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Tag Archives: Apple iPod Touch
Another school year is right around the corner, which usually means there’s plenty of back-to-school shopping to be had. However, rather than buy notebooks, pencils, highlighters, and calculators, students can replace all of their school needs with a slew of instrumental, easy-to-use apps for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
The applications platform market is often a game of Tug of War. And Apple is pulling developers toward the iOS platform—and away from Android—really hard. According to a report from Flurry Analytics, Android project starts for the second quarter of 2011 account for just 28 percent of the market, down from 36 percent in the first quarter of this year. Apple iPhone/iPod touch project starts now account for 57 percent and iPad project starts have risen from 10 percent in the first quarter to 15 percent.
Thanks to the popularity of the iPad 2 and iPhone 4, App Store downloads are up 61 percent this year over 2010. According to Gene Munster, a tech analyst for investment firm Piper Jaffray, iOS users are downloading 32.3 million apps per day at an average of 83 apps per user, up from 51 apps last year.
Germany is issuing another warning. This time, though, it has nothing to do with a debt crisis. This recent Achtung, released by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) says that Apple’s iPhone, iPads, and iPod Touch devices are vulnerable to malware delivered via PDF. Devices running versions up to iOS 4.3.3. could be at risk if users click on the infected file, giving a hacker administrator privileges and thus access to data such as passwords, banking information, and even the built-in camera.
Apple yesterday announced updates to its iWork application bundle for iOS, with universal versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote moving beyond iPad tablet functionality and onto your third-generation iPod Touch or iPhone 3GS and higher. Not that you’d necessarily want to edit documents or spreadsheets on a 3.5″ screen (nor be forced to use the correspondingly tiny touchscreen keypad), but it is nice to know it’s there, along with iDisk support and AirPrint to iOS functionality, should you need it in an emergency.
Monday through Wednesday in New York City TechCrunch is holding its Disrupt Battlefield competition in which hopeful founders and entrepreneurs submit their young, unseen start-up companies for the opportunity to try winning a $50,000 prize while launching in front of an all-star panel made up of innovators, angel investors, venture capitalists and tech influencers. Tuesday featured three Battlefields: Disrupting the Real World, Disrupting the Enterprise and Disrupting Streams and Collaborations. These start-ups made presentations in the Disrupting Streams and Collaborations category: