What arguably started in 2016 with the cancellation of Fable Legends, and then compounded by the cancellation of Scalebound, Microsoft's exclusive game lineup has been under a microscope lately. It doesn't help that its primary competitor, PlayStation, seems to have been pumping out critically-acclaimed, photorealistic game after game, with Bloodborne, Horizon Zero Dawn, and most recently, God of War, among others. Microsoft has a few wins under its belt too, with titles like Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3, but it often feels like many of the games Microsoft is shipping are smaller in scope, both visually, and in terms of actual gameplay content. What has been going on at Microsoft Studios recently, and is it going to change? Let's take a look. Microsoft has heard the criticisms Microsoft gaming lead Phil Spencer. It's important to note at the outset here that Microsoft has heard the recent criticisms over its first party titles loud and clear. Gaming lead Phil Spencer agrees that … [Read more...] about Xbox can play the long game with its exclusive titles, but not forever
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What's love got to do with it? For Facebook's new dating features, it's about trust. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week announced a new tool for daters that lets you create a separate profile, listing your interests, location, job, likes, personality and events you'd like to attend. You can reach out to people who're planning to attend the same events you're interested in, and view photos through their dating profiles. Only other people on the service can see the dating profile, meaning it's hidden from your friends and family. While plenty of dating apps already exist, like Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid, Hinge and Match, Facebook boasts advantages many of them don't have: It has 2.2 billion active users, and the social network is offering the dating service for free.Match, which owns Tinder and OkCupid, took an early hit from its new rival-to-be: Its stock dropping after the announcement. But with Facebook still reeling from a privacy scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, … [Read more...] about Facebook’s ready to play the dating game. Are you into it?
App Annie's Q1 report on the state of the app market reveals the same old thing. The Google Play Store had twice the number of apps downloaded as the App Store did, but the latter brought in 90% more money. Developers will make their apps more readily available to the platform that creates the most money for them. And once again, iOS apps are bringing in more money. Blame cheaper Android phones for this. The lowest priced current iPhone model, the Apple iPhone SE, is still at least three times the cost of the cheapest Android phones in Asia.For the first quarter of this year, revenue from iOS entertainment apps rose a healthy 230% year-over-year. The annual gain for Google Play entertainment apps was 170%. Android did beat out iOS in the growth of revenue derived from streaming music. The Google Play Store had year-over-year top line growth in that category of 180% compared to 160% for iOS.The top categories downloaded from the Google Play Store in Q1 (games excluded) were tools, … [Read more...] about Google Play Store had twice the number of downloads as the App Store in Q1, but took in less money
posted on 20 Apr 2016, 01:31 1 1. phonehome (Posts: 811; Member since: 19 Dec 2014) Good for AAPL shareholders. Keep raising that dividend! posted on 20 Apr 2016, 01:55 11 8. neela_akaash (Posts: 1235; Member since: 05 Aug 2014) Because Android users spend less and get alot more in compared to iOS users. posted on 20 Apr 2016, 03:11 1 20. Ahovking (Posts: 711; Member since: 03 Feb 2015) Most of Android users base are from underdevelopment to development countries which accounts to why play store has so much downloads and why a lot of that is from free apps. 25. Finalflash (Posts: 3716; Member since: 23 Jul 2013) Question is, does this take into account advertising revenue? Because if it doesn't then the disparity could be huge since a free app doesn't have to mean no revenue. 46. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012) I was thinking the same thing. They dont even mention ad revenue. Im thinking this article is a wash or the people thay … [Read more...] about Comments for : Google Play Store had twice the number of downloads as the App Store in Q1, but took in less money
There are very few items that have survived the multiple moves I’ve made throughout adulthood. My CD collection was discarded when I moved out for the first time, and the number of books in my possession has steadily dwindled with each new home. When my family upgraded to a bigger place because we were expecting our second child, it meant I had to part with a few hundred issues of Wired magazine. One of the few objects to make it through this never-ending purge is a copy of Uniracers for the Super Nintendo. It’s not because it’s my favorite game, though I do love its single-minded focus on tricks and speed. Instead, it’s because without that 25-year-old cartridge, I have no other way to play the game. Thanks to a lawsuit between Pixar and developer DMA Design, Nintendo was forced to halt production of new cartridges, and it has never been re-released in any form. This situation is one of the many reasons a device like the Analogue Super Nt exists. There are … [Read more...] about Analogue Super Nt review: a sleek and powerful way to play original SNES games