option to download the app (don’t worry, they’re free) for more points, and you can gain even more by leaving a tip on said app. For every 3 tips you do, you earn 500 points – essentially 50 cents.

It’s very easy to get $10 within only a few days of downloading the app by taking advantage of the offers and by getting tip bonuses, but after that earning points drastically slows down. But if you stick with it, then over time it’ll pay off – literally.

Have you tried any of these apps or want to know more? Leave a comment!

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Nintendo Launches the 2DS

red2No that is not a typo, and no, we are not kidding. Nintendo just announced today their latest handheld gaming system called the Nintendo 2DS.

The Nintendo 2DS will be available for purchase on October 12, and will be compatible with all existed 3DS and most DS games. Even though the Nintendo 2DS will not offer 3D graphics on its main view screen, it will however take photos and videos in 3D, and those files can be transferred from the memory card to a device that does display 3D graphics. This is one of the existing 3DS features that is including on the 2DS, allowing it to be classified within the 3DS family of Nintendo handheld gaming devices.

At a price point of $129.99, the Nintendo 2DS is about $40 cheaper than the Nintendo 3DS and $70 cheaper than the Nintendo 3DS XL. The system comes in either red or blue, with an accessory kit designed to get you playing right away. A color coordinated carrying case will be available as for purchase as well for an additional $12.

This new system is designed to be the mid way point for those handheld gamers who just refuse to get on the 3DS bandwagon and have been clingling loyally to the previous generation DS line.

The game system is expected to launch subsequently in Europe but no plans for a Japan launch have been announced as of yet.

Source: Nintendo

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Want to Edit a Word Document on Your iPhone? There’s an App for That!

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Microsoft recently released the new Office Mobile for iPhone.  This app is free to those who subscribe to Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 ProPlus. The app has similar features to the Office app that is installed on the new Windows Phones.

The app gives iPhone users access to an official version of Office, and the ability to manage and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations all from your phone while on the go. The new app also has the ability to create new documents and spreadsheets on the fly. Having access to Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint from the iPhone is a big step forward for Microsoft in broadening their mobile user range.

It is too soon to tell how much of a gamechanger this new app will be.  With Apple’s recent announcement of a new iWork suite for iCloud to be released later this year, this new Office app will need to gain loyal users quickly.

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Interview with Bitbanger Labs, Creators of Remee: The Lucid Dreaming Mask

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The art of lucid dreaming has arguably been around for thousands of years. The science of lucid dreaming has been explored during the last fifty years, revealing some of its hidden potential in overcoming fears, nightmares, and stimulating creativity and problem solving. There are many different methods to induce a state of lucid dreaming. Some are able to achieve it through wake induced (or wake initiated) lucid dreaming, while others are able to employ techniques that allow them to achieve dream induced (or dream initiated) lucid dreaming.

Active practitioners of lucid dreaming and co-founders of Bitbanger Labs, Duncan Frazier and Steve McGuigan have come up with a solution to help people become lucid dreamers. Remee is a lucid dreaming mask developed by Bitbanger Labs that provides recognizable external input into your dreams. So with out having to develop reality check tasks to perform routinely or using wake induced techniques that can lead to entering a dream state directly from a waking state, Remee is able to help you recognize that you are dreaming. When you are able to do that within a dream state, you are able to achieve lucid dreaming.

“In default mode, Remee targets these long chunks of REM sleep towards the end of the sleep period. Before bed, turn Remee on, fine tune the brightness of the lights (if needed) and then go to sleep. Remee will wait for an initial long delay, usually 4-5 hours, until you’re in the heart of the heavy REM stages, before initializing light patterns. After the initial long delay Remee will display light patterns for 15-20 seconds with a second shorter delay, default at 15 minutes, between each signal. During non-REM sleep the lights are unlikely to effect you, but if you’re in REM sleep the lights will bleed into your dreams, presenting a perfect chance to become lucid.” -Bitbanger Labs

I was able to chat with Duncan and Steve about what lucid dreaming means to them as well as their creativity and inventiveness.

Ari: When did each of you become interested in technology and gadgetry?

Steve: I think it’s fair to say we’ve both been technologically inclined for most of our lives. When I was 10 I found a TrueBASIC program in the back of a math text book and a copied it line for line onto my old Amstrad PC512. Ever since then I’ve been fascinated with the way humans interact with tech.

Duncan: I started building stuff, particularly photography tools, out of need – but it soon developed into a passion.

Ari: When did you become interested in the concept of lucid dreaming?

Duncan & Steve: Lucid dreaming is something we’ve both been doing since before we knew there was a name for it. Although we’ve known each other for 15 years, we’d never had a conversation about lucid dreaming until a year ago on a camping trip when it came up in passing and we realized it was something we both loved, were both interested in, and were both disappointed there weren’t many consumer products available for lucid dreamers, and that the ones which were available didn’t suit our needs.

Ari: How has lucid dreaming benefited you in your daily lives?

Steve: Apart from the fact that lucid dreaming is wildly entertaining, it can be useful as well. I personally used to lucid dreaming to address a mild phobia of public speaking that I’ve had my entire life. Being able to practice public speaking in a consequence-free environment was incredibly beneficial.

Duncan: If you’re familiar with Radiolab on WNYC, there was a short segment on lucid dreaming in february about a man who had experienced a recurring nightmare for 20 years and practiced lucid dreaming until he was able to confront his dream assailant and end the cycle. Very interesting stuff!

Ari: Do you keep dream journals? and can you share any interesting ones?

