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Rovio brings Angry Birds Rio to Windows Phone, mark down another classic iOS game for Windows Phone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 16, 2013 1:29 am

Microsoft announced today that Rovio has brought the classic Angry Birds Rio to the Windows Phone platform. The app has been available on iOS and Android for a long time, but it has finally jumped over to the fledgling Windows Phone platform. Microsoft needs popular iOS apps to continue coming to Windows Phone to encourage users to jump on the platform.




The price remains unchanged at $0.99, which seems to be the ultimate price point for apps and games. One bonus about the Windows Phone app: Xbox Live achievements and leaderboards. The app is available for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5.

Apple announces the App Store has passed 50 billion downloads

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 16, 2013 1:07 am

Apps are increasingly popular as Apple's App Store download numbers can attest to. We recently reported about a giveaway Apple was hosting to celebrate 50 billion app downloads. We can now report that the App Store has surpassed 50 billion downloads, though Apple has yet to identify the grand prize winner.




The grand prize winner will be awarded a $10,000 iTunes voucher, while 50 runners-up will each get a $500 iTunes voucher. It would have been nearly impossible to guarantee that you would download the 50 billionth app, so it all comes down to good fortune and being an active App Store user.

Gran Turismo 6 will be coming to PlayStation 3 later this year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 15, 2013 11:01 pm

There are many fans of the Gran Turismo line of racing games. Gran Turismo has been around since the original PlayStation and, as the trailer brags, has 15 years of history. Gran Turismo 6 is shaping up to be quite the game, featuring over 1,200 cars and 71 different race tracks across 33 different locations.




Sony has confirmed that Gran Turismo 6 will be available on PlayStation 3. Interestingly, Sony didn't mention a version of the game being available on the upcoming PlayStation 4. It would seem silly to release it for the older PlayStation 3 when the new and much more capable PlayStation 4 will be debuting around the same time.


The new Gran Turismo 6 will feature an all-new game engine that will supposedly offer more realistic driving. Gamers will get a chance to play with the new engine in July when a demo is released. We here at TweakTown can't wait for the next Gran Turismo.

YouTube expands livestreaming, opens it up to all channels with 1000+ subscribers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 10:31 pm

Google had a massive opening day at Google I/O. Today, the company announced that they are expanding livestreaming options by opening the platform up to more users. Now, any channel that has more than 1,000 subscribers will be able to use YouTube to livestream events.




This will cover most major channels, meaning livestreaming will be more available. However, by setting this arbitrary barrier, it will help keep out less useful or lower-quality livestreams. It will also help YouTube manage costs as livestreams cost more to produce and host than a normal YouTube video.


  • You get real-time transcoding in the cloud, so you only need to send us your highest quality stream and we make it instantly available in all resolutions and device formats
  • You can show multiple camera angles, add closed captions, and insert ads and slates
  • Viewers can watch the live stream from any device, get the best quality constantly adjusting to their Internet connection, and can skip back and forth in the live stream

Google updates Wallet, now allows you to send money via Gmail

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 10:03 pm

Time to report on another Google update announced today at Google I/O. Google has integrated its Wallet product into Gmail to allow people to send money with an e-mail. This makes the product competitive with PayPal, which also allows you to send money to other people. However, PayPal doesn't allow you to attach money to an e-mail.



The new attach money feature will allow you to send money to everyone, including people who don't have a Gmail account. According to Google, all transactions are stored on secure servers in encrypted form. Google monitors transactions for fraud and Wallet Purchase Protection covers 100 percent of "eligible unauthorized transactions."


It's pretty cool to be able to attach money to an e-mail just as you would attach an image or other attachment.

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RumorTT: Next iPad mini will feature upgraded processor and cameras

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 15, 2013 9:32 pm

Another week, another Apple-related rumor. The latest rumor says the next iPad mini will be coming with numerous improvements over the original model launched last year. Rumors say that this fall will be a busy one for Apple, with a new iPad, iPad mini, and iPhone all expected to be showing up.




