Apple's App Store is filled with more than 350,000 applications. According to AndroLib, the Android Market has about 280,000 apps. Apple in January announced that App Store Downloads topped 10 billion. Again, according to AndroLib, the Android Market sits at 3.7 billion and climbing. If looking just at these numbers, then clearly the advantage belongs to Apple. But if you're a software developer, there's one very compelling reason you should consider Android over iOS.
App stores are cropping up everywhere, and that now includes your browser. Opera Software announced the Opera Mobile Store is now open and available in more than 200 countries. The storefront is a featured Speed Dial link in the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers, making it immediately accessible by more than 100 million people who rock an Opera browser on their mobile phones.
Google laid low for awhile after taking down several malicious apps were from the Android Market, perhaps buying some time coming up with the best way to explain what happened. And that's what Google did over the weekend, confirming in a blog post that it recently pulled several malware tainted apps from the Android Market "within minutes of becoming aware."
Google was quick to ban a no-good publisher and remove his 21 Trojan infected applications from the Android Market after receiving a tip from AndroidPolice.com. According to AndroidPolice, the publisher took 21 popular free apps from the market, laced each one with root exploits, and then republished them. While Google's response time was nothing sort of swift once it found out about the foul files, they had already logged 50,000 to 200,000 downloads combined in 4 days, AndroidPolice says.
By most accounts, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is a solid platform, one with a lot of promise and potential, but the hardware and OS are only part of the overall equation. The other part? Apps.
Towards that end, Windows Phone 7 users now have access to over 4,200 apps, Fudzilla reports. By tomorrow, that number will be 104 higher, which is how many new apps are added to the platform each day.
That's not a bad start for a new platform, even if it pales in comparison to Android (nearly 200,000 apps with around 900 new each day) and Apple (over 300,000 apps and about 1,000 new every day).
Given that Intel's Atom processor is nearly ubiquitous with netbooks, it's fair to say the world's largest chip maker has a vested interest in seeing the netbook sector survive the emerging tablet era. To make sure that happens, Intel put its AppUp store in the hands of CompUSA, TigerDirect, and Best Buy Canada.
The AppUpSM center has nearly 2,000 free and paid apps to play around with running the gamut from social networking to gaming, productivity, travel, and the like. And just as Microsoft did with games for Windows Phone 7, all apps in the AppUpSM center include a try-before-you-buy feature.
A new survey called "Revolutions 2010" conducted by Deloitte lays out some fairly interesting findings detailing the influence mobile apps have -- or don't have -- on various hardware.
Video may have killed the radio star, but it's mobile apps that are helping to snuff out MP3 players. The survey, which pinged 1,960 U.S. consumers between the ages of 14 and 75 years old, found that 43 percent of app users have reduced or completely eliminated their use of MP3 players in favor of smartphones or tablets. Thirty-eight percent of app users said they no longer use or hardly ever use traditional AM/FM radios, and 30 percent said they no longer care about their videogame consoles.
"While the market for mobile apps is still in its infancy, once consumers get a taste, they appear to start using those apps for all aspects of their digital lives," said Phil Asmundson, vice chairman and Deloitte's technology, media, and telecommunications sector leader. "What we are seeing is a significant shift in how consumers access media, entertainment, and information. The growing demand for smartphones, led by Millennials and Xers, will increasingly threaten to cannibalize many consumer electronics."
At the same time, apps aren't the driving force in smartphone sales. About 58 percent of consumers who own or plan to purchase a smarphone indicated that features such as size, quality, camera, keyboard style, and price play the biggest role in what device to buy. On the flip side, only 18 percent cited additional features and functionality provided by apps as a determining factor.
Android's remarkable rise in such a short period is showing no signs of slowing down. Just the opposite, actually. According to Androlib.com, a popular website that lets you browse apps for your Android phone, over 1 billion apps have now been downloaded from the Android Market.
Pretty impressive when you consider the service launched less than two years ago. And sure, it's still only a fraction of Apple's App Store downloads, but that fraction is growing bigger by the day. At last count (back in January), App Store downloads topped 3 billion.
Despite the high number of downloads (and probably as a result of), there remains a disproportionate amount of free apps versus paid ones. That's certainly helped the Android Market grow in numbers, but it's a Catch 22 for developers hoping to cash in.
In a personal computer, heat is poison. It hurts performance, causes instability, and makes parts degrade faster. There are ways to reduce the heat in your system, but how do you know when you've got a problem with too much heat?
You could wait until your hardware dies, but that's expensive. You could stick your hand inside the case, but that's imprecise. Or, you could use a dedicated software or hardware heat monitor. Now we're talking, but which one's the best? In this article, we'll explain the pros and cons of 6 heat-monitoring solutions; 2 programs and 4 hardware monitors.
Read on to find out how to tell if your computer's getting too hot.
Once upon a time, the typical computer virus was annoying, and even a little destructive, but nowhere near as dangerous as what computer users face today. The stakes are much higher now, and if you’re not careful or haven’t taken the proper precautions, you’re a sitting duck for hackers to steal your identity and sell your private information to the highest underground bidder. Imagine waking up to find your bank account drained or your credit destroyed. And lest you think we’re exaggerating, consider that most U.S. military personnel aren’t even allowed to tote USB thumb drives and other removable storage devices anymore because of the potential harm of a virus outbreak.
The solution to all this is to not be caught with your virtual pants around your ankles, and lucky for us, antivirus vendors have stepped up their game with increasingly robust all-in-one security suites. In fact, unlike other technology categories, the field of AV continues to expand rather than consolidate, with an overwhelming number of apps promising protection and unique features. That’s where we come in.
To help you sift through the cruft, we’re going to revisit the latest versions of the antivirus apps that showed the most promise (or have been granted a mulligan) from last year’s roundup (January 2009), and we’ll pit them against five of the most reader-requested antivirus suites we haven’t yet reviewed. You’ll notice we’ve narrowed our focus to only two freebie apps this time around (Avira, last year’s champ, and Microsoft Security Essentials, Redmond’s highly anticipated replacement to Windows Live OneCare), so if you do decide to shell out for paid software, you’ll have a wider variety of suites to compare. If the app you’re interested in isn’t included here, let us know and be on the lookout for individual reviews in future issues.