60 days after the launch of the App Store there are already a ton of applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. In fact, at today’s Apple “Let’s Rock” event Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said there are over 3,000 apps that have been downloaded some 100,000,000 times already. With so many apps there is getting to be a lot of competition out there between ones that serve similar functions. Medialets‘ new analytics release aims to show developers the best data to analyze their applications and compare them to similar ones.
There was one part of the new iTunes 8 that Apple chief executive Steve Jobs failed to mention today: A new visualization. In the demonstration room after Apple’s “Let’s Rock” event today, I got a chance to play with it. It looks great.
One of the key launches at today’s “Let’s Rock” event put on by Apple was a new iPod nano. The small iPod has gotten even thinner while becoming elongated to make room for a wider screen. But the real crowd pleaser seemed to be the new colors.
[Editor's note: We've been tracking the growth of games on social networks. Here's the latest look at how much Facebook and third party game developers may be making, republished from the internet ad blog Adotas with permission from Peter Vogel.]
100 million is an incredible number. That’s the number of application downloads through Apple’s App Store so far. What’s even more incredible is that it’s hit this number in just 60 days.
When NBC made the decision to leave Apple’s iTunes store late last year, several of its shows were among the most popular on the service. NBC went on to put its content on several other services, including iTunes-rival Amazon, and launched its own service with Fox, the online streaming video site Hulu. Still, it always seemed odd that NBC, which has arguably the best content, wouldn’t be paired with iTunes, perhaps the top content provider. Today, NBC has come back.
Webvanta has an interesting proposition for fledgling information web sites. Many sites cost $30,000 to set up if you use professional web developers. But Webvanta hopes to slash the cost by automating the process.
Travel sites are a dime a dozen. You can book trips. You can tell your friends about them. But nobody has done a great job of combining the basics of a travel site with tools that make it easy to plan trips and share information with fellow travelers. TravelMuse says it has the answer.
With both DEMO and TechCrunch 50 going on, there’s almost too much to report. Here are some of the extra bits:
Adobe has revealed its plans for the latest version of its server software for distributing eBooks, which will be released on September 22 and called Adobe Content Server 4. The most important improvements are the new support for the EPUB format, as well as a pay-as-you-go pricing model that charges based on the number of downloads.
Sim Ops Studios debuted a cute tool for creating 3-D games in a web browser. The Wild Pockets platform gives ordinary users the tools to create their own 3-D games in a social way.
Sportgenic, a company that claims to provide high-value market reach to sports advertisers and marketers, has raised $10 million in a second round of funding.
There are so many songs being released these days that it’s impossible for music web sites to keep up with all of the data they need to synthesize about the music. The big media sites can do it, but The Echo Nest helps level the playing field for the rest of the music sites.
Photrade hopes to make the web safe for photographers. That is, it has a technology for tracking photos so that photographers can control the spread of their photos and get paid by those who use them.
Tata Communications, a large Indian telecom carrier, has tapped Silicon Valley company BitGravity to provide content delivery network (CDN) services. Tata, of Mumbai, has also invested $11.5 million in covertible debt in the company.
Ffwd has gone live with its service of presenting videos to you in a more relevant way than other Internet sources.
Real Networks has a nifty new service dubbed RealDVD. You can basically load all of your DVDs into your computer’s hard drive — legally — so that you can watch them on the computer.
Of the billions of photos that get snapped this year, the odds are good that about 11 percent will be uploaded or shared online, according to market researcher International Data Corp. iLovePhotos wants to raise that percentage.
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Will Wright is the rock star of the video game industry.
Yesterday, while noting the interesting surge in tweets (Twitter messages) during Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention, we noted that it would be interesting to see how it stacked up against the other key speeches given at the conventions. Today, Twitter has answered.
One of the rumored features in the next version of iTunes (version 8) is a new visualization system. Visualizations are the images that run in conjunction with music being played through iTunes and change based on different elements of the music such as beats-per-minute (BPM). Digg founder Kevin Rose, who appears to be right in his statements about what the new iPod nano will look like, has described this new visualization as “really trippy” and having “planet like objects.”
Since early on in its testing phase, I found Joost to be a compelling take on Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). Let me rephrase: I found the idea of Joost to be compelling. It offered free video content on the web in a way that was somewhat similar to a television experience but added the interactivity that the web offers. The service’s problem was in its execution — namely that it required a seperate desktop client to use. That will soon no longer be the case.
When his fourth Xbox 360 video game console died in April, Chris Szarek wasn’t surprised.
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“Grand Theft Auto IV” is on its way to breaking records, despite a feared slowdown in sales.
Here it is. The first Microsoft advertisement featuring comedian Jerry Seinfeld. It’s not clear yet if this is the one directed by French director Michel Gondry. But I hope not, because it’s really not very good.
The Holodeck is a holographic simulation room made popular by the show Star Trek: The Next Generation. Basically, it allowed humans to interact with virtual environments in the ways we interact with the real world: Our senses. While we’re nowhere near that level of computing yet, Apple has a patent that could be considered an early step.
The nation and even a lot of people outside of the United States were all atwitter last night about vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention — on Twitter.
Silicon Valley is famed for being home to youthful entrepreneurs. Usually that means people in their 20s or 30s, but some, like Anshul Samar, haven’t even made it out of their teens yet.
A new service launching today promises to put book publishers in touch with a group of online companies including Amazon, Google and Sony, in order to boost both digital and print sales.
Apple’s App Store is filled (some would say littered) with applications that are basically useless. Multiple cow bell applications, multiple fake lighter applications, multiple coin flip applications, etc. The thing is, who’s to say what is useful and what isn’t? Some even tried to argue that about the $1,000 I Am Rich “piece of art” application.
Traffic Marketplace, an online ad network, has purchased Livemarkets for an undisclosed amount. Livemarkets offers technology that lets an advertiser operate a click-to-chat feature within a banner ad, so a potential customer can immediately talk to a salesperson.
When I got a chance to meet with events web site Eventful back in July to look at their iPhone application, the company informed me it was working on some interesting ways to incorporate advertisements. Today, it revealed those plans: It’s the first cross-platform partner of location-based ad-targeting service 1020 Placecast.
Amazon‘s new online streaming video service, Video on Demand, isn’t going to win any awards for creative branding. Then again, to have a service with such a straightforward name replace one that had anything but, Unbox, may be a good thing. Most importantly, Video on Demand is a compelling alternative to the iTunes video store.
Microsoft cut Xbox 360 prices on all three of its console versions today. The $50 to $79 price cuts mean that Microsoft will have the cheapest new console on the market in the form of the Xbox 360 Arcade, which will now cost $199 compared to the $249 Nintendo Wii.
Stylesight, a company that helps merchandisers and designers track fashion trends, has raised $16 million in a first round of financing.