Today in “OUYA Still Sounds Awesome”:
And you thought there weren’t going to be any more OUYA surprises, huh? It was recently revealed that the upcoming Android-powered gaming console is in the process of making a deal with Namco-Bandai, which would make some of the most iconic video game brands of all time readily available for development on the platform. Here’s the official statement:
“NAMCO BANDAI Games and OUYA are currently in active discussions to bring some of the world’s biggest gaming properties to the exciting open gaming platform. NAMCO BANDAI brings with it a rich history of iconic gaming franchises, from classics like PAC-MAN and GALAGA, to seminal franchises like TEKKEN and Ridge Racer, and we’re excited to explore how we can work with OUYA to bring some great titles to the forthcoming console.”
Today in “Tiny Factoid of Minimal Interest”:
Mark Zuckerberg may be the billionaire owner of the world’s largest social network, but it he competing in the Olympics? Nope! But his college roommate is!
Today in “Siri’s Extended Family”:
We’ve met Siri. We’ve met her cousin, Nina. Now, it looks like she has a grandfather named Winston. Pretty soon, we’ll need a family tree for the Mobile Voice Control family. Ridiculous. Anyway, the Winston app is brand new and still working through early issues, but it’s based around a cool idea that’s significantly different than the competition. Rather than help you control the functions of your phone like Siri or the functions of individual apps like Nina, Winston informs you what you need to know, waking you up with the morning’s news, keeping you abreast of what’s going on in your social networks and telling you whether or not you should bring an umbrella or wear shots. He’s less of a personal assistant and more of an informed and helpful colleague. Check out a demo and download the alpha version of the app over at the official site.
Today in “The Literal Future of Antique Collecting”:
How much would you pay for a first generation iPhone, unopened and unwrapped in its original box? How about $10,000? eBay seller samsonbible (who has 100% positive user feedback, to be fair), things that that five year old device is officially a collector’s item and can command such an astonishing cost. To be fair, certain unopened Nintendo cartridges are currently going for outrageous sums of money, so while he may be jumping the gun a bit, this seller may very well be on to something. This auction is our first hint that early smartphones may be of interest to collectors of the future. Take note, everyone.
Today in “Celebrity Endorsed Apps”:
If you’re the New Yorker, you could introduce your new iPhone app to the mobile community through a press release or you could go with an amusing fake talk show segment where Lena Dunham teaches Jon Hamm what an iPhone is and tells him why the new app is worth your time and money. The choice is obvious.