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Amazon Shops New 3D Fire Phone, Say Yo To The Dumbest App Ever, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 19-06-2014

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's 3D Smartphone, Project Ara Release, Cortana Easter Eggs [Tech News Digest] Amazon's 3D smartphone, Google's modular Project Ara, preventing smartphone thefts, texting while driving, making your own 2048 game, and Clippy compromises Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1. Read More , 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

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 The Bumper List of April Fools' Day 2014 Pranks [Weird & Wonderful Web] Cheer up, turn that frown upside down, and stop being such a miserablist misanthrope. We are here to help, with the best April Fools' Day pranks you may have missed in 2014. You had better... Read More ) it has gained 50,000 users, raised $1.2 million [Broken URL Removed] 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

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 The Five Most Annoying Things People Do On Twitter Twitter also has a darker side. It is filled with annoying idiots who seem to tweet for the sole purpose of making everyone who has the misfortune of meeting them annoyed. These are the places... Read More .

New Glitch Found In Super Mario Bros.

A new glitch has been found [Broken URL Removed] 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 6 Websites Where You Can Indulge In Your Love of Retro Gaming There are lots of websites on the Internet dedicated to the love of retro gaming. Those websites are exactly what we are looking at today. If you love retro gaming, these websites will be perfect... Read More .

HitchBOT Hitches Robot Ass Across Canada

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 Goat Simulator Is Here and It's Everything You Dreamed It Would Be What happens when a joke video posted on the Internet generates so much hype that it actually becomes a real video game? Goat Simulator happens. Read More then I’m definitely in.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Will you be buying an Amazon Fire Phone? If yes, why? If no, why not? Is Yo the dumbest app you have ever heard of, or is there another app that deserves the title? Will you be buying Catlateral Damage, or are you more of a dog person?


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  1. Ben S
    June 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    First, Yo is one of the stupidest things I've ever seen. Who would waste time on that?

    Second, it amazes me that people can find glitches like this one in Super Mario Brothers. Seriously, how would you accidentally discover that? Trying to play through the game and trying random things to finds glitches would be maddening. I wouldn't have the patience.

    • Dave P
      June 19, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      You've download Yo though, haven't you? Go on, admit it ;)

      It's insane, for sure, but I'm continually amazed how people will wring new enjoyment out of old games. Speed runs, or finding glitches, it's fun for some people. Not me, but others :)

    • Ben S
      June 19, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      I haven't downloaded it. I didn't even hear about it until yesterday.

      I love those glitches, too. Show the devotion to the classics, which is always a good thing. I don't try to find them, but I love seeing them and maybe trying them for myself if they're especially cool.

  2. Srivatsan V
    June 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    That SMB glitch is beautiful. Nothing more to be said there.

    • Dave P
      June 19, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      It is! The music, the sound effects, the sight of Mario wiggling his ass. I cannot stop watching.