Exoplanet Explorer: big planet update
I’ve just discovered that data importing in Exoplanet Explorer “got stuck” in early January so there’s been no new planets added until today. The culprit was record #734 in the PHL data that my server reads to generate the data files used by Exoplanet Explorer. Kepler-46 c featured a new discovery method, “TTV” or Transit […]
Amazon Ads CPM boost deal
It seems that Amazon’s Mobile Ads service is tired of playing second fiddle to AdMob. Amazon have launched an awesome deal, called Amazon Ads CPM boost. It guarantees $1.50 CPM for app developers providing 1,000 or more ad impressions per month, during March and April. The main requirement are that your app has to send […]
Burstly SkyRocket in Unity on Android
To put it bluntly, my experience with MoPub and Unity in mid 2013 was a disaster. Six months have passed and I’ve recovered. I’m ready to try another ad mediation service, this time Burstly SkyRocket. First, the good news: it works. It only took about 10 hours from signing up to having a functional app. […]
Is the USPTO evil or just incompetent?
Yesterday, news broke of yet more punishment for software developers from the clowns known as the USPTO. Not satisfied with rubber stamping any overly broad software patent that lands on their collective desks, they’ve turned their all-seeing eye towards the English dictionary. King, the makers of the blatant Bejewelled clone that shamelessly stole the Candy […]
The healthy gamer alternative to Candy Crush
The Fruit Game I’ve been hard at work on my next project which is going to be an upgraded version of the Chocolate Game with a new theme. I decided on fruit because it’s the healthy gamer alternative to apps such as the infamous Candy Crush Saga and my own Chocolate Game. Although it started […]
Easy Amazon Ads new release
I’ve just uploaded a new version of the Easy Amazon Ads plugin. In addition to being updated to the latest Amazon API, it also includes a new property: EasyAmazonAdsManager.isFixedSize. Setting this property to true will cause ads to respect the exact pixel size specified by the ad. For example, a 320×50 pixel ad will appear on […]
Cheating in XCOM: Enemy Unknown?
Thanks to the incredible cheapness of Steam games (when purchased through 3rd party sites) I’ve just finished playing through XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I have to say some of the end-game stats look a bit dubious to me: I scored 12,000 points while the world average was 144,000 I had 120 scientists and the world average […]