Apple’s App Store recently hit its 50 billionth download. Since its launch in July 2008, the store has been the go-to place for mobile apps. To this day, mobile developers often choose to release their apps here first. Popular from the start, just seven months after the App Store’s launch, the store surpassed one million third party apps, many of those free.
Alongside its most recent and successful numbers, Apple released a list of its most 25 most-downloaded free iPhone apps of all time. A greatest hits list if you will from the past five years, the list contains a few apps you might expect — such as Facebook and Pandora — as well as a few you might not realize were so widely popular. Read more...
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What if there was a way to send and receive text messages via your business landline? Would you use it? A Cambridge, Mass. company is betting you and millions of others will.
The service is called HeyWire, a four year old free texting app already boasting 3 million monthly users and one billion page views. The app enables SMS and texts to be sent and received by landline phone numbers, no the phones themselves. Now the company is expanding its service from individuals to the business sector, an underserved market that HeyWire's CEO Meredith Flynn-Ripley calls antiquated.
"There are over 100 million business landlines in the U.S. today," Flynn-Ripley says. This new tool will allow those businesses the ability to text-enable their landline numbers for mobile messaging via iOS, Android, Windows 8 Phones and the web. The idea is a separation of personal and business communications—and it could amount to some big money for its creators. "Adding a messaging component is a big opportunity in sheer numbers of business lines." Read more...
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Summer isn't just the season of love — it's also the season of travel. If you're planning a getaway in the next few months, either large-scale or small, you most likely have a budget to abide by (if not, you might want to look into drafting one.)
We did some research and in-staff sourcing to track down the best digital resources to help you, the traveler, save money during your upcoming summer journeys.
Granted, they do depend in part on the type of travel you're planning. Some are great if you're looking to crash for free or find last-minute rooms; others are more ideal for long-term trips where you'll be working for the roof over your head. You can try one, two or a combination of them all — it's a win-win regardless Read more...
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Not all iPad games are created equal, especially when it comes to cost. You might download a great game only to fall into a trap of ugly graphics, bad controls and in-app purchases.
Lucky for you, we've tested 15 games for their fun factors — and they're all free. You'll find complicated strategy games, creative titles and games you can play against your friends.
Check out our list above. Do you have a favorite free game we missed? Share it with us in the comments
Homepage image courtesy of Adult Swim Games. Read more...
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It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck — Mashable takes care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.
This week Google launched its own streaming music service, and another music service got a new mode designed specifically to be used while driving.
Airbnb's Android app was updated with some new tools for hosts, and Highlight got a little more personal.
Check out the gallery above for a look at this week's highlights.
Still looking for more? See last week's Apps You Don't Want to Miss for more great apps worth a look Read more...
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As Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, nears the end, it's time to take a look back at some of the biggest announcements the company made. The event kicked off with a 3.5-hour keynote which Mashable Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff noted solidified Google as "the world's most powerful and important company."
While there was no major sky-diving presentation that marked the Google Glass demo at Google I/O 2012, there were plenty of announcements that made consumers and developers alike eager to get their hands on new updates and products.
To wade through all the announcements and news coming out of Google I/O, Mashable is hosting a Google+ Hangout today at 2pm ET on its Google+ page. Join Ulanoff, Tech Editor Pete Pachal and Tech Reporter Emily Price as they discuss a range of topics from the new Google Maps to the redesigned Google+ platform. Read more...
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It's hard to believe how long we've been instant messaging. The formerly ubiquitous AIM launched in 1997, and you've probably used a handful of services since registering your first screen name
For many of us, Google Talk, more affectionately known as "Gchat" has become the standard — especially if both your work and personal email accounts are on Gmail. While Gmail has its perks, such as the ability to search for conversations among your archives, having your chat windows stuck to your inbox can be quite distracting.
We rounded up seven instant messaging clients you can use instead of Gchat, each with its respective perks. Many of these clients will merge your buddy lists from other chatting services, including ones you probably haven't used in a few years (does anyone still use MSN Messenger?). Read more...
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Google Glass is about to get even more apps, from Facebook and Twitter to Tumblr and CNN.
During a “Developing for Glass” session during its Google I/O conference on Thursday, Google announced several big-name apps for the high-tech glasses, representing a vote of confidence for the technology from a number of the industry's largest players.
“We are all collectively figuring out what the best experience is with Glass,” Google's Senior Developer Advocate Timothy Jordan said during the event
Jordan talked a bit about best practices for creating apps for Glass, before showing off some new ones launching today that the company has been working with to enhance the experience Read more...
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Soon you’ll be able to look your friends in the eye (sort of) when you log into your favorite social network with Google Glass.
Google has just announced at the I/O conference in San Francisco that the futuristic eyewear will come with applications for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Evernote as well as publications like CNN and Elle.
UPDATE: Conference attendee David Ambrose got to try out the Tumblr app yesterday. He told us the app was “simple” with “limited functionality,” but he liked Google Glass overall once he got used to wearing the device.
The first social network to appear on Glass was Path; the first news organization was The New York Times. The company is fittingly referring to the apps as “Glassware.”
Twitter has announced the feature on its blog. Already on the microblogging site, Glass testers are tweeting photos that are automatically marked with the hashtag, #throughglass.
Elle is promising a curated selection of photos, videos, and read-aloud excerpts from the ELLEDispatch blog, as well as fashion LookBooks and horoscopes that readers can organize into reading lists and wish lists. Readers will also be able to share the articles and photos with their contacts using the glasses, the company said.
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