Thursday, December 31, 2009

Steve Jobs takes $1 salary in 2009

Not many would know that Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs, draws a salary of US$1 year on year. This year, he chose not to accept any bonus or stock options from Apple either. Apple again gave its founder and CEO a symbolic salary of $1 for the fiscal year 2009, according to a report filed on Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Times Of India had covered an interesting article earlier this week, on how Apple pays back Steve Jobs for his contribution back to Apple in particular and the world of technology at large:

Jobs does not get a bonus or reimbursement for perks that many other CEOs accept, such as personal security, according to a regulatory filing. Apple said it reimbursed Jobs $4,000 for company travel on his $90 million Gulfstream V jet, which he received as a bonus in 1999.

That’s far less than the $871,000 Apple reimbursed Jobs in 2008. The CEO took nearly six months off in 2009 for medical leave, during which time he received a liver transplant. He returned to work at the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters part-time at the end of June.

Steve Jobs, holds 5.5 million shares of Apple’s stock. He has not sold any shares since he rejoined the company in 1997, nor has he been awarded any new equity since 2003
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

iPod Touch and iPhone sales explode this Christmas

Flurry, the Mobile App Analytics firm, revealed yesterday that the iPhone and iPod touch sales have nearly doubled from November and this holiday season has seen iPod Touch’s sales skyrocket along with iPhone. Check this chart.

The company says that over Christmas, downloads from iPod touches exceeded those from iPhones by 172% – and that downloads from third-generation iPod touches jumped by 900% on Christmas Day itself, compared to the average of previous Fridays in December. December was a record-breaking month for the App Store, with downloads increasing by more than 50% compared to November based on average daily download figures.

This indicates that iPod touch sales skyrocketed leading up to Christmas, helping generate major gains in App Store downloads

{via - 9to5Mac}
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Japanese man marries his DS game, no one calls him crazy

.. until now! A Japanese man, who is obviously a little bit off his rocker, has married a character in a Japanese dating sim for his DS. Now that he’s married to his virtual girlfriend in the virtual DS dating simulation. Love Plus, he also apparently decided to go on a honeymoon with her - to Guam. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

The man, who prefers to use his online name of SAL9000 (get it?!?), met his now virtual wife Nene Anegasaki while playing Love Plus. It was love at first touch - he married “her” a few weeks ago and broadcasts the ceremony live on a Japanese video-sharing site.

SAL9000, who did not want to reveal his real name for fear of being ridiculed admits that he’s an “otaku,” a person who is obsessed with video games, anime, computers and fantasy worlds. Some might call them NERDS.

{Via Reuters}
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Tapulous claims millions in profits on iPhone games

Mobile, iPhone and iPod touch game developer Tapulous says that it is seeing huge success developing games for Apple’s platforms. The company says that its rhythm music game, Tap Tap Revenge is the driving force behind an monthly sales of $1 million USD per month and more than 20 million copies of its game being installed around the world. More than 600 million games played have been played to date, according to the company’s internal figures.

The company says it’s profitable, but won’t show exact sales figures - it doesn’t have to, it’s a private company and not publically traded. Tapulous hopes to ride a wave of exponential growth in mobile app commerce space for the next two years.

That’s a high level of profit for a company that almost exclusively develops iPhone music-based games. While the Music game space is having some tough times, apparently games on the iPod touch and iPhone — even Music games - are doing just fine. Tapulous raised $2.8 million from investors, which include such notables as CEO Marc Benioff and venture capital firm Khosla Ventures. Tapulous generates sales in a variety of ways including traditional game sales, ad supported games, and by selling content like songs through its games.

{Via Reuters}
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iPhone and Vodafone UK set the date: January 14


Vodafone has decided if it can't give us the iPhone for the holidays, it'll do the next best thing and spill details of its launch and pricing of Apple's finest. Available from January 14, the iPhone will be yours for £30 ($48) per month on two-year contracts, though up-front charges will set you back £239 (£386) for the 32GB 3GS variety. A monthly 1GB of 3G data is permitted, alongside unlimited WiFi, but what might be most interesting here is that Vodafone will allow you to use the iPhone as a modem. Such use will not be covered by your allowance of course, and will cost £5 ($8) for each 500MB downloaded, but we're happy to see a carrier offering the option. Furthermore, though Vodafone's agreement to carry the iPhone seemed a rushed defensive move, the company now claims it has been preparing its network for over a year to handle the increased traffic it expects.
iPhone and Vodafone UK set the date: January 14 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Dec 2009 06:03:00 EST.
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Appigo Todo iPhone App Developer Contest To Award $10,000

A new contest has been announced by Appigo to encourage third party developers to integrate their iPhone app with their latest version of Todo app, called the ‘Appigo Todo iPhone App Developer Contest’. Appigo will award US$10,000 in cash prizes. Todo’s most recent update gives third party apps the ability to create and import tasks, projects, and checklists using Apple’s iPhone OS 3.0 SDK (software development kit).

