Monthly Archives: December 2011

Real Fireworks App Featured on iTunes and Now 50% Off on New Year’s Eve

INNOVATTY has announced that Real Fireworks HD iPad app will be 50% off during the New Year’s Eve! The app has been featured for over 10 days on iTunes under new entertainment iPad apps in the US, UK, Australia and other countries. The app is designed mainly for iPad 2; It take advantage of the iPad 2 strong graphics capabilities to create a realistic fireworks show. The app is also an interactive visualizer that responds to swipe gesture and creates colorful patterns.

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RIM Said No To Amazon, Microsoft And Nokia Offer

Is Research In Motion foolish or do they have something up their sleeves? The BlackBerry maker is reported to have turned down interest from Amazon, Microsoft and Nokia of a possible acquisition.

Earlier, it was reported by Reuters that sources have told them that the Canadian smartphone and tablet maker have had talks with Amazon for a possible acquisition. Reuters reports that there were “takeover overtures” initiated by Amazon and that RIM favored fixing their problems on their own.

Citing people “with knowledge of the situation”, Reuters says that RIM has “turned down takeover overtures from Amazon.com Inc and other potential buyers because the BlackBerry maker prefers to fix its problems on its own.” With the ongoing exodus of users from BlackBerry, you have to wonder is this the right move for RIM.

Rumors of a takeover of RIM have been swirling around for a long time. I’ve written in the past that RIM may become a Microsoft company.

Reuters echoes this as it also reported that there were other companies interested in buying RIM. One of those companies is Microsoft, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Furthermore, Nokia (which, by the way, was also previously rumored to be in talks for a possible acquisition by Microsoft) reportedly also made overtures to RIM, according to the Journal.

And RIM was also seriously considering an acquisition. It’s reported that the company even hired an investment bank to consider the offer made by Amazon. If it does its due diligence, that same investment bank may have also looked at possible takeovers by Microsoft and Nokia.

More and more, it seems that RIM is getting more and more lost. Why? Because the company is declining and its leadership is refusing help. It also appears to outsiders that there is somewhat of a “we’re too big to fail” attitude at play here. It has been declining since I wrote this piece and it has been declining fast. And still, the company seems to be not that worried. Imagine a $911 million (Yes, that’s real and not just symbolic) decline in profit for the third quarter compared to the same period last year. They need help.

Its co-CEOs have slashed their salaries. But with declining profits, market share hemorrhage and delay after delay with each quarter that passes, their $1-per-year salary each may be all that they are worth. Don’t get me wrong, they’re probably great guys and brilliant during their day (they built RIM after all) but their day may now be in the past.

RIM needs to get its act together. Hey, more competition in the tech industry usually means more innovation and better products to choose from. I’m all for that.

Images 1 and 2 from chrisamichaels and Lamsus Crusoe on Flickr

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Google’s Eric Schmidt Says Nexus Tablet Coming In Six Months

Google is readying its tablet to show tablet makers how it’s done and apparently, this new device will be unveiled in the next six months.

This neat detail was shared by Google Executive Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt in an interview with Italian publication Corriere della Sera and was subsequently picked up by prominent tech sites like Engadget. The story was first picked up by Notebook Italia after the report from Corriere della Serra went out.

In a Google Translate version of the original report, Schmidt is quoted saying that “in the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality.”

He did not exactly say that Google is going to make a “Nexus Tablet” but a tablet Google directly builds in cooperation with a manufacturer sounds much like the Nexus phones.

The Nexus phones were built by Google (in cooperation with HTC for the Nexus One and Samsung for the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus) to show what Android is all about. It makes sense that a tablet built by Google will be named a “Nexus Tablet”.

Other details from the interview include how Schmidt praised the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs saying that he “was the Michelangelo of our time.”

“Steve has realized the revolutionary potential of the tablet and has created an amazing product like the iPad,” he added.

Nonetheless, he does realize that Google and Apple are in “brutal competition”.

Another detail we get from the interview is that Google will be challenging Siri more and more in the coming months.

Anyway, are you excited about this “Nexus Tablet”?

I’m getting the feeling that if Google is indeed working on a “Nexus Tablet”, it’s likely Samsung that’s making it. After all, they liked Samsung so much to have it make two out of their only three Nexus phones to date.  And there’s a reason behind that, which I’m guessing is technology, quality, price and other things considered.

Nonetheless, Google’s acquisition of Motorola is in the works (though it’s still not complete) and a tablet from the duo is possible.

