Casual gaming could get disrupted by social design
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 by Freeman Lightner
Turkish mobile games studio Magic Games has raised more than $5 million in seed funding led by Makers Fund, with participation by Firat Ileri, and Hummingbird Ventures. Founded by former Peak Games leaders Cagri Ozturk, Ruya Celikcan, and Mert Kasar, and joined by senior industry leaders Murat Ozcelik, Anil Sert, and Orhan Tuc, the team draws from deep experience creati...
Using app gamification to get more people outdoors
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 by Richard Harris
Chimani is proud to roll out its most significant update to its popular gamification app for exploring our country’s vast number of parks and public lands! The new version has been rebuilt from the ground up with a completely redesigned user interface. It also features expanded content with the inclusion of state parks, national forests, and wildlife refuges....
$50M in funding raised by Theorycraft Games
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 by Brittany Hainzinger
Theorycraft Games has announced an additional $50 million raised in Series B funding, led by Makers Fund with participation from NEA and a16z. Theorycraft Games will use this raise to continue building out the most talent-dense team in games and to ensure they can keep making deep, 10,000-hour games that are just better when played with friends, like the company’s...
Mobile tower defense game stats
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 by Richard Harris
One of the most popular genres in mobile gaming is tower defense games. The mobile tower defense games market is especially popular on smartphones and tablets, where gamers can easily take them with them wherever they go. In addition, tower defense games are great for keeping people occupied on long road trips or flights, as they require little to no interaction from th...
Idle Miner Tycoon game passes 150M downloads
Monday, September 12, 2022 by Richard Harris
Idle Miner Tycoon has reached a new milestone in its storied history. The title, which revolutionized the idle genre upon its release in 2016, has officially surpassed the 150 million download threshold. The downloads represent the accumulated totals from both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store and demonstrate the title’s impressive longevity in an inc...
Secrets revealed from developers with over 20 mobile game hits
Monday, September 5, 2022 by Freeman Lightner
My Little Universe, Squad Alpha, Johnny Trigger, Jelly Shift, and Knife Hit are just a few of the successful mobile games created by Baltic game developer Estoty. The company is known for more than 20 hit mobile games that have attracted a total of 2 billion players. So what are the key ingredients for a successful mobile game? Estoty’s experts name the following ...
iOS 15 benchmark updates from AppsFlyer
Monday, November 1, 2021 by Brittany Hainzinger
AppsFlyer is back with an updated data set for iOS14+ Benchmarks.
iOS 15 adoption hits 30% after 5 weeks since the release
The share of users who have upgraded their operating systems to version 15 has only reached 30% as Apple has yet to push this update among its users. Adoption is slower than usual, iOS 14 reached 40% in the same time frame.
iOS Shopping app...
Spotify to surpass Apple podcasts in 2021
Thursday, March 18, 2021 by Brittany Hainzinger
Based on ongoing trends, Apple is set to lose its podcast supremacy to Spotify in 2021. According to the research data analyzed and published by Finaria, Spotify is projected to increase its number of listeners by 8 million in 2021 to reach 28.2 million. From the 2020 total of 19.9 million, that will be a remarkable 41.3% increase in one year.
Based on its Q4 2020 ea...
Quantum computing companies face new challenges in 2021
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 by Richard Harris
The most substantial quantum computing achievements in 2020 were the combined demonstrations of high-quantum-volume (performance) systems available via cloud interfaces with detailed roadmaps for system growth. For instance, IBM and Google both announced plans for machines with 1000 qubits – potentially enough for near-term applications achieving quantum...
Automation is critical according to CircleCi 2021 predictions
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 by Freeman Lightner
Expect the uncertainty that we experienced in 2020 to continue. When shelter-in-place orders hit, teams focused on prioritizing foundational systems to make work possible. 2021 will require prioritizing people. Leaders will need to take a close look at their organizations to build resilient teams and avoid burnout.
The rollercoaster of 2020 has highlighted the compet...
Game development and Live Ops are evolving
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 by Richard Harris
We recently caught up with Carbonated and AWS Game Tech to discuss how Carbonated’s custom-built, live ops platform Carbyne enables game developers to bring fresh content to players in real-time, without engineering support or an office-based workforce.
While Carbonated is a relatively small gaming studio, they have the tools to become a major player among the ...
