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  • The Freemium boom and the games defining it

    It might sound like a buzz word… scratch that, it really is a buzz word called “Freemium” and over the last year it’s been the word on everyone’s lips when it comes to mobile gaming. It is of course a portmanteau word combining “free” and “premium”, but it’s the direction that many game developers have taken in an effort to attract more customers and earn money at the same time without resorting to constant in-game advertising, and nowhere more so than in the mobile gaming arena. It involves charging the customer for in-game purchases, extra lives, unlockable characters and the...

  • Get ready for SwiftKey in your car [CES2014]

    If you don’t know what Swiftkey is, then you’re missing out on the best keyboard app there is. Released in 2011, Swiftkey’s predictive typing is so spot-on that it’s practically the equivalent of touch-typing. So when the company announced at CES 2014 that it’s going to release Swiftkey for cars, we sat up and listened. And so should you. One of the downsides of dashboard controls is typing. Doing it in the car while you’re driving is an impossibility, but Swiftkey’s the solution. Swiftkey will launch its first in-car keyboard app with the Clarion AX1, reports The Next Web. Clarion AX1 in action The...

  • Apple’s app diet: how it took a step backwards with iLife and iWork

    Apple’s prolonged update to its iLife and iWork suites finally dropped earlier this year, to the ecstatic cries of long-term Apple enthusiasts (read: survivors) who have made use of the outdated software packages for years since the last major updates in iWork ’09 and iLife ’11. In many cases, for Apple, it was something of a new moonshot. There was a new mission, a new frontier: a cloud-based workflow. In charge of this operation was a brand new crew and commander, competing in a running space-race with Microsoft’s hugely successful Office suites. With all systems go, and the jubilant cheering...

  • Google Chrome web apps coming soon to iOS, Android

    Love Chrome web apps but wish they could be on your iOS or Android device? Google has you covered. While Google has declined to comments on rumours and speculations, sources say that eager developers can begin working on the tools. Also, there’s these links to a repository called “MobileChromeApps” which programmers can get stuck into. Inside the repo is a document which among other things, says that Google is readying Chrome Packaged App for Windows, OS X, Linux, and Chrome OS, said The Next Web. The Chrome app tools will assist developers in the testing, creation and design of future apps....

  • ‘Smart’ review: a brilliant homescreen replacement for your ageing Android

    How many older Android phones (and we’re talking about Froyo, Android 2.2 here) have what we would call a “handsome” start screen? Customising Android is an easy affair, but the dirge of apps that can takeover a homescreen are not of the highest quality. So is finding a functional start screen with custom apps and live feeds an impossibility?  Not so, says Celltick which has developed Start, a free homescreen replacement app that is as intuitive as it is soothing on the eyes. What it is I don’t want anyone to be unfamiliar with what I’m about to review. A start screen or...

  • Flipcase turns the iPhone 5C into a game of Connect Four

    Here’s a neat idea: take the iPhone 5C’s dotty case and turn it into a game. That’s exactly what Flipcase, a free game now available from the iTunes store does. Here’s the case of the 5C: And here’s what Flipcase does with it: Flipcase says that it’ll work with the 5 and 5S, but it’s made for the holy case of the iPhone 5C which luckily fits over the other iPhone models. The game looks like quick, simple fun and bases itself off the “timeless” classic (depending on how much you like cheap, plastic board games), Connect Four. The case slips...

  • 5 Android zombie apps to play after watching ‘Walking Dead’

    The Walking Dead season 4 shambled into life yesterday. But what do you do while you’re waiting for the next episode? You download and amuse yourself with one of these Zombie-themed apps, of course.  1. Plants vs. Zombies 2 First up is EA’s Plants vs. Zombies 2. It’s a sequel to a game that most of us have played, and thankfully it hasn’t spread itself thin like in Angry Birds case. There’s been no add-on’s or episodic content (but there was board game). Nope, just one solid game and then a sequel. PVSZ2 is more colourful and frantic than ever before,...

  • Android vending machine hits Tokyo, dispenses games with NFC

    In a country where fashion is inspired by games, hairstyles mimic Dragonball Z and where toilets sing to you, Google has released the world’s first game vending machine. But the games (there’s a total of 18) don’t roll out of spiral loops, or drop down like cold cans of Cola. No sir, each app is beamed to an Android smartphone over Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC. All that you’ll need is an Android phone with one of those wireless technologies and the vending machine will do the hard work for you, said Engadget. Here’s how it works. Select the game (there are...

  • 10 apps that look amazing in iOS 7

    The recent release of Apple’s freshly overhauled iOS 7 has been a breath of fresh air to most users who felt like the company had lost what made it special. To me, it feels like I’m using a completely new phone and my faith has been restored in the rigid ecosystem that is Apple. But aside from the big update to the OS, Apple fans everywhere were frothing for compulsory updates from our favourite developers who, in an effort to stay on top of their respective fields had to, for lack of a better phrase, adapt or die. Here...

  • Don’t waste your time with these 5 pointless apps

    Because we’ve done it for you. Now, I have an obsession with apps, which is fairly common knowledge for anyone who has ever read the stuff I write. In my app travels, I tend to come across some real gems, supplemented by some real sh… uh, rubbish. Yes, rubbish. Because of the fact that Apple has some ridiculous restrictions on the kind of apps that can and can’t appear on its App Store, many developers are finding the Google Play Store a haven for their “brilliant” yet misunderstood app. And so, you end up with apps such as “The Worst App Ever”....

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