If any of you remember The Daily iPad app, then you remember this: the first iOS app to be a true exclusive newspaper of the digital age, and the first to have in-app purchasing. Well, today some stats about The Daily has reached the blogosphere, and it turns out it gathered 800,000 downloads for the first quarter of operations with $10 million in losses in that same period of time. Keep in mind before launch The Daily used $30 million for it’s development. This also doesn’t mean we can’t pass judgement yet, as News Corp. is committed to bringing the app to Android tablets and mentions it’s still a work-in-progress, but as it seems for now, the app’s unperfected design and function may be talking a toll on its possible success. Via: paidContent.org
So, iOS 4.3.3 is here. This mainly will rectify the public concern with the crowd-sourced location database that Apple was building by using users iPhones and iPads to build the data. What happens here is that all of your previously visited locations aren’t backed up to iTunes, and if you turn off Location Services, the data-collector would be turned off as well. All you need in order to start the update is plug in your iDevice to iTunes, like I am right now with the iPad 2. Oh, and the update is a rather large 607MB, by the way.
First of all, he says it’s “not soon” and secondly the main features of Minecraft Beta 1.6 will be maps, bug fixes galore, and functioning Nether portals in SMP (Survival Multiplayer). Sounds good, Notch! Via: The Word Of Notch
It’s been a staple for mobile operating systems for a while now (hello, Android and iOS), but now, laptops and desktops will jump into the fray that is voice-to-text searching. Google has been testing a voice-to-text feature on some computers that visit Google.com, if your browser supports it and if you have an active microphone. The feature, dubbed “Speak Now”, may be eventually rolled out to all users.
Via: SearchEngine Round Table
Hey, guess what? Microsoft and AT&T (along with other carriers) are finally cleaning up the mess they made with Windows Phone 7 updates starting not too long ago with the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum NoDo updates, and now the HTC Surround. Just check the Windows Phone 7 Connector on Mac or Zune on your Windows PC while your Surround is connected, and you’ll know whether or not the update is available. DOn’t fret if you don’t see it yet, by the way: it’s launching in phased timeframes. Via: BGR
It’s the coming of the credit card-sized smartphone, the HP Veer 4G, which requires an asterisk to mention because it in fact only supports up to basic HSPA, not HSPA+ (which is deemed as 4G to T-Mobile). The $100 on a 2-year agreement gets you a pretty basic package: 2.6-inch 320 x 400 display, an 800MHz Snapdragon processor, a slide-out QWERY keyboard, a 5 megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage and, of course, HP (formerly Palm) webOS 2.1 as the operating system. Expect the Veer 4G to show up on May 15th. PR after the cut.
Via: HP Palm Official Blog
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So there’s a +1 for usability and the non tech-savvy, but Dustin goes on in order to distinguish BoardVine from existing apps: “The difference between boardvine and the open-source software is with BoardVine you don’t need to know code to add a really cool features to your board or know CSS to add a really cool theme as we have done all that for you and will always be working to add more features.”
Dustin and his team are looking forward to releasing on time, which would be pegged as sometimes in June. Other details are rather scarce as the startup is in its (obvious) early stages. You can sign-up by entering your email address at BoardVine’s site for future updates.
Guess what? Real Racing 2 and Flight Control gamers are now under the watchful eye (or soon will be) of Electronic Arts, EA for short. While neither company is disclosing the price, Firemint will become a studio that is operates under EA itself. Now, what exciting games for iOS and other platforms will come out of this deal? No one knows — yet.
BlackBerry has been Bingified. It’s more of a curse (or is it?) really. Who here really enjoys Bing Search and Maps as much as Google Search and Google Maps? That’s right, only a few. Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer has made it clear that Bing will be the primary search and maps provider for all BlackBerry devices and will be integrated int the OS itself. Whether this is good or bad (in my opinion, not so cool) it’s a valuable investment from Microsoft against iOS and Android by competing with Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry 7. Time will tell what this brings. Image via: @dcseifert
Out with the old Intel 2010 processors and into the new with the new 2011 Sandy Bridge technology. The new iMacs have an IPS display as standard, FaceTime HD camera with video chatting between and iPad 2 or iPhone 4, SD card slot, and new Thunderbolt data transfer port, with 24 hour shipping available. Prices are $1,199 (as usual) for the 21.5-inch model with a 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD Radeon 6750M GPU, 500GB HDD and 1 Thunderbolt port then jump to $1,999 for a 27-inch model with 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor. All of the new iMacs are on sale starting today. Press release after the jump.
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