CircleCI hits 1 millionth user
Thursday, September 17, 2020 by Brittany Hainzinger
CircleCI celebrates nine years and the addition of their 1 millionth user to the platform.
“When CircleCI started, CI/CD was a kind of niche, bleeding-edge practice. Now, we’re seeing the market accelerate like never before as companies prioritize automation and continuous delivery systems,” said Jim Rose, CircleCI CEO. “No matter what market ...
Why you should pace yourself with application modernization
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by Snjezana Cvoro-Begovic
In business and in life, it’s natural to set goals. Like many of us, you probably establish goals based on what you can accomplish in the short term, while gauging what it will take in terms of resources, assets and time.
But you may also embrace the idea of stretch goals, which help with motivation and permission to be ambitious, sometimes enabling us to...
The true potential of blockchain as seen from Ethan Beard
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by Richard Harris
Ripple offers the most advanced blockchain technology for global payments that reaches a trusted, growing network of 300+ financial institutions across 40+ countries and
six continents. Ripple’s open-source developer platform for money, Xpring, allows both crypto and non-crypto developers to integrate payments into any mobile application—with a wallet, new ...
Live Debugger for DevOps launches from Codefresh
Monday, November 25, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
Creating CI/CD pipelines is often considered a frustrating and time-consuming process. Each change has to be saved, committed and the pipeline rerun from the beginning. DevOps engineers are missing a key component that has been available for software developers for years: debugging breakpoints, so Codefresh is introducing the world’s first live CI/CD debugging too...
Apple subsidiary FileMaker rebrands as Claris
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by Richard Harris
Today at their 24th annual DevCon, FileMaker, Inc. unveiled the start of a new chapter in the company’s history as Claris International. In addition, the company announced its acquisition of Stamplay, a service that helps businesses of all sizes integrate data from third-party cloud services into their apps with easy-to-use connectors. The acquisition of Stamplay ...
FileMaker 18 low code custom app making platform arrives
Thursday, May 30, 2019 by Richard Harris
The FileMaker 18 low-code platform is here from FileMaker Inc (Apple subsidiary) and features a range of enhancements, from an improved user interface to a larger offering of security controls.
FileMaker reports that more than 50 thousand companies use the FileMaker Platform to create custom apps to solve their unique challenges and drive growth. While custom a...
Push notification value increases with intensity
Monday, March 4, 2019 by Richard Harris
Marfeel has released the results of an extensive study that measured the value of push notifications to publishers and identified optimized strategies for increasing the value of push notifications by up to 40 percent.
The research defined a new metric, Subscriber Lifetime Value, or SLTV, to evaluate push notification strategies for customers using Marfeel’s au...
How a brain training app helps Tom Brady play faster
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by Richard Harris
Despite recurring suggestions that he has peaked and that the Brady era will soon see its final sunset, New England Patriots’ Quarterback Tom Brady keeps pulling out the critical wins. How does he do it year after year, while seeming to defy the effects of aging?
Like most sports, football is a game of decision-based movements - with continuous demands for the ...
Hothead games wants to make your mobile game a hit too
Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Richard Harris
Hothead Games announced that it has launched a new publishing division to help third-party game developers turn their mobile games into hits. The company is currently accepting submissions and offering financial assistance for games in various stages of development that will benefit from Hothead’s expertise in analytics, marketing, monetization, and gameplay mecha...
What game developers can learn from Fortnite's rise
Friday, December 28, 2018 by Richard Harris
Fortnite took over the video game world in 2018 and reached over $1 billion in sales, reaching every gaming fan with experiences on all the major consoles, mobile operating systems and even streaming platforms like Twitch. However, Fortnite seems to have reached a plateau with a recent study by StreamElements revealing viewership of the game has steadily declined since ...
No code platform Kintone now integrates with Microsoft Flow
Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Richard Harris
The ability to incorporate data from key applications, such as Office 365 Outlook, Twitter and DocuSign, is critical to providing a secure, centralized repository of information that can be used to equip teams to respond more quickly to business issues through enterprise-wide collaboration.
To help, Kintone, the provider of a no-code application development platform ...
OneSignal hits 850,000+ push notifications per second
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by Richard Harris
OneSignal set a new throughput record with their push notification service, delivering 850,000+ notifications per second - more than twice the competition.
OneSignal sends 4 billion push notifications per day, up 25% since September. OneSignal is used by 550,000+ developers and marketing teams including many Fortune 500 companies.
