Some Of The Many Things We Are Interested In:

iPad 2 Sales on the Rise

iPad 2 Sales Stun: 1 MILLION Sold This Weekend, Analyst Says

(Reuters) – Analysts expect Apple Inc to have sold close to a million iPad 2 tablet computers on its debut weekend — significantly more than the first iPad, which went on sale last April.

“We would not be surprised to see Apple sell closer to 1 million iPad2s in the opening weekend,” said Wedbush Securities analyst Scott Sutherland.

Best Buy on Friday said some of its outlets ran out of the tablet and its accessories within 10 minutes.

Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry estimates Apple may have sold three times more iPad 2 in the first two days compared to the previous version.

Most analysts had projected sales of 350,000 to 400,000 iPads in its debut weekend.

The profile of iPad 2 buyer is — 60 percent existing iPad owners, about 40 percent first time iPad buyers, 100 percent own at-least One Apple Product, Chowdhry wrote.

People prefer AT&T’s iPad 2 over Verizon’s because AT&T has better customer service, Chowdhry added.

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Apps for the Environment

Apps for the Environment: Mr. Dev Goes to Washington

Romin Irani, August 4th, 2011

The environment is of concern to a lot of us. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched an Apps for Environment contest that gives developers a free reign to design and implement any application that addresses one or more of seven priorities that have been set by the EPA.

The EPA Apps for Environment Challenge requires that your application use the EPA Environmental and Human Health data, is useful to individuals and communities and does addresses atleast one of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s Seven Priorities, some of which include  improving Air Quality, Safety of Chemicals and Protecting America’s waters. You are free to combine other environment and health data to augment your application.

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“DIY” Tools for Building Mobile Device Apps

30+ Tools for Building Mobile Apps


Over a year ago, we posted a round-up of DIY mobile development tools entitled “13 Tools for Building Your Own iPhone App,” which has been one of our long-standing top posts of all time. Clearly, there’s interest in this area.

But focusing on just “DIY” tools for just the iPhone platform is an outdated way of looking at mobile development, if we do say so ourselves. Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry, Symbian and other platforms are now important considerations too, as is the mobile Web itself. Plus, there is a wide range of services supporting mobile development all the way from DIY kits up to developer-friendly, cross-platform SDKs.


This week, we’ve rounded up over 30 services which aid in mobile app development. And now we want to know which ones you would have used, too.


Mobile App Development, Services and Tools


One of the problems with the original post is that it simply wasn’t comprehensive enough. Commenters quickly reminded us of critical services we missed, even though all weren’t “DIY”-type tools. As the year went on, we were contacted from time-to-time by companies begging us to add them to the original list of 13.


Obviously, it was time for an update. But what’s the best way to update a static list like this without falling into the same trap as before? Crowd-sourcing, of course!


We created a Google Spreadsheet with the original 13, added to it the other services we knew of, then publicly shared it on the Web. We posted to sites like Twitter, mentioned it in various blog posts here and sent it out via email to companies who had asked for the post to be updated. The end result is an incredibly useful public Google Doc which everyone can view, edit and share as needed. (Don’t worry, we have a backup copy in case someone gets crazy in there. Let us know.)


At any given moment, there are over 1,000 people accessing this file these days and, as of the time of writing, it includes 33 services in total. We expect that number may climb after this blog post is published.

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Google Tweaks Android Market Ratings System


Google recently made a slight change to its Android Market ratings system for the Web, which brings it more in line with competitors like Apple and Amazon. Now, users browsing for apps from a PC Web browser will see more how many people have given an app a particular star rating, as opposed to just an average of all the ratings an app has received.

This is a minor change, to be sure, but an important one for mobile application developers to take note of, as it will now provide potential customers a better, more in-depth look at an app’s user reviews.

Android market ratings 1

Unfortunately, Google has stopped short of a complete ratings makeover with this update, and does not provide a way for a user to jump straight to all the reviews of a particular rating – for example, all the 1-star reviews.

In addition, the new system doesn’t offer to filter reviews by application version, a feature whose absence almost seems unfair, considering that Google has practically designed the Market to be a testing ground for iterative app updates. Because apps don’t have to go through a review process at Google, developers can quickly update their applications to address bugs users complain about in the reviews section. However, it’s hard for potential new users to know if and when those bugs are fixed just by reading the reviews.

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How many smartphones are currently in use?

Report: More than a third of U.S. adults now own smartphones

Written by: Amy Gahran

(CNN) — According to a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 35% of U.S. adults own a smartphone.

Since 83% of U.S. adults own a cell phone of any kind, simpler “feature phones” remain the most popular type of mobile device, used by about half of U.S. adults.

Still, smartphones are gaining ground in the U.S. market as wireless providers push them over cheaper, simpler “feature” phones.

Pew’s estimate of smartphone ownership is similar to that of comScore, which tracks this statistic monthly. On July 5, comScore reported that about 33% of Americans 13 and older own smartphones. That’s up from 27% at the end of 2010.

