OnLive releases app: OnLive has released an app for gaming that could launch a new fleet of gamers into the cloud. The app, which is supported on select devices, gives players cloud access to top-tier console games that had previously been unavailable for mobile play.
The cloud gaming service has already been one of the companies at the forefront of the shift to cloud gaming, offering AAA titles to gamers who opt not to buy a physical copy of their games. The service offers about 200 games to play via the company’s servers, and the new app also features at least one game — Rockstar’s L.A. Noire — that’s been retooled by developers specifically to fit a touch interface.
HP Touchpad: The HP TouchPad flew off shelves when the company slashed the base price of the tablet from $400 to $99. The company promised that there would be a final run of the tablet, but TechCrunch is reporting that the company will be selling its 16GB and 32GB models at firesale prices on its eBay store this Sunday. The sale is set to start at 7 p.m. Eastern time, 6 p.m. Central.
The models will be refurbished — not new — the report said. According to what appears to be a leaked employee memo, the company planned to let its workers have first crack at the eBay sale by delaying their announcement of the auction.
Twitter redesign: Twitter has pushed out a new layout for its mobile applications and will be pushing out the new design to all of its users over the next few weeks.
The new layout introduces three new buttons: Home, @Connect and #Discover. The Home button takes you to your main Twitter feed. The @Connect button shows you all the interactions you’ve had with other users (favorites, conversations, etc.) and displays suggested accounts. The #Discover section features trending news stories and hashtags.
FCC nominations: Sen. Charles Grassley said he will make good on his threat to hold up the nominations of Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel and Republican Ajit Pai to the Federal Communications Commission until he gets information on the agency’s actions regarding the broadband firm LightSquared.
The Senate Commerce committee approved the FCC nominations by voice vote Thursday morning, and the measure is now headed to the full Senate for a floor vote.
Daily deals site Womply: The daily deals space is a crowded place and there are plenty of companies looking to distinguish themselves from the pack. Womply, a D.C.-based daily deals site, has carved out a niche by offering invisible discounts that credits the amount of the discount directly to your account. Now, the company is focusing on customer loyalty by rolling out a new program that rewards repeat customers.
Amazon rebate app: Amazon’s running a deal that’s got it in hot water with retailers: use its price match app in stores, and the Web store will offer shoppers a 5 percent discount (up to $5) to use its Price Match in brick-and-mortar stores this Saturday. Those who use the app in stores will get up to $5 on three of their select toy, electronics, sports or music purchases for a total savings of up to $15.
After seeing that offer, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) fired off an angry statement that took Amazon to task for its “unfair” practices, and said that these kinds of promotions make physical stores “showrooms to then purchase merchandise online from inside the store.”