iOS

  • The Smartphone Salad Days Are Over

    The Smartphone Salad Days Are Over

    Horace Dediu notes that Nokia and RIM are on a precipitous decline and that it is now, in short, a two horse race: Apple v. Android. The age of the smartphone – an era where anyone with a keyboard and some apps could make it in the world marketplace – is over. I’d call this, now, the Age of Fragmentation – new devices are overlapping each other from both sides of the… Read More

  • Skyfire’s VideoQ Lets You Save Flash Videos To Watch On Your iPhone Later

    Skyfire’s VideoQ Lets You Save Flash Videos To Watch On Your iPhone Later

    Until Adobe and Apple work out their differences (Yeah, right) or the entire Internet miraculously switches to using HTML5 for all video content, the Skyfire browser will always have one steadfast selling point: through some on-the-fly conversion magic, it can play back Flash video content on iOS devices. The problem: outside of its Flash shortcomings, Safari is great. Most people probably… Read More

  • Qualcomm’s Awesome Augmented Reality SDK Now Available For iOS

    Qualcomm’s Awesome Augmented Reality SDK Now Available For iOS

    Back around July of last year, Qualcomm launched a software development kit for building Augmented Reality apps on Android. The idea was to allow Android developers to build all sorts of crazy AR stuff without having to reinvent the wheel by coding up their own visual-recognition system. It is, for lack of a better word, awesome. And now it’s available for iOS. Read More

  • Facebook Will Bring Credits To Mobile Browsers

    Facebook Will Bring Credits To Mobile Browsers

    Over a month ago, we first reported on Project Spartan, Facebook’s secret plan to bring applications to the mobile web via HTML5. Facebook is working with teams of third-party developers that they call their “Spartans” and hope to unveil the project later this summer. As we noted, the key to all of this is really Credits. Right now, Facebook has no way to make money on any of… Read More

  • Apple Releases Another Security Update With iOS 4.3.5

    Apple Releases Another Security Update With iOS 4.3.5

    Apple’s none too fond of nasty security flaws lurking about in iOS, and they’re not above cracking out rapid-fire updates to prove it. Just 10 days after the release of iOS 4.3.4 (which existed almost solely to kill off a potentially nasty PDF exploit), they’re back with another one: iOS 4.3.5. Read More

  • Android vs. iOS: The Heated Battle Over Mobile Advertising [Infographic]

    Android vs. iOS: The Heated Battle Over Mobile Advertising [Infographic]

    With U.S. mobile ad revenues expected to hit $2.8 billion by 2015, according to BIA/Kelsey, it’s becoming pretty clear that mobile advertising is growing like gangbusters. This is largely thanks to the rising ubiquity of smartphones, as comScore showed in its May report, which included the eye-grabbing fact that 76.8 million Americans now own a smartphone. Of course, the big players… Read More

  • Apple Releases iOS 4.3.4, Patches Up The PDF Exploit / JailbreakMe Method

    Apple Releases iOS 4.3.4, Patches Up The PDF Exploit / JailbreakMe Method

    Awesome: A shiny new iOS update has just been released! iOS 4.3.4 is now available on iTunes. Not so awesome: As far as I can tell, there’s only one change here: Apple has fixed the PDF exploit that theoretically could be used to do all sorts of malicious things to you iOS device — unfortunately, that also means that they’ve fixed the PDF exploit that… Read More

  • Apple Announces Volume Purchasing For Businesses

    Apple Announces Volume Purchasing For Businesses

    Not a huge deal for the average user, but Apple has just announced volume sales support for organizations who want to pick up a few dozen copies of a certain iOS app. The new system is fairly simple: you select the app you want, select the number of seats, and pay with a credit card. It’s not clear if you can get bulk discounts yet but Apple then gives you a license for each device. Read More

  • Case Study: How Piracy Destroys App Profits

    Case Study: How Piracy Destroys App Profits

    The folks at GAMEized were proud. They had produced a great iOS soccer (football) game called FingerKicks, built it with full HD support, and waited with bated breath as soccer fans in country after country began to pick up on the title. But things weren’t looking very good. According to Apple’s own sales data, first day sales hit $97 while day after day they saw lower and lower sales. Read More

  • On Voicefeed iOS App Lets You Customize Voicemail Greetings Based On Who's Calling

    On Voicefeed iOS App Lets You Customize Voicemail Greetings Based On Who's Calling

