Thursday, December 22, 2011


Taiwan based smartphone producer HTC has announced plans to remove technology features to avoid infringing on some of Apple’s patents.

Earlier this week on Monday, the US International Trade Commission had stated that they would impose a ban on the sales of HTC smartphones in the United States beginning in April of 2012. The patent that HTC is infringing upon is the technology that involves data detection.

Upon hearing this verdict, HTC surprisingly announced that they would remove the feature to avoid a ban of sales of their handsets in the U.S. Upon removing this feature, HTC would still be allowed to have their handsets sold in the U.S., where the company has done really well in the smartphone market.

 There are more lawsuits in the works between Apple and HTC and Apple and every other smartphone manufacturer in the world. I understand the point of the copyrights and patents, but how does this help the advancement of technology?  I know I for one would hate to see HTC out of the U.S. markets. They make an amazing phone, or as their company motto states: “Quietly Brilliant”. What do you think?


According to the head of the “Bureau of Android Statistic”, Andy Rubin, Googles director of mobile platforms, there are now over 700,000 Android devices activated on a daily basis. For those who are wondering, each device is only counted once. If a consumer purchases a used device, that device is not counted. This more than doubles the amount of devices that were being activated this time last year.

All of Googles wireless competitors, including Apple, don’t share their activation statistics. One source has the numbers for the iPhone and the iPad at 315,000 units activated on a daily basis. Androids share of the smartphone market has continued to dominate statistics. According to statistics, Android was on 44% on all smartphones sold in the 3rd quarter, up 11% from the second quarter.  

Android has become the most popular mobile OS in the world. Is there anything or anyone that can stop it? What do you think?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Super Bowl To Be Streamed Online

This coming Super Bowl February 5, 2012, live from Indianapolis, you will be able to stream online for the very first time. Not only will you be able to stream it, but if you have the official NFL app for either the iOS or Android, you will be able to watch it that way as well.

There is no other televised live event in the country that generates as much popularity or commands as many viewing numbers as the Super Bowl. The last Super Bowl dominated the ratings with over 100 million viewers. In a major announcement just released from NBC and the NFL, they have indicated that this will be the first Super Bowl that will be able to be streamed online and to mobile devices. I know that there are many football fans out there like me who are truly going to love this idea.  

Not only will you be able to watch the Super Bowl,  but NBC has also indicated that you will have the ability to stream playoff games and the Pro Bowl as well.  As Hank Williams Jr. would say, “Are you ready for some football?” What do you think? Please feel free to leave a comment.

iPhone OS 3.1.3 Users Unable To Download New Apps

The iPhone and iPod touch have always been a great product. However owners who are currently running the old firmware version of OS 3.1.3 are apparently running into a problem at the App Store while trying to download new apps.

 It is always important to stay current with the latest version of all software. Users are complaining that they are able to update apps and have the capabilities of syncing existing apps, but can no longer download new apps directly to their devices.

This apparently started around December 15 and is still continuing as of this writing. It effects both the iPhone and iPod touch that has this firmware or an earlier version. Although there have even been reports of consumers who have the iPhone 4S with the same issue. I would suggest to do a system restore, but that may not work with older devices.

Some users who have contacted Apple regarding this issue were told to upgrade the iOS on their device. This may work, but for some who have older devices it won’t due to iOS 4 & iOS 5 only supporting newer devices. Apple is reportedly looking into the matter, although I believe they just want everyone to buy a new device. What do you think?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

So You Want To Make An App..........

You just got that new iPhone, or maybe even that new Android, both platforms have some really great apps. You have an idea for an app, maybe one that you think people would like. Have you ever thought of designing your own app? I know what you are thinking, developing an app, would require a lot of work, maybe not though. Have you done a search on the subject? There are a lot of websites out there that will help you make the idea that you have, a reality.  They are called app makers.

First of all you have to go and register as a developer. Google charges $25 and Apple charges $99. Then once you’ve got that great idea floating around in your head for an app, try one of these app makers. Ordinarily developing an app requires hours of extensive programming language, but not with these app makers.  

 Once you have finished building your app, I know that you are going to want to freely distribute and publish it at the Mall instead of the Market or Store. That Mall can only be found at Here is a few of those sites that I want to list for those of you who may be interested in this concept.

 Mobile App Loader:

There is absolutely no technical skills needed. They supply a simple app building wizard. Just follow the easy to use wizard, which they call the app in a snap and you are on your way. They will build and post your app directly to the App store. They offer a 10 day free trial. If you want after that, it cost just $8.99 a month.

App Makr:

AppMakr: This platform enables anyone to build apps using a simple point and click solution. It is a browser based platform that makes is simple to create and quickly build your own iPhone app quick and easy. There is no monthly cost.

appsbar: This is another free to use platform. It enables you to make either iOS or Android apps. The user has the ability to create  and publish their app for free.

Genwi: This is a feed aggregating app creation tool that allows you to create and manage your online identities, all on popular mobile devices in the cloud for popular platforms such as iPad, iPhone and Android. There is a free 30 day trial. However after that there is a $99 per month fee.

SwebApps: This enables you to build an iPhone app in minutes, using their advanced platform which provides a better  user experience than many other platforms out there.  There is however a one time developer fee of $399. After that there is also a $29 per month fee.

AppsGeyser: This is a free service that converts any web content into an Android app. You can also make money with advertisement in your apps.

Now what do you think? I would love to hear any comments or feedback that you may have. 


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