Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ads, Games, Tablets, and Panic?

We've Got Advertising...Again
After a long time without ads on the site, NET9 is trying to support itself in a more turbulent economy in a way that's not too turbulent to our readers. We've selected two advertisement models this time around: PayPerPost and Kontera. I don't expect much revenue from this change, but something is better than nothing in this day and time. It will be interesting to track some of the differences between the two approaches to advertising going forward as well.

Update: PayPerPost has been removed. Guess we don't conform to their terms of service. :)

More N-Gage Games On The Way
Cafe Sudoku just became available for download yesterday, and there are a few more big name games coming soon to N-Gage. Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition, Age Of Empires III, Prince Of PersiaReal Football 2009, and Yamake are all launching some time this year. The N-Gage game showroom is filling out quite nicely, and I can't wait for what's coming to the platform next.

Potential Internet Tablet Announcement
The believes a new Internet Tablet will be announced and/or released at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. This could be Nokia's big surprise for the first quarter and the company's answer to the netbook phenomenon. We'll have to wait until February 16-19 to see if Nokia has a new tablet to add to its already amazing portfolio.

Mobile Industry: Don't Panic
Informa Telecoms & Media's Global Mobile Market Outlook assures the industry that there's no need for panic even in the economic downturn. Personally, I think certain areas of the industry are fairly safe (such as advertising and mobile software/services), while others (i.e. operators and some device makers) are viable candidates to commence doing the panic dance. It all comes down to what companies can endure the coming months as the economic crunch continues to affect the technology industry as a whole.


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