Archive for January, 2011

People Use Apps Once 26% of the Time

People Use Apps Once 26% of the Time

It's a good thing that apps don't take up any physical space. If they did, we'd be up to our ankles in rusty iFarts and buggy home screen widgets. A new Localytics study shows that 26% of new apps are never opened a second time.

Download numbers only matter so much. If you have an ad-supported app, you need people coming back again and again to make any money. For the people who make pay apps though, this might not be bad news. It suggests that people are rather frivolous about their app downloading habits.

This trend has been on the rise since the start of 2010. We've all had it happen. You find some neat "time-saving" app or organizational app, download it, and promptly shelve it forever because change is tough. I'd be interested to see what percentage of these "one-time" apps are exercise or fitness-related.

Ericsson achieves three HSPA records

Ericsson achieves three HSPA records

This morning Ericsson stated they had achieved three new HSPA (high speed packet access) speed records. The first was using a multi-carrier HSPA that reached 168Mbps on the download and 24Mbps on the uplink. The record speeds were done using a prototype consumer device and commercial network equipment.

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PS3 taking on the cloud

PS3 taking on the cloud

Playstation 3 fans may soon be able to take advantage of the cloud for saving their game content. It is reported that Sony may be including this new feature, which they've dubbed "Online Saving," in their next major PS3 firmware update, version 3.60.

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Android Tablets Take A Bite Out of Apple in Latest Numbers

Android Tablets Take A Bite Out of Apple in Latest Numbers

The iPad’s dominance in the tablet market took a hit this past fourth quarter as Google’s Android powered tablets jumped from 2.3 percent of tablets shipped up to 22 percent. Apple’s iPad dropped from 95 percent to 75 percent in the quarter, said market researcher Strategy Analytics.

Nintendo Sticks Head in the Sand, Pretends Social Media isn’t Happening

Nintendo Sticks Head in the Sand, Pretends Social Media isn’t Happening

Nintendo has a bad habit of ignoring big threats until they become implacable foes. The latest goof? President Satoru Iwata attempted to allay investor's fears about social media games like FarmVille. He didn't do it by announcing a new Nintendo Facebook game or social networking service. Instead, he said this: "Nintendo has been developing social entertainment in the field of video games for a long time."

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Sprint 4G International Roaming

Sprint 4G International Roaming

For those currently enjoying Sprint's 4G network on the go, you may be elated to know that you can now take your 4G connection even while traveling abroad. We mentioned back in December of last year that Sprint was inking deals with partnering carriers in Jamaica and Taiwan to provide international 4G roaming. Well, Sprint has just officially announced itself as the first national wireless carrier in the U.S. to offer international 4G roaming and included specific pricing information.

What Honeycomb Means for Tablets

What Honeycomb Means for Tablets

In advance of Google’s Honeycomb deep dive scheduled for this Wednesday February 2, I wanted to do a quick analysis of what Honeycomb means for the tablet market. I’ve been working with a number of the current Android tablets in the 7-inch range and have reached several conclusions about the form factor which I will provide more insight to in a later analysis.

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Samsung backtracks on Galaxy Tab figures: customer sales “quite small” [Updated]

Samsung backtracks on Galaxy Tab figures: customer sales “quite small” [Updated]

Samsung has admitted that its much-vaunted sales figures for the Samsung Galaxy Tab did not, in fact, refer to sales to end-users, but were merely shipment figures to retailers and carrier partners. The company had announced 1m sales of the 7-inch Android tablet back in early December 2010, and claimed to have passed the 2m sales point late last week; however, when questioned during Samsung's quarterly earnings call, the WSJ reports, a Samsung executive admitted that actual customer sales were still "quite small."

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Intel design error scuppers Sandy Bridge chipset: recalls ahead

Intel design error scuppers Sandy Bridge chipset: recalls ahead

Intel has announced a "chipset design error" affecting its 6 Series Cougar Point chipsets, found accompanying Sandy Bridge processors, which could see an ongoing degradation of the SATA ports and an ensuring impact on HDD and optical drive performance. The solution, unfortunately for Intel, is a silicon fix that will require newly manufactured versions of the chip that should begin arriving with customers in late February.

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