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+.

56 million cards compromised at Home Depot

Home-DepotThese are not good times for Home Depot. The company’s data breach has a lot of consumers worried about doing business. If you are a customer who used a credit card at Home Depot since April of this year, there is a good chance you have been compromised. Home Depot now says that 56 million cards were affected, which is the largest breach of 2014 so far.

The company’s press release says that the malware has been completely removed from their establishments, and that they began looking into the breach on September 2, immediately after banking partners and law enforcement informed them that there was a possible problem.
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SwiftKey for iOS gets 1 million downloads in 24 hours

SwiftKeyappNow with iOS 8, iOS users can finally install third-party keyboards on their devices. This is a great feature, no doubt, but the question is, is it one that many iOS users really want? Well, it turns out that the answer is a resounding yes, according to the number of SwiftKey downloads in 24 hours.

SwiftKey’s keyboard was released alongside iOS 8 and according to SwiftKey, they managed to get over 1 million downloads within a 24 hour period! That is amazing. So yes, people really have wanted this feature. Also, SwiftKey has managed to hit number 1 on the US free app charts. Pretty awesome achievement.
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Assassin’s Creed Pirates is back for Windows Phone

Assassin’s Creed Pirates is back for Windows PhoneIt has been said that when one door closes a window opens. That’s kind of true for Windows Phone right now. With Candy Crush pulling out of the Windows Phone scene, another game has arrived to replace it. It’s not the same kind of game though.

Remember about a month ago, when Ubisoft released Assassin’s Creed Pirates on Windows Phone? Then they quickly pulled the game due to many reports of crashes…and other problems? Well it looks like Ubisoft must have addressed the issues because the game is finally back in the Windows Phone Store. Let’s hope it stays put this time so we can all enjoy it.
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Goat Simulator now available for Android and iOS

goatWell, we knew it was coming, we just didn’t know when it would arrive. It is crazy and it is bizarre and now Goat Simulator is finally available for Android and iOS devices. This is the official game directly from developer Coffee Stain Studios, not one of the many clones that are everywhere.

Since this game was never about good controls and gameplay it translates well to mobile. You don’t hear that about most mobile games. Most games try to have good controls. The point of Goat Simulator is different from most games. The game is overflowing with bugs, bad physics, and general mayhem, but that all makes for a fun and ridiculous funny game.
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Apple wants to help you switch from Android to the iPhone

appdroidMany Android users have said in the past that they prefer Android over Apple because the iPhone has a small display, compared to most Android phones. Now with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, some Android users have since probably switched sides.

Perhaps anticipating the possibility of Android users making the switch from Android to iOS, Apple has published a support document that helps guide Android users through the process of transferring the content from their phones, like their emails, contacts, calendars, photos, and more to their new iPhone.
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HTC One (M8) Champions League Collector’s Edition

htc champHTC has unveiled a new limited edition of its One (M8) flagship smartphone. This one is called HTC One (M8) Champions League Collector’s Edition and it celebrates the start of Champion League’s group stage – which began yesterday.

This limited edition smartphone features the UEFA Champions League logo engraved on the back, plus an engraving of the Champions League trophy. It looks super nice, but those are apparently the only differences between the new handset and the regular One (M8). The Champions League edition model comes with Android KitKat and Sense 6, a 5-inch 1080p display, HTC’s BoomSound speakers, and a Duo rear camera.
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Microsoft says that Minecraft will teach kids about science and technology

minecraftbuyMicrosoft has officially announced that they will be acquiring Mojang for $2.5 billion. This also means that Microsoft will get access to Mojang’s games as well, like Minecraft for instance. Minecraft alone should help Microsoft make a lot of money, but maybe there is more to it than just money.

According to GeekWire, Microsoft’s reasons for purchasing Mojang and Minecraft is to help kids learn more about science and technology. I’m sure that’s not the only reason, but it’s a good one. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella says, “If you talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, the best way to introduce anyone to STEM or get their curiosity going on, it’s Minecraft”
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Panasonic unveils Lumix GM5 with electronic viewfinder

lumixPanasonic launched their third Photokina camera and it is another addition to the company’s collection of compact mirrorless Micro Four Thirds devices. The Lumix GM5. This model is a small 16-megapixel interchangeable lens camera that is similar to the Lumix GM1 which was launched last year, with one major difference. The introduction of a 1.16M-dot electronic viewfinder.

The camera combines the sensor with the Venus Engine image processor for noise reduction and includes a new Detail Reproduction Filter Process that is supposed to help you by improving clarity in bright conditions.
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Super Smash Bros Wii U can be played via your 3DS

smashbroswiiuNormally the Nintendo Wii U does not support remote play with the Nintendo 3DS in the same way that the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Sony PlayStation Vita work together, but it is possible. And according to a Gamespot report, the upcoming Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. will have a menu which allows the device to function as a controller whenever you play the Wii U version of the game. That should be pretty cool right? And it would help sales of both consoles.

If this information is accurate and Nintendo actually allows this to happen, the chances are good that you will also be able to perform a character progress transfer from the Nintendo 3DS handheld over to the Wii U. So, let’s hope that this info is on the money.
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New blue Xbox 360 bundle coming soon

blueboxMaybe you didn’t upgrade to an Xbox One yet, or maybe you did and still use your XBox 360. Well, if you do still use it and want it in a cool new color, you will soon have another option. Just in time for the holidays too. The new version of the old console is blue, with some arctic blue accent pieces on the console and controller. It arrives on October 7.

This fancy new version is priced at $250 and the Xbox 360 Special Edition Blue Bundle comes with a 500GB hard disk drive in the console, a month of Xbox Live Gold, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. That’s not bad at all.
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The Walking Dead for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One confirmed

walkingdeadgameTelltale Games’ popular episodic series The Walking Dead may have wrapped up it’s storyline, but its not over yet. It still needs to land on next-generation consoles. We have some goods on that front that fans will like. The Walking Dead release for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has now been confirmed through Twitter.

This is the first time that the series will be launched for these new consoles. Now that The Walking Dead is all wrapped up, Telltale Games has shifted its focus to Tales from the Borderlands and the Game of Thrones series, so these may be straight up ports with nothing special. We don’t know.
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HomeTube for Android creates kid-safe YouTube playlists

HomeTubeYou generally don’t want your kids to have access to your phone or tablet when they are unsupervised. Not unless you have some software on board that is going to keep your kids safe and away from dangerous content. You wouldn’t leave your kids with your YouTube app for instance. Just think of all the terrifying things that can be found there. Much of it even chills my bones and I’m an adult.

One answer is HomeTube. The app “transforms your Android device into a safe, child-friendly haven where kids have instant access to watch whatever YouTube content they want from a list of content you deem suitable.” Sounds like heaven to parents right? Basically, you can curate an endless list of cartoons and educational footage that will keep your child safe and entertained. Your peace of mind is worth it. Just knowing what they won’t find will be very comforting.
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