Archive for July, 2011

App Store Surpasses 15 Billion Downloads

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Apple announced today that its App Store has surpassed 15 billion downloads by more than 200 million iOS device users since its inception in 2008.

In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thank you to all of our amazing developers who have filled it with over 425,000 of the coolest apps and to our over 200 million iOS users for surpassing 15 billion downloads.

A graph showing the growth of the App Store from 2008 to present, courtesy of MacRumors

The App Store debuted with the release of the iPhone 3G in July 2008, boasting more than 500 apps at its opening, a paltry-sounding number by today’s standards. The App Store was a hit immediately, reaching 10 million downloads in its first weekend alone and it hit the 10 billion downloads mark earlier this year in January. Today, the app store has over 425,000 apps, of which more than 100,000 are iPad-specific.

‘Namesake’ Brings Virtual Community and Real-Time Conversations to iPhone

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Namesake, a start-up company based in Los Angeles, has released its app bringing a new social networking service to the iPhone. Namesake provides a virtual community focused on real-time conversations where members can discuss topics relevant to their interests and expertise.

Namesake for iPhone makes it easy to discuss what you love in real-time, wherever you are — whether it’s having a conversation about the concert you’re at right now, getting insider information about breaking new stories or simply asking a question about something you need to solve.

Namesake for iPhone is a fully real-time experience. New comments in every conversation appear on-screen without having to manually refresh. And you’ll never miss a thing with live alerts anytime you’re mentioned, invited to a conversation or +1′d for your contributions.

Discuss what you love. In real-time. Namesake, now on iPhone.

Creating a new namesake account (which can only be done on the web and not through the iOS app at this time) prompts you to link it to an existing Twitter or Facebook account. Once connected, your account will automatically follow all of your Twitter and Facebook friends who have also joined Namesake.

The Home tab shows a stream of all current activity, including conversations, member profile changes and more. Members can endorse one another to essentially build reputations in the Namesake community and “vote up” discussions to promote them, which are also shown on the Home Screen.

Members can also personalize their profiles to define areas of interest and expertise.

The Convos tab shows only current conversations while the Mentions tab shows only mentions of you in current conversations. The red tab in the center is where you can start a new conversation. The Profile tab shows exactly what you expect it to – your profile.

Namesake just hit the App Store yeseterday and there isn’t a lot of activity there at the time of this post (the site has been open for only a few weeks so far). And while it doesn’t require you to create a new log-in for yet another social networking service, it doesn’t feel more compelling than Twitter or Facebook or even Google+ from what I’ve been hearing about Google’s new social networking effort so far. Members can start conversations on any topic and there have been conversations started in the last 24 hours about the Casey Anthony trial and Lindsey Lohan, two topics I have no interest in discussing with total strangers, in real-time or not. Of course, you can choose which conversations to participate in and ignore the ones that aren’t interesting to you so your Namesake experience will be what you make it. If you like chatting with people online – like IRC, but much fancier and without the anonymity – Namesake is at least worth a try.

  • Social Networking

    Namesake

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    42 months ago
    Rating:
    5.00 (19)
    Version:
    1.0.4
    iOS iPhone

    Namesake for iPhone makes it easy to discuss what you love in real-time, wherever you are -- whether it's having a conversation about the concert you're at right now, getting insider information...

National Breast Cancer Foundation Releases Educational App

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Last month the National Breast Cancer Foundation released its Breast Cancer: Beyond the Shock app for the iPhone. The app contains videos about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment as well as a community section where users can view commonly-asked questions and post their own.

Beyond The Shock is a comprehensive online guide to understanding breast cancer.

It is a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, a place for loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease, and a tool for doctors to share information.

Beyond The Shock is a collaborative breast cancer guide created by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF) with the support of the finest medical experts, doctors, and researchers in the world. NBCF utilized ground-breaking technology and the resources of the global medical community to create an accessible platform for understanding a diagnosis of breast cancer.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that approximately 200,000 women and 1,700 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and more than 40,000 women and 450 men die each year because of the disease. The Foundation is working to build awareness of breast cancer since early detection of the disease can increase the chances of survival.

Breast Cancer: Beyond the Shock is free and with its mission to help provide information and support and build awareness, we felt it was worth a mention among the hundreds of new apps that hit the App Store every week.

  • Medical

    Breast Cancer: Beyond The Shock

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    13 months ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (32)
    Version:
    1.6
    iOS Universal

    Beyond The Shock is a comprehensive online guide to understanding breast cancer. It is a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, a place for loved ones to gain a better...

