Tag Archives: Apple

25 Mar

Apple launches the Indie Game Showcase

indie game showcase

Today Apple has launched a new section on the App Store dedicated to showcasing indie games. With this showcase however, we don’t have just another list.

Apple has chosen and will choose a developer (probably each week). It will showcase the dev’s latest hit game and also other games by that developer.

The last list is for us the most interesting one as it highlights that dev’s favourite games from other studios.

Simogo games

Another thing that we like is that  most of the indie games in this week’s showcase are paid games and higher than the $0.99 standard.

Apple decided to debut this showcase alongside Simogo with their latest game: Device 6. So head on to the App Store and see what this dev has recommended.

Good move Apple, but we want to see more.

28 Jan

Want better iOS games? Then Review Every Single One You Play

Rate and Review Every Game

In spite of the fact that iOS developers are constantly asking Apple to review the Appstore and sort out the discoverability issues, the company has yet make any major changes in this direction. That leaves both us the developers and all of you players (+ us again. Hey, we play too) in quite a pickle.

At this moment, there are well over 1 million apps and games on the App Store. Probably over half of them are rubbish, not of interest or out of date. Let’s go even further and say 80% fall into that category(just fictive percentage).  There would still be 200.000 apps to sort through and try out. 

Do you really think that the Apple App Store is serving you the best possible games out there? Well, they are trying, but they have a long way to go. Read More

13 Jan

Push Monkey: Push Notifications For WordPress In OS X Mavericks


With the launch of OS X Mavericks, Apple also introduced a new(and we think cool) feature: Desktop Push Notifications. In short you can use the Apple Push Notifications Service to send messages to your website users, right on their Mac desktop — even when Safari isn’t running.

Here’s a video to get a clear idea of how it looks:

As a reader, this means that I can subscribe to my favorite website and receive a desktop push the moment it publishes a new article.

As a publisher, this means a new and engaging channel for spreading new content.

That is why, we are preparing to launch a plugin that easily integrates this feature on any WordPress powered site. And its name is Push Monkey.

So what will the initial version of the plugin offer? 

  • It will let you select the categories to send out push messages when you publish a new post.
  • It will let you send out a custom post (text, link).
  • A potentially unlimited number of Push Notifications sent(we will have an exact number when we launch).
  • You automatically save the $99 dollars per year that you would normally need to pay for the Apple Developer Program(required in order to send these push notifications).

We’ve already tested the plugin on iDownloadblog and FunkySpaceMonkey. Of course you need a Mac running Mavericks to see it in action. We currently read over 10000 subscribers. Conversion rates and other interesting data to come.

So how many Mac users running on Mavericks are we talking about?

A bit over 36.000.000. OS X Mavericks has a 2.42% market share.  The number of computers worldwide right now is about 1.5 billion.

Bare in mind that the  Apple has a computer market share of 7.56% so expect the numbers mentioned above to double this year.

Are you interested and want this awesome powerup for your websites and readers?

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