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Scrabble to get new official word: Twerk? Derp? Photobomb?

Should twerk, texting, selfie or manscape be chosen as the next new word in Hasbros official Scrabble Players Dictionary? You decide!

Should twerk, texting, selfie or manscape be chosen as the next new word in Hasbro’s official Scrabble Players Dictionary? You decide!


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Sneaking in a made-up Scrabble word and getting away with it is almost as much fun as playing a legitimate one that uses three Zeds — Zyzzyva, anyone? Word nerds who attempt to sneak illegal words like “huzzah” and “bazinga” past their friends may be happy to know that they can now nominate a new word into Hasbro’s official Scrabble Players Dictionary, which hasn’t been updated in more than nine years.

Fans have the chance to chime in on the Hasbro Game Night Facebook Page comments section to suggest their favorite new word to be added, now through March 28.

Numerous words reflecting geek culture have been recommended, including photobomb, noob, lifehack, pwned, selfie, login, meh, blogger, wifi, doge, geocache, emoji, and cosplay. Even slang terms like bling, bromance, twerk, embiggen, and manscape are on the fan-submitted list.

After all, if words like zax (a hand tool), banzai (Japanese battle cry), and coryza (a head cold) can be legitimately used in a game of Scrabble, why can’t derp and bestie become potential double-word score candidates?

So far, kwyjibo is the most proposed word in the comments section. Don’t recognize it? Kwyjibo is the insulting word Bart Simpson attempts to convince his dad Homer Simpson means “a big dumb balding North American ape with no chin and a short temper” in “The Simpsons” episode “Bart the Genius.” If it had been a real word, Bart would have scored 116 points!

On April 2, Merriam-Webster and Scrabble will reveal 16 words chosen from the Hasbro Game Night Facebook page for a Scrabble Word Showdown where fans can cast their votes until the final word wins. The winning word will be announced on April 10 and be included in the fifth edition of Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

The most popular fan suggestion for the new Scrabble word is kwyjibo which Bart used as a triple score and insult toward Homer in The Simpsons.

The most popular fan suggestion for the new Scrabble word is “kwyjibo” which Bart used as a triple score and insult toward Homer in “The Simpsons.”


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Google Drive’s reduced rates make cloud storage even more affordable

Google Drive has been the cloud repository of choice for many people since it launched back in 2012, and now the company is dropping prices to make it even more attractive. While users will still get 15GB for free, the 100GB package now costs $1.99 a month, down from $4.99. What’s more, the 1TB option has received more than a 50 percent price cut: it now costs $9.99 per month, a big drop from its previous rate of $49.99. Need even more room? 10TB+ plans start at $100 a month. Best of all, If you’re already paying for Drive storage, you’ll automatically be converted to a better plan at no additional cost and the storage still spans Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos.

All told, compared to Dropbox, at least, Google’s new rates are quite tempting: Dropbox offers just 2TB for free, and charges $10 a month for 100GB. Business plans, meanwhile, start at $15 per user per month. The first two tiers do allow for added space for free based on referrals, one gigabyte at a time.

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Next Angry Birds game a turn-based RPG

Angry Birds RPG
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Rovio)

If you wanted more bird-flinging, it looks like you might be in for a wait: Developer Rovio has revealed that the next title in the Angry Birds series is a turn-based RPG.

Our heroes are, of course, the birds, with each bird being a different character class; the red bird, for example, is the knight (obviously; see the teaser trailer below), and the yellow bird is the wizard. You’ll lead them into battle across a fantasy-themed Piggy Island, defeating the pigs, apparently, on their home turf — presumably the story will reveal the whys and wherefores.

Angry Birds RPG
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Rovio)

It also seems that crafting will feature quite heavily. You’ll be able to build your own weapons; according to AngryBirdsNest, these can be items such as a wooden sword, frying pan, or “stick thingy with a sponge on top.” All characters, gear, and potions will be upgradable, too.

The game is due to soft-launch either March 13 or 14 in Australia and Canada, arriving shortly thereafter for the rest of the world, and for
Android later this year.

This soft launch has roughly similar timing to the Australia and Canada soft launch of Rovio’s “Angry Birds for girls,” Angry Birds Stella, about which few details are known other than its ridiculous gender specificity.

(Source: CNET Australia)

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Watch the new, customizable Windows Phone 8.1 camera app in action (video)

Microsoft didn’t just equip Windows Phone 8.1 with a redesigned notification center and a Siri nemesis called Cortana, it also revamped its stock camera app. While many of the current app’s features remain intact, a video leaked by Unleash The Phones shows that the right side of the interface now features shortcut buttons for single photo, video and burst photo modes. The left side, however, is completely customizable, and a user can easily fill it with up to five shortcuts to settings (flash, lens picker, resolution, ISO among others) of their choice. Curious WP users who want to know how the updated app compares to Nokia’s camera software can watch the video after the jump. Of course, they might only have to wait a bit more to know everything about the OS… and to finally find out if they can install it on their WP8 devices.

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LeBron James, Samsung rep, tweets rage at his Galaxy

LeBron from a Samsung ad.


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Samsung/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)

When you get mad, you get mad.

When you’re a famous person, it’s your duty to share your madness. And if you want the immediacy of sharing just how mad you are, you go to Twitter.

Quite naturally, this is what LeBron James chose to do on Wednesday when his phone phlegmed out and erased everything he had on it.

As Business Insider reports, the Miami Heat forward told his 12 million followers: “My phone just erased everything it had in it and rebooted. One of the sickest feelings I’ve had in my life!!!”

Oh, no(te).


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LeBron James/Twitter)

Sympathy welled from Miami to Mogadishu. Sadly, some retweeted his pain and gloated.

For LeBron’s phone is most definitely a Samsung. How can I know? Well, he’s a highly-paid endorser of Samsung products. And he’s said to use a
Galaxy Note.

Of course, it could be that he is secretly an iPhone junkie. Some suggested that of Ellen DeGeneres during the Oscars. (And with reason.)

I cannot believe, however, that LeBron does anything other than commit his talents to one brand.

You will be stunned into dunking on your own head when I tell you that his tweet was subsequently deleted.

Moreover, just before game time of his team’s home game against Brooklyn, James tweeted a happy ending: “Close call. Wheew! Got all my info back. Gamer! Lol.”

Gamer, indeed. Lol, too.

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The inventor of the web wants you to help create an internet bill of rights

Web We Want's philosophy on internet rights

The web has changed a lot in the 25 years since Tim Berners-Lee first proposed its underlying technology, and not entirely for the better — censorship, reduced net neutrality and surveillance are very real concerns. Berners-Lee and a host of partners are fighting these threats by launching Web We Want, a campaign pushing for an internet bill of rights in every country. The initiative asks you to start a discussion about the web you’d like to see, and to draft a matching set of rights. It’s also fostering education efforts, offering small support grants and rallying groups at critical moments. There’s no certainty that Web We Want will make a tangible impact, but it should provide a stronger voice to advocates of a free and open internet.

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