July 4th Holiday App Sales Galore

Friday, July 1st, 2011

We love holidays since developers like to celebrate them with app sales even if they’re not about gift-giving, and Independence Day weekend in the U.S. is no exception. There are a ton of apps on sale and I’ll try to cover the major sales here but there are so many you’ll want to check out our Price Drops listings for iOS and Mac apps respectively.

First off, the big game houses have knocked down prices on a plethora of titles for the weekend. Electronic Arts, Gameloft and others have joined in on the fun with some deep discounts. Most notably, Electronic Arts has dropped the prices of around 90 (!) of its iOS titles down to $.99, bringing some games that are regularly $9.99, like Battlefield: Bad Company 2 HD, Dead Space HD, Monopoly HD, Need for Speed Shift HD and others down significantly. Click here to see all of EA’s titles in the App store.

  • Games

    BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY™ 2...

    Last Changed:
    10 months ago
    Rating:
    3.00 (1069)
    Version:
    1.0.2
    iOS iPad

    Get this game and over 40 other EA hits for just 99¢ each on the App Store – limited time only. Treat yourself now! OUR BIGGEST, BADDEST FPS. NOW ON iPAD. Based on the bestselling console game...

  • Games

    Dead Space™ for iPad

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    12 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (1849)
    Version:
    1.3.9
    iOS iPad

    “BEST MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR!” ( 2011 Meffy Awards) This app offers in-app purchases. You may disable in-app purchasing using your device settings. See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4213 for...

  • Games

    MONOPOLY for iPad

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    12 weeks ago
    Rating:
    3.00 (424)
    Version:
    1.1.65
    iOS iPad

    **YOU VOTED & THE CAT’S OUT OF THE BAG** Thanks to the votes from YOU and thousands of loyal MONOPOLY Facebook fans from 185 different countries, the CAT mover is now available to play...

  • Games

    Need for Speed Shift for iPad

    Last Changed:
    12 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (378)
    Version:
    1.0.80
    iOS iPad

    THE LEGEND RETURNS! By popular demand, one of the most visceral and aggressive sim-racing games ever made for iPad is back on the App Store! FAST LOOK AT THE FEATURES: • Drive 20 awesome cars,...

Gameloft has reduced 6 games down to $.99 for the holiday weekend, including the recently released N.O.V.A. 2:

  • Games

    Asphalt 6: Adrenaline

    Last Changed:
    27 months ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (1230)
    Version:
    1.3.8
    iOS iPhone

    Feel the thrill of racing like never before in the newest adrenaline-pumping edition of the Asphalt series. BUILD YOUR DREAM COLLECTION Discover 42 cars and bikes from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston...

  • Games

    Shrek Kart™

    Last Changed:
    22 months ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (650)
    Version:
    1.1.1
    iOS iPhone

    OPTIMIZED FOR iPHONE 4! High-definition graphics that fully utilize the iPhone 4 Retina display & gyroscope support for innovative controlling and driving precision. For the first time on the...

  • Games

    Dungeon Hunter 2

    Last Changed:
    37 months ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (2567)
    Version:
    1.0.0
    iOS iPhone

    The benchmark for action RPGs hits your iPhone & iPod touch in its second opus. Slide to Play says, “Exceptional games like Dungeon Hunter don’t come along often.” And that is why you...

  • Games

    N.O.V.A. 2 - Near Orbit Vanguard...

    Last Changed:
    34 months ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (2372)
    Version:
    1.1.7
    iOS iPhone

    The ultimate sci-fi FPS is back! Get ready to step into a whole new level of gaming on your Apple device. Pocket Gamer - 9/10 + Gold Award: "Without question, it's the finest first-person...

  • Games

    Starfront - Collision™

    Last Changed:
    33 months ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (541)
    Version:
    1.0.0
    iOS iPhone

    The best real-time strategy is now at your fingertips! Starfront: Collision, the epitome of RTS gameplay with gorgeous HD graphics and a competitive 4-player multiplayer, finally hits the App Store! ...

  • Games

    Sacred Odyssey - Rise of Ayden

    Last Changed:
    33 months ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (243)
    Version:
    1.0.0
    iOS iPhone

    "The combination of a quality story, good combat, tough puzzles, and amazing production values make Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden well worth your time and money." - SlidetoPlay.com,...

