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Sep 28th 2012

Release the Chickens! Clucks comes to iPhone

Social video is blowing up, but no one's thought to build a really cool game around it yet, and that's a huge, huge mistake. That's why we built the world's first turn-based game using short-form social video: Clucks.

Clucks is a turn-based game that uses twelve second videos to let players challenge their friends to guess a word they are describing (think Taboo). Players record a twelve second video describing the word, with five 'forbidden' words they're not allowed to use. Their opponent must guess the word being described while their reactions are recorded to create a fun action-reaction video that players can share with their friends.

Oh, and just to keep people from cheating and saying one of the "forbidden" words, Clucks is the first game to use Nuance's Dragon voice recognition software to keep players honest. If you cheat, the Donkey-police will come in and take away some points (which are called "clucks").

Don't have any friends? For solo players, we created the "Barnyard" - a repository of pre-recorded clues that a player can watch and guess against without having to play against anyone.

We're the first to partner with social video giant Viddy on a game like this, giving players the ability to post game videos to the Viddy community of more than 40 million active users.

By leveraging the fun of short-form videos, integrating Nuance's Dragon voice recognition to deter cheating, and partnering with Viddy to enable sharing, we have created a first-of-its-kind app that's fun and different.

Get Cluckin' with a free download from the iTunes app store by clicking here or learn more about how the game works by watching the video below.


Sep 5th 2012

Entrance by AOL - The Best Entertainment Hub for Windows Phone


AOL has partnered with Nokia to release a new entertainment app for Windows Phone. The app is called Entrance by AOL and it's an entertainment hub that brings together the best celebrity gossip, movie & TV news, free streaming music and movie trailers, with some amazing augmented reality features in a single mobile app.

Windows Phone owners can, with a single application, read about movie, TV and celebrity news form HuffPost Entertainment and AOL Music; stream 55,000 different radio stations from SHOUTcast radio; listen to entire albums of new music for free on CD Listening Party; see show times and purchase movie tickets right inside the app, and even preview trailers or see movie posters simply by holding up your phone at the theater.

Some more of the amazing features in this app are below, and it's available to download here. For a limited time this app is available only on Nokia Windows Phones, but stay tuned for more news about different devices and platforms.

Features available in Entrance by AOL on Nokia Lumia handsets:

  • Includes a first-of-its-kind Augmented Reality feature enabling users to find cinemas and showtimes playing nearby simply by holding up the Lumia smartphone as theaters, movie posters and showtimes appear overlaid on the world around them
  • Moviefone integration allows users to view trailers, see nearby showtimes, and purchase movie tickets
  • Includes entertainment news about movies, celebrities, music and TV from Huffington Post Entertainment and AOL Music
  • SHOUTcast Radio integration enables streaming from over 55,000 global radio stations
  • AOL Music and CD Listening Party (CDLP) provide free early access to full length albums from up-and-coming bands, with the option to buy and download
  • Interlinked user interface allows users to navigate into and out of specific content topics to explore any movie, celebrity or song

Download the app today by clicking here.

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