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Nintendo to aim for a “free-to-start” mobile gaming model

Nintendo to aim for a “free-to-start” mobile gaming model

By announcing its plans to start a presence on mobile, Nintendo has practically sealed its fate in that part of the market. But, as with many advanced announcement, details of those plans haven't been fleshed out or, in some cases, might be totally non-existent. Nintendo isn't divulging much of its plans for the future but, at a recent shareholders' meeting, CEO Satoru Iwata revealed one aspect of its mobile business plan. It wants to distance itself from the negative image of "free-to-play" and will instead adopt a "free-to-start" business model. In other words, we're back to the days of demoware.

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Universal wants Spotify to tighten leash on freemium model

Universal wants Spotify to tighten leash on freemium model

There is very little doubt that, at least in the West, digital music has eclipsed sales of physical media like CDs. But it seems that even in the digital land there is a bit of unrest. Streaming services, particularly Spotify, are largely seen to be eating into the numbers of digital downloads, provided by the likes of iTunes. But the Universal Music Group, one of if not the world's largest music company and who holds a 5 percent stake in Spotify, wants even more and wants Spotify to "urge" its free users to upgrade to paid.

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1Password gets touchy with Touch ID, goes freemium on iOS

1Password gets touchy with Touch ID, goes freemium on iOS

Agile Bits is bumping 1Password on iOS to the big version 5 and this update is more than just a simple improvement over the current release. First, it has now gained support for using your fingerprint to get access to your password vault. And second, it marks the transition of 1Password into a freemium service, at least for iOS users.

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UK ad authority to EA Games: Dungeon Keeper ad lied

UK ad authority to EA Games: Dungeon Keeper ad lied

The freemium business model takes yet another blow, this time across the pond in the UK. The country's self-policing ad standards body came out with a verdict that finds EA Games guilty of using misleading advertisements in trying to sell its now controversial Dungeon Keeper mobile game. Fortunately for EA, they might not have to pay any price.

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SwiftKey goes free on Android

SwiftKey goes free on Android

One of the most popular third party keyboards on Android has just shed its price tag. In announcing a major update with new features, SwiftKey has also dropped the bombshell that it will now be available free of charge, but will still hold on to in-app purchases via a new add-on store.

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Angry Birds for iOS now available for free

Angry Birds for iOS now available for free

After the game's initial release in December of 2009, the original Angry Birds game for iOS is now completely free to download. Both the iPhone and iPad versions are available to download at no cost. Previously the game was priced at $0.99 for the iPhone/iPod Touch version and $2.99 for the "HD" variant.

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App.net goes freemium, is still invite-only

App.net goes freemium, is still invite-only

App.net, the new social media service that looks to take on Twitter in a new and interesting way, is now a freemium service. Initially, it launched as a paid-only service after the project was successfully funded, but the company announced today that its introducing a free tier for those who don't want to pay up a monthly fee. However, those who want to become free members will still have to wait for an invite.

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