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usb_typewriter_ipadLooks like it’s that time again. We’ve finished draining the nutritious goo from our victi-I mean we’re looking for more writers!

So if you love you some iPods, iPads, and iPhones, and have access to up-to-date iOS hardware (and have a knack for this whole “writing” thing), give us a shout. We’re currently looking for reviewers and news writers to bring aboard.

Potential reviewers should be able to cut a swath through apps and games (that’s right, apps and games; you have to be up for both) without breaking a sweat, be able to critically analyze their subjects, and express themselves well and with authority. They should also be willing and able to edit their own posts and upload their own screen shots so that their work is ready for publishing as soon as they hand it in. But most of all we’re looking for someone who can manage to pull all of that off and keep things fun and interesting.

Potential newsies need to be able to turn out articles quickly and with regularity. They should have a knack for spotting the important bits in each story, getting the information out accurately, linking to sources, and be able to do it all without reading like an official press release. News writer hopefuls should also note that this position requires adherence to a set schedule, and during this time they’ll be collaborating with us directly on coverage of the day’s events. Otherwise how could we stay on top of everything?

If you think you’ve got what it takes for either of these positions, here’s our list of Musts:

– have an iPhone 5, iPad (2, mini, or later) or iPod touch (5th gen or later) and think it’s the best thing since sliced bread
– have a general knowledge of and interest in the iOS community
– can write at a higher than average level, like what you might see in a magazine or newspaper
– have some familiarity with WordPress or similar CMS platform
– reviewers: have the time to write and post at least three reviews a week
– newsies: churn out 4 to 5 news items per day and adhere to a weekly early morning schedule starting around 6am or 7am Pacific, Mon. through Fri.
– must be 18 years of age or older


What do you get? Writing for 148Apps gets you exposure. With millions of eyes reading your posts, that’s a lot of exposure to be had. You also get some money, per post, at a competitive rate. That’s not bad, right? We do ask that you only apply if you can keep up a regular posting frequency. While this isn’t a full time job, it’s not a once-in-a-while hobby, either. Our best writers are the ones that can keep the same quality output coming week after week.

If you think this is something you might be interested it, take a quick read of our review style and send us three of your best clips. These are the best portfolio works of review writing you’ve done. The closer to an app review your clips are, the better chance we’ll have of understanding your style. Don’t have any written samples? Write one up! Pick your favorite app or two and write up a 300 – 500 word review, with proper spelling and grammar, and email it to helpwanted {at} 148apps {dot} com. We look forward to hearing from you, and we’ll get back to you soon.

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usb_typewriter_ipadHey there folks. 148Apps is currently in the market – the market for talented writers like you!

If you’re crazy about iPads, cuckoo for iPhones, constantly on an iPod, or can’t otherwise get enough of that iOS (and have a knack for this whole “writing” thing), then give us a shout. We’re currently looking for two more folks to bring aboard: one for reviews, and the other for news items.

Potential reviewers should be able to cut a swath through apps and games (that’s right, apps and games; you have to be up for both) without breaking a sweat, be able to critically analyze their subjects, and express themselves well and with authority. They should also be willing and able to edit their own posts and upload their own screen shots so that their work is ready for publishing as soon as they hand it in. But most of all we’re looking for someone who can manage to pull all of that off and keep things fun and interesting.

Potential newsies need to be able to turn out articles quickly and with regularity. They should have a knack for spotting the important bits in each story, getting the information out accurately, linking to sources, and be able to do it all without reading like an official press release. News writer hopefuls should also note that this position requires adherence to a set schedule, and during this time they’ll be collaborating with us directly on coverage of the day’s events. Otherwise how could we stay on top of everything?

If you think you’ve got what it takes for either of these positions, here’s our list of Musts:

– have an iPhone 5, iPad (2, mini, or later) or iPod touch (5th gen or later) and think it’s the best thing since sliced bread
– have a general knowledge of and interest in the iOS community
– can write at a higher than average level, like what you might see in a magazine or newspaper
– have some familiarity with WordPress or similar CMS platform
– reviewers: have the time to write and post at least three reviews a week
– newsies: adhere to a weekly early morning schedule starting around 6am or 7am Pacific, Mon. – Fri.
– must be 18 years of age or older


What do you get? Writing for 148Apps gets you exposure. With millions of eyes reading your posts, that’s a lot of exposure to be had. You also get some money, per post, at a competitive rate. That’s not bad, right? We do ask that you only apply if you can keep up a regular posting frequency. While this isn’t a full time job, it’s not a once-in-a-while hobby, either. Our best writers are the ones that can keep the same quality output coming week after week.

If you think this is something you might be interested it, take a quick read of our review style and send us three of your best clips. These are the best portfolio work of review writing you’ve done. The closer to an app review your clips are, the better chance we’ll have of understanding your style. Don’t have any written samples? Write one up! Pick your favorite app or two and write up a 300 – 500 word review, with proper spelling and grammar, and email it to helpwanted {at} 148apps {dot} com. We look forward to hearing from you, and we’ll get back to you soon.

Image Credit: TechnaBob

Hello! We’re looking for new writers with a strong passion for iOS applications and games. Do you love downloading new apps to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? Do you tell all your friends and relatives about the latest gem you’ve found in the App Store? You’re the kind of person we’re looking for.

