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Forget Flappy Bird. We're all hooked on 2048

CNET Update is much loving Doge2048:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why 2048 is the new Flappy Bird, and say goodbye to productivity when you discover the parody game Doge2048. But if you want a game with more substance, check out "Papers, please," which won top honors at the Independent Games Festival.

- Know your Gmail is always encrypted, now that Google requires HTTPS.

- Gawk at the price of Samsung's 110-inch 4K television.

- Head to CNET on Tuesday to follow the live unveiling of the new HTC One smartphone.

CNET Update delivers the … Read more

Samsung prices 2014 TVs at the high end, adds curved offerings

Today Samsung announced official pricing on its vast array of new 2014 TVs, including numerous curved and 4K/UHD sets first introduced at CES 2014 last January.

They ain't cheap.

Samsung's 4K models start at $2,499 for a 50-inch size. Compare that to Vizio, for example, which is charging $999 for its cheapest 4K 50-incher. On paper, the Vizio even has a picture quality advantage over the Samsung, offering full-array local dimming compared to Samsung's edge-lit variety.

Then there's the company's newfangled curved TVs. The entry price there is $1,999 for a 48-inch … Read more

Sony to debut original TV show 'Powers' for PlayStation

Sony has been talking television over the last year and now it's becoming more clear what the company had it mind. According to The Wall Street Journal, Sony is working on an original TV show called "Powers" that will be available on its PlayStation game console.

"It's about having a broad range of broadcast content to replicate the live TV experience," president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House told the Journal.

The show will be produced by Sony Pictures TV -- of "Breaking Bad" fame -- and will be … Read more

Following Google and Roku, Amazon plans a TV dongle?

Amazon's video-streaming device is following the lead of Google, and more lately Roku, by going with a thumb-sized stick rather than a set-top box, according to a report from TechCrunch.

The Chromecast-like device is made by Lab126, the research and development arm of Amazon that produced the Kindle family of devices, TechCrunch reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources. It also cited a single source that it should have support to stream full PC games.

Amazon has been said to be on track to unveil a TV-streaming product, possibly with gaming, this month. Last week, images of an Amazon video-game controllerRead more

Steve Jobs reportedly thought TVs a 'terrible business'

Never mind those years of persistent rumors and speculation: Steve Jobs was reportedly not in favor of Apple producing a television set.

Rumors that Apple had an Internet-connected TV set in the works have floated around since 2009, including one analyst predicting that Apple would produce a TV set by the end of 2012 or early 2013. However, during a 2010 meeting just months before Jobs' resignation as CEO, the Apple co-founder told key staff members that he didn't think Apple would ever release a television set because of the poor margins and upgrade history, according to a new … Read more

Craig Ferguson 'f-ing' loves science with new TV show

Science shows don't have to be all academics and no fun. This past weekend at South by Southwest, comedian and late-night TV host Craig Ferguson announced plans to produce a new show based on the popular blog I F-ing Love Science.

According to the "I F-ing Love Science" Facebook page, "We're here for the science -- the funny side of science. Quotes, jokes, memes, and anything your admin finds awesome and strange. If you take yourself seriously, you're on the wrong page. We're dedicated to bringing the amazing world of science straight to your newsfeed in an amusing and accessible way. Tell us what makes you say 'wow!'" … Read more

Apple devices said to get free in-flight movies on United

Word has it that iPhone, iPad, and Mac users will soon get to access more than 150 movies and about 200 TV shows for free when flying on United Airlines, according to Patently Apple.

Come April, the airlines is said to be rolling out an update to its iOS app that will come with the added feature of an in-flight movie service. To get the purported service, users must be running iOS 7. For those with Macs, Patently Apple reports that no app is necessary to get the in-flight service.

The movie service is said to only be available for … Read more

Apple Maps may be heading in better direction

CNET Update rounds up the rumors:

In this episode of Update:

- Hold on to hope that Apple Maps will improve in iOS 8.

- Get a warning about the password-free period for in-app purchases on iOS 7.1. (Google is hit with a lawsuit over the same issue.)

- Find new incentives to join Amazon Prime with reports of Amazon's upcoming music-streaming service and a video-streaming box.

- Watch for Google to create a game system after its acquisition of Green Throttle.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every … Read more

How to quickly hide unused icons on an Apple TV

As Apple continues to add more content options to the Apple TV, the main screen is starting to feel a bit overwhelming. Not everyone takes advantage of all the different apps (or channels, or services, or icons) on the Apple TV, making it necessary to hide some icons.

In the past, hiding an icon required a lengthy process of diving into the settings. Thankfully, with the latest update to the Apple TV OS (6.1), Apple has made it very simple for users to hide icons directly from the main screen.

Hiding an icon now requires you to highlight the … Read more

The 404 1,440: Where we channel surf with Sadie Gennis (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Livr: This social network unlocks features the more drunk you get.

- Some people just hate music, and here's what's wrong with them.

- Follow Sadie on Twitter and check out her Tumblr page, everythingyouleftbehind.tumblr.com.… Read more