Apple today announced that its App Store has recorded more than two billion app downloads since the site first launched in July 2008. Apple added that there are now more than 50 million iPhone and iPod touch owners who have access to over 85,000 apps.
"The rate of App Store downloads continues to accelerate with users downloading a staggering two billion apps in just over a year, including more than half a billion apps this quarter alone," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "The App Store has reinvented what you can do with a mobile handheld device, and our users are clearly loving it."
Earlier this month, Jobs said there were 75,000 apps available at the App Store, with 1.8 billion downloads recorded. That means in this month alone, the App Store added 10,000 more apps, or half as many as Android Market's entire catalog. And with Google recently dropping the hammer on Android's third-party ROM development community, Apple's probably in no immediate danger of being dethroned.
When you need your search engine to be your utilitarian counterpart, Surf Canyon’s search engine assistant will make sure that you receive the most relevant information from your search queries. Whether you use Google, Bing, Yahoo, Lexis Web, or Craigslist, this add-on will offer a refined search in real time, turning up only relevant search results.
There is simply not enough time to see the entire Internet. Sure, it’s important to be informed about the latest celebrity gossip or the next big thing in tech, but when duty calls, these things are of a lesser value. Because of these reasons, we use Read It Later, which allows you to save pages of interest to read at a later time, so you’re never out of “the know”. This helpful and essential Firefox Add-on eliminates the habit of bookmarking sites that are basically of a one-time interest.
The app store bug appears to have mutated into something highly contagious. Another smartphone maker has avowedly contracted this bug. Samsung has announced its plans to launch a mobile app store in Europe. The Samsung Application Store will be launched in the UK, France and Italy on September 14.
We were elated when Firefox 3.5 came out, which brought increased stability and new features to one of our favorite web browsers of all time, including private browsing, tear away tabs and location awareness. We also got a faster browser with enhanced security and user-friendliness. However, what ultimately makes Firefox the choice browser is the appeal of its massive library of add-ons, which not only shed light on the fervent community, but also ensure that Firefox users get a great deal by installing widgets and extensions that only add to the Internet browsing experience. Users have the ability to experience what other web browsers do not — and cannot — offer.
From Mozilla's massive library of add-ons, we've chosen our favorite 16 that we believe are essential to the Firefox experience. These are add-ons that introduce features we wish were pre-installed with Firefox -- enhancements that we can't live without. Because as awesome as Firefox already is, these picks make our web browsing experience that much better.
We begin another trip through the freeware files with a focus on graphics this time around--graphics and zombies. While a majority of the free games in this roundup feature some kind of interesting graphical treatment, there's one straggler that looks a bit like the sprites from SimCopter. But this little gem, of all the games on said list, features a healthy dose of zombie-killing. So for that, I can forgive its less-than-ideal looks.
But enough about that. You want to get to the games. I don't blame you. In fact, just to make sure I'm appeasing your interests, I'm taking a look at a number of different genres this time around. If zombies aren't your thing, or you can't stand the thought of an 8-bit, FPS-style puzzle title, then you'll surely find a winner in one of the other titles on this week's list. From marble-smashing arcade games to awesome little racecar rallies, you're guaranteed to find at least one gem amongst these super-fun freeware titles.
Finish up your finger exercises and put on your wrist sweatbands. Then click the jump, 'cause it's time to game!
Get ready for a whole new kind of Pirate Bay, one that embraces the RIAA rather than try to fight it. That is, if investors okay the $7.8 million deal that would have Global Gaming Factory acquire the popular torrent sharing site. Already getting a head start, the Swedish software company has hired Wayne Rosso, the former president of Grokster and founder of Massboxx, to help hammer out licensing deals with content owners.
"I've gotten friendly with a lot of these guys," Rosso said of Mitch Bainwol, the RIAA's CEO and other music industry execs. "These are good guys. They've been wonderful to me. Other people in the business have been nice to me but they've had to hold thier nose."
Rosso's comments are in stark contrast to an opinion he held during his days with the now defunct Grokster. Back then, Rosso compared RIAA execs to Stalin. But, as Rosso notes, "The Pirate Bay has turned over a legitimate new leaf, so it has to be above board from the first day."
That means a new business model, one which will likely include unlimited music downloads for a monthly fee. Rosso says that eventually users will be able to pay nothing to download music, so long as the tunes stay tied to the user's computer.
It was a little under three months ago that Apple's App Store recorded its one-billionth download, a milestone that took just nine months to achieve. If you thought that was impressive, Apple today announced its App Store downloads now top 1.5 billion. Not bad for a one-year-old service.
"The App Store is like nothing in the industry has ever seen before in both scale and quality," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "With 1.5 billion apps downloaded, it is going to be very hard for others to catch up."
And at the current pace, Jobs is probably right. The App Store shows no signs of slowing down, recording more than 500 million downloads in under three months for its more than 65,000 apps available to consumers in 77 countries. There have been more than 40 million iPod touch and iPhone devices shipped so far, along with 100,000 developers churning out applications.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen may not be as popularly synonymous with wealth as is his more illustrious peer Bill Gates, but he has been among the richest people of the world for many years on the trot. Now he has decided to use a modicum of his immense wealth for a fresh business venture.
Xiant Filer can automatically organize incoming mail messages by choosing the correct subfolder for depositing each message. According to Allen’s new company, the software becomes smarter the more you use it.
It appears to be meant for really popular people with mailboxes inundated with messages. However, anyone can try it for free as the beta version can be downloaded from Xiant’s website.
Forget about the fight between DVD and Blu-ray, Playboy has decided to leave physical media behind altogether. Instead, the company best known for its articles (you do read Playboy for the articles, right?) will focus solely on digital distribution, according to the company's regulatory filing. The move is expected to save Playboy about $12 million a year in expenses.
Shedding its DVD operation will result in the loss of 80 jobs an $2 million in restructuring charges. Combined with an additional $4 million taken against archival materials and a receivable, Playboy expects to take a total of $6 million in charges against operating income resulting in a net loss for the third quarter.
Despite the initial net loss, Christie Hefner, the company's chairman and chief executive, wrote in a memo to all Playboy employees that the goal is to return the company to profitability in 2009. In addition to migrating to digital distribution, savings will come from cutting overtime, travel, and entertainment.
Almost makes you not want to work at Playboy. Almost.