If you’re looking for other deals outside of games, Pocket Informant HD, a highly-rated calendar and task app for the iPad, is down to $9.99 from $14.99. Also, MacPhun has made its neat Silent Film Director video editing app free and its FX Photo Studio picture editing apps $.99 in celebration of the July 4th holiday.

  • Productivity

    Pocket Informant - Calendar...

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    2 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (11)
    Version:
    4.03
    iOS Universal

    See your entire schedule, todo list and rich notes all together in one beautiful app!  Increase your personal productivity with the most complete feature list you'll find from any app, and enjoy the...

  • Photography

    Vintagio

    Last Changed:
    8 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (180)
    Version:
    4.1
    iOS iPhone

    Big Sale. Back to $4.99 soon. Easy-to-use, but extremely powerful and artistic vintage video app packed with amazing and powerful features, that no other app offers. ▶ HD Filters from 20s to...

  • Photography

    FX Photo Studio - photo editor,...

    Last Changed:
    3 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (126)
    Version:
    6.0
    iOS iPhone

    FX Photo Studio is an award-winning creative filter-machine! Over 190 high-quality presets and photo filters, plus color splash, text lables, frames and more. One click will make an ordinary photo...

  • Photography

    FX Photo Studio HD

    Last Changed:
    8 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (574)
    Version:
    5.0
    iOS iPad

    Major update is coming shortly. Stay tuned. FX Photo Studio is a creative powerhouse for digital photographers on iPad. FX Photo Studio HD is the award-winning software with over 180 stunning...

For the Mac, vimov has dropped its soothing Weather HD app down to $1.99 from $3.99 and Pixel Research Labs has reduced its ringtone-maker Ringer down to $.99 from $1.99. Also, Secret Exit has dropped the price of its unique puzzle game Zen Bound 2 to just $.99 from $4.99.

  • Weather

    Clear Day - Weather HD Formerly

    Last Changed:
    3 weeks ago
    Rating:
    4.00 (137)
    Version:
    2.0.4
    Mac OS

    Clear Day® (formerly Weather HD) is the only weather app for Mac that displays the weather through stunning videos that revive your dull screen. And with more than 250,000 downloads, rest assured...

  • Music

    Ringer - Ringtone Maker

    Last Changed:
    8 weeks ago
    Rating:
    5.00 (68)
    Version:
    2.0.4
    Mac OS

    The easiest ringtone maker available for the Mac. Use music and even movies to make your own unique ringtones. "My nod goes to Pixel Research Labs' Ringer because it works quickly"...

  • Games

    Zen Bound® 2

    Last Changed:
    30 months ago
    Rating:
    4.50 (58)
    Version:
    2.2.5
    Mac OS

    Wrap your way to bliss in Zen Bound 2, the unique down-tempo indie game! This is a different gaming experience: an opportunity to slow down, zone out and focus on a task that’s challenging but not...

There are many, many more apps on sale for the holiday weekend so don’t forget to keep an eye on our Price Drops lists for iOS and Mac apps. We wish everyone a fun and safe Independence Day weekend!

Unhappy with Final Cut Pro X? Adobe and Avid Offering Switcher Discounts

Friday, July 1st, 2011

As MacRumors pointed out this morning, Adobe and Avid are swooping in to capitalize on the the widespread discontent with the latest version of Apple’s video editing software, Final Cut Pro X. Both Adobe and Avid have announced discounts of 50% and more to Final Cut Pro users.

Adobe announced its switcher discount program today, offering 50% off of Adobe Creative Suite CS5.5 Production Premium or Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5. The discount is available for purchases made through Adobe’s online store, Customer Service line and participating resellers using the promotional code SWITCH. Terms and conditions for the discount program, which is valid through September 1, 2011, can be found here.

Avid announced yesterday that the company is extending its cross-grade program for Media Composer through which the professional grade video editing software can be purchased for $995, down from its regular price of $2,495 for the boxed version and $2,295 for the downloadable version. Avid is specifically targeting users of previous versions of Final Cut Pro, not Final Cut Pro X users with this program, who can begin ordering Media Composer at the discounted price starting July 5 and continuing through September.

At the time of this post, Final Cut Pro X has earned an overall rating of 2.5 stars out of 1,459 ratings, which includes 639 1-star ratings from users. Final Cut Pro X also made an appearance in late night talk show land last week thanks to a video mocking its new features on Conan O’Brien’s show.