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Getty Images teams with Instagram for $30,000 photo grant

Instagram isn’t just about the pursuit of likes and heavy filters. Over the years, the service has evolved into a display of what our beautiful world has to offer, captured for posterity one profile at a time. It has also become a great platform for users to tell a story—and that’s exactly what a new Getty partnership is in search of.If you think your profile exhibits the kind of hard-hitting photojournalism typically found in National Geographic, you can apply for a $10,000 grant being offered by Getty Images. In partnership with Instagram, the respected photo agency will offer money to three users who believe their body of work documents “stories from underrepresented communities around the world.”“We recognize that Instagram has introduced new opportunities for emerging voices, outside the mainstream media, to create and share projects of social importance,” Getty says. “This grant provides financial support and mentorship to amplify their impact.”This is a new frontier for Getty, …

Nom Nom Galaxy brings PixelJunk magic back to the PlayStation 4 next week

See full gallery on TechnoBuffalo Do you miss PixelJunk as much as I do? Q-Games’ excellent series of minimalist games stole a lot of hearts in the early days of the PlayStation 3, but it has been relatively quiet over the past few years.All that changes next week with the PlayStation 4 launch of Nom Nom Galaxy, a collaborative effort between Q-Games and Double 11 to rekindle that old creative spirit. Double 11 Design Manager Gareth Wright describes the game as ““genre-blending,” but at its core it’s about creating enormous soup factories with your friends and shipping tasty soup into outer space!”Nom Nom Galaxy combines many themes of gameplay, with equal elements of classic platforming, mining, construction, resource management, and tower defence.A further, deeper explanation can be found on PlayStation Blog.I missed a few of the more recent PixelJunk games like PixelJunk Side Scroller and PixelJunk 4am, but this is one I don’t think I am going to miss. The superior powers of the Pla…

Android 5.0 Lollipop closes in on 10 percent adoption rate

See full gallery on TechnoBuffalo It’s been almost eight months since Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it’s still running on less than 10 percent of all Android devices. That’s according to Google, which released the latest distribution numbers on Tuesday.It turns out the Lollipop is currently running on 9.7 percent of Android devices, followed by KitKat, which is now the most popular version of Google’s software with 39.8 percent of the market. Android Jelly Bean is a close second though, running on a combined 39.2 percent of devices. At the other end of the pack, Gingerbread is holding on at 5.7, followed by Ice Cream Sandwich (5.3 percent) and Froyo (0.3 percent.)None of this comes as a huge surprise, and Android updates are slow for a number of reasons. Fragmentation in the hardware used by different devices and manufacturers means each Android update needs to be tweaked for many different models. Individual carriers also slow things down with their own testing and additi…

MediEvil to return to the PlayStation 4? Leaked footage suggests so

When your first attempt to click with fans of old mascots turns out to be an oddity merely masquerading as his inspirations, not to mention a colossal failure, why not turn to a genuine classic mascot to get the job done?Footage of Sir Daniel Fortesque strutting his stuff through a high-rez version of the classic MediEvil PlayStation games has been leaked through ArejugonesTV. Of course, Sony has no such game confirmed to be in development at this time, so either this is a genuine game that has been leaked or somebody’s idea of a funny joke from the mod scene. MediEvil was a mid-life PlayStation hit developed by Sony’s SCE Cambridge Studio, now known as Guerilla Cambridge. Perhaps coincidentally, the studio’s credits list an Unannounced Project being worked on for the PlayStation 4 as we speak. Maybe we just found it?The original game, which starred Sir Dan in a mindless hack ‘n slash action adventure, spawned a a sequel in 2000 which took him 500 years into the future, and a remake fo…

Apple Watch games: These are the games we’re playing

Smartwatches are vessels for notification overload. They let you screen and address emails, phone calls, and texts as necessary, all without needing to take your phone out of your pocket. The market is growing, and growing fast. And while most people will consider a wearable for its productivity potential, there’s one very specific use we can’t forget about: games.Sure, gaming on your watch is completely and utterly useless. It pretty much undoes all the advancements we’ve seen in the mobile industry. But that still doesn’t discount how fun gaming on your wrist can be. When you’re done sending heartbeats to your bestie, and you’ve collected all the apps necessary for a productive day, why not take a break and play some games on your Apple Watch?There are actually a lot of games available for Apple’s wearable already, and many of them are really cool, too. With that in mind, we considered a handful of games that make sense on such a tiny screen. Most of these are word or trivia-based, …

AOL: 2.1 million people still subscribe to dial-up Internet

AOL on Friday revealed that 2.1 million people in the U.S. still subscribe to its dial-up service, an astonishing and surprising number in the year 2015. A large majority of Americans have ditched the comatose service as faster broadband has become more accessible. But, either through ignorance, stubbornness, or sheer unavailability in certain areas, people are still clinging to the good old days of the early Internet.Back in 2010, AOL revealed it had about 4.6 million dial-up users, so usage is on the decline, but it’s a slow, slow process, not unlike the service these people still get.CNN Money notes that over 70-percent of Americans are connected through faster broadband, with an average speed of 11.4 Mbps, which is lighting quick compared to AOL’s 56k speeds. Compared to what the Internet looked like 20 years ago, 56k connections probably wouldn’t even be able to load a modern day website, much less stream a video on YouTube or Netflix.Without fast Internet, online tech journalism…

