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Google Wallet 2-click checkout hits iOS to speed mobile shopping

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 12, 2014 5:00 pm

Android users have been able to complete purchases in two clicks for a while after the Instant Buy API launched about a year ago. Google has now announced that the same 2-click purchase function is now available for iOS users.

 

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With the instant buy API, iOS devs can now integrate Google Wallet checkout into their apps. The feature will allow users to access shipping and credit card info that is stored on the cloud. The user's payment and shipping details will only be shared with the merchant after they decide to purchase.

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Uber registrations increased 850% amid London black cab driver protest

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 12, 2014 4:00 pm

It sounds like the big protest that black cab drivers in London planned this week didn't go as planned. We mentioned yesterday that black cab drivers in London planned to create a massive traffic jam as 12,000 drivers came to one area and performed a "go-slow" demonstration to jam up traffic.

 

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The protest was a way for the drivers to show their contempt for Uber, which they maintain is illegal to use in the UK. The protest appears to have backfired as Uber has announced that during the protest, registrations for its app increased by 850%.

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The Magic School Bus is coming to Netflix with new CGI animation

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 12, 2014 3:00 pm

Netflix has announced that it will be producing new episodes of the 90's kids classic TV series The Magic School Bus. The new series will hit Netflix in 2016 and will use CGI animation. The original the Magic School Bus show hit the air in 1997.

 

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The TV series was based on a book series of the same name. In the TV series and the books, kids board the bus and go on all sorts of magical trips. The series took kids inside the human body and into space for instance.

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Grumpy Cat to star in Lifetime holiday movie sure to be horrible

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 12, 2014 2:09 pm

One of the most prolific internet memes on the planet is Grumpy Cat. Spend a few minutes online and you are likely to run into the angry looking cat. Word has surfaced that Grumpy Cat will be staring in her own holiday movie.

 

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The film will be called Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever and said cat will be playing the lead role. Producers are currently looking for a voice actor to play the cat's voice. Tim Hill and Jeff Morris will work on the script for the show, hill currently works on SpongeBob SquarePants.

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Amazon Prime members get free music streaming

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 12, 2014 1:02 pm

Amazon has announced this week that people who subscribe to its Prime service will be getting a new benefit to enjoy. Amazon is rolling out a new music streaming service called Prime Music that will be provided at no additional cost to Prime subscribers who pay $99 per year.

 

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Members subscribed at that price will automatically get access to a catalog of over a million songs. Amazon says that among those songs are tens of thousands of albums from top artists like Justin Timberlake, Pink, Blake Shelton, and lots more.

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Comcast takes on Verizon with the addition of 50,000 public hotspots

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 12, 2014 12:03 pm

Comcast and Verizon are fighting to have the most coverage for public Wi-Fi hotspots in some parts of the US. This week Comcast made a big announcement that will help it to compete better in the market with the addition of 50,000 new public hotspots.

 

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Late Tuesday afternoon Comcast turned the Wi-Fi routers of about 50,000 residential users into Wi-Fi hotspots. On Wednesday of this week an additional 3 million residential hotspots were turned on around the country. Comcast says that the goal of the program is to make it easier to use home Wi-Fi networks.

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Super Smash Brothers gets playable Pac-Man character

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2014 11:02 am

Nintendo has announced a new playable character for its popular video game Super Smash Brothers. The new character is Pac-Man and his addition to the playable character roster means that for the first item, four iconic game characters are available in a single game.

 

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Players can choose to play as Mario, Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Pac-Man. This is the first time that all four of those popular game characters have been in a single video game. The game was announced at E3 this week and will be coming soon for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS game systems.

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Intel loses appeal against $1.44 billion fine in EU

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 12, 2014 10:33 am

Intel has been in court in the EU this week to challenge a fine levied against it totaling 1.06 billion Euros or $1.44 billion. The fine was levied against Intel five years ago and Intel has been appealing the fine ever since. The second highest court in the EU says that regulators weren't overly harsh with the massive fine.

 

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The original decision was handed down when the European Commission ruled that Intel had tried to block some PC makers like Dell and HP among others from buying processors from rival AMD. The competition authority in the EU also ruled that Intel paid a retail chain in Germany called Media Saturn Holding to stock PCs in its locations with Intel chips inside only.

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong is coming, will hit the Nintendo Wii U in 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2014 9:35 am

E3 2014 - Well then, it looks like Nintendo is really amping things up for 2015 - by announcing Mario vs. Donkey Kong for the Wii U. Mario vs. Donkey Kong will be a puzzle series title, which will make use of the Wii U GamePad's touchscreen when it comes out.

 

 

The title right now, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, is just a working title right now - so expect something a little different when it reaches gamers' hands next year. The game will feature the Minis characters, such as Mini Luigi, with Nintendo promising: "a near-limitless puzzle-creation mode that allows fans to share puzzles and leave comments on Miiverse".

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Alien: Isolation's trailer has it all, click the pre-order button now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2014 8:32 am

E3 2014 - RUN. This is what the trailer to Alien: Isolation tells you to do, and I think once you're in the game, it's going to be something you'll be doing for most of it - running, away from the Xenomorph hunting you down.

 

 

If you haven't heard about Alien: Isolation until now, here is what you need to know: you play Ellen Ripley's daughter (Ellen was played by Sigourney Weaver in the various Alien movies) Amanda. Amanda faces down the Xenomorph that her mother eventually gets pitted up again, but Amanda is on a ship, in the dark, seemingly alone.

 

The video's description teases: "As Amanda, you will navigate through an increasingly volatile world as you find yourself confronted on all sides by a panicked, desperate population and an unpredictable, ruthless Alien. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive". The best part about Alien: Isolation, for me at least, is that it now supports the Oculus Rift. This has made it a day-one purchase - something it was already - but even more so now. Alien: Isolation launches on October 7 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

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