Apps

  • RIM Announces 1 Billion App World Downloads

    RIM Announces 1 Billion App World Downloads

    Mike Lazaridis, the belegaured co-head of RIM, took the stage at DevCon Americas to announce some strong numbers. First, RIM has just announced 1 billion App World downloads, which amounts to about 5 million downloads per day. The service is on pace to hit 2 billion this year. Mike went on to proudly state that on average, a BlackBerry app is downloaded 43% more than its iOS or Android… Read More

  • Iris Is (Sort Of) Siri For Android

    Iris Is (Sort Of) Siri For Android

    While voice control has been part of Android since the dawn of time, Siri came along and ruined the fun with its superior search and understanding capabilities. However, an industrious team of folks from Dexetra.com, led by Narayan Babu, built a Siri-alike in just 8 hours during a hackathon. Iris allows you to search on various subjects including conversions, art, literature, history, and biology. Read More

  • App Trailers Gives You Gift Cards For Watching App Videos

    App Trailers Gives You Gift Cards For Watching App Videos

    Mobile advertising startup AppRedeem has just launched App Trailers, a new product that rewards you for viewing videos about mobile apps. The service, available here from the iTunes App Store, doesn’t use the same model as typical incentivized install programs do today. Instead, users are given points for watching a trailer, then are provided with the option to download the app at the end… Read More

  • What Does The iOS Newsstand Mean For Content Providers? Nomad Editions Gives Us Some Answers

    The iOS Newsstand may be annoying to some but to publishers it’s a dream come true. They can place their magazines front and center, ensuring eyeballs on their content and display ads without much fuss. I talked to Mark Edmiston, CEO of Nomad Editions, about their new Newsstand-compatible titles (including Good Dog, an iPad magazine that I presume is about cats) and how placement on… Read More

  • New Mobile App Eye-C Lets You “Play” Twitter Hashtags

    New Mobile App Eye-C Lets You “Play” Twitter Hashtags

    Eye-C is a new mobile application for iPhone and Android that lets you “play” Twitter hashtags on your phone, TV, PC or set-top box. The service looks for any media associated with a particular hashtag, then creates a playlist of sorts (a “taglist”) which allows you to watch the videos, listen to the music or view the photos associated with a particular hashtag. For… Read More

  • Location-Based Photo-Sharing App Trover Comes To Android

    Location-Based Photo-Sharing App Trover Comes To Android

    Mobile discovery and photo-sharing app Trover arrives on Android today, after having grown its install base to over 100,000 since its iPhone launch in July. The release extends Trover to a second mobile platform, but doesn’t include a new feature set or other notable changes at this time. Currently, Trover offers integration with Facebook and Twitter for finding friends and sharing… Read More

  • Fantastical: My Favorite New Calendar App

    Fantastical: My Favorite New Calendar App

    I’ve been using a pretty cool app of late called Fantastical. It’s OS X-only but I suspect the Windows crowd would get a kick out of it as well. Basically it’s a natural language calendar app. You can paste (nearly) anything into its little window and it will automagically create an event. “Dinner with Joe at 5pm on Thursday” works just as you would imagine it… Read More

  • Social Performance Platform Rypple Comes To iPhone

    Social Performance Platform Rypple Comes To iPhone

    The Web-based social performance platform Rypple is now available on the iPhone, the company is announcing today. Like the desktop-sized website, the new mobile application will allow managers to give real-time feedback to staff, provide coaching, track goals and publicly recognize colleagues for doing great work. Read More

  • Appcelerator Launches Open Mobile Marketplace, An App Store For App Components

    Appcelerator Launches Open Mobile Marketplace, An App Store For App Components

    Mobile cloud platform company Appcelerator, makers of the cross-platform Titanium platform for building mobile, tablet and desktop applications, is today announcing the launch of the “Appcelerator Open Mobile Marketplace.” The new store, which was announced at the company’s Codestrong Developer Conference this afternoon, includes mobile app modules, templates, design… Read More

  • Local Recommendations App Alfred Hits iPad, Plans To Add Deal Curation Soon

    Local Recommendations App Alfred Hits iPad, Plans To Add Deal Curation Soon

    Local recommendations mobile app Alfred has arrived in a new, iPad-optimized format (iTunes) which includes deeper integration with Facebook. The optional Facebook Connect sign-in feature enables Alfred to better learn about its users’ preferences by mining Facebook data for likes and check-ins. Alfred, which comes from a startup called Clever Sense, is focused heavily on its use… Read More

