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Teenagers are doing it, and so are young adults. Heck, even some older folks are doing it, and none of them seem to mind having a public audience. They're doing it on trains, on buses, in restaurants, and everywhere else when the urge arises. Some of them do it in groups, others prefer a single partner, and a great many are doing it by themselves. We're talking about "selfies," of course -- get your mind out of the gutter -- which are self-snapshots, and if that's that your thing, you'll find plenty of apps willing to accommodate. You're probably aware of the some of the more popular ones already,... Read more...
App developers hoping to make a quick buck piggybacking on the Flappy Bird craze that somehow has been able to simultaneously entertain and frustrate scores of gamers will have to be at least a little more creative than building an obvious clone and calling it "Flappy" something or other. In an attempt to fend off a barrage of clones, it appears both Apple and Google are now rejecting games with "Flappy" in the title. The folks at TechCrunch went and collected a handful of Twitter posts from developers claiming their apps (or apps from people they know) were denied entrance into iTunes or Google... Read more...
Tis the season of giving, and if you're an iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone users, Apple is giving away a new digital item for 12 straight days beginning December 26. To collect on the goods, you'll need to download the "12 Days of Gifts" app from iTunes (just hit the source link at the bottom of this article) and then check in every day to collect your gift. "Each day's gift will only be available for 24 hours, so download the free app to make sure you don't miss out," Apple says. The is new to the U.S market; previously it was only available in Canada and Europe. Barring any Internet leaks, there's... Read more...
Like many other tech companies, Apple is publishing a data request transparency report so its users will have a better sense of the number of inquiries law enforcement makes about the company’s users and their data, and like those other companies, Apple is somewhat hamstrung, bound by law to keep details about many of the requests confidential. “At the time of this report, the U.S. government does not allow Apple to disclose, except in broad ranges, the number of national security orders, the number of accounts affected by the orders, or whether content, such as emails, was disclosed,”... Read more...
If ever you wondered whether or not podcasts were truly popular, get this. Apple this week revealed that its iTunes Store topped 1 billion podcast subscriptions, served up across 250,000 unique podcasts in over 100 languages. Over 8 million episodes have been published so far in the iTunes Store. "From comedy to hard news to sports to innovative educational content an so much more, podcasting has transformed the global media landscape," Apple said. It's a pretty remarkable feat when you stop and think about it, and it also underscores Apple's influence on current culture. To wit, the word "podcast"... Read more...
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other caregivers the world over who let their little charges play with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches have probably all at one time or another experienced the cold sweat that comes with the fear that Junior may have gone crazy making in-app purchases in whatever game he’s been into lately. It’s happened enough that Apple has had to deal with a class action lawsuit over kids racking up purchases on an iTunes account that belonged to a parent or caregiver. Now Apple has offered a settlement in which affected users can opt for a single $5 iTunes... Read more...
Apple's popular App Store is fast approaching 50 billion downloads, and to preemptively celebrate the occasion, the Cupertino outfit posted lists of the top 25 all-time free and paid apps on the iPhone and iPad. As you can imagine, the journey to 50 billion app downloads is one that winds through game after game, with Rovio's original Angry Birds title leading the paid apps list on the iPhone. In fact, the first five titles are all games, and only four apps on the entire list don't belong to the gaming category. Interestingly, the top free apps list for the iPhone isn't as dominated by games as... Read more...
In retrospect, it was only a matter of time until Twitter created a music service based on trends and engagement, and Twitter #music looks to be a service that suits the social platform quite well. The service officially launches today--the site is now love--and is also available as a separate iPhone app. The idea behind Twitter #music is simple; it detects and “surfaces” the most popular tracks and artists based on various types of Twitter activity. Music that emerges on #music is currently pulling from iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio, although Twitter says that it’s looking at additional... Read more...
Despite the huge success of iTunes as a distribution model for music, Apple is certainly feeling the heat from several streaming music services, most notably Pandora and Spotify. The Cupertino company is widely rumored to be developing a similar music service of its own, and according to the Verge’s “multiple sources”, deals between Apple and music labels Universal and Warner could wrap up as early as this week. The so-called iRadio service (even though that name is already taken) could roll out this year (or even this summer), and it would provide intriguing competition in the... Read more...
Well, it was only a matter of time: Google has pulled all of the ad blocking apps from the Google Play Store, leaving customers with no way to avoid the ads that pop up in their apps. If you haven’t already bought one of the blockers, you’re going to have to tolerate those little banners that tend to pop up while you’re using free apps. AdFree Android, Adblock Plus, and others are already gone. The move isn’t surprising, given that the Google Play developer distribution agreement bars apps from materially changing other apps without authorization. Ad blockers stop other... Read more...
Talk about schooling the competition (quite literally) -- Apple on Wednesday announced that iTunes U content downloads have surpassed one billion. According to Apple, iTunes U is the largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent libraries, museums, and organizations, which educators can use to put together lectures, assignments, quizzes, and so forth. "It’s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "With the incredible content... Read more...
Adobe is bringing its powerful Photoshop editing software to Android and iOS smartphones in the form of its Photoshop Touch software. This app, which sells for $4.99 on both the iTunes and Google Play stores, offers many of the Photoshop features users love in a mobile form. With Photoshop Touch, you can combine images, apply effects, and share images with friends and family. Photoshop Touch for Android, iPhone, and iPod touch offers many of the same features as the tablet version including the ability to create layers, add graphical text, combine images, and more. Other noteworthy features include... Read more...
The good news for parents who sued Apple over what they claimed were hidden charges in children's game apps is that Apple agreed to settle the class action suit. However, in place of cold, hard cash, qualified class members who spent less than $30 will receive $5 in iTunes store credit (those who spent more can request a cash refund). "The proposed settlement eliminates the risks of continued litigation, including the risk of no recovery from Apple. It immediately provides the certainty of valuable benefits to the class members," the motion to approve the settlement said, according to Law360. "If... Read more...
It may seem like most app stores are loaded to the brim with games, but the market has plenty of truly useful apps too, if you’re willing to dig in and find them. One app that could make a big difference for some smartphone users is Xpression, a yet-to-be-released app that will record a person’s emotions so the data can be shared with a mental health professional. There are plenty of mood trackers already out there, but Xpression will have a unique capability: it can listen to your voice to sense your emotions. If Xpression works as well as its Emotional Intelligent Technologies expects,... Read more...
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