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There’s a Wild New Way to Buy Stuff on Amazon

Amazon Echo now lets you buy stuff with your voice

Who needs a computer or even a phone to buy stuff online when you’ve got your voice? Amazon has just updated its new digital assistant product Echo with the ability to reorder products from the online retailer using voice commands.

Amazon users who have a Prime membership can tell Echo, “Alexa, reorder laundry detergent,” for example, and the device will automatically check to see if the user has previously ordered the item. Echo’s name defaults to Alexa but can easily be changed.

If an item hasn’t previously been ordered, Echo will search for similar items among a list of high-rated products called Amazon’s Choice and offer users the chance to order that instead. If there are no similar products available in the Amazon’s Choice selection, the item will be placed in a user’s shopping list.

It’s no surprise that Amazon is using Echo to rope people into buying more stuff online. The company also recently unveiled a selection of tiny physical buttons that people can place around their home and press to automatically reorder staples like detergent and diapers.

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‘Temple Run’ Turns One and Hits 100 Million Mark

‘Temple Run’ Turns One and Hits 100 Million Mark, New Update and Freebies to Celebrate!

posted August 2nd, 2012 8:45 AM EDT by Jared Nelson

There really isn’t another iPhone pop culture phenomenon that can rival Angry Birds, but if I had to pick the one that’s closest it would have to be Imangi’sTemple Run [ Free ]. From Justin Bieber posting high score screenshots to his millions of followers, to Rick Santorum’s kids talking up their dad’s mad skills at the game, to a partnership with freaking Disney for the movie tie-in Temple Run Brave [ $0.99 ], the Temple Runfranchise has truly broken through to the masses.

Expect Temple Run’s popularity to continue to grow too, both as a game as well as a brand with some interesting merchandising on the way like clothes and board games. We’re big fans of Temple Run simply because it’s fun, it’s free, and anybody can enjoy it. Congratulations to Imangi for their milestone and we look forward to more from them and Temple Run in the future.

Check out the whole article here: http://toucharcade.com

 

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Analysis of Social Gaming Consumers

Here’s research stats on consumers and social gaming now and into the future:

  • As of 2010, there are almost 600m social network gamers worldwide. This number will continue rising until 2015.
  • China made the greatest contribution to total player numbers in 2010, with 109m players – the US was second, with 95m. These numbers are set to rise to 273m and 150m respectively by 2015.
  • In the fast-growing markets of China, India and Russia, less than 10% of the total population currently plays online social games, whereas in the developed world the total ranges from 19% in Italy up to 41% in South Korea.
  • By the end of the forecast period, more than 50% of all people in Japan, South Korea and the UK will play social games.
  • Famously, social network gaming is majority-female – 56% of players worldwide are female, compared to 50% of the global population.
  • All the age groups between age 30 and 59 are over-represented in social gaming compared to the total global population, while younger and older groups are under-represented.
  • Children under 18 are less likely to engage in social gaming than they are in other computer gaming activities. More than 110m children play online social games.
  • In the narrow 18-21 age group, there are more than 30m people worldwide who can be targeted with specific tailored content.
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Mobile Gaming Trends: Popularity, Price and Monetization

Distimo’s analyst, Hendrik Koekkoek, revealed these stats in his report “Mobile Gaming Trends: Popularity, Price and Monetization“. Here’s a summary of trends we found insightful we thought you’d find to be of value…

• The average selling price of games declined by 28% over the last year, while the revenue generated by the most successful freemium games increased tenfold during this period in the Apple App Store for iPhone.

• The presence of virtual currencies within games is one of the main reasons behind the popularity and monetization success of in-app purchases. 35% of the 300 most popular free games in June use some sort of virtual currencies to monetize in the Apple App Store for iPhone.

• Looking at the 300 most popular paid for applications, 72% of downloads are generated by games while the remaining 28% of downloads are generated by applications other than games in the Apple App Store for iPhone.

• The total revenue generated by top grossing games increased by 79% year-on-year in the Apple App Store for iPhone.

• A small number of publishers dominate total game downloads: ten publishers account for more than half of all downloads among the 300 most popular paid games in the Apple App Store for iPhone.

• Notwithstanding the popularity of games, the growth rate of the number of applications other than games is higher than the growth rate of the number of games in most stores. The number of games has increased faster than other apps only in the Apple App Store for iPhone, the Apple App Store for iPad and GetJar, but the growth rate for games in other stores is lower than for other applications.

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Global Forecast and Value of the Electronic Gaming Industry through 2016

Global Forecast and Value of the Electronic Gaming Industry through 2016

Electronic gaming is a global popular pastime for many people. With the growth and popularity of game consoles, handheld consoles, smartphones, more accessible downloading through mobile app stores, the numbers will continue to mushroom. Here’s some stats from BCC Research’s market research report “Electronic Games and Gaming: Global Markets”.

The value of global shipments of gaming hardware reached $23 billion in 2010. Shipments are projected to grow in value at a 4.3% rate to reach $24 billion in 2011, and at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8% to reach $35 billion by 2016. Game consoles accounted for 49% of the total revenue in 2010 and are projected to account for just 43% by 2016.

The value of handheld consoles reached $7.7 billion in 2010 and is projected to grow at a 7% rate to reach $8.2 billion by 2011, and at a CAGR of 4% to reach $10 billion by 2016. Unit shipments of handheld consoles are projected to increase by a 5.6% rate by 2011 and by a CAGR of 9.2% to reach 90 million units in 2016.

