Pirated iOS app store Installous shutting down

Installous

This is great news for those of you who are making money from the App Store, Installous, a major portal for pirated paid apps from Apple’s App Store, won’t be around anymore. Earlier development team Hackulous announced the closure of Installous on their official Web site.

In the past Installous offered complete access to thousands of paid iOS apps for free for anyone with a jailbroken iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In other words anyone could download an app without having to pay for it.
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Google to launch online store for Android tablets

While Apple is enjoying huge levels of success with the new iPad, Google has recorded dissapointing sales of tablets running Android OS. In order to boost sales Google is reportedly planning to rollout an online store by the end of 2012, the store will sell tablets running Android OS.

According to The Wall Street Journal  the internet search giant’s plans are similar to the short-lived online sales model of the company’s 2010 Nexus One handset only much more similar to the online portion of the Apple Store.

It is not known when the store will officially make its debut, and the sources are unclear as to which Android tablet makers will be taking part in the endeavor.

What do you think, will an online store be able to save the dwindling sales of Android Tablets?

Epic Games earn $30 Million on Infinity Blade

While the average developer earns an estimated $3,000 on their Apps, there are some companies that are earning big bucks from their developments.

Epic Games, the makers of popular iOS title Infinity Blade reported last year that their had made $10 million in revenue from the sales of the original Infinity Blade, now with the release of the follow-up Infinity Blade II Epic Games has announced that it has made more than $30 Million in revenues.

Adding to the revenue was the release  of the game’s official soundtrack and the Infinity Blade FX arcade game.

Infinity Blade II can be download in the App Store for $6.99. The original Infinity Blade is still available for $5.99. Both downloads are universal for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Apple begins cracking down on pirated apps.

 

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?

New Thunderbolt devices coming 2012

copied from macrumors.com

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.

Best Time To Launch Your New App is Sunday.

Developers pay attention!

If you are planning to release your App on the Apple App Store, then new research shows that Sunday is the best day to release it. This is according to a 17-week long analysis conducted by Mobilewalla, the mobile analytics firm.

In order to gather reliable data, the company studied the apps released on a daily basis in the iTunes App Store and Android Market between May 16th and September 8th, 2011. The company determined that 91,754 iOS apps were released into the iTunes App Store and 122,220 apps released into the Android Market.

If you are debating whether to release your App on the App Store or on the Android market then consider this according to TechCrunch,  an app released into Apple’s App Store is four times more likely to be discovered than an app released into the Android Market.

If you are wondering what day to avoid, then the answer is simple if your App is for the Android Market, then steer clear of  Thursdays as only 7% of apps reached the top 240 then during the study. On the App Store the worst day for a new release is Friday, with only 10% of apps reaching the top 240.

EA launches a Daily Deals page for the holidays

So now that we’re rolling into December, we’re about to enter into the biggest season of the year for both app buying and app sales. Right before Christmas, Apple will “freeze” the App Store, which means listings won’t get updated, and developers won’t be able to change prices or release new apps, so iOS devs and publishers are working overtime right now to make sure everything is ready for the holiday.

But there are other ways to find big app price drops. EA has made it easy for its apps — the company has put together a “Daily Deals” page that will highlight free and discounted apps that show up in the company’s catalog. Right now, for example, Shift 2 Unleashed and The Sims Medieval are both completely free, and there are a few other apps that are discounted in price.

MacUpdate releases WinterBundle

Tis the season for shopping and gifting, so why not give yourself an early Christmas present, MacUpdate today offers their new $49.99 Dec 2011 Bundle headlined by TechTool Pro, TotalFinder, Postbox 3 and FontPack Pro Master Collection and seven more quality apps for $49.99.  TechTool Pro, which retails for double the entire bundle price, includes a bootable DVD disk for disk repair and diagnostics.

8 of the 11 100% Mac OS X 10.7 compatible apps are available as demos, which can be downloaded in a single dmg from here. (TechTool Pro 6, FontPack Pro Master Collection, and Neverwinter Nights 2 do not have demos)

As a bonus, the all-new IconBox 2.5 goes to the first 15,000 buyers. $49.99 at MacUpdate

Full rundown below:

1. TechTool Pro 6 ($99.99) – A leading Mac utility, with tools for diagnosing virtually all hardware problems and for repairing and optimizing hard drives. A bootable DVD disk image is included in the bundle, and version 6 features improved eDrive functionality, enabling all of the app’s tools to be ran from the boot drive, perfect for Macs without optical drives.