The ideal app reviewer will devour apps and games, and will be able to write about them quickly and authoritatively. You should have a good critical eye and the ability to express yourself well. You should be able to edit your own posts and deliver them ready to publish. Most importantly? As a good app reviewer, you should be able to do all this while keeping the writing fun and interesting, using the common voice of the site.

All review writers should be able to jump back and forth amongst apps and games, but extra points if you have a passion for non-gaming apps and a nose for finding the best ones across the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Think you have the chops? Check out our requirements here:

You:
– have an iPhone 5, iPad (2, mini, or later) or iPod touch (5th gen or later) and think it’s the best thing since sliced bread
– have a general knowledge of and interest in the iOS community
– can write at a higher than average level, like what you might see in a magazine or newspaper
– have some familiarity with WordPress or similar CMS platform
– have the time to write and post at least three reviews a week
– must be 18 years of age or older

What do you get? Writing for 148Apps gets you exposure. With millions of eyes reading your posts, that’s a lot of exposure to be had. You also get some money, per post, at a competitive rate. That’s not bad, right? We do ask that you only apply if you can keep up a regular posting frequency. While this isn’t a full time job, it’s not a once-in-a-while hobby, either. Our best writers are the ones that can keep the same quality output coming week after week.

If you think this is something you might be interested it, take a quick read of our review style and send us three of your best clips. These are the best portfolio work of review writing you’ve done. The closer to an app review your clips are, the better chance we’ll have of understanding your style. Don’t have any written samples? Write one up! Pick your favorite app or two and write up a 300 – 500 word review, with proper spelling and grammar, and email it to helpwanted {at} 148apps {dot} com. We look forward to hearing from you, and we’ll get back to you soon.

Image: TechnaBob

148Apps Joins the Steel Media Family

We promised you ginourmous news on Friday. Unfortunately (or fortunately for our sun starved faces), the first real day of summer in San Francisco got in the way of us releasing the news yesterday. Drum roll, please…..

We are very excited to announce that 148Apps and our network of sites have been acquired by our friends at Steel Media! 148Apps joins the amazing network of mobile and app related sites such as Pocket Gamer, Pocket Gamer.biz, AppSpy, Padvance, Quality Index, and more.

For more than four years 148Apps has covered the world of iOS apps and games. It started as a passion of mine and has now expanded to include the best writers this side of Mars. Now along with the Steel Media portfolio of sites, we have mobile apps and games covered from every angle.

We’ve included the press release below for the full details. Please get in touch if you have any questions. My contact details are on my author page. We are so excited to get things going. Onward and upward!

Cheers,
Jeff


PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release


Steel Media acquires 148Apps Network

Founder Jeff Scott to spearhead Pocket Gamer publisher’s newly formed US venture

Bath, UK – 2nd October 2012 – They say everything’s big in America, so it’s rather appropriate that Steel Media’s acquisition of 148Apps and associated sites should be its biggest deal yet.

Launched soon after the appearance of the iTunes App Store in July 2008, 148Apps set off with, and has since kept to, a remit of providing readers with leading iOS app insight. The site’s imposing number of reviews and news has continually targeted the very best content for iOS device owners and 148Apps has deservedly garnered a reputation as one of the finest and most respected examples of iOS-dedicated editorial coverage around.

Of course, the real value to any website is the people who create it, so Steel Media is delighted to confirm that 148Apps founder Jeff Scott will remain on board and assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of our US ventures. Alongside his proven team, Jeff will therefore continue to focus on providing world-class iOS editorial coverage while also benefiting from the evolution that the backing provided by one of the largest publishers within the mobile gaming media sector will inevitably facilitate.

But the ambition doesn’t end there. The acquisition, which in addition to 148Apps also includes b2b sister site 148Apps.biz, Google-focused Android Rundown, child-friendly Giggle Apps, the already popular Best App Ever Awards, and the App Hall of Fame, is intended as the latest stage of the publisher’s ongoing expansion strategy, following on from last month’s acquisition of Padvance.

Working alongside existing management and editorial teams, Jeff will also be responsible for driving forward Steel Media sites and activities in the US – from new launches to further acquisitions and possible brand extensions.

“It’s a thrill to join Steel Media and become part of the team behind great sites like Pocket Gamer. Bringing 148Apps into the Steel Media portfolio of mobile focused sites allows us to create the broadest coverage of games and apps in the mobile space,” said Jeff Scott, 148Apps founder and Editor-in-chief. “When starting the 148Apps Network over four years ago, my goal was to create a site that helped app lovers find the best of the best on the App Store. Joining with Steel Media helps us expedite that goal of guiding readers through the swell of nearly two million apps.

“The team at Steel Media will help us build out the next generation of mobile app sites. As we brainstorm the next big idea in our coverage of mobile, we are already seeing the benefits of the new larger company.”

“I’m delighted and hugely excited to welcome Jeff and the 148Apps team into the SM family, expanding our already impressive portfolio of owned sites and Alliance network partners (which include leading independent mobile content sites such as Slide to Play, Gamezebo, TouchGen, to name but three) to provide a strong position within the mobile gaming media sector,” said Chris James, Steel Media MD.

