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September 4, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Just when you thought Rovio couldn't milk any more games out of its wildly popular "Angry Birds" franchise, along comes a press release announcing a new game called "Bad Piggies" slated for release on Sept. 27. In this game, instead of playing as the Angry Birds fighting the egg-stealing Green Pigs, you get to play from the Green Pigs' perspective in what Rovio says is an entirely new type of game play with "not a slingshot in sight. " “We've had a lot of fun creating a totally new and unique gameplay experience,” said Petri Järvilehto, EVP Games at Rovio in a statement . “There's so much more to these pigs than what is seen in the Angry Birds games, and Bad Piggies is the first glimpse into what's going on in the imaginative and ingenious minds of the pigs.” The Finnish company offers few additional specifics about what that the "Bad Piggies" game play will look like, but a promotional video for the new game features an angry bird coming under attack from dozens of green pig heads that appear to be falling from the sky. Is that just a cute video or is there a clue in there?
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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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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
September 4, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Just when you thought Rovio couldn't milk any more games out of its wildly popular "Angry Birds" franchise, along comes a press release announcing a new game called "Bad Piggies" slated for release on Sept. 27. In this game, instead of playing as the Angry Birds fighting the egg-stealing Green Pigs, you get to play from the Green Pigs' perspective in what Rovio says is an entirely new type of game play with "not a slingshot in sight. " “We've had a lot of fun creating a totally new and unique gameplay experience,” said Petri Järvilehto, EVP Games at Rovio in a statement . “There's so much more to these pigs than what is seen in the Angry Birds games, and Bad Piggies is the first glimpse into what's going on in the imaginative and ingenious minds of the pigs.” The Finnish company offers few additional specifics about what that the "Bad Piggies" game play will look like, but a promotional video for the new game features an angry bird coming under attack from dozens of green pig heads that appear to be falling from the sky. Is that just a cute video or is there a clue in there?
BUSINESS
April 3, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Hurling the Angry Birds at evil green pigs is fun and all, but maybe you'd like get to know your feathered friends on a deeper level. You're in luck! Rovio, the Finnish company behind the wildly successful mobile game, is planning to launch a series of short animations starring all your favorite characters from Angry Birds this fall. By creating an animated series, Rovio can get deeper into the characters that populate the Angry Bird games, said Nick Dorra, Rovio's head of animation, speaking at the MIPTV conference held in Cannes, France.
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The first official Angry Birds Land will open Saturday at Sarkanniemi Adventure Park in Finland with rides and games themed to the popular smart phone app. PHOTOS: Angry Birds Land at European theme park Located about two hours north of Helsinki, Sarkanniemi has partnered with Finnish-based gamemaker Rovio to bring the virtual world of battling birds and pigs into the fantasy world of a theme park. With more than 500 million downloads, the iPhone and Android cellphone game challenges players to launch birds at towering pig fortresses in hopes of destroying the defensive structures and recovering pilfered eggs.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
If you spent a significant portion of your weekend hurling birds through space, you aren't alone: On Monday, Rovio tweeted that its new game Angry Birds Space has been downloaded 10 million times in just three days. "I can't think of another app that has done this well, especially when you consider that they only have a paid version available in the iTunes App Store," said Peter Farago, vice president of marketing at the mobile analytics firm Flurry.  "The closest success story I can think of is OMGPOP's Draw Something, which racked up 20 million total downloads in five weeks.
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March 22, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
The reviews of Angry Birds Space are in and they are -- dare we say it -- out of this world. In previous iterations of Angry Birds, Finnish game maker Rovio kept the formula of the wildly successful game the same. The birds moved to different locales and donned different costumes, but the general catapulting physics of the game remained the same. Not so in Angry Birds Space, released for download on Apple iOS, Google Android, PC and Mac on Thursday. Because the rules of gravity are different in space, and they change depending on how close you are to physical bodies, the catapulted birds sometimes act just like you would expect them to. Other times, they  float off into space (if they get beyond the gravitational pull of a planetary body)
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Hello, Angry Birds. Until recently, we thought Hello Kitty was the campiest highflying animal. That was only because we didn't know about Angry Birds (and a tip of the hat to Ellen Creager of the Detroit Free Press for informing us). Taiwanese airline EVA on Monday debuted a new generation of Hello Kitty aircraft, with A330-300 jets decorated using Sanrio 's iconic Japanese feline. You can see the cat on the craft , of course, but according to an EVA news release issued before the debut flight, "At check-in, passengers on these aircraft receive Hello Kitty boarding passes and baggage stickers.
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
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.
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The first official Angry Birds Land will open Saturday at Sarkanniemi Adventure Park in Finland with rides and games themed to the popular smart phone app. PHOTOS: Angry Birds Land at European theme park Located about two hours north of Helsinki, Sarkanniemi has partnered with Finnish-based gamemaker Rovio to bring the virtual world of battling birds and pigs into the fantasy world of a theme park. With more than 500 million downloads, the iPhone and Android cellphone game challenges players to launch birds at towering pig fortresses in hopes of destroying the defensive structures and recovering pilfered eggs.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Hurling the Angry Birds at evil green pigs is fun and all, but maybe you'd like get to know your feathered friends on a deeper level. You're in luck! Rovio, the Finnish company behind the wildly successful mobile game, is planning to launch a series of short animations starring all your favorite characters from Angry Birds this fall. By creating an animated series, Rovio can get deeper into the characters that populate the Angry Bird games, said Nick Dorra, Rovio's head of animation, speaking at the MIPTV conference held in Cannes, France.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
If you spent a significant portion of your weekend hurling birds through space, you aren't alone: On Monday, Rovio tweeted that its new game Angry Birds Space has been downloaded 10 million times in just three days. "I can't think of another app that has done this well, especially when you consider that they only have a paid version available in the iTunes App Store," said Peter Farago, vice president of marketing at the mobile analytics firm Flurry.  "The closest success story I can think of is OMGPOP's Draw Something, which racked up 20 million total downloads in five weeks.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
The reviews of Angry Birds Space are in and they are -- dare we say it -- out of this world. In previous iterations of Angry Birds, Finnish game maker Rovio kept the formula of the wildly successful game the same. The birds moved to different locales and donned different costumes, but the general catapulting physics of the game remained the same. Not so in Angry Birds Space, released for download on Apple iOS, Google Android, PC and Mac on Thursday. Because the rules of gravity are different in space, and they change depending on how close you are to physical bodies, the catapulted birds sometimes act just like you would expect them to. Other times, they  float off into space (if they get beyond the gravitational pull of a planetary body)
NEWS
November 2, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Hello, Angry Birds. Until recently, we thought Hello Kitty was the campiest highflying animal. That was only because we didn't know about Angry Birds (and a tip of the hat to Ellen Creager of the Detroit Free Press for informing us). Taiwanese airline EVA on Monday debuted a new generation of Hello Kitty aircraft, with A330-300 jets decorated using Sanrio 's iconic Japanese feline. You can see the cat on the craft , of course, but according to an EVA news release issued before the debut flight, "At check-in, passengers on these aircraft receive Hello Kitty boarding passes and baggage stickers.
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.
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.
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