Steve:
Dream journaling in an impactful way is a huge commitment that not everyone can keep. I was spotty with it so I transitioned to keeping an Audio journal that i transcribed later. I’ve found that it works better for me because stream of consciousness word dump into my iPhone voice recorder is easier than being limited by how fast I can write laying down first thing in the morning.

Ari: What inspires each of you creatively? and besides Remee, what have been your favorite projects to work on?

Steve: We ran a small t-shirt company out of Duncan’s warehouse space in Kensington, Philadelphia some years back. It was an extremely entertaining but not particularly lucrative venture.

Duncan: I’m always hacking away at something. We’ve got a pretty exciting follow up project in the pipeline.

Ari: As a photographer, Duncan, what are your favorite tools of the trade?

Duncan: I specialize in timelapse, so I’m at home with any camera that I can hook an intervalometer up to, after that a sturdy tripod and patience are my two biggest assets. Of course it can’t hurt to have a good set of prime lenses. A clinometer and sun chart are invaluable so you can predict where the sun will be at any given time is always good, and heavy 6 or 10 stop Neutral Density filters let you get creative with extra long daytime exposures.

Ari: Duncan, how do you merge your photography skills with your coding skills and on what projects have you accomplished this?

Duncan: I began coding and building thing because I wanted to take my photography/timelapse work to the next level. The very first rig I built was an automated pan and tilt head for doing moves while shooting timelapse. It was quite the education on gear ratios, mechanical engineering and coding a usable piece of software. After that first rig I was hooked, and proceeded to build a timelapse slider, a macro slide table and various other rigs. Currently I’m exploring the world of LEDs and how they can be used in photography to make amazing images, but thats a future project, so we can’t talk too much about it.

Ari: Steve, should hobbyists take the time to learn coding languages or do you think you should only take on learning a coding language if you plan on being a programmer?

Steve: Absolutely! Programming is really one of the most useful technical skills to have. Anyone who loves gadgets and tech in general would be well served to learning even just the basics of writing software. Arduino/Processing is definitely a wonderful and simple introduction into the world of creating tech of your own. The internet is bursting at the seams with free information on how to get started with this kind of stuff.

Ari: How have your coding skills influenced your design work, Steve? Have you ever had to redesign something because it wasn’t possible to code the function or vice versa?

Steve: In our experience, ambitious design leads to better and more adventurous code. It’s easier to design something outrageous and worry about whether it’s possible later. If you confine yourself to the box of what you’re comfortable coding, innovation will stagnate.

Ari: What advice do you have for other techies into building and inventing new products?

Duncan & Steve: Ask yourself three questions: “Is this something people would want?”, “How can I produce it efficiently?”, and “How can I bring it to them?” Plenty of projects are unsuccessful because one or more of these questions weren’t considered. The first one is obvious, but the other two are often lost in the excitement of answering yes to the first.

The Remee Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed $300,000 with many people interested in this innovative way to achieve a practice that has been around for thousands of years. There is still time to contribute to the campaign and be among the first to try the new lucid dreaming mask. You can find out all about Remee and how it works by visiting their kickstarter page.

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Iwata Issues Apology for Nintendo 3DS Price Drop

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If you are upset and feel like you may have been suckered in by all the hype because you purchased a 3DS at full price, then Satoru Iwata wants you to know that he is sorry. In a letter that was posted on Nintendo’s Japanese website, Iwata apologizes for the drastic cut in price to the Nintendo 3DS system to the DS faithful who purchased the handheld earlier this year.

The letter (translated below) is indicative of the new attitude at Nintendo since they saw their stock prices drop amid poor earnings reports, dismal sales for the 3DS, and a lukewarm response to the unveiling of the Wii-U. Iwata has taken a 50% pay cut and many top Nintendo executives have also taken a 20-30% cut in their salaries as well.

“To Those Customers Who Bought A Nintendo 3DS Before The Price Change

Greetings, everyone. This is Satoru Iwata from Nintendo.

Thank you very much for purchasing a Nintendo 3DS.

We have just announced a price drop for the Nintendo 3DS system effective on August 11

[August 12 in North America].

In the past, there have been price drops for video game systems some time after their release in order to broaden the user base further. However, never before has Nintendo chosen to issue such a dramatic price drop less than 6 months after a system release.
We are all too keenly aware that those of you who supported us by purchasing the 3DS in the beginning may feel betrayed and criticize this decision.

This unprecedented timing for a price cut is because the situation has changed greatly since we originally launched the 3DS. We decided it was necessary to take this drastic step in order to ensure that large numbers of users will continue to enjoy the 3DS in the future.

If the software creators and those on the retail side are not confident that the Nintendo 3DS is a worthy successor to the DS and will achieve a similarly broad (user) base, it will be impossible for the 3DS to gain popularity, acquire a wide range of software, and eventually create the product cycle necessary for everyone to be satisfied with the system.

Those customers who purchased the 3DS at the very beginning are extremely important to us. We know that there is nothing we can do to completely make up for the feeling that you are being punished for buying the system early. Still, we would like to offer the following as a sign of our appreciation to you.

[3DS Ambassador program details]

We feel a strong responsibility to develop the 3DS as a platform — to ensure that, in the end, everyone is satisfied; we will make every effort to do so.

Additionally, we know everyone is waiting for Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. They are scheduled for release in November and December, respectively, so we ask for your patience until then.

Thank you again, and we look forward to your continued support.” Source: Giant Bomb

Nintendo America posted a similar item on their website introducing the Ambassador Program, but their response was nothing as contrite as the one posted for Japanese customers.

Source: GameIndustry.biz

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