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Apps - Recently,  Apple celebrated the six years since opening its App Store. Since then, total global app sales have grown to $30 billion and show no signs of stopping. Analysts expect total sales to reach the $100 billion range by...
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#NYCTech - A larger than expected group of game developers came together for the first ever Game Dev Hacker, held in the Microsoft offices in Times Square. While the conference room was much too small for the assembled group, the games...
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#NYCTech - Here’s how to play the game – and come out a winner. 50 million Americans solve a crossword puzzle every week, but it’s a highly fragmented market (local newspapers, in-flight magazines). Along comes a company that knows all...
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Advertising - You’re a major brand manager with big bucks to spend on advertising. You’ve gotten people to like you on Facebook. Great.  You’ve built up your following on Twitter. Good on you! Now that that’s done, how do you keep them...
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Advertising - Over a billion dollars was invested in New York City Startups in Q1 of 2014.  $1,255,579,433 to be exact.  Analyzing some publicly available data from our friends at CrunchBase, we take a look at the verticals and sectors this...
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Advertising - Gaming app makers face a conundrum over how to monetize their product while keeping gamers plugged in. Advertising that rewards players with in-game virtual gifts could be the answer, according to a new study. Developers of free...
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AlleyTalk - Augmented reality is one of those technologies that looks cool and clearly has promise but isn't often used in a way that doesn't come off as more than a gimmick. This is as true in the world of toys as it is in the world of...
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AlleyTalk - The success of online video game Flappy Bird ruffled some feathers, and the attention led its developer, Dong Nguyen, to pull it from online...
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Bitcoin - Zynga announced it would accepted in-game payments with bitcoin, sending the bitcoin price up. What does Zynga’s move means for the fledgling...
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Apps - There’s been a lot of hype around eSports in the past couple of years, mostly due to the surging viewership numbers around Riot Games’ hit online game League of Legends. I bought into it too, mostly because I love video games. And...
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Gaming - I am not going to wax poetic on Zygna’s successes Farmville or Mafia Wars because they annoy me to no end and I wish people would stop herding sheep on Facebook because I think there are better ways to spend your time! As my Yelp...
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Gaming - I “found” this draft of Zynga CEO Mark Pincus’ letter to his staff about impending layoffs. Changes from the final draft are in bold.   To our Zynga Community, Today is a hard day for Zynga employees who haven’t...
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Gaming - When it comes to environmentalism, we usually have the best of intentions. We turn out the lights when we leave a room, use public transit, buy environmentally-friendly products, and attempt, in numerous ways, to cut down our ecological...
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Gaming - Today, we hear from Niamh Bushnell, Head of US Partnerships for GoPrezzo, a casual gaming tournament platform based in NYC and Ireland.   Niamh...
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Cool Tech - See Part One for the First Half of the Interview. Jesse Freeman is a Microsoft Tech Evangelist, game developer and author of “Introducing HTML5 Game Development: Developing Games with Impact”. He recently started a Meetup called...
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Accelerators - One potato, two potato, three potato, tour!   There are very few successful games about potatoes, but Pota-Toss World Tour by Saborstudio has proven that with the right team, mentors and an original spin, tossing potatoes can...

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