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App Store Subscriptions Mean More Expensive (Hopefully Better) iPhone Apps

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Today people were shocked to discoverthat the first turn-by-turn navi iPhone app to hit the iTunes App Store cost $9.99—per month. Well, get used to it, because there are a lot more subscription apps coming.

Think about it: Carriers like Sprint, Verizon and AT&T regularly charge between $8 and $10 per month for GPS apps. Gokivo is just a made-for-iPhone version of Verizon’s not-so-great VZ Navigator. Why did you expect an updated and hopefully improved version of that would cost less?

TomTom, TeleNav and Navigon are all expected to be launching their own turn-by-turn navi apps for iPhone before the year is out, and it would be a shock to me if they went any less than $10-per-month.

The question is, are they worth it?

Because we’re talking turn-by-turn navi apps, the numbers are easy to break down. Not only do we know what carriers charge already, but we know, for instance, that TomTom still lists its PDA software (supports Dell Axim, Sony Clie and Palm Zire, among other extinct devices) for $99.95—without free map updates. At the same time, we know that even the cheapest decent portable navigators, like the Garmin Nuvi 250, cost $128 on sale—also without free map updates.

These apps, by definition, don’t come with maps loaded into the phone—they download the most recent ones from a server which the software maker pays for the right to use on an ongoing basis. So add to that the cost of licensing instantly up-to-date (Nokia-owned) Navteq or (TomTom-owned) Tele Atlas map databases, and you see why no navi can just be a $15 one-time app. As Gokivo’s creators, Networks In Motion, say on their blog:

It takes a lot of work and money to deliver all these features and functionality that’s included in a turn-by-turn navigation app; and unlike product with maps on the device, we are updating maps and search indexes constantly.

This is just one category, but there are many that will need higher pricing or persistent subscription fees to keep them going. This isn’t about The Man—Apple or AT&T or “Macho Man” Randy Savage. It’s about developers, and it’s rough for them when they want to distribute flagship software over a platform that’s used to distributing 99-cent iFarts. The transition must come. I hate to say it, but the iTunes App Store needs more advanced software, and if that means higher costs then, for the sake of the iPhone OS’s continued growth and viability, I say we get behind it.

This isn’t to say Networks In Motion unveiled the pricing strategy in the most graceful way. But what they did to was make the first move. I think everybody in the navigation category was hoping someone else would go first, and Gokivo drew the short straw.

Now come the next questions, like how many devices you can load the software onto. After all, if the download is $100, and you put it on two iPhones, isn’t it more like $50 each?

fonte: http://www.gizmodo.com

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20 giugno 2009 at 17:03

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Close to 700,000 Palm Pre apps downloaded to date

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There may not be a ton of Pre apps available just yet, but it looks like there’s enough to accumulate an impressive 666,511 downloads as of June 17th, which likely means that we’re close to or past the 700,000 mark by now. As you can see above in graph form courtesy of Medialets, things have been rising steadily as more and more apps became available, and there’s no noticeable sign of a drop-off even as apps remained around the 30 mark after the end of the first week. Of course, it’s obviously still a little early to draw any firm conclusions, and there’s no telling how things could shake out once the long-awaited PreFart and PreBeer apps make their debut.

fonte: http://www.engadget.com

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20 giugno 2009 at 17:01

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Apple gives developers yet another reason to love iPhone with In-App Purchase

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“Apple wants to give software developers one more reason to love the new version of its mobile operating system. Released June 17, iPhone 3.0 includes a feature that makes it easier for users to make purchases using iPhone applications and, as a result, for developers to make money from the software they create,” Olga Kharif reports for BusinessWeek.

“Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins couldn’t wait for the upgrade. His latest startup, Digital Chocolate, sells games for mobile phones. With the existing version of iPhone software, the company charges a one-time fee for each of the 15 games it makes for the iPhone and iPod touch. But iPhone 3.0’s in-app purchasing tool will help Digital Chocolate sell additional products, including advanced versions of games and virtual weapons and other items for use by players,” Kharif reports. “Digital Chocolate plans to have released 100 iPhone games in a year.”

“Mobile game makers aren’t the only developers seeing dollar signs in Apple’s in-app purchasing feature. Mobile app provider Handmark, for instance, is considering offering a “Zagat to Go” application that would regularly update reviews of 40,000 restaurants, hotels and shops, on a subscription basis. Newspaper USA Today plans to start charging monthly and annual subscriptions for new apps showcasing its travel and sports content. Authors and publishers are considering selling their work in installments instead of in their entirety,” Kharif reports.

fonte: http://www.macdailynews.com

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20 giugno 2009 at 16:59

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PSPgo Getting An App Store?

