Hi AppNewser readers - we're now a part of Mediabistro's SocialTimes.com. For more great App news, reviews, guides and tips, head over to InsideMobileApps.

Archives: April 2011

Cable Companies’ Recent Streaming Video iPad Apps Are Popular Downloads

twcabletv_ipad

I was really puzzled by this title over at GigaOm. I thought the recently released streaming video apps from Time Warner and Comcast were wins for both services. But, a quick awakening and slap to the forehead provided a generational translation.

Cable Company iPad Apps Are Killing It

So, for those of you in the older generation (which I suppose is anyone over 30 as it has been considered for several generations now), “killing it” is like the transition of the concept of “very good” expressed by the word “bad” for many years now. In other words, yes, the apps are doing well for the cable companies. GigaOm notes that Time Warner’s iPad was downloaded 360,000 times in its first month while Comcast’s iPad app was downloaded 50,000 times in its first five days.

However, I wonder if interest to download translates to actual use for two reasons:

1. Time Warner’s iPad app does not work in certain areas of the country. I confirmed that mine is one of them. In these cases, download is non-use.
2. There’s no accounting for preferences. I think I would enjoy using a streaming video app from my cable company. But, some people may try it, dislike it, and never use it again.

Windows Phone Screen Keyboard Tips

wp7_keybybd_period

Can you imagine tapping out all of your email messages, Facebook status updates and Twitter tweets using a numeric keypad with 3 or 4 letters on every key? I’m sure a few people still do that. But, it can’t be much fun. Prior to the iPhone, most on-screen touch keyboards required a stylus or were add-ons to the phone that didn’t quite work with everything else. Despite its own issues, current generation on-screen keyboards has allowed manufacturers to remove the physical keyboard and make phones lighter and thinner. And, of course, on-screen keyboards lets you quickly check-in, email, and update status.

Microsoft Windows Phone Blog has a pointer to a great easy-to-read Microsoft Research piece that provides background details on the design of Windows Phone’s on-screen keyboard.

The science behind the Windows Phone keyboard (Microsoft Windows Phone Blog)

Windows Phone 7: A Better Keyboard (Microsoft Research)

Microsoft’s Itai Almog, who lead the engineering effort for Windows Phone’s on-screen keyboard, offers seven keyboard tips. Here are three of the tips he offers that are my favorites:

2. Double-tap Space at the end of a sentence to add a period and capitalize the start of the next sentence.

3. Tap & hold various keys to reveal hidden menus. The period key is especially handy.

6. To undo auto-correction: tap the word, then tap the first candidate (the original word) in the suggestion bar.

New Media Index: Twitter/TweetDeck Speculation Most-Tweeted

tweetdeck.jpg

Swirling rumors of Twitter acquiring third-party client TweetDeck accounted for the most news links shared via Twitter during the week of April 18-22, while the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus caught stealing a pen during his official visit to Chile, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.

Read more

Intel’s AppUp – Is It Too Late to Succeed?

Intel Logo

At the recent AppUp event in San Francisco I had a chance to checkout the Intel AppUp store at their booth. Most of you probably have never heard of AppUp, but it was launched in September of 2010 and currently has a selection of over 3,500 apps. That app selection seems almost laughable compared to 134k+ apps on the Android store and 121+ apps on the iTunes store, but Intel seems to be optimistic (not like they have a choice not to) that they will get some traction in 2011.

Currently their Windows store is up in running, and some blockbuster mobile titles such as Angry Birds are available for purchase. In fact AppUp is the only way to play Angry Birds on your PC. Unfortunately there are no numbers available with regards to the size of App Up’s user base, so it is still a high risk choice for developers unless they already have an existing title which they’d like to port over to AppUp, which supports C, C++, .net, Java & Unity. Intel tries to assist developers with porting their games to AppUp by working with their preferred porting providers, as well as offering to cover porting costs for certain developers.

Intel is heavily betting on the rise of touch screen netbooks, laptops and monitors that are being released, such as the Lenovo IdeaPad s10-3t (netbook). The s10-3t is basically a hybrid between a tablet and a laptop. It comes with a rotatable screen that you can flip over and turn into a tablet, then flip back over and open to use its built in keyboard as you would on any normal netbook/laptop. So for those of us who would like a portable touch screen productivity tool, the new wave of netbooks may be the best choice.

Until Intel releases their numbers for AppUp and provides some serious incentives for developers to come on board, I predict that it will be very difficult for them to gain significant traction.

Teamly Launches To Help Managers Easily Manage Daily Employee Tasks

teamlylogo

A software service tool for employees and business managers called Teamly made its commercial launch today after 9 months of beta trials. The software helps to manage and track tasks for individuals or organizations, because it breaks down your projects into day/week/month tasks. As well as mobile apps, Teamly will be integrating with other popular platforms and products such as Microsoft Outlook, Google Apps and Salesforce.com.

Read more

Most Americans Don’t Want to Pay For News

A recent survey conducted by Adweek/Harris Poll found that 4 out of 5 Americans would refuse to pay for online news. of those who’d pay, most (14%) would only pay less than $10 a month and only 2 out of a hundred would pay over $20 a month.

This data is based on pull of 2,105 adults in the US, which was conducted between March 29 and 31 of this year. These results are similar to a similar poll conducted in Canada, which found that 81% would not pay for news. This does not bode well for paywalls.

These numbers also reflect a drop in those willing to pay; a similar poll conducted in late 2009 found 23% willing to open their wallets.

image by secretlondon123

Mobile Game Developers! You Could Win $10,000

Mominis GameCast Contest

Hey game developers!  If you’ve got a great idea for a new mobile game you could win up to $10,000 in the GameCast 2011 Contest, hosted by MoMinis, a cross-platform mobile gaming solution for developers.  How does the contest work?  It’s simple.  Just build your mobile game using the MoMinis Studio and you could win up to $10,000 and a distribution deal with GetJar.  Read on to learn more.
Read more