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Archives: April 2012

Angry Birds Space Hits 50 Million Downloads

The latest addition to Rovio’s popular series of games has just set a new record. It’s been just over a month since Angry Birds Space launched and the furious avians have aready wracked up 50 million downloads. This far exceeds Rovio’s previous records and this is probably the fastest growing mobile game yet. This particular installment is a space-based reinvention of the concept which discards much of the techniques you might have developed for the earlier apps. That makes the game a unique challenge.

 

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Rent An Apartment With New Zillow Android App

Real estate website Zillow has released a new app to help Android users find apartment rentals, the company’s first app dedicated to rentals. The app includes Zillow’s “Zestimates,” the sites trademark estimates of the cost of rentals on properties across the country.

The app lets apartment hunters look for a place to live by drawing boundaries around neighborhoods, and select their price range. Once they have searched, the app lets users compare listings in a side-by-side search results page, and then call or email landlords directly.

Jeremy Wacksman, vice president of consumer marketing and mobile at Zillow, stated: “Renters shop differently from buyers and look at many homes quickly, in specific locations, in a short amount of time. The Zillow Rentals for Android App was created specifically to address their needs by organizing listings in an easily-accessible way and allowing them to shop for the right home on location, in the neighborhood where they want to live.”

GiddyUp is Your On-The-Go Party Organizer

Have yo ever tried to organize your next event while on the way to your current one? It’s not easy to arrange by email, twitter, or Facebook while mobile, and GiddyUp can help with that.

This app is available free for iOS and Android. Simply create an event, invite people from your address book, and then GiddyUp will send them a text message. The app will track RSVPs, share notes between attendees, and it even includes a built-in group chat.

You can also share events on Facebook or Twitter and you can even save them to your calendar. Read more

How To Add an iPad or iPhone Keyboard Shortcut

Do you get frustrated typing the same long words, email addresses or difficult names in your iPhone or iPad?

You should add a shortcut to speed up your typing and make your life easier. Below, we’ve listed the simple steps to add a typing shortcut on an iPhone or iPad. Do you have a favorite typing shortcut?

1. Click on the settings on your iPad or iPhone. Click on the “General” tab. Then click the “Keyboard” tab toward the bottom of the menu (see the image embedded above for a visual).

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Logos Quiz Game Is the Top Free App of the Week

Logos Quiz Game is the bestselling free iOS app for the week, according to research from AppData. The app lets users test their knowledge of brands by guessing the names of hundreds of logos from different companies

Below, we’ve listed the top free iOS apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

To prepare for Mediabistro’s upcoming Publishing App Summit on December 4, 2012, we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

LinkedIn iPad App Connects Calendar To Contacts

The professional social networking site LinkedIn has launched an iPad app. The app, which is designed for the iPad’s retina display, is designed to be the first place for professionals to check in during the day to read news and see what is going on with their industry.

The LinkedIn blog has more: ” Imagine having one place where you can get all the info you need about who you’re meeting with that day, trending and timely news that is impacting your industry, who’s changed jobs and what your coworkers are sharing, liking, and commenting on. We’ve pulled all this for you, all in one place.”

It comes with tons of cool features. One cool feature is the ability to sync your iPad’s calendar so that when you have a meeting coming up with someone, their LinkedIn data will show up on your calendar, a great way to get the full background on who you’ll be meeting with. Read more

Draw Something Now Available For The Kindle Fire

The hot new Android app Draw Something was released in the Amazon Appstore today.

If you haven’t used this app yet (I have not), let me sum it up for you. It’s a drawing app, obviously, and it has a lot of line, brush, and color options (which cost extra). The app even includes over 2 thousand suggestion subjects, just in case you get stumped. But it also does a lot more.

Have you ever played Pictionary or charades? That’s what this app does, and it even lets you play over the web with other users. You can play against your friends from Facebook or Twitter or the app can connect you at random to another player.

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New iPhone to Get Self Destruct Feature

The iPhone will lock down your phone if someone enters 3 wrong passcodes, and you can even wipe all your data remotely. But if that’s not secure enough, you might want to consider waiting for the new iPhone. The developers at Aatma Studios have come up with a new idea for securing a phone. It works under the theory of “If I cannot have it, no one can”. This is just a concept, but it’s still cool.

New Nook App For Windows 8, Part Of B&N Microsoft Partnership

Barnes & Noble has released its Nook eReader app for Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform.

The app is part of news that the two companies have formed a strategic partnership, creating a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary focused on digital content. The new subsidiary, which is being referred to as “Newco”, brings Barnes & Noble’s digital and college businesses into one business unit. Microsoft will invest $300 million in the company in exchange for an approximately 17.6% equity stake. Barnes & Noble will own the rest.

William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble, stated: “The formation of Newco and our relationship with Microsoft are important parts of our strategy to capitalize on the rapid growth of the NOOK business, and to solidify our position as a leader in the exploding market for digital content in the consumer and education segments.”

Samuel L. Jackson, Siri & Google Drive: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular AppNewser headlines of the week, including our blog’s new expansion, free apps and why the social gaming industry needs writers.

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1. How Fast Do You Read?
2. Paper by FiftyThree: iPad App Toolbox for Writers
3. This is What Would Happen if Samuel L. Jackson Met Siri
4. What Is an App?
5. Why the Social Game Industry Needs Writers
6. eBooks & eBook Apps to Dominate Tablet Downloads by 2016
7. Google Drive Now Live
8. How to Make a Free 3D Spin Photograph
9. A Wave Of New Apps Help Parents Track Baby Behavior
10. Free Apps of the Week

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