Tell us your thoughts about this rumored “Nexus Tablet” in the comments below. What do you expect to see from it?

Images 1 and 2 from Robert Scoble and World Economic Forum on Flickr

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Kaenaa Corp releases Hungry Yogi game for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

Kaenaa Corp announces “Hungry Yogi”, its simple, kid friendly game for iOS devices. Help Yogi complete his journey by fulfilling his materialistic desires for food and wealth so that he can finally meditate in peace and reach Nirvana. It is a physics based game with obstacles like fire, whirlwinds, and snakes that a player needs to navigate to get to the target fruit. The challenge increases as Yogi evolves throughout the game, getting chubbier and happier as he gets closer to achieving Nirvana.

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New Year, New Apps – Apps for Homeschooling Celebrates, iTunes Giveaway

Apps for Homeschooling is celebrating the New Year by giving away an iTunes Gift Card. Designed to make it simple for home educators to find the apps they need when they need them, this popular review website now has over 100 detailed educational app reviews sorted by grade, subject, device, and cost. Homeschoolers, educators, and parents can enter to win before January 11th, 2012 by sharing which new homeschooling apps they’d like to buy to prepare for the new semester and the new year.

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iPhone 4S May Launch In Mainland China On Jan 23

The latest-generation Apple smartphone, the iPhone 4S, is looking more and more likely to come to the shores of mainland China this coming Chinese New Year, a report from a Chinese government publication indicates.

The news comes from a report from the People’s Daily saying that a device which has the same model number as the iPhone 4S (model number A1431) has been given its China Compulsory Certification.

The certification is reported to have been given on December 22 and it is the final step before the launching of a new device in mainland China.

According to the report, the model number A1431 is the model number of the iPhone 4S when it went through getting its entry permit from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China.

The publication writes in the report:

“The iPhone 4S, for which Apple fans have waited a very long time, will hit the Chinese market soon.

After obtaining the network entry permit from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT), the iPhone 4S received China Compulsory Certification (3C) for electronic products on Dec. 22, meaning that it has met all the requirements for coming into markets of China.”

So it seems like it’s all systems go for a launch of the iPhone 4S in China. The report even says that “Some distributors of Shenyang and Shenzhen have started to receive bookings of iPhone 4S.”

Chinese New Year falls on January 23, 2012 and is a big shopping day for the country. With all the certifications for the iPhone 4S met, it’s looking very likely that distributors are now waiting if not already getting their stock of iPhone 4S units in time for the Chinese New Year shopping season.

Images 1 and 2 from renatomitra and Peter Fuchs on Flickr

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Awareness! The Headphone App 2.4 – Free for 2 days

UK iPhone app developer Essency Limited has announced that V2.4 of Awareness! The Headphone App will be free for 2 days. Normally not a free app, the app is now Free until the 1st of January 2012. Awareness! is a unique app that allows headphone users to hear what’s going on around them while listening to music (or any other audio) on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. With Awareness! you can hear when the person next to you talks, or if out walking or cycling, when a car or truck blows its horn.

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Ring In the New Year in Style: Get DressApp – It’s Free

DressApp 1.0, a new smart fashion dress up game was recently launched on Apple’s App Store. DressApp features four supermodels from the leading fashion capitals of the world. To celebrate its launch, the developers behind DressApp are holding a Grand App Launch Party hosted by the renowned Smart Apps For Kids site. Smart Apps For Kids is a resourceful app review site with a unique perspective. iTunes Gift Cards will be given away in celebration of the app launch.

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Track n Share Apps Launch Habits 2012: Revolutionary Resolutions Tracker

Free and new Habits 2012 is a member of the family of Track & Share apps. All Track & Share apps feature the Magic Visual Calendar, Interactive Correlation Graphs, and powerful sharing options. The Track & Share platform, called by some the Gold Standard of self tracking, has been adapted to help its broad base of users with health, productivity and educational goals. Track & Share apps are available in free and paid versions.

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iTattoo Cases Make Excellent Use Of Your iPhone, iPad or Mac Apple Logo

Alundus, LLC’s iTattoo Device Decal Product Line for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac make excellent use of your devices Apple logo. iTattoo products are removable hard case snap covers, stickers, and skins for protecting and customizing your portable devices. iTattoo Decals will make you standout from the crowd, all while not taking away from the beauty and sleekness of your product but instead adding a distinctive uniqueness. These decals actually cleverly merge the Apple icon into the design.

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