The “Freemium” Game sales model? Lipstick on the same old pig?

When I first sat down to write this article I was a little lost initially as to how to attack it. You see I am not convinced that the “Freemium” model is actually the “next big thing” that the blog-o-sphere is hyping it up to be. Certainly a large number of apps are being shifted under that banner. But then … Read More

Stephen NorthcottThe “Freemium” Game sales model? Lipstick on the same old pig?

The iPad is selling like hot cakes! 90,000 pre-orders in the first day!

If figures being reported are correct then the iPad has already sold over 90,000 units in its first day of pre-orders. Fortune’s Phillip Elmer-DeWitt announced that “51,000 orders in two hours” had been completed shortly after noon on the first day. Many high profile bloggers have been reporting on their order details and Andrew Erlichson wrote “We just bought two … Read More

Stephen NorthcottThe iPad is selling like hot cakes! 90,000 pre-orders in the first day!

Order Your iPad Today. Last Minute iPad Specification Updates

When Apple announced the iPad in January some people who were lucky enough to get some hands on time noted with some disappointment that there was no way to lock the screen orientation. This can sometimes be annoying on an iPhone and consequently some third party apps provide it as an option. On a larger device like the iPad it … Read More

Stephen NorthcottOrder Your iPad Today. Last Minute iPad Specification Updates

50 in 1 : APPZILLA – The Swiss Army Knife of iPhone Apps. Great value!

50 in 1 : APPZILLA Rating: When I first fired up APPZILLA I was a little overwhelmed! There are a full two and a half screens full of just about every mini-app and widget (both useful and fun) I could think of that I might want to have on my iPhone or iPod. That’s 50 individual apps all individually launch-able … Read More

Stephen Northcott50 in 1 : APPZILLA – The Swiss Army Knife of iPhone Apps. Great value!

iPhone OS 4.0 software to deliver multitasking support?

Although this has been rumoured many times before and not been delivered, it’s something that does seem to be coming. iPhone OS already allows multitasking in a multitude of ways, but none of those are directly exposed to users. Developers can create multi-threaded apps either using POSIX threads or Apple’s own NSThread, which is built on-top of that system. But … Read More

Stephen NorthcottiPhone OS 4.0 software to deliver multitasking support?

Palm Announces 20 New Game Titles at GDC 2010

Although Palm were hopelessly slow at getting a decent high-performance 3D API into the hands of it’s developers, it seems to have stepped up it’s efforts in the last couple of months with the help of some “early-access” developers. Earlier this week we reported that Palm had announced a public beta version of the Palm® webOS™ Plug-in Development Kit (PDK) … Read More

Stephen NorthcottPalm Announces 20 New Game Titles at GDC 2010

Office² for iPhone Makes keyhole surgery on Word and Excel documents almost bearable!

Office² Rating: Office² (pronounced “Office Squared”) allows you to view and edit Word 97-2003 (.doc) and Excel 97-2003 (.xls) documents on your iPhone and iPod Touch. You can also view PDFs, and the app provides integration with Google Docs, iDisc and WebDav. Admittedly editing any document more ambitious than email on devices of this size can be painful at times, … Read More

Stephen NorthcottOffice² for iPhone Makes keyhole surgery on Word and Excel documents almost bearable!

Microsoft unveils first 3D games for Windows Phone 7 Series. Direct3D only!

Microsoft has today released some screenshots of a couple of 3D games that are currently in development for the Windows Phone 7 Series. Is it just me or is that an awfully big mouthful for such a small device? Anyway, the images look interesting, but this is not an impressive enough couple of titles to excite people into buying another … Read More

Stephen NorthcottMicrosoft unveils first 3D games for Windows Phone 7 Series. Direct3D only!

Ngmoco Gives Interesting Talk on How Eliminate Was Built | GDC 2010

In one of the first GDC (Game Developers Conference) panels this morning in San Francisco Ngmoco kicked things off with a presentation on how they put their flagship “freemium” FPS Eliminate together. Their aim from the outset was to produce the definitive iPhone FPS which boasts all the features gamers expect from a console or PC equivalent. With a small … Read More

Stephen NorthcottNgmoco Gives Interesting Talk on How Eliminate Was Built | GDC 2010

Phone Patent Battle lines drawn. Microsoft eyes opportunities.

As I suggested last week, Apple’s lawsuit against HTC over phone patents did not come out of the blue, and is not the last of what may mushroom into a multi-company skirmish, perhaps even including Microsoft. Oppenheimer analyst Yai Reiner issued a report yesterday that illuminated the issues and industry discussions that have been going on behind closed doors prior … Read More

Stephen NorthcottPhone Patent Battle lines drawn. Microsoft eyes opportunities.

Bigpoint announces iPhone v PC head to head racing | GDC 2010

At GDC today, Bigpoint and Unity hooked up to showcase a game called Uniter, which allows iPhone and PC gamers to race against each other. “This is an important and historic opportunity for the online gaming industry,” said BigPoint CEO Heiko Hurbertz. “We believe the future of gaming exists in a world without borders and platform boundaries and in real-time. … Read More

Stephen NorthcottBigpoint announces iPhone v PC head to head racing | GDC 2010

Unity releases Unity Engine 3.0 which adds support for the iPad

Unity Technologies has announced that it’s released a new version of the Unity Engine (version 3.0) which adds in support for the iPad, Android and PlayStation 3, giving it the “broadest support on the market,” according to a statement. Unity already had support for iPhone and iPod Touch, so this is a welcome but not unexpected move from them. With … Read More

Stephen NorthcottUnity releases Unity Engine 3.0 which adds support for the iPad