First time accepted submitter bargainsale writes “Many recent updates from Apple’s App store are crashing immediately, including Instapaper. Instapaper’s creator, Marco Arment, thinks this is due to corrupt binaries being distributed. As Angry Birds Space is among those affected, there is some hope that Apple may acknowledge the problem and fix it …”
Source: App Store Bug Corrupts Binaries; Angry Birds Crash
jones_supa writes with this news, straight from The Irish Times: “Rovio, the Finnish company behind Angry Birds, is considering moving its headquarters to Ireland, chief executive Mikael Hed has said. Rovio employs approximately 400 people, mostly in Finland, but Rovio is in contact with IDA Ireland about establishing headquarters here. The reason for the move would be corporation tax rate, which in Finland is 24.5%, while Ireland’s rate is 12.5%. Companies such as Google and Facebook have also set up European headquarter operations in Dublin for the same reason. Hed said that if the decision was made to move to Ireland, the company would then decide exactly what elements of its operations would move. ‘If we did make that decision then it would be a natural thing to do to have some production [in Ireland] also.’”
Source: Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland
Categories: slashdot Angry, birds, company, Dublin, Facebook, Finland, finnish company, google, headquarters, hed, IDA Ireland, Ireland, irish times, Mikael Hed, rovio
eldavojohn writes “The title of this hard-hitting piece of journalism reads ‘Powerful ‘Flame’ cyberweapon tied to popular Angry Birds game,’ and opens with, ‘The most sophisticated and powerful cyberweapon uncovered to date was written in the LUA computer language, cyber security experts tell Fox News — the same one used to make the incredibly popular Angry Birds game.’ The rest of the details that are actually pertinent to the story follow that important message. The graphic for this story? Perhaps a map of Iran, or the LUA logo, or maybe the stereotyped evil hacker in a ski mask? Nope, all Angry Birds. Describing LUA as ‘Gamer Code,’ Fox for some reason (popularity?) selects Angry Birds from an insanely long list in their article implying guilt-by-shared-development-language. I’m not sure if explaining machine language to them would alleviate the perceived problem or cause them to burn their desktops in the streets and launch a new crusade to protect the children.”
Source: Fox News Ties ‘Flame’ Malware To Angry Birds
Categories: slashdot Angry, birds, cyber security experts, evil hacker, flame, Fox, fox news, Iran, Lua, lua logo, new crusade
An anonymous reader writes “The Russians who put out fake versions of Angry Bird Space and Instagram for Android last week have competition. Biophilia, a musical experiment by Bjork into the world of apps, has been ported to Android as a Trojan.”
Maybe not totally surprising; as the submitter reader continues, “last year at the launch of the app, Bjork was quoted in an interview inviting pirates/hackers to attempt to port her code over from iPhone to other platforms.”
Source: Cybercriminals Exploit Björk’s Biophilia App To Compromise Androids
Categories: slashdot Android, Angry, anonymous reader, App, Biophilia, Bjork, fake versions, iPhone, launch, musical experiment, reader
writes “Many of us geeks prefer to work at home without distractions, but a lot of bosses still believe that if they don’t see you, you must be lolling about, eating bon-bons and playing Angry Birds. ‘There may be many reasons a manager is distrustful of telecommuting but the phenomenon of what Albiero calls “presentism”—that is, only trusting and rewarding the folks you see at their computer is a major factor.’ So it may be of some use to read through the research compiled by Diann Daniel that says telecommuting creates happier and more productive employees (which naturally include fewer distractions and better work-life balance), and an accompanying infographic showing the environmental benefits from reduced commuting. She follows it up with suggestions on how managers can mentor and support teleworkers. Some of this is general advice, but some of the tips are more specific: ‘It may seem like a lot more work—all this up-front addressing of communication issues that happen far more naturally in the office—but the upside is increased efficiency. Albiero sees this especially in the area of meetings. He speaks of one client who has now instituted a meeting format that is structured to allow for the first five minutes of all meetings to be “small-talk minutes.” Thus, everyone knows they needn’t call in for those minutes unless they want to join.”
Source: Building a Case For Telecommuting
Categories: slashdot Albiero, Angry, Daniel, Esther Schindler, first five minutes, home, infographic, lot, mdash, productive employees, work life balance
February 28th, 2012 02:53
An anonymous reader writes “If you’re sick of playing Angry Birds, or don’t like touchscreen controls, there is now an alternative if you don’t mind some construction. mbed have posted full instructions and a parts list for creating your very own USB slingshot, adding a physical element to playing the game. You need a decent branch for the slingshot, a microcontroller, USB connector, accelerometer, and a rubber stretch sensor. The C++ code is provided, and as a weekend project I can see this being pretty satisfying to create.”
