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World of Warcraft lead designer on why 7M players stuck around — and why 3M left

Blizzard Entertainment isn’t accepting the doom-and-gloom reports about World of Warcraft’s changing subscriber base (and neither is one analyst).<p>The massively multiplayer online role-playing game has always seen peaks and valleys in subscriptions when a new expansion comes out, but never more so …

GamesBeat Weekly Roundup: Bad game PR, Watch Dogs over 8M, and clever Osmo iPad games

Happy Eleventh of July! Before you celebrate with leftover explosives, why don’t you catch up on a week’s worth of GamesBeat’s news and stories?<p>Below, you’ll read about Cliff Bleszinski’s explanation for coming out of early retirement, what happens when PR takes a wrong turn, and Ubisoft’s sales of …

Google’s New Web Starter Kit Is A Boilerplate For Multi-Screen Web Development

For a long time now, Google has offered developers a set of what it believes are best practices for modern web development. Today it is going beyond just providing this information by launching the Web Starter Kit, a boilerplate kit similar to HTML5 Boilerplate that includes templates and tooling …

Here’s how big data is helping Nitro sell half a million PDF software units (yes, PDF)

Back when Hadoop was a baby and big data was just for scientists, Infer’s co-founders were dreaming up their big idea.<p>“There were no ‘killer apps,’” chief executive Vik Singh said in an interview with VentureBeat.<p>So the company set out to build one.<p>In short, Infer takes incoming leads and passes …

How Chipotle transformed itself by upending its approach to management

During a busy lunch rush at a typical Chipotle restaurant, there are 20 steaks on the grill, and workers preparing massive batches of guacamole and seamlessly swapping out pans of ingredients. Compared to most fast-food chains, Chipotle favors human skill over rules, robots, and timers. Every …

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Controlling your home from your phone

<i>This sponsored post is produced in association with Life360.</i><p>We take our smartphones everywhere, so it makes sense they are becoming command central for a lot of things, including our homes. While smart home technology has been in discussion for years, it’s the phone that makes it all possible. How …

Gaming companies’ websites: What we can learn from their designs

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>We already know they have created some pretty awesome games — as witnessed by their consistent status atop gaming best-seller lists — but how have some of the …

This Is What It Looks Like Inside an Amazon Warehouse

What happens after you click “buy” on Amazon.com? To most people, that’s a mystery. I flew out to Phoenix earlier this month to find out by taking a …

Online shops are checking your Twitter account before they approve your transactions

The most common use of the vast amounts of digital slime trail we leave as we crawl across the web is for the purposes of ad targeting. Rajesh Ramanand, a former PayPal executive, figured that it can also help e-commerce merchants figure out the authenticity of online transactions. Yesterday, he …

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Dropping bombs: Funkmaster Flex and the end of the radio DJ

Funkmaster Flex has a history. He started carrying records for pioneers like Red Alert and Chuck Chillout 30 years ago in the Bronx, which places him squarely at the birthplace of hip-hop radio DJs. He also has a present: his six-times-weekly radio show on New York’s Hot 97 is the top-rated …

Sync.ME adds ‘Widgets’ to Apple’s iOS Contacts app

Sync.ME, a third-party contacts app for iOS with over 8 million downloads, just rolled out an interesting feature that brings new functionality to Apple’s own Contacts app on iOS. As pictured above, the latest version of the Sync.ME app now adds a “Widgets” link within Apple’s Contacts app that …

9to5Toys Last Call: Lifeproof Frē iPhone 5 case $40, USB 3.0 portable HD deals, Monoprice 27″ monitor $398, Mac app bundle ft. Camtasia, more

<i>From 9to5Toys.com:</i><p>A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair …

Apple to Pay $40 to U.S. iPad 3G Purchasers in Unlimited Data Lawsuit

Following the culmination of a long-running class action lawsuit, AT&T and Apple are set to pay out $40 to customers who were affected when AT&T ended its unlimited data plan for the iPad 3G back in June of 2010, reports <i>GigaOM</i>.<p>In a ruling issued this week in San Jose, California, US District Judge …

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18Apr/18<p>As the owner of a retail business, you’ve probably dreamed about getting some extra help. Advertising a retail job for your store(s) can …