The value of games and software for game consoles reached $18.2 billion in 2010 and will grow at a 7% rate to reach $19.5 billion by 2011. Game console software will grow at a CAGR of 7.6% to reach $28 billion by 2016.

The value of games and software for handheld consoles reached $10.1 billion in 2010 and is projected to grow at a 5.9% rate to reach $10.7 billion in 2011 and at a CAGR of 8.5% to reach $16.1 billion by 2016. The value of games and software for computer platforms reached $7.7 billion in 2010 and will grow at a 6.5% rate to reach $8.2 billion by 2011 and at a CAGR of 14.3% to reach $16 billion in 2016.

The computer and mobile markets represent the fastest-growing games and software platforms. The value of mobile games and software was $4 billion in 2010 and will grow at a 7.3% rate to reach 4.3% by 2011 and at a CAGR of 20.7% to reach $10.7 billion by 2016. The value of games and software for the computer and mobile markets will rise at CAGRs of 22% and 15%, respectively, by 2016.

The value of arcade machines shipped will decline from 190,000 units in 2011 to 155,000 units in 2016. The time-tested technology is being superseded by computer and mobile devices.

The value of shipments of accessories and services reached $2.5 billion in 2010 and will grow at a 4.3% rate to $2.6 billion by 2011 and then at a CAGR of 14.5% to total more than $5 billion by 2016. Accessories will be heavy in the computer and mobile game-playing sectors.

All indications point to a continued presence of the regular and handheld game consoles but faster growth for the computer and mobile platforms. Games are being adapted from console to online and mobile formats.

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10 Retro Games for the Modern Mobile

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Despite modern gaming technology, gamers are still eager for a throwback, now and then.

Modern mobile gaming has adopted retro style to create new experiences. Although the graphics and sound on retro games were once considered modern, now they’re considered an art form. Some have updated franchise games popular in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. Other games look like they could have been plucked straight from a past era.

Any way you stack it, retro has been reborn on iOS. Here are 10 throwback games you’ll love.

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10 Best iPhone Arcade Games

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In this fast-paced game, players control their jetpack-clad character through hazardous corridors full of lasers, electric fields and missiles. Along the way, earn coins and tokens toward cosmetic upgrades like new jetpacks, costumes, distance credits or revival ability. Luck is a big factor in this game, but it cuts both ways.

Price: $0.99


Players try to survive as long as possible across four game modes, using grappling hooks as transportation. The game modes, along with unlockable hats to customize your character, complement the simply fun swinging gameplay.

Price: $0.99


This endless runner game, initially popularized on Flash before being introduced on iOS, is well-known for its perfectly-tuned gameplay. Do you try to survive when the game accelerates to high speeds, increasing the possibility that an ill-placed window or a sudden obstacle dooms you to fail? Or, do you slow it down by cleverly utilizing the boxes in your path? The tradeoff requires more than reflexes, but strategic brainpower too.

Price: $2.99


While playing Tetris, have you ever imagined you were jumping over the blocks that constantly descended down, down, down? Well, that’s what this game is! Plus, enjoy a bonus mode that pays homage to handheld games of the past, and all the pixel art you can handle.

Price: $0.99


This is one of the most pleasant endless runner games around. The music and graphics create a happy and charming world. The game is easy to play: Just hold down on the screen to fly upward and loop-de-loop. Hitting bad cloud obstacles doesn’t mean game over, but it does reduce your score multiplier, so fly carefully and score as many points as possible!

Price: $0.99


Players try to survive while being bombarded by asteroids. A unique dual-swipe control system works great for trying to precisely navigate the asteroid menace. The game boasts a rocking chiptune soundtrack, unlocks rewards accumulated throughout the game, and takes total advantage of the high-resolution retina display and iPad screens.

Price: $0.99


Fans of GalagaSpace Invaders, and other retro shoot-em-ups will love this game too. Players flip between both sides of the battlefield in order to avoid damage, and to attack vulnerable enemies. Despite new elements and modern twists, the game still features old-school shooting fun.

Price: $0.99


Speed along neon-colored tracks in this endless racing game, while trying to unlock new cars and designs. All the tracks in the game are user-generated, so prepare for tracks with devilish twists and turns and amazing futuristic city scenery.

Price: FREE


This isn’t quite the Pac-Man you know and love. The basics are the same: Run around a maze and collect power pellets to eat ghosts. However, the maze constantly warps with each fruit that you eat, leaving players wildly attempting to survive!

Price: $4.99


Formerly entitled 1000 Heroz, this running game presents a new challenge each day: courses fraught with new perils and new leaderboards to conquer. Part of the fun is the ability to join custom leagues and compete with friends.

Price: $0.99

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10 Best iPhone Action Games

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One common complaint against mobile games is that they aren’t up to snuff with so-called “actual” games, that games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja can’t compare to action-packed console and PC games. We’re putting that assertion to rest with the following 10 captivating mobile games, each of which holds its own against download services like Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network.

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10 Best Cross-Platform Multiplayer Mobile Games

 

 

More and more mobile game developers are learning that their titles have to reach across playforms if they want to bring everyone in on the fun. With the smartphone market more evenly segmented than ever (iPhoneand Android being the dominant operating systems), making games that people can play together, regardless of device, is key.

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