Google VoIP is pulled from iPhone App Store

Google’s VoIP app has been removed from the iPhone App Store after reports of crashing within the new version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 5.

According to reports, the reason for the crashes, as well as which smartphones and operating systems are more prone to problems, is still unclear.

In an interview with Engadget, senior product manager for Google Voice, Vincent Paquet added: "Our last update of this week had a bug that caused the app to crash at sign in. We removed it so it did not...

By Verity Gough, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Devices, iOS.

Samsung TV apps reach 10 million downloads

Samsung Apps has hit the 10 million downloads mark after just five months in the market place.

The world’s first HDTV-based app store’s meteoric rise has seen it recently celebrate the milestone of 1000 registered applications and 10 million downloads.

Downloads have grown 100 percent just five months after reaching 5 million downloads in May 2011 and it currently has an average of 50,000 downloads per day—twice the number registered for May.

In addition, online video applications remained...

By Verity Gough, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Platforms.

New tool to connect Smart TV with mobile launches

A new tool for software developers allowing them to create convergent apps that bring together Smart TVs and smart phones or tablets has been released.The MOVL Connect Platform, the latest offering from Atlanta-based technology company, MOVL, allows various devices to communicate in a shared experience and supports the creation of multi-user, multi-screen applications such as multiplayer games, second-screen TV experiences and interactive advertising.The tools can either be directly connected or hosted in the cloud. Direct Connect is...

By Verity Gough, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Design, Platforms.

New app uses brain waves to measure sleep quality

A new app has been developed that claims to be able to improve the user's quality of sleep.Sleep Manager by Zeo, works by using brainwaves to track the amount of time spent in different stages of sleep.The app works by synchronising with a soft-sensor headset measuring brain activity, eye movement and muscle tone in light, deep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, as would happen in a medical sleep-analysis clinic. However the app is most likely to be for consumer use.“The thing about...

By Verity Gough, 11 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Industry.

iPad app instrument is featured in Bjork's new album

Bjork may be known for her 'out there' musicality as well as her unusual fashion sense but the Icelandic singer has gone a step further with her latest release which features an iPad app being played as an instrument.‘Biophillia', is available to download on the NPR website and the artist is inviting listeners to play the app on their own iPads.Bjork is also allowing all 10 tracks to be listened to on the website for free. Fans can then buy the whole album or opt to purchase specific tracks.While her music is often referred...

By Verity Gough, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, iPad, Monetisation.

App downloads to hit 98 billion by 2015

Mobile application downloads are to continue their reign of popularity after a new study from analyst firm Berg Insight predicted that total app downloads in 2015 will reach 98 billion. The new study found that if this target is reached it means that the compound annual growth rate of downloads between 2010 and 2015 will be 56.6 percent.The research follows a study by In-Stat earlier this year which predicted that mobile app downloads will reach the far more modest figure of 48 billion by 2015, due mainly to the boom of touch-screen...

By Verity Gough, 09 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Monetisation.

YouTube launches UK online film rental service

YouTube has entered the UK movie rental market after it announced its move into online full-length feature film hire.The new library is stocked with over 1000 titles including box office smashes such as 'The Dark Knight', cult classics like 'Reservoir Dogs' and recent releases including 'Red Riding Hood.'The site has already piloted in the US having launched in May and was rolled out in Canda this September.For their money, users get a 48 hour viewing window and many films feature YouTube Movie Extras such as behind-the-scenes videos,...

By Verity Gough, 08 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Marketing.

The number of mobiles will exceed human beings by 2012

The machines are taking over: expert predicts that by the end of 2012 there will be more mobile devices in use globally than people.

The current global population is currently around 7 billion, but according to Dr Mike Short, the uptake of mobile devices will pass that mark during the course of next year. He also predicts that China and India will each have more than 1 billion mobile subscriptions during the first half of 2012.

The new president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) -...

By Verity Gough, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry.

Steve Jobs dies, aged 56

Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56, following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Tributes have been pouring in for the Apple co-founder and visionary with President Barack Obama stating that Jobs was the embodiment of the American dream. Having announced his resignation on August 24, 2011, Jobs maintained a presence as chair of the Apple board, however, it appeared to signify the beginning of the end.

Early career

Steven Paul Jobs’ career has seen him take the Apple brand from a small computer...

By Verity Gough, 06 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Industry, iOS.