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+.

Typo 2 iPhone accessory no longer looks like BlackBerry

typoYou might remember the Typo keyboard accessory for the iPhone. It is basically a keyboard attachment for the iPhone that allows iPhone users to type using physical keys instead of an onscreen keyboard. The first version of the Typo looked a lot like BlackBerry’s keyboard design.

Of course, BlackBerry didn’t like that at all. They filed a lawsuit, which Typo countered by saying they did not steal the design. Anyway, that is the history and now the company has announced the successor to the Typo. Can you guess what it’s called? Wait for it… The Typo 2. I’m shocked by such an original name as well. And I’m sure everyone will be relieved to see that this device now looks nothing like a BlackBerry keyboard anymore. So they shouldn’t have any problems with BlackBerry over this one.
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Amazon Appstore now available in 236 markets

amazonappToday Amazon announced that its Appstore is now available in 41 more territories across Asia, Africa and Oceania, which brings the total number of markets where the company is offering apps to 236. So now they are covering a much wider portion of the globe.

These additional markets may not be that important as far as revenue goes, but some of them are big mobile markets. Like Indonesia, Turkey, and Singapore for instance. The full list also includes Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Uzbekistan, and Yemen.
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New Apple TV could be delayed until 2015

New Apple TVEarlier this year we heard rumors that Apple might be launching a refresh of the Apple TV in April. Obviously April came and went and it did not happen. There have been many rumors and conflicting reports about the new Apple TV. Some claim that it is an overly ambitious effort by Apple, while others think that Apple has scaled back plans.

Now, a report from The Information says that the new Apple TV has been stalled and might even be delayed until 2015. The problem? It seems that Apple’s partners are hesitating. The cable companies are said to be “dragging their heels” and one of the reasons for the delay is apparently the impending Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Meanwhile, everyone on our end of things just wants the new Apple TV, so it is very frustrating for the consumer.
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Neverwinter MMORPG hitting Xbox One in 2015

NeverwinterIf you’re a fan of MMORPGs, especially those that are based on Dungeons & Dragons, the good news is that the free-to-play MMORPG Neverwinter is coming to the Xbox One console in the first half of 2015. No specific date yet.

The game will be released first in China. After that, the game is expected to make its way to other parts of the world and probably other platforms as well. Unless Microsoft has managed to get exclusive rights to the console version of the game, which would be a big score for them.
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Instagram’s Bolt app gets official

boltIn 2013, the news was all about how Snapchat had apparently turned down an offer from Facebook worth $3 billion. After that we heard reports that Facebook was attempting to create their own version of Snapchat. And more recently we heard rumors about an app via Instagram called Bolt.

The app apparently is like Snapchat in terms of features and if you were wondering if it is real, we have some good news. It is real and Instagram has officially already launched Bolt. Sadly, the app is not available in all markets just yet since it has been limited to a release in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa.
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Microwave turned into a weapon, blows stuff up

microwaveI wouldn’t try this at home since dismantling a microwave to make a stick-mounted weapon is pretty dangerous. This guy has already done it, so you can just watch and be safe, while still seeing stuff blow up. Kreosan is the YouTube handle of the Russian man in the video below. He obviously likes to live life on the edge.

He basically tore apart a microwave’s innards and transplanted them onto the end of a stick to create a weapon. He then proceeds to blow up his stereo to demonstrate this weapon.
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August Games With Gold announced

gamesgoldWe learned late last year that Microsoft will be extending their Games with Gold program indefinitely. If you missed the news, Microsoft’s “Games with Gold” program will offer free games to anyone who subscribes to Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold tier for the Xbox One and the Xbox 360. So it is similar to Playstation Plus from Sony.

In August of this year, the Games with Gold program will get you Strike Suit Zero: Directors Cut and Crimson Dragon on the Xbox One, and if you are still enjoying your XBox 360 and have not upgraded to the XBox One yet, you are not left out. If you are still using your previous generation console, you will get Dishonored and Motocross Madness. Not bad at all for August.
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Xbox One pre-orders have started in China

xbox oneFolks in China have been waiting to get their hands on the Xbox One and I’m sure that many Chinese are happy that Microsoft’s next generation console is now available for pre-order in the country. Yesterday some alleged Xbox One promotional materials for China leaked out, and already the Xbox One pre-order has gone official in the world’s most populated country.

It is sure to sell like crazy. We can expect some big numbers from Microsoft when it launches. The Xbox One will go on sale starting in September thanks to a partnership with China Telecom. However, major online retailer JD.com is already taking pre-orders from today onward.
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X-Men iOS game gets an update and a discount

xmeniosBy now you’ve probably played Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past. The game was released back in May to coincide with the X-men: Days of Future Past movie. It’s not really a movie tie-in. This game takes from the comic book’s original storyline and then retells the story so that it will spin off enough playable levels for the player to explore.

Folks seem to like what it offers. The game is available for iOS and it just received an update that gives you two more playable characters: Storm and Polaris. The other bit of good news for those who have not played it yet is that it has also received a discount: from $3.99 down to $0.99.
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Battlefield Hardline Single Player Story Details

Battlefield Hardline

The Battlefield Hardline title is one that players are looking forward to and now the developer Visceral Games has shed some light on the title’s single player story mode. The title is based on a cops vs bad guys theme. We know that. We also know that despite the fact that Battlefield Hardline has been delayed until next year, the single player story mode has been locked in and now we get details.

Visceral Games revealed the details at the San Diego Comic-Con panel this weekend. It is the story of a cop named Nick who gets framed after a drug bust goes wrong. The game’s creative director Ian Milham described it as “desert, Breaking Bad meth country.” The idea is that Nick has to go undercover to clear his name and players will get to have perspective from both sides of the story. Sounds promising so far, don’t you think?
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World Of Warcraft Horde Chopper now available in-game

wowchopWorld of Warcraft is a big money printing machine for Blizzard. It is no wonder since it is one of the older MMORPGs that are still around and active. The game still has many players who play it and now they even have cool perks like choppers.

You may remember a few months ago when Blizzard launched a web series called Azeroth Choppers. It basically had two teams from the World of Warcraft development team designing a chopper to have an Alliance or Horde theme.
Well, since then the votes were cast and the winner was revealed to be the Horde. Just in case you missed all of the excitement.
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Instagram readying possible Snapchat competitor

instaappWe have heard rumors before about Instagram building a Snapchat competitor. The last time the rumors were flying, Instagram was introducing its direct group messaging feature. Now, we are hearing the rumors are once again, because Instagram accidentally outed a new feature that they call Bolt.
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