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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

24 Dec
2013

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Happy Holidays and/or Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to everyone out there and a special THANK YOU to everyone who downloaded any of my apps and/or spread the word about them. It’s not easy developing apps, but I enjoy doing it and I hope you enjoyed any of them that you played or used. 2013 was a super busy yet awesome year and I plan on making 2014 even greater!

The banner above highlights my three holiday themed apps, and also my inspirational quote app that you can use to help motivate yourself and others to have a great 2014! Check out the right side of the site for where you can download these apps on your mobile and tablet devices.

I’ll be posting a 2013 wrap up for my apps next month and my “Top 8” movies and music lists as well. I didn’t play many video games this year so I’ll be doing a Game of the Year & runner-ups post instead of a Top 8 for it.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!

Word Owl’s Wordsearch: Kindergarten Edition now on iOS for iPad

15 Nov
2013

Word Owl’s Wordsearch: Kindergarten Edition is now available on the Apple iOS App Store for iPad! I was previously unable to release this app on Apple due to an issue with iOS 7, but that issue has been resolved so now it’s available.

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Word Owl’s WordSearch is a neat, big, and colorful word search for children. This Kindergarten Edition of Word Owl’s Wordsearch features over 100 sight words for children in or around Kindergarten. These words have been gathered from numerous sight word lists provided by real Kindergarten classes in different schools. Help your kid learn and retain several words while having fun! 

√ Over 100 different sight words 
√ 10 words to find per puzzle 
√ Customizable letter and background colors 
√ Sharp colorful retina resolution graphics 

(Sight words are commonly used words that children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words when they see them without having to use any distracting strategies. Sight words account for a large percentage of the words used in literature for children. One advantage for children being able to recognize sight words automatically is that the child will be able to identify the majority of words in a book before they even attempt to read it. When the child is able to do that they’ll be able to concentrate on the meaning and comprehension instead of trying to figure out the word.)

New Release: Rest, Relax, and Reflect

28 Jul
2013

 

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Turn off the TV, put down the controller, log off of the social networks, grab your drink of choice, find a comfortable area to sit or lay down, open up this app.
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Rest, Relax, and Reflect with rainfall, snowfall, a fireplace, or space travel.
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Each category has 5 different scenes with 4 different sound tone and animation level options. You can also strip the color out and transform any scene into black & white with the press of a button. Real sound effects, HD graphics, real background scenes(except space travel….maybe), and no annoying loop pauses. I almost fell asleep several times while developing and testing this app. It easily helped me relax even when I wasn’t trying to.
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This app is also universal, so once you download it you can use it on an iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. There’s also no internet connection required after downloading it. So you can enjoy the scenes without worrying about streaming anything and using data. Rest, Relax and Reflect is one of the best relaxation apps on the Apple iOS App Store. Use this app for meditation, relaxation, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, help falling asleep and more.
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Rest, Relax, and Reflect isn’t just an app though, it’s an experience. Embrace it.

Apple Performing Massive Update After Developer Site Hack

27 Jul
2013

Last week while I was trying to log into the Apple developer console I noticed it was responding slowly, and then eventually I was given a “site is down, will return soon” page. I thought it must have been some sort of maintenance going on, and that it would eventually be back up. However, it turns out that the developer site was actually hacked and everything was shut down. In response to the hack Apple is overhauling the developer systems, updating their server software, and rebuilding the entire database. Apple is a massive technology company so it makes sense that they’re responding to this hack by performing a massive update.

So far, I haven’t noticed anything odd going on with my developer account and I haven’t heard of anything odd going on with any other developers either. There are a few articles around the internet were the supposed hacker states that he didn’t perform the hack to steal information or cause harm, but instead he states that he did it to help Apple. Regardless, Apple is definitely taking it seriously and they’ve been keeping developers updated on the situation through emails.

The first email Apple sent to developers about the situation gives a bit of an overview of what happened and what they’re currently working on to resolve the issues. The second email from Apple emphasizes  what they’re doing to resolve the issues and prevent them from happening again. This email also laid out an overviewed scheduled pipeline of what sections they’ve planned to restore next and it introduced a link to the system status page that shows an up to date availability of the different systems. The third email was a basic announcement of which services have been restored. I’ve posted the emails I’ve received below as well as a couple screenshots of the system status page on different days.

