Friday, October 22, 2010

One Third of iPad Owners Have Never Downloaded an App!

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One in every three iPad owners has never downloaded an application from the App Store, according to a new report.

Nielsen surveyed 5,000 owners of iPads, iPhones, Kindles and other wireless devices and discovered that 63% of the total has totally bought into the Apple (AAPL) App Store economy, purchasing games, reading books, doing their banking, planning their travels, etc.. The other 32% of the total has yet to download a single app. Not even a free one.

While the survey covered 54 different connected devices, most of the charts and graphs released concern the iPad.












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FaceTime for Mac Beta Compromises Your Apple ID

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FaceTime for Mac Beta has a security issue which compromises your Apple ID.

According to MacNotes, "Once you’ve logged into FaceTime you can have a look at all the account settings of the used Apple ID. Username, ID, place and birth date are shown as well as the security question and the answer to it – in plain text, without another password request. To reset the password to an Apple ID, all you need it the exact birth date and the answer to the security question – we tried that out for you, and it worked fine."

Unfortunately, when you log out the password remains in the password field so anyone who launches the application can sign in as you and see your account information.

If you use a computer with public access we recommend waiting for the next beta update.



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AT&T Announces 5.2 Million iPhone Activations Last Quarter

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AT&T has announced its best ever third quarter subscriber gain alongside 5.2 million iPhone activations.

The company posted a net gain in total wireless subscribers of 2.6 million, to reach 92.8 million in service.

AT&T's third-quarter integrated device growth included 5.2 million iPhone activations, the most iPhone activations ever in a quarter. This is 62 percent more than the previous quarterly record of 3.2 million activated in the second quarter of 2010. Approximately 24 percent of those activations were for customers who were new to AT&T.

The company also announced Data Revenue Growth of 30.5 percent. Wireless data revenues - from messaging, Internet access, access to applications and related services - increased $1.1 billion, or 30.5 percent, from the year-earlier quarter to $4.8 billion. AT&T wireless subscribers on data plans increased by 21.5 percent over the past year. Versus the year-earlier quarter, total text messages carried on the AT&T network increased about 34 percent to 161 billion and multimedia messages more than doubled to 2.8 billion.


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Apps You Can't Sell in the Mac App Store

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Apple has published their guidelines for software that can be accepted into the Mac App Store.

ReadWriteWeb has compiled a nice list of apps that will NOT be approved.

1. Apps with "Easter Eggs:" Apps that include undocumented or hidden features inconsistent with the description of the app will be rejected.
2. No beta apps: Apps in "beta," "trial" or "test" versions will be rejected.
3. No duplicate apps: Apps that duplicate apps already in the App Store may be rejected, particularly if there are many of them.
4. No drinking/drugs: Apps that encourage excessive consumption of alcohol or illegal substances will be rejected.
5. No License Keys: Apps that require the entry of a license key will be rejected.
6. No Java?: Apps that use deprecated or optionally installed technologies (e.g. Java, Rosetta) will be rejected.
7. No auto-run: Apps that are set to auto-launch or have other code automatically run at startup or login without user consent will be rejected. Similarly, apps can't automatically add their icons to the dock or desktop.
8. No copying Apple!: Apps that look similar to Apple Products or apps bundled on the Mac, including the Finder, iChat, iTunes and Dashboard, will be rejected.
9. OS X may not be changed: Apps that change the native user interface elements or behaviors of Mac OS X will be rejected.
10. No rentals: Apps containing "rental" content and services that expire after a limited time will be rejected.
11. No RSS Readers?: Apps that are simply web clippings, content aggregators, or a collection of links may be rejected.
12. No data collection: Apps cannot transmit data about a user without obtaining the user's prior permission and providing the user with access to information about how and where the data will be used.
13. No Chatroulette clones?: Apps that include games of Russian roulette will be rejected.
14. Define "objectionable:" Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected.
15. No porn. Of any kind. (Porn as it's defined by "Webster's Dictionary," that is).
16. No gambling. Of any kind.
17. No file-sharing: No P2P apps - apps that enable illegal file sharing will be rejected.
18. Religious apps must be for educational purposes only: Apps may contain or quote religious text provided the quotes or translations are accurate and not misleading. Commentary should be educational or informative rather than inflammatory.




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Victoria's Secret Launches an iPad App

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Victoria's Secret has a launched an application for the iPad which lets you flip through and buy from their current catalogs.

Your iPad will be sexier than ever with the first Victoria’s Secret iPad app. It’s the destination for all things Victoria’s Secret. Anywhere, anytime, on-the-go, at your fingertips.

Effortlessly flip through and buy from our current catalogs, shop VictoriasSecret.com with just a tap, and find the nearest Victoria's Secret stores. You'll also find up-to-the-minute coverage of your favorite Angels—from photo shoots to star-studded store openings, fashion show exclusives, TV commercials, special events and more!

INSIDER ACCESS
We’ll bring you secrets from our supermodels, take you on the set of a Victoria’s Secret TV commercial, whisk you away to a tropical location for a swim catalogue photo shoot, and have you fall in love with your favorite bra all over again. Want to be backstage for the sexiest night on television? We’ll take you inside the VS Fashion Show, from behind-the-scenes photos and exclusive videos to all the up-to-the-minute action.

YOUR IPAD IS THE SEXIEST CATALOG IN THE WORLD
Our catalogs come alive on your iPad! Simply swipe the screen to flip from page to page. See an item you like? Just tap the image and it will take you directly to that item on our website. Add it to your shopping bag and check out. It's easy, fast and can be done wherever you are.

FIND THE NEAREST VS STORE
Forgot to pack your strapless bra? No problem! Our store locator helps you find the nearest Victoria’s Secret.

SHARE WITH FRIENDS
Post VS pics, videos and stories directly to your favorite social networking sites or share via email.

You can download Victoria's Secret from the App Store for free.














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Firemint Announces That Flight Control is Coming to the Mac App Store

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Firemint is the first iOS developer to announce that their popular Flight Control app is coming to the Mac App Store.

Apparently, the application is already in development. The screenshot below is a real one of the game running on a Mac.

We'll likely see many more announcements of this kind in the following weeks and months leading up to the launch of the Mac App Store.




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