Archive for ‘App Store’

October 30, 2011

Free 24 hr live broadcast on Bloomberg TV App


Bloomberg, in a move to differ itself from the competitors, is offering a Bloomberg TV+ App, giving a 24 hour live broadcast subscription free to all iPad owners. Other new agencies such as CNN, reserve the live stream to their subscribers only. Go grab your Bloomberg+ TV App now. 

October 27, 2011

Create your own App on the iPad using Codify


 An interesting App called Codify has made its arrival to the App Store. The App brings you touch based programming and let’s you create your own Apps on your iPad. If you are a geek like me, you will be super excited about it 😛

Codify lets you create your own programs using the Lua programming language by writing code directly into your iPad. But there is  a catch! Apple recently eased restrictions on Apps which run interpreted languages such as Lua. Although Apple now allows to run the interpreted language in-app, it does not allow the download of such Apps. In other words, if you create an App using Codify, you might not really be able to sell it or share it at the App Store (The developer has submitted the code for sharing your Apps but is not sure if Apple will  allow it). However, I think Codify is a neat tool to make prototypes and test out your idea before you actually jump knee-deep into making a full-fledged iOS app. Codify is now available at the App Store for $7.99. Check it out!


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October 10, 2011

Air Guitar for your iPad


I am a big fan of the Microsoft Kinect technology and now it’s starting to surface on iOS devices. Air Guitar is a very cool app, which lets you play a virtual guitar in the air. It tracks your hand movements using the camera and reproduces guitar sounds as though you were playing it for real. It costs only $1.99 and who needs the bulk of a Guitar Hero when you have one of these? 🙂

Source: 9to5mac via ArsTechnica

May 24, 2011

“App Store” – What’s in a name?


Why does every mobile OS maker or app seller want to call their application distribution platform an App Store? That’s what Apple is complaining about.

It’s no doubt that Microsoft has an issue about the trademark and it filed a motion at the US trademark and Patent office to deny Apple’s application, claiming Apple cannot trademark a generic term. To remind Microsoft, “App Store” wasn’t a generic term until Apple created it.

Soon Amazon followed and named it’s store for Android apps as “Amazon App Store” and Apple sued Amazon.

Why cant others call their distribution platforms something else like “Application Store”, because thats what an App Store really is? 


Google has done a good job calling it’s “App Store” the Market. However,  an outsider who is not familiar with Android may wonder what the Market is.  The response to that would be the app store for Android.

Yes, AppleGirl we can call it the application store. However, in this day and age where acronyms are in our everyday vocab, who doesn’t use the abbreviated version 🙂

I say that we coin the new term the App Entrepot and call it a day!

February 19, 2011

Apple taking a bite out of your pocket!


Extra, extra read all about it, Apple wants to take 30% of your revenue!

So, Apple introduces an  in app subscription service, but there’s a hefty 30% fee that goes along with it. The worse part is that Apple is dictating that the cost for the in app subscription must be the same or less  as compared to a subscription purchased outside of the app.

Outraged yet? Rhapsody is! Jon Irwin called the plan “economically untenable”. “Our philosophy is simple too — an Apple-imposed arrangement that requires us to pay 30 percent of our revenue to Apple, in addition to content fees that we pay to the music labels, publishers and artists, is economically untenable. The bottom line is we would not be able to offer our service through the iTunes store if subjected to Apple’s 30 percent monthly fee vs. a typical 2.5 percent credit card fee.”

Hmm, does this mean that developers/companies that do not want to pay 30% will slowly pull their apps? If that happens, it sure sounds like we’ll have more people join the Android bandwagon 🙂

Source: cnn


It’s another brilliant bet by Apple.  Focus on the consumer and make a billion.

The one click subscription is Apple’s new in app subscription model that will allow developers to charge for additional content, such as new levels in a game or a magazine subscription renewal, all  from within an App without having to go to the App Store.

One click purchases means ease of purchase for the consumer and developers (and Apple) make money from it. Apple knows that millions of users will at least do one in App purchase and Apple wants a share too. Of course, the App companies and developers are mad about it!!Why shouldn’t they be?

In order to ensure that this model succeeds (read: discourage developers from avoiding in app subscriptions and using out of app subscriptions) Apple has mandated that companies which offer subscriptions out of App must provide an in app subscription for same or better price.

So as Apple puts it “Our philosophy is simple — when Apple brings a new subscriber to the app, Apple earns a 30 percent share; when the publisher brings an existing or new subscriber to the app, the publisher keeps 100 percent and Apple earns nothing”

And the latest news is that the in app subscription plan has sparked anti trust inquiries. Let’s see how this one plays out. What do you think? An outstanding bet or one that will disrupt the ecosystem and backfire on Apple?

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