Author Archives: Conner Flynn

I eat sleep and breathe technology, along with geek toys and video games. When I'm not blogging about the latest gadgets and technology, I am usually reading about them, or busy playing fantasy role playing games or Star Trek: Attack Wing. You can follow me on Google+.

Google search now displays cocktail recipes

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If you have ever looked for cocktail recipes online you may have found that you only have about a dozen or so websites to choose from. That’s probably because most cocktail recipes are pretty standard. However, if you’d rather have the information displayed to you at a glance, you will be happy to know that Google have you covered, since it will now display cocktail recipes directly in search results.

So let’s say you Googled a cocktail recipe. You will see a brief description of the cocktail followed by the ingredients and the instructions on how to make one for yourself. It should be a pretty handy feature for those looking for quick information and don’t want to browse through multiple websites just to find what they’re looking for. It gets you the info quicker.
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Gmail for iOS gets an update with three new features

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If you have been enjoying Gmail for iOS, you’ll like this news. Three new features have been added to Gmail for iOS following an update to the application. These new features should make life easier for you. Here’s a run down of these useful new features.

First there’s Quick Actions. Quick actions now allows iOS users to reply to a message directly from a notification. This will save you a lot of valuable time because you won’t have to open the Gmail app now. This update also adds a feature allowing you to attach photos and documents to Gmail directly from another app.
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EA Shuts Down Maxis

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If you have been playing the SimCity games, you probably already know that Maxis is the developer behind the titles. Sadly, we have some bad new if you were hoping to see future titles released under the Maxis banner. The bad news is that EA has recently announced that they will be shutting down Maxis.

Take a deep breath. This does not mean that there will no longer be future SimCity or The Sims titles, it just means that development of those games will be moved to EA’s own studios at Redwood Shores, California; Salt Lake City; Helsinki; and Melbourne, Australia.
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New Avengers Age of Ultron trailer

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Marvel fans have a new treat in the form of another Avengers Age of Ultron trailer. This trailer shows us some things we’ve seen before, but it is mostly full of new footage. A lot of which is talking. There’s nothing particularly spoilerly, but just the same be careful if you don’t want to be spoiled.

The trailer starts off with the same theme from the second trailer, but there is different footage. It certainly makes me want to see this movie even more.
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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Release Date

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We already heard that it was likely that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in either April or June of 2015. Well, that doesn’t appear to be the case after all, thanks to a video that appeared online that featured Hideo Kojima, the series creator, revealing the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date.

Earlier in the week Konami put up a teaser on its website and told us to wait until March 4th for an announcement regarding the title.
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Nintendo will increase amiibo production

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Nintendo has announced plans to increase its amiibo production, to meet the continued demand for its figurines. The company has apologized to those fans who are frustrated by the lack of availability for certain amiibos, saying that it takes a few months to bring the amiibos from production to store shelves.

Nintendo will be increasing the number of Little Mac, Falcon, and other short-supply/high-demand amiibo figures. Now for the bad news. It looks like the production increase is only for the Japanese market, for right now at least. Maybe in the future they will make more available in the states too, but we don’t know yet.
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Yahoo! is 20 years old

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Some news just makes you feel ancient, so I apologize in advance. Yahoo was one of the web’s first big service providers and it has just turned 20 years old. It seems like only yesterday that it was new. The company has gone through a lot in those 2 decades. There have been a lot of ups and downs. That’s probably true of most 20 year olds. They grow up so fast!

It was a web directory in the 1990s, then it became a web portal for many early users. It hit some big bumps with the dot-com bubble collapse and of course a company that we all know today, Google. Somehow it managed to stay around.
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Tinder charging people 30 and older extra for premium version

tinderIt’s not like 30 is over the hill, but this news might make you feel like it. If you’re over the age of 30 and you’re thinking Tinder could be a good way to find a mate, you’re going to have to pay extra for the premium version.

I guess they figure that people in their 30s have their stuff together and can pay more money, no sweat.
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Huawei MediaPad X2

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Huawei is launching the MediaPad X2 tablet/phone, a descendant of the MediaPad X1. The MediaPad X2 ups it’s game with a better Kirin 930 processor, which is the main upgrade for this second-generation MediaPad X. This updated design has 8 CPU cores (ARM A53 core design) and an ARM Mali T628 graphics processor (GPU).

The MediaPad X2 should be able to handle games decently, for gamers wanting to use this device. Just don’t expect it to compete with high-end devices priced in the $650+ range. However, it should be just as good for handling multimedia videos. Again a caveat, the 1080p screen has 2 to 3 times less pixels than other high-end phones you can buy.
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Lumia 640, 640 XL unveiled ahead of time

lumiaunveilAt MWC 2015 several companies will be making announcementsfor their new and upcoming products. Microsoft is one of them, however it looks like the announcement was made a bit earlier than expected. The Redmond company announced on their website (it has since been taken down) two new handsets – the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL.

Oops. Stuff happens. It wouldn’t be the first time an announcement has jumped the gun.
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Sledgehammer may recreate classic Call Of Duty Maps in Advanced Warfare

awThe developer of the latest Call of Duty game, Sledgehammer Games, is thinking about recreating some of the most classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. In case you missed it, this latest game was released late last year. It is set in the future, where a private military contractor goes rogue and fights against the state.

Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey told VG247 that players of the latest Havoc DLC have been asking them how Exo abilities and verticality can be brought over to some of the franchise’s classic maps. I guess the question has them intrigued.
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Get ready for another Netflix content library reshuffle next month

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Netflix users probably noticed the big content changes that happened in December, when many shows and movies disappeared, while some new ones arrived. Well, now another big content library reshuffle will happen on March 1. It happens. Here are some things you need to know.

Some popular shows and movies will arrive, as well as new episodes of TV shows that they already offer. Some of these include shows like Mad Men and Archer, and movies like How to Train Your Dragon 2. Season 5 of Archer and Glee will arrive on March 7. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will arrive a day before that.
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