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The 404 1,431: Where we hide our philtrum (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- The future of sports photography is drones!

- Moviefone hangs up forever.

- Facial recognition can now diagnose you.

- Seth Rogen to write/direct film about '90s console wars.… Read more

RealPlayer Cloud goes global

RealNetworks today announced the global roll-out of RealPlayer Cloud, a service that lets people watch and share videos on a variety of devices and operating systems.

RealPlayer Cloud was first announced in September 2013, but was only available in the US and Canada. With today's announcement, people will be able to share videos internationally.

"We're excited to bring RealPlayer Cloud to consumers worldwide. In just five short months, we've experienced extensive user growth and now have more than 500,000 users in the US and Canada," said Rob Glaser, interim CEO of RealNetworks. "Clearly … Read more

Kids play with gadgets more than toys, study says

Why bother twisting real, plastic arms when you can play twisting games on an iPhone?

What's the point of unpacking a board game when you can alleviate boredom instantly on an iPad?

Kids, you see, don't need the hassle. They just want instant gratification. Yes, they're little adults.

A study performed by child-education specialists the Michael Cohen Group, suggests that touch screens have overtaken all other forms of playful delight for kids.

The research, which examined the world of Digital Kids, shows that more than 60 percent of parents say their kids aged 12 and under play … Read more

Apple, Samsung fail to make nice in settlement talks over patent case

Bust out your Samsung pennant, your Apple foam finger, or your Jony Ive bobblehead doll -- it looks like we're in for another patent trial.

In a legal filing Friday, the companies said that during the first week of February, Samsung mobile chief Shin Jong-Kyun and other execs from the South Korean consumer-electronics giant met with Apple CEO Tim Cook and a clutch of his cohorts for a full day of mediated negotiation talks. The companies also spoke with the mediator by phone several times after the face-to-face.

"Notwithstanding these efforts," however, the filing reads, "the … Read more

The 404 1,430: Where we flail away with Spotify's Shanon Cook (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Dragnet Seiko wristwatch TV from 1984.

- It doesn't get better: the US has the second slowest 4G on EARTH.

- Google wants to do the end of "The Dark Knight" in real life.

- Follow Spotifier Shanon Cook on Twitter.… Read more

Simgo takes the sting out of roaming charges

Anywhere I roam, where I lay my head is home. If only that was the case for the humble smart phone, which as soon as you board a boat, plane or dirigible magically transforms into a pocket-sized money-vampire, international roaming charges sucking money straight out of your wallet with every call, text or data connection.

But to help you relax and enjoy your vacation, business trip or hot-footed flight to somewhere without an extradition treaty, Simgo turns your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy phone into a local native and dodges those shocking international costs.

Off the beaten path I reign … Read more

The 404 1,429: Where it's good enough to snoop through (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- If portrait video is wrong, these artists don't want to be right.

- iPhone app invites strangers to eavesdrop and solicit advice.

- Tinder flaw may have exposed members' exact whereabouts for months.

- E-cigarette meets Bluetooth speaker: a perfect pair.… Read more

Libon to IM friends for free, even if they don't have its app

European operator Orange's Libon messaging and calling app will add a new feature that lets you send text, picture, and audio messages to your contacts for free -- even if they're not Libon users themselves.

The Open Chat feature goes live on iOS later Thursday, with an Android update planned "in the coming weeks." When a Libon user sends a message to a non-Libon user, they'll be sent a link that takes them to an HTML5 chat window where they can continue the conversation. The HTML5 interface will also work on desktop browsers, as well … Read more

The best Game Boy Advance emulator for iOS is available now, no jailbreak required

Independent developer Riley Testut released on Wednesday a long awaited update to his polished Game Boy emulator, GBA4iOS, and it's far and away the easiest and best looking way to power up your childhood nostalgia and do some classic Nintendo gaming on the iPhone. The emulator now supports Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and original Game Boy games.

Beyond its game playing capabilities, the 2.0 update contains all new features, a refreshed design, and, as was the case with Testut's previous effort and the primary source of its notoriety, it can be downloaded on any iPhone … Read more

The 404 1,428: Where we see in HD (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Neuroscientist develops app that can train you to see farther.

- Exhibition "Personified" allows visitors to turn their heartbeats into music.

- A small town in Pennsylvania seeks recognition from Google Maps, Facebook, and Mapquest.

- Protip: How to keep YouTube streaming on your phone when you turn it off.… Read more