Could Apple Watch’s new game change the face of mobile gaming?

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June is finally here and after selling out more than a million copies in one day, Apple fans around the world will be eagerly anticipating the arrival of the new gadget through their letterboxes this month.

The Apple Watch has been making headlines ever since it first went on general sale in April, and whilst some reviews were great, some were not as favourable about the newest release from the creative genius of Jonathan Ive. Available in three models, the Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Sport and the somewhat extravagant Apple Watch Edition, the gadget serves primarily as a notification device which works best with other Apple products.

One area that the watch fell short on however was its gaming offering: obviously, with a watch face that’s just a few millimetres across in size, we can’t be expecting to shoot down bad guys a la Call of Duty.

However, in response to criticism about the watch, one savvy games developer has decided to produce a game that is specifically designed for a gadget of such a size and capabilities. Step forward, Runeblade, the new fantasy role playing game that sees players entering into a mystical realm to ward off evil spirits.

Unlike many other of the 3,500 apps now available for the Apple Watch, this is one that does not rely on another Apple product to function to its full potential. Developers at Everywear Games are describing it as “Twitter-sized entertainment” and the principle is the same – short bursts of excitement, for 10 to 15 seconds at a time.

Everywear Games CEO Aki Järvilehto said: “If you look at the dynamics of similar platforms, it’s always been games and entertainment that make us feel passionate about these devices.”

What’s more, staff at Everywear Games are also clearly on the money when it comes to game genres. Popular television shows like Game of Thrones have only served to catapult the fantasy genre to the top spot for gaming fans, and this has been exemplified in many other industries such as online gambling – at Slotocash, for example, their Orc vs Elf game is proving particularly popular with online players. But does this mean that mobile gaming is to undergo a huge change in the future?

While many of us will be used to playing mobile games on tablets, smartphones or even ‘phablets’, it’s another kettle of fish to play a whole game on a tiny watch device. However, for bursts of fun of only 10 seconds at a time, this could be just the kind of pint-sized fun that today’s gamer is looking for.

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10 Secret Steps to Create a Successful iPhone Application

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Steps for Iphone Dev
Think of any popular apps and closely scrutinize the factors responsible for their huge success and you will know that they made some amount of difference with their apps. Yes, if your apps do not provide any unique proposition, do not make any difference to the user in a positive way, the question of any success is straightforwardly ruled out. There are diverse ways to offer something unique or to put it in other words fill up the void in any field of usefulness. Offering an audience specific niche app to making an app of mass sensation, the choice is enormous with varying degree of challenge to face. Here below we provide 10 secret steps to create a successful iPhone application.

1. Do Your Homework, Research on your ideas
Behind every successful application there is a winning idea. But hitting on a winning idea you require good amount of homework and research. While browsing on ideas just consider 3 aspects. Think whether it is offering any unique value for the users or addressing to a specific category or niche and finally whether the app can engage or involve users in a unique manner. These are the three parameters to verify the potential of an idea.

2. Know Your Intended Audience
If you already have an idea of the category of people your app is intended to, it is now important to know how well you know them. More you know your audience or target users more accurately you can address their concerns and necessities and faster you can make inroads in their life. Without making your app felt like a necessity or at least without proving your relevance you cannot be popular among your users.

3. Align Your Ideas with Successful Apps
Successful apps on your niche category often make great examples as how to give shape to your ideas for better user experience. Sometimes even a great idea that seems to be absolutely unique in its concept cannot be afforded by a new developer simply because there is not enough assurance of user demands. Unless you become assured of the user demand as a new programmer you cannot venture to take risk of a conceptually new idea. That is why besides hitting on new ideas it is also important to follow the examples of most successful applications and the success factors behind them.

4. Design Your App’s Experience
After you have gone through extensive amount of research and hit on a gem of an idea, it is time to design your app that perfectly suits the kind of experience you have figured out for the users. There are array of software, apps and other tools to do it in a precise manner and save a lot of time. Design is the inevitable step to get a clear idea of how the app will look and feel by its users.

