Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bing May Become iPhone's Default Search Engine

It’s no secret that Apple and Microsoft have one of the stranger relationships in tech. While Microsoft has produced software such as Office for the Macintosh platform, and Apple has opened its doors to Windows with its switch to Intel, they still are highly competitive with each other. But Cupertino’s relationship with Google is souring far faster, which is the perfect opening for Microsoft when it comes to the iPhone.

Apple is apparently in discussions with Microsoft to give the Bing search engine the top spot for search on iPhone, which currently belongs to Google. These talks have been underway for several weeks, BusinessWeek reports, but nothing as of yet has been finalized.

Getting on the iPhone as the default search engine would be a huge win for Bing. I regularly search for things on my iPhone, so just the boost there in search queries would help Microsoft overall in gaining some search share, something it sorely needs. It’s not clear whether any search deal would also extend to the Safari browser, available on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Either way, its pretty likely that Google wouldn’t be completely erased from the iPhone. YouTube is a popular application. Apple would probably also let users switch back to Google in settings just like it already does now if users wish to search using Yahoo. Bing Maps could replace Google Maps, however.

What are your thoughts on the increasingly hostile relationship between Apple and Google? Who stands to benefit most here? We’d like to hear what you think.
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Monday, January 18, 2010

Rafter - Are You In The Mood For A Challenge?


Rafter is a deceptively simple game with 21 progressive levels which involves dropping blocks accurately to strike a mine.
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Punflay opens the account for 2010 with Rafter

Gaming outfit Punflay, a part of Emantras Inc has recently announced the submission of their brand new game called Rafter. It is designed to go Free for the first few days and then rest at 99c. Punflay's last app Dress Jinjee was a holiday special, specifically designed for Christmas and New Year and won the hearts of thousands of users who downloaded it.

Rafter is an engaging game with blocks and spheres which have to be dropped with precision to strike a mine. Spread over 21 challenging levels, it tests the user's attention and skills to strike the mine as the timer ticks. The game has the scores tied with the number of moves made. The equation is simple: Each level has a fixed number of moves and the score increases when you solve the game using the least number of moves.

* One of its kind physics based game in which the player can sketch objects of required sizes
* Choice of selecting the type of sketches between circle and rectangle.
* Open feint enabled to share the scores
* 21 mind blowing levels with interesting designs.
* Witty and highly addictive levels targeting players' drawing skills.

The developers opine that it uses a bit of understanding of Physics and common sense to carefully discharge the blocks which fall under gravity and strike against more plans to ultimately strike a mine which blows on the impact. This game thus has an educational angle to it, which makes Punflay games all the more special. The developers also plan to add more levels in the next update.

Punflay is a gaming outfit which belongs to an international digital learning company by the name Emantras. Was founded in 2009 and launched their 1st iPhone app called Adams Trouble. Copyright (C) 2010 Punflay. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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