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Apple iPhone 4, App Store, Angry Birds Awarded Guiness World Records

The Guinness World Records is at it again, dealing out awards for various unusual feats. No category or industry sector is left untouched, with one of the previous awards going to Kinect as the fastest selling consumer electronics device. Today, new awards go out to Apple’s iPhone 4, the Apple App Store, and even Angry Birds.

The iPhone 4 has been named as the fastest-selling portable gaming system, after an estimated 1.5 million iPhone 4 handsets were sold on the first day of release back on June 24, 2010. In comparison, the PSP only sol 200,000 units on its launch date in 2005, and the DS took two weeks to move 500,000 units after its launch in 2004. However, neither of those devices functioned also as a smartphone, those this award’s a bit of a stretch. Read the rest of this entry

HBO Go now available for iOS, brings over 1,400 shows with it

HBO has finally released their much-awaited HBO Go iOS app for iPhone and iPad devices. The app gives HBO subscribers free access to over 1,400 shows in addition to many sports event and full-length films. What’s great is that the app offers up all of HBO’s quality programming — True Blood, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Boardwalk Empire, and more — and the app streams over 3G in addition to Wi-Fi. It’s available now in the App Store if you want to get your Nucky Thompson on.

Apple now field-testing iOS 5 with App Store applications

App Store developer FutureTap just revealed that they have received their first crash report from an iOS 5 device. This means that Apple is currently field-testing their next-generation mobile operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with applications from the iOS App Store. The application apparently crashed in iOS 5 due to the MKUserLocationBreadCrumb.

Just received the first iOS 5.0 crash report. MKUserLocationBreadCrumb sounds interesting.

This could possibly mean that Apple changed up some map and location APIs in iOS 5, causing issues with map-based applications built for current versions of iOS 4. iOS 5 is expected to take on some new cloud-based features and will be officially unveiled at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in early June. Apple is expected to release iOS 5 in September alongside the fifth-generation iPhone. Thanks, Peter Silie

Tweetbot Twitter client for iOS now available

Tapbot just lifted the veil on Tweetbot, the firm’s newest iOS  Twitterclient. We’ve been using the client for a bit now and it’s definitely pretty versatile; it supports multiple accounts, as well as multiple timelines. So when we wanted to quickly pull up a specific list, we just had to tap the “Timeline” title at the top to quickly switch. The app offers “smart gestures,” too, which means you can triple tap a tweet to reply or swipe a tweet from left to right to view messages you’ve exchanged with that person. As with most Twitter applications, you can post your location, share photos, videos, manage lists, and more. Tweetbot also includes push notifications with support for Boxcar. We like the fast user interface, but wish that it supported active links within the timeline. The app currently forces you to click a tweet and then launch an embedded link. Otherwise we’re pretty pleased with Tweetbot so far. It’s available for $2.99 in the iTunes App Store and is supported on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Hit the jump for a link.

Discovr App Offers Interesting Way to Find New Music

There is no shortage of iOS apps to help you find new music; based on friend’s recommendations, or what your friends have downloaded. But what if you are looking for a specific sound? You don’t necessarily want to know what everyone else is listening to, you want to find a certain sound or style. That’s what the Discovr music app hopes to help with.

The app provides a interactive map (kind of like those connection charts you see on LinkedIn) that shows artists that are similar to one you like, and then goes on to show others that are similar to them. Then, you can double tap on the musician’s bubble and go to an artist page where you can hear clips, see videos, and read more about them.

One nice feature is browsing within the app without having to exit. Once you find what you like, you can save your favorites to a folder and also share them in all the usual ways (Facebook, Twitter, email). And of course, and now we come to the whole point of the app, you can buy tracks or albums via iTunes.

Discovr comes from an Australian-based startup, and has been rated the number one app in twelve countries, including Australia and Japan.

The app launched on the iPad, and now is available on the iPhone also. No word on whether they plan to release an Android version. Right now, the startup only consists of three people. Discovr is 99 cents in Apple’s App Store.

