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Tamagotchi Reborn as App; NYT Fires Back at Tesla; Valve Launches Steam for Linux
Didn’t have time to check out the tech headlines yesterday? Here’s what you missed.
If you grew up in the 90s, get excited. The Tamagotchi, which first appeared in 1996, is launching a surprise comeback, this time as a mobile app.
“It’s just like the virtual pet you loved, only better!” the Bandai Co. and Sync Beatz Entertainment slogan boasts. The app, dubbed Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. (“love is fun everywhere”), brings those codependent pixelated friends back to life, now in high resolution and color, with more characters and a place to keep your growing collection.
Meanwhile, the drama between New York Times reporter John Broder and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk continued to heat up. Broder on Thursday posted a point-by-point rebuttal of Musk’s scathing, data-driven critique of Broder’s recent negative Times review of the Tesla Model S electric car. For more, see 5 Electric Cars That Failed to Go the Distance.
In other news, steam for Linux finally opened its doors to the public yesterday. Valve said its Steam client is now available to download for free from the Ubuntu Software Center.
Also making headlines yesterday:
- Obama Slams Patent Trolls During Google+ Hangout: There’s a delicate balance between protecting intellectual property and making sure people aren’t ruined financially by patent trolls, Obama said.
- Judge Dismisses Shareholder Suit Against Netflix: A federal judge this week dismissed a shareholder lawsuit brought against Netflix more than a year ago for allegedly concealing rising costs to inflate its share price.
- Next SpaceX Cargo Run to ISS Set for March 1: NASA said Thursday that it has targeted March 1 as the launch date for private space firm’s second operational cargo resupply mission to the ISS.
- KillSwitch App Erases Your Ex From Facebook: The app will wipe out any photos, videos, wall posts, or status updates you posted and tagged with your ex’s name.
- Bump Now Lets You Share Files To and From a Computer: Transferring files from your smartphone to your computer, or vice versa, is about to get a little more convenient.
- Archos Unveils Platinum Tablet Line: The new lineup of Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-based tablets is priced from $199 to $349.
- Kickstarter Launches iOS App: Want to support unique crowd-funded projects while you’re on the go? There’s an app for that.
- Vimeo Acquires GIF App Echograph: Echograph, available for the iPhone and iPad, lets users turn videos into short GIF-like animations.
- Report: HP Prepping Android-Based Tablet: The first Android-based HP device will reportedly be a tablet powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 chip.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag