iOS

  • Everything You Need To Know About Today’s Apple Event

    Everything You Need To Know About Today’s Apple Event

    It’s been a busy morning in Cupertino at Apple’s ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ keynote. The big headline was the iPhone 4S, but no iPhone 5. Perhaps you had a hard time following all the news from Apple on the iPhone, iOS 5, other iOS devices and apps. Apple didn’t offer a live online webcast to the public. But the TechCrunch team, on two continents, has been… Read More

  • Canonical Releases Windows Version of Ubuntu One

    Canonical Releases Windows Version of Ubuntu One

    Canonical, the commercial backer behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, have been hosting a file synchronization service called Ubuntu One for a couple years now. A free account gets you 5GB of storage, and the client side controls have been baked into the last couple of releases of the Ubuntu distribution. It works pretty much like Dropbox or similar services, but has been — until… Read More

  • Banned From The App Store: An Anti-iPhone Game Complete With Foxconn Suicide Mini-Game

    Banned From The App Store: An Anti-iPhone Game Complete With Foxconn Suicide Mini-Game

    In the video game world, little can do more to send your sales soaring than being banned in one way or another. Be it because a country’s government got upset over how their people were depicted (a la Modern Warfare in Saudi Arabia) or because the developers slipped in a naughty little easter egg thereby triggering a recall (like Grand Theft Auto San Andreas’ infamous Hot… Read More

  • Rumor: Sprint Blacks Out Vacation Days In October To Prep For iPhone 5

    Rumor: Sprint Blacks Out Vacation Days In October To Prep For iPhone 5

    Oh, what’s this? Sprint is reportedly blacking out vacation days between September 30th and October 15th? For a “major phone launch”? Major phone launch. Early October (right when the iPhone 5 is said to be launching.) Yeah, the rumor mill just caught on fire. Read More

  • Adobe Gives Up On Apple, Works Around iOS’ Flash Video Limitations

    Adobe Gives Up On Apple, Works Around iOS’ Flash Video Limitations

    Ardent iOS supporters have been clamoring for true Flash support for years, and with the announcement of their new version of Flash Media Server, Adobe completely fails to deliver. Instead, they’ve managed to update their media server with a way to get streaming Flash video running on Apple’s myriad iOS devices. Read More

  • Google Launches A Slick Music Beta App For iOS — Web, Not Native

    Google Launches A Slick Music Beta App For iOS — Web, Not Native

    Now that Google Music Beta has been out there for a few months, it’s time to focus on how to get people to use it. One key: mobile. While Google launched an Android app for Music Beta alongside the initial unveiling at I/O this year (it’s baked into the Music app), iOS users were SOL. Not anymore. Today, Google has rolled out an app so they can get in on the fun as well. But… Read More

  • Incentivized Installs Not All Bad, Says New Study…But Consider The Source

    Incentivized Installs Not All Bad, Says New Study…But Consider The Source

    Mobile users acquired through “incentivized” installs can be valuable, according to a new study, if managed properly. The term refers to users who download a mobile application in exchange for something else – usually in-game virtual currency or goods. Traditionally, these sorts of users are thought of as somewhat disposable, simply serving as a way to boost an… Read More

  • PhotoAppLink Ties iPhone Photo Apps Together, Makes Multi-App Editing Simple

    PhotoAppLink Ties iPhone Photo Apps Together, Makes Multi-App Editing Simple

    Several iPhone app developers have teamed up to launch PhotoAppLink, a new open source initiative that aims to simplify photo editing by tying multiple photo-editing apps together. As you know, there are an incredible number of photo editing apps in iTunes today, and often, each especially excels in one particular area. For example, converting photos to black and white, cropping, compositing… Read More

  • A Clear And Present Danger

    A Clear And Present Danger

    I often think about how my computing life would be different if I weren’t a professional blogger. I mean, I have my laptop on me at basically all times just in case I have to duck away and write something at a moment’s notice (it has happened more than I care to admit). But if I wasn’t a blogger, what would I use? And more broadly, if I wasn’t in the neck-deep in the… Read More

