gabrielecirulli Rocks with his 2048 Tile Game, It’s Viral after Flappy Birds Death.

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gabrielecirulli Rocks with his 2048 Tile Game, It’s Viral after Flappy Birds Death.

gabrielecirulli Rocks with his 2048 Tile Game, It’s Viral after Flappy Birds Death.

gabrielecirulli Rocks with his 2048 Tile Game, It’s Viral after Flappy Birds Death.

gabrielecirulli Rocks with his 2048 Tile Game, It’s Viral after Flappy Birds Death.

gabrielecirulli Rocks with his 2048 Tile Game, It’s Viral after Flappy Birds Death.

gabrielecirulli Rocks with his 2048 Tile Game, It’s Viral after Flappy Birds Death.

Microsoft And Dell Sign Patent Royalty Agreement For Android And Chrome OS Devices

Microsoft And Dell Sign Patent Royalty Agreement For Android And Chrome OS Devices

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Today Dell and Microsoft announced that they have signed an agreement relating to intellectual property, which will see the two companies “license each company’s applicable” patents regarding Android and Chrome OS devices, as well as Xbox consoles.

So Dell will pay Microsoft dollars when it ships devices running Google’s operating systems. The companies mention Xbox consoles because Dell, it turns out, has some IP with surface area to the device. Dell likely got a discount on its royalty payments as a result.

The Android and Chrome OS portion of the agreement are not surprising, other than that they indicate that Microsoft can turn the largest of OEMs into its paying customers, and that it undercuts Google’s mobile platform hegemony and attempt to break into the traditional PC market. How so? Increasing the unit cost of using Android and Chrome OS adds a nip of cost to each unit, making them less profitable for their…

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Twitter Tests More Inviting Profile Designs On Mobile

Twitter Tests More Inviting Profile Designs On Mobile

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Twitter has been testing designs furiously all winter, including a tile-like format for tweets and a Facebook-style profile page on the web.

But TNW has spotted an update in the Twitter app (which is being partially rolled out as a test, considering my version of the app doesn’t show the change) that brings the same profile look to mobile.

Instead of having a centered profile picture, with a user bio hidden behind a left swipe, the new design features the profile picture against a white background on the left-hand side of the screen, with a cover photo scrunched up top, and bio information just below the profile picture.

The redesign also incorporates two new feeds to the profile section of the app, one that shows embedded photo tweets only and another that shows all the user’s favorited tweets.

The idea here is to make Twitter a great place…

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A Brief History Of Oculus

A Brief History Of Oculus

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Less than two years ago, Oculus raised 2.5 million dollars on Kickstarter.

Yesterday, they were acquired by Facebook for $2 billion.

To write the words “A Brief History Of Oculus” is a bit funny — because really, the company’s very existence has been brief. From the launch of their Kickstarter campaign to their massive acquisition, just 601 days had passed.

The company has definitely generated its fair share of buzz in its short lifespan — and yet, many, many people are hearing about the team for the very first time this week.

For those people, and for everyone who might’ve missed some details along the way, here’s their story so far.

Early Days:

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Around the age of 15, Palmer Luckey started to fall in love with the concept of virtual reality.

By day, he attended classes at the local community college. By night, he was the founder and admin of…

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In Response To Google, Amazon Announces Massive Price Cuts For S3, EC2, ElastiCache, Elastic MapReduce And RDS

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Amazon today announced a new round of price cuts for a number of services on its cloud platform, including its S3 storage service, EC2 cloud computing platform, ElastiCache, Elastic MapReduce and RDS cloud databases that will bring the cost of running applications on Amazon’s platform closer to the new prices Google announced earlier this week.

For the first terabyte of data, Amazon’s S3 will now charge $0.03 per gigabyte on standard storage and $0.024 for reduced redundancy storage. In addition, Amazon also cut prices for its EC2 cloud computing instances by up to 40 percent.

Users who store more than 49 terabyte of data will see price cuts, too, though for standard storage, prices never drop under the $0.026 that Google now charges after it abandoned its own storage tiers in favor of a single price.

For Amazon, these are massive price drops. For the first terabyte, the price went from $0.85 per gigabyte…

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Watch A Scrabble-Bot Learn To Interact With And Insult Its Opponents

Watch A Scrabble-Bot Learn To Interact With And Insult Its Opponents

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Robots will soon live among us – helping us out of bed, monitoring us, and assisting us in countless ways – but what if we just want to play a game of Scrabble? Victor is a Scrabble-playing robot created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University Quality Of Life Technology center to show how robots can interact with us on a daily basis, becoming friendly parts of our lives rather than cold metal and plastic.

The robot is designed to play Scrabble (poorly) and trash talk opponents by saying things like “This is not golf. You want to get a high score.”

While we expect most robots to blaze through forests like Big Dog or climb through drain pipes, Victor is a companion that can help the elderly get their social fix while playing. As Victor begins to lose he gets sarcastic and angry but otherwise he just makes conversation –…

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Second Life Founder’s Startup High Fidelity Raises $2.5M From True Ventures

Second Life Founder’s Startup High Fidelity Raises $2.5M From True Ventures

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High Fidelity, a new startup from Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, has raised $2.5 million in new funding from True Ventures, we’ve learned. The funding was also noted in an SEC filing.

The company debuted last year but still hasn’t formally launched. We don’t know a lot about what High Fidelity is developing but what we do know is that the company is prototyping the technology and user experience of a next-generation virtual reality system. With Rosedale and his team’s experience developing for Second Life, it should be interesting to see what their vision of a next-generation virtual reality system looks like.

If you are interested in signing up for the alpha, you can here.

We embedded a video that looks to show some of the technology that High Fidelity has created via its blog. Previous backers include True Ventures, Google Ventures, Kapor Capital, and angels.

Rosedale previously launched Coffee…

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Last.fm Shuts Down Its Streaming Service To Focus On Scrobbling

Last.fm Shuts Down Its Streaming Service To Focus On Scrobbling

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Music discovery company Last.fm just announced that it will end its subscription radio streaming service on April 28th.

The radio service is currently available in the U.K., the U.S. and Germany with a freemium model. For $3/€3/£3, users can access Last.fm radio on their phones and get an ad-free experience. The streaming service is also available in Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil, but without the free ad-supported membership. Paid users can request a refund.

After closing down the service, the company will focus on its core product, the scrobbling experience — scrobbling being sending the name of the song to Last.fm in order to build a music profile. In the early days of the startup, you had to install a plugin on your computer. Now, you just have to enter your Last.fm username in the Spotify settings, Sonos, Squeezebox and more. Last.fm released the Scrobbler app for iOS.

Last.fm…

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