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4 Hot Social Gaming Trends to Watch
4 Prita Uppal is the founder and CEO of YooMee Games, a social competition platform that brings tournaments and cash prizes to skill-based games across websites, social networks and mobile apps.More than 18,000 interactive gaming industry pros came to San Francisco for the Game Developers’ Conference this week, an annual event that draws programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio prof
Untapped Opportunity: Exploring the Arab Video Game Market
Mahmoud Khasawneh is the founder and CEO of Quirkat, a games development company based in the UAE with studios in Jordan. He is also the IGDA Middle East Chapter Leader.As the games industry in the Middle East has grown and evolved over the past decade, video game development and game localization aimed at the Middle Eastern market remains a tremendous opportunity. At first glance, the complexi
Customizable Mascots Promote 2012 Olympics
With just 511 days to go until the games start, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is trying to get the word out via social media.To get the conversations started, the organization has rolled out a feature on its website where consumers can make their own Olympic mascot and then share them on Facebook and Twitter. The mascot maker is based on the designs of Wenlock and Mandeville, the
Old Navy Picks Game Developer Contest Winner
Old Navy has chosen a winner in a contest looking for the game developer who best integrates the brand into a social game or community: Breakout Band.Breakout Band‘s developers got $15,000 and exposure from Old Navy for including a feature in the game that lets users create their own Old Navy-themed song inspired by Old Navy Records’ debut songs “Super C-U-T-E” and “Welcome to the Ankle Show.”
Get a New Job in Social Media, Design or Development
2 If you’re seeking a job in social media, we’d like to help out. For starters, Mashable‘s Job Lists section gathers together all of our resource lists, how-tos and expert guides to help you get hired. In particular, you might want to see our articles on How to Leverage Social Media for Career Success and How to Find a Job on Twitter.But we’d like to help in a more direct way, too. Mashable‘s jo
6 Mobile Games That Beat Playing on a Console
4 The Social Gaming Development Series is supported by Level 3 Communications, an international provider of fiber-based communications services. Level 3 is committed to carrying digital media from anywhere to anywhere, in whatever format needed.The kinds of games available on your mobile device have come a long way. A decade and a half ago, the state of the art was Snake, the game that came pre-l
Website Uses Dictator Game for (Mostly) Charity
2 There aren’t a ton of websites out there based on complicated thought games that are based on experimental economics. Part of that may have to do with the difficulty of turning thought experiments into viable websites. But what if that game could net you cash on a regular basis?The Moral Experiment, a website developed by John Bushell, is part pyramid scheme (although he reasonably argues again
3 Podcast Success Stories from Creative Small Businesses
2 This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.There is a chance that your business is interesting to a general audience, that you have connections with a nationally syndicated radio show, and that the show asks you to be a regular guest. However, in the more likely ca
39 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed
This week was all about Apple buzz (new iPad? new OS? New Macbook!?) and the launch of a brand new section on Mashable. Explore is a streamlined way to get to all those great tools and resources we’ve published. After you have a look through this week’s tools and resources, head on over to get your learn on.Below you’ll find some first looks at Apple’s new OS, Lion, a guide to taking your busin
How Social Media Is Having a Positive Impact On Our Culture
This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication. Josh Rose is the EVP, digital creative director of ad agency Deutsch LA, who — when time permits — moonlights as a photographer. Follow him at @joshrose.Two events today, although worlds apart, seem inextricably tied together. And the bond between them is as human as it is electronic.First, o
Social Gaming Meets Dating in CupidsPlay
2 The dating game has gotten more social with sites such as Zoosk incorporating Facebook-like features. But why not tap into one of the most popular aspects of Facebook — social games — to make dating more fun? That’s the idea of CupidsPlay, a new startup based in Bellevue, Wash. looking to leverage the power of games to bring potential matches together. The site, which is officially launching Wedne
The 3 Biggest Stories in Tech, Dev & Social Media This Morning
Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. We’re keeping our eyes on three particular stories of interest today.Apple To Unveil iPad on March 2?Apple is holding an event in San Francisco on March 2, and sources say that the company is getting ready to unveil the newest version of its highly successful
HOW TO: Use QR Codes for Event Marketing
24 Matthias Galica is CEO of ShareSquare. Via a self-serve mobile web app CMS and QR codes, the ShareSquare platform enhances real world promotions for artists, agencies & brands. Mashable readers can sign up for the private beta for free by clicking here. He will also be presenting on the topic of QR code adoption at the Where 2.0 Conference.Nearly every year since 1994 has been hyped as the
YouTube's In Talks to Show NBA, NHL Games Live
22 YouTube is currently negotiating with the NBA and the NHL to show live games, something that's a bit harder to find for free online. They're talking with "most pro sports leagues," which means not all. Sorry billiards fans. [Businessweek] More »
