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Monday, February 23, 2009

How Much Have You Spent?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 01:00 PM

"...It also highlights just what an excellent idea the App Store is, and how well it has been designed. Shopping there is so simple, so instantaneous, and often so cheap per-app, that it almost becomes a thoughtless act. "This app looks cool. I'll try it." A dollar here, a few dollars there."

I'll tell you one thing: I'm spending way more than I ever spent on any other device I've ever owned on Applications. I got my iPhone 3G on July 11th (does it surprise anyone that I got it on release day?) and before I even left the mall I had already purchased MLB At Bat. In fact, that one app was the one that put me over the top and got me to buy a second iPhone after selling my first one in January and using the N95 my wife got me for my birthday. The App Store has proven, despite its shortcomings, to be one of the biggest selling points and most used features of the iPhone. It's pretty remarkable what ease of use can do for numbers, and it's pretty apparent that everyone has noticed. Everyone from RIM and Symbian to the great behemoth of Redmond are scrambling to build their own App Stores mimicking Apple's (whose implementation may be new, but if you think about it, it's almost identical to Ubuntu's Application Manager) to try and cash in on their success.

How much are you guy spending in the App Store? I'd say counting apps I've gotten rid of, I'm easily up around $175.

Wanna Write an App?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Thousands of software developers are selling apps in Apple's iPhone App Store, and many are making big bucks off it. How to get started? iPhone app veteran Craig Hockenberry, whose Iconfactory sells a few top iPhone apps -- including Twitterrific (Twitter app) and Frenzic (fun game) -- has published an excellent primer."

I've seriously thought about writing an application just to test the waters, and this primer on it is nice in that it walks you through the steps if you aren't sure where exactly to start. I'm not saying it convinced me to write one, but it was nice to see what I need to do if I ever decide to get away from the Xbox 360 and "do something productive."

Bubble Your Way to Word Mastery!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

Product Category: Games
Manufacturer: Astraware
Where to Buy: iTunes
Price: $4.99 USD Normally, now on sale for $0.99 USD
System Requirements: iPhone/iPod Touch, iPhone 2.0 Software Update or later


  • Simple yet challenging;
  • Hitting home button on iPhone saves game in progress;
  • Fun game for kids as well as adults.


  • Letters in the completed list are very small;
  • Can only silence Smartygills, cant get rid of him/her.

Summary: I wasn't sure what to expect with this game, because at first glance it seems to be a game more suited to children. However, I found that it is actually challenging, educational and a fun game for both adults and children. Read more...

Friday, February 20, 2009

How Many Apps Do You Still Use?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"The vast majority of apps downloaded from the App Store are in use by less than 5% of users after one month has passed since the download, according to an analytics firm that is also shedding light on other aspects of the business."

Not surprisingly, games are used for longer periods than any other application category. According to the article, sports apps are best at retaining users over the short term, while entertainment apps are better for the long term retention. Interesting stats, and I must admit I need to do some cleanup of my iPhone. There are many apps on there that I haven't opened in months, and as it sits now, I have 8 pages to scroll through. Talk about an organizational nightmare, but you never know when you might need that one app, right?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

AMBER Alert for the iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"The iPhone AMBER Alert System is now pending approval and not only provides up-to-the-minute detailed information on all AMBER Alerts, but revolutionizes the way that sightings are processed."

Pretty cool app from the sounds of it, allowing you to report potential sightings tied into the GPS of the iPhone, that will then be routed to the correct agency. It would be even better if it only gave you alerts based on your geographical location since this is a nationwide service. This will be the official app for and will be available as a free download from iTunes once it is approved.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

iPhone and Blackjack? Not in Vegas!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"An iPhone-based card-counting system recently turned up in a California Indian casino. This new application is causing a lot of fuss, and Nevada gaming regulators have issued a general alert about it, warning Las Vegas casinos about its potential use in gameplay."

Oh you can still count cards, if you can get away with it. And if you do get caught, the worst it will get you is tossed out. That is unless you are using an electronic device to count cards. Use one of these programs and you fall into criminal territory as it is considered a felony under Nevada gaming laws. So count away, just leave the iPhone in your pocket.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Get Schooled at iTunes!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

"Northwestern University will be launching its iTunes U site on February 17. The site will feature over 250 pieces of audio and video content, including news programs, performances, lectures, events, and content produced for the Big Ten Network."

