2013

3 Million Users Helped Kickstarter Projects Earn $480 Million in 2013

kickstarterWere you one of the 3 million people who donated to Kickstarter last year? If so, then you helped to fund 19,911 crowd-sourced projects, up from 18,109 projects from the previous year.

On average, Kickstarter projects were able to garner $1,315,520 in pledges every day in 2013, or $913 every minute. Overall, the company racked in $480 million from 3 million users from 214 countries and all 7 continents. Yes, even Antarctica! Read more

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Apple Sees $10B in Apps Sold in 2013

App_Store_LogoApple said its App Store sold $10 billion in apps in 2013. A billion worth were sold in December alone when 3 billion apps were downloaded, “making it the most successful month in App Store history,” the company said.

The App Store has generated $15 billion for developers so far, Apple said.

Apple praised developers for making it a successful season and touted the impact of iOS 7. The company also gave special credit to a handful of brands and “surprise hits.” Read more

Our Ten Best Stories From 2013

open libraryBefore the countdown and champagne on the final day of this year, we’d like to take a moment to share what you’ve been reading this year on Appnewser. It’s an eclectic list full of useful tips and great conversations.

We’re looking forward to another year of great app stories, so here’s our toast to new tech and our great Appnewser readership.

  1. Best iPad Stylus for Writers
  2. 5 Memory Cleaners Apps for Android
  3. How to Convert ePub Books for Use on Kindle
  4. How to Convert Your Handwriting Into Digital Text
  5. Send Free International Texts With These Apps Read more

TIME’s Instagram Photographer of The Year Has Exclusive Photos Inside North Korea

n koreaTIME’s Instagram photographer of the year is photojournalist and award winning David Guttenfelder, whose social photography stream is full of news worthy events like typhoon Haiyan to Iowa farmland to poignant images of life inside North Korea.

His work as the Associated Press chief Asia photographer demonstrates the mundane to the extraordinary, but it’s his depiction of the North Korean life that is beyond mundane, it’s both curious and bizarre. Unlike ordinary visitors, Guttenfelder has special permission to photograph and broadcast from inside North Korea using his smartphone – you can see them on his live Instagram streamRead more