Archive for: monopoly

Foursquare + Monopoly = Foursquareopoly (Read: Awesomeness!)

  • September 2, 2011 2:39 pm


We’re pretty big fans of Monopoloy. (Alright, we’re obsessed.) And we love us some Foursquare action. Combine the two and you’ve got Foursquaropoly.

Developed by Sean Tiraratanakul, Deanna McDonald and Jaclyn Shelton, Foursquaropoly takes location-based check-ins/information from Foursquare and gives players the ability to buy and sell properties as well as collect rent from other people who check into their properties. If you ask us it sounds like a great way to make Foursquare even more addictive.

We’ll be sure to keep Foursquaropoly in our sites. In the meantime, check out the video of Foursquaropoly in action after the break…

AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: 5 Myths + 5 Facts.

  • July 18, 2011 12:10 pm


Josh Levy from Free Press has gone ahead and laid down the top 5 myths (and facts) concerning the ongoing AT&T/T-Mobile merger giving unknowing consumers a quick and concise way to see just how badly they’re about to be screwed. While the government is likely being wooed by AT&T and T-Mobile lobbyists, the Free Press (along with *hopefully* millions of Americans) are able to see straight though the tangled mess of lies and faulty information.

No matter what AT&T/T-Mobile may claim or how rosy a picture they paint, removing competition from the market is never good for the consumer or market as a whole. The real benefactors: AT&T/T-Mobile’s bank accounts.

Hop past the break for Josh Levy’s (Free Press) top 5 myths about the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

The iPhone is to the modern mobile world as IE 6 was to the desktop world…

  • February 8, 2010 11:42 am

Say what? To pretty much everyone in world who has seen an iPhone, the iPhone is the pinnacle of mobile computing/smartphones. Till this day, no one has quite copied the ease of use and cohesiveness of the hardware, software, and features. Though the platform isn’t without it’s problems. Most notably, the walled garden that Apple has erected around the iPhone has caused controversy since day 1. The iPhone walled garden has been called many things. A “mobile platform strategist, consultant, and trainer” by the name of Peter-Paul Koch has surprised me however by whipping up a new comparison…

To Koch, the iPhone is the IE 6 of the modern age. How can anyone compare easily the worst browser still in existence to one of the best smartphones in existence? Koch’s rationalization is pretty lengthy and expletive filled (my how we love a colorful blogger) though goes on to highlight how the entire world bending over backwards to cater to the iPhone is a bad, bad thing. Even worse, as the world moves more and more towards an “iPhone compatible/iPhone app” version of their products and services, those developers and companies are alienating those who do not use an iPhone. And contrary to popular belief, that number is quite large — much larger than the number of actual iPhones users.

One question keeps popping up in my mind: What happens in 5, 10, or more years when Apple and the iPhone platform are no more or drastically different? What happens to all of those iPhone-formatted web pages, special iPhone apps, and other iPhone specific aspects of the internet? It goes to waste. Developers spend countless amounts of time and money developing strictly for the iPhone. Consumers likewise spend copious amounts of money on the same platform.

That is precisely what Koch is hinting at. Just as IE6 gained it’s popularity back in the day, that is, “it was where the money was at”, the iPhone too treads down this path. Developing and catering to a single platform instead of universal standards is a dangerous thing to those not on board with whatever platform is popular at the moment.

The sad part is, the iPhone and all of it’s specially designed apps and services won’t be here forever. Then what?

Guardian UK

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Ciruclar Monopoly to dishevel the very core of humane existance?

  • January 31, 2010 3:24 pm

There are certain times in life where big decisions are made which in turn cause monumental reactions. Quitting one job for a more profitable one is one such decision. Getting a puppy? Yet again, pretty big decision. But Hasbro’s latest design change to an age old classic, Monopoly, may be the biggest thing to be dropped upon the human race in decades.

Since the beginning of time, Monopoly hasn’t really changed. Sure their are now eleventy-billion different versions of the game, but the same basic square design remains — until now.

Hasbro has unleashed their new 2010 and beyond circular Monopoly board game with a completely new look. Also coming along with this new version is the all digital interface that a few other square designs have already incorporated. I personally prefer the new digital move. Some may argue that some of the game’s luster is lost when you’re not fumbling around with various amounts of fake, colored money. But I enjoy the more seamless and much cleaner playing area the paper-less option allows. To each their own.

For naysayers and those that just aren’t too keen on the new move can push out a big sigh of relief as Hasbro will still pump out those golden oldie edgy boards as well. I guess the cataclysmic end times aren’t here quite yet…

Gizmodo

Comcast and Time Warner doing anti-trust tango

  • June 24, 2009 11:39 am

If you have ever spent a few billing periods with either company, you know how expensive their entertainment packages can be. In some areas, you don’t even have a choice as Comcast has either paid someone to be the exclusive provider in that area (apartments), or other providers simply haven’t made it there yet. Still, in the year 2009 one would like to think that competition in on the uptick, especially with the economy so low. Why with the economy in the gutter and the assumed competition, the consumer should be saving a boat load right? Not to mention, with the growth of the internet, almost unlimited amounts of new technologies and services are just waiting to be discovered. The only problem is, the industry doesn’t want to discover. They want to recapture the monopolistic past.

Politicians do care! *Don’t hold your breath*

  • June 16, 2009 7:55 pm

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When you hear the words government, politcs, and technology, you often come to the conclusion that the tech related topics are going to take a backseat to more trivial things…as in reality the actually often do.  However, Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) are on a quest for “the little guy” (us techies).  The good fight worth fighting - carrier and manufacturer exclusivity deals.  The most recent examples of this sales strategy being iPhone/AT&T and Palm Pre/Sprint.  The senators mentioned are pushing the FCC to investigate these alliances to determine just how much they undermine consumer choice.  Finally!  While I can understand from a business and money making perspective the benefits that exclusive devices and deals bring, they are not good for the consumer under any circumstances.  The carriers and manufacturers can declare from the highest mountain how awesome their alliance is.  However, just remember that no matter how awesome a carrier or manufacture claims their network/device is, they aren’t omnipresent and their device is not from the hand of god.  There is always a worthy second choice.  But when their are exclusive deals going on, that choice and consumer choice gets shot to you know where.  Are you happy that someone in politics is finally stepping up to seriously contend this issue?  I know I am.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac, Ars Technica

Rogers Wireless iPhone “Value Packs” lack value, rape your wallet

  • June 2, 2009 7:35 pm

Canadian readers who hear the word “Rogers” often visualize images of their wallet puking.  Often in times past, Rogers’ various voice and data plans have been less than consumer friendly offering sub par service for an inflated price - not to mention the longer than average 3 year commitment needed for many discounts that aren’t even that great to begin with.  When the iPhone 3G launched for Rogers, many were excited for a new beginning with the wireless carrier as they introduced a very reasonable (by past Rogers’ standards) data plan that included 6GB of data for the low price of $30/month.  As with many other carriers around the world offering iPhones, text messages were a seperate “feature” that they further overcharged and raped your wallet for.  It appears that latest assault against your wallet doesn’t even give customers the choice of saying yay or nay.  So what is the latest infuriation?