Latest Legends installment, Dark Legends, released on Android and Google Chrome

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First there was Pocket Legends, then came Star Legends. Today sees the latest MMORPG effort from Spacetime Studios, Dark Legends, released into the Google Play Store. It also stakes the claim to be the first game of its kind to launch simultaneously mobile and desktop versions. It is also available in the Google Chrome store, on Mac, PC and Linux. 

The Legends series has become a huge smash hit worldwide, with over 7 million downloads of the first two games. If you've played either Pocket or Star Legends — and there's a good chance you have — then you'll feel right at home. New players can sign in with email, or via Facebook, and existing Spacetime account holders can just sign right in and play. 

First impressions are good, with the familiar gameplay taken in a new direction with the undead twist. It'll run you for a grand total of free in the Google Play Store, and you'll find download links along with the full presser after the break.

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How To Find Success With Your Small Business

In our personal scenario we began my small business with grants for single moms but presently there are usually numerous more strategies! Finding your way to a successful online or off-line small business is possible if you know what to do at the right time. Becoming a business owner does not happen overnight as you must unlearn how to become an “employee”. Remember that your success is derived from your own decisions and your failures are no one’s fault but your own. To help you succeed with your small business, we’ll now present several tips and strategies that can help you get started.

No matter what you are selling, whether a product or service, your competition is actually your best friend. Whether your competitor is online or off-line does not matter; it is only important that you know what they are doing and learn from them. Competitors will always provide another product or service that your potential customers may want. Life is about learning, and this is definitely what you’ll be doing as you watch what your competition does. Watch your competition as much as possible to find out what they’re doing better or worse than you. This may give you ideas for improvements, and also guidelines for setting prices. Unless you’re offering something that’s obviously superior, for example, you don’t want to be charging a lot more than other businesses in your niche. There are many things you can learn from your competitors, from their websites to the quality of the products or services they offer.

Whatever business you happen to be in, always try to find other people that are successful to model after. You can do this by visiting online forums or taking seminar courses on a particular topic. Meeting successful people is usually better than listening to them. Even if they don’t become your personal mentor, you can learn a lot even from brief conversations with people who have gotten where you want to go. Starting an online business can sometimes be very profitable, especially if you meet entrepreneurs that do online marketing. Purchasing a product from someone in Internet marketing usually gives you a free pass to ask them a couple of questions. Do a little research before having a talk with them so that you are able to ask them questions that can actually help your business.

If you are able to be consistent and focused when running your business, you should do very well. This means minimizing procrastination and also knowing how to prioritize. It is typical for the average worker to waste a lot of time surfing around on the Internet and looking busy for their boss. People that manage their own business are well aware that they must not waste any time and that they should have a schedule of what they need to do everyday. If you fail to produce, or reach your daily goals, the only person you are hurting is yourself by your lack of motivation and commitment. You will shortly learn that prioritizing important daily tasks will help you succeed, giving you the remainder of the day to finish the work that is left over.

Success with any small business takes hard work, sometimes months or years of dedication. If you have never done a small business before, there is a lot you have to learn. This article has shown you many tips that can help you discover how to run your small business properly. Your small business dream will definitely come true if you utilize some of the tips in this article to make your small business become profitable.

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Former RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie’s very different rescue plan revealed

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Sources close to former RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie have revealed his plans to save the company before he was shown the door, a plan that didn’t involve handsets. He’d entered into talks with AT&T, Verizon and several European carriers to offer them use of the company’s BlackBerry-exclusive network to provide limited data plans to featurephone users that included social networking and BBM — with the aim of reducing the cellphone operators data burden and coaxing users to upgrade to smartphones. The company was working on Mobile Fusion; software that allowed enterprise and government users on iOS and Android devices to join RIM’s system, which reportedly earns the company $1 billion per quarter. However, while talks progressed, company execs grew nervous and ousted him in favor of Thorsten Heins with a mandate to focus on BB10 and new devices rather than turning RIM into a service company. However, given that it’s still losing money on its handset business, Heins has reopened the door to Balsillie’s plan. It’s just a shame Balsillie himself is keeping quiet, as we’d love to hear his thoughts in an executive-level edition of How Would you Change.

Former RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie’s very different rescue plan revealed originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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RIM patent application ponders a desk dock for your BlackBerry

RIM patent application ponders desk dock for your BlackBerry
It’s that special time of the week when we examine the what-ifs and whys of the patent system. Research in Motion applied for a patent last year to construct a telephone-dock that’ll nestle your BlackBerry when you’re sat in the office. Plonk your device in the carved out slot and it’ll offer up its display and address book for the use of your landline, in essence, a RIM-branded version of the Phone Dock we saw back in 2010. Although this device has the added benefit of being able to hand off your desktop calls to your cell and vice-versa. Now, only the vagaries of the Patent and Trademark Office, Thorsten Heins‘ management decisions and market forces stand between us and this device appearing in the flesh.

RIM patent application ponders a desk dock for your BlackBerry originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Firefox 4 rockets to 5% global usage share, IE9 wallows at 1.5%

Firefox 4 usage share graph

Using some early numbers from both StatCounter and Net Applications, Mozilla’s noisiest hominid, Asa Dotzler, has illustrated Firefox 4′s meteoric rise to around 5% of Web browser global usage share. Internet Explorer 9, which launched two weeks ago, seems to be enjoying a much more casual stroll in the park with just 1.5% of the global Web usage share.

Interestingly, we can see IE9 dipping between March 20 and 21, just before the ‘Important’ Windows Update rolled out. It’s hard to say whether IE9 is only growing because of the installed-by-default Windows Update, but that small dip definitely sticks out — did excitement peter out? Did people download IE9, try it out, and summarily uninstall it? Perhaps, given their close proximity, the stats show an attention shift from Microsoft to Mozilla?

Numbers-wise, if the bottom left corner of the graph shows 2.3 million downloads for IE9, we can guesstimate that that it has now been downloaded 5 million times. Firefox is clocking in at 37 million downloads after five days of public availability.

We wonder whether Microsoft knew its release schedule would coincide so closely with Firefox 4. Internet Explorer 9 — a great browser by almost every metric — was never going to do well against anything emanating from the maws of Mozilla. The main thing, though, is that Microsoft has now shown that it’s serious when it comes to the Open Web. If Internet Explorer 10 is good, and 11 and 12, then we might finally see it compete with the zealous Mozillan horde.

Firefox 4 rockets to 5% global usage share, IE9 wallows at 1.5% originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 05:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google’s Blogger platform adds five new HTML5 Dynamic Views

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Google, as part of its ongoing and much-needed overhaul of its popular Blogger platform, has just enabled five dynamic, HTML5ish, AJAXy ‘Dynamic Views’. There’s a video introducing the new layouts after the break.

The five new views provide fresh and interesting ways to explore your favorite Blogger blogs. The Mosaic view, for example, creates a wall of thumbnails — click one, and it zooms to fill the screen; click it again and it minimizes. Flipcard is similar to Mosaic, but not quite as eclectic. Sidebar, Timeslide and Snapshot round off the new views, with each one obviously targeted at different types of content, from photo blogs, to text-only philosophy blogs, and everything in between.

For now, you have to visit a Blogger blog and add /view to the URL to enable the new Dynamic Views. If you own a Blogger blog, you can disable the new views — and really, why weren’t they disabled by default?

If feedback is positive — which we’re sure it will be — these Dynamic Views will soon be enabled by default. You’ll also be able to edit the views in much the same way as current Blogger templates.

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Google’s Blogger platform adds five new HTML5 Dynamic Views originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 31 Mar 2011 10:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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