5. Register as a Developer
Every platform needs a developer to be registered before submitting his or her apps. You can choose anyone from the multiple app development platforms. Every operating platform has its own advantages and disadvantages and so it may take a close scrutiny before deciding on it. In any case, if you have decided to unleash your apps development skills on IOS platform stay tuned with the restrictions and guidelines when working on an app. Following these guidelines is important to let your apps approved by the apps store of the platform.

6. Start Programming
A successful app needs a concerted effort of several programmers and often to find the right team behind an app it takes weeks or even months. To begin with split the development job into various parts and assign work to different persons in the team. For instance, for the app icon and look let everyone submit their ideas and design within the deadline. From this initial task you will have a clear idea of the capabilities of your team members and their efficacy level and accordingly you can think of making any changes. When the coding starts work closely with each team members and make them deliver within deadline and follow the delivery schedule.

7. Test your App to assure Best User Experience
While testing your app you will know whether the features and user experience you have set for the app are working or not. Test the app again and again to find how better the user experience has been. It is better to let your app tested by others as well. How the user experience of the app impacts youth and adults differently can show you the shortcomings. In testing the app always give a closer look and attention to the experience of your intended user niche.

8. Upload your App to App Store
After going through tests and post-testing changes it is time to submit your app to the Apple App Store for approval. With the huge increase of apps it is now faster enough to get a feedback, even sometimes within the same day of your submission. But as per regulation Apple App Store takes at least 3 to 10 days to give feedback and official approval.

9. Hit on an Appropriate Marketing Strategy
The real volume of work actually begins after the app is approved and when you grope for the avenues to let your app reach users. Yes, often the success of an app depends mostly on marketing. Most importantly, before another developer hits on a similar idea and usability, you have to reach your users. Promoting through social media, making promotional blogs, posting ads to other successful apps, tying up with top apps marketing agencies, making print and other media campaigns and a lot of other marketing avenues can come to your aid.

10. Watch Your Sales
Lastly reviewing your sales and taking appropriate measures is must if you want your app to grow in sales. To make your app popular in quick time ‘freemium’ approach can be useful. Coupling up a free and a premium version of the same app can make a better appeal to uses who want to experience your app excellence before deciding to pay for it. Updating the app with new and interesting features and making a publicity of it is also important to stay afloat on the competition.

Author Bio:
Tejas Jasani is a Founder & CEO of iPhone Application Development Company named The App Guruz. His major focus is on how to improve mobile users smart phone experience through development of mobile games and apps.

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All Apple Apps must be optimised for iOS 7 from 1st Feb 2014

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Apple is requiring all apps submitted to its App Store after 1 February 2014 to be optimised for iOS 7 and built using the latest version of the Xcode 5 development framework. The change applies to both new apps and updates.

Over the past few years, Apple has been encouraging developers to support the latest editions of its OS more rapidly.

This is likely to be even more important with iOS 7, which represents the biggest upgrade in terms of functionality between versions of Apple’s mobile OS, featuring a distinct new look that older apps will not fit into.

According to Apple’s developer support centre, 76 per cent of all iOS devices are running the latest version, compared to 20 per cent using iOS 6.

Xcode 5 includes 64-bit support and access to features such as multitasking APIs. An app can be built against the latest version of Xcode without having to be redesigned, according to TechCrunch, but may need to be reworked to function correctly for iOS 7.

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Puma Launches PUMATRAC, An Innovative New Running App

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pumaRecently PUMA launched PUMATRAC, a unique running application for the iPhone. Incorporating a user-friendly design with pre-loaded Tictrac technology, PUMATRAC analyses how external conditions affect your running performance. By providing these unique insights into running behaviour, the app is designed to motivate athletes to get out the door and discover ways to get the most out of a workout while having fun along the way.

PUMATRAC requires little to no input of data in order to receive these insights, a differentiation factor from other apps in the market.  Instead, PUMATRAC predominantly uses data available based on specific environmental factors such as: moon phase, weather, location, altitude, music playlist, time of the day, day of week, season and social media activity.