“Adding this respected US-centred network to our strong UK and European sites, plus AppSpy in Australia and partner projects in Asia, we can now combine our passion and market knowledge with genuine international presence. What’s more, in Jeff we have a passionate and determined professional ideally placed to help guide and push the US side of our business forward.”

148Apps.com

CONTACT
For more information, contact:

Chris James: chris [at] steelmedia.co.uk
Jeff Scott: jeff.scott [at] 148apps.com

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Notes to editors

About Steel Media

Steel Media is a leading mobile consumer technology publisher based in the UK. With a team boasting over 90 years of experience in consumer and contract publishing, the company currently publishes Europe’s biggest mobile and handheld gaming website PocketGamer.co.uk, which is licensed internationally, the leading mobile games industry portal PocketGamer.biz, consumer friendly iOS digital magazine swipe, the Pocket Gamer Guides range of interactive game companion apps, and leading iPhone video review portal AppSpy.

Steel Media also runs critical aggregator Quality Index and app-promotion service Free App Alliance, as well as the Smartphone Alliance advertising network covering over 50 leading independent sites and 35M+ monthly users. Other activities include the syndication of content to mobile operators and handset manufacturers, and the provision of a range of editorial, design and other contract publishing services to a number of leading blue chip brands including Nokia, Microsoft, Sony Mobile and ARM.

For further information on the Pocket Gamer network or Steel Media, contact Chris James: chris [at] steelmedia.co.uk

About the 148Apps Network

148Apps launched in July 2008 to cover the 500 apps available at the launch of the iTunes App Store. From there we have expanded our coverage and tirelessly tracked the growth of the app industry to nearly two million apps via editorial reviews and news, while never losing sight of the need to provide readers with world-class insight into the very best in iOS applications.

Alongside the growth of the App Store, the 148Apps network has also expanded to include b2b site 148Apps.biz, Google-focused Android Rundown, child-friendly Giggle Apps, the popular Best App Ever Awards, and the App Hall of Fame, amongst others.

For further information on the 148Apps network, contact Jeff Scott: jeff.scott [at] 148apps.com

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Hello! We’re looking for new writers with a strong passion for iPhone applications and games. Do you love downloading new apps to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch? Do you tell all your friends and relatives about the latest gem you’ve found in the App Store? You’re the kind of person we’re looking for.

The ideal app reviewer will devour apps and games, and will be able to write about them quickly and authoritatively. You should have a good critical eye and the ability to express yourself well. You should be able to edit your own posts and deliver them ready to publish. Most importantly? As a good app reviewer, you should be able to do all this while keeping the writing fun and interesting, using the common voice of the site.

All review writers should be able to jump back and forth amongst apps and games, but extra points if you have a passion for non-gaming apps and a nose for finding the best ones across the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Think you have the chops? Check out our requirements here:

You:
– have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and think it’s the best thing since sliced bread
– have a general knowledge of and interest in the iOS community
– can write at a higher than average level, like what you might see in a magazine or newspaper
– have some familiarity with WordPress or similar CMS platform
– have the time to write and post at least three to five reviews a week

What do you get? Writing for 148Apps gets you exposure. With millions of eyes reading your posts, that’s a lot of exposure to be had. You also get some money, per post, at a competitive rate. That’s not bad, right? We do ask that you only apply if you can keep up a regular posting frequency. While this isn’t a full time job, it’s not a once-in-a-while hobby either. Our best writers are the ones that can keep the same quality output coming week after week.

If you think this is something you might be interested it, take a quick read of our review style and send us three of your best clips. These are the best portfolio work of review writing you’ve done. The closer to an app review your clips are, the better chance we’ll have of understanding your style. Don’t have any written samples? Write one up! Pick your favorite app or two and write up a 300 – 500 word review, with proper spelling and grammar, and email it to helpwanted {at} 148apps {dot} com. We look forward to hearing from you, and we’ll get back to you soon.

Image: TechnaBob

It’s almost like Christmas and your birthday morning all wrapped up into one! But for this holiday you will be compelled to spends lots of money. Today Apple will make a bunch of announcements around the iPhone. It’s pretty much a lock that we will see at least one new iPhone today, final iOS 5 details including some that have been unseen so far, iCloud, and probably a new Apple iOS app, perhaps iPhoto.

While the rumors have been all over the place, the crazy crazy rumor mill have pretty much all settled on the new iPhone to be announced today being an iPhone 4S. An updated version of the iPhone 4 with perhaps a faster processor, more memory, a bigger camera (8 MP), and perhaps a few more features. This isn’t the iPhone 5 that we think Apple needs to make a statement, but such is Apple. They take their own paths — and let’s be honest, it usually works out for them.

It’s almost assured that we will see some new features in iOS 5 that haven’t been seen in the betas. And hopefully more details around iCloud and how it will work.

One area where iCloud is really lacking is photos. We’re expecting Apple to announce some new features around that and perhaps even an iPhoto for iOS. With each of the recent hardware releases Apple have released an iOS version of one of their core apps (iMovie, Garage Band, iWork, etc.) — it follow that they will continue this and I’m hoping we see something photo related today.

