Sail On a Giant Hot Dog and Other Silly Boats in ‘Silly Sailing’, Coming Next Thursday

I guess while we’re on the topic of weird game premises, we might as well talk about Silly Sailing, the new upcoming game from Devm Games of Extreme Forklifting fame. It’s a top-down sailing game that has you harnessing the power of wind gusts to pilot a variety of, well, silly sailboats around different watery courses as quickly as possible. Interestingly, this is an asynchronous game so you’ll be battling against the ghost runs from players around the world all vying for the best time on each course. Check out the trailer for Silly Sailing.

Yes, any game that allows you to pilot a giant hot dog, a big shoe, or a couple of hastily lashed together giant bananas gets an automatic thumbs up in my book. Unlocking increasingly bazaar boats is a big appeal of Silly Sailing, but it also looks to have some pretty solid mechanics as not only are you trying to utilize the wind direction as best as possible but there’s also whirlpools that you’ll want to gently graze in order to fling your craft forward without accidentally getting sucked in. It looks super cool, so keep an eye out for Silly Sailing when it launches on January 18th and in the meantime head to the forum thread for some discussion.


[Update: Coming back soon] Opera VPN has disappeared from the Play Store without explanation

Opera VPN first debuted in August 2016, claiming to offer a completely free solution that would block ads and make your browsing more secure. However, Opera has undergone quite a few changes since then, including a sale to a Chinese company (that hadn’t been finalized when Opera VPN debuted), renaming its Android TV browser, and more.

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Coming to Code Media: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and Facebook’s Adam Mosseri and Campbell Brown

If you care about media, you care about Google and Facebook. So we’re talking to some of their top execs next month.

Facebook and Google dominate the media business — even though they don’t like to call themselves media businesses. The two companies account for the majority of digital ad dollars, and they’re the primary distributors of digital eyeballs.

In the last year, that dominance has generated a downside, too, in the form of critical backlash about their power.

In short, if you’re in the media business, you spend a lot of time thinking about Google and Facebook, and figuring out how to compete in a landscape they dominate.

That’s why Kara Swisher and I are happy to have some of the key people from both companies at next month’s Code Media conference, where we talk to the most influential leaders at the intersection of media and technology:

Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of YouTube, which is not only the largest video site in the world, but the only one with a massive advertising business. That makes it increasingly important to marketers, publishers and content makers — and Google’s finances. We’ll talk to Wojcicki about how she has continued to grow even as Facebook has ramped up a challenge — and how she’s dealing with increased criticism about the way her property deals with objectionable content.

Adam Mosseri and Campbell Brown have a lot to say about the way media companies work with Facebook and its user base of two billion people: Mosseri is the product boss in charge of News Feed, the network’s most crucial distribution engine, and Brown is the former journalist who’s now in charge of connecting publishers with the network, and trying to make them happier. Their boss, CEO Mark Zuckerberg, says “Facebook has a lot of work to do” this year. We want to ask them what that means, and what it means for the media world.

Wojcicki, Mosseri and Brown join a list of impressive speakers who will be onstage with us at the Paséa Hotel and Spa in Huntington Beach, California, Feb. 12 and 13. We’re not done adding names to that list — we’ve got a bunch of great ones we still haven’t told you about — but there’s no need to wait. Sign up here and we’ll see you there.

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LG Pay coming to US in H1 this year

According to a new report out of South Korea, LG has confirmed that the company’s mobile payments service LG Pay will arrive in the United States in the first half of this year. This will make the US the second market after Korea where LG Pay would be available. The company said the service will be available in the US as LG Wallet. It’s worth mentioning that an app with that name recently hit the Google Play Store, the listing for which said you need to have a G7 to install it. And the report also says something similar: in the US, LG Wallet will be compatible with the G7 and V40,… – Latest articles

Sony announces tiny MP-CD1 mobile projector, coming this spring for $400

There have been more than a few attempts at making portable projectors tiny enough to fit in your pocket, with the InstaShare Moto Mod being one of the latest. Sony apparently wants to give it a shot, as it announced the MP-CD1 mobile projector earlier today.

The MP-CD1 can project an image of up to 120 inches at 105 lumens, while only weighing 9.9 ounces. The 854×480 resolution is similar to other pico projectors, like the Anker Nebula Capsule.

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