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May 2013

Making Dundee Even Scarier On Your iPhone – Forbes

Bips Brings Old School Gaming To Facebook With A 21st Century Spin Ewan Spence Contributor The Priceless Social Gaming Data That Lies At The Heart Of Peter Molyneux’s Curiosity Cube Ewan Spence Contributor Dundee’s Tay Rail Bridge at Dusk (Photo credit: Ross2085) Released today in the Apple App Store by Quartic Llama, Other promises to show you another side to the city of Dundee. Or perhaps that should be hear another side, as ‘Other’ is described as an ‘alternate reality sound game‘ that you play on the streets of Dundee. It also has an interesting supporter. Working in collaboration with The National Theatre of Scotland, the game will tie in with the production of Let The Right One In, on Read More

Yelp open to partnering with Facebook’s rival offering: CFO – Reuters

By Chandni Doulatramani Fri May 31, 2013 6:39pm EDT (Reuters) – Consumer review aggregator Yelp Inc, which analysts say could face intense competition from Facebook Inc’s “graph search”, is open to partnering with the social networking website’s latest offering, Yelp’s Chief Financial Officer Rob Krolik told Reuters. Facebook, in January, unveiled its graph search feature, available in a beta version, letting users trawl their network of friends to find everything from restaurants to movie recommendations, bringing it into direct competition with Yelp. Analysts have viewed this as a big negative for Yelp as companies such as Facebook have a lot of opportunity to imitate smaller companies, and over a larger audience. “We are actually happy to partner with Facebook (for Read More

Stilly Is A One-Button GIF Maker For iPhone That’s Even Easier Than Vine – eu.techcrunch

Like GIFs? Tumblr? Got an iPhone? $2.00? Okay, good, then you’ll probably like this new app called Stilly, which is either the most ridiculous thing ever or the most fun you’re going to have all weekend. The app, in a nutshell, turns anything you capture with your iPhone’s camera into a jiggling, wiggly, color-flashing GIF. Well, you know, kind of! Because it seems primarily designed for use with Tumblr for now, the company promoted it on its official blog today, saying just “this is addictive.” And it is. The app is dead simple to use. It has only one button to create the GIF, and another toggle to turn “Colors” on. The end results aren’t exactly the same kind of Read More

Twitter lifts the limits on Lists – ZDNet

Twitter has finally removed the long-standing limitations on the number of lists that users can create, and the number of accounts that can be added. And it’s a dramatic improvement. As @TwitterForNews tweeted: Update to Twitter lists: You can now make up to 1,000 lists (up from 20), and each list can include up to 5,000 accounts (up from 500). This is good news for the businesses that use social media. However, it seems unlikely to rekindle interest among ordinary users, who may find list-building tedious, especially with the user interface that Twitter provides. Lists generated a lot of enthusiasm when they were launched in 2009, because they provide a way to track special interests Read More

Google Looks to Motor Over Android Profits – Wall Street Journal- India

Article Excerpt Google Looks to Motor Over Android Profits BY ROLFE WINKLER You can tell how much Google cares about its Android “partners” by the price Motorola plans to charge for its smartphones. The head of the mobile-phone company now owned by the search heavyweight laid out an aggressive pricing strategy for the firm’s future devices when speaking at the All Things D conference this week. Dennis Woodside said that, thanks to Motorola’s small smartphone market share, he can “attack” the market in ways that giant companies with giant gross profit margins … Continue reading article with pop up player Google Looks to Motor Over Android Profits – Wall Street Journal- Indiahttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNECvpd-OtUYtcT3j13aqpIYLtNiCg&url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324682204578517383442199350.htmlhttp://news.google.com/news?q=Android&output=rssAndroid – Google NewsGoogle Newshttp://www.gstatic.com/news-static/img/logo/en_us/news.gif

WhatsApp now making more money from Google Play than iOS in some key … – BGR

6:00 PM The new Distimo report on mobile app spending patterns offers some interesting regional tidbits. Globally, Google Play continues steadily chipping away at the huge lead Apple has built in mobile app revenue generation. In April 2013, the Google Play vs. iOS app revenue balance stood at 27% to 73%. One year earlier, it was 19% to 81%. There is still a long way to go before we see a 50/50 split, but it’s now looking as though Google might get there in a couple of years. However, in certain major mobile markets, Google has already caught up with Apple. Perhaps the most fascinating set of figures concerns WhatsApp. In the U.S. market in April, WhatsApp racked up $355,000 from Read More

Tetris creator releases Marbly, a new puzzle game for iOS – Polygon

Alexey Pajitnov, the original developer of Tetris, released a new puzzle game on iOS this week called Marbly. The grid-based matching game tasks players with moving colored marbles around a grid to match and eliminate pairs of three. Marbly is split between modes of play that include a race against the clock in Time Challenge and a score-focused mode called Score Challenge. You can purchase “coins” to unlock more puzzles or earn them by playing the game. Marbly is published by WildSnake Software, which plans to release “a series of mobile games in collaboration” with Pajitnov, according to the app’s description. The universal app is available for free in the iOS App Store. Tetris creator releases Marbly, a Read More

India authorities dismiss Nokia tax appeal – Reuters

NEW YORK | Fri May 31, 2013 8:43am EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Indian authorities dismissed Nokia’s appeals over an income tax demand of 20.8 billion Indian rupees ($370 million), the phone company said, a setback for its efforts to resolve the dispute in a crucial market. Nokia’s India unit was served in March with the tax demand for five years starting from 2006/07, in one of several tax disputes involving a foreign company in India. The Finnish phone company said on Friday that it will examine all options, including taking the case back to the Delhi High Court. ($1 = 56.2450 Indian rupees) (Reporting By Ritsuko Ando; editing by Keiron Henderson) India authorities dismiss Nokia tax appeal – Reutershttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNGAKm7JWeqhrOwGZ5WdRTfsoFYQgQ&url=http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/31/us-nokia-india-idUSBRE94U0N820130531http://news.google.com/news?q=nokia&output=rssnokia Read More

Songza (for Android) – PC Magazine

Songza, our Editors’ Choice pick among free streaming music sites, brings its playlist-based service the Android platform. The free, ad-supported Android app presents music as themed playlists that you can discover by searching for artists, rifling through genres, or using the extremely cool Music Concierge, which serves up tunes based on your mood, time of day, and popular genres. The app offers a simple and unique way to discover artists you may not have known existed, but it lacks a vital feature found in the browser-based Songza: playlist creation and editing. Songza’s Android app is a solid offering that brings an interesting feature set to the table, but a few drawbacks keep it from besting Slacker Radio for iPhone, Read More

Twitter platform director Ryan Sarver departing – CNET

After four incredible, indelible years at Twitter the time has come for me to fly the coop. My last day will be June 28. No plans but rest. — Ryan Sarver (@rsarver) May 31, 2013 Twitter platform director Ryan Sarver said today that he is leaving the company. Twitter is already looking to fill his position. Departing Twitter head of platform Ryan Sarver. (Credit: Ryan Sarver) In a tweet sent today, Sarver announced his departure, saying that after four years at the social-networking giant, he is leaving on June 28. He has “no plans but rest.” Sarver’s soon-to-be-vacant position is a big one. In the job listing Twitter has posted for director of platform partnerships, the company noted that “the Read More