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Archives: July 2012

TeleRead Hires New Editor-in-Chief

Our readers may have noticed the relative quiet last week at TeleRead, an ebook blog owned by Napco.  That blog was thrown into disarray by the sudden departure of Paul Biba, the long time editor-in-chief, who left to pursue other goals.

Today I am pleased to report that TeleRead has a new editor. Dan Elridge will be taking over the reins as of today. Elridge is a relatively new employee at NAPCO, and has been there just over a month. I’ll let him tell you more about himself: Read more

Global Tablet Use To Surpass 780M In 2016

Tablet adoption will continue to soar over the next four years, according to a new report from the British company Strategy Analytics. The report, called Global Tablet Installed Base Forecast by Country, predicts that 780 million people will own tablets by 2016.

Earlier this month, Google began shipping its new $199 tablet, and rumors are circulating that Apple will release a mini-iPad and that Amazon will release a number of different sized Kindle Fire tablets. Matthew McKee, an analyst at Strategy Analytics says that cheaper tablets entering the market will only help this increase in adoption rates. He stated: “Since the introduction of the iPad, the tablet market has shown hyperbolic growth rate.  Yet, many households remain tablet-less. Price erosion in the premium and high tier segments, as well as the availability of a number of smaller, lower cost tablets, like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7, will drive further sales.” Read more

Four Free Map Apps for the Kindle Fire

Barnes & Noble announced today that the Nook Tablet was getting its first map app, and in the not too distant future it’s also going to get location based apps. As cool as this was, it got me wondering what you could do with the Kindle Fire.

As you know, the KF doesn’t have Google Play. But it does have a number of map apps listed in the Amazon Appstore, and I also found several free apps available online. Read more

NBC’s Olympics Apps Lead Top Free iOS Apps List This Week

NBC’s Olympics Live Extra app is the top free iOS app this week and NBC’s Olympic app is the No. 2 top free iOS app this week, according to research from AppData. Olympics apps dominate the list this week, with two other Olympics apps on the list this week.

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 Media 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

4 Apps For The Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics kick off in just two short weeks. To help you navigate your way through the summer games, we’ve put together a list of four free smartphone apps. These apps, whose links and descriptions we’ve included below, will help guide you through all of the events.

1. London 2012: Official Join In App for the Olympic Paralympic Games: “From the start of the Olympic Torch Relay to the Olympics and Paralympics, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, plus all the cultural, city and community celebrations happening across the UK, Join In is your essential companion.”

2. NBC Olympics app: “Experience the best of the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games with the NBC Olympics app. Get prepared for the Games now by checking out news, video, photos for every sport and all Team USA athletes. Plus, you can follow your favorite sports, teams and athletes, and engage with other fans on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ — all from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch.” Read more

iPhone 5 Assembled From Spare Parts, Tipped for September 12 Launch

I’ not one to use the iPhone, but I am growing to love the attention it gets. Read more

Apps for Journalists & Book Pirate Fight: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are the most popular AppNewser headlines of the week, including our blog’s expansion, apps for journalists, how to make your computer sound like a typewriter and yesterday shipping at Amazon (video embedded above).

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1. How To Fight Book Pirates
2. 5 Apps for Journalists
3. Best App Marketing Resources on Twitter
4. How to Convert EPub Books for use on Kindle
5. Best iPad Stylus for Writers
6.How Much Does It Cost To Make An Android App?
7. What If Amazon Offered Yesterday Shipping?
8. What is an app?
9. iPhone 5 Coming September 21st?
10. How Much Do App Developers Make?

INFOGRAPHIC: Developers Earn $7.5M Per Day

Lead Bolt created a massive infographic called “Mobile App Store Wars,” comparing some key revenue statistics about how apps are selling in Apple’s App Store, Amazon’s App Store and in Google Play.

We’ve embedded the whole infographic below–all media professionals and content creators need to pay attention to the how apps are selling across the marketplace.

Check it out: “It should be no surprise that the leader of the most downloaded apps and content available is the Apple Store. Apple tops the market with an amazing 30 billion app downloads and 650,000 apps available. These numbers are growing each year.” Read more

Facebook Meets Wall Street Expectations for Q2

Facebook reported $1.18 billion in revenue for the second quarter of 2012–a profit of $295 million for the company’s first quarter as a public company.

Facebook managed to meet Wall Street estimates as well. USA Today has more: “Facebook was expected to report net income of $293 million, or 12 cents per share excluding options expenses, on revenue of $1.15 billion, according to the survey of estimates from Thomson Reuters.”

Advertising is still the major money-maker for  Facebook. As you can see by the company slide embedded above, $992 million of the social network’s Q2 revenue came from advertising while only $192 million of revenues came from “payments and other fees” from users. Follow this PDF link to see the whole slide presentation.

Chinese Case Maker Outs the iPhone 5 Design?

The rumored launch of the new iPhone might still be months away (on September 21st). but there have already been hundreds of leaks relating to the iPhone 5 so today’s leak should probably come as no surprise. Read more