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Archives: June 2012

Google Working on a 10″ Tablet?

It’s only been a few days since Google unveiled the Nexus 7, their first Android tablet, and rumors have already started on the next model.

Digitimes is reporting that the Google is planning to launch a 10″ tablet. There’s no mention yet of a ship date or even any specs for the device, but “sources” claim that the touch panels will come from AU Optronics (AUO) and Wintek. This last company also reportedly provides the touch panel for the Nexus 7, which might lend some credence to this rumor.

A number of tech blogs are taking this rumor very seriously, but I think it’s a little too vague for me to get excited. It doesn’t even claim that the panels have shipped, just that Google plans to order them. That’s not enough for me.


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New Spider-Man App Uses Augmented Reality


The new Spider-Man movie comes out next week and to support the film Disney Publishing Worldwide has released a new book app that uses augmented reality.

The Amazing Spider-Man Augmented Reality HD Book App includes interactive art, photos, and games inspired by the film. The games lets readers experience Peter Parker’s transformation into Spider Man through interactive augmented reality elements like putting on a Spider-Man mask, wearing Peter’s father’s glasses, and controlling spiders as they crawl on the character’s face.

Here is more from iTunes: ” After a visit to Oscorp, Peter is accidentally bitten by a strange spider. Now, he has the ability to cling to ceilings, walk on walls, and leap great distances! Peter uses his new superpowers to become the Amazing Spider-Man and protect all of New York City!”

Siri – Now Less Accurate Than The Average Teenager

Siri has been available on the iPhone 4s for over 8 months now, so it probably comes as no surprise to many iPhone owners that this app isn’t ac accurate as Apple’s commercials lead you to believe.

A team of analysts at Piper Jaffray have run Apple’s virtual assistant app through a battery of test, and they found that Siri understood the question just over 4 times out of 5. Read more

The iPhone Turns 5 Today (Infographic)

29 June, 2007,  was the day the smartphone market changed. That’s the day the first iPhones came into the hands of consumers. Since that day over 200 million iPhones (and countless imitators) have been sold.

The following infographic comes fromStatista and it reveals some startling statistics. For example, I didn’t realize that Apple generates more income from the iPhone than Microsoft makes from its entire business. In fact, over half of Apple’s revenue comes from the iPhone. Read more

ChoreMonster Is an App For Managing The Housework

Want to assign chores to your kids and make it fun? ChoreMonster has a new iOS app to help do that.

The app, which requires a membership, allows parents to dole out the work in exchange for points and prizes. Do the dishes, earn an ice cream cone. Or kids can bank points for even bigger and better prizes.

Check it out: “Choremonster allows parents and kids to actually enjoy doing their chores! Kids gain points which they can turn in for real life rewards like an hour of Xbox, a television show or even a canoe trip. Kids also collect monsters for completing chores, interacting and learning from them along the way.”

The app is designed to work on both new and old iPhones, since parents are often handing down their old phones to their kids. (Via The New York Times.)

Mercedes-Benz Opens App Store

First Amazon had to get in on the action and open an app store. Then Facebook. Now Mercedez-Benz?

In a move to let drivers download content directly to their car, Mercedes-Benz has launched its own app store. CNET has more: “The new online app store will let customers browse for new applications to add to their vehicle’s Comand infotainment system. Google Search, Weather, Facebook are standard apps on this system, and Yahoo should be added later this year. Using their phone’s Internet connection, they can connect to the MB App Shop to download new apps to their car.” Read more

Google Docs Goes Offline While Chromes Comes to iOS

Google I/O kicked off yesterday with the launch of the Nexus 7 tablet, but Google’s not done showing off new tricks.

This morning brought news that Google Chrome, now the world’s most popular web browser, will shortly be available on the iPad and iPhone. It’s also going to be bringing Google Drive with it.

The app was just listed in iTunes a couple minutes ago. It requires iOS 4.3 and above.

Google Docs is also going places today: offline. The Google word-processing service has long been a serious competitor to MS Office and Open Office. At least, it would be a serious competitor if not for the fact that it won’t work without a live web connection. If you’ve ever had connectivity issues (I have) then you can appreciate the news today.

Note, though, that it’s just the word processing service that’s offline. Google said that the rest of its office suite (lik eGoogle Presentations and Spreadsheets) should soon go offline as well.

Amazon to Add Social Gaming Features to the Kindle Fire

The next time you talk to yourself while playing a game on the Kindle Fire there might be someone to listen to you.

Bloomberg is reporting that Amazon is planning to add some type of social network features to the Kindle Fire. The report is more than a little vague, but Bloomberg is claiming that inside sources have indicated that Amazon will “make it easier for developers to add social features to games for the Kindle Fire tablet, a person with knowledge of the matter said”. Read more

Google: In-App Purchases Drive More Revenue Than Paid Apps

Want to make money selling content in Google Play? Release a free app. According to Google Play’s engineering director Brad Yerga, developers earned more revenue from in-app purchases than from the sales of actual apps this year.

ReadWriteWeb has more: “Simply adding in-app purchases to the API has allowed developers to develop creative ways of monetizing their games, Yerga said, allowing so-called ‘freemium’ and ‘paymium’ models to succeed. For example, developer TinyCo., developer of ‘Tiny Village,’ said that Android delivered the most revenue per user of any app store, as users downloaded the free app, then purchased virtual items.”

Google Play, which has more than 600,000 apps, recently crossed the 20 billion download  mark. And yesterday, the online giant began pre-selling a new tablet device called the Nexus 7, which is to Google what the Kindle Fire is to Amazon, a device for users to buy and consume digital media content.

‘Weird Facts 1000′ Ranks On Top Free iOS Book Apps

Weird Facts 1000 is the No. 10 bestselling free iOS app in the books genre for the week, according to research from AppData. The app includes lots of unknown weird and useless facts, such as the fact that 7% of Americans claim they never bathe at all.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iOS book 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