Archive for the ‘General App discussion’ Category

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Must have apps for SXSW Music Fest

March 19, 2009

The South by Southwest Music Festival started yesterday and runs through this Sunday. If you’re heading to Austin to hear some of the kick-ass bands, you should check out Wired’s five essential apps and iPhone-friendly sites first. We’ve listed them here with an abbreviated description:

1.) Bandloop – Free app that shows you a map of nearby gigs in whatever city you’re in. Use the GPS feature to see a map of your area with club markers. Each marker lists club info, upcoming bands, photos, descriptions and website links.

2.) JamBase – A free app created by the popular concert listing website. Login and filter through the database of live shows to see where your favorite bands are playing. When you find that can’t miss gig, tap the listing to see a map and e-mail the details to your friends.

3.) last.fm – The music site has created a tool called SXSW Band Aid. Login and get a personalized list of recommended shows. Add the ones you want to attend to your own personal calendar, e-mail the details or invite your last.fm friends, too.

4.) Sched.org – Head to sxsw2009.sched.org for an unofficial event listings. You can filter by date, view parties, and find concerts. It also finds free MP3 downloads for you.

5.) SonicLiving – A concert listing service with a special SXSW section. You can browse today’s shows by time, artist and venue. Login and you can build your own schedule, view friends schedules and invite friends to a show. Also connects you to Applandia’s free Taxi app to find an empty cab – good luck with that.

Bandloop

Bandloop

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Adrants reports on SXSW show

March 15, 2009

Adrants.com gives us a report on what’s being talked about at the SXSW show.

Saturday’s session at SXSW 2009 on Emerging Trends in Mobile gave audience members food for thought and panelists a run for their money.

The heavily international crowd (which included an estimated 25 percent non-American attendants) seemed to be, from a show of hands, a well-informed group with a good number of mobile developers in attendance.

Topics ranged from better device-charging solutions to developing for devices that come closer to standard Internet browsing every year. All in all, it was given that WAP technology is dead, fully Flash-enabled devices are the next step, image recognition capabilities and more detailed location-based information are crucial, and the idea that you’d have to actually plug a device into an outlet for any reason is becoming increasingly laughable

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The Onion weighs in on iPhone app usage

March 10, 2009

Check out this link from The Onion. Their “What do you think?” section never gets old with me, even if other (ok, most) sections have kind of jumped the shark. They ask “random people” what they think of the fact that iPhone free app usage drops off after the first month of downloading. That link is here.

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You may not know it, but Apple owns you

March 10, 2009

Even though you went out and bought an iPhone, Apple claims it still owns the software your phone runs on. Therefore, jailbreaking your iPhone is illegal. And if jailbreaking is illegal, then Cydia and any other virtual store selling apps must be illegal too. I think we all know where this is going. Apple doesn’t want users buying apps from any place other than the app store.

And why should they? They have created a dominant marketplace where they not only get to control what apps are approved, they get to take 30% of the sales to boot. But if you’re an app developer, frustration is rising. You can spend lots of time and money developing an app only to be rejected, and if you are accepted you have to fork over some of the profits.

This one may land in the courts. TechSpot has more.

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App Store Hits 25,000+

March 9, 2009

People may be complaining that Apple’s censorship is too tight (and we agree), but the apps are still rolling in.

Information Week reports:

The company [Apple] said that as of Monday there were 27,131 applications in the store that can be downloaded for an iPhone 3G or iPod Touch. The number of mobile programs is staggering considering the App Store has been open for about a year. By contrast, Microsoft’s mobile operating system has been out for a lot longer than the iPhone, but analysts estimate there are about 20,000 applications.

iPhone App Store

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App World Sets $3 Minimum

March 5, 2009

We’ve been hearing about App World, the BlackBerry equivalent of the App Store, for awhile. It’s still not here yet, but a little more information has come out.

Wireless solutions company Research in Motion is making App World for the BlackBerry, but it will be quite a bit different from Apple’s store. Developers will be able to give away their products for free, but if they decide to charge there will be a $3 minimum price tag. Also, BlackBerry users will pay for all of their purchases through PayPal.

According to Wired,

RIM is the latest handset maker to launch its own app store. Since Apple introduced the iTunes App Store in July 2008, the idea of a simple distribution platform for third party smartphone software has taken off among handset makers. Google offers the Android Market for the HTC T-Mobile G1, while Palm has the Mobile Software Store. Even Microsoft is planning to introduce Skymarket, an app store for phones running Windows Mobile operating system.

So far Apple leads the pack. Apple iPhone app users tend to be young and they favor entertainment and games apps, for which the $1 price point is appropriate, says Sobhany [vice-president of marketing for Medialets]. But in the BlackBerry App World, productivity and utility applications are likely to be in higher demand, which could justify the $3 minimum price point.

I can see things from two different sides. BlackBerry is known for being a more business-oriented phone, so the apps may offer services that truly warrant the higher price tag. Perhaps App World won’t have 97 different farting applications – what a shame. And since they will still offer free apps, this might encourage developers to go that route and just add advertisements.

On the other hand, the App Store has dominated because 99 cents is such an easy number to pull the trigger on. If you buy an app and use it once, you don’t feel like you threw your life savings down the drain. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if this strategy pays off.

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10 Apps that didn’t make the cut

March 2, 2009

About a week ago, JR Raphael of PC World wrote a fun round-up of 10 apps that were rejected from the App Store. Definitely worth the read, but if you’re short on time our recap is below…

1.) Obama Trampoline: Pick one of 18 cartoon-like politicians and bounce them on a trampoline so their bodies pop floating balloons.
Reason for rejection: Unknown exactly, but we’re guessing it was for ridiculing political figures

2.) MyShoe: Chuck shoes at various political figures such as, you guessed it, former Pres. George Bush.
Reason for rejection: Ridiculing public figures

3.) I Am Poor: A counterpart to I Am Rich, this app placed images of ramen noodles, tuna, and mac-and-cheese onto your home screen.
Reason for rejection: No user functionality

4.) The South Park App: As we previously posted, the app allows users to access SP-related content such as character wallpaper and show clips — the same shows that are available for sale on iTunes.
Reason for rejection: Potentially offensive content

5.) Pull My Finger: Simply put, a fart app. Apple later reconsidered when the popularity of fart apps grew and Pull My Finger was given the green light.
Reason for (initial) rejection: Limited utility

6.) iBoobs: Shake your phone to jiggle a pair of 3D rendered boobs.
Reason for rejection: Inappropriate sexual content and Obscene, pornographic, offensive, or defamatory content

7.) Slasher: Shake the picture of a kitchen knife to set off a scream.
Reason for rejection: Offensive content

8.) Murderdrome: An adult digital comic series.
Reason for rejection: Unknown exactly, but we’re guessing offensive content

9.) Podcaster: Allows users to listen to podcasts and download them directly to your phone. Now available for jailbroken iPhones.
Reason for rejection: Too similar to iTunes

10.) Freedom Time: Count down clock to the end of the Bush administration.
Reason for rejection: Defamed or demeaned political figures

Bottom line, there are no clear cut rules developers can read in advance to determine whether or not it’s worth their time to develop an app. And if your app is rejected, you probably won’t get a specific response as to how you can alter it for approval. I think Apple is going to need a rating system soon. I’m sure there would be a large demand for “18 and older” apps. Thoughts?

Obama Trampoline

Obama Trampoline

Pull My Finger

Pull My Finger

Freedom Time

Freedom Time