Apps

  • To Build Or Not To Build, That Is The Windows Phone App Dev Question

    To Build Or Not To Build, That Is The Windows Phone App Dev Question

    A while back, I used one of my phone reviews as a platform to make a desperate, but necessary, plea to developers: Please build cool apps for Windows Phone 7.5. Come to find Microsoft had been making the same plea for a while as part of a broader support program called BizSpark, which gives tech startups from all walks of life ranging from desktop to the cloud to mobile the support they need… Read More

  • Android Global: South Korea Second Only To U.S. In App Downloads

    Android Global: South Korea Second Only To U.S. In App Downloads

    Research firm research2guidance in conjunction with Android expert and developer network AndroidPIT this morning published a report that offers key findings from an analysis of mobile app trends in the Android Market. The first point is perhaps not so surprising: Although we think of Android as having significant global reach as a mobile operating system, the U.S. remains (by far) the… Read More

  • Drumo Is Quora For Cities

    It’s hard when you’re new to a city and have no friends. When I visit a new city I tend to hide in trees and behind garbage bins and watch people from afar, seeing where they go to eat and socialize. Then I go to those places at night, when they’re closed, and sniff the air for their scent. However, Drumo offers an improved method for finding out specific things about a… Read More

  • Appitalism: A Clean, Well-Lighted Place For Apps

    Appitalism: A Clean, Well-Lighted Place For Apps

    We’re lucky here in the old U.S. of A. App stores are pretty much monolithic and aside from a few odd stragglers, there’s really only one place to find apps for each of the platforms. However, what if your country does’t support a certain app store or what if you want to send your friends to a certain app, knowing that they each have different phones? That’s where… Read More

  • My Witness Catches Bad Guys In The Act

    My Witness Catches Bad Guys In The Act

    It’s not often that you’re attacked by a random stranger, but if/when it does happen preparedness is the key. Think back to your karate days, carry pepper spray, use the buddy system, and stay alert. And when all that fails, download the My Witness app on your phone. In the rare case that you actually have the opportunity to snap a picture of your attacker, you’ll be glad… Read More

  • Flurry: China’s App Usage Has Gone Through The Roof

    Flurry: China’s App Usage Has Gone Through The Roof

    China has the most cell phone users in the world, and according to mobile app analytics firm Flurry, they’re using apps more than they ever have before. For their latest report, Flurry tracked mobile app sessions (essentially, instances of use) across 120,000 apps from January to October 2011. Among other things, they were able to single out the ten countries where apps sessions have… Read More

  • Majority Of Top Brands Now Have Mobile Apps

    Majority Of Top Brands Now Have Mobile Apps

    A report being released today from mobile analytics firm Distimo finds that the majority of the top 100 brands (91%) now have a presence in at least one of the major mobile application stores, usually Apple’s iTunes. This finding is notable because just 18 months ago, only half (51%) of the top brands even had any mobile applications published. Read More

  • Fantastical Update Adds In-Line Editing, Deleting

    Fantastical Update Adds In-Line Editing, Deleting

    My favorite app (until my next favorite app comes along), Fantastical, is finally out of beta and the update is now available for download. The new version supports editing and deleting of calendar items right from the app – reducing your reliance on iCal – and full iCloud report. Edit and delete events!
    Add and edit notes for your events!
    iCloud calendar support
    Multiple… Read More

  • 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 Is Instapaper On Steroids

    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