Pirated iOS app store Installous shutting down

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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?

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).

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.

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.

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?

Young programmer gives back to hospital that saved his life


The story behind the new app released byyoung programmer Cameron Cohen is really quite remarkable.

At a mere age of 13 Cameron has already released two successful Apps, however the real story is what motivated him to write these apps and what he does with the money earned through the Apps.

When Cameron Cohen was 11 he had surgery to remove a benign tumor from his leg. Since he couldn’t play any of the sports he loved during his 9-month recovery he turned to his other big interest, computers. As he states “I began to read anything about programming that I could get my hands on. I watched Stanford University professors on iTunes, scoured the web for articles on programming and taught myself several different programming languages.”

Determined to somehow give thanks to the hospital where he had received treatment, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Cameron decided to create iSketch, a drawing app, which he sold on the App Store for just $0.99. The app became a huge success and Cohen donated $20,000 from the sales to the hospital. The money was used to purchase computers, iPads, iPods and entertainment for patients to use during their recovery.

Now at 13 Cameron has done it again with the release of his newest app, AnimalGrams, Race against the clock to unscramble words! Once again Cohen states that a significant portion of the proceeds with be donated to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

We wish Cameron the best of luck in the future.

Most popular posts of 2011!

Now that 2011 has come to an end it is time to take a look at the most popular posts of the previous year, we have had a lot of interesting Apple news to report, and these are the ones that got most views on the page!

1. iPad doesn’t follow normal product lifecycle

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Many products follow the product lifecycle and are initially accepted only by the early adopters and then slowly gain mainstream popularity, the Apple iPad however doesn’t seem to follow this pattern, according to Apple execs the iPad is a runaway hit and it’s going mainstream faster than anything they’ve seen before.

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2. Connect Apple Wireless Keyboard with a Mac.

Set up

To set up the aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard, follow these steps:

You will need:

-Apple wireless Keyboard
– Mac with bluetooth option.

Install the batteries.

Use a coin to remove the battery compartment cover.
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3. How to find your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad UDID


The other day a friend of mine asked me how he could find the UDID for his new iPhone 4. Therefore I have decided to compile this quick How-To Guide. The UDID number is a 40-digit sequence of letters and numbers, associated with every iPhone and iPod touch device, it is really easy to find if you know how to.

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4. Apple updates iMovie ’11

Earlier today Apple released an update to iMovie ’11. The update improves overall stability and fixes an issue that causes audio playback to be out of sync.

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How to connect USB drive to iPad

So far connecting a USB drive has only been possible if you jailbreak the iPad, now since we are not going to post anything on here about jail breaking the iPad here is a way you can transfer files from the USB drive to the iPad without jail breaking it first.

New Thunderbolt devices coming 2012

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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.