“Our developer program is the first step in encouraging integration between apps on the new iPhone computing platform,” says Calvin Gaisford, president and co-founder, Appigo. “This opportunity is an excellent way for iPhone apps to distinguish themselves among the ever growing list on the App Store.”

A total of $10,000 will be given to winners of the contest. The best integrated app will receive a cash prize of $5,000. Five additional apps will be named as honorable mentions and will each receive $1,000. Winners are expected to be announced during Macworld Expo 2010.

For more on the contest, check out Appigo’s Developer page.

{via - Macsimum News}
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Microsoft Bing Finally Comes To The iPhone

Microsoft has finally launched its first search engine app for the iPhone. Bing for iPhone [Free, App Store link] is actually MS’s second iPhone app, the first one was that image-zooming app called the Seadragon Mobile.

Make decisions and get where you need to go with Bing. See the Bing daily image and related trivia on the home screen. Search maps or the web with your voice – even say an address. Use Image Search and flick through previews Download Bing today to find stuff nearby and get there fast.

Here are few of the features in Bing’s iPhone version that MS talks about:

•Voice search continues in our iPhone App and works great for map locations as well as old fashioned web search. Just say “San Francisco weather,” for a quick result, or even say a full address for a map or directions.
•Directions – looking for a coffee shop nearby? Bing automatically finds your location. It’s also easy to discover a new spot by category such as restaurants, banks, theaters etc.
•Mapping action – Swipe through each step of the directions, and check out how fast the map pans and zooms.
•Images – Try image search with endless scrolling results. Then easily flick through image previews and click through to the host site.

{Via Bing}
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EA’s SUDOKU iPhone Game Is Down $0.99

Quick Update: EA has moved its popular SUDOKU game to $0.99, down from $1.99. This offer is valid for just 24 hrs. So hurry - App Store link.

It’s the popular brain game that’s become a worldwide phenomenon! Challenge yourself to a wide selection of puzzles, thousands of grid designs, and 5 levels of difficulty…from Easy to Insane! Sudoku has been polished to perfection and boasts an intuitive, touchscreen game board that’s easy to navigate and fun to play!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dress Jinjee Preview - MOM, LOOK WHAT I MADE

Come Xmas, you want to share goodies with your loved ones.

And what better than the smartly dressed Gingerbread man on your iPhone/Ipod Touch. Give Jinjee a sticky coating and some sugary frosting. Add a few gum drop buttons that will have him smilin'!

Once Jinjee is ready, choose from a fun selection of wallpapers, record a greeting, and send your creation to family and friends!! Do you want to pass on a smile and some love? Then Jinjee is the man (or the woman) for the job!

Dress Jinjee- coming soon at the app Store for Xmas

• Drag your favourite colored frosting and gum drop buttons onto Jinjee.
• A fun selection of wallpapers to choose from.
• Customize the card with your voice
• Share it as a postcard

Visit their website for more details on Dress Jinjee.
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The top 10 iPhone apps for journalists and bloggers

"I've been a freelance journalist for 20 years now, and can honestly say that the iPhone has changed the way I work more than anything since wireless Internet access came along all those years ago. But what are the essential iPhone apps that a jobbing journalist, or blogger for that matter, cannot live without? I've not included the built-in apps that come with my iPhone 3GS such as mail, calendar, camera/video and the voice memo recorder, but rather have concentrated on my top 10 third party apps," Davey Winder writes for DaniWeb.

Davey's top 10 iPhone apps for journalists and bloggers:

1. Twittelator Pro
2. Evernote
3. WordWeb
4. Skype
5. Google
6. Google Maps
7. XE Currency
8. reMail
9. iTrans Tube and thetrainline
10. Wolfram Alpha LLC

{Via DaniWeb}
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Vote for TIME’s Person of the Year: Steve Jobs among 7 candidates

"Apple CEO Steve Jobs is one of the few remaining candidates for Time's Person of the Year 2009 award, the magazine has announced," MacNN reports.

