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Flappy Bird once again made headlines Wednesday as the Vietnamese developer announced plans to resurrect the overnight sensation later this summer in a supposedly less-addictive version. According to BGR, Rovio has soft launched their own take on the popular game with Retry, which the company bills as "an eight-bit time machine." You'll have to take our word for it, though, because Retry is only available in Finland, Poland, and Canada for now, but will presumably fly the coop and go global eventually.
Ultraviolet offers an option to share your cloud-based movie collection with family or friends, but it's not particularly intuitive. Walmart-owned VUDU announced Wednesday a new service called Share My Movies that promises to make inviting up to five people to watch UV-enabled movies and TV shows about as simple as it could possibly be, without the need to share your account or password. In three easy steps, VUDU users can send email invites to loved ones, who then create a free VUDU account and join your UV library, which will then show up automatically in the My VUDU section of an invited user's account. Best of all, the service is free, so the hardest part about all of this will be figuring out who to invite...
Everyone knows peanut butter and chocolate are two great tastes that taste great together, but occasionally your favorite hardware makers team up to make a pretty terrific combo as well. Automatic announced Wednesday a new partnership with Jawbone that allows the two services to integrate the smart driving assistant into the Jawbone UP app on iPhone and Android. Why would you want to do such a thing? Whether you're walking or driving, all of your physical activity is now gathered into a single place automatically, and Jawbone UP adds mood and diet information to the equation to make for less road rage while driving. All that's required is the necessary Automatic and Jawbone UP hardware, along with the latest versions of their respective apps.
The week is quickly winding down, and there's still no sign of that rumored deal between Apple and Beats Electronics that made headlines last Friday. According to Re/code, that's because the supposed $3.2 billion transaction "may not be finalized until next week," Dr. Dre's drunken video celebration to the contrary. Sit tight, folks... good things come to those who wait.
After being teased back in March, Sonos has debuted its latest iOS and Android app, which now allows owners of the company's streaming hardware to play and control their music from one place. The new version incorporates more recent music services including Beats Music and Google Play Music for a total of 38, with a refreshed interface featuring universal search, Now Playing shortcuts, combined playlists across popular services, wake-up alarms, and the ability to control any room in the house with just a tap.
So you say you want a bigger iPad? Something like the rumored 12-inch iPad Pro? Well, why stop there? Panic Inc. posted a couple of pretty hilarious (and obviously Photoshopped) images revealing a gargantuan iPad that would make Godzilla proud. We wouldn't look forward to anything like actually coming out of Cupertino, however, given their penchant for making things smaller, not larger...
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