On election day, push notificatio...
IoT medical devices aren't as secure as you think
Monday, November 5, 2018 by Richard Harris
Zingbox released the report of its second annual Healthcare Security Survey. The survey was expanded this year to include not only IT/IS professionals, but also clinical and biomedical engineers who play critical roles in managing and securing connected medical devices.
The survey revealed a contradiction between the confidence that healthcare professionals have in t...
Low code app platform FileMaker Go hits 4 million downloads
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by Richard Harris
FileMaker, Inc. has said that its FileMaker Go app for iPad and iPhone has reached 4 million downloads from the iTunes App Store. This milestone is a testament to the enduring success and popularity of FileMaker - and they say it underscores the company’s commitment to helping organizations of all sizes work better, solve problems and innovate.
Making apps by collaborating and sharing the profits
Monday, September 24, 2018 by Richard Harris
Everyone has a project idea but most of them never go anywhere because getting all of the resources together to pull it off seems monumental. You might be a developer, but your not a designer. Or you might be a good marketer, but you have no sense of business.
For the past 12 months Crowdsourcer.io has been working on a web platform where people can collaborate on pr...
Mobile game spending is dominated by women says Liftoff
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Liftoff released a data report exploring the booming world of mobile gaming. Since last year, Liftoff has detected a golden age of mobile game marketing with acquisition costs at all stages of the funnel decreasing and post-install conversion rates increasing. And as multi-platform gaming sensations like Fortnite bring high-quality play experiences to smartphones, more ...
Constellation blockchain microservice OS releases base code
Friday, August 10, 2018 by Richard Harris
Constellation Labs announced the release of their testnet - the first version (V1) of Constellation’s base code. This launch begins a process of building out a small network of nodes, which communicate with each other in order to prevent “bad actors” on the system. The testnet’s primary goal is to accomplish both the handling and validation of ba...
Open source IT automation solution from Red Hat gets an update
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Red Hat, Inc. announced the general availability of Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.6, the latest release of its agentless open source IT automation solution. Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.6 adds new content for automating across hybrid and multi-cloud environments, along with simplified connections to network APIs and updates for Ansible deployments overseeing Windows environments...
Mobile app design tips for all generations
Thursday, July 12, 2018 by Janani Vasudev
The way we use technology to communicate varies drastically based on age, perhaps most conspicuously within family circles. Communication between a brother and sister, or another generational peer, is typically a much more fluid experience than with a parent, grandparent or distant relative. While younger generations have commonly adopted social media platforms to stay ...
Automation Anywhere hits $1.8 billion valuation
Thursday, July 5, 2018 by Richard Harris
Automation Anywhere has completed its Series A financing round of $250 million led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Goldman Sachs Growth Equity with participation from General Atlantic and World Innovation Lab (WiL). This brings Automation Anywhere’s post-money valuation to $1.8 billion. This sizable investment will help extend Automation Anywhere&rsquo...
Mobile retargeting best practices and worst mistakes
Monday, June 11, 2018 by Richard Harris
Retargeting has been a key component of growth strategies for most leading apps, but creating a successful retargeting strategy and measuring its success can be a slippery slope, especially without a clear market standard.
Adikteev recently released a whitepaper with insights and best practices for having an efficient app retargeting strategy so we cau...
Millennial targeted news app SQUID hits 1M downloads
Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Richard Harris
SQUID App - the first news app built for millennials, was developed by Njuice AB, a media company based in Stockholm, Sweden, has just crossed 1,000,000 downloads and the company is growing its user-base by double-digit numbers every month.The goal of the app is to make relevant news readily available, offering a wide range of topics that let users select and create the...
Why developers should add mobile print to apps
Friday, May 4, 2018 by Patrick Chen
Printing has been a major part of history for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Mesopotamia, and despite the rise of digital technologies, it’s not going anywhere - in fact, the demand for printing continues to grow, for four major reasons:Despite digital advancements, printing is still the standard. Printed materials such as contracts, government forms and har...
Using feature flags in your app release management strategy
Thursday, April 19, 2018 by Richard Harris
Giant software releases that happen on an annual basis need to stay in the past. Year-long release cycles mean developers are forced to simply “push and pray” that the update is successful. There’s too much room for error and consumers are forced to deal with too much change at once.Today’s consumers expect constant, imperceptible software updates, and today’s developer...