applications

Mon
18
Aug
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Apple's iPhone App Success Overstated

iPhone users have spent $30 million on applications for the new 3G model in the month since it's released. But Apple will get 'only' $9 million of that take. Users can buy applications, produced by third-party developers, from the iTunes store. ... There have been around 60 million application downloads so far, though many of these (estimates say as much as 90%) are free. Paid applications range from around a dollar for novelty items to around ten dollars for games, so an average $5 price would fit the estimates. The most expensive item, a thousand dollar screensaver, was pulled by Apple recently ... (view more)

Wed
13
Aug
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Apple Pulls Thousand Dollar iPhone Application

Apple has removed an unusual third-party product from iTunes: an iPhone screensaver costing $999.99. The product was listed by a developer named Armin Heinrich and sold through the iTunes Store's iPhones apps section, which allows people to buy ... add-ons for their phones. This particular product, named "I Am Rich", did nothing but display a glowing ruby on a phone's screen (though if you clicked on the ruby, it promised to display a mantra for success.) This wasn't a scam as such; Heinrich openly admitted it was useless in the product description, which read "The red icon on your iPhone or iPod ... (view more)

Fri
30
May
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Exploring 'Geron-Technology'

As the population gets older, new applications begin to reflect that shift. Many are assistive devices to help older persons cope with their aging; in fact, there is such a plethora of new technology applications that it deserves a category of its ... own: call it: "geron-technology". It's no surprise this type of technology is emerging. The market is growing. The CDC estimates that the number of persons older than 65 will increase from 35 million in the year 2000 to more than 70 million by 2030. In Europe by 2030, the largest single age group will be over age 65 and the average age is expected ... (view more)

Tue
15
Apr
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Google Offers Free Server Space To Developers

Google has given 10,000 developers free access to its servers to test and run new applications. The Google App Engine is a service by which developers can write their own applications; in effect, online programs. It's the same system Google uses for ... its own online services, including a calendar and a photo gallery. It's considered a challenge to similar services from Amazon, which rents out server space. Servers are the computers that physically store and run online programs and web pages. Many individuals and small firms find it cheaper to rent server space rather than buy and maintain their ... (view more)

Thu
13
Mar
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Plan for iPhone's Third Party Apps Unveiled

Last week, Apple kicked off a new era for the iPhone, introducing its Software Development Kit (SDK), which will allow developers to create programs for Apple's newest gadget. During a keynote address, Steve Jobs introduced a few limitations to ... Apple's relatively open policy for new software. Any programs that are illegal (file sharing), Malicious (viruses), violate privacy, hog bandwidth or display explicit images will not be allowed. (Source: blogsmithmedia.com ) The iPhone is also not going to allow applications to run in the background, which means you can only access one program at a ... (view more)

Mon
03
Mar
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Adobe AIR: Rich Internet Without the Connection

If Adobe has anything to say about it, application programs will soon be as interoperable between the web, your PC, and other documents as a PDF document. As the maker of one of the most popular software platforms on the planet (including FLASH ... player and Acrobat Reader), Adobe is optimistic about the ability of its new Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) environment to become as popular. How Does it Work? The AIR environment is very powerful. It will permit existing FLASH, HTML or JavaScript code to be used to create applications that appear, act and behave like conventional PC-bound programs. ... (view more)

Thu
28
Feb
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Protein Adds Muscle to Computer Memory

In recent news that seems more science fiction than applied science, Japanese researchers have unveiled exciting new research that could change the way we create and use computers in years to come. Japanese professor Tetsuro Majima of Osaka ... University has demonstrated that proteins -- once the concern of chemists and biologists -- could now have impressive potential in the world of computer science. (Source: livescience.com ) Majima's research has indicated that proteins isolated from select bacteria species are able to store computer data, and that this type of storage could exceed the ... (view more)

Fri
30
Nov
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'Applications Usage Monitor', and 'Anti Snooping Tool'

APPLICATIONS USAGE MONITOR Applications Usage Monitor is one of those rare, useful applications that does just as the name says. It's a program that effectively logs the usage of apps on your system, saving them into a separate and handy file. ... http://www.geocities.com/kalvinau2003/aum.html Anti Snooping Tool Instantaneously hide all open windows with nothing more than a key press. With the punch of another key press the user can bring them all back to their original position. http://www.andrewshangout.com/aast.html (view more)

Mon
05
Nov
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Facebook Joins Myspace on Google's Friend List

Facebook appears to have decided not to fight Google's plans to bring social networking sites together. Jim Breyer, an investor and board member at Facebook, reportedly says the company would be willing to join Google's OpenSocial platform. That's a ... scheme by which programmers can more easily create applications that run on many different social networking sites. For example, a user could make a single blog post that is instantly viewable by their friends on both MySpace and Bebo. One of the main reasons for Facebook's success to date is that users can create their own applications such as ... (view more)

Fri
29
Jun
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Facebook Saturated With Apps

Not long ago, infopackets.com reluctantly reported news that Facebook had decided to allow its website partners to create their own applications. Why worry? Concern that the clean and simple interface would be overrun by countless applications aimed ... at gathering user info for advertising purposes, that's why. Now, less than one month into Facebook's app venture, it looks like our fear may be coming true. (Source: infopackets.com ) Amit Gupta, the host of Wednesday's Facebook Developer Meetup event in New York City, said "I definitely think that people are initially going to run into 'app ... (view more)

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