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Next Angry Birds game a turn-based RPG

If you wanted more bird-flinging, it looks like you might be in for a wait: Developer Rovio has revealed that the next title in the Angry Birds series is a turn-based RPG.

Our heroes are, of course, the birds, with each bird being a different character class; the red bird, for example, is the knight (obviously; see the teaser trailer below), and the yellow bird is the wizard. You'll lead them into battle across a fantasy-themed Piggy Island, defeating the pigs, apparently, on their home turf -- presumably the story will reveal the whys and wherefores.

It also seems … Read more

Angry Kitchen review

Angry Kitchen is a fun game for iOS devices that involves dodging knives and breaking dishes. The gameplay is easy, but overall the game is surprisingly challenging -- and hard to put down.

When we first launched Angry Kitchen, we weren't sure what to do; there are no instructions. We had a view of a kitchen wall, and soon a knife flew across the screen. We touched it. Wrong! A bloody splotch appeared on the wall, and we were informed that we had lost. We tried again. This time we avoided the knives but touched the plates and cups … Read more

Jolla embarks on Sailfish 1.0 with an Android launcher -- and an Angry Birds cover

Jolla, the Finnish phone company founded by Nokia refugees, is ready to roll out the full, "commercially ready" 1.0 version of its Sailfish software. The attractive OS can run Android apps and you'll soon be able to try it out on your Android phone by downloading a launcher that mimics the Sailfish interface.

Sailfish started life as MeeGo, once the future of Nokia software, but sidelined in favour of Windows Phone when Nokia aligned with Microsoft. It's similar enough to Android that you can install Android app stores, and the company hopes it'll be … Read more

Can new Angry Birds game ease your Flappy Birds pain?

With an Angry Birds stable that already features Rio, space, seasons, Friends, Star Wars, and Star Wars II -- not to mention the spinoff Bad Piggies -- you wouldn't think there'd be much room left to fit in more feathers. Alas, the company seems committed to keeping its promise "to continue expanding Angry Birds to make it a permanent part of popular culture."

This time, a lady bird will take center stage in a game called Angry Birds: Stella, due to be released this fall. The developers seem to be taking a bit of an "empowering women" approach to the game, with Thursday's statement noting that "Angry Birds Stella is all about inspiration, empowerment, and other real issues, without forgetting entertainment and quirky fun." … Read more

The 404 1,421: Where we would like to make it a true Daily Double (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Smartphone surprise success Flappy Bird earns $50K per day.

- Pay this no mind: DMX will fight George Zimmerman in a boxing match.

- Meet the man who's hacking "Jeopardy"!

- George Clooney says he'll NEVER be on Twitter.… Read more

Angry Birds maker Rovio: We don't share data with NSA

Angry Birds maker Rovio found itself in the middle of another NSA kerfuffle on Monday, leaving the company on Tuesday to try and clear the air.

Several reports cropped up on Monday, saying that popular mobile apps, like Rovio's Angry Birds, are being used by the NSA and other intelligence agencies to cull user data. The agencies are, in some cases, using "leaky" data collected via ad networks to obtain information from the programs, papers leaked by Edward Snowden and reported on by The Guardian and The New York Times on Monday, suggest.

In a statement on … Read more

NSA using 'leaky apps' like Angry Birds, Google Maps to siphon user data

Relying on data scooped up from so-called leaky apps -- everything from Angry Birds and Google Maps to applications with photo- and location-sharing abilities like Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter -- the NSA and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters have been secretly collecting swaths of personal data about users' age, daily whereabouts, address books, and much more, according to documents provided by Edward Snowden and published in The New York Times, The Guardian, and ProPublica on Monday.

While the existence and extent of the US and British governments' mobile data collection have surfaced in previous reports, the latest documents shed new … Read more

Mario, Coke -- Angry Birds? Rovio eyes pop culture pantheon

Finland-based game maker Rovio is looking to Japan-based Nintendo for its inspiration in the gaming market, the company's chief marketing officer told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday.

Speaking to the Times, Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka said that his company's plans revolve around Angry Birds spinoffs and finding ways to leverage that brand to branch out into other areas. It's a model, he says, Rovio learned from Nintendo.

"It's just like Nintendo and its series of Mario-based games. We want to continue expanding Angry Birds to make it a permanent part of … Read more

Angry Birds Go! brings the hit franchise to the world of 3D racing

Angry Birds Go! (iOS|Android) is the latest game from Rovio's popular Angry Birds franchise, but this time the birds are hitting a downhill racetrack for a Mario Cart-style arcade racing game. It's important to note right away that this latest Rovio title is a freemium game, with no cost to download, but there are time limits and micro-transactions that become apparent not far into the game.

Racing really is for the birds Before I get into the freemium model, let's talk about gameplay. Angry Birds Go! is a downhill racer, so rather than driving around a … Read more