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How Important Are Apps To Smartphone Users?

by Chris on February 1, 2012 · 0 comments

by Chris on February 1, 2012 · 0 comments

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A point that Microsoft has always maintained is that the number of apps is useless and what is more important is that the applications you need are available. Now a recent study performed by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project points out Smartphone Apps may be even less significant.

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TuneIn Radio For Windows Phone 7 Updated To Version 1.2

by Chris on April 29, 2011 · 0 comments

by Chris on April 29, 2011 · 0 comments

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Despite the fact that Windows Phone 7 has a built in Radio we still use TuneIn Radio which users to stream their favorite FM/AM radio stations over the internet. TuneIn Radio not only displays the station but can also show you the current lineup of DJ’s and a profile on each person too. I am a heavy satellite radio listener, which still does not have a Windows Phone 7 app; however, there are local radio stations that I listen to on my Samsung Focus. TuneIn Radio has 50,000 stations so chances are you can find something you like. Version 1.2 features a few bug fixes and enhancements, which are:

  • Better support for Windows streams (no pause in playback, when locking the screen, should work over Bluetooth now)
  • Fixed error loading low bitrate (< 32 kbit/s) streams (many radio scanners stream at 16 kbps).
  • Option to disable screen auto-lock for Now playing screen, which is useful when user wants to see now playing information all the time

The new versions is in the marketplace and has already been notified on my Focus.

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F1 2011 Timing App Available on iOS and Android

by Rod on March 27, 2011 · 0 comments

by Rod on March 27, 2011 · 0 comments

Formula 1 Racing

I know several people that are huge Formula 1 Racing fans and some of climbing behind the wheel of a Ferrari Enzo and tearing down the salt flats. If you fly to catch Formula 1 races or want to keep up with just need notifications about race positing this is the app to consider. F1 2011 Live Timing and Track Positioning promises over 130 hrs of racing action. Real time positions, 3D track maps, gaps, and pitstops for any given lap.

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Amazon Android App store Goes Live

by Chris on March 22, 2011 · 0 comments

by Chris on March 22, 2011 · 0 comments

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Amazon has long been rumored to be opening an Android store and now it is up and running. Moreover, as a bonus, Rovio has a free Angry Birds Rio available for you. This Angry Birds version is completely exclusive to the Amazon App store. After today, the game will cost .99 cents so head over there today for your copy. You can install the Amazon App store on your Android device and this will let you brows for what is available. You can also go to Amazons website and purchase an app then push it to your phone.

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Microsoft’s Brandon Watson Teaches RIM How to Treat Developers

by Chris on March 12, 2011 · 2 comments

by Chris on March 12, 2011 · 2 comments

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Brandon Watson is likely the most passionate person about Windows Phone 7, and that passion is infectious and growing the developer community. Brandon is responsible for the developer experience at Microsoft and his passion for the product, technology, and developers are becoming the face of Windows Phone.

It is not news the Microsoft provides developers with the best tools to build powerful applications; they have been doing this for two decades. Microsoft recently performed an about, face walking way for 10+ years of Windows Mobile/Pocket PC and starting new with Windows Phone. Brandon is fronting the charge to foster that developer community even at the expense of Research in Motion (RIM).

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Android Apps Running on the BlackBerry Playbook and Future BlackBerry Devices

by Rod on January 26, 2011 · 1 comment

by Rod on January 26, 2011 · 1 comment

BlackBerry Playbook

If RIM is truly considering letting Android applications run on QNX powered BlackBerry Devices this may be a trump card for both RIM and Google. RIM has publicly stated they want to get the JVM (Java Virtual Machine) running on the playbook for legacy app compatibility.

RIM is considered using the Dalvik JVM, which is the same JVM as Android. This would mean an application built for Android would work on BlackBerry devices powered by QNX. Without Google Approval they could not use the Android Market but submitting the same code to two or three app stores is not a huge deal.  Amazon has already announced an Android App store so developers will participate in multiple app stores with code written once. Hopefully Google and RIM would reach a deal as the combination of RIM and Google would be one development platform for well over 50% of the smartphone market.

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Apple Mac Store Goes Live

by Brent on January 6, 2011 · 2 comments

by Brent on January 6, 2011 · 2 comments

Apple Mac Store

If you are a Mac user, you should be excited with the announcement today of the availability of the Apple Mac Store. Now you can browse and download more than a thousand apps for your Mac—from your Mac. The Mac App Store is included in the latest update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Just choose Software Update from the Apple menu, follow the instructions to download the Mac OS X v10.6.6 update, and discover the best way to shop for Mac apps. This is clearly the first step in Apple’s announced strategy of bringing all the iOS goodness to the OS X platform. As a recent beginner in the Mac world, I have noted that most app developers are very proud of their software and charge accordingly. Unlike the Windows world, where economies of scale keep prices low, this has not been the case with Mac software. One of the great things about the Mac Store is that hopefully this will begin to drive the scale of Mac apps and keep the prices down. I am greatly looking forward to see how this works out.

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Yahoo Fantasy Football Android App is Available

by Chris on August 31, 2010 · 3 comments

by Chris on August 31, 2010 · 3 comments

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Something that I have been looking for over the last few weeks is a Fantasy Football app. Stumbling across the internet I came across phandroid.com. Turns out they stumbled onto the new Yahoo Fantasy Football app. With their app you can check league and player stats and even make roster changes. All you have to do is login and away you go.

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Widget Apps On Gangster Steve’s Hit List?

by Chris on June 2, 2010 · 1 comment

by Chris on June 2, 2010 · 1 comment

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If anyone is questioning why apps are exploding on the Android Platform I think we have a hint. The Register is reporting that an App names MyFrame has been removed from the app store. If you have been following any tech site for the last few months there is no surprise that another app has been shown the door. But what is surprising is the new reason.

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Android or iPhone: Which One You Should Buy

by Rod on April 14, 2010 · 1 comment

by Rod on April 14, 2010 · 1 comment

LG LU2300 Android

If only I had a nickle for every time I answered the question what phone should I buy. Debating between phone platforms is not easy because you have to compare hardware and software features. My friend sent me an email trying to decide between three android phone (2 unreleased) and the 4th generation iPhone (yet to release). I went through and pointed out the key thing you need to consider when debating between Android and iPhone. I figured I would just share my answer with everyone and send my friend a link with my answer. Here is his email below.

Rod, since I know you know this, thought I would ask.

Should I go for the Droid or wait for the Incredible or the new LG Andoid(think it’s an LG) coming out this spring, or just wait for the iphone? Any thoughts-saw your review on the Droid call quality.

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