This rumor specifically says that the iPad mini will be coming with a Retina display capable of a resolution of 2048x1536. To push all those pixels, the iPad mini will need a more powerful processor. According to the rumor, it will the Apple A6X processor. The back camera is also said to be getting an upgrade to 8MP and the front camera to 2MP.


The thickness is expected to increase slightly to make room for a larger battery to power these higher-spec'd parts. As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt.

Google sends cease and desist letter to Microsoft over new Windows Phone YouTube app

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 15, 2013 9:03 pm

Google isn't happy with Microsoft over its recently released YouTube app. The app, which was released by Microsoft just over a week ago, is a much-improved YouTube app that Google apparently didn't know was coming. According to a copy of the cease and desist letter sent to Microsoft, Google is demanding Microsoft "immediately withdraw this application from the Windows Phone Store and disable existing downloads of the application by Wednesday, May 22, 2013."




The main issue with the app, which makes use of Google's API for YouTube, is it's blocking of ads. Both YouTube and the content creators rely on Google's AdSense for revenue. Without these ads, Google can't pay for the hosting and serving of videos and content creators can't monetize their content.


Content creators make money on YouTube by monetizing their content through advertising. Unfortunately,by blocking advertising and allowing downloads of videos, your application cuts off a valuable ongoing revenue source for creators, and causes harm to the thriving content ecosystem on YouTube. In addition,your application overrides specific decisions made by some content creators to keep their content from displaying on certain types of devices, which in many cases are due to exclusive distribution arrangements those content creators have with third parties. YouTube's agreements with creators give them choices in how their content is presented and distributed, and your applicatio

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Google makes video of I/O keynote available for all to watch on YouTube

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 8:23 pm

If you happened to miss Google's I/O keynote because you weren't there, you can check out our coverage on our new Live Blog feature. Or, you can spend the 3 hours and 30 minutes to watch a recorded version of the keynote on YouTube. We've embedded the YouTube video below for your viewing pleasure:



In the keynote, Google unveiled a bunch of new products, features, and updates. Changes include a completely revamped Maps interface and updates to Knowledge Graph. New features include an unlimited music-streaming service through Google Play Music. We will have continuing coverage of Google I/O here on TweakTown, so be sure to stay tuned!

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Google debuts Play Music: All Access, a new music-streaming service to compete with Spotify

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 7:23 pm

As part of today's Google I/O keynote, Google debuted its upgraded Music product. Under the Google Play naming scheme, Google Play Music All Access provides unlimited streaming via the web and up to 10 authorized devices for just $9.99 per month, the same fee as charged by Spotify. Better yet, if you sign up for the free 30-day trial before June 7, the monthly charge will be just $7.99.




As you can see above, I've already signed up for the service. It's important to note that the service is only currently available in the United States. I've also been unable to get All Access working on my iPhone via Google's web app. In order to compete directly with Spotify, Google will need to develop a desktop app and an iOS app.


Head on over to Google Play and sign up for the free trial! So far, all of the music I listen to on Spotify has been available on Google Play Music. Follow our Live Coverage at our new Live Blog!

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Google has announced at I/O an upcoming Maps overhaul, private beta starts tomorrow

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 6:54 pm

During Gogole's keynote at Google I/O today, the company showed off a new version of Google Maps. The new Maps features a completely redesigned interface, along with numerous new features. For instance, Maps will now know more about a user and use that information to help with location discovery.



Maps will now integrate imagery from all of Google's different products into a single location. This means Earth, Street View, and other projects, such as undersea and space imaging, will all be available through the Maps product. This means Photo Spheres will now be included and these cool images can be added to Maps by anyone.


If you'd like to get a chance to try out the new Maps before others, head on over to the page Google has set up for previewing. There you can request an invite to be one of the first to use the new Maps product.


Follow TweakTown's live coverage of Google's Keynote at our new Live Blog.

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