Open source software has grown massively over the last decade. It is fast replacing proprietary commercial stalwarts, powering the sites for Nike, Harvey Nichols, and Barack Obama. However, many people still have their reservations about the potential 'unknowns'. Is open source the way forward?
Apps are the buzz of the digital industry, fighting tooth and nail with “the cloud” for the attentions of developers and investors alike. There's good reason for the attention; there's a lot of money to be made – as has been proven by “Angry Birds” developer, Rovio – and there's plenty of room for innovation. The potential for making an impact in a thriving and infantile industry seems to be limitless... but are app creators missing a trick?
It's a buzzword these days, and one that's becoming hotly contested, but the app market (to coin a mongrel phrase) is still a strangely blinkered beast. Do major brands understand the broad reaching and powerful Android Market as a real option?
Apps are available for several major platforms, the ubiquitous App Store for Apple's iOS devices, Android's Market and Windows has Marketplace. There's a reason I've missed out Blackberry's App World... the platform's busted.
On the 18th October 1985, Nintendo (originally founded as a playing cards company) released an iconic games console, the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was the start of something beautiful.
At 25 years of age the current crop of Nintendo games are still just as fun as classics like Duck Hunt and Mario. Some things never change. But the little brother of the NES has probably had the most profound influence on the current generation of gaming.