Given the high cost of most smartphones, it’s not surprising that a market sample that includes teens would show a slightly lower percentage of smartphone ownership.

How does Pew know who has a smartphone? In May 2011, Pew surveyed nearly 2,300 U.S. adults, including 755 phone interviews.

One-third of cell owners (33%) described their phone as a smartphone. But a greater number (39%) specifically indicated that their phone has a smartphone operating system (such as Apple iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows or Palm WebOS).

That’s interesting: Around 6% of cell owners own what are technically smartphones but don’t consider them to be smartphones.

It’s possible that BlackBerry users account for much of this disparity — many BlackBerry devices have notoriously limited Web browsers, and quality Web browsing is widely held to be a central part of the smartphone experience.

How many smartphones are currently in use is one way to measure smartphone market penetration.

The Nielsen Company took a different approach: On June 30, Nielsen announced that smartphones now make up the majority of new U.S. cell phone purchases: “55% of those who purchased a new handset in the past three months reported buying a smartphone instead of a feature phone — up from 34% just a year ago.”

This sounds compelling, but I suspect Nielsen’s claim probably overstates the market reality.

If you’re using statistics, it’s important to understand how the sample group upon which they’re based was selected. I asked Nielsen how they found people to survey to produce that statistic.

Nielsen representative Lerdo de Tejada explained: “We survey around 300,000 mobile consumers in the U.S. each year, which works out to about 25,000 each month. These surveys are mostly conducted online with one exception: We survey Spanish-speaking Hispanics via telephone.”

Since Nielsen conducts the vast majority of its surveys via the Web, I’m skeptical about their claim that most new U.S. mobile-phone purchases are smartphones.

Feature phones are especially popular in low-income communities and among seniors — demographics that also tend to be less likely to have the time, equipment, experience and inclination to take a Web-based survey.

So a mostly Web-based survey might well miss a significant portion of feature phone users, and thus understate their role in the mobile phone market.

I asked Nielsen for further clarification, but they simply restated their earlier information.

Beyond market penetration, the Pew report listed some interesting points about how U.S. adults are adopting and using smartphones.

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Not just Another Calculator!

Calculator! App Review

iPad Reviews — By Alfred Smith

Doing badly in Math?? Are you giving up already??? Probably you just need some help from your calculator, buddy! The app store has added one more to its magnificent collection of apps and this one has all the brains. Calculator! was designed to help you with all your problems in Math and now there won’t be huge problems in front of you anymore.

Take the opportunity, make a date with Calculator! and take it to your Math class and see how simple things turn out to be. Want to know what’s in store for you? Well, to start off,  the  app allows you  to choose between a basic calculator or a scientific calculator that has more than 30 scientific operations.

Then, you can use your app in a portrait or landscape mode. If you are in a hurry and in search of a pen during a class or a meeting, stop searching and draw or write on your note tab using your finger and stop worrying about that pen which is at the bottom of your bag.  Once you are done and after tonnes of calculations, if you are not sure about your answer and need to retrieve your past calculations,  then tap on the history tab and confirm your calculations.

Want to get a hard copy of your calculations to distribute to your friends or team mates? Use Airprint to print your notes or your calculation history. Doesn’t this make things a lot easier? Besides this,  you can also send out copies through email as well.

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eCards and Greetings from Buncee Pro

Buncee Pro – Custom iPad eCards and Greeting Cards App Review

iPad Reviews — By Alfred Smith on May 31, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Well this app is quite interesting as it can bring a smile on your face or a tear to your eye. If you are wondering what I’m talking about, it was with this app that I created the best gift I could ever give my mum.

Mum’s birthday was nearing and I was in a dilemma wondering what to get her. I had forgotten to get her something for Mother’s day too, so I wanted to make this birthday even more special and get her something which shows her how important she is to me.

I had looked through a lot of jewelry, shoes and handbags at different stores, but nothing caught my eye. It was not what I was looking for. When I was goofing around on my iPad with the app Buncee Pro, something struck my mind. I went through some pictures of mum and I, right from the hospital where I was born to my first birthday, all through school, till date.

After choosing some amazing pictures that brought back memories, I got it onto my iPad. Then using Buncee Pro I added different backgrounds (there are 80 different backgrounds to choose from), edited pictures and turned them black and white to give them that classy look. Then I used clip art and bubbles to make some pictures funnier and added text in speech bubbles to add more emotions to the pictures.

The best part about the app is that it is very easy to use, unlike all those Photoshop gadgets. I was able to get everything done very easily in a jiffy. You can add clip art that you like or delete them if you change your mind. It’s also very easy to alter the size of the art to suit the scene just by moving your fingers on the screen. You can use different colors on the color board to draw on the picture and create your own style of art or write little notes. The color board has twenty colors that you can choose from to make your picture look even more colorful.

Now that you have created it, it would be a pity to lose it, so save it in your library for later use. You can also share it with your friends through email and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr or send emails to your friends and family directly through the app. You could also use your creation as an iPad wallpaper.

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