February 14, 2012 |
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.
March 12, 2013 |
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.
January 27, 2014 |
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.
August 22, 2013 |
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.
July 12, 2012 |
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.
July 23, 2012 |
Ever want to be a fly on the wall? No, you don't. Or at least you don't want to be a fly on the wall that's mating with another fly on the wall. To find out why, read this story in Monday's Times: "Why prolonged sex is dangerous: It can get you killed. " Of course, the headline implies something more than the story delivers. It's not talking about Hugh Hefner, Viagra and his girlfriends. It's talking about the real birds and the bees, or rather, the bats and the flies.