The giants of the internet age are Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook, according The Economist. Each of these giants is a leader in specific product space(s) in the modern-day internet superstructure, in terms of market share and/or profits.
I was about to spend $1.99 on a new iPhone game called Counter Strike. The game developer, Top Best Adult Entertainment, described it the “ORIGINAL Counter Strike is FINALLY Available on the iPhone.” Playing CS on my iPhone sounds like an awesome weekend plan!
Before clicking on the buy button, I checked the reviews. The app has 8 reviews (so far) with only one star rating in App Store (US).
Robot, Android’s native browser has become the most popular mobile web browser, overtaking Opera’s mobile browser, as revealed by StatCounter’s data.
StatCounter’s mobile browser stats for the period Feb 2011 to Feb 2012 shows that both Robot and Safari, the iPhone’s native browser, are growing in terms of popularity. However, the Android browser saw an impressive growth, overtaking both Nokia’s browser and Safari in May 2011, and most recently overtaking Opera as well.
iPad users have cumulatively downloaded an estimated 3 billion apps since Apple launched the hugely popular device on April 3, 2010, according to a report by ABI Research, a US-based market intelligence company.
It took iPad users took nearly a year and a half to reach the 3 billion downloads mark; iPhone users took as long as two years before being able to reach that level. In comparison, Android tablets only have around 440 million downloads thus far.
According to the report, Android still trails greatly behind the iPad mainly because Android tablets in the market are still using older versions of OS, which disadvantages users from enjoying the better effects of apps produced from more advanced software development kits.
Apple released their latest and grandest operating system for their iDevices, the iOS 5 on 12th October 2011. I’ve had it installed on my iPhone and iPad 2 for a week now so I thought I’d share my views of it so far.
On Mobile9 website, there are 30 million monthly unique active users downloading a whopping 100 Terabytes of mobile contents each month. No doubt, the 100 Terabytes volume is rather impressive, considering video portal TonTon is streaming 300 Terabytes of video contents per month and Mobile9 users are consuming 1/3 of TonTon’s data volume just by downloading mobile contents.
Anyone can download contents off Mobile9. Out of the 30 million active monthly active users, 9 million are registered members. Majority of the users are from India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines and also, Germany and the US.
Today, SkyGrid unveils the latest version 2.0 of its news aggregation app and introduces some significant enhancements. Changes include a more streamlined topics following and introduction of ads. The Following button on the app is much more prominent (and useful) now. On Twitter, you follow your interests – people and lists. You follow your interests too on SkyGrid app, but in the forms of news topics (people, teams, politics, etc.) and/or websites. Whatever you follow will be listed in the Following page. Whenever there are updates, the Following buttons will display number of available updates.
Another update is the display of interactive ads. Among the high-profile news apps, SkyGrid is one of the first apps (another is Flipboard) to introduce ads. Quite surely, ads strategy will be adopted by most (if not all) mobile news aggregators.
iPad, the next publishing frontier. Launched in April last year, the super-sleek device by Apple has changed the mobile computing landscape. Media organizations, in particular, see the iPad platform as a fertile ground for the emergence of next publishing model. It is changing the way people consume, engage and create media contents. Top-tier media organizations like The New York Times, The Economist, National Geographic, News Corporation and many more already established their presence in the iPad universe. However, these publishers’ apps are not particularly groundbreaking, at the moment.
News aggregation apps are the ones delivering cool innovative news consumption experience on the iPad. These apps are sleek on the outside, badass on the inside. This market space is red hot right now and expect to see more news apps releases in the coming months. Anyway, here are the ten top notch, fabulously free news app for the iPad available today:
Broadband provider YTL Communications today launches Yes Life for iOS app and making its voice/SMS services available on Apple iOS devices. The app turns iPad and iPod Touch into mobile phones and users can make and receive calls. When someone calls your Yes 018 mobile number, all your iOS devices will ring simultaneously. Quite nifty! Yes Life app is also available on Mac OS and Windows platforms.
Today is iPad 2 launch day in Malaysia (together with Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE). Apple launched iPad 2 on March 02 2011 and two months later, the latest generation iPad reaches the Malaysian shores. The first generation iPad took seven long months, after launch announcement, before it was officially available in Malaysia on November 30 2010. That means, the launch gap between iPad and iPad 2 is only 5 months!
Here are some photos of iPad 2 queues at some of the Apple reseller stores today in Kuala Lumpur / Klang Valley areas.
Machines, Suria KLCC
photo by Daniel Riveong on Twitter.
Apple will release free iOS updates next week, responding to the ongoing iPhone tracking fiasco. Specifically, the updates will fix some bugs and alter the way iOS functions, with regards the use of location services:
- reduces the size of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on the iPhone,
- ceases backing up this cache, and
- deletes this cache entirely when Location Services is turned off.
These upgrades are mostly invisible to end-users. Apple also released series of Q&A to address some of the concerns raised during the past 1 week, since the discovery of iPhone tracker.