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October 8, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
"Angry Birds" will enter a galaxy far, far away with a new version of the game that combines the familiar feathered friends with well-known characters and settings from "Star Wars" "Angry Birds Star Wars" debuts Nov. 8, taking players from the deserts of Tatooine to the sphere of the Death Star. The forthcoming title, a result of a partnership between "Angry Birds" creator Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm, will depict "Angry Birds" characters as the heroes of the science fiction saga.  "As a big 'Star Wars' fan myself, I'm really excited about this new universe," Peter Vesterbacka, chief marketing officer of Rovio, said in a statement.
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January 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Even when you're slinging angry birds across the screen of your smartphone, the National Security Agency may be tracking your information, Monday reports said. The New York Times , the Guardian and Pro Publica have revealed documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that say the government agency and Britain's Government Communications used data from numerous smartphone apps to track users' locations, age, sex and other personal information. This initiative is referred to as "the mobile surge" in some of the documents . The surveillance tapped apps of popular services like Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn and Twitter for user information such as address books, buddy lists and phone logs.
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NEWS
June 13, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
The Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday announced a "wide-ranging marketing" partnership with Rovio Entertainment, creator of the wildly popular "Angry Birds" game. It's the first such deal Rovio has made with a sports team, and the Eagles have not disclosed much about it other than to promise "plenty of Angry Birds fun" during the 2012 season. The team did release a cartoon on YouTube promoting the partnership, with a flattering portrayal of a muscle-bound Andy Reid introducing the birds as the newest members of the Eagles.
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Angry Birds is out to conquer the world -- the entertainment world, at least. A new exhibit will begin a world tour next year that explains -- in an oh-so entertaining way -- the science and technology behind the addictive mobile game. " Angry Birds Universe: The Art and Science of a Global Phenomenon" which sounds part science lesson and part interactive fun, will be a 10,000-square-foot exhibit that promises to be educational, but not in a stuffy way. " From astronaut Don Pettit demonstrating physics concepts using our characters while aboard the International Space Station, to stories about physics teachers using our games in their lesson plans to inspire their students, Rovio is always proud to be part of fun learning," Dan Mitchell, the company's director of location-based entertainment, said in a statement Monday.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Here's your take-it-on-the-run Tuesday roundup of consumer news from around the Web: --Happy Valentine's Day. Here's everything you need to know: The average American will shell out $126.03 to mark the holiday, up 8.5% from last year. Jewelry sales are expected to dominate sales, with a collective tally of $4.1 billion. Meanwhile, 72 million Valentine's Day cards have been purchased by parents for the kids to hand out in the classroom. An estimated 220,000 marriage proposals will be made today.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Rovio Entertainment is launching an animated series based on its popular "Angry Birds" game characters, which it will make available on television, smartphones and tablets. "Angry Birds Toons" will feature its familiar characters in a year's worth of episodes -- 52 weekly installments -- starting this weekend. New shows will appear on television Saturdays, then become available the next day through mobile apps and video-on-demand platforms. "Launching the channel, and partnering up with some of the best video-on-demand providers and TV networks, is an important milestone for us on our journey towards becoming a fully-fledged entertainment powerhouse," Rovio Chief Executive Mikael Hed said in a statement.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Even when you're slinging angry birds across the screen of your smartphone, the National Security Agency may be tracking your information, Monday reports said. The New York Times , the Guardian and Pro Publica have revealed documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that say the government agency and Britain's Government Communications used data from numerous smartphone apps to track users' locations, age, sex and other personal information. This initiative is referred to as "the mobile surge" in some of the documents . The surveillance tapped apps of popular services like Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn and Twitter for user information such as address books, buddy lists and phone logs.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
A Los Angeles digital marketing company scammed "a substantial number" of Angry Birds players through deceptive banner ads, according to a Federal Trade Commission complaint. Jesta Digital agreed to a $1.2-million settlement with the FTC. On top of that, the company agreed to give refunds to customers who were duped. The ads targeted the hundreds of millions of Android device owners who use the free version of the mobile game Angry Birds , the FTC complaint said. Jesta ads in the app and other places online said that a virus had been detected on the device.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The Roku 3, the latest version of Roku's media streaming device, gets an impressive speed improvement that will appeal to new users. But existing owners of Roku devices may want to skip upgrading to the new one unless speed is a priority. The Roku's new media streaming box sells for $99 and replaces the Roku 2 XS, a model of the same price with essentially the same features. Like its predecessor, the Roku 3 is capable of streaming full 1080p HD video and has a motion control for use with games like Angry Birds.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com and Roku announced new gadgets this week, and two of those devices stand out thanks to their value and low price. $139 Kindle Fire HD Amazon unveiled its 2013 line of tablets, but the standout was the Kindle Fire HD, which was introduced last year but had its price slashed to $139 this week. By comparison, it cost $199 when it launched last year. The 2013 version of the Kindle Fire HD features the same specs as last year's model, meaning it has a 720p HD screen, dual stereo speakers and a decent 1.5GHz dual-core processor.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon.com and Roku announced new gadgets this week, and two of those devices stand out thanks to their value and low price. $139 Kindle Fire HD Amazon unveiled its 2013 line of tablets, but the standout was the Kindle Fire HD, which was introduced last year but had its price slashed to $139 this week. By comparison, it cost $199 when it launched last year. The 2013 version of the Kindle Fire HD features the same specs as last year's model, meaning it has a 720p HD screen, dual stereo speakers and a decent 1.5GHz dual-core processor.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