And maybe, just maybe, we’ll see the death of Ping today.

Tim Cook will be presenting the new information today, his first big presentation gig as new Apple CEO. Break a leg, Tim!

We’ll be reporting all of the big announcements as they happen on our Twitter and Facebook streams. Check there for the very latest info. And we’ll be posting an analysis of the announcements later in the day.

Got a minute? What? No? How about a minute of your time for a chance to win an iPad 2?

Yeah, sounds better? We’re doing a quick non-evil survey. The goal is to allow potential advertisers know who they are advertising to. Lets face it, no one really likes advertising, but that advertising you see on the site allows us to bring you nearly 20,000 quality words worth of iOS related content every week. The top notch writers here do a heck of a job, and we enjoy being able to pay the writers for the great content they contribute to the site. (BTW, we’re looking for more writers, in case you missed it.)

So this painless little survey will only take a few minutes and help us greatly. Your responses are greatly appreciated and might be handsomely rewarded with a killer iPad 2.

Click here for the survey. Thanks!

Black Friday has come and gone, now it’s Cyber Monday — the day that you traditionally get great savings from online merchants. And the 148Apps iPhone Accessories Store is no exception!

Stock up on holiday presents or for yourself. Check out battery packs, Bluetooth headsets and speakerphones, car kits, and of course cases galore. We’ve got accessories available for iPads, iPhones, and some models of iPod Touch all at 10% off for Cyber Monday.

Hit the Accessories Store and remember to use code 148cyber during checkout for the 10% discount. Happy shopping.

Introducing the App Hall of Fame!

App discoverability continues to be a real issue. With the fast churn of apps in the App Store, an app has only a few weeks of promotional life in it before it’s largely forgotten. There are a few things developers can do to fix that, but those things may not work for most apps. That’s why we think it’s important to archive these great, best apps from even just a few months ago. They may have been forgotten by most, but we want a way to remember them forever.

We’re proud to announce the launch of a new site, dedicated to archiving the very best in mobile apps, the App Hall of Fame! We hope it will become the source for finding the very best of the best apps, long after their initial promotional buzz has died down.

With a voting process loosely modeled after the Baseball Hall of Fame, the App Hall of Fame will induct 12 new apps every month. The eligible apps are those that have been in the App Store for at least 6 months. Initially we’ll be focusing on iPhone/iPod Touch apps, but we’ll open it up to iPad apps soon. Next year? We expand further to cover other platforms.

The hall of fame-worthy apps will be chosen by the people that look at, write about, and live apps every day. Our fantastic selection committee includes members from Slide to Play, TUAW, TIPB, The Loop, Pirillo.com, AppAdvice, and more. The selection committee have already chosen the nominees for our first month and they are now voting on those nominations. We will proudly announce our first 12 inductees on Monday, October 11th.

The mobile application analytics company,Flurry, has graciously sponsored the site and will be giving $1,000 in promotional credit to each inducted app while they remain a sponsor. A very generous prize for the inductees, indeed.

But wait, there’s more! We’re having a monthly contest, too! We’re also going to be celebrating the new inductees every month by giving away copies of the winning apps to App Hall of Fame mailing list subscribers.

Take a look at the site, sign-up for the contest and mailing list and check back on October 12th for the first inductees into the new App Hall of Fame!

Today we have more exciting news to announce. We’ve launched a new site covering Android games and apps – Android Rundown!

You may be asking why Android and why now? While personally I think the iOS is still by far the best mobile operating system, there are a considerable number of people that can’t, for one reason or another, use an iPhone. Could be the choice of carriers, rules their employers have put in place, etc. Android is the second best mobile app platform and is growing quickly. There are now nearly 100,000 Android apps — and we want to cover them. We want to bring our well-proven formula of editorial reviews, top app lists, price drops, etc. to the Android world. We’re pretty sure you want us to do that, too.

Another big reason to launch now is that the Android app market seems to be on the very edge of a large expansion. One of the big reasons is that until recently Android phones were not good app phones. Most Android devices were only given 512MB of storage space (or less) for apps. That has finally changed. The Android OS was recently modified to allow phones to store apps on a storage card and most phones released these days have 16 GB of on board storage. This eliminates a huge roadblock to app adoption for users of most Android phones.

In addition, we’re seeing more and more iPhone developers release their apps on Android as well. We’ve seen the big guys like EA, Gameloft, and Namco already — we can expect others soon. And we can’t forget the indies — they are releasing on Android in ever increasing numbers as well.

What does this mean for 148Apps? Really, not too much. We’re just trying out what we’ve built here at 148Apps in the Android world. You won’t see any changes here at 148Apps. You might see the occasional cross post when there’s a subject that applies to both platforms, but that’s not much different than now.

If you’re curious about the Android world, take a look and let us know what you think. Cheers!

Today I’m very happy to make an announcement about the future of 148Apps. Rob LeFebvre and the staff of The Portable Gamer (TPG) have joined forces with us at 148Apps!

The Portable Gamer site will join the 148Apps network of mobile blogs and help us build out our mobile gaming coverage on 148Apps. Together we will be able to continue to focus on apps as well as games on 148Apps and focus even more closely on games at TPG.