Apple has a pretty impressive list of providers for this section of iTunes, with a library of over 100,000 audio and video files. This is one of my favorite parts of the iTunes store, and I enjoy browsing and being surprised at the content that is made available. And it's not just a one way street, as Apple also provides information on how "your" university can become part of the free iPhone Developer University Program and teach students how to program applications for the iPhone/iPod Touch.

Money Can Be Made on the App Store

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"Apple's iPhone application store is as crowded as a Beyonce concert, with more than 20,000 apps available. But one independent developer still managed to rake in $600,000 in a single month with a single iPhone game. Ethan Nicholas, developer of a tank artillery game called iShoot, told he quit his job the day his app rose to No. 1 in the App Store, earning him $37,000 in a single day. "I'm not going to be a millionaire in the next month, but I'd be shocked if it didn't happen at the end of the year," he said in a phone interview. "If it weren't for taxes I would be a millionaire right now.""

Money can be made in the App Store. Bottom line. I know that it's all in vogue today to rail against the evil app store and how hard it is to make money there, and I know lots of developers who can't sell their apps for $60 and survive are all upset, but the reality is money is there to be made.

Spreadsheet Editing on the iPhone Available in Google Docs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"A while back we noted that Google had optimized the Google Docs services for viewing on the iPhone (and other mobile devices). It's taken a while, but now it's been announced that some basic editing is possible from the iPhone as well."

This may come in handy on the fly when you get some updated info and need to adjust the spreadsheet, but from what I've read, it isn't the easiest way to make changes. It is still best done on either your desktop or laptop, but at least this is a good start towards mobile functionality.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Combatting Pirates in the High Seas of the App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Last week, the iPhone cracking app-cracking tool, Crackulous, was released, igniting discussions amongst developers and users over App Store security, piracy and how to combat these threats within the confines of Apple's walled-garden. Because of the iPhone SDK, and Apple's Terms of Service for letting apps into the App Store, individual developers are severely limited in what they can actually do, code-wise, to address the issue."

I didn't realize pirating was such an issue at the iTunes App Store until I read this article. Some of the developers are reporting figures such as low as 20% legitimate users. This software from Ripdev works within the constraints of the SDK (they say) so it doesn't violate any of Apple's policies, by creating another shell a "pirate" would have to break through in order to get the application to work. Pricing seems kind of steep, setup fee of US $100 for apps costing less than US $9.99 and US $300 for apps costing more than US $9.99. And they charge a royalty based on number of sales after the initial setup fee is charged. Not sure how many developers are going to be interested in this, but if you do any kind of volume, this might actually keep more of the money in your hands.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

iPod Touch a Big Mobile Internet Success

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 02:00 PM

"On the day I give up on my iPhone and trade it in for the iPod Touch, AdMob, a mobile advertising startup released its report that shows a big uptick in the mobile Internet usage via WiFi in the month of January 2009. According to AdMob, Apple devices generated 28% more requests (1.2 billion) in January versus December 2008. The iPod touch growth outpaced iPhone growth and now represents 40% of Apple requests, up from 20% in September 2008."

Wow. Nice numbers for a media player!

I imagine a lot of people take the Ryan Block route and keep an iPod Touch on the coffee table as a web tablet. It's one heck of a device and an excellent compromise for those not wanting to commit to an iPhone or AT&T.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Read a Book, No App Required!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 02:00 PM

"Despite the fact that the App Store is capturing everybody's attention, old-school (as in, about 8 months ago) mobile web apps are still worth checking out, too -- Andy Ihnatko reports that Google has put their Google Book Search web app in iPhone form, and the result is awesome: 1.5 million public-domain texts in a well-coded and clean reader all for completely free."

If I was in a bind and wanted to read something from the public domain, this would be just the ticket. No subscription or app required and it works pretty well. It doesn't compete with my Kindle, but if all I had was my iPhone or iPod Touch and wanted to get in a quick read, I'd head on over to and do some browsing.

Mobile Banking and iPhone a Pretty Good Match

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"You may not want to learn how much smaller your bank account has gotten. But banks are making it easier than ever for consumers to access account information on their mobile devices."

