Archive for the ‘Mobile Applications’ Category
  • RIM gets it: “It’s in the apps”
    by Mike
    Posted November 18th, 2009 at 9:22 pm
    While Microsoft's Ray Ozzie seems to believe that apps have absolutely no effect whatsoever on the success or failure of a smartphone platform, *cough...because the correlation between iPhone and Android app choices and platform success is completely unrelated....cough* RIM is finally starting to catch on to why Apple and Android are enjoying so much success -- because apps do matter. Following on the heels of the BlackBerry conference that took place this past week, RIM co-CEO's Mike Lazar...
  • From the company squandering away because of the lack of worthwhile apps: “Apps aren’t that important”
    by Mike
    Posted November 18th, 2009 at 5:11 am
    Don't you find it funny that the people or companies who discount any given service or product are usually denial or insanely jealous? Perhaps you need an example: Microsoft. For the last year, Microsoft has been talking up it's own Mobile App Store. While not exactly marketing it as the sole reason to buy their device (much like Apple), they are giving it a fair amount of marketing dollars and spotlight. Knowing that, it's rather odd to hear Chief Architect Ray Ozzie claim that mobile apps ...
  • Another iPhone dev bites the dust. Rouge Amoeba calls it quits.
    by Mike
    Posted November 13th, 2009 at 8:31 am
    Think Facebook's Joe Hewitt giving up on iPhone development was a one time thing? At the very l east it's a ground rule double as Rouge Amoeba has announced that they too are ceasing iPhone development on account of Apple's App Store policies. What exactly did Rouge Amoeba make? Their iPhone baby, Airfoil Speakers Touch 1.0 allows iPhone/iPod Touch users to pick up broadcasted audio from their Mac or Pc. A handy app no doubt. After they released the first version, the realized that ther...
  • iPhone Facebook lead developer Joe Hewitt calls it quits over App Store policies. [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 9:08 pm
    **Update inside: webOS in Joe's Crosshairs?... Apple may be rolling out a new window -- albeit small window -- that allows iPhone devs to peer into the inner workings of the App Store approval process, but is it too little too late? The link in the previous sentence goes to an article I just wrote on how Apple can make this new found gesture of "openness" actually useful. Again, that's already old news. It happened several hours ago. The fact of the matter is, Apple has taken so long to...
  • Is 2010 the year BlackBerry becomes “Consumer Cool”
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    After pouring over countless articles, slides, and pictures from RIM's Developer conference the last couple of days, I have to admit I am really impressed by RIM's consumer minded showing. The simple addition of BlackBerry Themes in App World combined with Widgets and actual 3D games to boot instantly jumped RIM and the BlackBerry platform up a few rungs in my book. There's no doubt about it, for consumers focused on multimedia and entertainment, the iPhone is where it's at. Android still...
  • New Android Marketplace ToS all but confirm December 11th update?
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 7:56 am
    Normally a ToS update wouldn't immediately lead us to start speculating on an OS update. But with the recent update rumors flying around with "December 11th" mentioned and this new ToS update with a deadline scheduled for that very same day, sure does make me wonder. A fresh Android 2.0 update will be seen by some as making up for failures from the beginning. I see it as extremely quick turn around on bugs. More or less the same outlook but mine is a touch more positive. The updat...
  • Commodore 64 returns to the App Store!
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 6:01 am
    Classic gaming fans were no doubt saddened when Apple removed the Commodore 64 app because of some elusive code that allowed end users to enter into BASIC interpreter. Noticing their screw up, the App Store yanked the app. That was a couple months ago when the developers first received word that their app was going to be pulled. They promptly removed the offending code and resubmitted. So why did it take so long? Well, after the last coy little attempt to circumnavigate the App Store polic...
  • BlackBerry “Task Manager” a must have app for multi-tasking Berry users.
    by Mike
    Posted November 10th, 2009 at 2:50 pm
    Simple operation is the goal of many smartphone manufacturers and mobile OS developers. The easier and more straightforward you can make your device the better. But sometimes you just want to get your hands dirty or tweak your device a bit. For BlackBerry users longing for such control, they have a new solution in "Task Manager". Even in the free model, users have access to Applications, Performance, and System Info. The first three tabs give you some insightful insider knowledge on the ...
  • iPhone dev throwing in the towel…selling iPhone app business for a cool $100k
    by Mike
    Posted November 9th, 2009 at 8:58 pm
    I hate computer programming. Everything about it makes me want to vomit up every organ in my body while swinging over a vat of boiling hot magma. Perhaps that's a bit extreme but you get the point. Coding iPhone apps isn't for everyone. If you're like me and loathe computer programming yet can somehow manage to keep those sudden urges to catapult yourself into space via internal projectiles at bay, iPhone App programming may be just the thing for you. An exploding dev market and user base s...
  • International calls just got cheaper thanks to “Nimbuzz Out”
    by Mike
    Posted November 9th, 2009 at 12:42 pm
    We'll start off by saying that if you make international phone calls often and merely use your phone providers international solutions, you're wasting money and missing out. With that said, I suppose you now might be asking what solution or answer I have. One affordable choice is Nimbuzz Out. Nimbuzz is no stranger to helping people communicate. Back in my BlackBerry days I used Nimbuzz's multi-IM app and came away rather impressed. It was a robust multi-chat app that at the time a couple y...
  • Shazam debuts Premium app, breaks old one.
    by Mike
    Posted November 9th, 2009 at 7:12 am
    Not being able to grab the name of a particular artist or song playing on the radio is frustrating to say the least. The frustration turns to sadness or anger when the song ends and blends into another as the DJ neglects to mention any info on the song you so desire. Sucks, I know. Then there was Shazam. An amazing iPhone app that looked nice, worked well, and was simple to use. Besides simple bug fixes and a small performance boost here and there, Shazam has remained rather unchanged. The...
  • David Guetta iPhone app [Review]
    by Mike
    Posted November 7th, 2009 at 9:58 pm
    We originally looked at David Guetta's iPhone app a couple weeks ago. Though at that time I didn't have a copy to officially review. That has obviously changed. After spending a good day playing with the app, I can honestly say that David Guetta has figured out how to make an iPhone app, engaging with his fans, and offering up a compelling product that could even lead to new fans. Creating a reason to spend money on music is something that many content owners somehow fail to grasp. They thi...
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