Flappy Bird clones continue to dominate the iTunes app store. This week, Flappy Wings is the top free iPhone app followed by the the newest, Flying Cyrus, a parody game app that features the pop icon’s flapping tongue moving the Miley head through a maze of wrecking balls. The app is free to download and play, but there are a lot of ads.
Below, we’ve listed the top free iPhone apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.
Every week we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more
WhatsApp suffered four hours of downtime over the weekend causing many to further question the app’s purchase of $16 billion from Facebook. In what is described as the longest and biggest outage of the app since its inception, the app suffered major losses in the millions. WhatsApp CEO, Jan Koum, attributed the service error as a result of a bad router causing a cascade of failures which took down the company’s servers. He promised that changes were being made to prevent the problem from happening again.
During Whatsapp’s downtime, over four million users turned to another free self-destructing app, Telegram, which also offered end-to-end encryption as a privacy feature. The app saw as many as 100 new users per second, causing at least two hours of service disruption. Read more
Mobile advertising is expanding and growing in creativity as quickly as the device themselves. That said, most advertising schemes still come across as disruptive and annoying, simply because they interfere with our consumption of web media.
This week’s recommended children’s app is an award winning app from Tinybop. Appropriately called The Human Body, the app’s unique graphics and wonderful animations are perfect for children or adults who want to explore various bodily functions. There are also downloadable PDF handbooks with additional activities to help your child explore their own anatomical behaviors.
The biggest news yesterday was from one of the largest acquisition in technology companies in recent history – the purchase of Whatsapp for $19 billion by Facebook. What’s more, $3.2 billion of that cash purchase went to one of Whatsapp’s co-founder, Brian Acton, an engineer who was turned down by Facebook in 2009.
Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) August 3, 2009
If you’re thinking of switching to a new wireless carrier, download this app, Glove. The app finds the best carrier network for you by running for 3 days while you move around your home location. After the testing period, the app selects the best carrier with the highest signal strength.
The app also crowdsources data points and matches them to your personal data usage to find a good match. The app’s initial launch is for the San Francisco Bay Area and New York for Android. The app developer promises an iPhone version soon.