EA CEO blasts social and mobile gaming

VentureBeat reports John Riccitiello, chief executive of gaming powerhouse Electronic Arts, saying the following:

Just months later, as Zynga’s growth stalled, the press turned ugly. A few short months ago, social gaming CEOs were geniuses. Now they’re viewed as idiots.

“Consumers won’t pay for crap,” he said. “Bad entertainment ultimately will not prevail. Be suspicious of entertainment companies — I lead an entertainment company — that start to talk about themselves on the basis of the terabytes of data they are moving around on the Internet or on the basis of data-driven marketing analytics. I love data-driven marketing analytics. But great gaming starts with a great gaming experience, and if you lose sight of that, you ultimately will not have a business.”

I got tired of social and mobile games very early. There’s been a fatigue since. At some point of time you realize things are meaningless and the game play is too linear. Today the only mobile game I actively play is Blueprint 3D in the iPhone or iOS platform. That game is really creative. I’ll blog more on that in future.

So it’s 4G now

AT&T has relabeled their existing 3G data network as a 4G network. By definition, 4G network standards like LTE (Long Term Evolution) run at speeds of 1 Gbit/s for low-mobility connections like cellphones.

AT&T claims:

“The whole industry has come to equate more speed with 4G,” said Ralph de la Vega, chief executive of AT&T’s wireless unit. He says consumers generally won’t notice the difference in speed between AT&T’s HSPA-plus and upcoming LTE networks, so it makes sense to call both 4G.

John Donovan, AT&T’s chief technology officer, said speeds on HSPA-plus and LTE phones will feel similar now, but users will start to notice a difference in the two technologies once richer applications become available. [Source: Motherboard]

HTC Desire HD update coming

From Twitter:

European Desire HD / Desire Z users – look out for an update rolling out from today that will make your mobile experience even better. [@htc]

But it isn’t a Gingerbread update:

To clarify, the Desire Z/Desire HD update is a maintenance build based on all your feedback. Gingerbread is not a part of this update. [@htc]

I have yet to receive the update though. I’m using SingTel from Singapore. HTC has not revealed much on what the update contains.

BlackBerry to be banned in Saudi Arabia

Likely for censorship reasons. BlackBerry devices does some encryption that has been deemed as a obstacle toward censorship and surveillance practices.

Saudi Arabia to Ban BlackBerry Service on Friday

Saudi Arabia has ordered the suspension of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry service as of Friday, as it does not meet current regulations, according to the country’s telecommunications regulator.

The suspension will cover all services, including e-mail and instant messaging, said an official from the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), who requested not to be named. He did not specify what were the current local regulations that BlackBerry did not comply with.

BlackBerry’s service is to be suspended in neighboring United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Oct. 11 because it does not fall in line with the country’s regulations, the UAE telecommunications regulator said on Sunday.

RIM is also in negotiations with the Indian government over the country’s demands that security agencies should be able to intercept BlackBerry data.

In a customer update earlier this week circulated to the media, RIM said that it does not possess a “master key,” nor does any “back door” exist in the system that would allow RIM or any third party to gain unauthorized access to the encryption key or corporate data. The symmetric key system used in the BlackBerry security architecture for enterprise customers ensures that only the customer possesses a copy of the encryption key. (Source: PC World)

I’m standing on the BlackBerry side for this one.

Singapore youths and mobile phones

Singapore youths are quite attached to their mobile devices, according to a recent survey by research agency Synovate. This article is from this Channel News Asia article.

Some statistics:

  • 28% indicated they couldn’t live without their handphones – highest group among Asian youths.
  • When it comes to having the most number of contacts, Singapore youths are second with 108 contacts – after Indonesia.
  • The average number of contacts across youths surveyed in Asia is 77.
  • As for laptops and smartphones, Singapore youths have the highest ownership in the region.
  • 43% of Singapore youths blog.
  • 36% read a blog without making comments.

It’s time to make mobile applications.

Christmas came early

Christmas came early for me and my relative unexpectedly gave me a phone he deemed too complicated to use. It’s free for him after a contract renewal but he much prefers his current phone.

The new phone is one of those slide phones that I have once declared I shan’t be ever carrying. It comes with some GPS whatever and a camera and a USB cable and a nice box. I haven’t really started reading the user guide yet but will do so in a couple of days time.

Nokia 6710
Nokia 6710

For some who may know, I’ve been eyeing for a new phone lately. This isn’t close to what I was hoping for but it will suffice. And Claudia, I can pass you back Sony Ericsson quite soon. Wahaha…

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INQ voucher can now be used in all hello! stores

Interested in the INQ mobile phones?

INQ mobile
INQ mobile

SingTel has extended the redemption of the e-voucher below to all hello! stores from today until November 30, 2009:

INQ roadshow coupon

Therefore, if you’re interested in INQ mobile phones, this is an opportunity you mustn’t miss!

INQ Mini 3G roadshow

Interested in the INQ mobile phones?

INQ mobile
INQ mobile

For two days, from tomorrow (Oct 31 to Nov 01 2009), SingTel will be hosting the INQ Mini 3G Roadshow in Plaza Singapura (Singapore) where you stand a chance of meeting MediaCorp artistes Dai Yang Tian (Oct 31 @ 8 pm) and Elvin Ng (Nov 01 @ 8 pm).

SingTel has a good offer for INQ Mini 3G this round if you print out the following coupon:

INQ roadshow coupon

You get the following with the coupon printed out (print it here):

  • Free pack of 3 INQ Mini 3G battery covers (worth SGD34.95)
  • Waiver or registration fee and SIM card charges (worth SGD42.80)

If you do get an INQ Mini 3G on the roadshow, you’re eligible for a lucky draw with prizes redemption of a 12-month SingTel mobile subscription. One winner will be picked on each day.

So head down to Plaza Singapura (Singapore) between 11 am to 10 pm on days Oct 31, Nov 01 for the INQ Mini 3G roadshow!