One of the biggest subjects throughout the presidential campaign for the Republican candidate has been the jobs that are leaving the United States, well according to new numbers Smartphone applications are helping the industry keep some of those jobs in country. For years, there’s been questions and speculation about just how many jobs Apple’s App Store and similar marketplaces for other mobile and web platforms have created. Well according to new numbers released by TechNet apps have created 466,000 American jobs since 2008.
Of those jobs, the highest percentage (23.8 percent) of the total are located in California. Other app hot spots include New York (6.9 percent), Washington (6.4 percent), Texas (5.4 percent) and New Jersey (4.2 percent). These numbers include not only jobs created for iOS apps, but also those triggered by the development of apps for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Facebook.
Perhaps the politicians should spend more time trying to figure out how to keep these jobs in the country, instead of bitching about the jobs that have already left the country.
Remember “The Daily” one of the first magazines to be published on the iPad, well it was launched one year ago, so it is time to look back at how the year went.
Honestly “The Daily” has had quite a rocky year. On the Launch date Rupert Murdoch states that he hoped the App would gain at least 500,000 subscribers within the first year, if that goal was reached he would consider it a success, well he must be a little disappointed to find out that currently the number of subscribers ranges somewhere between 100,000 and 120,000.
Recently Publisher Greg Clayman says that when the app originally launched, the goal was to make an experience unique to the tablet, therefore the company has taken almost a year before releasing the service on other platforms, it was only recently that Android support was added, via the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Furthermore Clayman adds that The Daily is still headed for profitability “over the next couple of years,” which he says is actually better than most traditional publications.
It will be interesting to see where The Daily is one year from now, who knows maybe they will finally reach 500,000 subscribers, what do you think is there a future for The Daily? Do any of you subscribe to it?
One year ago exactly today Apple unveiled the Mac App Store with over 1,000 apps available at launch. Just like this year, CES was starting to ramp up. Apple stole the early thunder by announcing its app distribution system for OS X.
Steve Jobs told the world that, “We think users are going to love this innovative new way to discover and buy their favorite apps.” As it turns out, he was right.
The Mac App Store went live alongside OS X 10.6.6, and there was plenty of pre-release buzz surrounding high-profile apps like Twitter for Mac. Apple categorized and formatted the Mac App Store nearly identically to the iOS App Store, and user adoption skyrocketed.
Last month, Apple announced that the Mac App Store has served over 100 million downloads, and that figure didn’t even include Lion and re-download numbers. It was estimated that over 10,000 live apps existed in the store at that time.
It’s only taken Apple one year to propel the Mac App Store to the forefront of desktop software distribution. We can’t wait to see what this next year has in store.
It has long been known that Apple has been trying to fight pirated Apps, now they have reached out to AppTrackr, the most popular marketplace for downloading cracked iOS applications. AppTrackr uses their installer tool called Installous to install cracked applications, and makes available applications like Apple’s Numbers, NOAA Radar US, Nike+ GPS, and more to those who jailbreak.
Earlier in the week, the company announced in a blog post that Apple has begun sending notices regarding cracked apps demanding that the company remove these.
Instead of removing these however, AppTracrk has simply moved their servers to countries where there are no copyright laws, furthermore the company has added CAPATCHA code to all outbound links.
For developers it is a good sign that Apple has begun taking steps to prevent piracy of Apps, which really has been a big issue for several developers.
What about you have you had any of your apps pirated, and what are your thoughts on the piracy of apps?
According to the study, which asked users to rate the user friendliness of the iPad 62% of the respondents stated that the iPad was excellent, while still 21% stated that they found the pad to be good. At the same time only 4 percent thought the usability of the iPad was “fair, and a meager 2 percent find it to be poor.
Another interesting fact about the iPad was that it has gained popularity in the US company boardrooms, with 52 percent of the respondents stating that they used the iPad at work. Furthermore more almost 92 percent of respomdendt stated that they have used their iPad to edit documents needed for their work?
What about you? Are you pleased with the iPad and do you use it for work or purely for personal use?
Google TV users can now access to Airtight, an app that allows AirPlaystreaming. That means iOS device owners can stream video and photos to Google TV over the Wi-Fi, with some limitations.
As the Mac Observer points out, the US$0.99 app doesn’t allow mirroring or the streaming of any content with DRM, which means movies and TV shows purchased from the iTunes Store are out. It also doesn’t support music streaming at this time, which could be a deterrent for some.
The developers said they are checking into the possibility of streaming music and admit in the version notes that there’s a lot of work yet to come. But the reviews thus far say that the app is stable and works well. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes.
Finally the news we have all been waiting for! Following the last month of updates, pod2g has finally released his untethered iOS 5.01 jailbreak through the iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev Team. But sorry chaps, it won’t work on the iPhone 4S or iPad 2. Not yet, anyway.
The iOS 5 and iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak only works on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3G and 4G, and the iPad 1. pod2g’s working on extending the untether to iPhone 4S and iPad 2, but it could take time.
DigiTimes reports that Intel has notified partners that the company will “fully release” its Thunderbolt technology in April 2012. Intel is reportedly preparing to launch Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs at that time.
Intel and Apple originally partnered on the new technology which has become standard across Apple’s MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac. Digitimes reports that the cost of Thunderbolt technology is expected to drop in the second half of 2012, allowing more widespread adoption.While Apple does offer Thunderbolt across most of its product line, the first Thunderbolt products have been limited to relatively high end devices. More widespread adoption should help drive adoption by accessory makers that will benefit both Mac and PC users that use Thunderbolt.
Intel has always said that they see both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt as complementary technologies and plans to support both in their 2012 motherboards.
As if RIM wasn’t in enough trouble already these numbers really won’t make them feel better, according to writer and smartphone market analyst Brian S. Hall Apple’s App Store alone is worth more than all of Research In Motion, the guys behind BlackBerry devices. That’s pretty interesting. Hall noted that with the current share price RIM is worth $7.04 billion at the same time however the Apple Store is worth more than 7.08 Billion dollars.
With 2011 drawing to an end, things really look bleak Research in Motion, the guys behind BlackBerry, Co-CEOs Michael Lazaridis and James Balsillie have led the company from a major player on the smartphone market into technological obsolescence and obscurity.
If RIM was hoping that 2012 was going to be the year of their revival then they really need to start changing their strategy, the company recently announced that their next major device, BlackBerry 10, won’t stock start shipping until the second half of 2012 – an eternity considering the Android and iOS devices set to be released before then.
RIM’s stock is now trading at 52 week lows, marking a 75% loss year-to-date, and finished last week with a total value of $7.04 billion. To put that into perspective, the entirety of Research in Motion is now worth less than Apple’s App Store alone.
If the company can’t correct itself after a year like this, what’s it going to take?