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Space Invaders, Asteroids reborn

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Application developer Iconosys has released Space Invaders, Galaxian and Asteroids for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Application developer Iconosys has has released three of the most timeless and memorable arcade classics for the iPhone, iPad, and Android OS Smartphones and Tablets: Space Invaders (aka Android Invaders for Android OS only), Galaxian, and Asteroids (aka Anderoids for Android OS only). These new mobile device compatible ‚shooter-style‚ games from Iconosys, represent you the player, protecting our planet or yourself against, among other things, aliens, enemies, and flying rocks. All from the convenience of your Smartphone or Tablet, dodge asteroids in Asteroids and enemy kamikaze flying spaceships in Galaxian, or dodge an alien attack and alien fire in the popular hit Space Invaders. In 1978 and 1979, Atari and Namco released three iconic video games ‚ Asteroids (1979), Space Invaders (1978), and Galaxian (1979) — that saw huge worldwide success, and in some cases, caused a popularity surge bordering on pandemonium. With these offerings, the ‚Golden Age‚ of arcade games or arcade gaming was born, following on the heels of arcade-style entertainment that had previously been characterized by such trusty staples as pinball and skeeball. These new video arcade games were seemingly found everywhere, from restaurants, skating rinks, and airports to convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores (just about any place where we could fit them!). The popularity of Space Invaders alone caused a world-wide shortage of 100-yen coins, as the Japanese population spent much disposable income in enthusiastically embracing this one game. Commented Wayne Irving II, President and ‚Chief Gamer and Pinball Wizard‚ at Iconosys, ‚This brings back memories of my childhood. My first real date was at an arcade in the bowling alley in Kissimmee, Florida. I guess my plan to impress my date with my arcade gaming skills backfired: I was so nervous that all I could do was play Centepede and Galaxian ‚to show off my stuff‚ , and the girl I was with ended feeling ignored and left out. Too bad I didn’t have this new Smartphone friendly version that I could more easily share with her. Another very popular game, Centipede, is in development and should be released in the coming week or so.‚

In addition to these arcade hits, Iconosys also releases the Los Angeles version of their wildly popular Zombie Slasher app for Android and iPhone. Zombie Slasher Los Angeles app puts you the center of Los Angeles, fighting to stay alive, while you do battle in the streets against the ghoulish, hard-to-kill zombies. Use a sawed off shotgun, a pair of mac-10’s, and a machete to take down the zombies before they get you. These games have been optimized specifically for the iPhone, iPad, Android OS phones from Motorola, HTC, and Samsung, and for Motorola Xoom Tablets, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble’s Nook and Nook Color tablets. To see short gameplay samples, please visit http://www.youtube.com/iconosysgames Availability These apps are currently available for download for a limited time for only .99 cents from AppHysteria.com, Amazon AppStore, Barnes and Noble’s Online Marketplace, and from iTunes.

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YouTube Music announces Smart Downloads, SA playlists

The service has introduced Smart Downloads which takes allowing users to store and play hundreds of tunes offline, automatically.

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The latest updates from YouTube Music, for subscribers of its Music Premium and Premium services, include a new feature that allows users to switch seamlessly between a song and its music video for an uninterrupted experience.

It has also introduced Smart Downloads which takes the work out of downloading music, allowing users to store and play hundreds of tunes offline, automatically. YouTube Music has also announced new playlists for South Africa. 

The updates all reflect features that are popular on the global leader in music streaming, Spotify, and that have been key to its growth.

YouTube said in a statement on Friday: “Imagine listening to a new track by your favourite artist in the YouTube Music app and having the ability to seamlessly switch over to watch the music video – no pauses, no interruptions, just a simple tap that keeps the music flowing. This standout new feature from YouTube Music allows YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers to make a seamless transition between a song and its music video for uninterrupted listening and/or watching. Whether you’re in the mood for listening or watching (or a little of both)… it’s all here – no app switching required.”

With Smart Downloads, YouTube Music automatically saves music at night, when connected to Wi-Fi, helping subscribers to use less mobile data, enjoy a smoother updating experience and save up to 500 songs offline using Liked Songs playlist as well as other playlists and albums. 


Previously, music lovers could use the Offline Mixtape feature to download up to 100 songs, specifically chosen for them based on what they listened to most on the platform. Now, with Smart Downloads, they select the number of songs they would like automatically downloaded by toggling their YouTube Music Settings. This means YouTube Music Premium subscribers with Smart Downloads enabled on their mobile devices can now access hundreds of tracks regardless of connectivity. 

This feature is currently available on Android, with plans to bring it to iOS in the future.

Click here to read more about YouTube Music playlists, and find out what is inside them.

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Warriors of Waterdeep RPG gets mobile launch

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Top game developer Ludia has announced the global launch of Warriors of Waterdeep, a mobile turn-based RPG game, based on the ever-popular Dungeons & Dragons franchise for the App Store and Google Play Store. This release marks the first partnership between Ludia and Wizards of The Coast, leaders in fantasy role-playing games.

In Warriors of Waterdeep, players will need to summon a team of heroes as the great city of Waterdeep is threatened by powerful dark forces. Players will need to take their heroes into battle against monsters from the Forgotten Realms in tactical, turn-based combat. Level up and upgrade your heroes with free daily chests, and win rewards in exciting limited-time events.

“We are excited to bring the Dungeons & Dragons experience to mobile devices,” said Alex Thabet, CEO of Ludia. “We believe fans of the franchise will find Warriors of Waterdeep stays true to the spirit of Dungeons & Dragons with challenging storylines and innovative turn-based gameplay.”

Warriors of Waterdeep will launch with a real-time Player-vs-Player (PvP) mode. Take on teams of four in order to earn trophies, collect rewards and unlock new arenas. Rewards improve with every arena level up, to further improve your team of heroes.

Warriors of Waterdeep is now available to download for free, with in-app purchases, on the App Store and Google Play Store.

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