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News@5: Apple To Launch Mac App Store, Microsoft Bing Gains On Rivals & Sony PlayStation iPhone App

Apple is gearing up to launch the Mac exclusive App Store on 6 January. The new portal will allow Mac users to download paid and free apps via a platform similar to the iOS App Store. According to the company, the Mac App Store will allow users to browse app available for Mac OS X on the basis of popular downloads, staff recommendations and popularity.

Microsoft's Bing is slowly gaining on its rivals, but Google continues to lead the pack, recent comScore search engine metrics indicate. According to comScore, throughout November, Microsoft's Bing gained 0.3 per cent in the search market, while Google and Yahoo dropped by 0.1 per cent.

Sony has confirmed plans to launch an official PlayStation app for iOS and Android-powered devices. Set to launch in the UK, Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain and Italy at first, the app will allow users to check their trophies and get the latest news from the European PlayStation blog directly to their phone.

Blizzard Entertainment, the makers of World Of Warcraft and StarCraft, have confirmed that a new Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game nicknamed Project Titan is in the works. A Blizzard release schedule was recently leaked confirming Titan is to be released in the third quarter of 2013.

Mobile social gaming platform OpenFeint has released the Game Channel app, which applies a Groupon-like model to purchasing and buying mobile games. The Game Channel is being fashioned as a group-buying portal for mobile social games built on the OpenFeint platform.