Samsung dominated social media platforms during the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – garnering at least 44.2% of all brand mentions. According to research from Synthesio, the technology company was mentioned across social media, blogs, and comments at least 1,246,000 times. Samsung’s rival Nokia came in second with 586,200 mentions, a paltry 20.8% in comparison.
For the first time in December of 2013, mobile users were turning to their smartphones more than their desktop computers to browse the web. With that kind of growth it’s no surprise that mobile advertisement is growing equally fast, especially the in-app variety.
Just last year, US consumers saw mobile ads at an estimated $8-$10 Billion spending rate, and that number is expected to reach $18.3 Billion in 2015, propelled by ads for both tablets and smartphones. There are about 4.5 Billion mobile subscribers in the US, but only 25% have internet access at home. That’s a very ripe market for mobile advertisement. Read more
To date, Kickstarter’s $1 Billion mark has brought in 5.7 million users from 224 countries on all seven continents, most of which was in the last 12 months alone. Not surprisingly, a large percentage of those donations came from the US, followed by the UK – $663 Million to $54 Million, respectively. Kickstarter also recognized some of its more prolific and prominent users like Neil Gaiman, a celebrity figure who continues to share and support hundreds of projects to Hope Leman, the site’s very first project backer. Read more
Flappy Bird clones are still dominating the iTunes app store. This week, it’s Jumpy Jack and his skateboarding antics. Unlike the original Flappy Bird, Jumpy Jack comes with rewards for users who can move through the obstacles.
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
Today’s free eBook download, The Godhunter, is a modern day heroine on the hunt for gods. Written by Amy Sumida, this modern myth follows young heroine Vervaine in this series of adventures with supernatural beings. If you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you should check out this book:
I’m going to tell you a secret. The gods are real. All of them. And they want you dead. Yes, you. Don’t take it personally, they want all of us dead. Well, maybe not all of us but a lot of us. Why? Because we loved them once.
We used to sacrifice to them. Food, animals, ourselves. Not so much anymore. We stopped believing in them, kicked them to the curb and forgot about them, but they haven’t forgotten us. They need us, need the energy we gave them through sacrifice, energy they used to gain magic, power, and immortality. See, the gods aren’t gods without us. Read more
Internet users rejoice! There’s an app dedicated to helping you find the perfect GIF to express your thoughts with fewer words and more moving images. The search engine app, GIFwrapped, is dedicated to GIFs, so you longer have to swim in a sea of JPGs. The app scans the entire internet of GIFs from trustworthy sources like Giphy and Tumblr to bring you all the GIFs.
The app also allows users to upload or bookmark favorite GIFs – so when you are searching for the right reaction-GIF, it’s easier than ever to pimp up your messages with GIF swag. Read more
Funded by Google, Robinhood is a new finance app that offers commission-free trading. That’s right, no fees whatsoever. How is this possible? The company is like a bank – it can actually make money simply by having it. So, by moving your money around, Robinhood can make its own profit. This is what the app has to say about traditional brokers:
The European Commission is investigating the term “free” as used for apps that contain in-app purchases. The consumer policy group representing the European Union is holding talks with Apple, Google and app makers in developing new policies that would require free apps to be completely free, with intentions of targeting terms like “Buy Now” or “Upgrade Now” from free-to-play apps.
Ashton Kutcher is following in the footsteps of Alicia Keys formerly of Blackberry and Lady Gaga of Polaroid. He was just hired by Lenovo as a “product engineer.” Kutcher will be drawing from his experience as playing the role of Steve Jobs, but he was also studying biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa when he quit school to pursue his modeling career. Read more
There’s yet another selfie app, but this time it’s going for the cutest subject of them all: babies. If you have them, or know where you can access one, download this selfie app, and you can help them join the self-portraiture trend.
The Baby Selfie Android app costs $0.99 for each download, and gets your child’s attention by flashing cute images and graphics – like owls, foxes, etc. Think of it like a digital peek-a-boo photobooth for the crib.