Archive | December, 2013

Something new from Avatron – Everydisk Brings Post-Cloud Storage To Everyman

31 Dec

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 26, 2013 — Five-year-old bootstrapped startup Avatron Software is today launching a Kickstarter project  to help develop its new software platform, Everydisk. Everydisk will let people easily access and interact with all their files, on any of their computers, from anywhere in the world. Everydisk is an alternative to costly and high profile cloud storage solutions that may be targets of hackers, spies, and others seeking access to our personal demographic data.

Whereas cloud solutions like Dropbox and Google Drive offer storage space on servers governed by arcane and compromising user agreements, Everydisk establishes direct, secure connections between a user’s devices and the increasingly affordable desktop hard drives attached to them.

How Everydisk works:
Avatron’s web-based server platform maintains a registry of each user’s computers. When a user logs in, they are presented with a menu of their connected devices. Once the connection is made between the user and their remote computers, no data goes through Avatron’s server. User data always stays on machines directly in the user’s control.

The resulting data security comes at a time when privacy consciousness is a hot mainstream issue, due in part to the revelation that the National Security Agency’s PRISM program has been analysing the data of millions of U.S. citizens. A recent study by the Cloud Security Alliance estimates that PRISM could cost U.S. cloud companies $35–45 billion. Forrester analyst James Staten suggests in a blog post that the damage could be as high as $180 billion.

Avatron is using Kickstarter to fund its latest project. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding service that allows people to contribute to projects they believe in. Avatron’s founder, former Apple engineering manager Dave Howell, explains, “The rise of Kickstarter’s crowdfunding model is an important step in a worldwide trend toward democratization of technology, and we see it as an important new way to develop the products our customers want.”

Companies that use Kickstarter to launch apps get to talk directly with their customers as the software is being developed. The project’s backers have the opportunity to influence the feature sets and design of apps they are interested in. The results are better products and an enthusiastic user base.

Avatron is right in the centre of the technology democratization trend. “Apple revolutionized the software business with its App Store,” says Howell. “The App Store allowed little independent developers with no production facilities or marketing budgets to develop and distribute hugely successful apps.” One of the first companies in the App Store, Avatron has been creating popular productivity apps since 2008, helping people connect their mobile devices and computers in new ways. The company’s Air Sharing app, a document-reader app that turned an iPhone into a wireless hard drive, was downloaded by over a million users in its first two weeks in the App Store. Avatron’s Air Display app turns an iPad into a second (or third) monitor for a Mac or PC. And Air Login lets people operate a remote computer from an iPad or iPhone.

Avatron’s latest app, Everydisk, lets people work with all of their files, free from the limitations and privacy concerns built into cloud storage products. Howell asks “Why should we have to pay hundreds of dollars per year for cloud storage when desktop hard drives are so affordable?” And working with cloud storage requires forethought: files must be copied into a special folder in order to be accessible remotely.

Ken Westin, Security Researcher at Tripwire, says, “Recent news about the NSA’s dragnet data mining, along with concerns about the ‘summer of Snowden,’ have really raised public awareness of the vulnerability of private files in cloud storage. Avatron couldn’t be launching Everydisk at a better time.”

The Everydisk Kickstarter project is here. Backers will have the opportunity to beta test the service and receive a free subscription in exchange for supporting the project.

The project launched on December 26, 2013 and will run through January 25, 2014.

About Avatron
Avatron® Software is a leading developer of productivity-enhancing mobile and desktop apps, including Air Display®, Air Sharing®, Air Login®, and (soon) Everydisk™. Avatron’s Air Sharing file-sharing app was downloaded by more than 1 million users in its first two weeks and raised the bar for mobile app design and quality. The company’s Air Display app turns an iPad into a wireless computer monitor with a touchscreen. Avatron was founded in April 2008 by Dave Howell, a former Apple software engineering manager, and a team of veteran engineers. The company is based in Portland, Oregon. Copyright © 2008-2013 Avatron Software. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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G5’s Where Angels Cry (Full) is available for download!

31 Dec

Wishing all casual game fans a very happy and joyful New Year – G5 is giving away an enigmatic hidden object adventure, Where Angels Cry (Full), on iOS, Google Play, Kindle Fire and Mac starting today, December 30, 2013 through January 5, 2014. Get this free gift for your favourite device and have loads of gaming entertainment with your family this holiday week!

Where Angels Cry takes place in a remote medieval monastery where monks are disappearing without explanation and a statue on the property has been seen crying blood. It’s up to you as an agent of the Cardinal to investigate these strange happenings.

When Angels Cry is a mesh of a semi-classic adventure and a hidden object/puzzle game. In the game you will explore the monastery and its eerie surroundings while interrogating its inhabitants, completing challenging tasks, solving perplexing puzzles and playing dozens of mini-games. Uncover a sad and shocking story of love and treachery in this exciting adventure game!

