Google Top Searches 2014: iPhone 6

Flappy Bird and iPhone 6 among the most Google searched tech items of 2014

By on December 16, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Flappy Bird and iPhone 6 among the most Google searched tech items of 2014

With 2014 almost over, Google has released its regular search stats for the year, replacing its usual “Zeitgeist” report with a more user-friendly name: “Year in Search.” The search giant has released details about the queries performed on its search engine throughout the year, grouping the searches in various categories. Among the tech-related products, or gadgets that were most searched for online this year, Google has listed the controversial Flappy Bird app, but also many smartphones, including the iPhone 6. More →

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Easter Egg

Google made its own Flappy Bird clone and it’ll soon be on every top Android phone

By on October 20, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Google made its own Flappy Bird clone and it’ll soon be on every top Android phone

As previously expected Google on Friday made the final Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK version available to developers, who have already thoroughly inspected it, pulling out various apps and other Lollipop elements (wallpapers, fonts and boot animation) for other Android users to enjoy. Among the things users who installed the SDK looked at is the usual Easter Egg Google hides in every Android OS version, finding a pleasant, and strange, surprise. More →

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Flappy Bird Vs. Swing Copters

Flappy Bird creator finds out how brutally hard the app market is

By on August 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Flappy Bird creator finds out how brutally hard the app market is

Last February, the world was consumed by Flappy Bird mania. The retro-looking, infuriatingly hard mobile game from Vietnam became the top app in 80 countries, generating tens of millions of downloads and a media frenzy that drove its creator to remove the app from iTunes completely. The Flappy Bird genius, Dong Nguyen, claimed the app was too addictive for some consumers and he could no longer sleep because of its gigantic success. More →

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How To Beat Swing Copters

How to play the sequel to Flappy Bird without dying immediately

By on August 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

How to play the sequel to Flappy Bird without dying immediately

We’re sure you’ve heard by now… Flappy Bird has a sequel. Ugh. This time, developer Dong Nguyen is back with a new game called Swing Copters that isn’t shaping up to be quite the phenomenon Flappy Bird was, but it’s addictive and rage-inducing just like its predecessor. In fast, Swing Copters was so difficult to play when it launched recently that Nguyen has already issued an update to make it slightly less impossible. More →

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Flappy Bird Swing Copters Sequel

The official Flappy Bird sequel is now available for iPhone and Android

By on August 21, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

The official Flappy Bird sequel is now available for iPhone and Android

After pulling the incredibly popular, yet silly, Flappy Bird game from the App Store and Google Play Store, for fear it was too addictive for users, Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen is back with a similar game for iPhone and Android called Swing Copters. More →

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Swing Copters Gameplay Trailer

Footage from Flappy Bird creator’s crappy new game shown for the first time

By on August 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Footage from Flappy Bird creator’s crappy new game shown for the first time

It was only a matter of time before Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen unleashed another crappy mobile game onto the world, although there’s no guarantee that he’ll ever score another hit like 2014’s shockingly addictive Flappy Bird. TouchArcade scored some exclusive footage from Nguyen’s new game Swing Copters and you’ll be unsurprised to learn that it looks just as crappy as Flappy Bird did. More →

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Flappy Bird Returns Amazon Fire TV

Now you finally have a way to play Flappy Bird again

By on August 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM.

Now you finally have a way to play Flappy Bird again

Flappy Bird might have been the biggest mobile game of all time, causing a craze like no other game before it, nor since. However, the game was pulled from the Apple App Store and Google Play after the founder became concerned it was too addictive. Now, it looks like the game is back. More →

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Flappy Bird Clones Malware

80% of Flappy Bird clones on Android and iOS contain malware

By on June 24, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

80% of Flappy Bird clones on Android and iOS contain malware

As if the Flappy Bird phenomenon wasn’t infectious enough to begin with, the torrent of clones that followed the app’s release might be leading to an even bigger problem. USA Today shares the data from McAfee Labs’ latest Threat Report, which sampled over 300 of the Flappy Bird clones on the App Store and Google Play only to find that 238 or “almost 80% of them contained malware.” More →

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Flappy Bird Followup Game

Flappy Bird’s creator just gave us our first glimpse at his next game

By on May 15, 2014 at 4:41 PM.

Flappy Bird’s creator just gave us our first glimpse at his next game

Amazing as it seems, we are still talking about Flappy Bird all these months later. And now Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has given us our first look at his followup to his one-time smash-hit mobile game, which he said earlier this week would involve “a guy jumping from building to building.” Sure enough, the picture Nguyen posted on Twitter Thursday afternoon features a faceless man in a white helmet jumping onto the roof of a building and then rushing off to presumably jump to another building. Will this new game be as successful? We have our doubts since even big-name studios such as Rovio and King have had trouble expanding their game empire beyond their first hit franchises. You can check out the screen capture of Nguyen’s newest work of art below. More →

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Flappy Bird Release Date

Act surprised: official Flappy Bird game is returning this summer

By on May 15, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Act surprised: official Flappy Bird game is returning this summer

The addictive Flappy Bird game is returning to app stores this August, developer Dong Nguyen told CNBC in an interview, complete with new features, including multiplayer support and “less addictive” gameplay. The developer pulled the game from the App Store and the Google Play store earlier this year, fearing that it became too addictive for players. After that, a garden variety of Flappy Bird clones were released on app stores and on the web – even Rovio came out with a Flappy Bird-inspired game of its own. More →

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Rovio Retry Flappy Bird Clone

Video: Rovio is the latest company to clone Flappy Bird

By on May 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Video: Rovio is the latest company to clone Flappy Bird

Rovio has soft-launched Retry in Finland, Poland and Canada, Arctic Startup reports. The new game is inspired by the legendary Flappy Bird, although it’s not exactly a copy of the hit mobile game. However, Retry is still an 8-bit side-scrolling game that will invariably remind users of its more popular predecessor, even though it brings some new features to the table. More →

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How To Make Millions From Smartphone Games

Why overnight mobile gaming millionaires feel guilty about their riches

By on April 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Why overnight mobile gaming millionaires feel guilty about their riches

Let’s say you tossed together a cheesy-looking video game about a bird flying through pipes that inexplicably became an overnight sensation and made you an instant millionaire. Would you feel good about yourself or would you feel a pang of guilt that your crappy game has made you more money than people out there who grind it out every day but who still struggle to pay their bills? More →

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When Will Flappy Bird Return

Flappy Bird to officially make its triumphant return to the App Store

By on March 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM.

Flappy Bird to officially make its triumphant return to the App Store

Has it only been a month since Flappy Bird mania gripped the world? Sadly, it has and Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen seems to have realized that he walked away from a huge pile of money when he quickly dropped his game from the App Store and Google Play back in February. Gawker has spotted a message sent out by Nguyen on his Twitter account letting a fan know that he does plan on bringing his highly addictive game back to the App Store, “but not soon.” This means that you shouldn’t expect Flappy Bird to un-retire Jay-Z-style for the next few months although Nguyen would be wise to get it back as soon as possible before the world moves onto the next huge mobile game.

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