A Los Angeles digital marketing company scammed "a substantial number" of Angry Birds players through deceptive banner ads, according to a Federal Trade Commission complaint. Jesta Digital agreed to a $1.2-million settlement with the FTC. On top of that, the company agreed to give refunds to customers who were duped. The ads targeted the hundreds of millions of Android device owners who use the free version of the mobile game Angry Birds , the FTC complaint said. Jesta ads in the app and other places online said that a virus had been detected on the device.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Angry Birds will be flying into movie theaters in July 2016 with Sony announcing Wednesday that it has acquired the worldwide rights to the ubiquitous game franchise. The 3-D CG-animated movie will be developed and financed by Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish gaming company that created "Angry Birds. " John Cohen, who most recently produced Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures' "Despicable Me," will produce.  Since its debut in December 2009, the "Angry Birds" game and its offshoots have been downloaded more than 1.7 billion times.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The Roku 3, the latest version of Roku's media streaming device, gets an impressive speed improvement that will appeal to new users. But existing owners of Roku devices may want to skip upgrading to the new one unless speed is a priority. The Roku's new media streaming box sells for $99 and replaces the Roku 2 XS, a model of the same price with essentially the same features. Like its predecessor, the Roku 3 is capable of streaming full 1080p HD video and has a motion control for use with games like Angry Birds.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Rovio Entertainment is launching an animated series based on its popular "Angry Birds" game characters, which it will make available on television, smartphones and tablets. "Angry Birds Toons" will feature its familiar characters in a year's worth of episodes -- 52 weekly installments -- starting this weekend. New shows will appear on television Saturdays, then become available the next day through mobile apps and video-on-demand platforms. "Launching the channel, and partnering up with some of the best video-on-demand providers and TV networks, is an important milestone for us on our journey towards becoming a fully-fledged entertainment powerhouse," Rovio Chief Executive Mikael Hed said in a statement.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Roku has announced the Roku 3, the latest version of its flagship media player that will go on sale online Wednesday for $99. The company said the Roku 3 is designed to be faster than its predecessor thanks to improved hardware and a redesigned user interface. The new media player has been outfitted with a dual-band 2.4GHz-5GHz Wi-Fi, which the company said gives the device a wider range and enables it to download content faster. Photos: 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 The Roku 3 replaces the Roku 2 XS but will still have the ability to do the same types of functions, including showing full 1080p HD video.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Getting sick of hurling birds at pigs? You're in luck. Rovio, maker of the Angry Birds franchise, released Amazing Alex on Thursday -- the first game from the Finnish mobile gaming company that does not involve pigs, birds or sling shots. What Amazing Alex does share with the company's family of insanely popular Angry Birds games is play based on the laws of physics. Amazing Alex's game play revolves around a curious little boy, Alex, who builds  Rube Goldberg -esque contraptions in order to complete simple tasks like cleaning his room.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Roku has announced the Roku 3, the latest version of its flagship media player that will go on sale online Wednesday for $99. The company said the Roku 3 is designed to be faster than its predecessor thanks to improved hardware and a redesigned user interface. The new media player has been outfitted with a dual-band 2.4GHz-5GHz Wi-Fi, which the company said gives the device a wider range and enables it to download content faster. Photos: 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 The Roku 3 replaces the Roku 2 XS but will still have the ability to do the same types of functions, including showing full 1080p HD video.
SPORTS
January 24, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
The New Orleans Pelicans will come into existence next NBA season when the Hornets nickname is retired. The franchise decided to go with something more Louisiana, and since the pelican is the state bird, it appears on the flag and the state's nickname is "the Pelican State," it seems appropriate. But it does lack some credibility. Pelicans are not your typical bird, and they also aren't your typical bird of prey, which usually flashes from the sky to pounce upon its victims. Eagles, hawks, falcons and osprey (seahawks)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Roku, the maker of devices for streaming music and video in the home, bolstered its entertainment offerings with the addition of Time Warner Cable, Blockbuster on Demand and Fox Now -- among other services. The company said it has surpassed 700 channels on the Roku platform with Monday's addition of more television, music and games. Roku announced nine additional video partners, bringing shows from PBS, SyFy and A&E, new audio services, including iHeart Radio and Spotify, and interactive entertainment from Big Fish and others.
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