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Archives: May 2012

Are You Depressed, Bipolar, Anxious? This App Can Tell You For Sure

If you are feeling down and think you may be suffering from a mental illness, WhatsMyM3, by M-3 Information, is an app that helps you test your mental well being.

Available for iOS and Android, the $2.99 app is cheaper than visiting a professional (through they do recommend that if you test positive for a mental disorder, that you seek real world help). The app asks questions like, “Over the last two weeks or more, have you noticed the following: Nothing seems to give me much pleasure.”

Here is what the app has to offer: “WhatsMyM3 is based on a research validated screen that in 3 minutes assesses your risk of depression, bipolar and anxiety and PTSD. After completing the short checklist you receive a personalized confidential report sharing how much burden these symptoms may be causing you. Please reach out to a professional or go directly to the emergency room should you feel a need for help.” (Via USA Today).

TabTimes Launches an iPad App

While there are many gadget and Android blogs that cover tablets from a consumer perspective, there are considerably fewer that focus on what a business might need to know. This is great news for TabTimes, who just launched their iPad app today. Read more

Facebook Stock Price Points to Mobile Problem

Facebook stock opened at $28.69 a share this morning, down 24 percent compared to its original IPO price.

A CNET essay about the stock tumble pointed to a larger issue facing all media companies: mobile devices and apps aren’t the solution for media companies, they are the problem. As companies struggle to deal with our changing Internet habits, we all need to worry about these trends.  Check it out:

Facebook is hardly the only site with a mobile problem. Every site on the Web has a mobile problem … Global mobile data traffic more than doubled in 2011, for the fourth year in a row. Compared with all that growth, mobile ad spending is still small, and even though it’s projected to more than double in 2012 to $11.6 billion, according to Strategy Analytics, advertisers will still spend nearly four times as much on online advertising. Simply put: the world is going mobile, it’s hard to make money on mobile, and no one is feeling that more painfully than Facebook.

OverDrive Releases eBook Reading Platform

Digital book distributor OverDrive has announced plans for a new browser-based digital reading platform called OverDrive Read. The platform, which is based in HTML5 and EPUB, allows readers to read eBooks without having to install an app. Instead readers can access the books using a web browser while on or offline.

Here is more from the press release: “OverDrive Read creates a URL for each title where preview, review copies, browsing and sampling can be widely and easily promoted.  OverDrive Read supports both online and offline reading with configurable, industry-approved copyright protection for eBooks.”

The company, which distributes eBooks to libraries and schools, said that the platform would launch later this year, and that they will be doing demos at BEA. Follow this link to check out a demo of the interface.

Facebook Is Top Free Android App

Facebook for Android the bestselling free Android app for the week, according to research from Google Play. The app went up the charts from No. 3 last week, beating out Google Street View, which has held the No. 1 spot for a few weeks now. Pandora also shot up the list this week to No. 3 from No. 10 last week.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

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

Flipboard for Android to Get Beta Release Soon

Many readers have been eagerly waiting for Flipboard’s news aggregator reading app to show up on Android and it looks like they’ll have to wait a little longer.

While this app may have shipped Samsung Galaxy SIII, Flipboard has been holding off on releasing the app to the rest of the Android world. I had thought that Flipboard was delaying because Samsung had paid for an exclusive, but it turns out that there is a technical reason.

Engadget has learned that this app is coming soon and that the delay is due to the many different Android devices on the market. Flipboard is quite the polished app on the iPad, and the developers want to offer the same quality on Android. The initial release well be under a beta label (so it will keep expectations in check). Users will have the option of submitting bug reports to help fix the many quirks  that are going to appear.

Updaye: Flipboard released the beta app this afternoon. You can get it here.

Socialcam Is Top Facebook App This Week, Again

Socialcam is the bestselling Facebook app for the week with almost 49.5 million active users this month, according to research from AppData. The app, which lets you share users share videos with Facebook friends, tops the list for the third week in a row.

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

iPhone 5 Shells Leaked

If there was any doubt that the new iPhone is going to be taller than the current model, these photos should put that to rest.

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How to Promote Your eBook for Free

Even though we focus on the complete app marketplace, AppNewser still features free eBooks every week for your reading pleasure. If you want to submit your free eBook, simply email appnewser[at]mediabistro[dot]com to be considered.

If you are a self-published eBook author looking for more places to promote your work, we created a long list of sites that will feature digital books for free.

Check it out at this link: “Are you struggling to promote your self-published digital book? Thanks to the Kindle Boards, we discovered a long list of places where self-published authors can promote their eBook for free.”

Don’t Post Photos of a Huge Stack of Money on Facebook

An Australian girl got a graphic lesson in what not to do online late last week.

The girl was helping her grandmother count her life savings. The grandmother clearly had never trusted banks, because she’d built up an enormous sum of cash.  While the girl was counting it, she thought it would be cool to post a Facebook update with a photo showing the money. You can probably guess what happened next.

Later that day two armed robbers broke into the home belonging to the parents of the girl and demanded the money. Naturally it wasn’t there, and in fact the girl didn’t even live there anymore. The thieves terrorized the girl’s parents, ransacked the house, and made odd with what little money and valuables they could find.

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