The Gangnam Style phenomenon has been one of 2012’s most significant popular trends, but after tonight you may be hearing a lot less of it, if singer Psy has anything to say about it. Psy will be performing the song tonight on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, but after that he’s ready to put the massive hit behind him.
Archives: December 2012
How long have you been sitting behind a computer this year?
Your desk job and screen time could be killing you–resolve to change your situation this year. A recent study found a significant increase in death risks in people that spend more than eight hours sitting every day.
To help AppNewser readers cope with this major medical problem, we’ve found five apps that will help you get up and move every day. Links to Amazon, Android and iOS apps follow below–add your suggestions in the comments section.
Happy (almost) New Year, lovely Social Times readers! ‘Tis the season for 2012 roundups, and you’ve likely already seen a whole slew of lists of the top videos of 2012 based on which got the most views and shares. But there were lots of great videos in 2012 that didn’t make “the top lists” and we decided to compile some of the best of these videos that didn’t quite go viral.
Ruzzle joins the top free iOS apps list this week at No. 6, according to research from AppData. The word game from Mobile Access Group AB lets users challenge friends to find as many hidden words as they can in two minutes.
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 support Mediabistro’s Media App Summit which took place earlier this month, we have been spotlighting the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more
Smartphone apps are great for keeping you efficient, but they’re even more fun when you want to kick back. Since the average smartphone user has 65 apps installed on their phone, we encourage you to have a few apps just for laughs. Next time you’re around family or friends, lighten the mood with a prank, and enjoy the storytelling for years to come. Most of these apps can be used by Android or iPhone, so get ready to laugh on.
Stressed out? Make a New Year’s resolution to reduce the stress in your life.
We’ve put together a list of five free apps with links and descriptions that will help you manage stress. Our list includes apps for Android, iOS and the Kindle Fire.
1. Stress Tracker: “Just added to the Stress Tracker is the Rage Control Program for men and women. These 5-minute audio programs were developed by Dr. Frank Lawlis, president of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Dr. Phil show. This exercise will help calm you down when you feel wound up, frustrated, angry, or upset, ultimately dissolving rage and preventing later regret.” Read more
Lawsuit Claims Pinterest and Investor Brian Cohen Copied Plaintiff’s Website (SocialTimes)
Theodore Schroeder, who worked with early Pinterest investor Brian Cohen on a previous project, has sued Cohen and Pinterest for passing ideas he brought to that project to Pinterest’s co-founders, who used them to develop the successful social network. Schroeder, a lawyer who lives in Ocean City, N.J., claims he created the idea of a “board” as a platform for sharing content while working on a website called RendezVoo with Cohen and others in 2007 and 2008, and that Cohen handed the idea to the founders of Pinterest in 2009 along with some angel funding.
Theodore Schroeder, who worked with early Pinterest investor Brian Cohen on a previous project, has sued Cohen and Pinterest for passing ideas he brought to that project to Pinterest’s co-founders, who used them to develop the successful social network.
In a quiet holiday week heading towards 2013, there was little meaningful news and accordingly, the social media sector was down a percent. WEBM, the parent company of SocialTimes, led the week with a 3% gain, but the performance of most stocks was somewhat driven by year-end trading on tax considerations. For 2012, the five pure play social stocks with the most visibility (FB, GOOG, LNKD, YELP, and ZNGA) showed uneven performance for the year, with a combined average gain of 1%, despite significant volatility and variance (see below for more details).
Our sibling network AppData mapped the changes (chart embedded above, click to enlarge).
The New York Post has more: “Instagram users outraged over new rules made good on their threat to dump the popular photo-sharing app … Instagram, which peaked at 16.4 million active daily users the week it rolled out its policy change, had fallen to 12.4 million as of yesterday, according to the data. Last week, Instagram changed its terms of service to pave the way for advertising.”