Cory Johnson reported for Bloomberg West last night, pointing out that Zynga doesn't expect people to play its games as long as they used to. He also calls the company on unusual accounting practices, saying, "The revenue recognition of Zynga has made Zynga look like a very different company than it is."
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Still playingWords with Friends? Well, then Zynga's rewarding your loyalty with a huge update on the app's fifth birthday, complete with a redesigned interface and new features. The New Words with Friends (yes, it's been renamed, as well) doesn't only lookflatterthan its predecessor, it also comes with a new feature called Solo Mode, which lets you play on your own without internet connection.
When you travel the world, having a few drinks with your hosts is a great way to get a sense of the local culture. But excessive alcohol consumption can cause physiological consequences . Don't worry—a hangover is universal, and your new friends probably already know a way to cope with it.Read more...
New Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz is keeping up the long tradition of trash-talking rival SAP, something co-founder Larry Ellison has been doing for decades. In an interview with Bloomberg's Cory Johnson, she slammed SAP's $8.3 billion purchase of a company called Concur, which offers cloud software.
Your childhood likely involved at least one cartridge-based gaming console, and with those games came a habit that feels as natural as taking up the controller: blowing in the cartridge. It is widely known at this point that such an activity was useless, but that doesn't answer the question of why we did it.
Thin and lightgaming notebooks may be a new trend, but they're by and large the exception. Traditional gaming rigs look more like MSI's GT70 Dominator: large, heavy and questionably portable. It's an old-school gaming laptop, one that truly fits the term "desktop replacement." It's also the complete antithesis to thesleek gaming notebooksthat have swept the market in recent years.
Reading the one-star reviews that have popped up for Monument Valley over the past 48 hours is like a comedy routine. I've never seen so many people who claim to love something immediately resort to bashing it when they realize getting more content out of it isn't free.
LOS ANGELES — Virtual reality is virtually here — although its first incarnation will come with short battery life, images that do not quite track eye movements and a tendency to induce motion sickness.In the next few months, Samsung intends to release the Gear VR, a headset that combines software from the virtual-reality pioneer Oculus VR and Samsung’s coming Galaxy Note 4 smartphone to create a portable virtual reality experience.
We put a ton of trust in technology everyday, but are you confident enough intwo-factor authenticationto give out any of your passwords? Christopher Mims ofThe Wall Street Journalis. In a post on the site proclaiming that passwords are "finally dying," Mims extolls the virtues of the secure login method immediately after giving out his Twitter password.
It looks like dogfighting in spaceships isn't the only virtual reality experience being co-published byOculus VR. The creative lead behind mobile hitWords with Friends, Paul Bettner, has a new studio, and that studio is creating a "made-only-for-VR game" namedLucky's Tale. No, not "Luckey's Tale," like the last name of Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, butsome otherLucky.
You may know Ron Johnson as the man who helped mold Target into the retailer it is today, or perhaps as the Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Apple from 2000 through 2011. Maybe you know him from his recent work trying to turn JCPenney around before he was ousted in April of this year.
That year for Porter was exhausting.As a free agent, Porter and his wife spent the summer traveling. When they returned to New York, Porter took a cushy corporate job at Ari Emanuel's talent agency, WME. Emanuel and Porter had been introduced by an OMGPOP investor, Marc Andreessen. The role, head of digital, would allow Porter to continue innovating at startup speed.
When Apple first unveiled itsLightning connector, there was a debate about whether or not it was needed at all: what can this proprietary tech do that standard micro-USB can't? Well, it looks like we're going to find out soon. Sources for9to5 Macunderstandthat Apple has published a new specification that lets headphone makers use an iOS device's Lightning port for audio instead of the normal 3.
Now that Microsoft is offering free games each monthto Xbox One ownerswith Live Gold subscriptions, Sony is in a tough spot -- how does it get you to buy a console and sign up for PlayStation Plus? By giving you more games, that's what. As of June, Plus members get two games per month for every PlayStation platform they use, whether it's aPS3,PS4orVita.