Source: Play Angry Birds With a USB Slingshot
An anonymous reader writes “Mikael Hed is the CEO of Rovio Mobile, the company behind popular mobile puzzle game Angry Birds. At the Midem conference Monday, Hed had some interesting things to say about how piracy has affected the gaming industry, and Rovio’s games in particular: ‘”We could learn a lot from the music industry, and the rather terrible ways the music industry has tried to combat piracy.” Hed explained that Rovio sees it as “futile” to pursue pirates through the courts, except in cases where it feels the products they are selling are harmful to the Angry Birds brand, or ripping off its fans. When that’s not the case, Rovio sees it as a way to attract more fans, even if it is not making money from the products. “Piracy may not be a bad thing: it can get us more business at the end of the day.” … “We took something from the music industry, which was to stop treating the customers as users, and start treating them as fans. We do that today: we talk about how many fans we have,” he said. “If we lose that fanbase, our business is done, but if we can grow that fanbase, our business will grow.”‘”
Source: Angry Birds Boss Credits Piracy For Popularity Boost
Asia Tech News reports that the smash hit Rovio game Angry Birds is coming to Facebook on Valentine’s Day.
The release will happen fast, rolling out to all 800 million users at once as opposed to a slow Facebook feature rollout like Timeline, which first became available to New Zealand users, then to all – and now it’s being forced upon everyone. The big launch takes place in Jakarta. Indonesia holds the world’s second-largest Facebook population, trailing only the United States. With its entrance into the Facebook ecosystem, Angry Birds will transform into a social game complete with leaderboards so users can challenge their friends.
Angry Birds has been downloaded more than 700 million times, and is on its way to pass one billion in 2012. It has expanded from just an iOS and Android game. It is coming to Samsung Smart TVs as part of the Internet-connected TV future. Facebook is the next obvious move for the fast-growing game. Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka says that Angry Birds will even have a payments solution for Facebook.
Zynga games CityVille, CastleVille and FarmVille currently own three of the top five spots Facebook app spots, according to today’s AppData. The Facebook game platform is expanding post-IPO, adding games like Hidden Chronicles which appear to rip-off of EA’s Gardens of Time. Zynga’s latest game, Dream Heights, appears to swipe much of Tiny Tower. Is a Zynga version of Angry Birds in the works? Let’s hope not.
Source: Angry Birds Crash Into Facebook
Categories: readwriteweb Angry, birds, Facebook, game, Indonesia, Jakarta, jakarta indonesia, New Zealand, Peter Vesterbacka, smart tvs, United States, valentine s day, zealand users, Zynga
writes “The 50 million individuals who have downloaded ‘Angry Birds’ play roughly 200 million minutes of the game a day, which translates into 1.2 billion hours a year, more than ten times the 100 million hours spent creating Wikipedia over the entire life span of the online encyclopedia. Why is this seemly simple game so massively compelling? Charles L. Mauro performs a cognitive teardown of the user experience of Angry Birds and concludes that the game is engaging, in fact addictive, due to the carefully scripted expansion of the user’s mental model of the strategy component and incremental increases in problem/solution methodology. The birds are packed with clever behaviors that expand the user’s mental model at just the point when game-level complexity is increased … For example, why are tiny bananas suddenly strewn about in some play sequences and not in others? Why do the houses containing pigs shake ever so slightly at the beginning of each game play sequence? Why is the game’s play space showing a cross section of underground rocks and dirt? One can spend a lot of time processing these little clues, consciously or subconsciously. ‘Creating truly engaging software experiences is far more complex than one might assume, even in the simplest of computer games,’ writes Mauro. ‘You go Birds! Your success certainly makes others Angry and envious.’”
Source: A Cognitive Teardown of Angry Birds
Categories: slashdot Angry, birds, Charles L. Mauro, game, Hugh Pickens, incremental increases, Mauro, online encyclopedia, play, software experiences, solution methodology, user
bdking writes “The most popular mobile game in history now has been downloaded more than 500,000,000 times, according to maker Rovio Mobile. Good thing the 300 million minutes of Angry Birds daily playing time around the world aren’t being wasted or anything. Rovio chief executive Mikael Hed says: ‘This is a fantastic landmark achievement for us, and we’re extremely delighted to see such an incredible amount of people enjoying our games. We remain committed to creating more fun experiences and bringing exceptional quality to Angry Birds Fans everywhere.’”
Source: Angry Birds Downloads Pass Half-Billion Mark
Categories: slashdot Angry, birds, game, hed, history, landmark achievement, mark, mikael, Mikael Hed, playing time, rovio, time around the world