Yes, that is 16 Instagrams.
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By law I may be a young person, but really I’m a cynical old grouch. For longer than I can remember, I’ve been complaining about society and how we’re all inevitably doomed in one way or another. Usually, if something really provokes me, I’ll blog about it at 3 in the morning, go to sleep, realise that what I’ve written is garbage and send it to the eternal pit of doom that is my drafts folder to decompose.
This time, however, things have started to get personal.
Mobile gaming is a wonderful thing. While it once took a 10 tonne console to escape to another world, where one would typically find a selection of guns, aliens and Italian plumbers, we can now use conveniently portable devices to take us away from our troubles instead. Or allow green pipes to cause even more.
Flappy Bird was the latest avian title to land in our pockets and find surprisingly astronomical success, with a deceptively simple premise and mechanics. A single tap performs a single flap of the wings of a small bird that looks like Kirby with Jay-Z’s lips which, although officially nameless, I affectionately call Flapster.
But why did a game made by a Vietnamese indie developer in a few evenings after work that launched in May 2013 become the most popular mobile game of 2014? The answer lies deep within the struggles of our lives.
Mario uses his raw plumbing tekkers to open wormholes and transcend dimensions with green pipes, but Flappy Bird and its nameless protagonist present a whole new facade to these former allies. He’s not a trained worker. He’s a bird. Pipes are enemies, and serve solely to crush his hopes and dreams with a brutal splat. Should our friend succeed and pass beyond the blockade, life throws up yet another challenge before his eventual death.
Attaching no name or back story to the bird lets us project our own emotions and struggles onto its journey. Life, like Flappy Bird, is not fair. To stand any chance of reaching double figures and cross the obstacles in our paths, we must stay focused and tap carefully. Yes, we may fly face-first into a pipe now and then, but we won’t give up. We will keep tapping. Tapping towards freedom.
Now, as creator Dong Nguyen, with $50k a day in his pocket, withdraws the app from stores and himself from the limelight, lil’ Flapster flies off into the sunset (via a few green pipes, naturally). All we have left are fond memories of the winter of the bird, who taught us it was alright to fail, as long as we got straight back up to seek the bing, and the hours we lost in our quest for a high five.
Xavier, Chris and Henry are back. Again. This time, when they can bear to leave poor Flavor Flav alone, they talk through the Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice awards. Stay tuned to the end for special culture prizes, with Miley Cyrus finally getting some recognition from her number 1 fan.
We like awards. As in 2012, we let you nominate and vote in 9 different categories in an effort to crown the best of technology in 2013, and the following is what we came up with. Our choices can be found here, and we’ll be discussing all the winners, losers and everything in between in a very special podcast later this week, so be sure to join us for that on iTunes.
We like awards. As in 2011 and 2012, we (myself, Henry, Rowan, Chris and Neil) all made our choices in 18 different categories in an effort to crown the best and worst of technology in 2013, and the following is what we came up with. Your choices can be found here, and we’ll be discussing all the winners, losers and everything in between in a very special podcast later this week, so be sure to join us for that on iTunes.
It happened again. This time, Porsche Design and BlackBerry have mutilated the Z10 into a steel-bodied phone for people with more money than sense (and disgraced congressman Peter Russo in House of Cards), with this package set to cost you £1500 in Harrods. By my calculations, outgoing BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins could buy 9166 of these with his $22,000,000 severance package, but something tells me that’s not the greatest idea ever.
Source The Verge
It’s here, folks. Shipping within 2 days for £299/£339 for 16/32GB variants in both black and white. Go nuts. It’s exactly as leaked, with a 5″ 1080p display, Android 4.4 and powerful internals. Shocking, I know.
Tablets. Macs. Phablets. Cylinders. Live tiles. Windows RT jokes. Tim Cook. Elop talking Microkia. Fingerprints. Polycarbonate. Aloomineeum. PureView. Fingerprints. Peripherals. Accessories. Beaches. Numbers. Gradients. Screen sizes. Phil Schiller being arrogant.
Most of all, the return of our snark-tastic liveblogs. See you at 8am BST/3am ET/12am PT for Nokia World and 6pm/1pm/10am for Apple’s iPad/Mac event!
We’ve long been aware of the emergence of curved and flexible display technologies, with the threat of companies actually implementing them being exactly that – a threat. Now, Samsung has actually crossed the proverbial line with the Galaxy Round, a phablet that’s set to hit SK Telecom in South Korea as soon as this week. What is it, you ask? The best way to describe things is by saying it’s a Note 3 that got into a fight and ended up far from deflated, with a crazy concave curve running across the screen from left to right. Aside from the reduced battery capacity (3200mAh -> 2800mAh), absence of S Pen and Wacom digitizer and reduced mass (now at 154g, probably due to the missing components) this thing is just a glorified and insane Note 3, and lucky Koreans will be able to step into a curvy future with the Luxury Brown model for just $1000. You really do get what you pay for.