games

  • How Yo inspired the Jonas Brothers to create apps

    How Yo inspired the Jonas Brothers to create apps

    Remember that silly app, Yo, where you could ping someone with just a tap? Well, Kevin Jonas does. At the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York, the Jonas brothers talked about why they are creating apps. After seeing the Yo app raise over $1 million in funding, Kevin said it made launching startups look easy. “If they could do that, look what I can do,” said Kevin, about… Read More

  • Twitch’s new video ads can’t be blocked

    Twitch’s new video ads can’t be blocked

    Twitch, the Amazon-owned video streaming platform which is today used by over 2 million broadcasters, announced today its plans to begin selling video ads in its partners’ live streams which can’t be blocked by third-party ad blockers. These ads will roll out this week, and will be delivered through Twitch’s new SureStream video technology platform, which also offers… Read More

  • PBS debuts its own tablet for kids, the Playtime Pad

    PBS debuts its own tablet for kids, the Playtime Pad

    The public broadcaster PBS today unveiled a new plan to bring its children’s television programming to its young audience, who spend more time behind tablets than sitting in front of TV sets. It’s debuting its own branded tablet, called the Playtime Pad. The tablet, which is produced by Ematic will come preloaded with PBS Kids’ entertainment, including games, video clips… Read More

  • PewDiePie’s new game “Tuber Simulator” hits the top of the App Store, crashes

    PewDiePie’s new game “Tuber Simulator” hits the top of the App Store, crashes

    What happens when the world’s biggest YouTube star Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg tells his 48 million YouTube subscribers to download and play his new mobile game? The game promptly shoots up to the top of the App Store, and the servers crash under the load. That’s what happened, at least, following the iOS and Android launch of “PewDiePie’s Tuber… Read More

  • Pokémon Go will “likely” come to Android Wear

    Pokémon Go will “likely” come to Android Wear

    Pokémon Go will come to Android Wear, it seems. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF this afternoon, John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Labs – the company behind the most viral and profitable mobile game of all time – confirmed that his team will look into bringing game to other mobile platforms which are interesting in terms of both gameplay and mobility. Asked specifically if Android Wear was on… Read More

  • Pokémon Go becomes the fastest game to ever hit $500 million in revenue

    Pokémon Go becomes the fastest game to ever hit $500 million in revenue

    Pokémon Go has achieved a number of records since its debut – the most downloaded app in its first week ever and the fastest to reach 50 million installs on Google Play, for example – but now you can add one more to the list: the fastest mobile game to reach $500 million in revenue. According to a new report from App Annie, Pokémon Go has now surpassed $500 million in… Read More

  • “Mr. Robot” is now a mobile game that’s played through a fake messaging app

    “Mr. Robot” is now a mobile game that’s played through a fake messaging app

    The hit cybersecurity-focused TV show “Mr. Robot,” a psychological thriller popular among the tech crowd for its relatively accurate portrayal of hacking, is now a mobile game. Released by Telltale Games in association with NBCUniversal, and developed by Night School Studio in collaboration with Universal Cable Productions, the game is played through the fictional E-Corp messaging… Read More

  • Pokémon Go cracks down on cheaters with lifetime bans

    Pokémon Go cracks down on cheaters with lifetime bans

    Pokémon Go cheaters will now be permanently banned from playing the popular game, according to updated wording in the game’s terms of service. Niantic Labs, the game’s developer, writes that accounts can be banned for cheating, including by “falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an… Read More

  • Pokémon Go’s paying user base has reached a plateau

    Pokémon Go’s paying user base has reached a plateau

    Pokémon Go may be the most downloaded app in its first week post-launch ever, and is said to be raking in some $1.6 million daily on iOS alone, but a new report out on Friday suggests that the popular game’s paying user base may have already shrunk. According to data from Slice Intelligence, the app’s paying users peaked mid-July when the game had 56 percent more paying players… Read More

  • Beware the fake Pokémon Go apps

    Beware the fake Pokémon Go apps

    Earlier this month, the first Pokémon Go malware was spotted in the wild, but the app was not much of a threat to users as it never made it into the official Google Play store for download. The same cannot be said of a new group of dangerous applications targeting Pokémon Go users by promising cheats, tips, and other functionality. Despite their innocuous-sounding titles, the apps… Read More

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