Apple | November 30, 2022
Apple® announced the winners of the 2022 App Store® Awards, spotlighting 16 apps and games that inspired users to engage more deeply with the world, expand their imaginations, and stay connected to friends and loved ones. This year’s winners represent a diverse community of developers from around the world whose apps and games were selected by Apple’s global App Store editorial team for delivering exceptional experiences and making a profound cultural impact.
“This year’s App Store Award winners reimagined our experiences with apps that delivered fresh, thoughtful, and genuine perspectives, From self-taught solo creators to international teams spanning the globe, these entrepreneurs are making a meaningful impact, and represent the ways in which apps and games influence our communities and lives.”
-Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
This year’s winners represent the abundant possibilities across the App Store and Apple’s ecosystem of devices. Innovative social app BeReal gives users an authentic look into the lives of their family and friends, and fitness tracker Gentler Streak helps users balance fitness and rest to maintain a healthy lifestyle. GoodNotes 5 takes digital note-taking to the next level with best-in-class Apple Pencil® support. MacFamilyTree 10 sparks the exploration of genealogy through stunning visual family trees and collaboration with loved ones around the world, while the creators behind ViX elevate Spanish-language stories to the forefront of entertainment.
Apex Legends Mobile brings the fast-paced hit battle royale game to iPhone®. Moncage’s memorable puzzles brilliantly play with perspective, and the immersive card battler Inscryption draws players in with experimental storytelling. El Hijo, a Wild West tale, is a smartly designed stealth game that looks exceptional on the big screen with Apple TV®. Apple Arcade’s unique life sim Wylde Flowers invites players into its charming world of diverse characters and magical spells, and League of Legends Esports Manager allows players to manage the most influential esports leagues in the world.
2022 App Store Award Winners
iPhone App of the Year: BeReal, from BeReal.
iPad App of the Year: GoodNotes 5, from Time Base Technology Limited.
Mac App of the Year: MacFamilyTree 10, from Synium Software GmbH.
Apple TV App of the Year: ViX, from TelevisaUnivision Interactive, Inc.
Apple Watch App of the Year: Gentler Streak, from Gentler Stories LLC.
iPhone Game of the Year: Apex Legends Mobile, from Electronic Arts.
iPad Game of the Year: Moncage, from X.D. Network Inc.
Mac Game of the Year: Inscryption, from Devolver.
Apple TV Game of the Year: El Hijo, from HandyGames.
Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Wylde Flowers, from Studio Drydock Pty Ltd.
China Game of the Year: League of Legends Esports Manager, from Shenzhen Tencent Tianyou Technology Ltd.
Cultural Impact Winners
In addition to recognizing the best apps and games on Apple devices, Apple’s App Store editors selected five Cultural Impact winners that have made a lasting impact on people’s lives and influenced culture. This year’s winners encourage users to engage more deeply with their emotions, authentically connect with others, and pay homage to their heritage and the generations that came before them while envisioning how to create a better world today.
How We Feel from the How We Feel Project, Inc.
By prompting users to tap into their emotional well-being with the ease of daily check-ins, How We Feel helps users put difficult emotions into words and presents strategies to address these emotions in the moment.
Dot’s Home from the Rise-Home Stories Project
Dot’s Home spotlights systemic housing injustices and the subsequent impact within communities of color through a compelling and thoughtful time-traveling tale.
Locket Widget from Locket Labs, Inc.
Allowing users to send live photos right to family and friends’ Home Screen, Locket Widget drives intimate connection between loved ones, free from traditional social media pressures.
Waterllama from Vitalii Mogylevets
With its colorful design and gentle guidance, Waterllama makes meeting hydration goals fun, using creative challenges, reminders, and cuddly characters to keep users on track.
Inua - A Story in Ice and Time from ARTE Experience
Inua - A Story in Ice and Time provides an engaging, mystical adventure for users to explore historical events that weave in elements of Inuit traditions, folklore, and breathtaking tales.
For more than a decade, Apple has honored the best apps and games at the end of each year. To acknowledge the impact of the winning developer teams, each winner will receive a physical award inspired by the signature blue App Store icon. Developed through meticulous craftsmanship, the award includes the App Store logo set into 100 percent recycled aluminum used to make Apple products, with the name of the winner engraved on the other side.
