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Archives: July 2012

Google Adds Google+ Hangouts to Gmail

Google Hangouts

Google’s popular video chat tool, Google+ Hangouts, is coming to Gmail. Hangouts in Gmail are aimed at the day-to-day interactions that usually happen over email. The new feature will replace Google’s existing video chat. The company will be gradually rolling out the upgrade to all Gmail users beginning on Tuesday.

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Global Tablet Use To Surpass 780M In 2016

Tablet adoption will continue to soar over the next four years, according to a new report from the British company Strategy Analytics. The report, called Global Tablet Installed Base Forecast by Country, predicts that 780 million people will own tablets by 2016.

Earlier this month, Google began shipping its new $199 tablet, and rumors are circulating that Apple will release a mini-iPad and that Amazon will release a number of different sized Kindle Fire tablets. Matthew McKee, an analyst at Strategy Analytics says that cheaper tablets entering the market will only help this increase in adoption rates. He stated: “Since the introduction of the iPad, the tablet market has shown hyperbolic growth rate.  Yet, many households remain tablet-less. Price erosion in the premium and high tier segments, as well as the availability of a number of smaller, lower cost tablets, like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7, will drive further sales.” Read more

Four Free Map Apps for the Kindle Fire

Barnes & Noble announced today that the Nook Tablet was getting its first map app, and in the not too distant future it’s also going to get location based apps. As cool as this was, it got me wondering what you could do with the Kindle Fire.

As you know, the KF doesn’t have Google Play. But it does have a number of map apps listed in the Amazon Appstore, and I also found several free apps available online. Read more

Why Politicians Can’t Afford To Ignore Mobile, Tablets & Web Video In 2012 [Infographic]


The 2012 Election season is starting to heat up and, just in time, Google has released some interesting statistics in infographic form that reveal, without a shadow of a doubt, that the way politicians need to campaign is changing. The last election proved that gone are the days where politicians can get by on TV ads, and Google asserts that, in the coming election, tablets, mobile devices and personal computers will play a bigger role than ever.

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NBC’s Olympics Apps Lead Top Free iOS Apps List This Week

NBC’s Olympics Live Extra app is the top free iOS app this week and NBC’s Olympic app is the No. 2 top free iOS app this week, according to research from AppData. Olympics apps dominate the list this week, with two other Olympics apps on the list this week.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iOS 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 Media 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

4 Apps For The Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics kick off in just two short weeks. To help you navigate your way through the summer games, we’ve put together a list of four free smartphone apps. These apps, whose links and descriptions we’ve included below, will help guide you through all of the events.

1. London 2012: Official Join In App for the Olympic Paralympic Games: “From the start of the Olympic Torch Relay to the Olympics and Paralympics, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, plus all the cultural, city and community celebrations happening across the UK, Join In is your essential companion.”

2. NBC Olympics app: “Experience the best of the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games with the NBC Olympics app. Get prepared for the Games now by checking out news, video, photos for every sport and all Team USA athletes. Plus, you can follow your favorite sports, teams and athletes, and engage with other fans on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ — all from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch.” Read more

Mayor McCheese Flies to London for McDonalds’ 2012 Olympics Campaign

Mayor McCheese

Mayor McCheese removes his top hat, dumps the last of the special sauce from his pockets, and waits at the terminal, grateful that his head was allowed through the security gate. (He had to get rid of his milkshake.) He’s on his way to London for the 2012 Olympics, where McDonalds has set up four Olympic venue restaurants to bring Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets to the cheering masses. As part of its “Best of our Best” marketing campaign, McDonalds has hand-selected 2,000 of its best employees and one fictional character –an Olympic team of sorts — to fly in for the event, giving them time to attend the games and meet the athletes as well as sling burgers and fries. The team has been documenting the action on social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube.

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