About two weeks ago, Threes! made its appearance in the App Store. The simple, unassuming game quickly sped its way to the number one spot in less than a week. Today, the company has launched an update that includes several features that players have requested, proving that Threes! belongs on the Top Paid Apps list for having developers who listen to their customers.
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The Sci Show recently did a short blurb on why people get addicted to Flappy Bird. The theory is that playing the game releases dopamine when the player gets a new high score. This good feeling causes the brain to want more. So, the brain assigns the good feeling to playing the game, which causes the player to want to play more. The cycle goes on. What if the player has no emotions when flying between pipes? What if the player is a robot? Will it succeed at getting a high score? Will it play until it gets to the end? Is there an end to Flappy Bird?
Electronic Arts is one of the best know game makers in the industry. Its founder, Trip Hawkins recently launched a new startup company that raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. If You Can Company is focused on creating games to teach children social and emotional learning skills. Today, the company launched the first in what is sure to be a long line of children’s games.
Up until quite recently, I didn’t know what Sugru was. I notice that a lot of tech and electronics projects are now calling for a bit of the substance, so I figured I’d have to look into it more. It turns out, Sugru is a self-setting claylike rubber that can be manipulated and formed by hand like dough, and bonds to nearly everything, turning into a durable, but flexible silicone rubber overnight. It’s like the Mighty Putty of silicone.
For a while now, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been speaking out, openly and loudly, about discriminatory practices in the public and private sector. Last November, He asked Congress to “strike a blow” against discrimination in a heartfelt opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. Today, CNBC confirmed that Apple has sent Arizona governor Jan Brewer a letter requesting she veto the controversial religious freedom bill SB1062.
The official Major League Baseball app, “MLB.com At Bat” launched on the same day as the App Store on July 10, 2008. It was downloaded 10 million times in 2013. The app has been the mainstay of professional baseball fans for nearly as long as iOS has existed. Today, in celebration of Spring Training, MLB.com At Bat has been completely redesigned with a new iOS 7 user interface, more video features, and league-wide scoreboard functionality. Get ready for Opening Day with the MLB’s full experience.
I think one could call me a Disney fan. I grew up less than sixty miles from the theme park and visited Disneyland for the firs time when I was only 6 months old. I grew up watching VHS tapes of the earliest animated films and the Disney Channel was my babysitter for much of my afterschool activities. I own every animated feature film the company made until 1985 (except for three very hard to find movies from the mid 1940s). Disney has just announced a digital movie service and app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch that will make it possible for fans like me to watch more than 400 of the company’s titles.
Ars Technica discovered a blog post published last night by security research firm FireEye showing proof of concept monitoring on a non-jailbroken iOS 7.0.x device. Based on information gathered from FireEye, the researchers were able to identify a flaw in Apple’s mobile operating system that would allow attackers to log every touch a user makes on their device, including TouchID and volume controls.
As iOS 7 game controllers are slowly creeping into the market, it is still rare to see one fit for the iPad. So far, the only one we’ve come across has been the SteelSeries Stratus. Today, console accessory maker Mad Catz unveiled their new iOS 7 MFi controller at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Although it has a special mount for the iPhone, the controller is Bluetooth connected and compatible with the iPad.
Hidden Objects games have come a long way in the past few years. They have gone from a stationary screen with hidden items to a deeply involving story with complex puzzle challenges. Free-to-play game distributor is capitalizing on the frenzy of interest in the genre with a new hidden objects game from the same company that created Mystery Manor. Incredible Heist will be coming soon to the iPad.