In addition, effectively immediately, Rob will become Editor of 148Apps and help us continue to build the best iOS blog possible. He’ll also help us build out our network of blogs to cover new topics and existing areas even better than before. Rob founded TPG and Games Are Evil and has built them into well read online gaming magazines. His experience will greatly help take 148Apps to new places.

For the immediate future, TPG will continue to operate as normal with the addition of cross-posting some content to 148Apps. By the end of the year, we hope to relaunch The Portable Gamer as an even bigger and better mobile gaming site. Keep watching, we’ll have more to announce on that in the coming weeks.

A huge welcome to Rob and the entire TPG team!

Here we are on the verge of the next iPhone release, we now have the amazing iPad, and possibly soon, an app running Apple TV. The growth in the iPhone App world is phenomenal and we at 148Apps plan on growing with it. But to do that, we need a few additional dedicated, awesome writers. And not just someone that can string a few words together, but people that are passionate about the iPhone OS, and its apps.

To help us make the next step and grow our site you need to be dedicated, engaged, and deeply app focused. You should know the iPhone and the app world better than you know the back of your own hands. We are looking for app reviewers, both for iPhone and iPad, and news writers.

The ideal app reviewer should be able to devour apps and games and be able to write about them quickly and authoritatively. You should have a good critical eye and the ability to express yourself well. You should be able to self edit your posts and deliver them ready to publish. And most importantly you should be able to do this while keeping your review fun and interesting like the common voice of the site.

We are looking for reviewers for all types of apps and games, but particularly interested in writers that can specialize in the education, photography, and music genres when needed. But all review writers should be able to jump back and forth amongst apps and games.

In addition to review writers, we are also looking to add one or two news reporters. The ideal news reporter would be someone who knows when an app is going to be released before anyone else does. Someone who knows the industry and the people in the industry. Wakes up in the middle of the night to see what new apps have gone live. And is comfortable talking to developers, marketing people, and even press agencies. You must be able to respond to and write about events and industry changes quickly. And most importantly you should be able to filter through information for what is a good story and what is just PR fluff.

If you think either of these descriptions fit your skills, please keep reading. In exchange for your amazing writing skills, we will provide a well read (well over 600,000 readers / month) outlet for your talents. You’ll also have access to more apps than you’d ever be able to use, and of course there’s the money. We do ask that you only apply if you can keep up a regular posting frequency. While this isn’t a full time job, it’s not a once-in-a-while hobby either.

If you think you have the writing skills, the drive, and the interest to help take 148Apps to the next level, send us the following:

Your name
Where you live (city, state, country)
What iPhone OS devices you use
Why you want to write for us
What position you are interested in
3 writing sample that fit that position
Past writing experiences you have had

Email all that to helpwanted {at} 148apps {dot} com and we will be in touch.

It’s that time again — it’s conference season. We’re gearing up for all the madness, the meetings, the travel, the bad conference food. But along with the bad, comes the good. We’ll get to meet and talk to a bunch of really wonderful app developers. I’m sure we’ll have a whole lot to talk about with OS 4 and most likely a new iPhone, but we want to see what you are working on!

Have a great iPhone or iPad app or game you are working on? Something no one else has ever done? Something you want to tell the world about? If you are going to be at WWDC in San Francisco or E3 in LA, we want to meet with you and take a look.

I’ll be at both conferences next month and would love to meet up and take a quick look at your new or upcoming apps and games. If you’d like to meet up during one of them, let me know. You can reach me at jeff dot scott at 148apps dot com.

I look forward to re-connecting with developers I’ve met in the past and meeting a whole bunch of new ones!

logo_400It’s become pretty evident to us that the iPhone / iPod Touch is the next big educational learning tool. If you’ve ever seen a 2-4 year old pick up one of their parents devices, swipe it to unlock, and then easily navigate to their favorite apps, you understand. Kids just seem to take to the device so quickly and so easily. It’s easy touch screen and accelerometer controls just makes perfect sense to them.

It’s due to that obvious affinity kids have for the device, and the need to have a site dedicated to both general and education apps for kids and parents that we’ve partnered with an iPhone obsessed mom to create GiggleApps.

We’re going to start out pretty slow with just a few app reviews per week. But along the way we’re going to do our best to get our readers input on what they want to see and help point the site in that direction. You can keep track of the new posts via Facebook, Twitter, an RSS feed, or even Email.

Keep an eye out, it’s going to be fun.

Cyber Monday Sale

I don’t know if you are aware, but up in the site navigation bar is a “Gear Store” button. This “Gear Store” button links up to our very own “Gear Store”, where we sell all sorts of goodies… from iPhone cases to Bluetooth stereo headsets. Since today is Cyber Monday, we are running a 10% off accessories sale in the store. Just type in the coupon code “MONDAY148″ at check out and the sale price will be yours!

