Last Updated Oct 27, 2010 3:43 PM EDT Apple (AAPL)'s launch of the beautifully skinny MacBook Air -- backed by ads from agency TBWA (video below) -- and CEO Steve Jobs' surprise rant against Google (GOOG)'s Android system raise the tantalizing possibility that life for advertisers and users inside Apple's iAd environment is about to get even more restricted, even down to the level of the humble internet browser. Let's put together five apparently unrelated jigsaw pieces and see if they create a picture:On the Q3 2010 conference call, Jobs made a compelling case that the simplicity of Apple's "integrated" system has a strategic advantage for advertisers and app developers who won't want the hassle of dealing with Google's "fragmented" Android system:[There are] more than a hundred different versions of Android software on 244 different handsets. ... Compare this with iPhone, where there are two versions of the software, the current and the most recent predecessor, to test against. In … [Read more...] about Will Steve Jobs Use MacBook and iAd to Kill Off Non-Apple Apps and Browsers?
Last Updated Feb 16, 2011 11:21 AM EST Capcom is generating nasty news because one of its games, Smurfs' Village, has children spending exorbitant amounts on in-app purchases without their parents' knowledge -- including one 8-year-old putting $1,400 worth of virtual Smurfberries (or whathaveyou) on her mom's credit card. Now Apple (APPL) has reportedly pulled Capcom aside to do something about this PR fiasco, but that's just a bunch of bullsmurf: From the lack of password requirements to make purchases to the missing parental controls, it's easy for kids to run up serious bills in the Apple App Store. It's up to Apple, not the third-party companies, to do something about it. Easy for Kids to Make App Purchases without Parental Approval The Washington Post,The in-app purchases have also catapulted children's games such as Smurfs' Village and Tap Zoo, by San Francisco-based Pocket Gems, into the ranks of the highest-grossing apps on iPods, iPhones and iPads. But the practice is … [Read more...] about The Apple App Store: Dangerous for Kids?
Last Updated Jul 21, 2009 9:48 AM EDT Vic Gundotra, Google's developer evangelist, argues that mobile applications will be sold through Web browsers rather than app stores controlled by handset makers, most mobile apps today are sold through app stores. Microsoft Windows Mobile (for which there is no app store at this point) aside, Apple's iPhone, Nokia's Symbian, Google's Android and Research in Motion's BlackBerry operating systems all support the open source Webkit or HTML 5 standard, which in theory should make it easy for developers to create applications for all those devices. The reality, however, is somewhat different. William Bereault, director of research and development for Apple App Store mobile apps vendor Never Alone Anymore, told me last week in New York that, "in theory you can port the apps to another OS, but it's not easy," he said. Never Alone Anymore decided to focus on Apple's App Store, at least for the time being, because Apple provides a familiar payment system … [Read more...] about Apple App Store Vs. Android Vs. BlackBerry Vs. Ovi Vs–.
Last Updated Jan 25, 2011 4:51 PM EST Apple (APPL) cleared 10 billion apps sold on Saturday -- an extraordinary number since it launched its app store in July 2008. Meanwhile, the Google (GOOG) app store is making decisions that are hurting customer relations and developer relations. Here's what Google needs to correct to get Android back on track. Stop blocking publishers Kongregate launched an Android app last week, but within hours Google pulled it down. It wasn't clear why the app was removed, since Google didn't tell the company, and a week later Kongregate still has no idea why. Sound familiar? It's the same bizarre stonewall strategy Apple used in the past with app developers: Remove the app for a particular reason, but don't inform the publisher why it's being removed. However, even Apple has learned to communicate better with its publishers as it's come to realize they're the bread and butter of the app ecosystem. At this point, Kongregate is assuming that the free gaming app … [Read more...] about Why 10 Billion Apple Apps Sold Means Trouble for Google
Last Updated Jun 22, 2011 12:51 PM EDT There's a growing global shift in who downloads from Apple's (AAPL) App Store, according to a new report from app marketplace analysis firm Distimo. As of last month, Asia is on the rise, largely paralleling historic iOS app trends. Western countries, on the other hand, saw either flat or declining numbers of downloads. That means app developers have to reexamine their strategies and see if they've positioned the right products in the right markets. Here's a heat chart that shows the relative downloading activity in different countries, with the U.S. as the largest market for both paid and free apps: Gert Jan Spriensma had mentioned almost in passing that some Western countries saw a decrease in app download activity. I emailed him and received this response:Although the volume in many Western countries, like the U.S., is equal to that of December 2010, for a few big ones the volume is significantly lower, like in Germany and France. For almost … [Read more...] about Head East, Young Apple App Developer, Head East