Pizza, programming, and starting an industry: Bill Gates, the college years

Bill Gates' presence as a titan of the computing industry is now taken for granted, but before all that he was just a (rather extraordinary) college student. Biographer Walter Isaacson takes a look at the software mogul's earlier years at Harvard for the <i>Harvard Gazette</i>. It's a look back at a human …

Spinlet, the iTunes of Africa, hits 650K subscribers — and is targeting 50M users by 2016

A Canadian who worked for a company that owns half of China’s Tencent is helping reinvent music in Africa via a company started by two Finns that was sold to a company in Nigeria. Oh, and his name means “black man” but he’s actually white, living in South Africa.<p>Yes, this is the 21st century you …

A year after its HTML5 games disaster, Goko reboots with a new mobile strategy

Goko launched its HTML5 games platform a year ago and shut it down after two days. It learned the hard way that HTML5 just wasn’t ready to scale as a high-performance game platform.<p>Now the company has rebooted with hybrid technology that will enable it to get back in the mobile gaming market. Kate …

Carbine Studios reveals how gamers can play to pay upcoming sci-fi MMO Wildstar

Developer Carbine Studios and publisher NCsoft are announcing today that their upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game will support support multiple different business models.<p>The developer is positioning Wildstar, a science-fiction MMO for the PC, as a triple-A experience. It will …

The “Whos” And “Wheres” Of iOS Device Usage Explained

In a new report released this morning, mobile analytics firm Flurry took a deep dive into the different types of people, or demographic segments, which skew more heavily toward iPhone or iPad. Some of the findings were somewhat obvious – that shoppers and business travelers skew toward iPhone, for …

Lootsie moves into rewards for mobile and social gamers

Lootsie is announcing a platform for mobile and social games that lets gamers redeem points for real-world rewards.<p>The new platform (launching soon) is another imaginative way to generate revenues for mobile games and keep gamers more engaged in the age of nanosecond attention spans. Lootsie …

Mobile giant DeNA opens a new chapter in tablet games with The Drowning

The Drowning is going to get a lot of attention as a first-person shooter that was designed from the start for a touchscreen tablet. The 3D game from Japan’s DeNA studio in Stockholm breaks new ground because it has a new control scheme for a type of game that is usually best played with a console …

Chinese game publisher Yodo1 moves into global market with Cavemania

Chinese mobile publisher Yodo1 is coming to America and other Western territories after establishing a strong business in Asia.<p>Today, Yodo1 announced its plans to expand into global publishing for iOS and Android. In September, Yodo1 will release a new title from developer BonusXP called Cavemania, …

Following Kakao and Line, mobile messaging platform Tango launches its first internally produced game (exclusive)

Tango is releasing its first internally produced game for its own mobile messaging network. Road Riot for Tango is available today on Android. The classic arcade-style game could reach as many as 130 million Tango members across the world.<p>Mountain View, Calif.-based Tango built itself as a mobile …

6 ways Strife makes standard MOBAs feel old (preview)

Multiplayer online battle arena, or MOBA, is perhaps the most-used phrase you’ll hear in gaming this year. Many developers already have or are in the process of making their own free-to-play MOBA, including a veteran studio that isn’t afraid of adding one more game to that crowded list.<p>Set for …

Strife embodies the rising swagger of seasoned developer S2 Games (interview)

Marc DeForest began his presentation with an odd choice of words.<p>“I’m almost tired of hearing about MOBAs,” the S2 Games chief executive said wryly. “Who isn’t making a MOBA?”<p>DeForest knows how crowded the genre has become, but that didn’t stop him and the rest of the company from making their next …

How Electronic Arts is chasing Puzzle & Dragons with Tetris Monsters

Electronic Arts has the rights to one of the most beloved puzzle games of all time, and now it wants to take that property and use it to imitate mobile gaming’s current king of revenues.<p>Earlier this week, Electronic Arts announced Tetris Monsters for mobile devices. It is a free-to-play puzzler …

PC and mobile games drive 60% revenue growth for Nexon

Nexon, the maker of huge online games like MapleStory, reported strong second-quarter revenue growth thanks to good demand for its free-to-play online PC and mobile games in Asia.<p>Revenues were $379.7 million in the second quarter, up 60 percent from $237 million a year ago. Net income was $117.8 …