2. TotalFinder ($18.00) – Adds Web browser-like Tabs to the Finder and other must-have enhancements for a more productive Finder experience.

3. Postbox 3 ($29.95) – Arguably the most powerful email client for Mac OS X, offering countless more features than Mac OS X’s built-in Mail.app. Get more from your email and organize your correspondence with Postbox.

4. FontPack Pro Master Collection + FontBoss Font Management Utility ($300.00) – A collection of 6,200 OpenType fonts with a 5 Mac commercial-use license. Includes the all new FontBoss font management utility from Macware.

5. Labels & Addresses ($49.99) – The most complete label printing app for Mac, capable of printing all sorts of address labels, envelopes, inventory labels and price tags. It’s also ideal for businesses, offering full support for various barcode formats, including UPC, ISBN and EAN.

6. Mac DVDRipper Pro 3 ($19.95) – The gold standard for copying DVD movies to your Mac, version 3 is now capable of converting your DVD movies to formats that are friendly for your AppleTV or iOS devices, making it simple for anyone to get movies from DVD onto their iPad or iPhone.

7. Hear ($19.95) – Hear is a unique utility that improves your Mac’s audio, providing you with an equalizer for every app that makes games, movies, music, or TV shows sound better. Whether you’re listening through your MacBook’s speakers, headphones, or a premium sound system, Hear will improve the experience.

8. Back In Focus ($99.95) – A professional-caliber tool that’s easy enough for novices to use, Back In Focus rescues your blurry photos by improving their sharpness with several advanced algorithms.

9. iClip 5 ($18.99) – The premier multi-clipboard & scrapbook tool that enables you to keep a history of almost anything you copy, instead of only the last item. iClip also makes it easy to organize your clips into sets to store various things like web addresses, frequently used logos, code snippets, and more.

10. FoldersSynchronizer ($40.00) – If you own more than one Mac and want to keep files consistent on all of them or you want a powerful tool for scheduling and creating backups, FolderSynchronizer is the best utility for the job.

11. Neverwinter Nights 2 ($19.95) – One of the most acclaimed fantasy role-playing games to emerge in recent years. With an engrossing storyline and multiplayer support, NeverWinter Nights will keep you engaged for many hours of enjoyable gameplay.”We’ve put together another powerful and versatile collection of top-rated apps that any Mac user can benefit from,” said Misha Sakellaropoulo, COO of MacUpdate. “With the broad appeal and overall utility of this bundle, buyers will enhance the workflow and enjoyment of their Mac.”

Best Buy mocks Apple in new Ad

If you have been to Best Buy recently you will know that they offer a wide variety of Apple products since the company is an authorized Apple reseller, and it wants its customers to know that this holiday shopping season.

The retailer’s latest ad focuses on a customer who just discovered Best Buy sells all the hottest Apple gifts. The edgy commercial pits the customer who purchased all her gifts from Best Buy, against Santa who arrived too late to put anything under the tree.

While not all Best Buy locations carry Apple products, those that do are a valuable resource for Apple owners. Best Buy carries most Apple products including the iPhone, iPod, MacBook Pro and the iMac. The retailer also lines its shelves with Apple-compatible accessories for those in a pinch who need a case or screen protector right away.

Rockstar offers huge discounts on GTA games for Mac!!!

Get Over Half Off All Grand Theft Auto Titles For Mac For Black Friday

If you are like me you probably hold off buying games in the days that lead up to Black Friday, well this year it has really paid off, iOS developers aren’t the only ones slashing prices for Black Friday 2011; there’s also some awesome discounts to be found in the Mac App Store. One of the best we’ve discovered this morning is over half off all three of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto titles for Mac.

That includes Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. All of which have been reduced from $14.99 to just $6.99:

In addition to reductions on its Mac App Store releases, Rockstar is also offering 33% off all its titlesavailable on Steam.