Creepy, yet convenient
Google will soon be ringing in the changes to its phone app with the debut of the new version of its Android OS, Kit Kat. In true Google style, the new features make use of its ability to know everything about everything. You'll be able to search for phone numbers based on places near your location. And as part of Caller ID by Google, you can screen out cold calling businesses thanks to Google's ability to match numbers against those with a Google Places listing. In early 2014, users who have verified their phone number and have discovery turned on will have their names and Google Profile photos displayed in Caller ID.
As the Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty franchises battle it out in setting ever higher sales records, Ian Albinson takes us for a stroll down memory lane with some of the heavyweights' game predecessors, dating back to the early 1980s.
Albinson and Art of the Title created the video about game title design to use in its presentation Talking Titles: How the Language of Cinema Changed Video Games, at the recent Gamer Camp event in Canada.
Starting with the 1981 classic Donkey Kong, it traces through Mario Bros, Atari Star Wars, Metal Gear, Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, Call of Duty, Kill Zone, L.A. Noir, Grand Theft Auto and The Last of Us, among others. Ah, those were the retro days.
Twitter news junkies officially cool
If you get your news on Twitter, you're one of the cool kids, says the Pew Research Centre in the US. The researchers' analysis of 5000 US adults, of which 746 were on Twitter and 3268 on Facebook, showed 85 percent got news on their mobile, 45 percent were aged between 18 and 29 and 40 percent of those who get their news from Twitter had at least a Bachelor's degree. Only two percent of the Twitter news consumers polled were aged over 65.
It seems technology now has an answer for the geekiest brides and grooms ever. TheKnot.com held a crowdsourced wedding on Valentine's Day in the US earlier his year, with the public deciding everything from the dress to the cake. Invitations are going high tech too, with built in augmented reality content recipients can use their smartphone to trigger. And from the only in America files comes the Remember Ring, which heats itself up 24 hours before an anniversary to remind forgetful grooms of their gift giving obligations. Which of course is cheating.
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