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Archives: May 2012

Is This The Front of The New iPhone?


The leaks about the new iPhone are coming faster and faster. Today a Japanese Apple blog posted this video. They have what looks to be the glass front of a new iPhone. I’m not sure it’s real, but it does look awfully realistic.

As you can see, the new front is a lot taller than the existing iPhone. This really could be the 4″ iPhone which we’ve heard so much about.

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Mary Meeker: Facebook Is A ‘Great’ Company

Mary Meeker, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, thinks that Facebook is a “great” company. In a talk at the D10 Conference this week, she alluded to Nasdaq’s technical problems as a key issue in the social network’s poor IPO offering.

The New York Times reports: “While Ms. Meeker did not explicitly fault Nasdaq, she said the early technical issues broke the market’s confidence and spooked skittish investors. ‘We’ve never seen anything like it before,’ she said. ‘Confidence and momentum in the market is so important.’”

While Meeker doesn’t think the stock will rebound right away, she is hopeful. Why? AllFacebook.com points to her annual Internet Trends report, which shows how apps are helping Facebook’s traffic surge. For example, video application Viddy, made traffic spike in April. We’ve embedded the graph above for you to check out.

Etsy Crafts an Updated iPhone App

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Just because it’s homemade, doesn’t mean it stays home.  The Etsy team has learned that 1 in 5 visits to the online craft and vintage marketplace is from a mobile device. Since it launched in November 2011, Etsy’s iPhone app has been downloaded 1.5 million times, which is all the more reason to keep the app running smoothly.  On Thursday, Etsy released an updated iPhone app with enhanced features for both shoppers and sellers.

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Play Safe For Android Challenges Your Kids to Bypass Security

Have you ever been stuck somewhere with a kid to entertain but all you had was your own Android gadget? Naturally you’re willing to share but you don’t exactly want to let someone mess with all your apps. It’s a situation we’ve all been in, and that’s where there’s the Play Safe app.

This free app lets you lock down your Android device. You get to select which apps are accessible, and this will enable you to protect all those important emails from a grubby little (or not so little) hands.

It’s targeted for the junior audience, but this app can also let you control access to any of your apps, not just the games.  This means you can also allow access to paint apps, Youtube, and other distractions, all without having to worry about who might be sending what from your inbox.

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Google Translate for Android Updated with New Interface & Support for Esperanto


The Android version of Google Translate got a little better today. In additioon to new support for Esperanto, the app also got a new simplified theme which replaced the previous web-style color scheme. Google also added support for a bunch more languages in the text to speech option.

This app might not be quite the equal of its browser based cousin but it’s still quite useful. It supports translation to and from a a surprising number of languages (64). You can even say the words you need translated in any of 17 languages and you can have the translated output read out loud in any of 40 languages.

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Top 5 Pins…About Pinterest

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“Pinterest: Where women go to plan imaginary weddings, decorate homes that don’t exist, and decorate homes we can’t afford.” Pinterest addicts know they have a problem and they don’t care. Type “pinterest” into the search bar on the online pinboard and about 30 of these illustrated quotes will pop up like homemade wooden signs at a country craft boutique.  Here are the top five pins about Pinterest.

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David Thorne Earned More With Self-Pub Book Than Traditional Publication

For David Thorne, a NYT Bestselling author, self-publishing has been more profitable than working with a traditional publisher.

In fact, the author has made more money from his newly self-published book I’ll Go Home Then; It’s Warm and Has Chairs, than he did from his book The Internet is a Playground, which was published by Penguin’s Tarcher imprint.

After feeling underwhelmed with his publisher’s design and feeling that he had done all of the work marketing his first book, Thorne decided to use Lulu.com to self publish his second book. “I wanted to do something different.  For my first book, the publisher took a lot of control over the layout.  I was not happy with the typeface.  I hated the cover. I had no say over any of that,” Thorne stated. Read more

B&N’s Bookstore App Joins Top Free iOS eBook App List This Week

Barnes & Noble’s Bookstore app has joined the Nook app on the top free iOS eBook apps list this week, giving the book retailer two slots on the list. Kindle is still the bestselling free eBook app for the week, according to research from AppData.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iOS eBook apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

To prepare for Mediabistro’s upcoming Publishing App Summit on December 4, 2012, we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

Have You Tried “You Don’t Know Jack” for Facebook Yet?

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When it comes to games on Facebook, developer Jellyvision Games has a message for Facebook users: You Don’t Know Jack. The quiz-show game launched on the social network Tuesday, following Jellyvision’s console and Apple iOS versions, which debuted last year, Mashable reported. I was a huge fan of this title when it first came out, with its loud, exciting graphics and thrilling timed questions, it always stands out as one of the most exciting ways to play a trivia game.

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Evernote Hello is the Address Book We All Secretly Need

Evernote released the Android version of their Evernote Hello app yesterday, and I can see why it’s going to be a success. While it might seem odd that a developer specialized in note-taking would release an address book, it makes sense once you look at the features.

Evernote Hello is not your average address book. Rather than organize the listings by name, this app lets you sort using the photos of the people in the address book. The app shows them not a a list of text but as a visual mosaic. And it does include all the usual contact info, so if you need to you can search for someone’s name. Read more