The PUMATRAC app will let you know so you can take advantage of the conditions that work best for you. “Lay off the snooze button, your average speed is faster in the mornings” is just one example of an insight notification a runner may receive.  When your run is complete PUMATRAC will show you your score, compiled of your distance, personal insights and weather/time condition bonuses. These insights can be shared with friends and other runners in the region. Moreover, a user can unlock specific milestones and get rewarded for running in tougher conditions – like late at night, or in the rain. The more milestones and rewards you accumulate – the greater your Run Score and better the discounts on PUMA gear that runners can then benefit from.

Besides sharing scores, PUMATRAC allows users to share running routes to keep their routines new and fresh.  When travelling, the GPS locator within the app shares with you some of the best running routes in your current location.

Runners will also gain insights on their personal running style and can share with friends through social media in real time. PUMATRAC also includes the more traditional functions that runners depend on within their running apps: distance, GPS, calories burned, integration with their playlist and tracking performance over time.

“PUMATRAC seamlessly integrates data to deliver personalised, actionable insights”, says Rajiv Mehta, MD, PUMA India. “We work hard to inspire runners and PUMATRAC is very much a part of this strategy; it’s clean, user-friendly and the first of its kind to provide such usable information and all in a unique PUMA way. With the boom of fitness and running in India, this app includes an element of fun and motivates all the runners to achieve various challenges. So get inspired to run and think about running differently!.”

E-store integration also enables PUMATRAC users to see some of the latest running products PUMA has to offer, allowing users to click and locate a store near them. PUMATRAC is available to download from the iTunes app store beginning 16 September 2013.

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TaxiForSure.com Launches iOS and Android Apps

taxiforsureBangalore based car rental aggregator TaxiForSure.com has announced the launch of its mobile application on iOS & Android platforms. The TaxiForSure mobile App will provide users with ready access to  a large network of taxis in the city. Currently the application is available in Bangalore and will be launched in Delhi and NCR region soon.

With just two taps, consumers can place a request with all free taxis in their immediate vicinity. Consumers can use the Pick Now option for an instant taxi or Pick Later option in case of advance bookings. The app enables users to choose the price and the car they need; check prices, booking history & profile details on-the-go; and also track real-time status while seeing the driver move to the pick-up location. The app also closes the trip with the exact fare information to be paid and a copy of the bill is automatically emailed to the customer.taxiforsure appSpeaking on the occasion, TaxiForSure.com Co-Founder and Director Raghunandan G said, “We use technology to efficiently map a customer to the nearest possible driver and vice versa. With the mobile app, we aim to revolutionize commute in India. We plan to equip every city and every person in India with the ability to get an economical taxi ride at their fingertips.”

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IMImobile Powers National Rail Enquiries iPad app putting users on the Fast Track

imimobileIMImobile has launched in partnership with National Rail Enquiries (NRE) their very first purpose built iPad application. The IMImobile powered NRE iPad application delivers a streamlined customer experience with a smartly divided customisable home screen and intuitively designed user interface. The app is built to satisfy all the needs of a user on the move, from real-time travel updates, journey planning,to the ability to save favourite journeys and purchase tickets for all UK train operators
from the comfort of your home or a million other locations.

The application delivers the same capabilities as NRE’s successful iPhone counterpart. However, the iPad app moves beyond this, providing real-time Twitter updates and alert notifications for any delayed or cancelled trains from all UK train operators. These real-time features ensure the user is always kept updated and all the information necessary is presented on an easy to navigate, intuitive interface.

Commentig on  the launch, Alex Klose, Head of Marketing atIMImobile commented: “We have seen a strong growth in Apple’s iPad sales, providing device specific ways to access information is increasingly essential for any brand. In developing a dedicated iPad app for NRE, we incorporated a unique set of features in order to meet NRE’s mission of serving customers’ needs.”

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Apple Announces The Launch Of iTunes Radio

appleYesterday Apple announced the launch of iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service featuring over 200 stations and an incredible catalog of music from the iTunes Store, combined with features only iTunes can deliver.

