Games running on Apple's iOS are starting to match prime-time television shows in overall consumption, a new study from Flurry Analytics claims.
According to the research company, 19 million people currently spend an average of 22 minutes each day playing iOS games, or accessing social networks on their iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. That total number of users easily eclipses viewership of Sunday Night Football games, "Undercover Boss," and other top shows. It's also just 4 million viewers shy of top show "American Idol."
That said, Flurry's numbers could be quite low, compared … Read more
We've shown you the Windows Phone 7 hardware, but now it's time to look at some of the software behind Microsoft's launch of its new, bolder, braver operating system for mobile phones. (We list apps after the jump.)
Why are these apps significant? Two reasons. The first is that Microsoft has wiped the slate clean with Windows Phone 7, adding hardware and software specifications that require application developers to start from scratch. Without any backward compatibility for Windows Mobile 6.5 apps, the new WP7 Marketplace will need to fill up with apps in order to compete--and fast. A slim and saggy App Catalog is one factor that contributed to the rapid decline of Palm's WebOS phones.
The second reason we're keeping our eye on third-party apps is because Microsoft's Zune-like interface is brand new for mobile, and how each developer programs its apps within the design framework will have an effect on usability--and ultimately on how well users connect to their Windows Phone 7 smartphone.
We'll refresh the list of what we know is on its way, and we'll keep updating this article throughout the day as more news comes in. Feel free to e-mail me with additional tips, and add your thoughts to the comments below.… Read more
At the final keynote of the CTIA 2010 in San Francisco, Ford Motor Company's Group Vice President of Global Product Development Derrick Kuzak announced that the automaker is releasing a software development kit (SDK) for its AppLink platform for Sync. AppLink is a collection of protocols and commands that allow Ford's extensive Sync voice command system to recognize, interface with, and take control of applications on a user's connected smartphone.
We've already seen AppLink in action when Ford demonstrated the service in the 2011 Ford Fiesta a few months ago; however with the release of the … Read more
More than $100,000 worth of checks got deposited through PayPal's mobile check-capture service in its first 36 hours, the company announced.
"We knew that this would be popular, but we had no idea how much pent up demand there was...," a PayPal spokeswoman wrote on the company's blog yesterday.
PayPal's iPhone app, which was updated with the new feature on Wednesday, lets people take a picture of a check and have that amount deposited into their PayPal account at no charge. The service requires people to hold onto checks for 15 days to allow … Read more
Swinging your iPhone around without a wrist strap sounds like a really bad idea, but if you're brave enough, there's a new app called iSlice Golf that promises to reward your efforts with a better golf swing.
The app, which currently runs for $2.99, was developed by ASC Software in conjunction with PGA golf pro Duncan Kegg, and serves up how-to lessons with instructional videos and audio feedback. To detect what you're doing, it makes use of the iPhone's accelerometer; users hold their phones just like a golf club, and get feedback on their angles … Read more
There may be no jet packs yet, but we are very much living in the future. Proof enough of that is PayPal's latest addition to its iPhone app, which brings with it the capability to snap a photo of a check and have it be deposited to your PayPal account free of charge.
Sure, this is something that customers of Chase and USAA have been able to do with each company's respective iPhone applications for months now, but this is PayPal. Why is that important? It means if you've connected your PayPal account to another bank that … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--PacketVideo, creator of an interconnected multimedia streaming suite dubbed TwonkyMedia, will officially push out its mobile complement at the end CTIA's Fall 2010 conference on Friday, but that didn't stop the company from showing off the app at a swanky cocktail party in a SOMA loft a bit ahead of schedule.
Twonky Mobile is rather aptly described by the diagram at right, which we swiped off the Twonky Web site. In layman's terms, the app turns any Android phone into a really fancy universal remote for just about any networked media device on the market today, … Read more
As has been stated a thousand times over, there's an app for practically any purpose you could dream of. Some in particular suffer from a glut of apps, and shopping is one of those. With such a wide array to choose from, sorting out which ones are truly useful can be a special kind of challenge. This is why we've taken a rather picky stance in our CTIA wanderings, but a neat little app called Aisle411 managed to catch my eye.
Aisle411 is a feature-packed and user-friendly app aimed at helping you navigate large retail locations, such as … Read more
Wolfram Alpha is now available on Android-based devices, the company said today.
Dubbed the Wolfram Alpha App for Android, the program offers the same computational functionality available on the service's Web site. According to Wolfram Alpha, its computational engine features "over 10 trillion data elements" and "tens of thousands" of computational models.
The app allows for text or voice input. The company said that people can search for data in a slew of fields including math, science, engineering, and sports. The app is available only to devices running Android OS 1.6 or higher. It … Read more