How does releasing games through Apple, Valve, Nintendo and Sony’s digital storefronts compare?

How does releasing games through Apple, Valve, Nintendo, and Sony’s stores compare?

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Swedish indie game developer Image and Form has released a game on iOS, and through Valve, Nintendo, and Sony’s digital stores. So, how does the process compare? Edge-Online asked:

Taken as a group, Sigurgeirsson would like to see “Apple become a bit more personal,” and for Nintendo and Sony’s submission processes to be standardised and streamlined. Sigurgeirsson describes Valve, meanwhile, as “a wonderful company to work with.” (more…)

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Thread Spotlight: 2014 HTC One Discussion

Thread Spotlight: 2014 HTC One Discussion

HTC One blackiFans forum member Tatanko writes:

Anyone else excited about this phone? The original One was a very handsome phone and raised the bar for Android device design. I would argue that few phones look as good, with the exceptions being the metal-bodied iPhone 5/5S, the Nexus 5′s simple but suave soft-touch plastic body, and perhaps Sony’s elegant square Xperia models.

The next-generation HTC One is expected to be unveiled in late March, possibly with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 5-inch 1080p display, 2 GB RAM, UltraPixel rear-facing camera and Android 4.4 KitKat. Does this smartphone make your wishlist this year?

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Facebook to acquire WhatsApp for $16 billion

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Facebook has reached a deal to acquire WhatsApp, one of the largest mobile messaging services available, for $16 billion dollars, or roughly $40 per user. So far, WhatsApp did not have any major type of monetization strategy. With Facebook on board, you can expect ads and data mining, though Facebook is stating that they intend to run the company as a separate division, much like they have with Instagram.

So — are you done with WhatsApp, or does the Facebook purchase not bother you?

[Facebook]

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Samsung reportedly out of A8 chip production

Samsung, previously one of the largest contributors to Apple’s supply chain, is reportedly out of production on the A8 chip after failing to meet yield rate expectations on the new 20 nm design. This comes by way of TechNews Taiwan. (more…)

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Farhad Manjoo of The NYT: Apple hardware, Google services, Amazon media

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Farhad Manjoo is the latest recruit and editor of The NYT‘s technology section, and his first article is likely to cause something of a stir: Manjoo recommends buying Apple hardware, using Google services, and going through Amazon for your media needs. Ben Thompson agrees, and boils it down to pure economics: (more…)

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Apple and Samsung fail to reach deal in mediation talks

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Samsung and Apple have failed to come to an agreement to cease their lawsuits. It was announced last month that top executives and lawyers from both companies would meet and try to come to an agreement that would put an end to the various lawsuits.

[The Verge]

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Apple claims 87% of smartphone profit share, Samsung holds 32%

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Profit share is another way to tell which competitors in an industry are doing well. With the smartphone market, Apple and Samsung hold more than 100% of industry profits — meaning that other players are losing money. According to Patrick Seitz of Investor.com, Apple holds 87.4% and Samsung comes in second, with 32.2% of all profits. (more…)

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Cast your vote: What is the all-around best Android phone?

Cast your vote: What is the all-around best Android phone?

Android KitKat LogoiFans user ThePodofi asks:

What android phone, as of right now, do you consider to be the best? Not just hardware wise but software along with hardware. Give your reasons when you answer! I’m really interested to see what you guys think!

Put me down for the Nexus 5. I would buy one if it had a better camera.

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Would you rather have an iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5?

Would you rather have an iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5?

Galaxy S4 iPhone 5Two flagship smartphone releases are expected this year from Apple and Samsung in the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 respectively. Which one would you rather have based on rumored hardware specifications and features? If you aren’t sure what is expected from the handsets, read here for a quick rundown of each.

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Woz: Apple should make an Android phone

Woz: Apple should make an Android phone

PICEDITOR-SMH“There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market,” said Wozniak–who, it should be noted, is no longer involved in the day-to-day workings of the company. “We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time.”

Fascinating interview with WIRED. I don’t know about any of you, but having stock Android on one of Apple’s upcoming bigger-screen iPhones would be a dream come true. Is Woz crazy?

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