Apple Store Records Over 3 Times More Revenue Than Google Play


The service in charge of tracking revenue and growth for both the App Store and Google Play has just unveiled the index of January 2013. While the both stores are suggested to be doing pretty well, the Apple App Store managed to generate over 3.5 times more than Google Play! On the other hand, the app store for Android saw more growth than the App Store.

With 700,000 apps now available to consumers in Google Play, Apple App store beats its competitor and is proud of its 800,000.

According to Bloomberg, “App Annie (The service in charge of tracking revenue and growth for both the App Store and Google Play) wouldn’t disclose specific revenue figures because it sells that information separately to software companies that buy the data and analytics. While Apple has said the App Store has generated more than $7 billion since 2008, Google hasn't made such information public. Apple has more than 800,000 apps on its store, and Google has more than 700,000.”

The average sum reported by Apple per month since June to December is $333 million on average, which is approximately 3 times more than Google Play managed to record. The increase in sales for Apple has been around 20% between October and December – fairly attributed to the release of the popular iPhone 5 and iPad mini. However, Google Play has increased 6 times its size prior to 2012, despite its competitor having recorded much higher revenues. 

How To Update To iOS 6.1 On iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch OTA


Apple has just made iOS 6.1 available to the public, including the ability to buy movie tickets with Siri, better LTE support, and more. Apple allows us to update our iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches over-the-air instead of having to plug into iTunes since the introduction of iOS 5, so your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch should normally alert you when an update for your device is ready. However, if it doesn’t, here’s how to manually trigger the over-the-air update yourself.

Before rushing to the steps listed below, please note that Apple requires your battery to be at 50% or better in order to install a software update over-the-air without being plugged into a charger. Also, make sure that you have your iCloud password on hand, as this update is a bit different from previous ones and requires  iCloud authorization upon completing the update. 

If you satisfy these two requirements mentioned above, you can now proceed further and launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Navigate to General - Software update and check to see if there's an update available on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

The device will then should display the option to Download and Install or Install Now, if it’s already downloaded the software. Tap on it and you’ll be prompted to plug your device in to save battery, tap continue and let your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch do its thing.

Once the update process is complete, the device will reboot and you’ll then now be on the latest software version!

Track Your Home And Business With mSpy For iPhone


Reflected as the number one spyware for iPhone  by the independent experts, mSpy is a cross-platform app with huge amount of services, allowing you to track and monitor the digital life of any target person, with his/her authorization, of course.

A lot of smartphone users wonder how to get insight into the tech-life of your children, restrict their access to inappropriate content and shield from the dangers of the mobile world. Or if you’re one of those who’d like to make sure your employees are working during office hours and figure out star performers in your business, by blocking access to entertaining websites for increasing productivity, this cell spy app is just for you!

Focusing on tailored and user-friendly tablet and mobile phone tracking keys, mSpy brings the latest developments in mobile monitoring technology. Whether you are a business owner or a worried parent, this app will bring state-of-the-art Home and Business solutions that suit your discrete needs and bring guaranteed results at affordable price. With the two choices – one for Home observing and another for your Business tracking, mSpy will guarantee safe atmosphere both in your family and company. Here are the benefits of both alternatives:

• Home Usage - Parental control
For keeping your children away from the websites with provocative content by monitoring their web browsing, and tracking their mobile activities to ensure their safety and prevent any harm. 

• Business Usage - Employee's Control
To prevent catastrophic data leaks or any inappropriate behavior in your company. mSpy Business tablet and smartphone monitoring software can help you pinpoint lazy or dishonest employees by keeping track of their productivity.

The mSpy features include:

• SMS Tracking (outgoing, received and deleted). Remotely read all text messages;
• GPS Location Tracking. See the location of the target phone from any web browser. GPS logging;
• Record Call Details (even deleted). Call Logging of all incoming and outgoing calls;
• Websites blocking & Browser history tracking. Track all web browser activity on the target cell phone;
• Record Surroundings;
• Remotely block the phone;
• Remotely block applications and many more...