Snag a free Dragonite Pokémon from GameStop next month

If you are still looking to catch ’em all, GameStop has you covered for one huge hurdle of your journey. If you swing by America’s biggest video game retailer between June 22 and July 12, you’ll be able to snag up a free code card for a level 55 Dragonite!He’s just the most adorable flying beast of death that ever walked the planet, isn’t he? This download code can be used with copies of Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for the Nintendo 3DS, and the Dragonite comes equipped with most of his most powerful moves.Oh, and you can also pick up some special Pokémon The Collectible Card Game packs with a Dragonite collector’s pin because, of course, nothing is given away for free. This little giveaway is an advertisement regarding a new expansion to the Pokémon TCG: XY—Roaring Skies expansion series.Still, free Dragonite, you guys! Who are we to complain? Have at it and wreck the world with him… unless you stumble across a Venomoth at least. Then run like m…

What’s on Jon’s Android device: May 2015 edition

Every few months we like to show you what apps, launchers, and icons we’re using in the Android world. For Jon, who is constantly testing new phones, things are changing all the time—it never feels like he has a real permanent home, which means his setup from last month might look completely different from next month.To that end, he wanted to show you guys what his setup is like on the Galaxy S6 at this very moment. A lot of the apps he’s shown off before are still there—Snapchat, Threes, Uber, Speedtest and more. But he also shows off a number of apps he relies on to run his business, such as Studio, YouTube and more. And because Jon is such a newshound, he also checks in with The New York Times app from time to time.His setup isn’t anything flashy; Nova Launcher is there, because even though Samsung toned down the bloat of TouchWiz, the cartoon look is still there. Nova helps keep that in check by turning the UX into more of a stock experience.If you want to see what Jon has running…

Film Fondue: Boba Fett spinoff, and Joss Whedon for Star Wars

I don’t even know where to begin. Following a big Star Wars spread in Vanity Fair, we saw a ton of awesome Suicide Squad photos, giving us a more detailed look at Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Killer Croc. It got better, though, with news that a new Indiana Jones is on the way, and, on the Marvel front, the full cast and plot synopsis for Captain America: Civil War was revealed. No rest for the weary.For TV fans, we saw news of a Supergirl show coming to CBS, and a trailer for Sense8, a Netflix original from the minds of the Wachowskis (The Matrix).Age of Ultron was only the beginning of a big summer, and an even bigger next few years. It’s never been a better time to be a comic/sci-fi/horror fan. That said, are we reaching peak superhero? Civil War is seemingly Avengers 2.5, what with Black Panther, Baron Zemo, Ant-Man, Vision, Scarlet Witch, and others set to appear. And the movie is only a year away.We’ll have plenty more in the coming days and weeks. While we catch our breath, check …

Hearthstone and Destiny combine for $1 billion in revenue

Is there ever going to be a product released by Activision that can’t be tied to $1 billion? First it was Call of Duty, and last year it was Skylanders. This year Activision is laughing all the way to the bank with Hearthstone and Destiny under its belt with the two properties combining for $1 billion in total revenue.Activision announced the sales figures in its annual financial report, laying further praise on the Android port of Hearthstone for bringing the game’s userbase to 30 million people. Blizzard is reportedly larger than ever even though World of Warcraft lost 3 million subscribers over the course of the year.Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare also rebounded from the disappointing sales of Call of Duty: Ghost with double digit percentage increases over the same year-to-year period. Black Ops has always been among the more popular Call of Duty sub-series as well, so expect that number to only rise heading into 2015 with the release of Black Ops 3.The point is, like ’em or not, A…

Google Search update makes it easier to order food from your phone

See full gallery on TechnoBuffalo It’s already pretty easy to order dinner on your smartphone with just a few quick taps thanks to apps like Seamless, GrubHub and Eat24. Now, Google is making it even easier with a quick update to Search.Just boot up the Google app on your phone and type in the name of a restaurant. Then scroll down and you’ll see a new option to “Place an order.” Tap it, and Google will offer a list of third-party services, including Seamless, Grubhub, Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu and MyPizza.com. Of course, you could always just launch your food delivery app directly, but if you’re already in Google this could save a few extra seconds.The update is heading to Android, though it’s unclear if iPhone owners will get the same option any time soon. It’s also limited to mobile devices. Google says it plans to add more delivery services in the future, though with six to start there should already be plenty of options.

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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow celebrates its 12th anniversary

Please take a minute from foaming at the mouth about Konami’s recent treatment of its fanbase, and stop to remember the good times. One of its best and brightest titles of all time just celebrated a birthday, and that has to count for some form of fond remembrance, am I right?Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow was released in Japan on May 8, 2003 in a surprising move that saw the American release come first just two days earlier. It just goes to show that Konami could easily read its audience back then, because the game was a colossal flop in Japan but was a massive success in the States. The series always enjoyed a much more welcome reception in the English speaking world than it did in its own country, and Konami even changed the franchise’s name in Japan to Castlevania to reflect that.Aria of Sorrow was produced by famed ex-Konami developer Koji Igarashi, the man behind most of the Castlevania games after his debut on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Now that I think about it, he tease…

Tekken 7 gives Yoshimitsu a new and… interesting look

Tekken has always had an interesting lineup of characters when it comes to designs, ranging from pretty normal fighting game fare like Jin Kazama up through guys like the leopard-headed wrestler, King.Weirder than anyone else, though, is Yoshimitsu. In the beginning he looked a bit like some sort of Japanese demon, with a face resembling the Oni masks used in Japanese Noh theater. He’s gotten progressively more alien over the years, but now, for Tekken 7, he’s just gone full “betentacled Xenomorph.” The moveset looks to be similar to what he’s had in the past, but the look is completely different.He’s had a different look in each game, of course – check out the gallery below for some of his looks over the years – but this version seems like the biggest departure yet.What do you think of Yoshimitsu’s new look? Is this a fun evolution, or too far off the rails?Tekken 7 is only headed to arcades currently, but expected to hit at least one of the two major consoles eventually.See full gal…