3391Just for the sake of entertainment, I’ll tell you what I’ll probably get. First off, I might get myself a good FM transmitter. I’d use AUX if I had it, but unfortunately all my money is spent on buying apps, so FM will just have to do. I’ve been holding off on buying one for awhile, but with 10% off, a good Belkin Tunecast Auto might be on the way today. While I’m at it, I may get myself a stereo bluetooth headset. I like the fact that I’d be able to listen to my music wirelessly, but even more amazing to me is that I can hear people in stereo. I’d get a midrange model, but the Motorola S7-HD Bluetooth Stereo Headset looks too cool to pass up. I think I’ll also pick up a Solio Hybrid 1000, a solar powered iPhone charger. It’s already discounted $30, and with an extra 10% off, it come to around $45. Solar powered iPhone chargers just seem amazing… maybe I’ll buy one for myself and one as a gift.

Regardless of what accessories suit your fancy, they are all in our gear store. Just remember to type in “MONDAY148″ in the promo code area and you’ll get your 10% discount. This sale is only going on today… so hurry up!

Staff Writer Wanted

wodehouse_type_earlyBecause the App Store is growing at such an alarming rate, and our poor little hands can only type so fast, 148apps is looking for a new staff writer. We’re looking for someone who isn’t afraid to give an honest opinion, absolutely loves the App Store, and is willing and capable to pump out articles on a semi-regular schedule.

Experience is not necessarily a a requirement (but it helps), as we are much more interested in writing clarity, accuracy, and enthusiasm. To apply, we just need three (3) things.

1. A short blurb about yourself so we can get to know you.

2. An answer to the question, “How much time you can commit to writing for 148apps?”

3. A 500-1000 word sample review. Choose any app you want… it’s the quality of writing that we’re looking for.

Send the above info to chris.hall at 148apps.com with the subject ‘Writing Position’.

This may be the coolest job ever, as we are actually going to pay you (real money, I promise) to use iPhone apps, so please give us a bit of time to read through all of the applications

Love it, hate it, or simply not care, iPhone users, at least here in the states, are pretty much bound to AT&T. I won’t speak for everyone, but for me, in the Valley of the Sun, this means dropped calls, loss of signal, and failed MMS messages, all while still showing full bars. Granted a lot of these have gotten better since the recent release of 3.1.2 , or the Chi-Town Update as I like to call it (If you’re from the midwest you understand).

Better doesn’t mean perfect though and I’ve personally gotten sick of doing hard resets (hold down the sleep/wake & the home button for 10 seconds) to get my calls to go through. Reseting Network Settings seemed to do the trick as well but isn’t really any quicker and then you loose all the wifi network information and passwords stored in your phone. What’s the answer? It’s simpler then you might think, Airplane Mode. As it turns out toggling on Airplane mode for 15 seconds and toggling it back off forces the phone to reset it’s cellular calibration and re-lock on to a near by tower. 15 seconds is still a minor annoyance, sure, but it really is minor when considering how much longer the alternatives can take.

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*Here’s a bonus tip for this week also, this one goes out to all of the parents with youngsters running around out there. As the world changes and iPhone games start being developed for younger and younger children, kids are going to want to play with Mommy and Daddy’s phone more and more. An obvious concern here are the accidental phone calls a child might make to China while trying to play with Curious George. An easy solution, turn on that Airplane mode again. Sure it won’t stop the most malicious of kids out there trying to make calls but for the innocent ones it poses as an extra level of protection that will work the majority of the time.
**P.S. Wifi can still be turned back on without cellular service being active, important in case the games are online based or if you still need to hear incoming e-mail.

Tony’s Tip – 3.1 Remote Passcode

With all of the announcements and new iPods last week, 3.1 really seemed to slip through the cracks. Sure Steve made a special point to show off the new app store genius, which really is a cool feature, and of course the new organization in iTunes is pretty sweet but it also added a cool little security feature for MobilMe users. 3.1

Spawned from the days of the .Mac service that was really built for a niche market, MobileMe has quickly and quietly developed into a godsend in the iPhone world. With features like the automatic contact syncing, the Find My Phone, and Remote Wipe features, there was already plenty of reason to be looking in this direction. However, until now there was still a small security concern lurking. Find My Phone gave you the ability to locate your phone if you left it somewhere and the Remote wipe would clear it off if it was stolen, but what about if you’re not sure which has happened. Maybe it was stolen but maybe you just left it at the bar. If you wipe it then you can’t locate it any longer, but if you don’t then someone could be looking through all those pictures you took last week in Vegas. BAM, Apple brings you Remote Lock. Via the MobileMe web page you can set a pass code lock that instantly kicks the phone out of any app it’s running and locks it up nice and tight. Someone could still shut the phone off at this point but at the very least you know they aren’t getting to your information. All and all, this is a great little feature that really completes the security circle Apple is trying to build for it’s iPhone users. Here is the list of other features 3.1 add as well.

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pcmagtop1002009_largeAll of us here on team 148Apps were very honored to find out last week that we were named to PC Magazine’s Top 100 Web Sites of 2009. It’s an amazingly huge honor and a great validation of what we’ve been trying to do here at 148Apps. You’ll find us on the list under Undiscovered Tech sites.

We’re proud to be the only iPhone dedicated site on the list. We won’t let it go to our heads though. We are going to do our best to continue to lead with a goal of being on the list again next year. Just hopefully we’ll be in the discovered section by then.

Thanks to all of our fantastic writers and our passionate readers. We couldn’t have done it without each of you.

