• Push notification

    When technology and media intersect with the emotional underpinnings of our lives, the result is the kind of tsunami we’re experiencing with the iPad. It may seem petty to many to cheerlead a company and a technology so geared toward the pursuit of the next shiny object, the next Tweet, or whatever. But learning the language of this next generation of empowerment certainly is on our… Read More

  • SXSW By The Numbers: iOS, Foursquare And GroupMe Emerge Victorious

    SXSW Interactive is no longer about the panels or keynotes, having become a five day experiment in the ability of technology to withstand the load of over 20,000 influencers congregated in the same location, trying to network using various digital tools. It’s some sort of sped up playground for app and device Darwinism, where the rest of the world functioning as a control… Read More

  • Sirius XM Updates iOS App, Breaks Third-Party Access

    Sirius XM has updated its iOS app, but it doesn’t look to be all that great of an update. Normally I wouldn’t even notice this, seeing as though I primarily use Radium to listen to the one channel I listen to (The Virus for O&A and R&F), but this new update broke third-party access to the streams. Sigh. Anyhow, the app now stands at version 1.4, and the first thing you… Read More

  • Don't Take Our Word For It: Get iOS Game Scores From Metacritic

    Metacritic is well-known for providing a valuable meta-review service for games and media, but until just recently, iOS games were out of its purview, aggregationally speaking. No longer! They’ve got a whole section for iOS games, which really are getting big enough that they deserve their own britches. So when we recommend something like Worms 2, you can go check if I’m just… Read More

  • Study: Mobile Ad-Tracking Systems Are "Blind" To 80 Percent Of Apple iOS Devices

    Study: Mobile Ad-Tracking Systems Are "Blind" To 80 Percent Of Apple iOS Devices

    Apple mobile iOS devices (iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches) are used by 130 million people, but they present a huge blindspot to advertisers. All Apple mobile devices use the Safari browser, as do millions of Apple laptop and desktop computers. Safari blocks third-party cookies by default, which is good for privacy and good for consumers. But it is bad for advertisers who rely on browser… Read More

  • The Walled Garden Has Won

    The Walled Garden Has Won

    Ten days ago Google discovered that apparently innocuous Android apps were in fact infested with “DroidDream” malware that included an Android rootkit, with the apparent intent of creating a smartphone botnet. It infected more than a quarter of a million devices before Google intervened. The thriller writer in me immediately began to wonder what would happen if black hats built… Read More

  • Dear Apple, Please Copy This Notification System For The iPhone Immediately

    Dear Apple, Please Copy This Notification System For The iPhone Immediately

    As you’re aware, I tend to take Apple’s side on almost all matters iPhone versus Android. Having tried over a dozen Android devices ranging from the G1 to the Nexus S, I simply still prefer iOS. And it’s not really close. But there is one argument I absolutely cannot make on Apple’s side: the notification system. On Android devices, it’s good. On the iPhone… Read More

  • Kazaa Disses Apple, Debuts Web-Based Music Streaming Service For iOS, Android

    Atrinsic, the direct and online search marketing agency that acquired the assets of former P2P sharing tool Kazaa a couple of months ago, is trying to drum up some attention for the digital music subscription service this morning. In a press release, the company posits that there’s been a ‘breakthrough’ for iPhone and iPad (and Android) users because its service is now… Read More

  • iMovie And Garageband For iOS Announced, Looks Good On iPad 2

    Today, Apple announced new versions of iMovie and Garage band for iOS 4.3. Apple says they have set the bar high for devs with the release of the two apps and hope devs build on what they’ve seen in Apple’s programming capabilities. Read More

  • Fragmentation Mystery: Why Is iOS 4.3 Listed For GSM iPhone-Only?

    Today at their event in San Francisco, Apple showed off the new iPad 2 alongside a new version of iOS: 4.3. But the end of walk-through was a bit odd. On screen, Apple showed that iOS 4.3 would be available for free on March 11 (iPad 2 launch day in the U.S.) for the iPhone 4 as well — but only the GSM version. That seems to suggest that the Verizon iPhone, which uses CDMA technology… Read More

  • In Two Years, Most Of You Will Be Reading TechCrunch From An Apple Device

    In Two Years, Most Of You Will Be Reading TechCrunch From An Apple Device

    In February of 2007, 83.24 percent of users visiting TechCrunch did so from a Windows machine. One year later, in February 2008, the stranglehold remained firm at 80.44 percent. In February 2009, the number was at 74.04 percent. Last year, it was 61.59 percent. And this year? The number of people visiting our site from Windows machines dipped to 53.84 percent. The writing is on the wall. Look… Read More

  • Next Question: What's A Publishing App?

    We created subscriptions for publishing apps, not SaaS apps. —email attributed to Steve Jobs There’s been so much confusion in the wake of Apple’s new subscription billing policy for apps that Steve Jobs felt the need to issue the proclamation above via his preferred method, a personal email. (It’s his version of… Read More

  • Minecraft Heads To iOS Later This Year

    There will be an iPhone and iPad version of Minecraft. There, ten words to help get your Monday off to a good start. Read More

  • A Bird’s-Eye View Of iOS And Android As Seen By One Premium Ad Platform

    A Bird’s-Eye View Of iOS And Android As Seen By One Premium Ad Platform

    Comparing the iOS and Android platforms is often tricky because the perspective is usually one-sided. But mobile ad platforms tend to have a pretty well-rounded look at the state of things because they’re agnostic in the religious war that is iOS versus Android. And of those, Medialets has one of the best views since their data comes from only big-time app makers which tend to be on… Read More

  • Greenpois0n Strikes Again, For Apple TV Too

    With the latest GreenPois0n release, we are now able to jailbreak the latest iOS update, iOS 4.2.1. All iDevices including the Verizon iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and now Apple TV 2, can undergo untethered jailbreaking. The latest GreenPois0n, RC6, can be applied over RC5 and will fix general bugs with the emulators. Read More

  • iPhone Security Breach Gives Hackers Access To Your Private Data

    Researchers in Germany (from the Fraunhofer Institute, the same place that brought us the MP3) have deduced a method to retrieve, without your authorization, all of your iPhone’s secrets. Passwords, that is. And it only takes six minutes. Oh dear. Read More

  • BBC To Launch On-demand iPlayer App For Android And iPad

    We first heard about the BBC’s iPlayer a few years ago and for awhile it wasn’t doing too well. Then more and more people started catching on to the whole ‘watch TV on your own time’ thing, and iPlayer got really popular. I blame part of that on great shows like the UK Office and Top Gear UK — too bad the US counterparts aren’t as desirable. To keep… Read More

  • Chinese New Year Ushers In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Sale

    Look at your calendar. That’s right, it’s Chinese New Year. What does that mean? One, fun photos, and two, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for iOS is 50 percent off. The sale lasts until Sunday. Read More

  • For InMobi, Apple And Android Are Eating Up Global Mobile Ad Share

    Global mobile ad network InMobi is making a big push to gain smartphone ad share. Back in June, it announced a $2 million promotion to get Apple and Android mobile app developers to serve up its mobile ads. By October, 2010, it was serving up 5.8 billion ad impressions on smartphones, according to a report it just put out (embedded below). That represents 24 percent of the global ad… Read More

  • StackMob Is 'Heroku For Mobile'. And Proud Of It. And Potentially Just As Huge.

    It was almost exactly two years ago that we first wrote about a company called Heroku. At the time, the Y Combinator startup was little more than a good idea: ease the development and deployment process a lot of other startups face by putting it in the cloud. Last month, Salesforce bought them for $212 million in cash. It’s no wonder that a new startup, StackMob, doesn’t mind… Read More