The Influence of Social Gaming on Consoles
The Social Gaming Development Series is supported by Level 3 Communications, an international provider of fiber-based communications services. Level 3 is committed to carrying digital media from anywhere to anywhere, in whatever format needed.From the first time you beat your sister’s high score in Tetris to that noob you totally pwned in WoW last week, your gaming life has likely been “social”
8 Tips For Creating a Successful eBay Storefront
4 This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.If the Internet has a quaint pastime, selling stuff on eBay is probably it. Before a thriving e-commerce sprouted a handful of platforms on which anyone can sell anything to anyone else, there was a slightly thrilling nove
Upcoming Conferences and Events for Designers and Developers in 2011
86   We’re well into 2011, and many designers and developers around the world are planning their travels for the year, including the possibility of attending any Web design or development conferences. To help you out with your plans for the upcoming months, we’ve put together a list of conferences and events that you might want to consider.This particular post covers events taking place in about a
Power to the People: 3 Tasty Crowdsourcing Case Studies
4 For food and drink brands, crowdsourcing new products and flavors makes perfect sense. Not only does it increase engagement, it gives the people that consume the products a say in their development. That interaction makes them more likely to shell out cash when the item hits shop shelves.Thanks to social media, it’s become easier to to ask your customers to contribute to product development or
40 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed
2 The long winter is almost over and as the weather gets ever better we at Mashable are hard at work bring you a list of tools and resources for your digital life.Here you’ll find stories on how a computer beat Jeopardy champions, pics of the latest toys from this year’s New York Toy Fair, and a load of hands-on demos and impressions from the Mobile World Congress.Looking for even more social med
HOW TO: Grow Your Sales and Revenue Using 2D Codes
6 Jamie Turner is the chief content officer of the 60 Second Marketer, the online magazine for BKV Digital and Direct Response. He is also the co-author of How to Make Money with Social Media, and is an in-demand marketing speaker for events and trade shows around the globe.By now, you’re probably already familiar with 2D codes. They’re the square boxes that are showing up on ads, posters and bil
What Makes SCVNGR So Sticky
2 Location is still an acquired taste for a lot of consumers, many of whom have yet to check in anywhere. But the power of location and its ability to bridge the online and the offline worlds is increasingly being realized by savvy start-ups like SCVNGR, which has found success building a game layer over the world. SCVNGR is a location service that tries to deepen experiences at locations by creatin
How The iPad Is Helping Businesses Go Green
4 The iPad for Business Series is supported by LogMeIn Ignition, the #1 third-party Productivity app for iPad and iPhones in 2010. Get one-touch access to all your applications and files, on all your remote computers with LogMeIn Ignition for iPad/iPhone.Apple’s iPad tablet device is helping businesses take on more environmentally friendly habits, enabling them to cut costs and save resources.Ene
5 Top Social Games and Why They’re So Successful
4 The Social Gaming Development Series is supported by Level 3 Communications, an international provider of fiber-based communications services. Level 3 is committed to carrying digital media from anywhere to anywhere, in whatever format needed.Around 68.7 million Americans will be playing social games by 2012, according to analysis firm eMarketer. A number like that might seem unreal, but it mak
Everloop Brings New Social Network for Tweens to 56,000 Schools
A new social network that aims to be a Facebook alternative for children between the ages of 8 and 13 is launching on Tuesday. Schools, brands and investors are already on board.The network, Everloop, operates much like Facebook (virtual currency, photo albums and games included), but requires verified parental permission to join. Parents can also select which of their child’s actions on the si
Apple Launches Subscriptions For Content-Publishers On The App Store
As we heard at the Daily’s launch a few weeks ago, Apple was planning to launch a new subscriptions model for content-publishers on the App Store. And today, Apple is officially announcing the new service for magazines, newspapers, video, music and more on the App Store. Here’s the revenue breakdown: When Apple brings a new subscriber to the app, Apple earns a 30 percent share; when the publisher
37 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed
2 Notice something different in the air? No, it’s not hordes of people rushing out to buy Valentine’s Day presents — we’ve added a section to our weekly roundup.We’re still bringing you all the tools and resources from the past week or so, but we’ve also combed through to pull out some of the best, most useful, or most interesting reads as collected by our editors. These include stories on the sm
IAC’s Mindspark Acquires Pop Culture Gaming Platform VoxPop
IAC’s Mindspark has just acquired pop culture gaming platform VoxPop. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. VoxPop creates embeddable pop culture contextual games for publishers like Entertainment Weekly, E! Online, and Maxim. VoxPop’s games, which are often ad-supported, are based on opinions and predictions on topics and current events (like the Oscars or the Grammy awards). Games range from a