As a matter of fact, Hollywood Monsters is The Next Big Thing which was rolled out in 2011, a sequel of PC adventure game released in 1997 and having the same name. The game feels like a huge step backwards. Hollywood Monsters is available for iPhone 4 and iPad 2 and their recent iterations. It comes as no surprise, that the predecessor and its sequel have one and the same name, as no-one actually played and remember the first version.
New York officials and economic development agency Business Oregon are reportedly trying to attract a major chip manufacturer referred to as “Azalea.” While confirming the rumor, the latter refused to elaborate, citing a nondisclosure agreement with the anonymous company. However, the leaked documents obtained by The Business Review suggest the project is a massive 3.2-million-square-foot semiconductor plant housing at least 1,000 assembly line workers.
With a number of low-end smartphones released in the past several months, Apple can no longer dominate the space unless it launches a lower-cost iPhone model. In the third quarter of this year, the overall smartphone market enjoyed a huge 45% year-over-year leap – a more significant increase than anticipated iPhone sales in the December quarter growing 23% from the previous year. According to Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray, the discrepancy between these figures should ultimately prompt the Cupertino device maker to intro a cheaper smartphone option that would directly compete with low-end Android handsets currently enjoying the peak of their popularity.
Walmart buyers can now take advantage of one more lucrative Christmas deal: throughout the next week, the company will be offering the 16GB iPhone 4S for just $47, while the iPhone 5 model with the same storage will retail for $127. In addition, Walmart has cut the price of the third-gen 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad that is temporarily available for $399 instead of the usual $499. For every iPad purchase, customers will also receive a $30 iTunes gift card bonus. The holiday offering is taking effect on Monday and will last until Christmas, allowing users to grab recent iOS updates at significant discounts.
Needham & Company analyst Charlie Wolf has described the launch of the standalone Google Maps app on the App Store as a “mixed blessing” for Apple. In his recent investor note, he called Google a definitive winner, saying that the company will now be able to get location-based ad and other revenue from Google Maps users running the software on their iPhones.
Investor firm Piper Jaffray has polled over 800 U.S. users to find out what handset they are planning to purchase in the next three months, with 53.3% of those surveyed saying they are considering the iPhone 5 as their next smartphone purchase. This is nearly in line with 54.9% who said they would buy Apple’s sixth-gen handset in October and even slightly higher than 47.7% opting for the device back in September. According to the company, that’s a positive sign given all the iOS Maps-related troubles and constrained availability of the latest model that had been difficult to find across U.S. stores until recently, especially the Verizon version.