plants vs zombies Stories May 9, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Infinity Blade II $0.99, Harman Kardon network AV receiver $199, iPad mini $30 off, more

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Last Call updates:

Incase Compact Campus Macbook backpacks in multiple colors $22 (Reg. $60) Free PC/Mac download from Origin: Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Ed. (~$10 value) Men’s Fashion: Brooks Brothers extra 25% off, Express 40% off, Timbuk2 messenger bag $34more New Best Buy promo lets iPhone 4 owners trade up to a Verizon or Sprint 5s for free $100 Apple iTunes gift card for $85 shipped (15% savings) https://twitter.com/9to5toys/status/464787429321613313 Other deals from today:

https://twitter.com/9to5toys/status/464430007050592256 More deals still alive:

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plants vs zombies Stories April 21, 2014

The Wall Street Journal has published a report saying that both Apple and Google are actively pursuing exclusivity deals with game developers. Whispers of these type of arrangements surfaced last year, with reports highlighting a partnership between Apple and EA for Plants vs Zombies 2.

The Journal confirms that Apple’s exclusivity deals do not include monetary payments. In return, the companies offer “premium placement” (such as featured spots on the home page) for launching first on their platform.

In regard to the Plants vs Zombies’ deal, the report says EA gave Apple agreed about two months of exclusivity.

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plants vs zombies Stories September 25, 2013

Yesterday a story popped up Giant Bomb claiming that EA executive Frank Gibeau said Apple had paid the company a “truckload of money” to launch PopCap’s much anticipated Plants vs Zombies 2 title as an iOS exclusive. Apple quickly denied the comments in a brief statement following the story and said that no money was exchanged with the publisher. As if that wasn’t enough, EA representatives today issued an official statement on the matter saying that the comment was taken out of context (via PocketGamer):

“A comment from an internal meeting taken out of context has created an unfortunate misunderstanding,” says EA’s statement.

“Reports of a paid relationship between Apple and EA are factually inaccurate, and we apologise for any confusion.”

Gibeau’s comments were clearly taken out of context, and we tend to believe that Apple didn’t offer up any cash in exchange for Plants vs Zombies 2 landing on iOS before Android. But what did he really mean with his “truckload of money” comment? Perhaps EA knew it would receive favorable placement in the App Store as a much hyped iOS exclusive?

There are a lot of unanswered questions about how Apple goes about featuring and ranking apps on the App Store, but it’s big money for developers who often see enormous boost in revenue and downloads when featured on the store.

Last month a report from Fiksu noted changes in how Apple ranks apps and seems to be incorporating user ratings and other new metrics, but this is the first we’ve heard of Apple possibly working with developers to have apps launch exclusively on iOS.

plants vs zombies Stories February 21, 2013

Netflix, Traktor DJ, Flickr, Amazon Mobile, Showtime Anytime, deals, more

As always, we’ll be updating the list below with more apps and updates as they continue to hit the App Store today:

Traktor DJ: Native Instruments, the company behind the massively popular Traktor DJ software and other well-known audio production tools, today released an iPad app dubbed Traktor DJ. For those familiar with the Traktor 2 Mac app, the iPad app provides you with a scaled back UI that offers two decks, 8 built-in effects, and the ability to record and share mixes. While you won’t get onscreen platters with this app like many other DJ apps, NI allows users to pinch and swipe the waveform on the deck itself “for simple looping and ultra-tight scratching.” A full list of features below:

– Revolutionary DJ app by Native Instruments – makers of the leading pro DJ software – Touch the groove using familiar iPad gestures like swiping and pinching – Direct access to your iTunes music library from TRAKTOR DJ – Stylish waveform display allows for simple looping and ultra-tight scratching – Intelligent browser recommends songs based on compatible tempo and key – Automatic tempo and key detection plus BPM sync for super-smooth mixing – Innovative Notification Center gives you in-app access to essential tips and undiscovered techniques – 8 built-in pro DJ effects, including Reverb, Delay and dramatic glitch effects like BeatMasher – Familiar DJ mixer layout with crossfader plus line faders, 3-band EQ and filter on each channel – Prepare tracks on the road – all meta data (tempo, beatgrids, cue points etc.) in TRAKTOR DJ syncs with TRAKTOR PRO DJ software* – Record your mixes live in high-quality on the iPad and share with your friends

