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Archives: June 2012

Pandora Is On Top Free Android Apps List This Week

Pandora is the No. 9 top free Android app this week, according to research from Google Play. The app lets users stream music and make their own radio stations based on personal preferences in artists and styles of music.

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 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

INFOGRAPHIC: Mobile Marketing 1980s-Today

Instant App Wizard has created an infographic called “The Progression of Mobile Marketing from 1983-2012″ that maps the history of cellphones since the eighties.

According to the graphic, there are currently 1.2 billion mobile web users world wide. And in 2011 there were 5.9 billion mobile subscribers world wide.

We’ve embedded the whole infographic below–all media professionals need to pay attention to mobile marketing and how quickly it has grown in the last couple of years.

Check it out: “Almost a billion people will primarily use their cell phone or other mobile device to connect to the internet. The growth of mobile in the last 30 years is staggering.”  Read more

Twitter Hashtag Tips from Buddy Media

Buddy Media just published “Strategies for Effective Tweeting: A Statistical Review,” a short report filled with practical advice for all media professionals using Twitter. Many of us struggle with Twitter hashtag use, and the report has some simple tips for the best ways to use these tools.

Check it out: “Use hashtags, but don’t overdo it. Tweets with hashtags receive two times more engagement than those without hashtags. But going overboard has a negative impact. Tweets with one or two hashtags receive 21% higher engagement than those with three or more hashtags. Using more than two hashtags actually leads to a 17% drop in engagement.”

Below, we’ve reposted the handy Twitter Cheat Sheet from Buddy Media–what do you think? (Via AllTwitter)

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Apple to Release Siri Enabled Washing Machine

Apple’s virtual assistant app Siri came to the iPad only a short time ago, and today it invades the laundry room.

Yesterday Slacktory posted a series of promo shots for a satirical new Apple product, the Apple Clean.  They make fun of all the well known hype surrounding Apple products by discussing features like “Find My Socks”, “Retina Clean”, and more. There’s even going to be a setting called SteveMe which will convert your clothes into the trademark turtleneck and jeans worn by Steve Jobs.

Here’s another clip from Slacktory: Read more

How Much Does It Cost To Charge Your iPad?

If you charge your iPad every other day, it will cost you approximately $1.36 in electricity per year, according to a report by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The report also found that it costs about $.25 to charge an iPhone 3 all year.

According to the report, an iPad uses less than 12 kWh of electricity over the course of a year if it’s charged every other day, much less than a 42″ plasma TV which uses about 358 kWh of electricity a year.

Check it out: “EPRI calculations show that the average energy used by all iPads in the market is approximately 590 gigawatt hours (GWh). In a scenario where the number of iPads tripled over the next two years, the energy required would be nearly equivalent to two 250-megawatt (MW) power plants operating at a 50 percent utilization rate. A quadrupling of sales in two years would require energy generated by three 250-MW power plants.”

Nook Tablet, Nook Color Update Adds New Digital Comics

The Nook Color is in many ways an android tablet, but one fo the ways it falls short is with digital comics.  Many of the comics apps support features like directed viewing, and that’s a trick that the Nook Color only learned today.

Barnes & Noble announced today that a newly available update for the NT and NC will allow readers to view the comics panel by panel. This will probably sound familiar to users of ComiXology and affiliated apps on Android and IOS, where the guided view experience has done much to make digital comics readable on small screens. The NT and NC also got a new way to read PDFs; when you switch from portrait to landscape you’ll be able to see 2 pages at a time.

The new feature is being launched alongside 100 new titles from DC Entertainment. Nook Tablet owners are now going to be able to be able to read up on the adventures of Sandman, Superman, Batman, and other characters published by DC. The viewing mode will work on all DC titles, and it’s likely to be added to other titles as time goes on.

You’ll find these new digital graphic novels on both the Nook Tablet as well as the Nook for Android app. If you want to to install the software update immediately can do so with a manual download offered at

‘Like To Read’ App Rewards FB Users The More It Is ‘Liked’

To help promote the launch of  new books, HarperCollins has launched a new Facebook app called Like to Read. The app lets Facebook users who like a book see an excerpt from that book. Then once the book passes a certain threshold of likes, the publisher releases an additional excerpt from that book, rewarding social networkers for sharing the book with additional content.

The first book the publisher has promoted with the app is Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Every time the likes hit 500, the publisher gives away another excerpt. So far, the book has likes garnered more than 7,000 likes. Read more

Facewatch App Helps Scotland Yard Catch Criminals

Frustrated by petty crime in his area, Simon Gordon, the owner of Gordon’s Wine Bar in London, introduced Facewatch, a community watch program that encourages neighbors to report acts of petty crime.

The platform collects images and zip codes from the community into a crime database, which the police use to help deter unlawful acts. Now the organization has launched a new smartphone app called Facewatch, which is designed to help local businesses and residents report crimes and share photos.

Here is more about the app: “In partnership with the Police, Facewatch introduce a simple to use phone application (app) which provides the public with images of people, searchable by postcode, that the Police would like to speak to. Primarily focused on low level crime, using images from CCTV cameras, the App is available free to download on iPhones iPads, BlackBerry, and Android devices.”

This video explains more about how Facewatch works.

Firefox for Android Update Adds Flash, HTML5 and a New Look

I’ve long since switched over to Firefox for Android, but if I hadn’t then this latest update would make me take a second look at the web browser.

Mozilla has rolled out a new version of the browser today. I like the app because I can sync with FF running on my computer, but now that it supports Flash  I like it even more. The update also adds better HTML5 support. But most importantly, this browser is significantly faster than before.

Here’s a demo video which shows off the improvements: Read more

Bubble Safari Joins the Top Facebook Apps List This Week

Bubble Safari, a social gaming app is the No. 7 bestselling Facebook app for the week, according to research from AppData. The bubble shooter game joins the list for the first time this week.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Facebook 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