The H Roundup - Classic Mode for RHEL 7, Business Source & BrickPi
In the week ending 15 June ? Business Source, GNOME Classic Mode in RHEL 7, users warned to remove the Debian Multimedia repository, Hetzner hacked, GlassFish 4.0, the BrickPi, and a sophisticated Android trojan
GamePop Adds iPad And iPhone Game Support, Giving The Console Access To iOS Exclusives
BlueStacks is hoping to take the clear early consumer interest in a home gaming console built with mobile technologies and make that into big business, and today it's announcing what could become a huge advantage for its GamePop console over other similar offerings. GamePop will support iPhone and iPad apps at launch, in addition to Android titles, making the first such device to tap into Apple's rich app ecosystem.
Taking A Different Tack With In-Store Offers, Trialpay Grows Its Mobile Revenue By 85% Quarter-Over-Quarter
The same week as its old rival Tapjoy restructured with layoffs, Trialpay says it has quietly grown mobile revenue 85 percent over the last quarter by giving gamers offers they can redeem offline in stores. The company, which helped social game developers monetize through subscription and other product offers, has shifted toward the Android and iOS platforms over the last year. They add that May mobile revenues should be double April’s in-take. Angelos didn’t say what base mobile revenues were growing from, but he did say that the company’s overall revenue is up from where it was two years ago. Instead of veering toward incentivized installs or rich video ads in games like many other competitors, Trialpay instead went for a product that tracks in-store promotions via credit and debit cards. A gamer can earn extra premium virtual currency by buying everyday items like coffee or clothing. “You can walk into a store, buy a burger and all you have to do is swipe your credit card while ...
The Team Behind Ngmoco Raises $12M For N3twork, A Re-Imagined Way Of Browsing Mobile Content
The team that sold early mobile gaming company Ngmoco to DeNA for up to $400 million is back at the grind again. They’ve raised $12 million to re-imagine how people consume mobile content around their personal interests. Again, not only are we seeing the same cast of founders including Ngmoco co-founders Neil Young, Bob Stevenson and Alan Yu, we’re also seeing the same investors. Kleiner Perkins, which backed Ngmoco out of its original iPhone-focused iFund, Google Ventures and Mike Maples’ Floodgate are all back in for this new company. The big difference is that Young and his team aren’t doing gaming. Like many other teams that came out of the social gaming era, they’re moving onto other types of consumer products. “I’m not sure it’s smart of anyone to start a gaming company right now,” Young said. “It’s a particularly challenging environment. Incumbents have reached enough scale or a good enough understanding of how to monetize that it becomes really difficult to ...
Xyologic Gives A New Personal Touch To Its App Search Engine
Talk to most developers and they will invariably say that the status quo of app discovery through rankings can’t really last. People have, of course, been saying this for a couple years. While Apple did make a few strides in acquiring app search startup Chomp, rankings still have an overwhelming influence over how consumers find and discover new apps. This leads to a winner-take-all effect where the long tail of apps have little hope of acquiring a meaningful number of downloads except through aggressive app store SEO or through paid marketing. So another app search company, Xyologic, has quietly built its own engine plus personalized recommendations platform. They found that while people would come to Xyologic to look for apps, they often didn’t know exactly what they were looking for. Instead of installing apps directly from search results, they’d browse through “Similar” apps and apps that “People also like”. “The problem we all have in the industry is that people don’t ...