    Most of you will agree when I say that one of the coolest features of Google+ is Circles, which lets you create groups of people to share specific things with, rather than sharing with everyone in your network by default. Today I came across an iOS app that basically has the same system in place, but for voicemail. It’s called On Voicefeed and it lets you build groups (family, friends… Read More

  • New iOS Gestures Point To Death Of The Physical Button

    New iOS Gestures Point To Death Of The Physical Button

    Even as purists complain about the rise of the capacitive i.e. “invisible” button, it seems Apple may be taking steps to remove them in further updates to iOS. Alongside the ability to drop apps anywhere on the screen – instead of just on a grid pattern – the new iOS Beta includes some accessibility functions that make it easier for folks with handicaps to access… Read More

  • With iOS 5 Beta 3, The iPhone Finally Gets Custom Text Message Alert Sounds

    With iOS 5 Beta 3, The iPhone Finally Gets Custom Text Message Alert Sounds

    It feels a bit strange to be writing about custom text messaging alerts as “news”. As a feature that found its way to run-of-the-mill “dumb” phones long ago, it’s one of those things that you just expect any smart phone to do right out of the box. And yet, it’s a feature that Apple has somehow managed to avoid bringing to the iPhone for four years. With iOS… Read More

  • With 17M Registered Users, Tango Is Growing Twice As Fast As Skype Did Its First Year

    Back in Skype’s early days, it was adding users so fast that it liked to boast that it was “the fastest growing, globally available communications tool in history.” Well, by at least one measure (registered users 9 months after launch), mobile video chat service Tango is outpacing Skype. Tango now has 17 million registered users across both Apple and Android devices, only… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Windows Phone 7

    Gillmor Gang 6.25.11

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Phil Windley, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — celebrated the news that apps are moving past web sites as the default architecture of the planet. I say celebrate because I think the trend is one that will continue, and even accelerate, as iOS notifications make interoperation between apps more useful. In the process, as @windley notes… Read More

  • Hit iOS Game "The Moron Test" Coming To Mac/PC, Will Be Amazon's First Digital Game Exclusive

    Everyone likes to feel clever. Our brains do all sorts of fun stuff when we do things like complete puzzles or solve riddles; even if the task at hand is somewhat trivial, completing it gives us that shot of serotonin we’re constantly subconsciously striving for. That’s really the driving idea behind the best-selling iOS/Android game, The Moron Test. Through a series of… Read More

  • Adobe Software Updates To Help Devs Build iOS, PlayBook And Android Apps

    Adobe is today pushing updates to its application development software product Flash Builder and the open source Flex framework to enable developers to build apps for iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry PlayBook, following support for the Android platform (added last April). Developers can now opt to use Adobe’s platform to build apps that work across the Web, the desktop and a range of tablets… Read More

  • Facebook PR: Tonight We Dine In Hell!

    Facebook PR: Tonight We Dine In Hell!

    There’s currently something going on in the outskirts of the tech world that’s a bit sensitive, so no one really likes to talk about it: we (journalists, bloggers, etc) are at war with the PR industry. That sentence alone will throw the PR flacks into a tizzy. “Hyperbole!” “Sexy statement, no substance!” “Don’t believe everything you read!”… Read More

  • Project Spartan: Facebook's Hush-Hush Plan To Take On Apple On Their Own Turf: iOS

    Project Spartan: Facebook's Hush-Hush Plan To Take On Apple On Their Own Turf: iOS

    Given the news that has already come out about Facebook, you’re probably thinking there is no way that anything else leaks out today. They’re probably on lockdown (real lockdown, not the crazed coding “lockdown”), right? Wrong. We’ve learned about the existence of yet another secret project within Facebook. And while it’s not quite as sexy as the new… Read More

  • Starbucks Now Lets You Pay For Coffee With Your Android Phone

    Maaaan, this Barista chick already thinks you’re awesome. I mean, you ordered a “skinny half-caf quad-shot light ice dopio espresso with room for cream.” With that many words in your order, how can you not be awesome? Now, imagine if you paid for that order with your Android phone. BOOM, love butterflies would pretty much fly out of her face. Too bad you can only use your… Read More

  • Discovr Launches Awesome Tool To Find New Apps For iOS (Think Interactive Graphs)

    At WWDC 2011, Apple announced that there are now more than 400K apps in its app store (and that more than 500K have been approved). The Android Marketplace has around 300K apps and is growing fast. The point is: There are a lot apps out there already, and more hit app stores every day. They’re going like hotcakes. But finding and discovering new apps that you actually care about? Eh, not… Read More