If iTunes were a Separate Business, It would be On Fortune 500’s List Thanks to App Store

Asymco iTunes revenue by categoryFinancial analysis firm Asymco recently released data on sales of Apple’s iTunes, Software, and services for the first quarter of 2014. You may recall in the most recent quarterly earnings call, CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer announced that the company posted revenue of $57.6 billion in 1Q14. Asymco used official information on hand to make some comparisons and found that Apple’s App Store is growing exponentially and the company’s app and service revenue pushed the company to a record-breaking quarter.

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New Hints About Apple’s Next Platform

iWatch Mockup Via Dribble.com

iWatch Mockup Via Dribble.com

From the second half of 2013 and on, Apple has been battling with tech writers and financial analysts about its current line of products. Critics have accused the iPad maker of not creating any new products for a few years and not being innovative enough. Apple CEO Time Cook noted in multiple quarterly earnings calls that the company would be launching new products throughout 2014. Although no official information has been announced as to what products or whether they would be considered new categories, it is clear that Apple is trying to get on top of speculation that the company’s creativity has dried up.

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Exclusive Interview Reveals Flappy Bird Creator Regretted What the Game Had Become

Flappy BirdThe Flappy Bird saga continues. Last week, it was revealed that the unassuming little casual game was raking in more than a million dollars per month in advertisement revenue for creator Dong Nguyen and his game company dotGears. Within days of that announcement, Nguyen tweeted that he couldn’t “take it anymore” and pulled the game from the App Store. Nguyen may not have been making money off of the game anymore, but a lot of other people were.

Business Insider weeded through more than 1,000 tweets from Nguyen to try to figure out why the indie game developer would pull a game that was so profitable. Today, Forbes published an exclusive interview with the quiet, yet emotional programmer that revealed a bit about his current state of mind and his true feelings about Flappy Bird.

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Whole Foods to Use Square iPad Cash Registers to Speedup Checkout

Whole Foods MarketA few years ago, my local grocery chain remodeled three checkout lanes. They were turned into six self-checkout stations. Now, on any given day, there will be more people standing in line waiting for a self-checkout station than there are people being processed through the traditional checkout lanes. It isn’t particularly efficient. The computers have glitches, you can’t pay for alcohol at self-checkout, and if you set your item down incorrectly in the bag, all hell breaks loose.

What the store really needs is a couple of iPads and some friendly checkers who know how to use them.

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Give Your Sweetheart the Gift of UE’s ‘BOOM’ this Valentine’s Day – Hands on Review

UE BOOM 1Almost exactly a year ago, we spotlighted a portable Bluetooth speaker from Logitech’s sister company, Ultimate Ears. The UE Boom started as a social music experiment to see what music means in a social environment. Today, the experiment continues with the newest feature of the best speaker in its class. The UE BOOM can now be customized with a special audio recording.

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New Medical Study Shows iPad Can Cause Motion Sickness

motion sicknessShortly after Apple launched iOS 7, word got around that the parallax feature and new way that things are animated were causing some pretty severe motion sickness. Some even complained of missing work due to sickness, headaches, and nausea. We tried to help out with a few suggestions for those suffering from nausea by turning on the “Reduce Motion” feature in Accessibilities, plus a few more suggestions. However, they were not a cure-all by any means.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 9 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 9 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 9 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 2 productivity / entertainment apps and 7 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 80% off, a couple are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Check out all the sale apps after the break »

New ‘Play Nice’ Brings Fresh Approach to IAP


Have you ever avoided downloading an app because of in-app purchases? Every time I see a ‘free’ app in the App Store I make sure to check if any content requires an IAP and I often skip apps that look pricey in the long run. It seems that developers are pushing the concept of IAPs by making it easy to spend a lot of money to keep gameplay alive.

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‘Ken Burns’ iPad App Lets You Explore American History Through a Different Lens

Ken Burns 3Ken Burns may be the most popular documentary maker in the U.S., at least when it comes to history. The award-wining filmmaker is best known for his in-depth narratives of the Civil War, National Parks, and Major League baseball. Today, the man behind the camera launched an iPad app that takes an entirely new look at American history by watching playlists that include coverage of eras that Burns has investigated throughout his career with Ken Burns.

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iPhone With ‘Flappy Bird’ Installed Listed at $100K on eBay, Others Selling for Thousands

iPhone flappy birds installed on ebayThis story just keeps getting weirder. Last week, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen told The Verge his free-to-play game was generating $50,000 per day in advertisement revenue. Then, over the weekend, Nguyen decided the quarter-of-a-million dollars per week wasn’t worth the attention he and his game were getting. Now, it seems that users who managed to download the game before it was pulled from the App Store are making a killing off of selling the app, device included, at excessive prices.

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