The game is developed by Cateia Games and published on iOS, Android & Mac OS by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:

● 18 amazing mini-games and puzzles to solve

● Seven mysterious locations to explore

● Three modes: casual, adventure and challenge

● Collect 21 angels to unlock additional achievements

● HD graphics and a riveting storyline

When can I download this game?

Starting today, December 30, 2013 through January 5, 2014

Where can I download this game?

iTunes Store

Where Angels Cry (Full) for iPhone

Where Angels Cry HD (Full) for iPad

Google Play:

Where Angels Cry for Google Play

Amazon Appstore:

Where Angels Cry for Kindle Fire

Mac App Store:

Where Angels Cry (Full) for Mac

About G5 Entertainment

G5 Entertainment is a developer and publisher of high quality downloadable games for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, and Nook tablets. G5 develops and publishes games that are family-friendly, easy to learn, and targeted at the widest audience of experienced and novice players. G5 owns a number of popular game franchises like Virtual City, Special Enquiry Detail, Supermarket Mania, Stand O’Food, and Mahjongg Artifacts, and invests in creating new games and bringing established franchises to new gaming platforms. More information about the company can be found at: www.g5e.com/corporate.

G5’s Virtual City Playground® Updated For Holiday On Google Play Today – FREE Download

31 Dec

Bring holiday cheer to your city, with new quests buildings and decorations

San Francisco, California – December 30, 2013 – Turn your Virtual City Playground® into a winter wonderland with the free 1.13 update, available on Google Play today, care of G5 Entertainment. Now players can build shiny Ice Palaces, yummy cookie bakeries, cozy candle shops, decorate their cities with charming Christmas trees, enchanting ice statues, and take on over 30 new quests before the end of the season.

Virtual City Playground® - screenshot

Virtual City Playground® - screenshot

Virtual City Playground is a sim-social that lets your imagination run wild so that you can look down at your wonderful metropolis and marvel at the wonders you’ve created. Please your inhabitants by providing them with tons of business opportunities and true-to-life neighbourhoods, and entertainment facilities, among other amenities. Master trade, resources and balance between the booming development and the traffic that is a subsequent effect of the former.

Virtual City Playground® - screenshot

Virtual City Playground is deep and ever evolving, yet easy to master. It is no wonder that Virtual City Playground has become one of the most beloved city-building simulators and ranks as a Top 10 Grossing Game in 100 countries, including UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, Russia, and many many more. And G5 continues to enhance the gaming experience by launching regular free updates to this hit city-builder, thus always giving gamers something new to dig into, solve and create.

Virtual City Playground® - screenshot

Virtual City Playground® - screenshot

What’s New in Version 1.13:

Are you ready, holiday revellers? Savour the most wonderful time of the year with brand new delights in your favourite Virtual City!

QUESTS: Over 30 festive and uplifting new quests to complete

COLLECT: Find all the new yummy Candy Canes in your holiday adventure

HOLIDAY BUILDINGS: Construct a fantastic Ice Castle and celebrate its debut

MAGICAL DECORATIONS : Add an Ice Sculpture, Holiday Tree, Candle Shop and more

CHEERY VISITORS: Invite little elves, penguins and snowmen to move into the Ice Castle

Deck your city with a beautiful dusting of snow and enjoy winter’s pristine beauty!

About the game:

Build the city of your dreams… and then run it!

  • Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with brand new delights! Collect Candy Canes all around town and build a marvellous Ice Castle.
  • Get into the holiday spirit – deck your city with a beautiful dusting of snow and help everyone enjoy winter’s pristine beauty!
  • Manufacture a variety of retail goods and deliver them to your sleek and enticing shopping malls.
  • Set up a mass transit system to transport your city dwellers to parks, cinemas, stadiums and more.
  • Create a musical future for your city with a philharmonic hall that draws a sophisticated crowd.
  • Make your city greener and healthier by recycling garbage, planting trees, upgrading buildings and adding hospitals and fire stations.
  • Reward your happy, responsible citizens by organizing truly spectacular public events for them!

Includes:

  • Over 360 uplifting quests to tackle as you grow and enhance your city
  • Over 170 buildings, landmarks and decorations for city beautification
  • Nearly 100 challenging achievements to earn and celebrate with your friends
  • Regular FREE updates to keep you stimulated and entertained

 

When is this game released?

Today, December 30, 2013

Where can I download this game?

Google Play:

Virtual City Playground® for Google Play

The game is also available on: iPhone, iPad, Windows Store, Kindle Fire, Nook and Mac.