The App Store, which launched in 2008, is the world’s safest and most vibrant app marketplace. Currently home to 1.8 million apps and visited by more than half a billion people each week across 175 regions, it is an engine of global economic growth, facilitating $643 billion in billings and sales during 2020 alone. The App Store helps creators, dreamers, and learners of all ages and backgrounds connect with the tools and information they need to build a brighter future and a better world.
Visit the App Store to learn more about the 2022 App Store Award winners. In addition to the App Store editorial picks, charts for the top apps and games of the year, as well as Apple Arcade games, are now available.
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Apple’s five software platforms — iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.
Azerion | December 22, 2022
Azerion has announced the launch of ‘Azerion Fanzone’, a new product which will allow sports clubs to easily build a digital environment for their community with many possibilities for entertainment. The company has already partnered with a number of sports institutions to create bespoke applications, bringing their dedicated fan base closer to their favourite club, from purchasing tickets and merchandise to entering forums, playing games and much more. These branded experiences also present a strong opportunity for advertisers to reach niche audiences at scale, utilising Azerion’s core expertise and portfolio of high-performing advertising technology.
Azerion has a proven track record of gamifying digital environments, not only making them more entertaining but also using data to improve user engagement. With Azerion Fanzone, the company will leverage its experience in building businesses around audiences and expand into the world of sports, giving advertisers access to one of the most engaged consumer groups in the global market. Similar brand hubs are already settling across different parts of the digital space and will likely become increasingly important for the advertising industry, as first-party data and contextual targeting become central in the cookieless future.
“At Azerion we’re always looking for new opportunities to deliver more great content and entertainment in the digital space and this project is something we’re particularly excited about. Azerion Fanzone is a natural next step for us, as we keep following our strategy of becoming a one-stop-shop platform in the media and entertainment arena.”
-Jurriaan van Teunenbroek, Vice President of Games and Content at Azerion
As one of the most popular forms of entertainment, the sports industry has one of the largest communities in the world, which creates a perfect environment for personalisation. With Azerion Fanzone, Azerion will bring users a free, fun way to engage with their favourite club and interact with their fellow supporters. Along with social activities and online shopping, fans will gain access to exclusive content, games and challenges, to show their skills and passion in a safe environment, with no gambling or cash-out for users.
The product launch follows the recent acquisition of Targetspot by Azerion, which ushered the company straight into the audio advertising market. With this latest addition to its offering, Azerion is yet again demonstrating the rapid growth of its platform towards becoming a one-stop-shop for digital media and entertainment, connecting brands with audiences and consumers with great content.
Azerion is a high-growth digital entertainment and media platform. As a content-driven, technology and data company, Azerion serves consumers, digital publishers, advertisers, and game creators globally. Azerion’s integrated platform provides technology solutions to automate the purchase and sale of digital advertising for media buyers and sellers, supported by in-market sales and campaign management teams. Through our technology, content creators, digital publishers and advertisers work with Azerion to reach the millions of people across the globe that play Azerion’s games and view its distributed entertainment content to increase engagement, loyalty, and drive e-commerce.
Founded in 2014 by two Dutch entrepreneurs, Azerion has experienced rapid expansion driven by organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Azerion is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and is a publicly traded company listed on Euronext Amsterdam.
TECHNOLOGIES,MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
Virtual Tables | December 15, 2022
Virtual Tables, an event solutions company, has just launched its newest fan experience feature, Autographed Videos. The new feature enables talent of any industry to sign a personalized autograph in real-time over a 10-second video clip, during a live DigiSign autograph session.This feature was created with the intention to contribute new tools for talent of all levels in the creator economy. With Autographed Videos, talent can now connect more deeply with their fans, create priceless memories, and customize a one-of-a-kind authenticated digital collectible that is uniquely positioned for the modern world's sharing-led digital platforms. Autographed Videos also builds off the core messaging of DigiSign by allowing fan bases worldwide the ability to have access to and meet their favorite athlete or celebrity regardless of geographic location or limitation.
"This is the next step in DigiSign's ever-evolving engagement opportunities, We aim to ensure that all in-person fan experiences are available as compelling virtual experiences that are unique and unforgettable for fan bases worldwide. Autographed Videos are the next generation of fan keepsakes, capturing a full highlight, not just a moment in time."
-Courtney Jeffries, CEO of Virtual Tables.
Where the entertainment industry has previously only made physical items available for a fan's keepsake, Virtual Tables via DigiSign provides innovative technology to celebrities, brands, and teams that open the opportunity to create more meaningful memories. This will assist in driving brand affinity, revenue opportunities, and data collection campaigns through a live signature experience.
