This week the folks at Misfit, creators of the Misfit Shine, have made clear their intent to expand. Not with another wearable - the first one they’ve made is still running strong - but with a release of their software system for the whole developer universe to take part in.
Apple keeps a tight grip on its App Store, sometimes to the point of being obscure and secretive. That is why it is such a big deal when the company does shed some light into its review process. Giving "listicle" lovers something to devour, Cupertino is letting the public in on the top 10 causes for apps to get rejected, most of which boil down to developer oversight.
In a world full of threats and rampant government monitoring, it isn't surprising that a game called Global Thermonuclear War would raise a red flag at some point. The somewhat comical part is how it happened -- when the developer's unsuspecting landlord entered to do an inspection and was greeted with a white board containing a diagram for blowing up the eastern US.
Users are known to ignore a few warnings, skip a few steps, and other sometimes cringe-worthy actions for the sake of convenience. However, that isn't an excuse for app developers to ignore common sense (which, apparently, isn't really that common) just to provide users that convenience. Unfortunately, that might be the case on iOS, where several popular apps have allegedly skimmed over Apple's developer documentation, leaving users vulnerable to, in the worst case scenario, making an automatic phone call to a premium-rate phone number.
There’s little doubt now that there’s at least a tiny bit of interest left in the world of Dreamcast gaming. That Sega-made platform still exists in the wild - in the "Used" section of gaming stores, mostly, but in the households and attics of massive amounts of fans across the planet. With the release of ESTk, development of games for the platform can continue.
This morning Xbox One was put in the spotlight with not only a collection of fantastic AAA games and exclusives, but with a set of "indy" games as well. I suggest we put quotation marks around the word "indy" at this point not because of the size of the production studios behind the games, but because of their high quality. These are the AAA indy games, that is to say.
This week Valve has soft-launched Source 2, also known as Source Engine 2, or the next generation of their engine for video games. This software is the base for the next generation of Valve games, very possibly ready for titles like Left 4 Dead 3, Team Fortress 3, and - though it may seem like a long-lost dream, Half-Life 3.
As expected, Apple has released the next iOS 8 beta update, bringing a roster of changes to developers who are using the newest software. The update -- build number 12A4345d -- mostly revolves around fixing a bunch of bugs (though, of course, not all of them).
The folks at Crytek UK have sold the rights to the gaming franchise Homefront to Deep Silver. This means big things for the series, but suggests the current title "Homefront: The Revolution" may be in flux. We recently saw some (rather impressive looking) trailer work earlier this year on the game - it’d be a darn shame if it never got made.
Why do you think a developer should create an app? Earlier this week I made a rather hardline stance on the current state of the app development universe for smart devices, suggesting that because Android-based revenue from app-buyers was lower than iOS, that developers should abandon Google’s mobile operating system. Now I’m not quite so sure.