by George Heymann

Opinion: The problem with Angry Birds Space for Android? It’s still Angry Birds.

by George Heymann |@techeadlines

At the risk of offending Angry Birds fans, Rovio has long since jumped the shark in my estimation with installment after installment of  the Angry Birds franchise. The latest release of the hugely popular franchise Angry Birds Space has the birds chasing a giant claw through a wormhole after it kidnaps their eggs.

The birds find themselves floating in a galaxy surrounded by space pigs. If it sounds ridiculous, it’s only because it is! Angry Birds Space  features 60 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity. The game also offers slow-motion puzzles, new birds, new superpowers and zero gravity environments.

I must admit I didn’t play the latest installment long enough to experience all of the new gameplay elements. Although having to alter bird launch trajectories to factor for planet gravity or lack of gravity in space did add to the challenge.

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Zynga releases Drop 7 and Zynga Poker (+add ons) free on GetJar.

Zynga’s first title Drop 7 is a puzzle game that combines the best ideas from games like Tetris and Connect4. You Drop different numbered coins on the the playing field and see how they explode when the numbers add up. Drop 7 is normally $2.99 but is available for free to GetJar users.

The second application is Zynga Poker. Zynga Poker is normally a free download but GetJar users net an additional 10K in playing chips as well as the Poker Hand Strength Meter a $4.99 dollar value. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reminder: Angry Birds Space to launch March 22

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Last week Rovio in cooperation with NASA broadcast a video from the International Space Station to announce the latest version of the Angry Birds game, Angry Birds Space.

Angry Birds Space features 60 new levels and will include new characters, new superpowers and new gameplay. Additional levels will be available as free regular updates, as well as in-app purchases. The game will launch simultaneously on iOS, Android, PC and Mac.

Video after the break

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“7 Days of Play” Promotion now in “Play”at the Google “Play Store”

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Google has added a “7 Days of Play” promotion in addition to initial 49 cents premium app promotion that we detailed earlier. To celebrate Google will be offering a different album, book, video rental and Android app as a special price each day for the next week.

“In the U.S., today’s titles include the collection of top 40 hits Now That’s What I Call Music 41, the popular game Where’s My Water, the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and the movie Puncture for just 25 cents each. In addition, you’ll find great collections of hip-hop, rock and country albums for $3.99 all week, detective novels from $2.99, some of our editorial team’s favorite movies from 99 cents, and our favorite apps from 49 cents” according to the official Google Blog.

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Pure entertainment any where you want it to be, because its all simply here: Introducing Google Play

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Google has rebranded the Android Market as Google Play. Google Play is the new integrated home for apps, books, movies and music accessible on Android device or on the Web. As part of the launch, Google Play replaces and extends the Android Market.

Google Play is built on the same infrastructure as Android Market according to a post by Kenneth Lui, Android Developer Ecosystem on Android Developers.

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GetJar announces Virtual Currency for Android

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

Brian Hickey GetJar Developer Relations

Brian Hickey GetJar Developer Relations spokesman announced “Virtual Currency for Android” in the latest developers newsletter. Virtual Currency is an expansion of the GetJar Gold Program (free premium apps) that will reward consumer loyalty and improve monetization across the Android ecosystem explained Hickey.

Consumers can earn GetJar Gold virtual currency by downloading supported Android apps, and can spend the virtual currency on Premium apps and in-app purchases. GetJar Gold claims that the virtual currency can be used with any Android apps from any app store, including GetJar, Android Market and Amazon.

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Gameloft signs on with GetJar, releases Asphalt 6 for free on GetJar Gold

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

We’ve featured GetJar before on, GetJar is a third party App Store that features a growing selection of paid Android applications for free download. Today GetJar announced that Gameloft a premier mobile game publishers has signed on and will distribute their first title Asphalt 6 for free on GetJar.

To download the GetJar AppStore to your phone go to , select quick download at the bottom of the screen and enter the code they provide. Once installed, you will be greeted with an easy to navigate screen with clearly labeled categories that highlight the most popular selections of apps and games for your phone.

GetJar has now made over $250 worth of premium apps a available for free download. Asphalt 6 is just one of over 100 free premium titles now available for download on GetJar Gold.

Asphalt 6 game trailer after the break.

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MIT’s Education Arcade uses online gaming to teach science

$3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund development

by Eric Klopfer 

MIT Education Arcade

With a new $3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the MIT Education Arcade is about to design, build and research a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) to help high school students learn math and biology.

In contrast to the way that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are currently taught in secondary schools — which often results in students becoming disengaged and disinterested in the subjects at an early age — educational games such as the one to be developed give students the chance to explore STEM topics in a way that deepens their knowledge while also developing 21st-century skills.

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Rim offers you a chance to win, EA gives football fans a reason to cheer and Emporia Telecom clicking with basic phone users.

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

Research In Motion (RIM), the brains behind the BlackBerry, is offering a contest that will shower a few lucky winners with some great prizes. From January 16th-27th, RIM is holding the JanuBerry contest which is a series of questions that will be posted on the @BlackBerry twitter page. To enter to win simply answer the question with the hashtag #JanuBerry, the 10th correct answer will be selected as the winner. Keep your eyes peeled to the @BlackBerry page as you can be the winner of BlackBerry phones, stickers, gloves and more. Good luck to all, and “may the force be with you.”

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The Humble Indie Bundle 4: $100 retail value game bundle for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, You set the price.

by George Heymann


Looking for a great deal for the gamer on your holiday list? Then you need to check out The bundle includes seven new cross-platform DRM-free games for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows a $100 retail value and you get to set the price.

Let me explain how the Humble Indie Bundle works, Initially the bundle includes five games, Super Meat Boy, Shank, Jamestown, Bit.Trip Runner and Nightsky. Pay what you think is fair, if you pay more than the average price for the bundle, $5.30 as of the writing you will receive Cave Story+ and Gratuitous Space Battles for a total of severn games.

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