March 4, 2014 |
Before being pulled from the Apple App Store and Google Play, Flappy Bird was the most popular mobile game. These days, there's no Flappy Bird, but the market is still being flooded by clones. During a 24-hour period last week, 293 new games were uploaded into the Apple App Store, of which 95 were copycats of Flappy Bird, according to The Guardian . "I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions about what this says about the mobile gaming world in early 2014," The Guardian's Stuart Dredge said in his post analyzing Flappy Bird clones. PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor Flappy Bird was a mobile game that challenged users to earn the highest score possible by propelling a bird between deadly pipes by tapping the screen.
February 28, 2014 |
Birds of a feather do flock together in Peru, which boasts more than 1,800 avian species, so Inkaterra Hotels is focusing on these exotic creatures by offering bird-watching experiences at two of its in-country properties. The four-day, three-night itineraries are based at either the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica , in the Peruvian Amazon, or the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel , in the cloud forest at the base of Machu Picchu. The tours are designed with both novice and expert birders in mind and combine private guided tours with each hotel's existing excursions.
February 27, 2014 |
West Ranch's Jake Bird, one of the top pitchers in the Foothill League, has committed to UCLA. He has shown tremendous improvement, with his fastball reaching 90 mph. He's also an honor student with hopes of becoming a doctor. He had 41 strikeouts in 33 innings during fall ball. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
February 27, 2014 |
The risks that Helen Oyeyemi takes in her fifth novel, "Boy, Snow, Bird," are astonishing in their boldness. "Nobody ever warned me about mirrors," begins the narrator, Boy, a pale white girl in Manhattan's East Village whose rat-catcher father beats her until she runs away to a small town in Massachusetts and marries a man she doesn't love. It is 1953. The man she doesn't love, a widower, has a small child, also very pale and very beautiful, and very beloved by all, named Snow. In time, Boy and her husband have their own child, Bird, who is black; this is how Boy discovers that her husband and much of his family have been passing for white.
February 20, 2014 |
Patton Oswalt 's wings have been clipped. A week after the actor, comedian and Spirit Awards host declared his intention to replace the ceremony's usual avian-themed trophies with live birds, show organizer Film Independent announced that those plans have been grounded. The birds "refused to cooperate," Film Independent said in a statement, which was accompanied by a humorous video professing to show Oswalt rehearsing with a dove. The tongue-in-cheek spot implies that the feathered prizes weren't getting along, with the dove being eaten by a majestic eagle.
February 14, 2014 |
Some people think award shows are for the birds; now Patton Oswalt is making sure of it. Days after the actor, comedian and host of this year's Film Independent Spirit Awards announced his intention to hand out live birds instead of the usual winged statuettes at the ceremony, Oswalt spoke to reporters on a conference call about his plans for the show, though he remained coy about his proposed avian stunt. Oswalt said he wasn't yet sure what kinds of birds he will bestow upon winners, though he did specify they will be adult specimens, not babies, and will be "cage-free.