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SEGA’s Sonic Jump for iOS is Now Free

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SEGA has dropped the price of Sonic Jump for iOS from $1.99 to free.
The original platform jumper is back as Sonic leaps up an all new vertically challenging adventure in stunning HD graphics! Play as Sonic or his friends leaping through familiar and new Sonic worlds to battle Dr. Eggman, as you tilt and tap your way through fixed Story levels and Arcade infinite modes.
MULTIPLE CHARACTERS
Play as your favourite characters including Sonic, Tails & Knuckles, each with their own unique abilities.
AMAZING WORLDS
Jump across the legendary Green Hill Zone or take to new worlds including Mountain & Jungle Zones.

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STORY MODE
Leap through 48 different levels on a quest to stop the evil Dr. Eggman.
ARCADE MODE
Jump until you drop in the infinite Arcade Mode, where where it ends depends on how long you can jump for.
BOSS BATTLES
Fight in epic boss battles between Sonic and his arch-rival Dr. Eggman!
CHALLENGE FRIENDS
Compete against friends to see who can jump highest in Arcade Mode or set epic scores in leaderboards.
UNLOCK MORE
Collect rings as you play the game, or purchase them in store, to unlock characters, power ups and more.
COMING SOON
We are working hard to bring you more characters and new worlds in future FREE updates.
You can download Sonic Jump from the App Store for free.

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Posted by on 31/12/2012 in IT

 

Mystery BlackBerry 10 device hits the FCC with AT&T-capable LTE

bb10kdj83RIM’s January unveiling isn’t going anywhere without federal approval, and it seems the FCC is happy to oblige. Regulators put an unnamed BlackBerry device with a RFF91LW model number through the standard tests, giving it the green light for AT&T’s LTE and GSM bands, as well as a few international frequencies. The handset’s label sample is conveniently censored, of course, but FCC reports indicate that at least three of the devices RIM provided were running OS 10.0.9. Could we be seeing the “L-series” BlackBerry Z10? Or is this simply one of the Dev Alpha devices RIM has been handing out to developers? Either way, we’ll get verification next month. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 31/12/2012 in IT

 

Foursquare to display full user names, share more data with local businesses

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Fond of your family name? Good — it’s about to get a bit more visible. Foursquare is planning to display full user names on profile pages, explaining in a recent community email that the old policy has become confusing. “If you search for a friend on Foursquare, we show their full name in the results, but when you click through to their profile page you don’t see their last name.” The team says these abbreviations made sense in Foursquare’s early days, but recently users have been asking for change. “We get emails every day saying that it’s now confusing.” The social network hopes that displaying users’ full surnames will help mitigate confusion between the John Smiths and John Smythes of the world.

The company’s tweaked privacy policy promises to share more data with businesses, too, giving store owners greater visibility of customers who have recently checked in. Users who want their quests for coffee to remain anonymous still can, of course — Foursquare was careful to remind users that they can change their “full name” whenever they want, and can opt out of sharing their location information with businesses. We wouldn’t want to step on any toes, would we? Head past the break to see the email for yourself, or check out the adjacent source link to read Foursquare’s “Privacy 101” summary. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 31/12/2012 in IT

 

biological concrete, flexible solar cells and the top wearable tech of 2012

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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and workers in New York City are hard at work installing 32,256 LED lights on the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball. As we close the book on 2012, Inhabitat has been reflecting on all the top clean energy and green technology stories from the past year. From news that Germany met half the country’s energy needs with solar power to an Egyptian teenager who built a new quantum space propulsion system, 2012 was a big year for clean tech. To ring in the New Year we also rounded up the top green transportation and wearable technology posts, and we’re inviting all our reader to vote on the stories they liked best! by engadget

 
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Posted by on 31/12/2012 in IT

 

More BlackBerry N-Series images surface, appeases QWERTY lovers with sharper focus

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Remember this little guy? It was Christmas Eve when Mr. Blurrycam gave us a look at this keyboard-equipped BB10 prototype. Skip to the present, and N4BB has apparently come across news images of it, minus the fuzz. Aside from being clearer, the phone’s screen is notably powered on in this round images — essentially proving it’s more than a dummy. While we’ve known the unit is likely part of RIM’s N-Series, the site notes that its actual model number may officially be presented as the X10 (not to be confused with Sony Ericsson, Klipsch and Fujifilm offerings of the same moniker). Things will certainly become even clearer on January 30th, that’s for sure — for now, hit the source link for a couple of more images. [Thanks, Joel] by engadget

 
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Posted by on 31/12/2012 in IT

 

CEO of Home Automation Startup Leaves Amazon After Acquisition, Perhaps By Apple?

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Blake Krikorian, CEO of R2 Studios, a home automation startup, has left Amazon’s board after being acquired by a rival company, reports the WSJ.

Amazon.com said director Blake Krikorian is resigning from its board after a stint of slightly more than a year, as the entrepreneur sells his current startup and moves on to a new position at the acquiring firm. Seattle-based Amazon disclosed Mr. Krikorian’s departure in a regulatory filing on Friday. An Amazon spokesman said Mr. Krikorian opted to resign because he has sold his current firm “and is taking a position at the acquiring company.”

Notably, Apple is said to have been in talks to acquire the company along with other big names such as Microsoft and Google. Krikorian founded Slingbox and sold it to EchoStar SATS in 2007. In May 2011 he founded R2 Studios to make advances in home automation; however, the company has been fairly secretive about its plans.

Amazon would not reveal who had acquired his company. by iclarified

 
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Posted by on 30/12/2012 in IT

 

Hands-on with Jolla’s Sailfish OS

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We recently had the chance to spend time with David Greaves and Vesa-Matti Hartikainen of Jolla and take Sailfish OS for a spin. As you might recall, this open source mobile OS builds upon Mer (a fork of MeeGo that includes Qt) and uses the Nemo framework with a custom UI. Like any decent Linux-based OS, it supports both ARM and x86 devices. The company is also behind the Sailfish SDK which is in the process of being finalized but is still open to developer feedback (the source code is available). After seeing Jolla’s various demo videos and noting some UI similarities with MeeGo (swipes) and, strangely, with BB10 (peek gestures), we were eager to experience Sailfish OS for ourselves.

If you’re wondering why the mobile OS is usually shown running on Nokia’s N950 developer handset, that’s because Jolla employs many ex-MeeGo engineers, so the OMAP-based phone was a natural fit. We were first given a walkthrough of Sailfish OS, then allowed to play with it. Many apps are still being worked on and some are still off-limits (we got in trouble for launching the camera), but what we saw was pretty solid. Take a look at the gallery below, then hit the break for our hands-on video and first impressions. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 30/12/2012 in IT

 
 
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