Archive | January 2014

Zynga COO on Company Changes: We Turned a Corner

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When it comes to analyzing Zynga‘s full-bodied earnings announcement from Thursday, it may be easiest to take a bird’s eye view

The San Francisco, Calif.-based gaming company announced extensive layoffs, a half-billion dollar acquisition and better-than-expected earnings — a feat that Zynga COO Clive Downie described as the company “turning a corner.”

“I think it is Zynga turning a corner,” he said. “It proved that we have a vision for the company going forward that’s backed by strategy from a content standpoint, it’s backed by strategy for driving efficiency, and it’s backed by strategy in terms of how we look to accelerate it with the acquisition.” …

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2014, in Mashable.

‘Candy Crush’ Creator Getting Flack for Trademark of the Word ‘Candy’

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Normally, when you hear about a company going after independent game developers, it is usually some patent troll that is only in the business for the sole purpose of suing people who infringe on some patent the bought off of a derelict company. You don’t usually hear about the makers of one of the most profitable games in the App Store going after independent game developers over the use of common words.

Thus is the case with the makers of Candy Crush Saga. Apparently, King, the game’s developer, recently succeeded in trademarking the word “candy” in Europe and has subsequently had some games pulled from the EU App Store for infringing on said trademark.

King is also currently pursuing a trademark of “candy” in the United States. However, trademark laws in the U.S. are not likely to allow it. From a quick Internet search, “Granting trademark rights on a generic term-say “apple” for use on apple juice-puts other companies at an unfair competitive disadvantage. Every company has the right to describe its products and services using generic terms.”

Candy is about as generic as it gets.

According to Slate, Cariboo and uuav, via itch.io, have called for an all out assault on King for what is being called “ridiculous.” Their protest, called “Candy Jam,” asks game developers to create a game that uses the name “candy” in the title. Thanks to word-of-mouth spreading of the protest, no less than 120 new games using the word “Candy” have been created.

While Candy Jam co-founder Laurent Raymond doesn’t expect anything will change due to this protest, more and more people are learning about the morally questionable tactics on the part of King.

Candy Crush Saga is a huge hit with a lot of iOS users. Once word gets out to the general public that they are suing other indie game companies for using the word “candy,” maybe people will think twice before giving them money.

You can follow the antics of Candy Jam by checking the hash tag #candyjam on Twitter.

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2014, in Pad Gadget.

All New York’s a Stage in Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Before Bruno Mars, the Red Hot Chili Peppers or any surprise entertainers sing a note for the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show, Pepsi will once again broadcast a 30-second intro video to pump up the stadium crowd as well as the TV audience watching on Fox

This time, Pepsi, the halftime‘s sponsor, has transformed New York City’s iconic landscape into musical instruments as a tribute to the “host city,” even though the Super Bowl will be played outside of Manhattan at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Manhattan Bridge becomes a guitar, the Guggenheim becomes drums, trains become mixing levels and Columbus Circle becomes a turntable, among other transformations. …

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2014, in Mashable.

Aereo Can’t Take Any More New Customers in New York

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New York City residents planning to buy an Aereo subscription before the Super Bowl are out of luck.

The streaming television broadcast service has reached capacity in the largest television market in the United States, forcing the company to temporarily stop taking subscriptions.

“We’re fortunate that Aereo continues to experience strong growth across all our markets. Our team has been working overtime to add more capacity in our existing markets,” an Aereo spokesperson told Mashable. “As soon as additional capacity is added, new consumers will be notified that they can sign up and create an Aereo account.” …

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15 Mesmerizing Moments From Chinese New Year Celebrations

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After days of preparation, the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations kicked off on Thursday in China and across Asia

The date of the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar, indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year. That’s why the Chinese New Year always falls on different dates in the Western calendar, which is Gregorian.

Celebrations for the Year of the Horse included fireworks, firecrackers, masks, costumes, prayers and colorful light displays. But this year’s celebrations were partly dampened by pollution …

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Kitten Version of ‘Frozen’ Will Give You Fuzzy Warm Feelings

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Fur the first time, these kitties are playing everyone’s favorite ice princesses, Anna and Elsa from Disney‘s Frozen.

YouTube channel The Pet Collective pounced back into action with its latest video. Now you can relive all the Disney magic, and get highlights of the soundtrack, in this adorable, furry tribute.

The Pet Collective is famous for it’s all-feline movie remakes, such as Toy Story and The Lion King.

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2014, in Mashable.

Engadget Podcast 382 – 1.31.14

We’re breaking it down to the bare essentials this week, with Terrence and Ben getting laser focused on the recent Lenovo / Motorola deal and Nintendo’s state of financial affairs. With just those two topics on the table, every stone is upturned and … …read more    

Midair Skydive Rescue Will Leave You White as a Sheet

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Anyone for jumping out of an airplane at 12,500 feet and hurtling uncontrollably to the ground with only a modified tablecloth standing between you and certain doom? No? Well, after watching the video above, we certainly can’t blame you

Veteran skydiver James Lee was taking part in a jump over Wiltshire, England, when just after he left the plane, disaster struck him right in the noggin. He was accidentally hit on the back of the head by another diver, knocking him unconscious on a free-fall.

Lee’s fellow divers realized something was wrong with Lee when he didn’t respond to their hand signals. The divers corrected Lee’s falling position and pulled his chute, saving his life. Lee regained consciousness soon after and floated safely to the ground. The whole harrowing incident was captured by his helmet cam, so we can all experience the terror first-hand. …

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This entry was posted on January 31, 2014, in Mashable.