Apple’s streaming device, Apple TV, added a handful of new partners this week. The new apps include, notably, Watch ABC and Bloomberg TV, as well as Crackle, which provides movies and TV shows, and KORTV, a Korean station offering free and premium paid content. Read more
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Apple rolled out a “12 Days of Gifts” app Monday that will offer free content during the holidays. A similar offer was available to other countries in the past, but now the U.S. can partake, too.
The content will be available from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6. “Gifts” will vary from songs, apps, books, movies and other items. Each day’s gift will only be available for 24 hours and may not be available in all countries, Apple said. Read more
Apple is offering a free, eight-song holiday playlist through its Apple Store app. The “Holiday Cheer” free playlist offer expires just before the new year on Dec. 31, though Apple warns it is “subject to availability.”
If you haven’t already downloaded the Apple Store app, do that first. Then scroll down the list until you see “Holiday” with a red icon. After you choose to download it, Apple sends you a redemption code to get the eight songs for free. Then click on the redemption code and your downloads should start. It’s a slightly convoluted process for Apple. Read more
Apple’s iPhones are notoriously expensive compared to Android models, but is there any consolation for Americans, who are also paying the lowest rate of $707.41 USD? For comparison, the costliest iPhones are in Jordan at a whopping $1091.01 USD. That’s a rather large margin of $516.40 USD.
Even when compared to national GDP, the US is 4th on the list at 1.3682% while India’s price is 22.32%. So while the US is paying the lowest price, Quatar, with its GDP of $100,889 has higher buying power and therefore, is paying less. Read more
This year is expected to be another incredible growth year for tablet sales, but research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has issued a word of caution for the coming years.
About 221.3 million tablets are expected to ship around the world by the end of the year, according to IDC. The company revised that forecast down about 3 percent from its previous estimate of 227.4 million. Yet, those sales still represent a more than 50 percent increase from last year. Read more
With 200 million users on iOS7, it’s hard to ignore the importance of app optimization for the new Apple operating system. When comparing user feedback, those apps not optimized for iOS 7 tends to be significantly lower in rating for users on iOS7 than on previous iOS operating systems.
Just how significant are the differences? When comparing Whatsapp and Skype, both apps lost over 1 star when users mentioned iOS 7. That’s a significant difference when so many apps are vying for mobile users. Having higher user ratings makes discoverability more likely, especially for minor apps. If you’re still not convinced, check out this infographic for more details on why and how you should optimize your app. Read more
Apple’s Jony Ive and Marc Newsome along with Bono managed to raise nearly $13 million in curated and designed goods at the 2013 Red Auction – a benefit event for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
Among the items sold was this nearly tawdry Rose Gold Earbud earphones that sold for $461K - way over its estimated value of $20K-$50K. The highest priced item was a special desk made of anodised aluminum which sold for $1,685,000 and a Red Mac Pro for $977,000. Read more
This cute video is sure to make Android users chuckle – it’s a robot tale with iDiots, a robot’s version of iPhones filled with Grumpy Cat, Nyan cat, and all of the other necessary internets. The video was created by BLR, or Big Lazy Robots, a visual effects company that has a lot of serious affection for robots. They made the film using Japanese model robots from kits.
It’s not a secret we love robots here at BLR, so we wanted them to be the heroes in our latest promo clip. Luxury cars with powerful engines to drive through roads under severe speed restrictions, cable TV that allows us to pay to watch all kind of sports, all from our comfortable sofa, and of course, hyper expensive cell phones that do almost everything but making a decent phone call. Read more
Facebook released an update to its Messenger app that allows you to reach anyone using the app whose number you have, not just your existing Facebook friends.
The update lets individuals text their contacts from within the app, rather than switching to Facebook, their phone’s SMS client, or any other chat app. For those still paying per text, it could be a real money saver. Of course, not everyone has signed up for Messenger, so it may depend how popular Messenger is with an individual’s group of friends and family whether it’s relevant.
A fresh design, more speed, swipe navigation, and icons showing who among your contacts is on Messenger and active round out the update. Read more
Common sense will tell you that coupon apps are tracking you, the NSA is tracking you, Google maps is certainly tracking you, but did you know shops like Nordstrom and American Apparel are also doing the same? It’s called indoor positioning and it’s easier than ever with the help of Apple’s iBeacon and technology like WiFi-triangulation.
In stores with video cameras, footage is used to analyze shoppers, but technology can create a whole pattern of behavior that would take an individual much longer to calculate. Prior to iBeacon, retailers were studying shoppers behaviors through a wide range of methods from sound waves to magnetic fields. Read more
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