About G5 Entertainment

G5 Entertainment is a developer and publisher of high quality downloadable games for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, and Nook tablets. G5 develops and publishes games that are family-friendly, easy to learn, and targeted at the widest audience of experienced and novice players. G5 owns a number of popular game franchises like Virtual City, Special Enquiry Detail, Supermarket Mania, Stand O’Food, and Mahjongg Artifacts, and invests in creating new games and bringing established franchises to new gaming platforms. More information about the company can be found at: www.g5e.com/corporate.

Year 2013 in review for this blog – Thanks to all.

31 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

G5’s Stand O’Food® Now Available on Windows Store

26 Dec

Try your hand at making sandwiches and prove that you have what it takes to make your restaurant business prosperous!

San Francisco, California – December 19, 2013 – The most popular burger-flipping strategy game, Stand O’Food®, has been released on Windows Store today, care of G5 Entertainment. The game already has tremendous following with millions of players enjoying the game on all key platforms. Today this original, fast-paced restaurant challenge enriched Windows 8 and Windows RT devices.

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In Stand O’Food players have to feed a host of hungry patrons before they leave in a huff! The game offers you to choose between Quest mode and Lunch Rush mode, more than 100 levels to complete and more than 80 receipts of sandwiches to try your hand at. Slap together burgers and cook up some bacon as quickly as you can! But it’s not all about speed – you’ve also got to plan ahead. Put the sandwiches together in the correct sequence, and set yourself up so you can make the next sandwich without difficulty. Earn money to purchase condiments and upgrade your equipment to serve tastier food even faster than before. Stand O’Food will satisfy all of your cravings!

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Key features:

* 2 gameplay modes: Quest and Lunch Rush

* More than 100 levels

* 80+ sandwiches to create

* Close to 20 upgrades to purchase

Stand O’Food is available for download on Windows Store today. Gamers can try the game for free and buy the full version for $6.99.

When is this game released?

  December 19, 2013

Where can I download this game?

Windows Store:

Stand O’Food® for Windows Store

About G5 Entertainment 

G5 Entertainment  is a developer and publisher of high quality downloadable games for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, and Nook tablets. G5 develops and publishes games that are family-friendly, easy to learn, and targeted at the widest audience of experienced and novice players. G5 owns a number of popular game franchises like Virtual City, Special Enquiry Detail, Supermarket Mania, Stand O’Food, and Mahjongg Artifacts, and invests in creating new games and bringing established franchises to new gaming platforms.

More information about the company can be found at: www.g5e.com/corporate.

Pet Zoometery Is Live On iOS, Care of G5 & Goggi Games

26 Dec

Create a one-of-a-kind zoo filled with zombie animals – aka Zoombies!

San Francisco, California – December 19, 2013 – A one-of-a-kind zoo filled with zombie animals appeared on iPad today in a new free-to-play strategy, Pet Zoometery, care of G5 Entertainment and Goggi Games. The game is available as free app on the App Store now.

Get ready to build the strangest and most entertaining zoo of all time! With the help of a chatty rhinoceros, acquire the coolest Zoombies, construct surreal attractions and even design a lake to house aquatic Zoombies. Then get things up and running by hiring employees, establishing your Zoombie feeding rituals and earning Zomboleons for inviting visitors to your wacky wonderland. What’s Phase II? Take the crowd-pleasing to a zany new level by cross-breeding your Zoombies to produce even kookier species. Hybridize a porcupine and a panda, for example, and get an adorable … Porcupanda! Change your idea of “wildlife” forever in this unforgettable strategy and time management adventure.

Zomboleons and brains are your currency in the game. To earn money and special bonuses you have over 100 fun quests to complete. Among them is training your pets to perform tricks, building unreal estate like Coffin’s Beans farm, growing Dragon Fruit and interbreeding hippos with hummingbirds. And there’s so much more than that! Pet Zoometery is an addiction that will keep you enthralled for hours on end!

The game is developed by Goggi Games and published on iOS by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:

● Buy, breed and feed over 100 funny and utterly irresistible Zoombies!

● Train your own Zoombie pet one trick at a time – watch him perform and even speak!

● Build a Brain Storage Chamber, Cup O’Lava Stand and dozens of other attractions!

● Experiment with endless combinations for the most inventive cross-breeding.

● Complete over 100 quests… with more coming in regular free updates!

Pet Zoometery is available for download to iPad today. The game is free with additional bonuses available via in-app purchase from within.

When is this game released?

December 19, 2013

Where to download?

iTunes Store:

Pet Zoometery for iPad

About G5 Entertainment

G5 Entertainment is a developer and publisher of high quality downloadable games for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, and Nook tablets. G5 develops and publishes games that are family-friendly, easy to learn, and targeted at the widest audience of experienced and novice players. G5 owns a number of popular game franchises like Virtual City, Special Enquiry Detail, Supermarket Mania, Stand O’Food, and Mahjongg Artifacts, and invests in creating new games and bringing established franchises to new gaming platforms.

