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Developers: Remember That Apps Are an International Business


We’ve written about Eric at Ebscer’s apps many times before and recently he published a talk he gave at BarCamp Rochester about apps being an international business. The talk provides a few details about how Ebscer’s apps are in more countries than McDonalds (not to say the business is bigger, but to give you an idea on the number of countries supported) and the cost of the service he used for translating ($0.05 per word). Check out the brief, 3 minute video after the break.
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Runaway Trains for Playbook Now Available in BlackBerry App World


Runaway Trains is a colorful new strategy game by Ebscer for all ages where you must route the trains to the proper station. Each level gets progressively harder in difficulty and presents a unique puzzle which you must solve by finding a way to guide the colored trains without causing a collision or running out of track.

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Estimate: Over 500,000 PlayBooks Sold to Date


There is a lot of talk about how the PlayBook is doing in the market, especially given the rumor that production has been slowed. The thought is that slowed production means there is a backlog of unsold inventory. Measuring the number of PlayBooks sold through the download numbers of a free and popular app seems like an accurate way of predicting real sales and that’s just what Eric at Ebscer has done. More after the jump.
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Xploding Boxes by Ebscer Now Available for the PlayBook


Xploding Boxes is one of our favorite puzzle games for its simplicity and visual effects. The game has been a hit on the smartphone and Ebscer has announced that it’s now available for the PlayBook. Hit the jump for more details.
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PlayBook Sales Estimated at 429,000 Based on Free Game Downloads



There’s a lot of talk about the PlayBook sales and the issue many had was when Balsillie used the word “shipped” versus “sold”. Estimates on PlayBook sales have been as low as 200,000 and many are curious just how many have actually been sold to date. The problem with these estimates is that they’re not based on anything verifiable but rather based on gut feeling and other reports that also don’t carry any real numbers. Ebscer, developer of the very popular free PlayBook game Pixelated, estimates PlayBook sales at 429,000 tablets. According to Ebscer, “this estimate is based on a lot of assumptions, and guess work but is based on the number of downloads of the free game Pixelated. However, as Pixelated has remained one of the top 10 most popular applications on the PlayBook, I feel that I have better numbers then most people to base this guess on.”

We would agree that basing sales on a free game is a good starting point and many analysts would do well talking to developers rather than retail outlets and supply chains. With a group of very popular developers, you could get an accurate reading of exactly how many PlayBooks have been sold.

Note: these numbers come from a post dated June 15th, 2011, so numbers will have increased since.

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Twinkle Event Tracking App Updated with In-App Purchases and More


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Twinkle is a useful and simple app that lets you set and keep track of upcoming and past events. Worried about missing your anniversary? Set a Twinkle alert and make sure you know it’s coming. Twinkle tells you how far away an event is, and allows you to send events to and from your BlackBerry’s native calendar. The app also gives you the ability to add and edit events, lets you keep track of how soon something is, or how long it has been since an event. Furthermore on devices with OS 6.0 Twinkle integrates with universal search, making it easier then ever to find your events.
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