The free 7-day trial of mSpy is available here, and once you decide to buy the software for your home or business, it is available at mSpy.com.

Give Your English Vocabulary A Boost With GRE By Dictionary.Com


This week’s winner of our Free App Poll is GRE by Dictionary.com! The app is a top-ranked one in the Education & Reference Categories and the trusted content is guaranteed by Dictionary.com itself!

With GRE by Dictionary.com available in the Apple App Store for free, users are able to play fun and addicting games; master the most common GRE words in 10 minutes a day or less; boost your vocabulary, and simply get smarter! This free app lets you enjoy the best of all worlds by mixing GRE vocabulary words from the experts at Dictionary.com with amazing, fun gaming mechanics.

Game types will inform you of what to expect on the GRE verbal section: Word Meanings, Synonyms and Sentence Completion. Overcome and learn the first 25 words for FREE and maybe you decide to purchase more words if you just can’t stop playing these addictive, helpful games.

The incomplete list of GRE by Dictionary.com features includes:
Master 1000 of the most frequently tested words on the GRE (the first 25 words are 100% FREE!) 
Play fast and addictive games – master difficult words in just 10 minutes a day 
Get expert-level test-taking tips and secrets from Dictionary.com 
Play games, earn badges, accomplish goals and unlock content
Track your personal progress against test date or any date of your choice
Receive personal learning goals based on your own daily game performance 
Review flashcards to practice words and definitions at your own pace (great for ESL!)
Play 3 game types found in the GRE: Word Meanings, Antonyms, Sentence Completion
Get great scores on your GRE test, or simply dazzle your friends by sounding smarter
Works OFFLINE!

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Top iPhone Applications In France


Millions of tourists travel to France annually because of its rich culture, historical attractions, beautiful scenery, luxurious boutiques, and authentic cuisine. Years ago, travelers make it a point to pack their {Merriam-Webster’s French-English Dictionary}, map, compass, and playing cards before heading to France. Because of today’s technology, tourists only need one thing – and that is their iPhone or iPad. Here are some of the top applications for iPhone and iPad that you can use while traveling to France: 


PartyPoker 
To keep you company during your trip to France, the best application to download is www.bwin.com/ipadpoker. This application was launched last March 2012 by bwin.party. This online gaming company owns several gambling sites including partypoker fran├žais. You can also choose to play this popular poker site by using your browser. There are various games available on this site, which makes it more fun. You can play sit-and-go or multi-table tournaments for short trips while the tournament duels and bounty tournaments are perfect for long-distance travels. No need to bring along a deck of cards because you can now comfortably play Texas Hold’em, Omaha or Seven Card Stud using your iPad. You won’t only have fun playing poker at PartyPoker, but also get a chance to win some euros which you can use for shopping or sightseeing. 


French-English Translation Dictionary and Verbs 
The common problem when traveling to a foreign country is the language barrier. You can now understand and speak a little French by using this application. What is cool about {Ultralingua} is that you can use this application even without internet connection. After downloading it on your iPhone or iPad, you can take advantage of more than 270,000 translations including numerals. You might even get a date by approaching a lovely lady and say, “La seule chose que tes yeux ne me disent pas, c'est ton nom.” This famous pick-up line means “The only thing your eyes don't tell me is your name.” 


Above France 
If you don’t know what to visit in France, then Fotopedia and National Geographic Traveler can show you the way. There are over 2,000 spectacular aerial photos available in this application including well-kept places such as the vineyards of Chateau d’ Yquem so you can get a glimpse of what to see. Aside from that, there are also interactive maps, picture slideshows and social media sharing. It also has a feature called Trip Builder that can help you create a dream trip. 


Fotopedia Heritage 
This application was included in Apple’s Hall of Fame of top 50 apps of all time. It claims to be the largest photo book in the world with more than 30,000 amazing photos. Fotopedia Heritage was created by Fotonauts in cooperation with {UNESCO World Heritage Centre} to give its travelers a virtual passport to hundreds of cultural and historical sites including the Loire Valley and Le Havre.

