Archive for October, 2010
Need I say more? The Minecraft Halloween Update Is finally out (thanks goes to Markus “Notch” Persson and his team at Mojang Specifications). Check out http://www.minecraft.net/ and http://www.minecraft.net/boo for more info and of course the download (if you havent purcahsed already)!
Update (22:57): Seems http://www.minecraft.net/, http://www.minecraftforum.net/ and http://www.minecraftwiki.net are all having down time problems, hopefuly http://www.minecraft.net/ will be back up soon so we can get back to playing our multiplayer games! :p This seems to be an ongoing issue though…
The latest T-Mobile flash mob event advert video titled “The T-Mobile Welcome Back” has now been released on their YouTube Channel, it was filmed at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, and shows arriving passengers being given a welcome home to remember at Heathrow Terminal 5 with actors singing from all sides.
This week, Tesco announces it is updating its popular grocery app to include a barcode reader that will enable customers to add items to their online shopping basket more quickly and simply than ever before.
The barcode scanner for the iPhone is a UK first for the supermarket industry. It is particularly targeted at busy parents and time-poor professionals who want to be able to add specific items to their online shopping basket at anytime, and avoid running the risk of forgetting to add them to the ‘traditional’ shopping list.
The barcode reader will be available to customers initially through the popular Tesco grocery app on iPhone. Whether a customer is using up the last tin of tomatoes in their kitchen, has tried a new cheesecake at a friend’s house that they want to buy, or has a child that has finished the last of their favourite yoghurt when out and about, all they need to do is scan the barcode with their phone. It’ll be added to their online basket with just one click and will wait there until they’re ready to checkout.
CEO of tesco.com Laura Wade-Gery comments: “We’re always looking for ways to make life easier for customers and for busy mums in particular. The barcode scanner will make online ordering much quicker for those that have an iPhone. Customers can simply scan the barcode of grocery products stocked by Tesco whilst on the go and add them into their online shopping basket.
“This is the perfect solution for iPhone lovers that are always forgetting to add items to their shopping list or haven’t the time to even write one!”
The Tesco grocery app was launched two months ago and allows customers to ‘shop on the go’ by ordering groceries from their iPhone. The app has consistently featured in the Apple App Store’s Top free apps.
It was designed and developed by mobile development specialists Ribot, who worked closely with Tesco to create a unique but simple shopping experience for customers.
The app is available for free and users can download it directly from the Apple iTunes Store. Customers who have already downloaded the previous version of the Tesco grocery app will automatically receive a notification to update the app to enable the barcode scanning feature.
The updated Tesco grocery app allows customers to:
- Scan barcodes of grocery products stocked by Tesco, to search the online store and add them to an order
- Add/remove products from an existing order
- Login to their grocery account
- Book a delivery slot
- Search for and add products
- Browse ‘Favourites’
- Browse for products by department, shelves, aisles etc.
- Display nutritional and storage info for products (not available for all products)
- Seamlessly integrate their mobile grocery shopping with the same order on a computer
- Checkout via their mobile or online
For further information, please visit: www.tesco.com/apps/iphone
Six types of puzzler have been identified by research. Brits feel the need to challenge themselves!
96% of adults in Britain regularly play puzzles of some kind from crosswords and Sudoku in their newspaper to electronic puzzles on handheld devices, according to new research.
More people are puzzling now because of a wider choice of games, more space devoted to puzzles in the media and the ability now to puzzle electronically.
That is the headline finding of a piece of research commissioned by Nintendo to mark the UK launch of the latest game in the Professor Layton series which has ready sold more than 1.5 million copies in the UK alone. Professor Layton and the Lost Future launches today and includes over 165 new riddles, brain teasers and logic puzzles to engage and delight puzzle lovers of all ages. The research also identified six different types of puzzler:
The Challenger Puzzler treats every puzzle as an intellectual exercise and does puzzles to test themselves and stay ‘mentally sharp’.
The Intuitive Puzzler can be headstrong and rush into decisions but will always instinctively go for the answer that “feels right”.
The Social Puzzler is in it largely for fun and loves to share the experience and ask friends or family for clues or assistance and to share in the experience of solving a tricky puzzle.
