App for That
Welcome to Freshly Minted, where we examine an overlooked deal or funding announcement in tech from the past week and tell you what you need to know and why it matters.
The deal(ish): The hype around the new Kim Kardashian game is causing sudden spike stock price for the game developer, setting stockholders up for a nasty surprise.
We’re not in a tech bubble. We’re just not, and anybody with a decent understanding of market economics can see it pretty clearly. But that doesn’t mean that hype can’t get the best of the market, and set investors up for some pretty public disasters.
The latest impending disaster waiting to happen starts with, of all people, Kim Kardashian.
App for That
Last October marked the launch of Cameo, an app that lets you edit your crappy, amateur smartphone footage into high-def, professional-quality videos, and share them with your friends and followers. The app has reported big success in its first three months of life, proving that maybe there’s actually a market for videos that aren’t just shaky thirty-second shots of cats freaking out over printers.
Apple may allow you to download a virtual girlfriend, but its app store policies are notoriously stringent, and as a Norwegian developer recently found out, the company doesn’t care for games centered around satirizing North Korea–and killing people.
Play Your Video Games
Feast your eyes on Viewfinder Head to the App Store to check out Viewfinder, the sleek, newly updated photo-sharing app developed by a team of ex-Google and Microsoft folk. The app conveniently organizes your photos by date and location, and allows you to “dial through your memories” with a really cool, easy-to-use scroll-y device. You can also privately share your photos and instant messages with other Viewfinder users—like a more personal version of Instagram or Facebook. Maybe Viewfinder’s trying to make a subtle hint to hipsters posting photos of their vegan eggs benedict to Facebook: not everyone needs to see that.
A totally tasteless smartphone game called “Angry Trayvon” has been removed from app stores following public outcry and a change.org petition protesting the offensive app.
The game—the demo video of which we were able to watch before it was taken down—stars a hoodie-wearing, knife-wielding, shadowy-faced protagonist fighting villains on the streets of various cities. According to the video, players could “Fight in historic cities like Brooklyn, NY,” “Collect money and wallets to increase [their] score” and “Eliminate the bad guys with flying daggers.” It was previously available for download in both the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
Apple in Your Eye
Livestream launches, mobile style Need to watch that annual dog show or all-important curling bonspiel, but can’t get to a TV or computer? Fear not—Livestream’s new mobile app for iPhones will let you stream live events into the palm of your hand (Livestream was previously only available on the web). The mobile app will Read More
Did you wake up today thinking that winning a $10,000 iTunes gift card could help your crappy life? You’re in luck! Apple is giving away that awesome prize to whoever downloads the 50th billion app at its store, which is expected to happen sometime later today. Just like your third-grade softball league, Apple is also giving away a $500 gift card to those who come in second through 50th place after it reaches its goal.
If you’ve been following the brief history of Twitter’s video-sharing app Vine, you may know that there are those who think the service has a porn problem, those who think it doesn’t and at least one sober soul who sees clearly enough to know that the problem doesn’t belong to Vine, but rather, to humankind.
If there’s one thing the Great iOS6 Map Crisis of ’12 has taught us, it’s to appreciate the mapping function we have, or rather had. Google Maps isn’t perfect (just try finding the High Street station), but at least it’s never turned any highways into roller coasters, unlike Apple’s new offering. And so Read More
We leave the Internet for 24 hours, and this happens: Something is seriously wrong with Apple’s app store. As in, if you updated Instapaper or Angry Birds Space HD Free yesterday, there’s a good chance it just crashed upon launch. Users are having to perform clean installs, while developers are dealing with annoyed users who assume the fault lies with the app itself.
No one wants to do either of those things while recovering from a holiday hangover.
Instapaper creator Marco Arment kicked up the initial fuss with a rather disgruntled blog post. As he tells it, no sooner had Apple approved the latest Instapaper update than Mr. Arment received a flood of customer complaints that the app was no longer working. He wrote: