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5 years ago

Can iPhone Developers Make a Living on the App Store's "Long Tail"? - TiPb of the Iceberg

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Can iPhone Developers Make a Living on the App Store's "Long Tail"? - TiPb of the Iceberg


("Unique" by Hamed Masoumi, licensed under Creative Commons)

[Introducing TiPb of the Iceberg, our new, bi-weekly column from TiPb Senior Editor, and all-around Smartphone Expert, Dieter Bohn.]

The recent news that development house Tap Tap Tap is breaking up has me thinking about the App Store and developers again. Partially it's because Tap Tap Tap has previously been mentioned here at TiPb as an example of developers raking in the cash and as an example of developers being open about how much they're making and what they think of the industry. The break-up is interesting for a few reasons in this context.

After the break, some ruminations and thoughts on the State of the Apps from this layman's point of view. Warning: as you can see from the title, this post includes hackneyed references to the Long Tail

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5 years ago

Review: Incipio dermaSHOT Silicone Case for iPhone 3G

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Review: Incipio dermaSHOT Silicone Case for iPhone 3G

Everybody has his or her own definition for the perfect iPhone 3G Case. Some may want a hard plastic case, others prefer rubbery silicone cases but most prefer a case that is non intrusive and more importantly, offers protection while adding minimal bulk. The Incipio dermaSHOT Silicone Case for iPhone 3G ($14.95) is a rubber silicone case that tries to offer a layer of protection without adding much thickness. How does it perform?

Read on for the rest of the review!

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5 years ago

App Preview: Qik About to Stream Live on the iPhone? Join Kevin Now!

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App Preview: Qik About to Stream Live on the iPhone? Join Kevin Now!

Yup, Kevin Rose is back, back again, this time with a sneak peak at Qik for the iPhone, the online video broadcasting App that everyone and their Twitter-feed was "going live" with on the Nokia N95 last year.

Not a jailbreak, but a real honest-to-Steveness App Store application, Kevin says it will be available soon. We say... will Apple approve it? And if they do, what will it say having internet broadcast video capability on a device that still lacks support for local video recording?

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5 years ago

A Really Big iPod Touch Advertisement Invades ESPN.com

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A Really Big iPod Touch Advertisement Invades ESPN.com

If anyone checked out ESPN.com late last night they would have been smacked right in the eye with quite possibly the biggest iPod Touch Banner Ad Ever. After releasing the new iPhone "game changer" commercial during the baseball playoffs, it looks like Apple is focusing on expanding the iPhone/iPod Touch product line by reaching sports fans. Good idea? I don't know maybe Apple is thinking they can turn sports fans into Apple fanboys..

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5 years ago

iPhone-dev Team 3G Unlock Update

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iPhone-dev Team 3G Unlock Update

Jeremy recently reported that the iPhone-dev Team were inching towards an unlock for the iPhone 3G. This time, the iPhone-dev Team checks in through their blog saying that they have made "significant progress" with the 3G Unlock.

The team modified the baseband of the iPhone 3G and even though it failed the integrity check, it was still running. They state that though running modified code is extremely useful, they still can't give an accurate time table to when we will see a 3G Unlock. Click the read link to see a video of the process. And let's hope that the amazing iPhone-dev Team are able to get through.

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5 years ago

iPhone/iPod Integration Hits 58% of US Cars!

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iPhone/iPod Integration Hits 58% of US Cars!

Technically motor vehicles, we suppose, as people who can still afford to fill up the honking huge gas tanks on trucks and the like get their fair share of iPhone/iPod love as well, as Ars Technica reports that integration has now hit a majority level of 58%.

Proprietary dock port notwithstanding, Apple's dominance of the music player -- and now music phone -- market has no doubt driven (ha!) the adaption. More egalitarian-ly, USB integration has hit 33%, with an even higher rate of increase. Says Jeff Smykll:

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5 years ago

iTunes HD TV: Over 1 Million Sold -- In the USA!

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iTunes HD TV: Over 1 Million Sold -- In the USA!

Back during September's iPod and iTunes focused "Let's Rock" event, Apple announced that they would begin carrying "stunning" HD TV Shows, and that -- surprise surprise -- NBC had come skulking back into the fold as well.