Organizations have partnered with Virtual Tables across 30+ countries to utilize their DigiSign feature, including Dorilton Motor Sports, the parent company of Formula 1 team, Williams Racing, the Connecticut Sun WNBA team, the Athletes Unlimited sports league, Broadway Theater's rewards program Audience Rewards, Author Myisha T Hill, Founder of Check Your Privilege, among others. For more information, visit https://digisignstudio.com/business.
About Virtual Tables
Virtual Tables is a virtual events solutions company imagined and built from a producer's point of view to ensure the most seamless and elevated experience for a complete virtual event. By leveraging offerings such as its DigiSign platform, Virtual Tables ensures that remote gatherings remain intimate and revenue streams remain uninterrupted. What started as an industry solution for remote life has staked its claim in the evolution of events as a true staple, a crucial core element to executing a complete event strategy.
ZVOX | December 05, 2022
ZVOX, the world leader in voice clarifying technology, has added the compact portable AV70 Bluetooth AccuVoice Speaker to its critically-acclaimed line of dialogue enhancement products. Powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, the AV70 is a must have accessory for people who are always on the go, enjoy streaming entertainment or use video conferencing for personal and business use. It's great for conference calls on Zoom®, Microsoft Teams®, Facetime® or other video calling systems. It is also ideal for use while watching videos on a tablet or laptop computer – producing rich, full-range music and soundtracks while clarifying dialogue.
"The use of video conferencing exploded during the first year of the COVID crisis. But many people had trouble understanding what was being said, On important business conference meetings, and on millions of family video calls, folks kept asking what did she say? Our little AccuVoice conference speaker fixes that."
-ZVOX founder Tom Hannaher.
Measuring just 4-inches wide by 2.2-inches high and with a convenient hands-free microphone, the AV70 can run for 24 hours on a single charge. Notably, it features ZVOX's proprietary AccuVoice dialogue clarifying technology, with advanced hearing aid technology to make voices crisp and easy to understand, even at low volumes.
The AV70 connects wirelessly to any phone, tablet, or computer – using Bluetooth (a wired connection is also available) and lets listeners hear every word on every call!
Noted ZVOX Audiology Consultant, Dr. Thomas Powers, Ph.D. Hearing and understanding speech clearly is a major challenge for seniors with mild to moderately severe hearing loss, as well as anyone using tablets, laptops, speakerphones, and similar devices. The issue has become so common that many people just hope to pick up the missing words or phrase from the context going forward. The technology in the AV70 speaker provides an ideal solution for this growing problem. Whether you're using a tablet or laptop to watch a movie, or participating in a Zoom or Board meeting, or just talking to a loved on the phone, the AV70 can make an enormous difference.
ZVOX's Proprietary AccuVoice Technology Clarifies Dialogue
Using a version of the AccuVoice technology that ZVOX utilizes in its advanced hearing aids and home entertainment A/V speakers, the AV70 both boosts audio frequencies in the range of speech and suppresses background noise. AccuVoice technology literally "lifts" dialogue out of phone calls or TV programming, so voices can be heard more clearly and succinctly. The net result is that words stand out and are easier to understand.Versatility is the AV70's middle name. The speaker is Bluetooth capable and can handle a wired connection as well. Simple topside buttons allow for the activation/deactivation of AccuVoice, volume, pause/restart video – and even phone answer and hang-up.
ZVOX: A New Kind of Hearing Company.
Committed to enhancing and discovering hearing solutions for almost 20 years, ZVOX was founded in 2003 by two long-time consumer electronics veterans. From its start as a traditional home theater speaker company, ZVOX soon gained success and industry recognition for its line of critically acclaimed sound bars and SoundBases. In 2014, ZVOX introduced a landmark technology that would change the company's focus and establish it as the unrivalled leader in dialogue clarity enhancement. ZVOX's patented AccuVoice technology uses advanced algorithms to mimic the function of a hearing aid, resulting in a dramatically new level of dialogue boosting and voice clarity. With the launch of its first AccuVoice TV Speaker, ZVOX created a new category of dialogue clarifying soundbars, speakers and headphones and found a broader audience among the over-fifty demographic and consumers with mild hearing loss. Today ZVOX offers a variety of hearing-related products including speakers, wireless headphones, and hearing aids. Based in Swampscott, MA. ZVOX sells though zvox.com, Amazon, Walmart.com, and selected retailers.