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Impossible Electric Folding Bike Fits Into A Backpack (video)

Impossible Technology has this week unveiled their new electric folding bike that weighs less than 5kg and is so small that it can be carried in a …

Ranked: All 32 billion-dollar mobile Internet startups (report)

A little less than two months ago there were 25 billion-dollar mobile Internet startups. In a sign of just how quickly the mobile ecosystem is exploding, there are now 32.<p>Today in a report on VB Insight, mobile consultancy Digi-Capital released an updated list highlighting seven new entrants to the …

The Moneymakers For Social Games Aren't The Big Spenders

If you pay attention to online gaming, especially in the “free to play” space, where a game download is free, but extras of all sorts cost money, you’ll see stories about people spending ridiculous amounts of money in a game – far more than a typical $60 disc. For example, there’s a report today …

A Surprising New Study On How Video Games Impact Children

Parents tend to approach video games like junk food: games are fine in moderation but ultimately they are an evil temptation that’s more bad than good. But according to an article published in <i>Pediatrics: The Official Journal Of The American Academy of Pediatrics</i>, we may be fundamentally mistaken in …

Exposing the great 'poverty reduction' lie | US & Canada

The received wisdom comes to us from all directions: Poverty rates are declining and extreme poverty will soon be eradicated. The World Bank, the governments of wealthy countries, and - most importantly - the United Nations Millennium Campaign all agree on this narrative. Relax, they tell us. The …

How women play mobile games differently than men

Women spend significantly more time and money on their favorite mobile games than men, according to new research.<p>Mobile analytics firm Flurry studied behavior across a variety of games and platforms, and found that women and girls spend 35 percent more time in gaming apps than men and boys. Women …

Google To Stop Labelling Games With In-App Purchases Free In The EU, Apple Touts Its Controls

In response to concerns held by the European Commission, and a request from the EU regulatory body to offer changes around how apps that offer in-app purchases are sold, Google will cease calling apps that feature in-app transactions free by the end of September (via Engadget). The EU has also said …

Google & Apple: 'If you charge for in-app goodies, you can no longer call your app free'

Looks like Google and Apple are finally responding to pressure around changing the way they deal with games that offer in-app purchases — thanks to some nudging from the European Commission, of course.<p>The EU asked both tech giants to change how they sell these game apps, specifically after …

Skillz is turning indie mobile games into eSports

San Francisco-based start-up Skillz is broadening the definition of eSports by allowing mobile game developers to implement tournaments into any of their games, regardless of whether the games are single-player, multiplayer or traditionally competitive experiences. And the idea is gaining traction: …

Smartphone App Revenue Dominated By A Handful Of Games And Developers

Smartphone watchers are happy to describe the current third-party developer ecosystem as ‘an app world’, but new research suggests that it is ‘a gaming world’ instead, and you’re going to need large pockets if you are going to attempt to take on the big names.<p>Midia Research looked at the top …

Tapjoy claims mobile developers can use reward-based ads without losing any in-app-purchase revenue

At least one developer is finding that it can make more money by serving both in-app purchases and reward-based advertising to its players.<p>Moble advertising network Tapjoy and Fresh Deck Poker developer Idle Games released the results of a case study that found that players (at least in this …

Discover the state of mobile gaming in a fireside chat with SGN’s Chris DeWolfe (interview)

SAN FRANCISCO — Chris DeWolfe has become an authority on mobile and social gaming.<p>He became a social media pioneer when he founded MySpace. He sold that company to News Corp. in 2005, and in 2010, he got backing from Austin Ventures to buy the social gaming platform MindJolt. In 2011, the company …

Japan’s gaming industry generated $10.8B in 2013 — half of that was from smartphones

Japan’s game market is growing, but it has little to do with Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft.<p>Smartphone games generated $5.4 billion in spending in Japan in 2013, according to market-intelligence firm CyberZ. That’s up from $3 billion in 2012. This means that smartphones now make up half of all …

Mobile games will bring in nearly $29B by 2016 by squeezing players for more

Gaming on smartphones and tablets is a huge business that is only going to get bigger.<p>Juniper Research, a technology-consulting company, released a report today that claims that mobile games will generate $28.9 billion by 2016. That will represent a 38 percent increase from the $20.9 billion that …

The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Social Media

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>I spend my days writing content from my desktop computer for people who will read the content on their smartphones and tablets.<p>Go figure.<p>Mobile devices are fast becoming the preferred method of reading, sharing, and engaging with online content. It’s …

How Candy Crush gets you hooked - six addictive tricks

From colour theory to cultural awareness, psychologist Dr Simon Moore explains the compulsion secrets hidden in mobile games like Candy Crush Saga<p>Casual games like Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds may look simple, but underneath those bright colours, calming sounds and flashing messages, there's a …

Analysis: Mobile games explosion comes with a price

If you'd come to the Mobile Gaming USA 2014 conference to look at games, you'd have left mightily disappointed.<p>This San Francisco confab was a bone dry business conference, heavy on analytics and light on E3-style wham-bam pyrotechnics. Judging from the various presentations this week, from the …

CMGE: How to Survive in the Global Mobile Games Market

SHENZHEN, China, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group Limited (CMGE)'s internal training held for its employees …

Mobile Gaming

US and China Mobile Games Markets Brief

These report details the massive US and Chinese mobile game markets and the factors that are driving revenues in each.<p>Major findings:<p>The Chinese mobile games market reaches $3B in 2014E and is shortly expected to overtake the U.S. ($3.2B).<p>China’s average revenue per paying user (ARPPU) and …

Mobile gaming could drive entire video game industry to $100B in revenue by 2017

Mobile gaming is growing so fast that it’s expanding the traditional video game industry far beyond its old borders.<p>Tim Merel, the managing director of game investment bank Digi-Capital, issued a report today that predicts mobile games could drive the whole game software industry’s revenues to $100 …

China’s mobile games market doubling this year to $3B, will surpass U.S. in 2015 (report)

You can’t monetize in China, right? Wrong, apparently.<p>According to a report that research firm Superdata released yesterday, Chinese gamers are on track to spend $3 billion this year on mobile games. And they’re spending at a rate that will surpass the U.S. next year.<p>“The U.S. mobile game market is …

Tricks and tips for how to get your game featured in the Apple’s App Store

Having Apple feature you on the App Store can make or break a mobile game, as it helps you stand out among a million competitors. But this is easier said than done.<p>Michael Ehrenberg, a former Apple App Store marketing manager, gave some advice on the difficult question of how to get Apple to …

The DeanBeat: If you blinked, you don’t know how big the mobile gaming industry has become

It feels like mobile gaming is changing so fast that we could use quarterly or maybe daily updates on the state of the industry. That’s why it was good to hang out at the Mobile Gaming USA event in San Francisco earlier this week, getting downloads from some of the industry’s top minds.<p>Some …