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Apple makes $1.5 billion thru App Store

July 14, 2009

When the iPhone first came on the scene, I thought, “Wow, this is something I can’t afford”…but even Apple has succumb to the recent recession. Nonetheless, Apple zealots continue to flock to the smartphone, making it the most demanded smartphone in North America. With this phone comes, of course, the ability to buy applications and, according to Apple, the iTunes App Store has made more than $1.5 billion in one year.

Apple sold its one billionth app in April 2009 and with 100,000 plus developers, it is sure to surpass two billion before the end of 2009.**

*Note(s):
**1) http://bit.ly/ZsBrt

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Sims-like app for the iPhone???

June 29, 2009

Last Day of Work (LDW), the premiere independent casual game studio, today announced the launch of their latest virtual life simulation game, Virtual Families, on Apple’s App Store for iPhone and iPod touch. Virtual Families is currently a best-selling casual game on PC and Mac, and follows past LDW iPhone hits including Virtual Villagers 2: The Lost Children and Fish Tycoon. In the game, players adopt a character who then begins a life: choosing if they want to marry, deciding whether to have children, and furthering their career, all with the help and guidance of the player.

Virtual Families focuses on the true aspects that make a family unique, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, displaying life in all its drama and glory. As with past LDW hits, Virtual Families runs in true real-time, meaning that even when the player is not interacting with the game, it continues to run, with the family members evolving and growing, based on what the player has taught them. There are various hurdles that appear throughout Virtual Families, from moral dilemmas to real-life situations such as allergies, promotions and chores. The game is set in bucolic suburbia and features a gorgeous hand-drawn scrolling map with a house and garden. It also employs sophisticated artificial-intelligence and a varied selection of characters with quirky personalities to adopt and take care of.

“Since people have their phones with them at all times, users can be even more attentive to their families and play from anywhere,” said Arthur Humphrey, founder of Last Day of Work. “We are thrilled to bring our games to iPhone and iPod touch.”

The mobile platform is ideal for Virtual Families where people play in short and frequent intervals, for minutes at a time, multiple times throughout the day. This constant interaction enriches the real-time simulation aspect of the game.

Virtual Families is now available for $3.99 from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore/

For more information, visit http://www.VirtualFamilies.com

(Source: http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/day-work-launches-virtual-families-apple-app-store/#)

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10 out of 12 IT Chiefs Dismiss the iPhone???

June 24, 2009

In the latest silicon.com CIO Jury, IT chiefs were asked whether they’re planning to offer Apple’s touchscreen device as part of their range of corporate mobile phones – and the vast majority of IT chiefs said they are not.

Tech chiefs dismissed the iPhone option for a variety of reasons ranging from the fact it’s only available from a single mobile provider, to poor battery life and even a fear of appearing profligate.

Only two of the 12 IT chiefs were willing to give it a vote of corporate confidence.

However, the remaining 10 members of the CIO Jury are not heading to Cupertino – at least, not yet.

Gavin Megnauth, director of operations & group IT for recruiter Morgan Hunt, said although the iPhone has its attractions there are still big drawbacks to the device.

“While there is clearly some momentum to accept iPhones as a corporate tool we won’t be adopting at this juncture. The iPhone battery life simply doesn’t compare to that of a BlackBerry and speed of use as a mobile email tool still doesn’t compare,” he said.

“Our research suggests that companies adopting the iPhone are the sort of companies where the PDA is an executive status symbol rather than a workhorse to genuinely aid the productivity of staff,” he added.

There are also too many potential iPhone ‘cons’ for David Suthers, CIO of Masterlease: “High cost of ownership, lock-in to O2 and potential abuse of company resources via iTunes would be my main reasons [against it],” he said.

For Rob Neil, head of ICT and customer services at Ashford Borough Council, the main reason to avoid the iPhone is the fact it’s not available from the Council’s corporate mobile telephony provider.

However, he added that there could also be issues around the perception of the device: “Whilst it is undoubtedly a fine email and mobile internet client, with useful GPS apps, I can just see the headlines saying ‘council gives free iPod to staff’.”

Meanwhile Dr Ben Booth, global chief technology officer for Ipsos, believes security is still a bugbear. “The new model boasts lots more consumer-oriented features but (as far as I can see from the press releases) the basic security weaknesses have not been addressed,” he said.

But the iPhone’s charms are clearly hard at work elsewhere. While it’s “not yet” on the menu at ITN, Ian Auger, head of IT & communications, said: “It is becoming more attractive though.”

The Apple mobile is also turning heads at Sodexo – albeit as non-corporate devices. Kevin Fitzpatrick, CIO, Northern Europe, said the company offers BlackBerrys for “enhanced functionality/mobility users” and standard mobiles for the majority of staff but a “large number of colleagues” use iPhones as personal devices. It has no plans to offer corporate iPhones however.

One company already offering iPhones as corporate devices is Harvey Nash. “We already provision the device to senior sales people and see the new version as offering an increased set of capabilities/capacity to widen this pool even further,” Alastair Behenna, CIO at the recruiter, said.

Another iPhone fan is Mike Roberts, IT director of The London Clinic, who spoke up for the iPhone’s Outlook connectivity skills. “We use BlackBerry now and the iPhone offers better connectivity with Outlook,” he said.

When polled about offering the iPhone as a corporate device back in 2007, 11 out of 12 CIO Jury members then said they had no plans to do so, suggesting Apple’s hardware has made a degree of limited progress in infiltrating the business world.

This CIO Jury was:

*Ian Auger, head of IT & communications, ITN
*Alastair Behenna, CIO, Harvey Nash
*Dr Ben Booth, global chief technology officer, Ipsos
*Pete Crowe, IT director, Fat Face
*Kevin Fitzpatrick, CIO Northern Europe, Sodexo
*Steve Gediking, head of IT & facilities, Independent Police Complaints Commission
*John Keeling, CIO, John Lewis
*Gavin Megnauth, director of operations & group IT, Morgan Hunt
*Rob Neil, head of ICT and customer services, Ashford Borough Council
*Mike Roberts, IT director, The London Clinic
*Richard Storey, head of IT, Guys & St Thomas Hospital
*David Suthers, CIO, Masterlease

(Source: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-313190.html)

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Is this where the iPhone is headed??

May 29, 2009

iphoneIt’s humor, of course, but has the iPhone gone too far?! …Leave your comments!!!