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Wibbitz Takes Long Articles and Creates Video Summaries Out of Them

Posted by on June 27th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Wibbitz takes text articles and creates video summaries out of them, giving users another way to keep up to date on the latest news. The app creators have found that reading long articles on mobile devices is too difficult, so they created Wibbitz to let you watch the news in form of video without needing to read. Users can choose from a number of news sources, such as world, business, and sports, and can arrange their feed in any order they wish.

Now, for an example, stop reading what I have to say about the app and watch the video explain it instead!

Completely Redesigned Pulse Social News Reader Now Universal

Posted by on November 8th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Social newsreader Pulse updates its iPhone app to include iPad in this new update, adding a fully redesigned interface and other great features. Will it replace Editor’s Choice recipient, Flipboard, as the king of the hill? Check it out and let us know in the comments below.

★ Unlimited Pages: Add as many sources as you want to follow via Pulse!
★ Improved Navigation: Access any page, settings, catalog and your saved stories effortlessly via a brand new sidebar!
★ Comprehensive Search: Search for any website, person, brand or topic and find results from Tumblr, Youtube, Reddit, Facebook, Google, Flickr, Blekko, and more!
★ Simpler Customization: Edit button on every page to quickly personalize your Pulse.
★ Infinite Scrolling: Keep swiping horizontally to read as many stories as you want from any source in Pulse.

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Guzzle Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Guzzle is a good app, and the service does a solid job of constructing keyword-specific news feeds. If you need a narrowly-focused news feed, it's worth looking at. Just be sure to test out the (free) website first.

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Coupons, Inc., today announced that they have acquired the app Grocery IQ from developers Free State Labs for an unspecified sum and plans on integrating mobile coupons into the application in version 2.

What seems most interesting to me is that this is one of first examples of an iPhone application, developed by a small group, being acquired by a larger company. There are a couple examples of applications being sold from one small indie developer to another. Where To? comes to mind. Even smaller apps being licensed by larger companies, for example Light Saber.

I’m surprised that we haven’t seen acquisitions happen more. It’s a great way for larger companies to buy an audience. And it’s a good way for developers, who perhaps have grown tired of supporting an application that may no longer be bringing much revenue, to make a little money with it and move on to the next project. Guessing we’ll see more of this in the future.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2008-09-12 :: Category: Lifestyle

The full press release is after the jump.

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Quarterly results are in — Apple reports record revenue of $10.17 billion and record net quarterly profit of $1.61 billion. This is the first quarter ever that Apple has posted revenue over 10 billion dollars.

Apple sold 2.5 million computers in the quarter (+9% y/y). Desktop sales are down about 25% while portable (laptop) sales are up around 34%.

They have also bucked the trend of luxury retailers and actually seen retail growth of 2% in the quarter ending 12/27/2008 at the 251 Apple retails stores.

Coming just a few days after Apple announced that there have been over 500 million app downloads, we now know to whom all those apps are being sold. Apple sold 22.7 million iPods in the quarter (3% growth y/y) — it’s expected that a modest number of those are iPod Touches but they represent a greater percentage of the revenue. In addition, they announced that 4.4 million iPhones (88% growth y/y) were sold in the last quarter bringing the total to 13.7 million for the year.

In addition, Apple re-affirmed commitment to the Apple TV, seeing 3x growth in sales year over year. Stressing that it’s still considered a hobby and that they see growth in the segment in the future.

[ Full details: Apple Reports First Quarter Results - Apple PR ]

Well, the keynote is over and no significant iPhone news. No significant news at all, really. Quick roundup: new 17″ MacBook Pro, new iWork, new iLife, DRM free iTunes music.

The only iPhone related news had to do with other products mainly. First, there are some new slideshow formats you can sync to the iPhone from the updated iPhoto. Whoop-tee-do! Second, all songs in the iTunes Music Store will be DRM free by the end of this quarter (that’s March 31st to you and me). And there will be variable pricing (you know — all the songs you want will cost more while the ones you don’t want will cost less). And finally there will be a Keynote Remote app available for the iPhone. While these are great and wonderful things to some, to me it’s just meh…

Where’s the iPhone Nano? Were the case manufacturers just playing with us?

Where’s the notification service? You know, the one that we were told would launch in September 2008? The one that was in the iPhone SDK, then pulled? Where’s iChat for the iPhone?

But most importantly, where is MMS? Every $9 phone has that now. Why doesn’t the most advanced phone in the world have it? I bet that new Palm to be announced tomorrow will have it.

I guess we’ll have to just keep waiting for these things. Apple always does things on their own time schedule. But, come on! Please, Steve? Or Phil? Or anyone? Pretty please? Or maybe, I will look at that new palm? I wonder how many apps you can load on that device?

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