Less than two weeks ago, Apple announced that the 50 billionth download was imminent. To celebrate, the company held another contest by which the lucky person to download the 50 billionth app would receive a $10,000 gift card to the App Store. Last night, the contested ended and the winner was announced.
When iOS 6 launched, some of us immediately downloaded the new update in anticipation of many of the new features, one of them being Apple’s Maps app. Of course, hindsight is 20/20 and we now know that Google Maps is the superior service. Lucky for iPhone users, Google graciously gave them an app that would help them get from one place to another without getting lost.
However, iPad users were left unattended and either have to use the Web-based version or risk it all using Apple’s mapping service. Yesterday, Google showed off a bunch of new features coming with its next Maps update. One of the best announcements of the day is that Google Maps is finally coming to the iPad.
Welcome back to another edition of Sound Stage. Every week, we talk about music. Not just bands we like or our favorite albums, but instruments, compatible music devices, apps, and accessories that we think musicians and fans of music will like. Last week, we told you about SmartMusic. This cloud-based learning app is the perfect companion for music teachers who want to share sheet music with students who can actually practice along with the app.
This week, we found an awesome synthesizer app that lets you create layers of sounds using module components, just like you would if you were connecting synth instruments in real life.
Yesterday was a big day for Google. After much anticipation, the company launched its unifying messaging service, Hangouts. This new chat client is not a mobile messenger for Google +. It is a replacement app for all of your Google-related social networking accounts.
Hangouts lets you keep track of conversations, no matter what device you are using. If you start a conversation on your desktop and finish it on your iPhone, you messages sync across devices so that you won’t lose track of who said what. Read More »
When Epic Games launched the Unreal Engine development kit for iOS, the world was floored at the advanced graphics capabilities. The software is used in such games as the Infinity Blade series, Dungeon Defender, and Unmechanical. Although EA Games has used the Unreal Engine in some of its titles, one of the company’s software development departments just announced the creation of a mobile engine called Frostbite Go that is expected to perform on the same playing field as Unreal Engine.
More than a year ago Apple, along with five major book publishers, were investigated for what the U.S. Department of Justice called collusion over price-fixing of e-books. By February of 2013, all of the book publishers fell under the weight of the lawsuit and agreed to settle their case, leaving Apple alone in the fight against the accusations. Today, The New York Times is reporting that the DOJ is treating the iPad maker as the mastermind behind the entire price-fixing scheme.
Here we are again at another installment of or DIY Project spotlight. Each week, we look for interesting projects that can be made by you using some simple instructions and easy-to-find supplies. Last week, we told you about some cardboard crafting iPad cases. Mine came in the mail yesterday. Now, I just need an idea for what to glue on them.
This week, we found a very easy iPad case that requires just a bit of sewing skill. Oh So Lovely Vintage has a sweet DIY case tutorial that will make you the envy of the cocktail party.
Yesterday, BlackBerry (Formerly Research In Motion) held a conference where the company’s CEO announced that its popular messaging service, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), would soon be available on Android and iOS. BlackBerry’s foray into the App Store means that all major mobile competitors of Apple now offer apps for iOS.
Finnish gaming juggernaut Rovio plans to launch Rovio Stars, which will expand its brand to include games created by third-party developers. The company hopes to help smaller devs market their games, as they also please fans, and build their well-regarded brand.
On April 23, The Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, with the help of online charity marketing firm CharityBuzz, launched an auction for coffee with Apple’s CEO. The coffee date had an estimated value of $50,000. Today, the auction ended after 86 bids and the winner donated $610,000 for the get-together.