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This Week at 148Apps: May 14-18

Posted by Chris Kirby on May 21st, 2012

This week at 148Apps.com, Kevin Stout examined the question more than a few of us are asking: Why won't Nintendo release any games for iOS? Stout writes, "Nintendo recently reported its first annual loss, showing that perhaps 3DS isn’t enough of a success. Nintendo hasn’t even released its legacy games on mobile platforms where others like Sega have (Sonic the Hedgehog). While current CEO of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, is in charge, it’s unlikely that Nintendo will acknowledge its mistake. When asked about releasing Nintendo games for smartphones, Iwata replied, “This is absolutely not under consideration. If we did this, Nintendo would cease to be Nintendo….”'

Read Stout's full commentary and analysis at 148Apps.

Meanwhile, Amy Solomon at GiggleApps took a look at a new Marvel Avengers app for kids: Avengers Origins: Assemble! is a very enjoyable universal interactive storybook that tells the tale of how The Avengers became a cohesive group after meeting Captain America. I really enjoy how these characters are introduced, making this a great primer for children new to Marvel comics. Interactive moments are included throughout that children will also enjoy such as dragging the tools used by each Avenger to their rightful owner."

Read Amy's full review at GiggleApps.

Last, but certainly not least, 148Apps.biz writer Carter Dotson reported on results from a recent MocoSpace study: "MocoSpace has announced the results of their new “Y U Play?” study that tries to answer the question of just why people play mobile games, anyway? The answer for the majority of people appears to be just pure entertainment. 34% of people like to play mobile games because “the games are fun,” and 32% do it because they are bored, or want to kill time."

Read more about the fascinating study at 148Apps.biz.

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Time Inc. iPad Magazines Now Free For Subscribers

Posted by Chris Hall on August 20th, 2010

For the first time in the short history of the iPad, Time Inc. magazines will finally be free for the magazine subscribers, something that magazine publishers have been desperately waiting for Apple to green light since the iPad launch.

Up to this point, the magazines (People, Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune) have been selling for their regular newsstand price, leaving regular subscribers to have to really pay for the same issue twice to get content on the iPad. Even though Steve Jobs was clear that he wanted magazine subscriptions to exist on the iPad, Apple didn't offer the tools to magazines to do so. In fact, there is still no way for publishers to sell subscriptions online, but at least subscribers can now access their issues for free.

The news seems to be coming at a good time, because many people were, and still are, in outrage that Time, as well as other publishers, sell their digital copies at full price. Without the production costs of the magazines on the digital copy, the consensus was that the publishers are all ego driven, looking to make huge profits from the tech marvel of the iPad.

Popular Science editor-in-chief Mark Jannot explained that ""We're trying to make our readers not feel like we're slapping them in the face as we explore this new world, but we're going to continue to be aggressive about pricing. We'll see what the market will bear."

Their gamble has been a success so far, with a few different magazines in the Top Grossing charts on the iPad. We'll see how well individual issues do over the course of the next few months, but the new deal for subscribers seems to be gold.

The first free-to-subscribers issue from Times Inc. is this week's People Magazine, with the rest of the titles to follow suit over the course of the month.

[Source: Fortune]

Virtual Families

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dave Spatholt on July 9th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: VIRTUAL MEDIOCRITY
If you're a fan of the Sims or any of the other "Virtual" games that Last Day of Work has created then you will feel right at home with Virtual Families. You should still be leery of the fact that this game is in fact a port of a PC/Mac game and it shows
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