Less than 3 years after its celebrated opening, despite pointed punditry and challenging growing pains, Apple’s App Store is about to claim 10 billion App downloads. To celebrate, as they did when iTunes reached 10 billion downloads, Apple is giving away a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the person that purchases the 10 billionth download.
“As of today, nearly 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store worldwide. Which is almost as amazing as the apps themselves. So we want to say thanks. Download the 10 billionth app, and you could win a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. Just visit the App Store, and download what could be your best app yet.”
Historians will note that the iTunes Store took about 8 years to achieve the 10 billion downloads milestone. Considering the plethora of iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) it is easy to see how the App Store has achieved such great success in such a small amount of time.
As I write this article, the App Store is getting about 1,000 downloads every couple seconds, according to Apple’s counter (currently running at about 9.77 billion). If you’re a mathematical genius, you might be able to calculate when you should start scooping up every free App in the App Store.
Looking back on your contribution to 10 billion Apps in 3 years, what’s your favorite iOS App? Let me know in the comments and good luck!
Apple removed several Wi-Fi apps commonly referred to as stumblers, or apps that seek out available Wi-Fi networks near your location. According to a story on Cult of Mac, apps removed by Apple include WiFi-Where, WiFiFoFum, and yFy Network Finder.
What is the reasoning behind Apple’s latest move to remove Wi-Fi finding apps? Well no explanation was provided whatsoever. People who purchased Wi-Fi finding apps found that iTunes forcefully removed those apps from their iPhones/iPod Touches without their knowledge. Will customers get a refund for those paid apps? Nobody knows. This kind of bonehead move by Apple will only create backlash amongst its followers and competition should capitalize on this latest fiasco.
Just when we thought we have seen it all. The RedEye mini has released a device that can turn your iPhone/iTouch/iPad into a Universal Remote. With a plug-in Infrared (IR) adapter enabling your iPhone/iTouch/iPad to beam out Remote like IR commands. You can control your TV, AV receiver, Blue-ray DVD player, and more with a simple plug-in IR adapter. The app that comes with the plug-in IR adapter allows users to customize the way they control their equipment, with full multitouch and accelerometer support complementing the ability to add (soft) macro buttons. This wont even leave a hole in your pocket. ThinkFlood plans to sell the RedEye Mini for $49.99 this spring but has given no specific details about the release date.
ThinkFlood: Press Release
Introducing RedEye mini: the second product in ThinkFlood’s RedEye line of universal remote control products for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
RedEye mini is a portable way to turn any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a universal remote and free TV guide.
RedEye mini users can easily control TVs, DVRs, stereos, etc., whether they are at home or on the go. RedEye mini offers features and functionality previously available only in remotes costing several times as much.
Why choose RedEye mini
· It’s the most affordable ($49) and robust universal remote accessory for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
· Instead of having one remote for every device – or even an oversized universal remote with too many buttons – RedEye mini customers only need to handle an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad (okay, well the iPad’s not that small…)
· Unlike other iPhone remote solutions, RedEye mini plugs into the headphone jack, which frees up the 30-pin dock connector for charging while while the remote is in use. RedEye mini users will never be without a remote when device battery is low. Also, iPhone users won’t have to flip their phones upside-down to use the remote.
· Robust database of manufacturer-supplied infrared codes for easy set up. Users can also use the learning module to quickly train their RedEye mini remote with commands from existing device remotes.
· Free integrated electronic program guide (AKA channel guide) that lets the user access program and channel information without interrupting what’s happening on the TV screen.
· Ability to control a virtually unlimited number of devices and can store a virtually unlimited number of commands.
· RedEye offers activity-based control, meaning users can program RedEye to execute a series of commands with only one touch (macros). Additionally, only the buttons appropriate to the activity in use (like watch TV, listen to music, watch DVD) appear on the screen.
· RedEye mini users can customize the way they control their equipment with touchscreen buttons, Apple’s Multi-Touch gestures, and accelerometer controls. For example swiping two fingers down the screen can reduce volume and flicking the iPhone forward can change the channel.
RedEye mini will be available this spring through the ThinkFlood website, which is already shipping the first RedEye product to 47 countries, as well as through participating dealers and retailers.
· Includes: RedEye mini (plug-in infrared adapter)
o iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch or iPad with iPhone OS 3.2
o RedEye app, a free download from iTunes/App Store
· Supports: virtually all home entertainment devices with infrared capabilities
VIA | ThinkFlood
Its the big news from Apple that we all have been waiting for. Apple today announced iPad a combination of iPhone and MacBook. This is the far most bestest thing Apple has come out with next to iPhone/iTouch in my opinion. You can find all the info you want about Apple’s iPad at its Website.
Screen and Dimensions
LED-backlit, IPS Display. 9.7 inches.
iPad User Interface
Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip. Built-in 25Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery. Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music. Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system. 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive. I figure it would be a flash drive because thats what iPhone/iTouch has.
- Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
Wi-Fi + 3G model
- UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
- GSM/EDGE (850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz)
- Data only2
- Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
Price and Availability
Apple has given us two options. One, you can buy iPad with only Wi-Fi built in. Second, you can buy iPad which has Wi-Fi and 3G built-in. I would prefer Wi-Fi and 3G built-in iPad for the long run. Apple has declared that 3G data plan sold separately. 3G is not required if you buy Wi-Fi and 3G iPad. AT&T is exclusively providing the 3G service, at $14.99 for 250 MB per month and $29.99 for unlimited data. iPads without 3G will arrive in 60 days, and iPads with 3G are coming in 90 days.
Wi-Fi iPad cost: 16GB- $499, 32GB- $599, 64GB- $699
Wi-Fi & 3G iPad cost: 16GB- $629, 32GB- $729, 64GB- $829
More details on Apple’s iPad head on over to Apples website iPad.