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Making Alto’s Adventure free on Android helped it reach a whole new
When it came time to port serene snowboarding game Alto’s Adventure to Android, Ryan Cash, from developer Snowman, was a bit worried. He’d heard plenty of stories about how hard it was to make money on Android and the challenges of supporting so many different devices. Eventually, the studio partnered with mobile developer Noodlecake for the Android version, and the two decided to make the game free to better suit the platform.
And while it’s true that the Android version of Alto’s Adventure hasn’t been as lucrative as its iOS counterpart, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a success. In fact, it helped the small studio reach entirely new audiences in countries where the iPhone doesn’t have much penetration. “Our top countries for Android are...More Info...
These $20 DIY kits make classic controllers wireless
8bitdo is known for making some of the best wireless retro game controllers around, and now, the company wants you to start making your own. Today, it’s launching a new line of DIY mod kits so you can turn existing classic controllers into wireless ones. Each kit costs $19.99, and there are three kits available: one for the Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive), as well as kits for the NES and SNES. (The kits will also work with the wired controllers that come with the NES and SNES Classics.)
The kits all seem fairly simple, require no soldering, and include all of the necessary tools. Once you manage to set everything up, your old controller will support Bluetooth and work wirelessly with the Nintendo Switch, Windows, Mac, and Raspberry Pi. The...More Info...
T-Mobile now offers $5 day passes to bump international plan to 512MB
T-Mobile is expanding its Simple Global international plan to 70 more countries starting on July 22nd, which will bring the total number of countries and destination served to 210. Introduced alongside the additional regions of coverage is T-Mobile’s new $5 daily data pass, which you can use for 512MB of 4G LTE data unlimited text and talk, starting on August 1st.
This move will establish T-Mobile’s Simple Global plan as the most widely available international data plan for US customers who are already subscribed to the T-Mobile One mobile plan with 25 cents / minute flat-rate calling.
Compared to AT&T and Verizon, T-Mobile has the most countries and destinations covered with the lowest cost for its...More Info...
Google expands job search features in the UK
Google is expanding its job search feature to the UK, the company announced last night in a blog post. Now, job hunters will be able to search for employment through the Google Jobs function and have access to info like salary, reviews, and commute time to the office.
In the blog post, Google highlights two existing features that will help job seekers: a job search save function and email alerts for jobs that were posted while you’re not actively browsing its site. Still, Glassdoor, which operates in the UK, has most of these features already, including a salary estimator and single tap saves.
The one point that Google can leverage is its inclusion of Google Maps to help you calculate the commute time from your home to a potential new...More Info...
Humans are making wildfires worse, but here’s what we can do about i
Fires are raging across California in what’s been an early and deadly start to this year’s fire season. But the truth is: fire season never really stopped. “We’re responding to wildland fires year round now,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott McLean told The Sacramento Bee.
In ways big and small, wildfires are human-made disasters, which means it’s up to us to stop them. To report this video, I spoke to Mike Flannigan, a wildfire expert at the University of Alberta in Canada. He told us about the ways humans are making fires worse. Then, The Verge’s video team went to see real-world proof by driving north toward the fires that have been scorching the state.More Info...
Astronomers have found a new crop of moons around Jupiter, and one of
Ten more moons have been confirmed to orbit around Jupiter, bringing the planet’s total known satellite count to 79. That’s the highest number of moons of any planet in the Solar System. And these newly discovered space rocks are giving astronomers insight as to why the Jupiter system looks like it does today.
Astronomers at Carnegie Institution for Science first found these moons in March 2017, along with two others that were already confirmed in June of last year. The team initially found all 12 moons using the Blanco 4-meter telescope in Chile, though finding these objects wasn’t their main goal. Instead, they were searching for incredibly distant small objects — or even planets — that might be lurking in our Solar System beyond...More Info...
Girl Scouts unveils 30 new STEM-related badges, including space explor
Girl Scouts of the USA announced today that it will introduce a slew of new badges that address what it called “some of society’s most pressing needs” by homing in on STEM and technology-related issues and advocacy for girls.
The 30 badges will be available exclusively for girls between the ages of five and 18 for efforts and advocacy in cybersecurity, robotics, computer science, space exploration, and the environment. The badges will be earned when girls learn how to code or design robots, take action to protect the environment, or learn how to spot crimes being committed online. The new offerings are among a number of badges the organization has introduced over the past years to boost interest and participation in fields where women...More Info...
Apple replaced its executive portraits with Memoji
Today is World Emoji Day, and to get in on the fun, Apple has replaced all of its executives’ headshots with Memoji versions of their faces. Technically, Memoji are not the same thing as emoji. They’re Apple-exclusive characters that are made in the same style as real emoji, and they can’t be included in text or widely shared, like emoji can be, without turning them into an image. But as far as goofy promos go, we’re talking about a made-up holiday anyway, so I think it works.
What’s also interesting about this gag is that it really helps depict how Memoji are best used — and where their limits are. (The Memoji portraits also highlight just how white Apple’s leadership remains.)
There are a lot of entertaining caricatures...More Info...
The best anti-Prime Day deals from eBay, Best Buy, and more
A lot of retailers are seizing the opportunity to challenge Amazon and its nonstop hype around Prime Day, which started at 3PM ET, July 16th and goes on through today, July 17th. They’re likely hoping that if your wallet is already open for a purchase, maybe some of their own deals could sway you away from sticking to Amazon for everything.
If you don’t have Prime, or don’t want to spend all of your cash at Amazon, follow along below as we take you through the best of the rest and deals that have caught our eyes from retailers like eBay, Massdrop, and more.
We’ll be adding to this collection as deals become available, so stay tuned for changes.
Last updated 11:00AM ET July 16th
- LG 49-inch UJ6200 LED 4K TV at Best Buy is $349...