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‘Ambitious’ new online news site spearheaded by Jessica Lessin. At $40 a month, I don’t think it is plain sailing. It’s a bit of a shame that the logo isn’t Retina-optimised.
As we’ve previously reported, Apple began giving away select paid apps in its Apple Store app recently as an added incentive to download and check out the app.
This week in particular Apple has replaced the free app with free music from iTunes instead. The playlist is appropriately holiday themed and features songs such as Silent Night by Kelly Clarkson and The First Noel by Mary J Blige.
I don’t think the song choice is particularly compelling, but this is not the only opportunity for Apple to give stuff away — it will likely do the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ giveaways soon.
Still, whatever Apple chooses to give away is better than the ‘gift’ Apple retail store employees received. Their Christmas gift was the opportunity to buy a $50 iTunes gift card for $40. Big whoop.
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The toolkit will help developers create Android and iOS hybrid native apps with Chrome app polyfills, through Apache Cordova. The steps include modifying for mobile design, fixing bugs, working around limitations, and of course, testing.
After all the work is done, Google says the apps will be good enough to publish to both Google Play and Apple’s App Store. The requirements suggest Android 4.x will be supported initially, although Cordova could work with Android 2.2 and 2.3 as well. iOS support is still marked as “TBA” but development has already started.
App approval is going to have a field day with this one.
We’re excited to share Prime Air — something the team has been working on in our next generation R&D lab.
The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.
Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations.
If this was April 1st, I’d happily accept this as an amusing prank. But it’s actually real.
The hard truth, however, is that both iOS and Android are doing fine without Apple and Google making the effort to ensure that relevant and quality content is pushed out to consumers – consumers are downloading more and more apps anyway.
So, it’s time for developers to stop moaning about app discovery. Apple and Google don’t owe you anything – it was your choice to support their platforms, and so it’s your job to make sure that decision was a worthwhile one.
Apple should do more. Until they do, it’s up to developers to maximise their success under the current constraints. Every developer has the same complaints, because everyone is on an (almost) equal playing field.
We mentioned a couple of days ago that AAPL stock was approaching a high for the year, and it has now broken the $549.02 at which it began the year.
The company has experienced a roller-coaster ride in its stock price, almost entirely divorced from any product-based reality. The value placed on the company by the market at any given time has more to do with the gap between rumors and product launches, and of course short-term speculation.
It’s been a bad year for Apple stock. Growth of their stock price in this calendar year is zero, even with Apple’s share repurchase scheme and more-favourable dividend policy in play.
As part of the American Black Friday sales tradition, Apple typically offers minimal discounts on its own products and third-party accessories via its online and physical retail stores. However, this year will likely be different. According to multiple sources, Apple’s sales event this Friday will be based around gift cards, not discounts on products. If a customer buys a product from Apple on Black Friday, instead of receiving a discount, they will be given an Apple Store gift card. This gift card will likely not be able to be used at the time of purchase, solely at a later date.
The 3D theatrical screenings of the special 50th anniversary episode of sci-fi drama “Doctor Who” earned £1.8 million ($2.91 million) at the U.K. box office, which is a European record for alternative content.
“The Day of the Doctor,” which was screened on Saturday by 440 movie theaters in the U.K. at the same time as the episode aired for free on the BBC, was the third highest-grosser over the weekend, after “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Gravity.”
Give Moffat a big enough budget and he can produce some pretty incredible stuff. That episode was great so it’s nice to see the cinema performance reflect this.
Before GTAV took us to the sun-bleached sidewalks and humming concrete freeways of present-day Los Santos and beyond, there was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the biggest GTA of the PS2 era. Now, head back to the early 90s with CJ and the Grove Street Families when Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas comes to mobile devices next month.
When Rockstar began porting full GTA games to iPad and iPhone about three years ago, it represented a monumental step for iOS gaming. However, deep down, what everyone was really wanting was San Andreas on iOS. Now it’s actually happening.
Well-placed sources tell us that the company is gearing up to launch new private messaging features inside its still red-hot photo and video sharing service. It is also experimenting with the idea of group messaging, our source tells us. The new features are likely to find home in the next version of Instagram, which is expected before end of the year. An Instagram spokesperson (not surprisingly) declined to comment.
Adding video was bad enough.