Apple Reveals 2013 First Quarter Financial Results


Apple has just unveiled the financial results for its 13-week fiscal 2013 first quarter, which ended on December 29, 2012. The Cupertino Company posted record quarterly revenue of $54.5 billion and highest ever quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $13.81 per diluted share, compared to the 14-week year-ago quarter, when Apple revealed the revenue of $46.3 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion. As for the gross margin, it was 38.6 % compared to 44.7 % in the year-ago quarter, with the international sales accounting 61% of the quarter’s revenue.

Based on the figures above, the average weekly revenue accounted $4.2 billion in the quarter paralleled with $3.3 billion in the year-ago quarter.

The number of iPhones sold reached a record 47.8 million in the quarter, compared to 37 million in the previous quarter. As for the iPads - a record 22.9 million devices were sold, compare to 15.4 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 4.1 million Macs and 12.7 million iPods, compared to 5.2 million and 15.4 million devices in the previous quarter.

A cash dividend of $2.65 per share of Apple's common stock has also been declared by Apple’s Board of Directors, payable on February 14, 2013, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 11, 2013. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO commented:

“We’re thrilled with record revenue of over $54 billion and sales of over 75 million iOS devices in a single quarter. We’re very confident in our product pipeline as we continue to focus on innovation and making the best products in the world.

Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO, said:”We’re pleased to have generated over $23 billion in cash flow from operations during the quarter. We established new all-time quarterly records for iPhone and iPad sales, significantly broadened our ecosystem, and generated Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever.”

Apple will make live streaming of its Q1 2013 financial results conference call available, beginning at 2:00 p.m. PST on January 23, 2013. For detailed information, click here .

Check Your Car’s Health With The Engine Tester


There are many drivers with no technical knowledge of their car, wondering if everything’s in order with their vehicle and spending liberally to make sure their car is healthy. Drivers can put their mind at ease as there’s now an app for checking your car’s health, as well as for making a right decision on whether or not to purchase a used car and prevent costly repairs.

The Engine Tester makes monitoring the health of your car’s engine as easy as ever! This truly unique app provides enhanced information concerning the health of a vehicle at the single tap of a button and helps avoid costly repairs.

This comprehensive vehicle support system makes it possible to keep your car running in tiptop condition all the time, via the robust troubleshooting capabilities, testing features and vital functions for drivers and car buyers it features.

By just holding their phone up to their car’s exhaust to record a 10-second sound clip, the app will analyzes the sound, pinpointing possible problems within the car’s mechanical systems and will display either a positive or a negative result. 

Positive Results – mean that the app has not found any issues detectable from the engine noise.
Negative Results – The app has detected an issue with the sound reading.

Moreover, The Engine Tester will make use of the app’s full checklist to ensure that vital elements of the vehicle tested are properly maintained at all times. The checklist mentioned includes vital components of your car, such as: 

All lights and indicators;
Wipers & washers;
Wear and tear on seatbelts, seats, and headrests;
Deepness of tire tread;
Oil levels;
Steering and brake fluid levels and much more…

Keeping your car running it tiptop condition is made possible with this comprehensive vehicle support system that fits right in your pocket.


The good news is that The Engine Tester is currently available for 0.99c for a limited time only, due to the Launch Promotion. Do not miss the chance to get this powerful utility in your pocket, go and grab The Engine Tester from Apple App Store now!

Generate Free Fun With Pho.to Lab


This week’s winner of our free app poll is one of the most popular apps in its category – with over 3 million downloads, Pho.to Lab managed to gain majority of votes last week! Offering more than 470 awesome effects for your photos, Pho.to Lab photo editor lets users effortlessly create:

Fun photo montages;
Multi-photo collages;
Face montages;
Beautifully framed pictures; 
Virtual postcards and cool phone wallpapers!

