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Amazon Appstore for Android celebrates a year of life, deals for a week

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Whatever Google can do, Amazon can do… too? Sure seems it, as the latter is celebrating a rather momentous occasion by giving back to the people that have brought it this far: you (and you, and you!). The Amazon Appstore for Android has officially been alive and kicking for 12 months, and Bezos and co. are slashing prices for a week instead of tossing one forgettable party. We’re told to expect rock-bottom rates on iconic titles such as Fruit Ninja, Wolfram Alpha, Splashtop Remote Desktop, Dr. Seuss’s The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, TuneIn Radio Pro, TETRIS, PAC-MAN, The Lost City, MONOPOLY, AccuWeather Platinum and more. Birthday deals start today with one of the top paid apps, Plants vs. Zombies, at 67 percent off, and you can expect to see more in the coming days. Crack open that dusty wallet and hit the source link, vaquero.

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Amazon Appstore for Android celebrates a year of life, deals for a week originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Roku adds more games, cleans up the PQ on its latest streamers

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Don’t think Roku is sitting back on its laurels after rolling out a slew of new hardware including the Roku 2 family and the new, low end Roku LT. As promised, it has issued a firmware update enabling new gaming options including Pac Man:CE, Galaga, and Angry Birds Seasons. Even if you’re committed to Roku’s hockey pucks as purely video streamers, there’s a new firmware update to correct, among other things, issues that caused a darker than normal image on some displays, WiFi performance, boot performance, readiness for HBO Go, and subtitles on Netflix. Check out Roku’s blog for the full list of fixes or just hit the software update section in your settings menu to make sure you have the latest software.

Roku adds more games, cleans up the PQ on its latest streamers originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 30 Oct 2011 18:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Logitech unveils suction cup joystick for the iPad (video)

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
It is what it sounds like, kids. Logitech, clearly on a tablet accessories tear, just trotted out another toy for the iPad. This time, it’s a suction cup joystick that sits on the screen, inviting people to gawk at you while you play Pac Man in Starbucks. As you can see in the photos, this isn’t a ball-capped joystick so much as a laptop-style pointing stick masquerading as a retro controller. That nub has a flat, slick surface, and without much of an indentation or textured grip, it’s easy for your finger to slip off. It’ll go on sale next month for $19.99, an appropriate price for what will most likely be an impulse buy. For now, we’ve got video of it in action after the break.

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Logitech unveils suction cup joystick for the iPad (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 24 Aug 2011 10:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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If Pac-Man was a terrifying real world car chase, it would look like this [Video]

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Windows Phone Marketplace now home to more than 25,000 apps

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace is now home to more than 25,000 applications, according to the app tracking website WindowsPhoneAppList. That’s a rapid jump from the 18,000 applications that were available in May but it’s still a far cry from the competing app stores offered by Apple and Google. The Android Marketplace is populated with more than 200,000 applications, and Apple said in May that its iTunes App Store boasts more than 500,000 apps. The top-5 paid apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace are all games. Angry Birds is the most popular download, followed by Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1, Plants vs. Zombies, Doodle Jump, and Pac Man Championship Edition DX. Microsoft has yet to officially announce having reached the milestone.

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Microsoft motion controller concept kicks sand in Kinect’s puny face

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Think your body’s a temple? Turns out it’s actually just the antenna the temple’s staff uses to watch football when they’re done praying. A group of engineers from Microsoft Research showcased a technology at Vancouver’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing that offers gesture-based control on a scale that could make the company’s Kinect controller downright laughable. The team demonstrated how it could harness the human body’s reception of electromagnetic noise to create gesture-based computer interaction that does away with the need for a camera — though a receiver is worn on the body (the neck, in this case). The system uses the unique signals given off in different parts of the home to help measure the interaction, effectively turning one’s walls into giant control pads, which can regulate things like lighting and the thermostat. Hopefully games, too, because we can’t wait to play Pac-Man with our bedrooms.

Microsoft motion controller concept kicks sand in Kinect’s puny face originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 11 May 2011 21:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This is the World’s Biggest Pac-Man Game [Pac-Man]

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Stop-Motion. Human. Pac-Man. [Pacman]

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
111 human pixels. Countless colored t-shirt changes. Weeks of planning. That, some homemade bleep bloops, and four long hours in Baden, Switzerland’s Trafo cinema will get you one incredible stop-motion game of human Pac-Man. More »


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A Brief Survey of Recent Tape-Based Anamorphic Illusions [Opticalillusions]

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

With just a roll or two of painters tape, some patience, and a willingness to forfeit the respectability of their apartments (except, maybe, from a single perspective), some brave souls have created a very impressive collection of tape-based illusions.

Earlier today, Boing Boing posted this neat Back to the Future-inspired piece featuring an impressively detailed DeLorean rendered with painters tape. Kudos to YouTube user Wablamo for immortalizing everyone’s favorite time traveling automobile in such an appropriately mind-boggling medium.

But the true hero of the anamorphic painters tape illusion is a YouTube user who goes by the name of BrussPup. I’ve watched BrussPup evolve over these last few weeks from his first experiments in the form—when he was, indeed, just a pup—up through our current moment in which BrussPup stands as a titan of tape-based illusions.

But let’s start back with his humble beginnings. BrussPup’s first piece, “X Room Illusion!,” was a relatively simple undertaking but it betrayed the artist’s natural ability for this particular endeavor:

A week later, we were treated to “Crazy Cube Illusion!,” a more complex, confident effort that garnered a corresponding increase in YouTube views and blog notoriety:

Emboldened, BrussPup quickly offered up his next piece, “Pac-man Illusion!,” which was noteworthy for spanning all the way down his hallway and incorporating a piece reflected by a mirror, which just piled extra mind-boggling on top of the regular mind-blogging to which we had grown accustomed:

BrussPup’s most recent piece, “Nintendo Illusion!,” is certainly his most ambitious effort to date. In this illusion, which took BrussPup fifteen hours to complete, blacklights and white paper were employed to create a glowing Nintendo controller:

There’s no telling what’s next in the world of tape-based anamorphic illusions. Has BrussPup retired his tape roll forever? Will Wablamo usurp his title as preeminent anamoprhic illusionist? We’ll just have to wait, squint our eyes, scratch our heads, and see. [BrussPup's YouTube Channel and Boing Boing]


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Can Art Reveals Pac-Man’s Gruesome Reality [Pacman]

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

All this time you thought Pac-Man was a harmless game. This artist’s rendering, built entirely in tin cans, shows you the terrifying reality 8-bit graphics couldn’t.

Besides being an impressive structure, this can memorial reminds us of the horror Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde have faced daily for almost 30 years. Hopefully the day will come when they can stop running. [Walyou]



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