August 31, 2015

This Week in Mobile brings you the latest news about everything mobile every week. Check back every Monday at 1 pm to get a roundup of the latest news about technology, app development and more, curated for you.

 

This week’s theme is our dual identity as a consumer. As we innovate, everything gets smaller and faster; our TVs display get a little more crisp and our cars become smarter than the driver. Technology is constantly evolving so it can meet the demand we didn’t know we had as consumers.

But what caught my attention this week was the buzz surrounded a few nostalgia-heavy releases, namely Rarevision’s VHS Camcorder app and HipsterWhale’s revitalization of Pac-man as an endless runner.

While I’m looking forward to the next iPhone as much as the next person, it’s nice to know there will also be a special place in our hearts for the past.

Now, time for you to get caught up.

 

Draaaaama

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Well, this is a doozy. Former Machine Zone employee, Jing Zeng, was intercepted boarding a plane to Beijing and arrested for allegedly stealing trade secrets from the company.

Reports indicate that Zeng was unhappy with his position at Machine Zone as the director of global infrastructure, and when his request to switch teams was denied, the company asked Zeng to leave his position.

But instead of putting his knick-knacks in a box, Zeng downloaded valuable information on Game of War’s users spending behaviour from Machine Zone internal database as a bargaining chip to secure a bigger severance payment.

I guess Zeng just become a Clash of Clans guy.

 

Two steps forward

If leaks are any indication – and they usually are – a 4 inch iPhone 6c is in our future. A phone case manufacturer recently revealed that Apple contacted them to let them know the iPhone 6c will hit store shelves the last week of October.

Apple is expected to reveal its next-generation of iPhones next month, so time will tell.

 

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Uber is testing new bus-style “Smart Routes” in San Francisco, offering riders discounts of $1 or more if they are willing to be picked up and dropped off along fixed routes on popular roads.

Combine that with UberPool, Uber’s car pooling system that allows strangers to share a ride and split the cost, and Uber could become a viable alternative to public transit.

 

And One Step Back

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Rarevision’s VHS Camcorder is a fantastic throw-back to the golden days of America’s Funniest Home Videos. For $3.99, VHS Camcorder lets you record your very own home movies complete with tracking distortion and date stamps.

I guarantee you VHS Camcorder makes everything you record at least 89% more entertaining.

 

Big Releases

It’s been a good week for mobile gaming! Lara Croft GO, Square Enix’s second attempt at reimaging one of their classic franchises, released this week for iOS and Android to overwhelming positive reviews

17-BIT announced that the nostalgia-ridden, PS4 hit Galak-Z: The Dimensional will be optimized and released for mobile in 2016 as Galak-Z: Variant Mobile. Keep an eye out for that one!

And last but certainly not least, HipsterWhale’s latest retro rejuvenation, Pac-Man 256 has been released for iOS and Android. Following Crossy Road’s success, Pac-Man 256 gives Pac-Man the endless runner treatment while playing off of Pac-Man’s infamous level 256 glitch.

Please, someone, let HipsterWhale modernize every retro game. My vote goes to Dig-Dug next.

 

What news caught your attention this week? Sound off in the comments; we would love to hear your opinions.

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