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The App Store is probably the single best thing about the iPhone. All those useful things collected in one spot where they’re easily accessible? Handy. Might Sony, then, be looking to open an App Store of their own?

“Sources close to game development” have told Destructoid that Sony will be unveiling just that at this year’s Games Con in Germany. This new element to the PSPgo shopfront will feature “smaller, ‘non-retail’ games and applications”, which will be priced at roughly $2-$6 and must come in at under 100MB.

Such a move wouldn’t surprise me, and wouldn’t surprise you either. The PSPgo would easily support smaller digital titles, while Sony have long been dabbling with non-gaming applications for the handheld, releasing everything from PSP translators to street maps.

fonte: http://www.kotaku.com

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20 giugno 2009 at 16:57

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D&G Fashion Channel Summer 2009: l’applicazione di Dolce e Gabbana

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Con D&G Fashion Channel Summer 2009 i due noti stilisti Dolce e Gabbana vogliono creare un nuovo canale per interagire e comunicare con i proprio clienti.

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Titolo: D&G Fashion Channel Summer 2009. Prezzo: gratis. Dimensione: 25.2 Mb.Link AppStore. Fw 2.0

Lo scopo di questa applicazione è quello di instaurare un canale di comunicazione alternativo con i clienti D&G.

Abbiamo tre sezioni: Lifestyle, World e Stores.

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In Lifestyles abbiamo una serie di contenuti, come immagini e video, relativi al mondo del lusso e dell’eslcusività, con riferimenti alle campagne pubblicitarie D&G e relative sfilate. Gli utenti possono salvare gli sfondi ed usarli sul proprio iPhone o condividerli con gli amici.

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World è una sezione dedicata alle informazioni sui vari prodotti della linea primavera estate 2009 D&G, sia per uomo che per donna.

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Infine, in Stores, possiamo trovare il negozio D&G più vicino, con tanto di gelolocalizzazione su Mappe.

L’applicazione è disponibile nella sola lingua inglese.

fonte: http://www.iphoneitalia.com

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20 giugno 2009 at 16:55

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BlackBerry App World, dal 20 luglio in Italia?

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L’Italia potrebbe essere uno dei primi Paesi ad avere il privilegio di “ospitare” App World, il portale di applicazioni per BlackBerry: la data del lancio prevista dovrebbe essere il 20 luglio.

La notizia è più che una voce di corridoio, visto che gli iscritti alla newsletter del sito BlackBerry hanno ricevuto un’email con il seguente testo:

Ormai è imminente e potrete essere i primi a sfruttarne i vantaggi.

BlackBerry App WorldTM sarà presto disponibile e vi offrirà un punto vendita centralizzato per accedere ad applicazioni innovative progettate per aiutarvi a ottenere il massimo dal vostro smartphone BlackBerry. BlackBerry App World mette a vostra disposizione applicazioni dinamiche per la personalizzazione dello smartphone BlackBerry e progettate per le vostre esigenze specifiche: troverete giochi, applicazioni di social networking, musica, strumenti per la produttività personale e molto altro ancora!

Accedendo al link contenuto nel messaggio, si accede ad una pagina nella quale è possibile registrarsi per scoprire in anteprima la data di lancio ufficiale del BlackBerry App World, visto che quella del 20 luglio è ancora provvisoria.

Il BlackBerry App World è per il momento disponibile in Canada, Stati Uniti e Regno Unito.

fonte: http://www.onemobile.t

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20 giugno 2009 at 16:54

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Programmazione iPhone e corsi per imparare

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L’ecosistema App Store è diventato un vero e proprio business : se siete interessati potete partecipare ai corsi per imparare a programmare su iPhonee magari diventare ricchi o crearvi una rendita mensile.

Un corso si svolgerà a Torino in collaborazione con il Consorzio Accademico Europeo, Agenzia Formativa Accreditata dalla Regione Piemonte.

Argomenti trattati:  programmazione object-oriented,iPhone SDK e ambiente XCode, il linguaggio Objective C,  Foundation Kit e tanto ancora.

durata:100 ore

sede: sede del Consorzio Accademico Europeo in Corso Unione Sovietica 373.

costi di partecipazione: sono di 1.500 euro IVA inclusa per la tariffa intera e 1.000 euro IVA inclusa per la tariffa studenti.

Per maggiori informazioni consultare iPhoneDeveloper.it

fonte: http://www.iphoneland.it

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20 giugno 2009 at 16:54

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