This is probably a good time to ask — what do you want to see added / changed / removed from 148Apps. Let us know in the comments, or send me an email. We’d love to hear from you.

Cheers,
Jeff

In one of the lesser talked about new features of iPhone OS 3.0, you can now install more than 148 applications on your iPhone. With OS 3, the number of pages you can fill with applications has been raised from 9 to 11. This gives you a maximum number of applications you can display of 180.

180notenoughSo now the next question will obviously be, are you going to change the name of the site to 180Apps? No, we aren’t going to change. We’re happy with 148Apps and we’re sticking with it.

One of our slogans around here at 148Apps has been “148 Is Not Enough!” — there are even t-shirts available with that slogan. And now, are we supposed to change that?

Truth be told, with OS 3.0 there really is no limit to the number of apps you can install — other than available storage space. Even though your phone will get slower and slower with the more applications you install, you can keep adding them. The only limit is the number of applications that you can see on your phone application launcher. That maximum to display is 11 pages or a total of 180 icons including the 4 in the tray at the bottom. Beyond the 180 icons displayed, you can use Spotlight search to find and launch the applications. The only problem with this is that it will be nearly impossible to remember what applications you have installed beyond the 180 you can display.

It’s a very odd decision for Apple to make. Why add only 2 more pages? Why not just allow for an infinite number of pages? And even though there are only 11 pages, why allow users to install more than what you can display? These are answers that we will never know as Apple never discusses such minute details. We’ll just have to guess as to their motive. Personally, I think the whole reason was that they heard our call to add more — but didn’t want to make us too happy.

nextiphoneI think we’re all expecting (and hoping) a new iPhone will be announced at the keynote presentation at WWDC in a few weeks. But the rumors as to what features that iPhone will have are all over the place.

Starting today and through the morning of the keynote, we invite you to guess what the features of the next iPhone will be. The three people with the top scores overall will win some great prizes from Griffin Technology with a total retail value of over $250!

Here’s how the contest will work. We’ve gathered a bunch of the rumors we’ve heard and read about the new iPhone and put them in a pick list and assigned points to each based on how unlikely we think each feature is. To enter the contest, you guess which ones are correct. You will get points for each correct feature you guess and lose the points listed for each incorrect feature you choose.

Read on for the full list of prizes and more on how to enter.


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At 148Apps, we pride ourselves at providing the best coverage of the App Store through our reviews, news, and editorial pieces. We’re here to give you the information you need about an app before you make a purchase and to keep you up to date on the latest happenings in the iPhone community. But there are two sides to the iPhone community that we could be assisting instead of just treating it as one single entity.

There are over 11,700 iPhone app publishers in the market right now, all vying for the chance to make their app the next big success. Each publisher could represent one individual making their own app, or a full team working on a string of applications. Beyond development, there’s also the marketing, financing, and customer support aspects that all need to be addressed by the developers. And that’s the beauty of the App Store, anyone can wear those hats as long as they’ve got the drive to do so.

But where do they get their information? Who do they learn from? What resources are made available to those willing to enter into the App Store? For $99 Apple will give you the tools and access to make an app, we want to give you the tools to make a business out of it. After all, everyone benefits from a stronger community.

largelogo-justdotbizEnter 148Apps.biz

Where 148Apps.com is more tailored toward consumers looking for apps for their own device, 148Apps.biz is a resource for everyone connected with the creation of iPhone apps. And to truly make 148Apps.biz a community resource, we’ve invited all reaches of the iPhone community to contribute to our site, to make it the strongest and most robust iPhone business resource available. 148Apps.biz is for the community, by the community.

On top of providing that outlet for those well versed in their area of the iPhone app process to speak their mind and provide valuable insight, we’ll also be providing the most accurate App Store Metrics available anywhere on the web. In depth info on what is in the app store, invaluable intelligence for iPhone app development.

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If you’re involved in iPhone app development and interested in sharing your knowledge and resources with the rest of the community, we invite you to check out our Submit An Article page over at 148Apps.biz. We’re looking to you to help make the community a stronger, better place, where those new to the scene and those already experienced have access to the tools and knowledge that will help them make the best apps possible.

So take a look at 148Apps.biz and let us know what you think. After all, it is your site!

It’s my great pleasure to announce that Bryan Barletta has joined us at 148Apps as our Editor in Chief. Bryan will be in charge of all things editorial and will be spearheading our goal to increase both quality and quantity of publication on 148Apps. Out goal continues to be to make the site the best it can be.

Bryan is as familiar with the iPhone and it’s apps as anyone and will be a great asset to 148Apps. He was most recently the Co-Editor at MediaBistro blogs MobileAppsToday and MobileDevicesToday. Prior to that he was the Director of Marketing and Lead Reviewer for AppVee.com.

It’s a great thrill to have him as part of 148Apps.

I’ve been wanting to take 148Apps to the next level but have not been able to keep up with the editorial responsibilities and develop the new features I wanted at the same time. Well, now I can. Keep an eye out for more details soon.

Welcome aboard Bryan!

You can reach Bryan at Bryan dot Barletta @ 148Apps dot com and on Twitter @BryanNO.