Considering the user friendly interface and the ease of use Pho.to Lab offers, using the app is a pure pleasure. The incomplete list of app features and available effects includes:

Photo montages with automatic face detection - turn yourself or your friend into an astronaut or a medieval knight, a magical fairy or a gangster, a nun or a foxy lady! 
Photo effects for stylish and trendy folks - put yourself on the Forbes, Vogue or Playboy cover! 
Photorealistic effects- put your face onto museum walls, a soccer fans banner, in a hot off the press newspaper; airbrush yourself on exclusive cars or leave your face as a sand imprint on the beach. 
Headwear - try on a King's crown, St. Patrick’s Day hat or our most popular Santa hat! 
Photo filters - Neon Glow, Fire, Jigsaw Puzzle, HDR, Pencil Drawing, Oil & Impressionist Painting, Chalk & Charcoal, and more. 
Multiple pictures collages - put yourself and your sweetheart or even all your friends into one photo collage.

Moreover, users are able to add their own texts to the photos and save images to the phone memory or SD card, and share it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or send it as a message (iMessage, MMS, SMS) to surprise your friends! If the photo effect you wanted is not available, you’re free to suggest ideas for funny photo effects, filters, frames, mosaic collages and pretty much anything you can come up with. Pho.to Lab is available in the Apple App Store and requires iOS 4.3 or later.

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Check The Updated iOS 7 Notification Center Concept


After a few announcements with slight user interface alterations, it is reasonable that Apple may be in works on fairly a lot of changes for its forthcoming release of iOS 7. Now when it’s several months since iOS 6 release and the first major update – iOS 6.1 is around the corner, the next iOS version is what we are all wondering about.

Well known for creating other concepts in the past, a designer dubbed as BlogB13 has put together a follow-up video of what he supposes the Notification Center in the upcoming iOS 7 may look like.

Depicting an updated Notification Center with a much cleaner UI, the video breakdowns all of the notifications into icons: tapping on these icons will bring up all of the notifications related with a specific app, from where the list of possible actions is offered, including texting and giving a call.

The video also portrays third-party widgets, which have been extensively expected in iOS. Since the iOS 5 launch, when we saw the first iteration of Notification Center, Apple has shipped a few built-in widgets, such as Weather and Stocks, none of the developers have been given the right to create their own widgets. However, this concept demonstrates Twitter and Instagram widgets with iOS 7 functioning perfectly; giving us a bit of hope that Apple will someday allow third-party widgets in its upcoming iOS versions.

With Apple historically introducing the improvements to its iOS at WWDC, taking place in June this year, it seems we won’t encounter much official data till then. So before the formal introduction, we’re free to speculate as much as we wish. Check the video concept provided below and do not hesitate to voice up in the comments!

Make Free Voice Calls Via Facebook Messenger For iPhone


Earlier this month Facebook has started testing free calling over Wi-Fi and cellular data for all Messenger for iPhone users in Canada. With the promise that the service in the US would launch soon, it seems the test passed well- a new free calling button has just appeared in the app!

World’s largest social network has confirmed that the feature began rolling out to US users today, and there is no need for updating the app through the App Store. What you need to make a call to other Facebook user is to open a conversation with that person, tap the "i" button in the top-right corner, and select Free Call option. This means that users living in the US can now call other Facebook users for free over Wi-Fi or using your phone's data connection while you're on the go. When on a call, a push notification appears on their screen that says who is calling. This new feature is of a critical importance for those having poor cell service at work or at home, and for those who want to conserve cell phone minutes. 

The call quality sounds have been confirmed to be quite good, and will certainly make the competition tougher for Vonage, Viber and Skype – have been offering the feature for some time now.

Having had a partnership with Skype for video calling inside Facebook's website since summer 2011, what Facebook Messenger still notably lacks is a video calling feature. However, no details are revealed and there’s no further information about an international rollout of this very useful feature through its Messenger for Android app, or VoIP calling through its website. Stay positive, as we do hope these things are to come soon as well!

