iOS App Snapseed coming to Android and Mac in early 2012

Being the avid photographer that I am, I am constantly trying to find apps that will help me improve the images that the iPhone takes, recently I found Snapseed, and have had nothing but good experiences with it, now according to an announcement by the developer Nik Software Snapseed will arrive  on Android in early 2012, at the same time Snapseed has already made its way to the Mac App Store.

Snapseed was voted Apple’s ‘App of the Year’ in 2011, during CES, Michael J. Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software, stated the he was “very pleased to bring Snapseed to the Android tablet market,” furthermore he adds,”Offering Snapseed for Android tablets is a great opportunity for more users to experience the fun and creativity of photo editing and sharing. We worked with NVIDIA to make Snapseed fast and responsive for Android users everywhere.”

The Android version of Snapseed will set users back £3.24 ($4.99), while the Mac App Store version costs £12.99 ($19.99).

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Apple announces education event in New York City to take place next Thursday, Jan. 19

Education

Last week Apple sent out invitations for a special event set to take place this Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the theme of the event is an “education announcement in the Big Apple.”

As you can see in the image above, the invitation features a chalkboard-style drawing outlining the skyline of New York, with the addition of the Apple logo in the center.

The event is expected to focus on improvements to the iBooks platform with a main emphasis on education and digital textbook publishing. According to rumors the event will try to combine the iTunes U, a free service Apple provides that gives access to educational content, with iBooks.

Previous reports have said Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was heavily involved in this project, before he passed away this past October. According to biographer Walter Isaacson Jobs told him “that textbooks were one of the products he wanted to reinvent, along with photography and televisions.”

We will keep you updated on where to follow the event over the next few days, so keep checking back.

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 releases iOS 5.1 beta 3 to developers

Apple has released the third beta of iOS 5.1 to developers. iOS 5.1 beta 2 was released nearly a month ago, but now that the holiday lull is out of the way it’s probably not going to take that long before the next beta comes out.

The beta is available both through over-the-air download and a direct download link on the Apple Developer Center website.

Once released, iOS 5.1 is expected to introduce improvements to Photo Stream and address battery life issues that some users, particularly iPhone 4S owners, have experienced in iOS 5.

3 Billion Apps downloaded on iPad App Store


For those who develop apps for the iPad these numbers are amazing, since the launch of the iPad in 2010 there have been more than 3 BILLION downloads of apps developed specifically for the iPad.

According to an ABI Research press release, they have estimated that more than 3 billion apps have been cumulatively downloaded since the iPad first launched in 2010, this is an estimated 19% of all iOS App Store downloads, or almost a fifth of all downloads despite the fact that the iPad was released two years after the iOS App Store opened.

According to the numbers released by ABI an estimated 120,000 applications have been developed specifically for the iPad as of the third quarter of 2011. The growth rate of the iPad-specific apps is similar to the explosive start that the iPhone saw when the App Store first opened. It took under 18 months for the iPhone and iPod touch application downloads to 3 billion.

How To Fix White Cydia Icon After 5.0.1 / 5 Jailbreak

If you have Jailbroken your iDevice then you might have experienced that the Cydia icon turns white So how to Fix White Cydia Icon After 5.0.1 / 5 Jailbreak ?

This issue is relevant for users of iPhone 4, 3GS, iPod touch 4G, 3G and iPad 1 operating in iOS 5.0.1 / 5.0 and who may have experienced the issue that the Cydia icon turns to white. This might happen while installing certain tweaks or operating in the tethered mode as well. At many times, updating the jailbreaks apps can solve the problems, but certain times the problem may persist. In this scenario, a feasible solution is to reinstall Cydia.

The three methods listed below have been known to work:

Trial A:

Step 1: Open Redsn0w 0.9.9b8 (You can download it from here)

Step 2: Click on “Extas” button
Step 3: Click on “Just boot” button

If Trial A didn’t fix the issue you can follow Trial B

Trial B:
Step 1: Once you have launched Cydia, tap on “Manage”.
Step 2: There you would be able to see an Installed list and an option, “Cydia Installer”.
Step 3: Select it and then modify it by tapping on the “Modify” button.
Step 4: In the final step, all you have to do is to tap the “Re-install button”, and the job is done.

If Trial A and B didn’t fix white cydia icon issue you can follow Trial C.

Trial C:
Step 1: When you launch Cydia, proceed to the “Changes” tab and hit the “Refresh” button. This would prompt Cydia to update all necessary packages.
Step 2: You would get an option demanding an “Essential Upgrade”. In a few minutes duration, all the update procedure would be completed.
Step 3: Once you have confirmed the update, all necessary changes would be completed.When this is completed, close Cydia and your job is done.

Failure to ask why syndrome in App development

As a Graduate student of Management I try to find things in the business world that I can apply to the development of iOS Apps. Which is why I found today’s lecture in Knowledge Management to be very interesting, we discussed the failure to ask why syndrome, in other words if something is a failure we always ask why and try to fix it, however if something is a success we don’t ask why?

Often when working on a new application for the iPhone I encounter mistakes and errors which make the app unable to run, when that happens I sit down and investigate what went wrong, however mostly when the app works as planned I don’t take the time to re-read the code to examine why the app works, the problem with this is that due to this I don’t see what I could have done better.

How about you do you take the time to explore why something went right, or do you only ask questions when something fails?

By mlovergaard Posted in News

The Mac App Store turns 1! Happy Birthday

It’s The Mac App Store’s Birthday!

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.

Happy birthday, Mac App Store!

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?

Google Brings iPad Support To Google Translate For iOS

Google Brings iPad Support To Google Translate For iOS

Google has updated its popular Google Translate app for iOS today, introducing native support for the iPad. Instead of running in a small window in the center of screen, the app will now take advantage of your iPad’s large display to make text translation easier on the go.

Version 1.3.0 of the Google Translate app hit the App Store earlier today, and as usual, it’s completely free to download. The app allows you to translate text between 63 languages, either by typing or speaking; listen to translations out loud; and save translations for easy access, and for viewing offline.

Other than support for the iPad, however, the latest Google Translate release offers nothing new. What’s more, you may find the iPad support a little disappointing; it’s literally the same app you get on the iPhone, only larger. Nevertheless, it’s still an incredibly useful app.