Bank of America and Chase are a couple banks that have specific apps for free in the iTunes store, but even those without apps are getting into the mobile banking scene. I use Wells Fargo as well as Washington Mutual (yes they are both still in business) and both have mobile interfaces with custom icons that work very well with the iPhone. They make it very easy to transfer funds and check balances among other things; much more usable than using SMS to get information. The iPhone, for me, has become very indispensable when it comes to my banking needs.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

iPhone Users Got Game!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

"New data from ComScore showing that 32.4% iPhone owners have downloaded at least one game - compared with only 3.8% for the average cell phone owner - sparked some fresh analysis of the booming iPhone (and iPod touch) game market."

Photo Credit: Apple

I've never been a huge fan of playing games on the iPhone, but I admit I do fall into the mix with the other 32.4% of iPhone users that have downloaded at least one game (most of my gaming is done on my Xbox 360). The stats do speak for themselves however, and it appears that the iPhone/iPod Touch is leading the charge in mobile gaming.

iPhone 2.2.1 Firmware Problems Reported

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Drip, drip, drip. It seems like a lot of people are getting very s l o o o w backups when syncing their iPhones again."

I haven't experienced this problem on a regular basis, although my first backup was very slow after I updated my iPhone to version 2.2.1. It appears there is some discussion on the Apple boards about it, even more about the update causing some problems with iTunes. I haven't read anything about a fix so far, other than some guesswork as to the cause being related to DRM music.

Task Syncing for iPhone from Google

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"While Apple still seems stubbornly set against allowing iPhone users to get things done, since they haven't introduced any kind of note or to-do syncing for the iPhone, Google appears eager to scratch the itch."

When I first read about this, my first thought was that I wish it was something that I didn't have to be online to use. However, after using it on the slow edge network, I have to admit it works pretty well. If you save it to your iPhone they have even provided a handy icon and, as a bonus, it also works with Mailplane. I do wish there was a way to share the list between Gmail accounts but maybe in the next version.

Monday, February 2, 2009

It's Showtime!

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 02:00 PM

"If you’re the type that loves to show off pictures (or even video) to everyone you meet, you’re going to love this new iPod/iPhone accessory from Scosche. I don’t usually go around showing of dozens of pictures on my iPhone to friends and family, but if I did, I might look into one of these showTIME adapters. This cable is pretty simple and straight-forward. Just plug one end into your iPhone or iPod and the other goes into the RCA inputs on a TV. You can then control a slideshow of your favorite pics, or even show off a video or two if you like."

This is a great find by OhGizmo and another reason to love my iPhone. I know it isn't the first device to have TV out, and I know the quality won't be the best ever, but when traveling, hooking my iPod up to a hotel TV was something I used to do quite regularly. This should be just as useful as that old retractable cable was years ago!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

VUDU App for iPhone/iPod Touch Released

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

"Streaming video pioneer VUDU released an iPhone app this week that allows users to rent or buy a movie remotely."

Have a VUDU Box? So busy that you can't wait for the movie to download once you get home? Well this app is for you! To be honest, if I had a VUDU box I would probably use this app, just because I could.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Apple Awarded Patent for Touch Interface

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"Apple last week was awarded a monstrous 358-page patent covering the touch screen, graphical user interface, and methods that combine to define the iPhone user experience."

This patent was awarded last Tuesday and names several executives, including Steve Jobs, in the filing that covers pretty much everything about the iphone and how it operates. This is interesting in light of the comments Tim Cook made about defending the product, and appears to give them a foothold to backup the challenge. Couple interesting notes about the patent, it mentions a "blogging application" and a "digital video camera application."

Monday, January 26, 2009

Peggle for iPhone Coming in March

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 02:00 PM

"We actually heard this last year, straight from Apple, but here's confirmation: PopCap Games has told our sister site Joystiq that Peggle, the distractingly cute-looking yet extremely addictive puzzle shooter, is coming to the iPhone in March of this year. If you've played Peggle (or any of PopCap's games, really) you'll know why this is so exciting, and if you haven't yet played it, you'll be in for a treat."

Peggle was the first game I bought for my iPod that I looked forward to playing and didn't just play as a distraction to kill time, and to me, being able to play it on the iPhone is something I've been anxiously awaiting since the App Store opened in July of last year. I can wait until March. I've already waited since I got my first iPhone on launch day, so what's a few more months? Anyone else a big Peggle fan and looking forward to this one as much as I am?

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