"First nominated earlier this month, Jobs is now one of just seven candidates remaining," MacNN reports.

Read the complte article here.

TIME Magazine's "Person of the Year" (formerly "Man of the Year") annually features a man, woman, couple, group, or even an idea, place, or machine that "for better or for worse has done the most to influence the events of the year." Past choices include: 1930: Mohandas Gandhi; 1938: Adolf Hitler; 1939: Joseph Stalin; 1940: Winston Churchill; 1941: Franklin D. Roosevelt; 1952: Queen Elizabeth II; 1961: John F. Kennedy; 1963: Martin Luther King Jr.; 1966: 25-and-under generation; 1971: Richard M. Nixon; 1975: American women; 1976: Jimmy Carter; 1980: Ronald Reagan; 1982: The computer; 1989: Mikhail Gorbachev; 1992: Bill Clinton; 1994: Pope John Paul II; 2000: George W. Bush; 2001: Rudolph Giuliani; 2006: You; 2007: Vladimir Putin.

TIME Magazine's seven "Person of the Year" candidates for 2009:
• Steve Jobs
• Ben Bernanke
• The Chinese worker
• Nancy Pelosi
• Stanley McChrystal
• Usain Bolt
• Barack Obama

TIME's POTY will be revealed live on NBC's "Today Show" on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Cast your vote here.
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Lucky Me Lite iPhone App is Going Free – Test your Luck on iPhone

Lucky Me Lite - Lifestyle App with Good ratings on the app store

Lucky Me Lite is an iPhone app that helps test your luck on iPhone. A series of 7 mini games which helps test your luck. At the end of the 7 games, you get your luck score with a fortune quote which describes how good or bad your luck is heading to. Use our series of luck measures to see if you have the luck of the devil or just need to stay in and avoid doing anything to tempt fate. Lucky Me is a fun series of chance based games/activities that combine luck, intuition, and skill (yeah right). So once you receive your advice the only thing we recommend is for you to play the game again. What more, this app is Free for a limited time; down from $0.99. Here is the App Store link. Grab it..

Amazing list of features:

Attractions of the Game:

1) 7 incredible Multi-themed challenges
2) Customize and edit the app name after you, for e.g if you are Joe black, you can customize your game to ‘Lucky Joe’
3) Post your luck score and a unique message on Facebook
4) Multi-gesture games(tilt, tap, multi-touch, pinch, shake)
5) See your luck meter raise as you keep progressing through the challenges
6) Collect lucky charms (if more than 50% lucky)
7) Set a lucky charm wallpaper
8) Send your lucky charm to your loved ones
9) Compare your luck with your friends and challenge them

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Adweek names Apple the ‘Brand of the Decade’

AdweekMedia’s Best of the2000’s brought some of the best advertising awards of 2000’s. And Apple ended up recieving top honors in 6 categories including Brand of the Decade” and “Marketer of the Decade” for Steve Jobs. AppleInsider as usual did a great job covering this even on its blog:

Naming Apple the “Brand of the Decade,” AdweekMedia attributes the brand’s success to Steve Jobs, calling Apple “the embodiment of a living, breathing person.” Jobs was named “Marketer of the Decade” and is credited with relaunching the Apple brand with the “Think Different” ad campaign. Apple’s CEO is described as being visionary, iconoclastic, and fearless. Jobs is also up for Time’s Person of the Year and was named “CEO of the Decade” by Fortune in November.

With 220 million iPods sold worldwide, Apple’s music player was named “Product of the Decade” and is compared to the Walkman in terms of cultural impact.

Two of Apple’s iconic ad campaigns are represented on the list, with the “Get a Mac” ads winning “Campaign of the Decade” and “Silhouettes” winning “Out-of-Home Ad of the Decade.”

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iPhone Apps Are Latest Gold Rush

December 15th, 2009 at 3:00 am - San Diego, California – The iPhone has minted a gold rush. In just two years, the iPhone has become not just a gold mine for Apple Inc., but also for companies that create the software programs that run on the device. Since Apple launched its iPhone applications storefront via its iTunes software, more than 100,000 applications have been created (148Apps – Nov 2009), with more than 1 billion downloaded onto iPhones and iPod Touches.

iPhone applications are specially designed software programs that work exclusively on the iPhone. They vary from sports updates to video games to utilities that allow people to use their iPhones as flashlights or as locators of the nearest Tim Hortons.

