Apps help create more than 450,000 jobs in the US

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.

Those interested can read the whole report here.

Apple releases EFI Firmware updates bringing Lion Internet Recovery to 2010 Macs

EFI

For those who have been wondering why Apple hasn’t brought internet recovery to their 2010 Macs running Lion, here is some good news, Apple recently released three new EFI firmware updates bringing Lion Internet Recovery to the company’s Late 2010 MacBook Air, Mid-2010 iMac, and Early 2010 MacBook Pro.

Available firmware updates include:

– MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.3 (2.98 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Air (Late 2010) models and addresses an issue where the sys
tem could restart if the power button is pressed immediately after waking from deep sleep.

– iMac EFI Update 1.8 (3.02 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on iMac (Mid 2010) models.

– MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.6 (3.18 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Pro (Early 2010) models.

Originally Apple introduced Lion Internet Recovery on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini models that were introduced last July alongside OS X Lion itself. OS X Lion users might have noticed that  OS X Lion by default installs a recovery partition on the machine’s hard drive, however sometimes for unknown reasons this recovery partition becomes inaccessible, and therefore Internet Recovery provides yet another fallback option for Lion installation.

After one year “The Daily” logs 100,000 paid subscribers

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?

App Review: GraviMaze – Gravity Puzzle Solving

If you love logic puzzles then this is just the game for you. GraviMaze the first game developed by hart[dev] has everything you would expect from an amazing App.

According to the iTunes page:

“Challenge your mind with GraviMaze, a gravity-based 2d puzzle game for the iPhone that will turn your brain upside-down.

Bend gravity to your will to collect the treasures of long forgotten mayan temples, but beware of the cunning traps that guard them!”

We were lucky enough to get to trial the game before it was released on the App Store, and after a week of twisting and turning, we can only conclude that this is one addictive game. Unlike other games you don’t actually turn your iDevice, instead you swipe your fingers on the screen to control the world. Pretty much the whole purpose of the game is to get the block from point A to point B. As the levels become more complex so does the steps you need to go through in order to beat the levels.

What makes GraviMaze great is the currently new types of levels that help the gameplay from becoming boring, which sometimes tends to happen with logic puzzles, where the levels end up being repetitive after a few stages.

You can check out the trailer below, GraviMaze can be purchased for an introductory price of $0.99 from the App Store.

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).

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.