Plastic Chassis Suggested For The Rumored Entry-Level iPhone


The buzz about Apple working on the production of a low-priced entry level iPhone for developing marketplaces is still present and timely. A recent report by DigiTimes, posted this morning, suggests that the low end design may adopt plastic instead of the high quality materials used in typical iPhone model. The rumors still seems to be rational, as in order to make up somewhere along the line, Apple would definitely have to save some money.

The extract from today’s report reads: “Apple's rumored entry-level iPhone reportedly may adopt plastic for its chassis instead of reinforced glass or unibody metal as in the company's standard iPhone models, to save cost, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) declined to comment on its clients or orders when asked about the report.”

On top of the part rumors, it’s also suggested that the actual low end iPhone chassis will be manufactured by a US-based electronic producing service provider and that it will consist of metal and plastic. It may even have a see through body pretensioning the internal parts from the outside.

All these speculations have stemmed from the supposed change in Apple component supply chain, and traditionally, they all should be taken with a grain of salt, based on our previous experience.

Never Be Late For Work With Tic Toc Timers For iPhone


The winner of our Free App Poll this week is Tic Toc Timers by Sliday Ltd! This free app for iOS guarantees that you’ll always call back in a timely fashion, your hot dates will never be late for dinner and you’ll never miss your next intergalactic flight just because you’ve overslept.

Tic Toc Timers for iPhone takes the world to the next level by managing your time and Getting Things Done (GTD)! The incomplete list of the app features includes the following:

Cutting-edge multiple timers for Getting Things Done;
The timer that reminds users with enchanting icons for instant recall;
The perfect GTD app that you can rely upon;
Incredibly appealing timers, definitely one of a kind.


With a powerful recalling mechanism that makes Tic Toc Timers a peerless GTD app you’ll never ever need to memorize your “to do list.”

To cut a long story short, Tic Toc Timers supports your brain in remembering your memory power easily by demonstrating related images of your work to be done. With Tic Toc Timers you’ll be surprised to find out that recalling is a much more powerful mechanism than simply memorizing, as with this free app:

An icon cup can be used for recalling a coffee date you had planned with your significant other. 
Egg icon will remind you about the food you planned on buying at the store. 

Here’s brief description of how the Tic Toc Timers Work - if you need a reminder after a certain period of time, such as for buying dozen of eggs on the way from work, you can simply see the image of an egg and recall the task. The app developers promise you’ll find this creative way of remembering incredibly appealing.

Tic Toc Timers is available in the Apple App Store for free and requires iOS 4.3 or later to be fully functional. So go and grab this amazing remembering tool and never be late for work anymore!

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Apple Honored With Technology and Engineering Emmy Award


Apple has just been given a Technology and Engineering Emmy award at a special party in The Bellagio, Bellagio Ballroom, Las Vegas at a special CES event. The honor awarded to Apple, was for the “Eco-system for Real Time Presentation of TV Content to Mobile Devices without the use of Specialized Television Hardware”. While sounding impressive, the official reason seems a bit unclear, with no one exactly knowing what it really means. However, it’s widely assumed that the award has something to do with iTunes and iCloud, more concretely with Apple’s music, movie and video sale and distribution system utilizing.

The Technology and Engineering Emmy® Awards was launched back in 1948 and honor development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies for their breakthroughs in tech world and significant effect on television engineering. Officially, here’s what the awards are given for:

“Awards are presented to an individual, company, or to a scientific or technical organization for developments and/or standardization involved in engineering technologies which either represent an extensive improvement on existing methods or are so innovative in nature that they materially have affected the transmission, recording, or reception of television.”

Despite being a bit unclear, the award does bring more appreciation and respect of how Apple has made the system of watching movies and TV shows so much easier. So congrats Apple, and keep on!

Tim Cook Held Meeting With China Mobile Chairman


Reports suggest that Tim Cook, Apple CEO had a meeting with China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua this week in Beijing. Despite the scarce details, it’s widely believed that the discussion was about what a China Mobile spokesman called "matters of cooperation." The two parties are believed to have signed a confidentiality agreement, which would give Apple access to 700 million more subscribers with a huge smartphone market ready to catch fire.

