Weak sales for BlackBerry

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I haven’t used a BlackBerry for years, but I have some friends that still swear by them. But apparently there aren’t enough people who feel like them, as sales keep trending down.

Maybe the announced Q20, or classic BlackBerry, will help a bit, as there are tons of people who still love a phone with buttons. That one can’t come fast enough.

The Evolution of Mobile Gaming

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What are the developments about mobile poker games?

First of all, this amazing breakthrough in poker games is a windfall for poker players who are always on the go. These can be attributed to the accessibility of mobile poker facilities and applications. Enthusiasts can play their favorite games for real money regardless of their location.
The dawn of poker friendly technology has brought the game to another dimension and a higher one at that.

Mobile poker gaming may be in its infancy stage but it has a lot of potentials. In fact, top gaming sites have already launched remarkable applications that you can easily download into Internet Operating Systems (IOS), Blackberry and Android.

You can play with real money on various mobile gadgets.

For the iPhone, you can count on several innovations. Many online poker rooms have created mobile poker applications compatible with iPhones. There are a few online poker rooms like Poker Stars, B Win Party Digital Entertainment and Switch Poker. You can also play poker games on an iPad. A much better experience because the device has wider screens and stronger batteries. Because the battery has a longer life, iPod poker is perfect for poker players who desire lengthy cash games and tournaments.

There are few poker sites for Americans that work on a mobile environment, and fewer will work on tablet devices, a reality that makes it hard for the Americans to understand what happens in that area. The reality is Android mobile poker is more accessible compared to iPhone online poker. These are in countries like the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. Another advantage of the Android is the touch screen that facilitates smooth play along with superb graphics which gives it a more realistic experience. It is also available in Blackberry gadgets.
You can also play Windows mobile poker. It may not be as popular as the other gadgets but it also provides a rewarding experience because of the high resolution, impressive touch screen features and very fast processors. Poker players can enjoy multiple mobile poker rooms and apps compatible with Windows. It offers great bonuses and well-paid tournaments.

Play mobile poker especially at this time when almost everything in this world is mobile. Gaming fanatics are lucky that more mobile games are available at this time. Before, there was only Texas HOLD’ EM but now there are Poker Stars, M Fortune, Switch and Red Kings Poker. The case of portability is an advantage. You can play while on the bus, waiting for your flight or sitting at the doctor’s clinic.
Mobile poker gaming is now being referred to as the “wave of the future.”

Players say online poker will grow slowly but continuously and become more prominent within the next few years. Or, it may fall down to nothingness. It all depends on how the present crop of players reacts to developments.

Mobile gambling is also growing constantly and the mobile version of poker will always be a part of this progress. Observers are waiting on the sidelines how governments will react to these changes within the next few years.

The evolution of casino games

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It used to be that if you wanted to play any of the casino classics like roulette and poker, you’d have to get yourself down to a casino. This was fair enough if you lived in Vegas or Atlantic City, and a relative few other places around the world, but not so convenient for the vast majority of the world’s population.

In the last decade or so, though, the casino world has been revolutionized by the arrival of online casino sites. Now anyone over the age of 18 with internet access can gamble anytime. And even more recently, that’s changed again – so you can not only gamble anytime, it can also be anywhere. There’s a choice of online casino games from ca.32red.com which are now available to play on the casino’s mobile app, so you can have access to your gaming favorites wherever you are, provided that you have an internet connection.

Of course, it’s not just 32 Red that’s gone mobile. Many other casino sites also offer a similar deal, but with 32 Red, there are special loyalty points to be earned too. You can enter Free Chip Friday, for example, where certain players are chosen to be awarded with free mobile casino chips. To qualify, you simply need to play on your mobile during that week. Winners are notified by SMS and the prizes can range from $5 to $500. It’s really simple to download the mobile game apps to your device. Just choose the game you wish to play and then fill in the details on the window that appears on screen.

Currently there are 18 mobile casino games on offer from 32 Red including blackjack, baccarat, slots, roulette and keno. For those of you who like to go for the big jackpots there’s Mega Moolah and Major Millions to play too.

With so many games now available on your smartphone, there really is no limit on when you play casino games. It’s a perfect way to keep yourself amused on the commute to and from work, as long as you’re not driving, of course! And if you have to wait in line at the doctor’s or another appointment, there’s now an entertaining alternative to reading the well-worn magazines in the waiting room!

The only thing you have to bear in mind, of course, is how much your entertainment is costing you. As long as you keep a lid on your spending though, you can make casino games a fun thing that you do now and then, rather than any cause for concern for your financial well-being!

Top casino games for your mobile phone

It seems like no matter what kind of casino you select, slot machines are one of the top casino games. They have attractive graphics and sounds based upon a creative theme. They also offer fun little twists such as bonus rounds and free spins. Therefore, with the availability of slot machine games to mobile phone users, it should be no surprise that these games continue to be a top casino game. Some mobile phone users prefer slot machines because they are quick to play and do not require a great deal of concentration. These characteristics make them excellent for playing while on the go.

Mobile casinos offer several different versions of slot machine games for their users. Among these is the game, Thunderstruck. Based upon a Norse mythology theme, Thunderstruck features the god, Thor. An adventurous game, Thunderstruck offers players an option to earn free spins. Also, it has another bonus round where a player’s winnings may be doubled. Mermaid Millions is another mobile casino slot machine that has mythical creatures. With five reels, Mermaid Millions also provides for 15 paylines. The goal of this game is for a player to get at least three of the same symbol in order.

