In just under 5 years after first launching the App Store for iOS devices, Apple has updated their 50 Billion Download countdown page to announce that an astounding 50 billion apps have now been downloaded from the App Store – and 25 billion of those have occurred in just the past 14 months, following Apple’s announcement of 25 billion downloads in March of 2012.
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Google announced huge changes for Google Maps at their Google I/O keynote today, revealing a completely redesigned web version of the service for desktop, complete with improvements to rerouting in transit, Google Earth integration without additional plugins, and more. The new web platform also features public transit information, a new schedule view, and more.
Google announced their “Game Center” competitor at I/O today, “Google Play Game Services”, as it’s dubbed, will allow Android, iOS and web developers to build in realtime multiplayer, social features, achievements, and leaderboards into their games, and will also allow storing game saves and settings in the cloud.
Google has rebranded “Hangouts” as a unified cross-platform messaging system allowing users to text, photo, and group video message across Hangouts’ Android and iOS apps, plus its allows Gmail and Google+ site integration. Hangouts is available today, replacing Google Talk and G+ Messenger.
Google unveiled an impressive new subscription music service today at their Google I/O conference keynote, offering unlimited music streaming, complete with playlists and music suggestions based on songs already in your collection, and full access to Google Play Music’s entire catalog.
Investment bank Piper Jaffray has released the results of its iPhone resale value index, and it shows that Apple’s iPhone depreciates at a rate of less than half of equivalent Android devices from Samsung.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to look into the use of personal electronic devices during the taxi, takeoff, and landing phases of commercial flights. A repot today says the airline industry remains divided over whether restrictions on the devices being used during those phases should be relaxed.
Apple has responded to a Justice Department accusation that the company colluded with publishers to increase e-book pricing. The Cupertino company asserts that it negotiated separately with the publishers, reaching different agreements with each one.
Developer AgileBits released a significant update for their popular 1Password iOS app, bringing the version up to 4.2, and adding a heap of improvements to the built-in browser, sharing, search, and more. 1Password is currently my favorite password management app for Mac and iOS – and this solid update makes it even better!
While I have been a happy iPhone user for years, I must admit that I have used and appreciated Nokia’s Lumia 920 – if I had encountered this phone before the iPhone, I very well may have chosen Windows Phone 8 as my go-to platform rather than iOS. Today, Nokia unveiled an even newer model of their flagship line of Windows phones – the Lumia 925.
Remember that auction that launched a while back for a coffee meeting with Tim Cook? The auction has now officially ended on CharityBuzz, bringing in a total of 86 bids, and closing at a whopping $610,000. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. So far, the winner has chosen to remain anonymous.
Apple has released a new update for iMovie for Mac, bringing the version up to 9.0.9. The update doesn’t add anything new, but rather focuses on minor bug fixes and performance improvements.
As Apple continues to bolster their iWork development team (following a hiring boost back in February), the company has posted a new job listing for a software engineer to work on the next generation of iWork apps for Mac and iOS. Apple hasn’t significantly updated their iWork suite for the Mac since 2009, making a new version long overdue.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has just made an announcement that many have been anticipating for years – the official release of BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android! As revealed at the BlackBerry Live conference this morning, BBM is set to launch on both platforms this summer, and finally brings the best of BBM’s features to competing platforms.
The MiniDock for iPhone 5 eliminates the clutter of a charging cable across your desk or dash makes life appear a little simpler.
Heads-up, Daft Punk fans – The iTunes store is now allowing anyone who’d like the chance to stream the band’s latest album, “Random Access Memories”, for free through iTunes, before it is even released! They are also accepting pre-orders for the album, which will be available on May 21st.