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You always have to take these figures with a pinch of salt when a company has a vested interest in the outcome, but according to Lookout, a mobile company that builds both free and paid security apps for iPhone and Android devices, over a million Android users downloaded some form of adware in the past year. Lookout... Read more...
Want to get rich relatively quick? Develop an app around a simple concept and wait for the ridiculous valuations to come rolling in, and then sell to the highest bidder. It's a formula that worked for Instagram, a photo (and now video, too) sharing app that Facebook purchased for $1 billion, and it appears Snapchat is... Read more...
Who knew a game in which you line up candy would catapult its developer into the big leagues? A tiny, London-based software known as King (and, also as Midasplayer International) is in the early stages of preparing for a U.S. IPO. The company has already hired banks in the U.S. to prepare for the public offering. Candy Crush for Android. Although... Read more...
BMW's ConnectedDrive system has been one of the more cutting-edge options in the luxury car market, and for those holding out for a 2014 year model, there's even more to look forward to in terms of infotainment. The automaker has announced a major refresh for 2014 model vehicles, including an upgraded iDrive system... Read more...
We watched Google's open source Android platform grow up right before our eyes, hitting several milestones along the way to maturity. However, there's still one more milestone yet to cross, and that's becoming the world's most dominant mobile app platform, a throne that's currently occupied by Apple and it's competing... Read more...
Apple on Thursday announced that over 50 billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store to date. The way things are going now, Apple says it sees 800 apps downloaded per second, and over 2 billion per month. Talk about growth -- the App Store opened its virtual doors in July 2008 with just 500 apps; today there are more than 850,000... Read more...
Microsoft continues to flesh out is Windows Phone Store with new apps, though momentum has slowed a bit in recent months. Mentioned as an aside in announcing the Nokia Lumia 928 for Verizon, the Redmond outfit revealed that there are now 145,000 apps and games in the Windows Phone Store, which is about 25,000 more than it had in October. Most... Read more...
The good news for Mark Zuckerberg and company is that there appears to be a lot of interest for Facebook Home, the new Android launcher that puts the world's most popular social playground front and center on compatible devices. As first noted by Twitter user Benedict Evans, Facebook Home raced to 500,000 downloads... Read more...
There's been much talk about security on Android in recent months, and it seems likely that it's a subject we won't be dropping anytime soon. Recently, we discovered that Android is susceptible to simple email attachment attacks, and not long before that, Google detailed how it was keeping its Google Play store more... Read more...
Mobile users have responded positively to the idea of taking, sending, and receiving photos and videos that are viewable for a short period of time before they're gone forever. Such is the idea behind Snapchat, a mobile app for iPhone and Android users that touts being able to "share a moment" up to 10 times faster... Read more...
Given our increasing reliance on mobile, it comes as little surprise to learn that the app market continues to grow with each quarter, with the results from the Q1 period that just passed being the most impressive to date. According to research firm Canalys, a total of 13.4 billion apps were downloaded during the... Read more...
If you're of the opinion that it's better to show up late than the never, then kudos to the Windows Phone platform for finally getting Temple Run, an endless running game that falls into the "Just one more time..." category. Before you know it, you've wasted half the day trying to unlock characters, special powers, and knock out various objectives.... Read more...
A software platform is only as good as its apps, and towards that end, Microsoft's Windows Store now boasts over 50,000 of them. There are 50,341 at the time of this writing, according to MetroStore Scanner, a site that makes Windows Store apps easily searchable from the Web. The number of apps is steadily rising, having more than doubled... Read more...
A mobile platform is only as good as its apps, and on that front, BlackBerry 10 (BB10) is off to a stellar start. According to the company previously known as Research In Motion (now it's simply called "BlackBerry"), the BB10 store has been fleshed out with 30,000 new apps in just the past seven weeks, bringing the total number to more than... Read more...
Well, it was only a matter of time: Google has pulled all of the ad blocking apps from the Google Play Store, leaving customers with no way to avoid the ads that pop up in their apps. If you haven’t already bought one of the blockers, you’re going to have to tolerate those little banners that tend to pop... Read more...
Talk about schooling the competition (quite literally) -- Apple on Wednesday announced that iTunes U content downloads have surpassed one billion. According to Apple, iTunes U is the largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent libraries, museums, and organizations, which educators... Read more...
When it comes to Apple’s advertising, the bar is high and always climbing. Whether you think the new ‘Alive’ and ‘Together’ hit the mark is a matter of taste, but if the more than 150,000 YouTube views is any indication, the ads are certainly getting some attention. The spots show some... Read more...
Listen up lovers, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. That means you're running out of time to make reservations at that swank bistro down the block and/or pick up a romantic gift for that lady or fellow in your life -- unless you're single. If that's case, all that goes out the window, though don't despair, we can think of at least... Read more...
All it takes is for one bad apple to spoil the bunch, and when a Twitter staff member inadvertently selected a pornographic Vine video as an Editor's Pick, all hell broke loose and it was suddenly "Game over, man!" for teens under the age of 17 years old. Twitter quickly yanked the video and apologized for what it deemed "human error," but... Read more...
It's kind of ironic that a game classified as an endless runner would race to 50 million downloads in just shy of two weeks, making it the fastest growing mobile of all time. Temple Run 2, the game in question, also sprinted to the No. 1 spot in iOS's Free Apps category not long after it launched on January 17, as... Read more...
Research In Motion (RIM) has been trying to drum up some buzz for its BlackBerry 10 platform by expanding its BlackBerry World app store catalog with lots of new music, movies, and TV shows. It now feels much more fleshed out with prices that are in line with the industry average. Individual songs in BlackBerry World sell for between $0.99... Read more...
While all the eyes in the tech industry are focused on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, Apple still found a way to make headlines, though not by releasing new hardware. Instead, Apple chose today, the day before CES officially kicks off, to announce that its App Store has notched more than a... Read more...
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