The Secret Puzzler sees it as a guilty pleasure and uses “me time” to do the puzzler on their own, not asking for help or telling anyone they have solved it.
The Compulsive Puzzler cannot put a puzzle down until they’ve cracked it. They’ve started so they must finish, often oblivious to the world around them.
The Dipping Puzzler is quite happy to dip in and out as the mood takes them, often making a puzzle last all day, or even revisiting a puzzle days later.
A nationwide study of people between the age of 18 and 80 found the most common type of puzzler in the UK is the Challenger, making up 41% of the puzzling population. Compulsive Puzzlers, the smallest group, are just 7% of the UK population.
Men are twice as likely to be Social Puzzlers while women are twice as likely to be Secret Puzzlers, confounding gender stereotypes of chatty ladies and unsociable gents.
James Honeywell from Nintendo UK said: “Britain is clearly a nation of puzzlers. The Professor Layton series of puzzle games perform better here in the UK than any other territory because Brits clearly love to test themselves with logic games, riddles, word play and number games. We’re seeing serious demand for games such as the Professor Layton titles because people realise it’s now possible to get their daily dose of puzzling on one device and it’s amazing how that demand spans all ages.”
The vast majority of Compulsive puzzlers, who won’t put a puzzle down until they have cracked it, are women (81%) while the highest proportion of dippers were those over the age of 65, perhaps with the time to spin out the puzzle all day and without the deadline of a daily commute.
The majority of Challenger Puzzlers describe their reason for puzzling as staying mentally sharp rather than just for fun. Secret Puzzlers are the most likely to do it just for fun, with 73% giving this as their main reason for puzzling.
Respondents under the age of 24 were far more likely (68%) to say they puzzle for fun, but this reduced to just 36% of the over 65s, of whom 64% say they do it to remain mentally sharp.
Married respondents are more likely to be Dippers in response to the greater demands on their leisure time.
Social Puzzlers tend to be younger, with our puzzling sociability peaking between the age of 25 and 29 when many people are at their most sociable in real life too and may be keen to show off their intelligence as well as bond relationships over a puzzle.
Puzzlers in London and the South East are most likely to be Secretive.
Master puzzle supremo Professor Layton and his young apprentice Luke return exclusively to the Nintendo DS family of consoles in their most emotionally charged new adventure yet, Professor Layton and the Lost Future available in Europe this Friday.
Whether you’re a seasoned Layton gamer or new to these games, there is something to engage and delight everyone. Fully voiced and localized the game will help to immerse you in this brand new adventure, packed full of mysterious twists and turns More than 165 new riddles, brain teasers and logic puzzles await you in the most epic and atmospheric instalment yet. Prepare to be emotionally and mentally tested as you travel with Luke and the Professor into an uncertain future… And if you just can’t get enough of the puzzles, unlock contents with passwords to be found hidden in previous Professor Layton games.
The story begins when the Professor receives a mysterious letter written by his side-kick Luke…. but sent from 10 years in the future! This ‘future’ Luke warns of a terrible calamity that has befallen London and he urgently needs the Professor’s help. Earlier that week, the British Prime Minster disappeared after taking part in a special test on a time machine, which resulted in an explosion. Could this incident be related? Only you can unravel the clues to solve this intriguing mystery.
Have you already played and own a copy of Professor Layton and the Curious Village & Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box? If so make sure you register them to Club Nintendo along with your new copy of Professor Layton and the Lost Future anytime before 31st December 2011 and by doing so, you will receive a special edition Professor Layton Collector’s Box which you can place all 3 games neatly into.
Join Professor Layton and Luke as they embark on an investigation which takes them on a time travelling journey of mystery and intrigue in a bid to save the future of London from a terrible fate as Professor Layton and the Lost Future arrives in Europe for Nintendo DS family of consoles on 22nd October 2010.
Got this email in my inbox this evening:
Demand Five is changing..
We’re contacting you to let you know that as we’re closing Demand Five and launching a shiny new website at the start of November, your existing Demand Five account will be automatically closed on Monday 1st November. From this date, your personal details will be permanently deleted from our system.
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