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Archives: February 2013

App Development Has Created 466,000 Jobs Since 2007

The design company and app marketplace Wix has created an infographic exploring “The App Economy.”

According to the report, the booming app marketplace has created 466,000 new jobs for app developers since 2007. The long chart compares app marketplaces, salaries and other vital statistics for media professionals hoping to explore the universe of apps.

We’ve embedded the complete chart below–what do you think?

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Snaptee Lets You Design Your Own T-shirt With Your iPhone

Snaptee lets you create your own, unique t-shirt using a simple smartphone app. The service is a faster, simpler version of Café Press.

You can use your camera or any photo from your phone to create a graphic. The app allows you to add a filter and text to complete your design. Snaptee is a social app, so you can share your creations on Facebook or Twitter once you are done. Create and own your own t-shirt for $19.99 or purchase someone else’s for $24.99.

Snaptee creations can be shared to the world in the app’s gallery and online on Snaptee’s website. Read more

U.S. Students Encouraged to Develop Apps Under New House Bill

As part of an initiative to get U.S. kids to compete with other nations in math and science, The House of Representatives has passed a resolution that is challenging U.S. students to develop apps for competition.

The Academic Competition Resolution of 2013 explains, “Rapid technological change means the competition will evolve over time and will challenge students in specialized areas of science, technology, engineering and math to ensure maximum participation. Because of the importance of computer science, it would be appropriate to initially challenge students to develop so-called ‘apps’ for mobile, tablet, and computer platforms.’

CNET has more: “Details need to be worked out by the Committee on House Administration so, currently, we don’t know when the competition will commence, but it is modeled after the successful Congressional Arts Competition that encourages high school students in congressional districts to submit art work with winning entries displayed in the capitol building for a year.”

Create Floor Plans of Your House with MagicPlan

Redesigning your living room no longer requires a tape measure thanks to a new app from Sensopia. The company’s app, MagicPlan, is a free iOS tool that lets you create virtual floor plans of your home using photos that you take with your phone.

Using these photos, MagicPlan measures your rooms and creates virtual drawings of your floor plan just by taking pictures. You can save PDF, JPG and DXF files of the floor plans, or publish an interactive floor plan online. These floor plans are available as in-app purchases beginning at $2.99.

California Home and Design took a test drive of the app:

Admittedly, it takes a few tries to get used to the overlay images and grids as you rotate in the center of a room, but the plans are correctible, and we love that you get the dimensions of walls, doors and windows in addition to the general layout. The app does not do curves (yet) and new construction is easier than vintage, plus MagicPlan seems easier to use on an iPad than an iPhone. We wouldn’t buy a sofa without it.

Comedy Writer Heather Anne Campbell On Writing For Web Video

Heather Anne Campbell

Emmy nominated writer, sketch comedian and improv comedy writer Heather Anne Campbell has written for Saturday Night Live, The Midnight Show, a group that performs at UCB Theater, and more and recently began writing viral videos for Fox Animation’s ADHD, a show set to premiere in July of this year. We caught up with her to find out more about what she’s doing in the realm of web video, as well as to glean some advice for wannabe writers for web.

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Barnes & Noble’s Nook Revenues Down 26% in Fiscal Q3

Barnes & Noble reported today that its Nook business earned revenues of $316 million for its fiscal third quarter (which ended January 26, 2013), a 26 percent decrease from the same time period last year.

The company attributed the loss to a decrease in device sales, inventory charges and promotional allowances. While the Nook business includes both device sales and digital content sales, the company did report that digital content sales were up 6.8 percent over the prior year.

Here is more from the press release: “In response to the device sales shortfall over the holiday season, NOOK is calibrating its business model and has implemented a cost reduction program that the company projects will significantly reduce NOOK’s expenses.”

 

Instagram for Video? Vimeo Adds Visual Enhancer With Over 500 ‘Looks’

Vimeo Looks

This morning Vimeo has announced that they’ve partnered with cloud-based video enhancing platform Vivoom to add a collection of new visual enhancements to their service called “Looks.” Users can now apply high quality, stylistic visual effects, much like Instagram filters, to videos, in addition to the already launched ability to add licensed music to their creations.

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Starbucks Customers Can Now Consume 15 Free New York Times Articles Each Day

The New York Times is lowering the pay walls for coffee drinkers by partnering with popular coffee chain Starbucks. Users logged into the chain’s wi-fi can get access to 15 free articles each day – a massive amount of words per cup in my opinion.

It’s not a complete free for all though, only articles from Top News, Business, Tecnology, Most-Emailed, and daily special print sections will be available. Jim Romenesko quickly pointed out that he’s been using the Time Readers to get free content for ages, so that’s worth trying if you don’t want to pay for your news. There are also plenty of other ways to get free access to various NY Times content, but why not just hop over to Starbucks and enjoy some overly sugared lattes and charge your smartphone while you read The NYTimes, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal on Starbucks Digital Network?