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Archives: November 2013

Tamagotchi Returns From the 90′s as Free, Colorful App Game

tamagotchiRemember those pocket-sized Tamagotchi from high school? Admittedly, I never got one of those digital keychain pets, but ever since online games like Smurfvillage and Farmville started appearing, we’ve been waiting for the resurgence of Tamagotchis as a phone app.

The app allows you to choose between Toy or App mode. Toy looks just like the old school version with a Tamagotchi device, while app is a full screen colored pet. Once you get your Tamagotchi, you can feed it and clean its poop. There’s also a mini-game that you can play with your pet to increase its happiness.

The app is available for iPhone and Android (already over 600,000 downloads in just one month). The apps are ad-supported, but you can pay $0.99 for an ad-free version.

Someone Paid $461,000 for Gold Earbuds Designed by Apple’s Jony Ive

gold earbudsApple’s Jony Ive and Marc Newsome along with Bono managed to raise nearly $13 million in curated and designed goods at the 2013 Red Auction – a benefit event for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Among the items sold was this nearly tawdry Rose Gold Earbud earphones that sold for $461K - way over its estimated value of $20K-$50K. The highest priced item was a special desk made of anodised aluminum which sold for $1,685,000 and a Red Mac Pro for $977,000. Read more

Happy Thanksgivukkah: A Video Roundup

We want to take a special moment to say thanks to our wonderful readers on this day of harvest. We hope you are having a wonderful time with your friends and family, and if you happen to be online, we’ve gathered a list of You Tube videos dedicated to Thanksgivukkah, which won’t happen again for thousands and thousands of year. So… here’s to turkey latkes!

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4 Apps for the Thanksgiving Chef


BonAppetit2Home chefs across the country are prepping their carving knives, picking up their reserved birds and setting the table for guests. But pulling off the perfect meal where every dish comes out hot at the same time, is seasoned just right and everyone goes away with leftovers and a slightly warm buzz isn’t easy. It’s a high-pressure day for the home chef! (Can you tell I speak from experience?)

So here are four apps to help your turkey day go well–even fantastic.

Thanksgiving: A Bon Appetit Manual: This 2013 newcomer for iOS from the editors of that foodie magazine Bon Appetit delivers 100 gorgeous recipes and how-to tips and videos that will be sure to allow you to stun guests–and it’s free. It even comes with a handy calendar function that lets you time out each Thanksgiving meal task (peel the potatoes! defrost the bird! chop your bread crumbs!) and sync it to your iCal for reminders. Read more

Social Media Professionals & Coworking


While friends who work at traditional companies are talking about holiday parties and potlucks, those who work on their own might be feeling like something is missing. After all, social media people are, by nature, social. The company atmosphere seems especially important for those who work developing virtual communities.

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StoriesAlive Delivers Kid Friendly Books

Stories AliveDigital publisher Auryn has taken the wraps off its new kid-focused reading app, StoriesAlive.

The app is free and arrives with six free trial stories. After those freebies, users will need to pay a $7.99 monthly subscription fee to access more books. The reading app includes about 135 titles right now, including authors Suse MacDonald and Don Freeman to name a couple. It’s tailored toward kids ages 3 to 8, and is available for both the iPad and Android tablets. Read more