Flickr version 2.1.0.803: The Flickr iOS app was gets an update this morning that brings faster uploading, the ability to quickly save images from Photostream to camera roll, and much more:

– Faster uploading – Easily save photos from your Photostream to your camera roll – Automatically saves your original, pre-filter photos to your camera roll – Quickly tag your contacts in photo comments and description by simply typing @screename – Get notified when your contacts mention you – Higher resolution photo display in lightbox view so your photos look even more stunning – Take photos in a snap using your iPhone’s volume up button

Netflix version 3.0: Netflix received an update today to version 3.0 and with it came an enhanced playback experience including the ability to view the title from the iPad player UI, the return of the zoom icon for fullscreen playback, and “better placement of play/pause and Back-10 buttons so you can easily control your experience.”

We enhanced the player UI for a better playback experience. 1. See the Title in the iPad player UI – Touch the player UI screen to see the title of movie/TV show you are watching 2. Zoom icon is back – so you can now control when you watch full screen mode 3. Note better placement of play/pause and Back-10 buttons so you can easily control your experience

Amazon Mobile version 2.3.3: A nice update to the Amazon Mobile app today for Canadians brings the ability to shop from Amazon.ca in addition to performance enhancements:

plants vs zombies Stories September 6, 2012

Gmail version 1.3.1: The Gmail iOS app was updated today with the ability to open web links within the Chrome iOS app instead of Safari. A handful of bug fixes were also included.

 

Tumblr version 3.1.0: Tumblr’s iPhone app gets a nice update that brings improvements to notifications, the ability to discover new blogs to follow via Facebook or your contacts and an option for your friends to sign up within the app itself. Other improvements included in the update: you can now track specific tags, a fast re-blog option by tapping and holding the re-blog icon and the ability to send fan mail. There are also some new sharing options when holding the “Like” button.

 

Minecraft – Pocket Edition version 0.4.0: A major release for the Pocket Edition of Minecraft includes a ton of new features, items, tweaks and bug fixes. A full list of what is new is below:

– Chests for storing items! – Beds for skipping to dawn (day and nights are now longer), and set your spawn point to the bed’s position. – Creepers and TNT (use flint and steel to ignite)! – Added food. Eat it to restore health. – Farming; wheat, seeds and hoe. – Peaceful mode setting: healing and no monsters. – Trapdoor, new dyes and a few new recipes. + More: close to 20 bug fixes and tweaks, e.g. monsters spawned when bright, client fall damage.

Plants vs. Zombies version 1.9.5: Along with full HD support for the new Retina iPad, PopCap updated all the Plants vs. Zombies iOS apps today with five new levels, three new achievements and new weapons and game modes: expand full story

plants vs zombies Stories August 21, 2012

Skype version 4.1: Both Skype’s iPhone and iPad apps were updated today with the ability to send and receive photos (with no file size limit) in addition to a number of other enhancements. Also present is updated privacy settings, a fix for issues related to Bluetooth and calls, and “Minor visual improvements across the app.” Skype also explained how it’s made the app “less battery hungry” and improved overall performance:

We’ve also improved the overall performance of Skype’s mobile apps. We’ve made them less battery hungry when running in the background, so you’ll now be able to answer Skype calls throughout the day when they come in. And, as you’ll be able to keep Skype open, you can respond to or send IMs to friends and colleagues all day long. In addition, we’ve tried to make the app start and contact list load even faster, so you can do all the things you love to do with Skype more quickly.

ooVoo Video Chat version 1.2.0: The free 12-way HD video chat app was updated today with a bunch of notable features including 4 pane video chat support on iPhone 4S, push notifications for chat messages and incoming video, and much more. You can also now send chat messages during a video call, start chats from the IM tab, and view a history of past text and video chats.

Plants Vs. Zombies Sequel: PopCap has confirmed it is working on a sequel to the extremely popular Plants Vs. Zombies title slated to launch sometime in late spring 2013. With the success of its iOS version of the first title, there is no doubt part two will be landing on iPhones and iPads when it arrives next year. We don’t have many details yet, but PopCap said the game will include “a bevy of new features, settings, and situations, designed to delight the franchise’s tens of millions of fans around the world.” We are also promised “hordes of new plant and zombie types.”

“Spring is crullest curlie ungood time, and plantz grow dull roots,” noted an unidentified spokesperson. “So, we are meating you for brainz at yore house. No worry to skedule schedlue plan… we’re freee anytime. We’ll find you.” expand full story

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