(MoneyWatch) Conventional wisdom holds that while Android's app store is more agile, it is far more susceptible to malware. Apple, on the other hand, screens all the apps headed for iOS, so it's relatively secure. And that general assessment might still be true, though Georgia Tech recently demonstrated that Apple's app screeners are relatively easy to fool. Indeed, researchers were able to get a particularly nasty example of malware into the store. Google Play store suffers from malware Malware threats materializing on smartphones How to avoid dangerous or malicious smartphone apps A Georgia Tech team created an app that, on first run, appears benign, but quickly reconfigures itself into malware that's capable of steaming contacts and sending emails, taking photos, sending tweets, and even redirecting Chrome to a page with additional malicious software. The app was approved and landed in the app store. Because, researchers say, the app was only tested for a few short seconds, not … [Read more...] about Researchers upload malware to Apple app store
For Apple (AAPL), it is a milestone: $10 billion in app sales in 2013, with $1 billion of that coming in December alone. While the mobile application market is red hot, that also translates to higher revenue for software developers who focus on the niche. Apple says it has paid a total of $15 billion to app developers. As Steve Ranger pointed out on ZDNet, if you go through past Apple announcements and do some simple math, it translates to $8 billion paid to developers in 2013 alone. That is a large chunk of money. But these figures have other implications. One is that, on average, Apple takes 20 percent of App Store sales. However, the official cut is 30 percent. With $8 billion going vendors, the total (not counting sales of Apple's own software) should have been $11.4 billion. So why isn't the actual total higher or Apple's take well in excess of $2 billion? The logical answer would be that vendors with the most popular software packages are getting a special rate unavailable to … [Read more...] about Apple App Store: Big pie, but not for developers
Less than three years after its launch, the Apple App Store reached its goal of 10 billion downloads this morning. To promote the milestone, Apple promised to give away a $10,000 App Store gift card to whomever buys the 10 billionth download, but the company has not revealed who that winner is. The store launched in July 2008 with just 500 apps and now touts the availability of more than 300,000 free and paid apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Growth of the store's popularity has been swift; in its first nine months, the store hit 1 billion downloads and followed that up with 5 billion downloads in June 2010. The App Store has been such a resounding success for mobile computing that Apple's competitors have been forced to launch similar ventures. Google, Microsoft, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Samsung all offer apps through their own app storefronts. But the venture has not been without controversy. Early on, Apple's app approval process often frustrated developers, who were … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple App Store Hits 10 Billion Downloads
A glitch in the Apple Maps app on newer iPhones and iPads guides people up to a runway at a major Alaska airport instead of sending them on the proper route to the terminal, an airport official said Wednesday. The map actually stops at the tarmac, but twice this month, wayward drivers have continued across an active runway. "It doesn't actually tell you to cross, but the problem is, people see the terminal then at that point, because they are right there, and they just continue across," said Fairbanks International Airport spokeswoman Angie Spear. There were no injuries in either the Sept. 6 incident or the second one Friday, mainly because they both happened early in the morning, between flights. "Obviously, it could have been a very, very, very dangerous situation had they come during a flight departure or arrival," Spear said. That entrance to the taxiway has now been barricaded from traffic. The first incident involved an out-of-state visitor trying to return a rental car before a … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple app directs drivers to Alaska airport runway
Apple has a good reputation for security. But a new report finds that its good reputation could be working against it. Software security testing company Checkmarx and mobile app experts at AppSec Labs looked at hundreds of apps for Android and iOS devices and found that each app had an average of nine vulnerabilities that could leave users open to data theft. Checkmarx marketing vice president Asaph Schulman called the results "nothing short of alarming" and said that if app developers don't institute better coding practices, "we should expect an increase of major hacks...in the near future." Thirty-eight percent of the vulnerabilities the researchers identified in the code of a range of app types (including ones, such as banking apps, that handle very sensitive information) were categorized as being of high or critical severity, meaning that a hacker could break in with relative ease. When they compared iOS to Android apps, they found the Apple apps actually had a higher percentage … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Think Apple apps are safer than Android? Think again