Monthly Archives: October 2011

3 Tips for App Development Success

There is no doubt that apps for smartphones, whether they be traditional or prepaid phones, are becoming incredibly popular and highly important. Smartphone usage is expected to grow exponentially in the next few years, and more and more individuals are turning to their apps to guide them through and entertain them in their daily lives. For web developers, this means choosing to switch gears and start developing apps that have the potential to be highly lucrative.

However, developing apps isn’t so easy. Most web developers lack business savvy, which can become prohibitive when trying to get your app picked up. Never fear, there are a few easy tips any app developer can follow to make obtaining success in the app development process easier:

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Google Answers the Age-old Question: What Is My IP?

It appears now that Google will now inform you of your current IP (Internet Protocol) Address if you query the search engine with “what is my ip.”  For years, sites like WhatIsMyIP.com and IPChicken would help Internet users learn their IP address — well, now they are really no longer necessary as Google looks to help inform users looking for an answer to that age-old question.

When you type the query into the search box, it will return your IP on top of the results and also provide a “Learn More” link that further explains what an IP Address is and what it is used for on the Internet.  Simple, yes, but very useful.  Little things like this are why I love Google.  I’ve included a screenshot below of the feature in action.

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How To: Find Helpful Tech Reviews Online

These days, with new tech products regularly being released and an almost limitless number of websites dedicated to them online, it’s no surprise that the internet is brimming with reviews of the latest technology. Trying to decide which new smartphone to purchase? There are many people online willing to offer you input and advice. Looking for laptop reviews? A quick Google search will bring you thousands upon thousands of results.

Of course, this saturation of information is largely a good thing. Without ever seeing a product, the consumer can learn all of its specs, see pictures of it from every angle, and gauge the opinion of both normal customers and technology experts. A person with very specific interests or needs can almost certainly find someone out there who directly addresses those issues. From a free market, capitalistic, consumer-oriented perspective, the mass of available online reviews is incredibly beneficial.

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iPhone 4S: Worth the Upgrade?

Well, there is always next year for the iPhone 5, right?  Right.  Despite the rumor mill churning up some juicy stuff — some believable, some not so much about an iPhone 5, larger screen, and even Sprint exclusivity the iPhone launch has come and gone and what were we left with this year?  An iPhone 4S.  The release of the iPhone 4S has left some with a bittersweet taste in their mouth, while others are still in disbelief over the release.  Many consumers and investors (including myself) were expecting a newly designed shell and a larger screen to be included with the new iPhone, but instead, both were missing from the release.  Leading me to the question — were our expectations too high?

Apple has been on a roll recently, soaring stock price, sales through the roof, and awesome brand equity.  It is everybody’s favorite consumer products company.  If there’s one thing Apple does well it is selling its products.  It does this so well because Apple knows how to market to everyone, but it is also because the company is so meticulous in its approach to everything.  Everything has to be perfectly crafted and executed.  There are no half-baked releases at Apple.

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Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge Live on YouTube

In a post by Google’s Bradley Horowitz, he announced that blink-182’s +Mark Hoppus and +Tom DeLonge are going to be live talking about Google+, their tour, and their new album (Neighborhoods) at 3pm PST (6PM EST) today.  They will be streaming it live on the YouTube channel AtGoogleTalks.

If you are not familiar with the Google Talks YouTube channel it brings authors, musicians, innovators, and speakers of all types to Google for talks centering on their recently published books (or in this case albums) and capturing the popular and intellectual zeitgeist of the day.  In the past, Google has invited other notable people to talk including Dane Cook, Kevin Mitnick, and Penn Jillette.

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Sprint to Be Exclusive iPhone 5 Carrier? I Don’t Think So.

BGR reports that Sprint may have secured exclusivity of the iPhone 5 leaving AT&T and Verizon with the watered down iPhone 4S.  Is this true?  I find it hard to believe.  According to the article, Sprint would be committed to purchasing 30.5 million iPhone’s over four years for $20 billion regardless of whether how well they sell.  That would lead to a nice chunk of short term cash for Apple, but in my opinion would have detrimental long term effects.

Additionally, the article goes on to say the Sprint iPhone 5 will be a 4G WiMAX device.  Meanwhile, AT&T and Verizon would launch the iPhone 4S and get the iPhone 5 some time in the first quarter of next year as an LTE device.  The rest of the world would be looking at the iPhone 5 as a 4G HSPA+ device.

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Firefox Losing Market Share Quickly to Rival Browsers

June 18th of 2008 was a very big day for me and millions of savvy Internet users around the world.  Although never being the kind of person to get overly excited for release dates, I took a special exception for this event; getting up early and immediately firing up my computer in sheer anticipation of the release ahead of me.  What was I so excited to get my hands on?  It wasn’t a video game, it wasn’t a fruit-branded mobile handset, and it wasn’t a new album.  I was waiting rather anxiously for the 3.0 release of the Mozilla Firefox web-browser, which many at the time saw as the best browser for hardcore and casual Internet users alike.  Having freed myself from the shackles of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer only a few months earlier, getting my hands on the latest Firefox release was the only thing on my mind that morning.

Now, since then my love for Firefox has definitely dimmed down quiet a bit, and with the obsessive phase behind me I really don’t get excited for any releases of anything anymore.  But when it comes to Firefox, my care about each update is night and day from what what it was only a few years ago.  Especially with the new rapid-paced release cycle that has drawn criticism from all sides, no single update of the browser feels as “special” as it once would have.

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