An extract from the report reads: “A long-anticipated agreement between the two giants could jumpstart smartphone adoption in China and will earn both companies untold sums.”

During his tour in China, Cook has visited Apple Stores and official resellers all over the country, held several meetings with government officials to discuss technology procedures, and visited current companions, including China Mobile's smaller rival China Unicom.

According to a survey conducted by research firm IDC in December, right before the iPhone 5's launch in China, Apple’s share of China's smartphone market has fallen from fourth to sixth position, after Samsung, Lenovo, Coolpad, ZTE, and Huawei.

With smartphones still being just a small fraction of China's total wireless market, access to all three networks operating in the country would definitely improve Apple's stance. This may rationally be considered to be the reason why Cook allegedly assumed that Apple intends to expand its retail presence in China by increasing its official store number nationwide from 11 to 25.

Apple Potentially Working On A Cheaper iPhone


It seems rumors about Apple plans are never going to calm down. Once again the speculations surfaced recently suggest that Apple could be working on a cheaper iPhone. The device is expected to become available as early as the end of current year.

As usual, unidentified “sources familiar with the matter” claim that Apple had been thinking of the cheaper smartphone in the past as well, but the idea of an iPhone with a cheaper build production has become progressive just now.

The rumored iPhone may look like the standard iPhone in overall, but will come with a different, less-expensive body.

“The cheaper phone could resemble the standard iPhone, with a different, less-expensive body, one of the people said. One possibility Apple has considered is lowering the cost of the device by using a different shell made of polycarbonate plastic; in contrast, the iPhone 5 currently has aluminum housing. Many other parts could remain the same or be recycled from older iPhone models.” – reports WSJ, claiming that a less expensive iPhone model could potentially have a cheaper polycarbonate body and recycled or refurbished iPhone parts in order to lower the entry cost.

There’s a possibility that the cost of the next iPhone will be lowered by compromising the shell of the device – it’ll be made of polycarbonate plastic instead of the aluminum housing iPhone 5 features. As for the other parts, they may stay same or be recycled from older iPhone models.

The fact that we’ve got a cheaper iPad variant in the form of the iPad Mini to gain more market share in tablets, it seems quite rational that Apple may decide to expand its power over smartphone market as well. What are your thoughts? Do not hesitate to voce up in the comments below.

Bring Your Dreams Closer To You With WishLab

The first winner of our Free App Poll in 2013 is WishLab by BUMPERAPPS LTD

Created on theoretical studies of visualizing your goals, dreams and success, WishLab helps to mentally and visually concentrate on your goals and wishes. Featured on more than 100 App Stores, this free app helps materializing your thoughts and work on them to come true. 

This powerful everyday visualization tool provides the motivation to work on every single thing you want to accomplish, may it be getting a new iPhone, starting a relationship or landing an exciting job.

You are able to even track your progress on each wish and capture your thoughts, actions and feelings. Add photos and videos and put your wishes on a wish board for better visualization, focus and interaction. 

Reminding you of the things that matter the most with email alerts and push-notifications, WishLab also allows you check out the Wall of Inspiration to get motivated by wishes of others that came true.

The incomplete list of the amazing WishLab features includes:
Create and manage your wishes;
Set time frames to achieve your wishes;
Fill your wish library with photos, videos and notes;
Chart your progress with everyday thoughts, feelings and actions;
Get push notifications and email alerts to remember to work on your wishes;
Visualize your wishes on a wish board;
Find inspiration in the wishes and accomplishments of others via the Wall of Inspiration;
Keep a diary of your fulfilled wishes and share your success story.

The latest WishLab version of 1.0.2 has brought additional enhancements and fixes, such as: iPhone 5 optimization, improved performance of lists and tables and other stability and compatibility improvements. 
WishLab is available in the Apple App Store for FREE and requires iOS 4.3 or later to be fully functional. 

So why waste your time? Achieve your wishes through the power of your feelings, thoughts and actions, go and grab WishLab now!

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