Also, Twitter adds support for animated GIFs, a new glitch is found in Super Mario Bros. 30 years after release, HitchBOT prepares to travel across Canada, and first-person cat simulator Catlateral Damage comes to Kickstarter.
Amazon Unveils New 3D Fire Phone
After months of speculation, rumors, and leaked photos, Amazon has finally unveiled its new smartphone. Unsurprisingly named the Fire Phone, the new Amazon smartphone combines average hardware with innovative software. And with the Amazon ecosystem integrated so deeply it’s difficult to escape from the online retailer’s grasp.
The Amazon Fire Phone boasts a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2GHz processor, 2GB RAM, a 4.7-inch HD display, stereo speakers, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. There are also a host of exclusive features: Mayday for talking to an Amazon representative, X-Ray for getting more information about media content, and ASAP for predicting what streaming content to queue.
The two biggest features are Dynamic Perspective, the 3D element which uses cameras and LEDs to track your movements, and Firefly, which can identify printed text, movies, music, and household products. The asking price for all of this is $199 for 32GB, and $299 for 64GB, all with two-year AT&T contracts. Only in the U.S., of course. Because the rest of the world doesn’t matter.
Yo Gets $1.2 Million Funding, Despite Stupid
Finally read about this Yo app y’all have been yammering about today. It’s real? We’re not trapped inside an Onion story? Sigh. Goodnight…
— Rob Pegoraro (@robpegoraro) June 19, 2014
Yo, an app which sees users sending ‘Yo’ back and forth, is undoubtedly the dumbest app of all time. And yet in the three months since it launched (on April Fools’ Day 2014) it has gained 50,000 users, raised $1.2 million from financial investors, and generated think pieces far too long for such a simple app.
Please don’t download Yo and make this stupid app even more popular than it already is. Or we’ll lose all respect for you. And anyway, Facebook is bound to buy it for a gazillion dollars before long anyway. It’s what they do.
Twitter Now Supports Animated GIFs
Just checking to see if my phone will tweet this as a gif http://t.co/iNvvEFdkvi
— idk exams are shit (@subspacedliam) June 19, 2014
Twitter now supports animated GIFs, meaning you can share and/or view GIFs on the Web, Android, and iOS. Thankfully, GIFs don’t play automatically, requiring you to click on them to set them running. Because a feed full of autoplaying GIFs would have made Twitter virtually unusable.
New Glitch Found In Super Mario Bros.
A new glitch has been found in the original Super Mario Bros. game 30 years after release. The glitch allows players to get infinite lives, as long as a specific set of conditions is met. This won’t excite many gamers at all, but the fact that old games are still throwing up new surprises is a reminder of how retro gaming can be extremely entertaining.
HitchBOT Hitches Robot Ass Across Canada
— hitchBOT (@hitchBOT) June 4, 2014
Hitching rides from strangers isn’t for the faint-hearted. However, the obvious dangers are juxtaposed with a cheap way of travelling long distances while making new friends. But how will a robot fare at hitchhiking across Canada for the summer?
That’s the question HitchBOT will be setting out to answer, with an online journal and Facebook and Twitter feeds allowing us all to follow his progress. HitchBOT is a robot capable of hitching a ride and conversing with its new friends.
The whole thing is described as “part art project and part social experiment aimed at exploring the relationship between people and smart technologies.” What about the part absolutely bonkers and part pointless exercise?
Cat Sim ‘Catlateral Damage’ On Kickstarter
And finally, if you have ever wanted to see the world through the eyes of a cat, Catlateral Damage will fill your heart with joy. Catlateral Damage is a first-person cat simulator which sees you knocking stuff off shelves for no apparent reason.
Having previously been released as a short concept, Catlateral Damage is now on Kickstarter, with $40,000 required to turn it into a full game for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Ouya. If it’s even half as entertaining as Goat Simulator then I’m definitely in.
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