More information about the company can be found at: www.g5e.com/corporate.

G5’s The Secret Society® (iOS) Gets A Holiday Update – FREE download

18 Dec

Match-3 puzzle, 100 NEW quests, 16 new collections, Christmas Eve scene and so much more to keep you entertained for hours on end this Holiday Season

San Francisco, California – December 18, 2013 – G5 Entertainment and MyTona today released a wintery update for The Secret Society® – Hidden Mystery on iOS. The version 1.7.5 adds a match-3 puzzle, 100 new quests, 16 new collections, Christmas Eve scene, energy specials such as ginger breads and punch, and so much more fun to the beloved hidden object adventure.

This update also brings a fresh twist to the story. The new character, journalist Rachel Fox, will arrive at your place. She writes articles about strange phenomena that exceed the limits of common sense and cannot be logically explained. Her desire to report on uncommon subjects is due to the fact that something unusual happened in her past – something that made her believe in the impossible. And she is very interested in the Order. But you should not let her reveal the truth!

What’s New in Version 1.7.5:

Happy holidays to all Secret Keepers! Download this free update and see what surprises await you!

– New match 3 mini-game: swap and match gems to get 3 in a row!

– Open a new location – just in time for Christmas!

– 100 new quests – no time to waste, get on them right now

– 16 new collections – new challenges for you and your friends!

– Get the unique Amulet of Santa – and see what happens!

The holiday spirit is in the air – get holiday energy drinks, earn holiday talismans, enjoy a holiday avatar and table decorations.

Happy holidays to one and all!

About the game:

In The Secret Society – Hidden Mystery you join the Order of Seekers, a secret society of people with a unique ability to move inside magic worlds. You travel through photographs in search for clues to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of your missing uncle, and to prevent the dangers threatening the entire Secret Society. You will look for myriad of clues in photographs you move within. These clues, if gathered together with others, will expand even further the world you’re traveling and serve to help you unravel the mysteries you’re tasked with. Some of these puzzles are harder than others, but on the whole, you will find The Secret Society – Hidden Mystery polished and addictive.

The game offers a completely engaging and wholly entertaining experience. Exploring the pictures is done via a map, which shows all of the pictures you can visit. You’ll unlock additional pictures as you progress. When you enter a picture you’re given a list of items-sometimes listed in text form, other times as silhouettes, sometimes one, sometimes a piece that’s broken into a multiple – and you’ll need to find them before time runs out. You will be revisiting the same pictures, but as you progress the challenges will get more diabolical as you will have to find more and more items in a very short allotted time. In addition you will play puzzle games such as memory, pipes or a maze to find additional pieces.

There’s a whole range of different helpful items and power-ups, which includes everything from hints that point out objects you can’t find to flashlights that light up the night time levels. You’ll collect these as you complete rooms, but they can also be purchased with the game’s premium currency. Take advantage of a compass that will locate the item, dynamite that will clear it from your list, pocket watch that will add time if you cannot complete a level within allowed minutes. Other power ups include ancient talismans, tools, food and drinks that you can purchase from within the game with coins you collect while playing the scenes or via in-app purchases. Collect all of the awards, to level up quicker; share your progress with friends and get special bonuses.

Meet interesting characters, fulfil engaging missions, discover new magic worlds and learn the secrets of the Order of Seekers. The fantastic blend of hidden object tasks and puzzles in The Secret Society – Hidden Mystery will entertain the avid adventure, hidden object and puzzle gamers. The game is developed by MyTona and published by G5 Entertainment.

Key Features:

● Nearly 1300 quests to keep you entertained for hours

● New match 3 mini-game: swap and match gems to get 3 in a row!

● 20 amazing locations full of interesting characters

● 195+ collections of hidden objects to piece together

● 65 items to purchase throughout your secret mission

● Regular updates with additional quests and more

When can I download this game?

Today, December 18, 2013

Where can I download this game?

iTunes Store:

The Secret Society® – Hidden Mystery for iPhone and iPad

The game is also available on Google Play and Kindle Fire.

About G5 Entertainment

G5 Entertainment  is a developer and publisher of high quality downloadable games for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, and Nook tablets. G5 develops and publishes games that are family-friendly, easy to learn, and targeted at the widest audience of experienced and novice players. G5 owns a number of popular game franchises like Virtual City, Special Enquiry Detail, Supermarket Mania, Stand O’Food, and Mahjongg Artifacts, and invests in creating new games and bringing established franchises to new gaming platforms. More information about the company can be found at: www.g5e.com/corporate.