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From Grand Theft Auto to Wall Street: Trading Apps Woo Gamers By Clip Syndicate Twenty-something consumers raised on video games such as Grand Theft Auto and Angry Birds are being wooed by financial trading apps, keen to build bridges with a post-crisis generation that is uninterested in financial services or plain mistrustful. Bright colors, cartoon graphics and the ability to trade risk-free with virtual credits are features of apps such as BUX and Kapitall, which eschew financial lingo and complex charts in favor of competitive head-to-head battles and motivational messages like "OMG!" after placing a trade. While financial trading is a niche slice of the $15 billion mobile gaming industry, dominated by brands such as King Digital Entertainment's Candy Crush, some two-thirds of UK retail traders already use their smartphone or computer to buy or sell and app makers are sensing an opportunity.

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WGA Host Lisa Kudrow Talks Awards By Clip Syndicate Hollywood's most esteemed scribes and legends of the craft will gather Feb. 14 for the WGA's annual gala celebrating the year's best performances by the written word, with awards given in 26 categories covering film and television as well as radio and even video games. Actress and host Lisa Kudrow offers a glimpse into her role on writing's biggest night of the year. The guild called and said, "We're happy to tell you we had a vote, and it was unanimous: We would love to have you host.

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Mattel's View-Master Gets a Google VR Makeover By Clip Syndicate It's been decades since Mattel's View-Master was a must-have item for every kids' toy box. But Mattel is hoping to reintroduce the toy stereoscope -- first unveiled 75 years ago at the New York World's Fair -- to a new generation of youths as an affordable headset for virtual reality, using Google's Cardboard VR technology to help power the device. It's just the latest to hop on the virtual-reality bandwagon, a fast-growing -- if still experimental -- area that has attracted heavy hitters like Facebook and Samsung. The toymaker and Internet search giant revealed the new View-Master at an event on Friday, just in time for the city's annual North American International Toy Fair.

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Kevin Spacey Nominated for Video Games BAFTA By Clip Syndicate Kevin Spacey already has a BAFTA to his name (for his supporting actor role in American Beauty ), alongside his Golden Globes and two Oscars. But he could soon be adding a more curious addition to his awards cabinet. House of Cards actor has been shortlisted in the second BAFTA Games awards, nominated for his performance in Activision’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare , in which he played Jonathan Irons, a tyrannical private military contractor. ...Read More »
The Next Generational Shift to the Diamond Age of Electronics By Adam Khan, Founder & CEO Looking across the consumer electronics market, it is clear the threshold for developing sleeker, more functional, and efficient devices approaches. However, challenges in meeting these demands with silicon based semiconductor persist as they will be increasingly unable to meet the necessary performance standards. Something will have to change - our technology will have to improve. These thresholds will be broken in 2015. After years of R&D, the diamond thin film material will usher in next-generation electronics and open doors for advanced capabilities, longer battery life and most importantly, fully transparent devices. ...Read More »
Kim Kardashian Set to Make Millions From Her Video Game By Clip Syndicate Kim Kardashian is set for a bumper $20 million pay day after her smartphone game raked in $43 million in its first three months on sale. The reality TV star is rumored to have secured a 45 per cent slice of the proceeds from sales of the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood smartphone app, which she launched last summer. New sales figures have revealed downloads brought in $43 million in the third quarter of 2014, meaning Kardashian looks set to secure a massive $19.4 million payout. ...Read More »
Gamers Can Choose How Much They Pay for These Classic 'Star Wars' Games By Clip Syndicate Star Wars fans, we have a long time until The Force Awakens. Maybe it's time for a distraction. Starting Tuesday, game distribution service Humble Bundle will team up with Disney Interactive to offer more recent Star Wars titles in a name-your-own-price bundle, with some proceeds going toward charity. Gamers can now snag three Star Wars PC games for any price — even for free. Those games include Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy and Star Wars: Dark Forces, regardless of what anyone pays. All of the games are for Windows, but several titles will work on Macs, too. The Star Wars Humble Bundle lasts until Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. ET. More games will be added throughout the sale.

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Redmond students design video games By Clip Syndicate Middle and high schoolers gathered Saturday at the Redmond Proficiency Academy for a 'Game Jam' to develop video games from the ground up ...Read More »
Video Takes You Inside Star Wars Battle Pod Arcade Cabinet By Clip Syndicate Just released in select arcades across the country, the new "Star Wars" Battle Pod game looks like it packs in all the fun of the franchise's original arcade shooter, with a fresh coat of 21st century technology slathered all over it. According to a press release, the 1,200-pound machine provides an immersive experience with "a unique dome screen enveloping your entire area of sight." Plus, there are bass speakers behind your head and a seat that rumbles in all the right places. ...Read More »
Head of Games Leaves Angry Birds Company Rovio By Clip Syndicate Finland's Rovio and the head of its games operation, Jami Laes (Yami lice), have parted company as the business behind Angry Birds continues to grapple with an increasingly competitive mobile games market. Rovio has expanded its hugely successful Angry Birds brand into an animated TV series and consumer product licensing, but the company has struggled to produce more hit games and recently said it would cut about 14 percent of its workforce. Laes said on Wednesday that he had left Rovio recently and is planning to launch a new start-up, but declined to comment further. ...

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