Friday Night Forum: Violence in Gaming and its Effects on Children

Throughout the past several months, there’s been a lot of buzz around the effects of violence in gaming on young minds. In January, President Obama proposed funding to research this relationship following a series of gun-related fatalities.

As games become increasingly bloody and more realistic, many wonder whether a daily dose of violent gaming nurtures aggression in children. While children can consume TV and movies as passive viewers, video games require interaction, which is thought to have more influence over the growing mind.

Friday Night Forum: The Rebirth of RIM

This could be the year for RIM’s rebirth. The previously struggling company made a splash with Tuesday’s announcements: they’re rebranding the company name to “BlackBerry,” hiring Alicia Keys as the new Global Creative Director, unveiling the BlackBerry 10 operating system, and announcing two new phones: the BlackBerry Z10, a touchscreen smartphone, and the Q10, a smartphone with a physical keyboard.

Friday Night Forum: Amazon Appstore Downloads Jump 500% in 2012

Based on new figures released by Amazon, 2012 was a great year to be an Android developer. Just yesterday, Amazon reported that downloads on the company’s Appstore have increased by 500% in the last year alone. Though the figures are a bit incomplete, as they lack a breakdown of free vs. paid downloads, it’s still promising data for Android devs.

Friday Night Forum: A Holiday of App-ortunities

As consumers purchase the latest devices for the holiday season, app developers have a huge opportunity to boost their downloads. Fast Company recently published data from Apptopia, a marketplace for mobile app acquisitions, that revealed some pretty optimistic numbers. Apptopia predicts that 1.2 billion downloads will take place on Christmas week, with a spike on Christmas Day (a speculated 410 million downloads for iOS and Android combined).

Friday Night Forum: The Growth of the Freemium App Revenue Model

Developers around the world have embraced the freemium app revenue model on both iOS and Android. New data from App Annie finds that the freemium model is dominating, as free apps generate 69% of iOS app revenues and 75% of Android revenues. GigaOm reports that, “global revenues for freemium apps on iOS have quadrupled over the last 24 months,” and when it comes to Google Play, “worldwide freemium revenues have grown 3.5x in 2012.” Most data suggests that the paid app strategy is on the decline.