For media companies especially, iPhone applications are about staying ahead of the curve. In industry parlance, it’s called being where the audience is. Optimistic industry observers such as Dale Fallon, director of Score Media Inc.’s mobile division, expect that within two or three years the audience for sports-based mobile Web sites and software will be the same size as the current Web audience.

Meanwhile, the applications act as incremental revenue streams, double as effective marketing tools and allow smaller media companies to extend their brands.

At Pelmorex Media Inc.’s Weather Network (Canada), the iPhone application WeatherEye is just part of the channel’s expanding mobile arsenal. The network’s offerings include a mobile Web site, desktop widgets and an application launched in March for use on the BlackBerry device.

The free WeatherEye has been downloaded almost 750,000 times since the end of October, with just under half of those by people outside of Canada. The French version of the application is the most popular weather application in France.

“From a return on investment perspective, it absolutely makes sense,” said Mark Thompson, director of The Weather Network’s mobile division.

Apple takes a 30% cut of any iPhone applications that are sold at its virtual store, but for applications offered for free, the companies do not have to share their advertising revenue with Apple.

The surge in iPhone applications has also benefited developers. With companies now scrambling to find anyone capable of making these programs, some developers command upwards of $200 per hour and applications cost between $15,000 to $50,000 to create.

Certain developers have found themselves in the spotlight after finding some of their applications – which invairiably retail for less than $5 – have yielded more than $250,000 in sales in thier first couple of months, convincing some to give up their day jobs in the process.

“It’s a market that has appeared out of nowhere, really,” said Ian Maskell, SEO of CA-based application developers site iPhone App Freelancer.

“All of a sudden, anyone who knows how to make an iPhone app are making lots of money off it. It’s one of those things that doesn’t come around very often but when it does, the first people through the gate make a bundle,” he said.

However, with developers being in such high demand, the prices quoted for the development of some applications is proving prohibitive for many, so Maskell came up with a plan.

With what he believed to be a killer application idea, but struggling to find a developer (within his budget) who could help, Maskell set about creating iPhone App Freelancer, to connect “ideas people” to programmers and developers. “Through our website we offer companies and individuals with great ideas the ability to turn them into iPhone apps with little or no programming knowledge”.

“Much like an auction, we bring entrepreneurs and businesses together with experienced iPhone application developers in the most cost effective manner possible” – says Maskell.

“We have approximately 800 members, and a pool of about 300 developers who receive notification whenever someone posts a new project,” he says. “I would estimate we’ve had close to 100 projects completed.”

And just how important will the iPhone become as an effective marketing tool in the coming months and years? “One customer stated that about 60% of the estimated five-million monthly page views they recieve on their site were generated by the iPhone” – Maskell states.

“With those kind of figures, you can see the potential is there for getting your brand exposed to a massive and ever increasing audience” Maskell continues – “from a business perspective, there is a massive captive audience at your disposal with the iPhone and the application market – the advertising potential is massive”.

The mobile advertising market is expected to hit $12-billion (USD) by 2013, compared with about $1.7-billion this year, according to research company Informa Telecoms & Media.

“If you’re not in the mobile space, you’re missing a very big opportunity to communicate with your consumers,” Mr. Maskell concludes.

iPhone App Freelancer

iPhone App Freelancer is an iPhone application development website connecting ‘ideas people’ with experienced iPhone application developers. Much like an auction, employers’ projects are posted and interested freelancers bid to complete the work. Copyright (C) 2009 iPhone App Freelancer. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Newly Formatted App Pages Have Started Appearing In App Store

iTunes app pages have started looking more like the iPhone App Store app pages. The new app page in iTunes has changed to accommodate side-scrolling screenshots of the app. So from now on, you wont have to click those dots to see rest of the screenshots, you need to just scroll. Cool stuff. Other changes include, much larger icons, moving ‘whats new in this version’ to the top, a shorter app description, more info about the developer and recommendations for related apps that you would find interesting.

But it might take a day or two for the changes to show up in your iTunes. Keep checking.

Best features are: Showing all the apps by the developer , What’s new in updated version..
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Google Phone coming this Jan – Sports OLED Touchscreen

This will surely turn out to the most promising iPhone callenger; called the Google Phone. And I am sure Google Phone will help iPhone get better… much better in coming days. Google has infact started testing this new Android powered Google phone with their employees, reports TechCrunch:

Google is building their own branded phone that they’ll sell directly and through retailers. They were long planning to have the phone be available by the holidays, but it has now slipped to early 2010. The phone will be produced by a major phone manufacturer but will only have Google branding (Microsoft did the same thing with their first Zunes, which were built by Toshiba).