  • Ex-MySpace VP Takes On Postagram With Postcard On The Run

    Ex-MySpace VP Takes On Postagram With Postcard On The Run

    Look out, Postagram: there’s another player embarking on the quest to turn everyone’s smart phone photos into real-world postcards. This morning, Josh Brooks (previously the VP of Programming and Music at Myspace and Head of Content at Project Playlist) is launching the endeavor he’s spent the last year working on: Postcard On The Run. It’s a quick, easy, and… Read More

  • Pogoplug Debuts New Hardware For Streaming To Mobile Devices

    Pogoplug Debuts New Hardware For Streaming To Mobile Devices

    Cloud Engines, Inc., makers of the Pogoplug line of devices and accompanying software, are launching a new hardware product today called Pogoplug Mobile. The device works like the company’s current Pogoplug product – you attach your hard drive or drives, plug it into your router and instantly have your own personal cloud. In short, it’s like a NAS (network-attached storage)… Read More

  • PlayHaven’s New Platform Lets iOS Developers Tweak Their Apps On The Fly

    PlayHaven’s New Platform Lets iOS Developers Tweak Their Apps On The Fly

    The iOS App Store is quite the volatile place. Even if you manage to fight your app up to the top of the charts, keeping it up there is an entirely new challenge. You’ve got to know exactly what’s working with your users — and more importantly, you’ve got to be able to mix things up quickly when you find things that aren’t. Alas, mixing things up quickly on the… 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

  • Why Kik Loves Windows Phone 7 (Spoiler: It Boosts Android And iOS User Growth)

    Why Kik Loves Windows Phone 7 (Spoiler: It Boosts Android And iOS User Growth)

    Exclusive – Talk about a halo effect. Kik, a developer of cross-platform mobile communication apps, says something really strange happened when they launched their Windows Phone 7 application last June: user growth across the iOS and Android platform both accelerated significantly. Turns out every registered user of the Windows Phone 7 Kik Messenger app is ‘worth’ 2.53 users… Read More

  • Nextpeer Lets Mobile Developers Turn Single-Player Games Into Multi-Player Games

    Nextpeer Lets Mobile Developers Turn Single-Player Games Into Multi-Player Games

    Nextpeer is a newly launched mobile developer toolkit that lets game developers quickly and easily add multi-player gaming to their single-player games. With Nextpeer’s tournament and social SDK (software development kit), developers can add customizable features that enable their game’s users join real-time, social tournaments where they compete against other users for top scores… Read More

  • Apple Adds Earthquake Warning To Japanese iOS

    Apple Adds Earthquake Warning To Japanese iOS

    The Japanese version of iOS 5 will have a special notifications widget: a setting to turn on instant messages from Japan’s earthquake early warning system. The system is so sensitive that it could reduce your battery life as it polls the warning servers constantly. Read More

  • HP To Apple: You Win.

    HP To Apple: You Win.

    As I write this, I’m sitting in a cafe. Around me, there are five people on laptops — four of them are MacBooks. Four other people are using tablets — all four are iPads. Welcome to the Post-PC world. That phrase was one of the first things that jumped to my mind today when I heard the news that HP was not only killing off their TouchPad and Pre webOS-based products, but… Read More

  • Apple, It’s Time To Block iOS 5 Beta Users From Reviewing Apps

    Apple, It’s Time To Block iOS 5 Beta Users From Reviewing Apps

    “Yeah, each new iOS announcement is very… bittersweet. We love it because it means new APIs for us to build on, bug fixes for things we’ve had to work around, and, ideally, more people buying the platform we build for. But then we spend months getting slammed by bad reviews, all written by people who just don’t understand: until the release goes gold, beta-specific bugs are… Read More

  • Sincerely Launching An iOS Photo App Monetization Platform: Picture Printing For All

    Sincerely Launching An iOS Photo App Monetization Platform: Picture Printing For All

    You may recall that back in April, Postagram launched as a way to transform your Instagrams into physical picture postcards and deliver them for $0.99. A few month later, PopBooth launched as a way to use your iPhone/iPad as a photo booth complete with the picture print outs. These apps, while great themselves, were tests for Sincerely’s platform. A platform which today they’re… Read More