Announcing Partner Reviews

There are a lot of apps out there. More than 27,000. From the start we have said that there is no way that we can review every app or even try to do so. But, there must be something we can do to give our readers what they want.

So today, we are proud to announce an initiative, partner reviews, to help us cover a few more apps on 148Apps. The idea being that we will swap a couple reviews per week with select partner sites. This is something we’ve been working with Slide To Play for a few weeks now and we think we finally have it right. So today we’re publishing the first review from Slide To Play. In the coming weeks you’ll see a couple of our reviews show up on Slide To Play. We may expand this to other sites in the future, but for now we want to keep it pretty small and see how it goes.

So take a look at our front page and you’ll see a review for Heavy Mech. — it’s our first partner review from Slide To Play. Let us know what you think of this new initiative, we’d love your feedback.

Bracket busters, diaper dandies, Cinderella teams, sweet sixteen, great eight, final four – all terms you only hear in March. To celebrate the fantastic March Madness we’re kicking off our first March Madness Contest. To join in on the fun, sign up for the CBS Brackets on Facebook and join the 148Apps Readers Group.

We’ll have prizes for first and second place. As follows:

1st place overall – $30 in iTunes Gift Cards (US only)
2nd place overall – 148Apps T-shirt from AppTees

Please note, to enter the contest you must have a Facebook account and join the 148Apps Readers Group in the CBS Brackets app.

And if you want to keep up on the tourney on the go, CBS has just released the CBS March Madness On Demand app. It lets you watch every single game of the tourney when connected to a WiFi network and listen to audio over 3G/Edge. We’ll see how it works, CBS has always had trouble meeting the demand for their web streaming during tournament time. The iPhone app uses the MobiTV network, so hopefully it won’t have the same issues.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2009-03-26 :: Category: Sports

And even though I know that Perrin will likely kick all of our butts, 148Apps staff are not eligible to win but can join in on the fun.

Note: the correct URL has been updated, it’s http://gotoats.org

A few weeks ago, I posted a short message about integrity. It was a post that came out of the frustration of working to develop a quality site with ethical editorial practices while there are other iPhone app review sites out there with some rather shady practices that, at times, seem to be doing better than 148Apps.

When discussing this frustration with other site publishers, an idea was hatched. How about a professional organization whose members publicly abide by a set of ethical editorial rules? How about we take an oath to abide by those ethics? And how about publishing that on a website for all to see? And what about coming up with a silly name?

That’s when the Organization for App Testing Standards (O.A.T.S.!) was born. With great help from Steve from SlideToPlay.com, Nigel from iPhone Games Network, and Superbad from The APPera, we have launched the O.A.T.S. organization and the got OATS? site.

The primary goal of O.A.T.S. is to define a set of ethical standards for app review sites. The truth is that many of the iPhone app review sites have little if any professional publishing exposure. While ethics are something we are all taught, many may need a little refresher course and some guidance when it specifically comes to publication.

O.A.T.S. is also a great way for app developers and publishers to see what sites agree to abide by this oath. Initially we’ve populated the site with the 4 sites that were in on the development of the oath. But we’re not being exclusive — we’d like all sites that are willing to take and abide by the oath to join in. Site publishers, see the site for more information on how to join.

While this micro-industry of iPhone app review sites is small right now, everyone knows that it will grow as the iPhone app store grows. And while we were one of the first iPhone App Review sites to launch, we know we will never be the biggest. We just want to be the best. And being ethical is one of the key points to that goal, I think.

Load Up Your Closet With Apps

It is currently unknown if the closet has a 148 shirt limit. The good news is, 148Apps T-Shirts are now available through AppTees.com!

Our friends over at AppTees (founded by the people behind Veiled Games, shhh!) have created a site that hopes to give a developers a way to show off some of their creations. AppTees allows app developers to create t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, etc. with their app graphics on them and sell them through a simple, automated system powered by SpreadShirt.

When AppTees invited us to get involved, we knew we had to get in on it. We created a couple simple designs to start. And will be looking to add some more in the future. Maybe we’ll even run a contest around it. Who knows?

One big question remains. Just when technology finally be able to fulfill the demand for 148Apps thongs? Soon, we hope.

As we continue to grow at 148Apps, we’ve added a great list of writers, all producing the really fantastic reviews you expect. But it’s time to take 148Apps up another notch. It’s time to expand. Part of that involves finding an assistant editor, someone to help keep the editorial focus fine tuned and on course while I start building the next great version of 148Apps. In addition, we need to expand our writing tribe to allow us to expand our publication.

If you think you might be interested in joining us, or you know of someone who might be interested, read on for the details.

Continue reading Looking For a Few Great Writers and an Assistant Editor for 148Apps »

148Apps iPhone Accessories StoreToday, in partnership with Smartphone Experts, we are proud to announce the launch of the 148Apps Accessories Store! Our iPhone Accessories Store is custom built for all of your iPhone and iPod Touch accessory needs.

To celebrate the launch, we’re giving 10% off to the first 100 orders. To get this discount all you have to do is use coupon code “148savings” at checkout.

We’ve loaded the store with nearly 600 great accessories. Everything from cases, skins, headsets, headphones, screen protectors, charging cables, to car kits.

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