There won’t be any negotiation or compromise over the phone’s design of features – Google is dictating every last piece of it. No splintering of the Android OS that makes some applications unusable. Like the iPhone for Apple, this phone will be Google’s pure vision of what a phone should be.

And will include the following details/features:

- Sold as an unlocked GSM phone, so in the U.S. T-Mobile and possibly AT&T
- Android 2.1
- Uses Snapdragon chip and is “really, really fast”
- High resolution OLED screen
- Thinner than iPhone
- Two mics, one on the back to reduce background noise
- “Weirdly” large camera
- Touchscreen keyboard
- Voice to text for dictation

{via - TechCrunch, image from}
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Lucky Me Pro Version $1.99

What is Lucky Me Plus?

Lucky Me Lite is a series of 14 mini games which helps test your luck. At the end of the 14 games, you get your luck score with a fortune quote which describes how good or bad your luck is heading to. Lucky Me Plus is now a loaded iPhone/iPod touch game with 14 back to back games, and lot of customizing features. It comes with a customized play list and a quick luck option, and allows users to ‘tweet’ their scores apart from a few more exhilarating features.


You also stand to win an attractive lucky charm if you score more than 50% on the Luck meter. I got 45 and I will try again for the score between 50-65.

This game has an additional feature of the game modes settings where you can select your own games to play. I will play with another set of games. Select, reorder your game list under Quick Luck, Feelin’ Lucky and My Favourites”. If you are exceptionally good, you may get a score like 80 and above.

And who doesn’t want a soothsayer to predict his/her luck for the day?

Grab it now >> Lucky Me Plus – $1.99 [App Store link]
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A Major iPhone Malfunction


Can this happen to your iPhone too? This iPhone malfunction might have caused severe injury, reports Gizmodo. Bobby Hodges, friend of the owner of the iPhone in question, says that while plugged in to his friend’s speaker system, the music suddenly cut out and smoke began coming from the device, before bursting into flames.

I was at a fraternity house hanging out one night. One of my friends had his iPhone plugged into the speakers so we could have music. We had the usual speaker system, a receiver and some speakers. I was standing near the receiver when All the sudden the iphone cut off and started to smoke. The room filled up with what must have been hazardous smoke. After picking up the iPhone that was still extremely hot, the entire battery had been ejected from the phone and was sitting on the floor. The house smelled like burning electronics for the rest of the night and the iPhone left a square-ish burn mark on the table it was sitting on.

Hope Apple gets in touch with Bobby and investigate this issue.

{Via Gizmodo}
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Apple Removes Over 1000 Scam Apps From App Store

There is this app developer called Molinker who was involved in alleged review fraud. He was involved in close to one percent of all apps available on the App Store i,e., over 1000 apps had fraud reviews. Apple investigated this issue and yesterday it took action against this developer – he has been banned from the App Store and of its apps have been removed. AppleInsider has covered this news:

The issue was first brought to light by photo blog iPhoneography in a post highlighting the concerns of one of its regular readers. Reader SCW had concluded that app developer Molinker had been using its promo codes to write fake 5-star reviews of many of its apps. Each review shared the same short, disjointed style and the reviewers had only written reviews for other Molinker apps.

Most of Molinker’s apps dealt with photography, travel and public transportation. As per AppFreak, which was able to contact Molinker about this issue, they received the following response:

We got email from Apple yesterday which told us our contract is changed to pending status. Actually we do not know what’s wrong so far. We had contacted Apple for such sudden changes, hope we can get quick response and actions from Apple.

{Via AppleInsider}
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100 Best iPhone & iPod Touch Wallpapers – For Free Download

Here is a list of 100 coolest iPhone and iPod Touch wallpapers for you to download to your iPhone for free. But there is one problem – how do I get the wallpaper onto my phone? I tried to go to wallpaper sites on my iPhone, but I can’t download them from the phone. Well, here is the answer: How to Install iPhone Wallpaper?
To save these wallpapers on to your iPhone:
1.Open this page on your iPhone
2.Tap your favorite Wallpaper and wait for the Wallpaper to reload
3.Tap and Hold on that Wallpaper
4.Select ‘Save Image’.
And then open your “Photos” app
5.Select ‘Camera Roll’
6.Open the Wallpaper image
7.Select ‘User as Wallpaper’
I have shared few popular iPhone wallpaper categories for now.





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