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Google Noah Falstein

Google Hired Veteran Game Developer Noah Falstein

Google seems to have something new under their sleeves again. This time, they are for some gaming developments. According to a report coming from TechCrunch, the tech giant hired Noah Falstein, an expert game developer, as their Chief Game Designer. With a project that requires a veteran like Noah Falstein, it could be something big.

Noah Falstein has been a long time game designer.  He was one of the game developers under LucasArts who developed the point-and-click games that we enjoyed before, as well as mobile and social games. He’s been in the industry for such a long time that he already understand that rise and fall of and other sectors of the gaming industry. Maybe Google wants to try something riskier with gaming and Noah Falstein and his expertise is the right guy to handle this.

Not just Apple but also Google has been in the gaming industry and platform for quite a while now. Their gaming sector became huge especially when Android OS starting taking over smartphones.

Google Noah Falstein

In an interview of Forbes’ Dave Thier with Noah Falstein years ago, the time when social and mobile gaming is just starting to grow, he mentioned that there are many game developers during the 90s where having difficulties with the change of time. Seems like they were stuck in just one game design and didn’t know how to create something new and get out of the old times.

Now that Falstein is in Google, let’s just wait and see what will he come up with or we might as well expect something big from them.

iPhone 5 component orders cut down to half, Apple

iPhone 5 component orders cut down to half, Apple

A not very good year starter for Apple?

According to sources, Apple has slashed down orders for iPhone 5 parts because of a weaker-than-expected demand of iPhone 5 purchases. This is the second not-so-good news for the tech giant after being slumped down by biggest rival Samsung last quarter.

The Cupertino-based company has cut back its orders to its suppliers last month. The Wall Street Journal noted that screens of iPhone 5 for months of January up until March were cut to half compared to the expected level of the company.

According to Citi analysts, these reported cut downs result from notices last December that the inventory of the new iPhone for the first quarter of 2013 seemed to be blown up to more phones than required being built in the quarter of December.

In addition to this, Forbes noted a comment from Peter Misek, an analyst from Jefferies saying that during the period when iPhone component orders for the first quarter had been cut down to nearly 25-35 million units from the original 35-40 million units, regardless of the prolonged shortages among retailers.


Facebook Vibes

Speculations About Facebook Launching Music Service ‘Vibes’

Facebook VibesA proof concerning the unannounced Facebook music service named as Vibes had been exposed by a software developer and research.

Jeff Rose wrote on his blog that after the launch of Facebook Video Chat, he inspected the code that the latest feature needs to work.  He discovered that it completed reference to features named ‘Peep’ for video naming itself and as well to ‘Vibes.’

He wrote, “I searched around to see what this is all about, and it seems that this is an unannounced feature that has yet to be released. The vibes app connects with a music download dialog in the page though, so I’m guessing that with this release we are seeing the seeds for Facebook’s upcoming music offering.”

Since Facebook Video Chat is not named ‘Peep’ it appears probably that some latest music service can have an open name other than “Vibes.”

Several rumors recommended that Facebook would briefly pronounce a tie-up with Spotify, the music service that has presently pronounced that it will open in America.

Forbes ‘Disruptors’ blog revealed that “Clicking on [a new] Spotify icon will install the service on their desktop in the background, and also allow users to play from Spotify’s library of millions of songs through Facebook. The service will include a function that lets Facebook users listen to music simultaneously with their friends over the social network, one of the sources said.”

The Daily for iPad

Launch of The Daily for iPad, Postponed by News Corp. and Apple

According to citizens that is recognizable with the stuff, News Corp. and Apple Inc. are postponing the open of the media corporation’s tablet broadsheet for the iPad and at the same time as the two gatherings work out several twists in the payment stage for bringing the paper.

The digital broadsheet, which will be identified by The Daily, was intended to be revealed next Wednesday by News Corp. ChairmanRupert Murdoch and Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs at an occasion at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. But the two gatherings have determined that they require additional time to check an approaching contribution benefit from Apple.

Someone recognizable with the stuff said that, “the app and the advantage effort, it’s only receiving them to converse to every other that wants additional time.”

The Daily for iPad

News Corp. verified the hindrance but refused to remark further than that. One more individual common with the matter alleged that the launch is weeks, not months, away.

Apple was not immediately obtainable to remark.

Apple has been increasing a service that permits consumers to sign up for a subscription to a journal in its iTunes store and obtained the journal brought mechanically to their iPad each time a latest topic is in print.

Presently, most journals in iTunes have to be bought one issue at a time. In the latest method, iTunes would bill customers involuntarily.

News Corp. has employed regarding 100 people for the highly-projected start on of The Daily, as well as a quantity of veteran journalists from publications for instance the New Yorker, Forbes and the New York Post.

The project is being intimately observed throughout an industry that has been thrashed by refuses in print publicity and is looking for latest means to create money bringing content on digital gadgets.