Tag: business

The Lowdown meetings app for iOS is now free and improved

Lowdown (free) is an intriguing business app that provides briefings on participants and companies you are meeting with, helps you get to the meeting with location information, and tells you when others arrive. When you start you can integrate the app to other services like Linkedin (it's require...

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Fiksu report shows staggering App Store growth

December is always a big month for Apple and, by extension, the developers on the App Store, but December 2014 was a special kind of crazy. According to a new report by analytics and marketing firm Fiksu, downloads on Apple's digital marketplace skyrocketed 44% over the year prior, marking the thi...

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App devs made more money than the box office last year

Mobile apps have become an absolutely massive business in just a few years, and sometimes it can be difficult to truly grasp how fast the industry is growing. This little tidbit, courtesy of Asymco's Horace Dediu, is a great data point to help put it in perspective: In 2014, iOS app developers as ...

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition is officially 'hotter than the Sun'

How popular is the mobile version of Minecraft? Pretty dang popular, according to developer Mojang's latest blog post. According to the company -- which, by the way, was recently acquired by Microsoft -- Minecraft: Pocket Edition is bigger than Texas, 23 times hotter than the Sun, and "more than the...

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Happy New Year! Now let's sue Apple...

Apple is no stranger to storage complaints over its mobile devices, and while the company successfully dodged a 2007 lawsuit over the advertised storage size of its iPod line, that's not stopping a new group of plaintiffs from attempting to spawn a class action lawsuit (PDF) over the amount of unu...

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A long ride on Apple's coattails scores Xiaomi a $45 billion valuation

There are plenty of tech companies out there that wish they were in Apple's position as one of the world's most valuable companies. Xiaomi -- the maker of the MiPad and MiPhone -- seems to have figured out how to quickly climb the value ladder, and it's actually easier than anyone could have imagi...

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Apple takes over HTC's home country, iPhone 6 most popular smartphone in Taiwan

HTC's home country of Taiwan is now devoted to Apple, according to new sales data. The iPhone 6 has driven Apple's rise in the region, and of the top ten best selling smartphones in Taiwan last month, various models of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus stole a total of four of those spots. That's a whole lo...

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BBC alleges Apple failing to improve working conditions, Tim Cook disagrees

Last night a BBC news program called Panorama aired hidden camera footage from inside one of Apple's supply chain factories in China that showed poor working conditions -- an issue that Apple has been dealing with accusations of for quite some time. Showing breaches of protocol that are designed t...

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Apple hikes app, device prices in Russia thanks to ruble droop

Russian shoppers hoping to score an iPhone or iPad before the biggest gift-giving day of the year will now find higher prices than ever thanks to the ruble's continued path downward. This news comes shortly after Apple decided to put a halt on online sales in Russia thanks to the extremely volatil...

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Slices of Apple episode 12: The 105% solution

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products. In this episode of Slices of Apple, I'm talking to Brett Murray, who worked at A...

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Apple sets its sights on India with plans for 500 new resellers

People in the U.S. and Europe might not be able to walk into a coffee shop without seeing a half dozen iDevices being tapped on, but Apple's gadgets aren't quite as widespread in India. According to Times of India, Apple is hoping to push further into the emerging market by helping to spawn as man...

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Jon Taffer's BarHQ app wants to increase your profits

Jon Taffer took the business of bar consulting to a new level when SpikeTV decided to run the show Bar Rescue, featuring Taffer as the irascible host. Since then he's had season after season of showing the public how sharp he is at turning around even the most hopeless bars (when the owners actu...

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Apple is probably worth more than your state (or country)

Today's big news on the Apple front is that the company topped a market capitalization of US$700 billion. That's a whole lot of cheddar -- or clams, bucks, greenbacks, simoleons, whatever you feel like calling them -- but when numbers get that big it's hard to understand what it means. To help put...

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Square Register introduces gift cards and invoices to iOS app

Apple Pay may be making waves at major retailers, but Square Register continues to be the go-to source for small businesses looking to take payments from customers. With point-of-sale interfaces and a handy portable card reader, Square is one of the easiest ways for small businesses to take their ...

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Free-to-play dev says Western gamers more critical of the cost structure

Free-to-play games get plenty of hate from a large segment of the gaming populous -- and in particularly egregious examples of "pay to win" schemes, I have no problem joining in -- but Paul Simon, executive producer of the long-running iOS MMO Celtic Heroes, says this will eventually fade. In an i...

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