One slot machine game for mobile users at Jackpot city is a game known as Double Magic. The three reels of this game feature all of the traditional slot machine symbols found on the first machines. For instance, you can find cherries, lemons, bars and red 7’s. Getting at least one cherry symbol will provide some winnings to players. However, getting more will increase the amount of money won. This slot machine only features one payline which makes it easy to play on your mobile phone when on the go. The maximum payout with Double Magic is 1600 coins which is a nice amount to win if just passing time!

Can Facebook’s Buffy “Stake” Its Claim In The Smartphone Market?

I swear, that’s my last bad “Buffy” pun.

Various news outlets from The New York Times to the BBC are reporting that Facebook is reconsidering an entry into the smartphone market.

For some time now, the social media giant has teased the idea of launching a phone of their own. However, early reports indicated that the project started and stopped several times until it was ultimately determined that the actual complete process of making a phone from concept to manufacturing was harder than anticipated, and the idea was scrapped.

Now though the project seems to be back in earnest. Codenamed “Buffy” (which is odd considering Buffy was a TV character that slayed things that were better off left dead), the smartphone’s hardware is reportedly going to be worked on by HTC Corp, while Facebook will internally handle the software development, which could include an independent operating system. To help get the phone out by its alleged 2013 target date, reports are that Facebook is looking for former Apple and other high end smartphone developers to add to the team, of which they may have already hired almost half a dozen.

Everything revealed so far has suggested that Facebook is taking this project very seriously. The word around the company is that Mark Zuckerberg is worried that if Facebook doesn’t make a play to start its own phone service, that it will become just another mobile app and get lost in the shuffle of the new world order of smartphone superiority. Not to mention that Facebook could lose out on advertising revenue if it starts being accessed primarily through a third party device.

Facebook still carries a lot of name value, and its internal app market could potentially be very popular if kept exclusive to its new phone, but I still think this sound like a case of overreaching. If the initial conclusion was that smartphone development was going to be too complex just a year ago, I don’t know what could have changed their minds in the meantime. Well, besides that slightly embarrassing public offering fiasco of course.  But if this is all an effort to extend Facebook’s reach enough for them to wipe some egg off of their face, things could turn ugly.

Smartphones are now the majority

Is this a surprise?

Smartphone ownership has now reached the majority, albeit by a slim margin, says a Nielsen survey.

As of March, 50.4% of U.S. mobile subscribers owned a smartphone, up from 47.8% last December.

The smartphone is particularly attractive to adults age 25-34, with more than two out of three owning the mobile device, the survey finds.

We’ve seen a stunning reversal over the past five years. With the success of the iPhone and the Android platform, companies like Nokia have been left in the dust.

CES kicks off

The biggest technology and gadget show, CES, just kicked off in Las Vegas, and as usual much of the talk surrounds Apple:

Apple is the only company that consistently gets big buzz out of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — without even attending.

This year will be no different.

Connected TVs — TVs that connect to and can access content from the Internet — will be a big part of CES this year. And just about everyone in tech expects Apple at some point to launch such a television — an iTV — that easily consumes and shares with other Apple devices content served from the company’s media-storing iCloud.

Microsoft made news earlier by saying this was the last year they would attend CES/ Why attend if Apple gets all the buzz anyways? Maybe Microsoft should focus on new products instead of protecting its Windows/Office cash cow? Or maybe not . . .

Verizon abandons new fees

Public pressure can build quickly in the social media age. Verizon tried to push through a new $2 fee and ended up with a PR nightmare.

Verizon Wireless bowed to a torrent of criticism on Friday and reversed a day-old plan to impose a $2 bill-paying fee that would have applied to only some customers.

The consumer vitriol, which cascaded across Twitter and onto blogs and petitions all around the Web, struck a chord with a company that was clearly not expecting it.

“The company made the decision in response to customer feedback about the plan, which was designed to improve the efficiency of those transactions,” Verizon Wireless said in a statement referring to the reversal.

Everything is changing, as consumers have real power now with social media.

Smartphones and the boom in social games

People love to gamble and they love to play games on their computers and phones. With that the trends will just accelerate on games like poker that can be played in all sorts of settings. Now with new smartphones there are even more ways to play. You can play real games against real people, or just play practice games against a computer so you learn to avoid losing all your cash.

The new rules from the Obama administration announced Friday might make this even more popular, as the new rule suggests that the federal government can only restrict sports betting under the current federal law. This can lead to an explosion of state regulations overseeing and encouraging online play in order to generate tax revenues.

This decision makes sense, as people love playing online casino games. Now with smartphones exploding, imagine how much more time people will spend playing these games. You can play blackjack hands while standing in the line at the grocery store. So get ready for a bunch of new players as people start using their Christmas gadgets!

Mobile games will drive holiday shopping

Poker is fun, and tons of people love to play. Like most games, it was a huge leap forward when we could play them on our computers. Then game better networks and amazing online experiences with these games.

Smart phones have taken all of this to a new level. Now you can play games of every kind everywhere. You can play by yourself or with other people. Add in social networking, and gaming even becomes a new way of communicating with friends – let’s chat while we play a game!

Of course this is going to drive tons of holiday sales, and phones, iPads and other devices fly off the shelves. People of all ages love this stuff, and kids are obsessed with it. Tons of companies are cashing in on mobile gaming as tons of mobile betting apps are downloaded for all sorts of devices.

Stuff like iCoud makes mobile gaming even better. Now you can track your games and scores from multiple Apple devices, from your iPhone to your iPad to your laptop. It’s just amazing.

The growth here is exponential, so expect some huge numbers from the holiday season and the week after Christmas when people downloads apps on the new gadgets they found under the Christmas tree!