Twitter is expected to roll-out enhanced brand pages very soon, awarding companies and organisations the ability to embed external elements like games and commerce functionality into their pages, as well as to further customise the look and feel of their presence on the service.
Games retailer GameStop may begin to sell iOS devices, like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, in their 6,500 stores worldwide as the iPhone 5's imminent release date approaches, according to 9to5mac.com. This speculation is substantiated by the fact that GameStop has confirmed they are now accepting second-hand Apple products in lieu of store credit.
In this post we're at the Games Island: Is Gaming technology or Culture discussion. It's hosted by Paul Hayes from Beachhut PR with Phillip Campbell, former creative director with EA, Dylan Collins of Gruupy, Barry O’Neill from the Interactive Games Association and Willie White from the Project Arts Centre.
Fund:it encourages social networking users and others to donate small amounts of money to groups and organisations who wish to set up arts or technology projects in Ireland. As with other crowdfunding networks Fund:it follows sets a minimum monetary total and a time limit for each project, if a project fails to reach or exceed its target the funding will not go through.
Fund:it uses, to borrow a phrase from Chirs Andersen, “the long tail” of the web to create enough start-up capital for Irish arts and cultural organisations. What this means is that the organisation will encourage a large number of individuals to donate small amounts of money each.
People around the world will be able watch Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Parade live online this year. RTÉ, Ireland's national broadcaster will be live-streaming the parade through their free international on demand player.
Here in Ireland we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the usual web (we’ll let you guess what that is) but if you can’t make it to Dublin for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade then you can take your frustration out with the Angry Birds St. Patrick’s Day special.
Fund:it, an Irish crowdfunding effort supported by The Department of Arts Sports and Tourism is calling for people in the business, arts and media sectors in Ireland to submit their latest business ideas. The organisation is designed to fund these new companies without the dependence on hard-to-get bank loans but through the power of social media.
Microsoft have announced Games for Windows Marketplace, a new browser-based PC game store that combines Microsoft’s Windows Games on Demand store with the ease of the web. The marketplace will launch on November 15th and will offer users a large selection of games, simplified navigation and purchase, and recurring specials such as "Deal of the Week".