So how does the iTunes Radio work? When you tune into iTunes Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or Apple TV, you’ll have access to stations inspired by the music you already listen to, Featured Stations curated by Apple and genre-focused stations that are personalized just for you. iTunes Radio evolves based on the music you play and download. The more you use iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more it knows what you like to listen to and the more personalized your experience becomes. iTunes Radio also gives you access to exclusive “first listen” premieres from top selling artists, Siri integration, plus the ability to tag or buy anything you hear with just one click.

Commenting on the launch, Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior VP of Internet Software and Services said,”iTunes Radio is an incredible way to listen to personalized radio stations which have been created just for you. It’s the music you love most and the music you’re going to love, and you can easily buy it from the iTunes Store with just one click.”

iTunes Radio offers music fans access to thousands of new songs every week, as well as serving up exclusive music from new and popular artists before you hear them anywhere else. Whether it’s an exclusive single from an up-and-coming band or a pre-release stream of an entire album, iTunes Radio has it all. iTunes Radio will also be home to special events including live streams direct from the iTunes Festival in London and other exclusive iTunes Sessions.

The company stated,”Coming this fall, iTunes Radio will offer you an incredibly personalized experience on day one based on your listening history and past purchases from iTunes. In addition, if you’re listening to a song you like from iTunes Radio or your music library you will be able to have a station built around those. It’s easy to create and customize stations based on whatever you want to hear. Search for artists, songs, or genres, and iTunes Radio will instantly build a station around your choice.”

iTunes Radio is ad-supported and free for everyone. iTunes Match℠ users get iTunes Radio ad-free, so instead of hearing the occasional ad on iTunes Radio, iTunes Match makes your listening completely ad-free. With iTunes Match, all your music—even songs you’ve imported from CDs—are stored in iCloud®. So iTunes Radio can use information about your entire music collection to make your stations even more personalized. iTunes Match costs $24.99 for a year.

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Video: Apple announces IOS 7, Major changes in the UI

Ios7At it’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2013, Apple unveiled the much anticipated new operating system for iPhones, the iOS7. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that it is the biggest change to iOS since introduction of iPhone.

The OS from Apple has completely redesigned flat icons. The iOS7 has a new slide-up control panel, new fonts, new icons and new translucent bars. iOS 7 boasts of a new card multitasking feature. It has a 3D interface. “When you tilt the phone, the perspective changes,” claims Apple.

The OS also has a gesture back button for apps. Apple has introduced the multitasking feature for all apps. It also features a control centre. “Your most used apps get priority on background cycles,” claims Apple.

The Safari web browser has a new tab interface with a complete redesign. The is also the provision of one-tap access to Safari favourites of the user.

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Facebook Introduces 'Chat Heads' Feature In iOS Update

facebookFacebook has introduced a new feature called ‘Chat Heads’ with its update to the Facebook app for iPhone and iPad. With the Chat Head feature, users can keep chatting even when they’re doing other stuff on Facebook, like checking their News Feed. Users can tap chat heads to reply, drag them around, or flick them down to close.

Users can tap the smiley to add stickers to their messages. Users have to just tap the basket to get more stickers in the Sticker Store.

Chat heads is part of a broader integration that Facebook is doing with a new Home app on some phones running Google’s Android operating system.

The company stated:”This update to Facebook for iOS will be available later today in the App Store. Chat heads and stickers on the Facebook app for iPhone will roll out fully over the next few weeks.”

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Times Music Launches Shiva Trilogy Mobile App For iOS And Android

times-musicTimes Music has launched the Shiva Trilogy mobile app for iOS and Android. In February, Times Music had launched the official soundtrack for the Shiva Trilogy book series. The new mobile app features music from the album along with wallpapers of characters from the book that have held readers spellbound for the past 2 years.

According to the company, the album has been topping non film charts across physical stores and all digital platforms. The idea behind the launch of the mobile app was to make it easier for readers to access this music while they’re on the move.

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Commenting on the launch, Times Music COO Mandar Thakur said, “The music on this album really takes the books to another level. Hence we wanted each and every one of the millions of Shiva Trilogy fans to experience the music. And since most people today consume their music on their phones, we didn’t think twice about doing a mobile app”.

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