  • Spool Startup Battlefield Presentation

    Spool Is Instapaper On Steroids

    Spool is a new service aimed at addressing the problem created by the multi-device, multi-screen environment we now live in, where the content consumption experience can vary widely from platform to platform. On iOS devices, for example, you can’t watch Flash videos without serious workarounds. On an iPod Touch or other standalone media player, you need a Wi-Fi signal in order to browse… Read More

  • Barnes & Noble Courts HTML Devs With Appcelerator Partnership

    Barnes & Noble Courts HTML Devs With Appcelerator Partnership

    Although it is free to develop for the B&N Nook Color’s homegrown version of Android, the company is courting devs who may or may not be as comfortable with the vagaries of Android development by selecting Appcelerator as a partner to help “accelerate” app development for the platform. Appcelerator makes Titanium mobile, an IDE that focuses on web devs rather than… Read More

  • Appsfire Announces Open Source UDID Replacement For iOS: OpenUDID

    Appsfire Announces Open Source UDID Replacement For iOS: OpenUDID

    Appsfire, a mobile application marketing platform, is introducing its own solution for the issue created by Apple’s decision to phase out developer access to the UDID (unique device identifier) on iOS devices. It’s called OpenUDID. As you may have guessed by the name, this is an open source UDID initiative. In other words, it’s an attempt at creating a non-proprietary… Read More

  • Strobe Launches Game-Changing HTML5 App Platform

    Strobe Launches Game-Changing HTML5 App Platform

    Today, Strobe Inc. is launching a new platform that helps developers build HTML5-based Web applications for desktops, smartphones and tablets, and centrally manage them from a single interface. The launch is a major leap forward in HTML5 app development. From one interface, teams can manage code (both test code and production code), configure the app’s deployment across platforms… Read More

  • iPhone App Downloads Drop In July, Incentivized Install Crackdown To Blame (Thank?)

    iPhone App Downloads Drop In July, Incentivized Install Crackdown To Blame (Thank?)

    Marketing technology company Fiksu has released new data that shows a downward trend in mobile application installations on iPhone. The increase, in broad terms, is marginal, given the size of the iPhone’s user base, but any non-upward movement is curious. Says Fiksu, there was a drop from 4.505 million iPhone app installs per day in June to 4.25 million app installations per day in July. Read More

  • Epson Brings Its iPrint App To Android

    Epson Brings Its iPrint App To Android

    Though the digital world seems to be swallowing print alive, there are still some documents that you just want to hold in your hand. But with the speed and ease at which we share information these days, it’s hard for printing to keep up as far as convenience goes. Epson’s tried to find a way to make printing as quick and painless as possible with its iPrint app, which has… Read More

  • The Federal Government Wants You! (And Your App Ideas)

    The Federal Government Wants You! (And Your App Ideas)

    The U.S. government is no stranger the to app game: they’ve developed over 50 smartphone apps and mobile sites for everyday use, ranging from apps that find local alternative fueling stations to ones that can identify leaves you’ve photographed. The federal app arsenal runs the gamut for sure, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. The USA.gov blog has announced that until… Read More

  • W3i Launches New Service For iOS Game Developers

    W3i Launches New Service For iOS Game Developers

    Monetization and distribution network for app developers, W3i, is today announcing a program specifically for iOS Game Developers. The new service, now in beta, is simply being called “Games Platform,” the company says. And its goal will be to solve the challenges facing game developers such as server set-up, maintenance, security, storefronts and analytics. Read More

  • AppGrooves: App Recommendation Engine Combines Social With “Hot Or Not” Feature

    AppGrooves: App Recommendation Engine Combines Social With “Hot Or Not” Feature

    The more mobile apps come out, the bigger the discovery problem gets for users: Apple, for example, recently announced they have 425,000 apps in the App Store. Rankings, recommendations from platform providers or search often bring unsatisfying results – a pain that an app called AppGrooves [version 2.0, free on iTunes] now tries to solve. Read More

  • iOS App Scans Printed Music Notes, Plays Them In Real-Time (Video)

    iOS App Scans Printed Music Notes, Plays Them In Real-Time (Video)

    I am extremely unmusical (on the verge of being tone-deaf) so I can’t decide whether this new iPhone app is good or bad: Japan-based musical instrument maker Kawai has developed a camera app that scans music notes printed on paper and plays them back in real-time. Dubbed Gakufu Camera [JP], the app is said to be the first of its kind. Read More