Now Apple reports that they have all 4 big US-based television networks: ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC available in HD, and what's more:

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5 years ago

Tip o' the Week: Sync iPhone on Two Computers

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Tip o' the Week: Sync iPhone on Two Computers

I don't know if you have tried this (I have), but if you attempt to sync your iPhone with any computer other than the one you originally synced with your iPhone, you will receive a warning that your iPhone is "synced with another iTunes library."  Your only choice at this point is to "Cancel" the operation or "Erase and Sync" because your iPhone can only be synced to one iTunes library at a time.  Or CAN it?

Thanks to a set of most excellent instructions from the Shiny Things blog of Andrew Grant located here, you can sync your iPhone with one or more additional computers. Read on to learn more!

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5 years ago

Review: iGrip Universal Fit Cigarette Lighter Mount for iPhone

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Review: iGrip Universal Fit Cigarette Lighter Mount for iPhone

The iGrip Universal Fit Cigarette Lighter Mount for iPhone, available in the iMore Store for $19.95, is one alternative to having your iPhone float freely within the cabin of your car. In a day when more focus is being placed on distracted drivers, this mount allows you to affix your iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPod Touch, or iPod Touch 2G and view the display while keeping both hands on the wheel. How does it measure up? Read on for the full review!

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5 years ago

Friday Fun Rumor: 3D Turn-By-Turn GPS Navigation for iPhone Post 2.2?

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Friday Fun Rumor: 3D Turn-By-Turn GPS Navigation for iPhone Post 2.2?

Huge rumor. No corroboration. Not journalism. Posting this from a first time, antonymous tipster and if it doesn't pan out... well... I'll be boiled in clam chowder eventually anyway... But it's Friday and this is FUN. Of course, Dieter already told us about the complicated legal quagmire surrounding turn-by-turn GPS, but dagnabit, we wants it!

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5 years ago

Android vs. iPhone: Which Does a Better Job Syncing to the Cloud?

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Android vs. iPhone: Which Does a Better Job Syncing to the Cloud?

The Reviews of the Android G1 Phone on T-Mobile are out and the verdicts are generally as follows: Partly Cloudy1, but forecasting big things to come. We're not going to try to hit every point just yet, but there's one point where this "Sidekick for Grownups" has what appears to be a real advantage over everybody else: dead-simple cloud setup.

So compared to the iPhone, just how good is the setup on the G1? The answer is: Depends on whether or not you're a Gmail type of person.

Yeah, "depends" isn't exactly a clear answer, so follow us after the break for a bit more on whether the G1 is PIM Push Paradise compared to MobileMe's Mechanized Movement of information.

(1Sorry, could help myself with that pun)

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5 years ago

Today on the Forums: Vote and Win in TiPb AT WORK Week 3, Economy and Your iPhone, Jailbroken Themes, iPhone Help

Today on the Forums: Vote and Win in TiPb AT WORK Week 3, Economy and Your iPhone, Jailbroken Themes, iPhone Help

Just a reminder that voting ends tomorrow for TiPb at Work Week 3! Vote for your favorite remote desktop/VNC apps for your chance to win! Free apps people! What are you waiting for?! Go ahead and vote!

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5 years ago

Steve Speaks: It's Not Easy Being Greener

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Steve Speaks: It's Not Easy Being Greener

Because of Apple's high media profile, Greenpeace likes to have a little fun with them. Nothing gets headlines like bashing Apple in the tech industry, especially if you're hippie enough to make Steve Jobs seem more like Stephen Colbert. With Al Gore on their board, however, it's probably safe to say Apple has to at least appear to be one of the more -- if not most -- environmentally friendly major tech company in the US. Case in point, and unprecedented second open letter from Steve Jobs:

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5 years ago

App Preview: Weightbot for the iPhone

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App Preview: Weightbot for the iPhone

Updated: Now available via the iTunes App Store

Want to get attention for your App? Innovative and drop dead gorgeous UI is one heckuva way to do it. Enter Weightbot from Tapbots. Killer mascot, even more interesting user experience. These are the kinds of high-polish Apps we've been waiting for (no pun intended!)

Anyone else pushing the iPhone envelope? Please let us know!

Thanks to Mark for sending this in!

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5 years ago

Apps for Less! Xtreme Gaming Edition - Raging Thunder, Spore, ImaginationLand

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Apps for Less! Xtreme Gaming Edition - Raging Thunder, Spore, ImaginationLand

If you happened to miss our first Apps for Less, be sure to check it out for some great App Store deals! We here at TiPb are all about saving you money, so without further ado...

Arguably the top racing game available on the App Store, Raging Thunder, is now on sale for $3.99. That's 50% off folks... not a deal to pass up if you enjoy your racers!

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