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First email received

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Second email received

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Status page on July 24th

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Third email received

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Status page on July 27th

Chinatown Fortune Cookie and Ultra Fortune Ball – App Updates

16 Jul
2013

Updates for Chinatown Fortune Cookie and Ultra Fortune Ball are now live! Ultra Fortune Ball was updated on the Apple iOS, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble app stores. Chinatown Fortune Cookie was only updated on the Apple app store because the main update for it involved the tweet feature which is on only on the iOS version. Also, it was already optimized for tablets on the other app stores.

Chinatown Fortune Cookie 1.6 iOS update:

  • Performance improvements.
  • Added a #(hashtag) to the Twitter tweet feature.
  • Optimized the full .99 cent version for the iPad so now it’s a universal app.

Ultra Fortune Ball update (version 3.5 on Apple iOS, 1.2 on Amazon, and 1.1 on Barnes & Noble):

  • Sound setting saves when changed.
  • Updated graphics.
  • Performance improvements.
  • Optimized the full .99 cent version for the iPad so now it’s a universal app.(iOS version)

Results from My First Facebook Ad Campaign

12 May
2013

Shortly after the release of Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 I decided to try promoting it with ads on Facebook. After researching the possible outcomes, and analyzing the process and costs, I decided to set up three separate ads for this one app.  This was my first ad experience on Facebook, but their process was very easy for me to understand and I was able to quickly set up targeted ads.

I only spent $22.36 but my ads had a combined campaign reach of over 90,000 in 12 days. The campaign reach amount is the number of unique users that saw the ad. The total number of ad impressions was over 190,000. I wish the CTR(click-through rate) would have been better, but considering my total amount spent, I’m still satisfied with the number of clicks received. I decided on having a small budget for each campaign since I was mainly using this as an experiment to test the waters of advertising on Facebook. I know some people absolutely avoid clicking on ads even if the product or service interests them. So there’s actually a good chance some people may have checked out the app without clicking on the advertisement.

I decided to post the graphs and data below for other independent app developers and/or anybody else that might be interested in advertising on Facebook. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me. I don’t disclose downloads/sales so please don’t ask about those numbers. Overall, I’m satisfied with my results, and I will consider setting up ads on Facebook again in the future. Well, its Mothers Day and I’m about the to meet up with my awesome mom & grandma so that’s it for this post. Happy Mothers Day to all the other wonderful moms out there!

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This ad targeted 80,182,460 people:
who live in one of the countries: United States or United Kingdom
who are in the broad category iOS/Apple (All) (Mobile users)

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This ad targeted 102,620,020 people:
who live in one of the countries: United States or United Kingdom

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This ad targeted 1,106,560 people:
who live in the United States
who like #Barnes & Noble Nook

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New Release: Ultra Retro Game Soundboard

4 May
2013

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Relive the sound of games from the 80’s & 90’s with the Ultra Retro Game Soundboard. Part of the reason why some retro games are great is the audio. Each bleep and bloop helped immerse the player in the game and some of those sounds stick with players for years. This soundboard app will help remind retro gamers of how some retro games sounded. If you’re new to retro gaming, this app will help welcome you to it. 

Ultra Retro Game Soundboard has 10 sound effect categories. Each of those categories has 12 or 24 different sound effects and all of them can be played in 3 different pitches. In total, this app has over 500 sound effects! 

The sound effect categories are; Coin Pickup, Enemy, Explosion, Game Over, Hurt/Low Health, Item Pickup, Jump, Power-Up, Shoot/Fire, Start Game 

Prepare yourself for some awesome 8-Bit & 16-Bit bleeps,blips, bloops, and more with the Ultra Retro Game Soundboard! 

• Classic Retro Game Sound Effects 
• Ten Main Sound Categories 
• Each Category Has 12 or 24 Different Sounds 
• Three High Retro Quality Pitch Modes 
• Over 500 Total Sound Effects Included
• 8 Difference Backgrounds

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and also……..

May the fourth be with you

Coming soon….. like next week soon

3 Mar
2013

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That’s right! Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 will be released on March 10th in the Amazon App Store! It’s also scheduled for release on the same day for the Apple App Store(currently waiting on review for iOS). There will also be a special first week of release sale price of .99 cents on both stores! Regular price will be $1.99.

Jumbo Egg Hunt 2 features 30 new areas, 2 difficulties, 60 total levels, high quality artwork, and a hint system!

100% more JUMBO!!

Here are some screenshots from the game!

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