[via TheNextWeb]

 

Apple’s New Subscription Policy Upsets Readability App

Another app maker is displeased with Apple’s new subscription policy it announced last week. Richard Ziade is a co-founder of Arc90, creator of Readability, and posted an open letter to Apple about how much he dislikes Apple’s new policy on both Arc90’s and Readability’s blog.

 

The problem stems from Apple’s rejection of a Readability app for iOS because Apple’s iOS guidelines state, “Apps utilizing a system other than the In App Purchase API (IAP) to purchase content, functionality, or service in an app will be rejected,” says Ziade. Readability already has to pay a 70% revenue cut to publishers and with the new subscription policy Apple charges another 30% revenue cut on top of it.

Readability essentially lets users read an article on a web page, but only shows the text. It pulls the words from the page and formats it into text-only viewing with no ads or videos. The two companies are not unfamiliar with each other because Apple uses Readability in its new feature on its Safari web browser called Safari Reader.

Ziade says the policy “smacks of greed” but he does offer a compromise to Apple. Readability still wants an iOS app and is willing to offer it with in-app purchasing, but only if Apple agrees to give 70% of its 30% cut back to writers and publishers like Readability does. I’m not sure how well that is going to sit with Apple, so we’ll just see who will concede in this stare down.

[via LA Times]

Report: Android App Market Outpacing iPhone Apps

ccording to a report released today by the mobile security firm Lookout, the Android Market is growing at three times the rate of the iTunes App Store. The number of apps in Apple’s store increased by 44% since August, while the number of Android Market apps increased by 127% during the same period. This is according to Lookout’s App Genome Project report, based on an analysis of more than 500,000 mobile apps for these platforms.

Apple’s store still has more apps, but that may not last long. Apple has 350,000 apps for the iPhone, compared to 88,000 in the Android Market. But according to Lookout Chief Technology Officer Kevin Mahaffey in an interview with CNET, “If apps continue to be developed for each platform at this same rate, the Android Market will have more apps than the Apple App Store by mid-2012.”

Apple also has a much higher percentage of paid apps (66%), but that percentage has declined from 70% since August. 34% of the apps on the Android Market are paid apps, and that has increased from 22% since August.

It will be interesting to see the impact that subscriptions and in-app purchases have on the app market in the next year as well.

[via CNET]

App Store filtering added as Apple boosts discovery options

Apple may be ahead when it comes to iOS apps, but the company certainly could do more to make discovering App Store titles more intuitive and flexible. Step one of that process looks to have begun, with Apple quietly adding filtering options to its download store.

 

It’s now possible to filter search results by category, release date, customer rating, price and device, which goes a long way to scything down an over-filled results page.

 

iOS 4.3 compatible apps appear in the app store !

It seems like Apple has started approving some apps in the app store which claims to be iOS 4.3 compatible suggesting iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users shouldn’t wait long for the new update.Nextmag Mobile for iOS has been updated to be Compatible with iOS 4.3.

What’s New in Version v4.0:

– The latest bug fixes and stability enhancements
– In-app registration
– The ability to synchronize searches and wishlists between Nextag Mobile and any desktop computer.
– Sign in to your account via Nextag or Facebook right in the app
– Compatible with iOS 4.3

iOS 4.3 beta 2 was seeded last week and we may see beta 3 this week. Apple will most likely release beta 4 next week followed by a GM seed before public release, so we may see iOS 4.3 final just after the arrival of iOS 4.2.5 with Verizon iPhone. What do you think?

 

Apple’s App Store hits 10 billion downloads

Now that the number of App Store downloads to iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads around the world has handily exceeded the population of Planet Earth, we can hopefully put this story to bed until they hit another factor of ten — and as unreasonable as 100 billion downloads sounds, we’ll bet it actually won’t take that long. That’s right: just a few days after kicking off its online counter, Apple’s officially hit the 10 billion mark, which is a whole lot of software any way you slice it. So, Android Market, you’re next?

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