With Anki, Toy Cars Cruise Into the New Age of Robotics

Every so often a new tech product comes along that is just plain fun. Anki is one of those.
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Betaworks Hires Former HuffPost Publisher Balis as CRO

The New York-based tech studio is trying to monetize across all its online media platforms.
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New Zombie-Shooting Game for iOS Claims to Be First Mobile Title With Cooperative Campaign

Are you tired of zombies yet? Maybe playing in real time with your friends will fix that.
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Candy Crush Saga Grew So Fast It Broke Usage Algorithm

Candy Crush Saga, the popular mobile device game by King.com, has seen some spectacular success. Now, it turns out the candy-puzzle game has grown faster than an algorithm charting its progress could handle.

After Nearly One Billion iOS Plays, Dots Game Heads to Android and Kindle Fire

Dots, dots, dots, dots dots dots, dots.
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Aiming for “Functional Coherence,” Mulling a Different P&L and With Advice From Ford CEO, Microsoft Restructuring Set for Thursday

Get ready for the rumble — and you know Steve Ballmer loves to rumble.
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Ouya Is a Compact Bundle of Fun, but Not a Be-All Game Console

For $100, Ouya gives indie game fans an inexpensive console option. But at launch, Ouya lacks oomph and comes with glitches.
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Kamcord Adds Audio Commentary Feature to Mobile Gamecasting Offerings

Kamcord, a startup that enables the recording and sharing of game-play videos for mobile games, is rolling out a “voice overlay” feature to connected games, starting today. That means that players of one of the 100 or so games that use Kamcord will soon be able to record live audio commentary tracks as they play. Kamcord’s main competitor, Applifier’s Everyplay, also offers audio commentaries and is planning to roll out a video commentary feature in the near future.

Zynga to Lay Off 520 Employees — 18 Percent of Staff — and Shutter New York and LA Offices in Refocus on Mobile

Right-sizing the gaming giant for the mobile market.
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Mango Health App That Games Taking Meds Launches With Target Partnership

San Francisco-based Mango Health — a new mobile app aimed at allowing people to manage their personal health by tracking medications and nutritional supplements they take — is launching after a 16-week pilot program and a strategic deal with retail giant Target. The app rewards users with gift cards or allows them to make charitable donations for correctly following their medical regimens by using game design principles. Consumers can also check for interactions between medications, supplements and foods, and get dosage reminders. Mango has raised $3.1 million in seed funding from venture firms First Round Capital, Floodgate and Baseline Ventures, as well as angel investors Mark Pincus and Keith Rabois.

Game Over! The Best of E3 in Photos.