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Android Version of Instagram To Be Released Very Soon

AN Android version of the extremely-popular photo-sharing app will be released “very soon,” according to the company’s founder. The arrival of the new app will end months of frustration for photographers who carry Android devices and can’t participate in Instagram’s white-hot world of social photography. Instagram earned the honor of being Apple’s iPhone app of the year for 2011. The Instagram team has not yet given a date of release.

The Race To The 25 Billionth App

AS of today, almost 25 BILLION (Yes, billion with a B) have been downloaded from the Apple App Store. The current number of apps that have been downloaded (as of the publication of this article) is about 24,525,000,000. Apple is hosting a contest to see who will be the winner to download the 25 billionth app. If you happen to be the lucky winner, you could win a $10,000 (USD) gift card to the Apple App store. So what are you waiting for, go ahead and start downloading some apps, you might be the winner.

To view a live counter of apps downloaded, you can click here

You may also view official rules, and enter to win without purchase at their official website.

 

Apple Launches Store In New Countries

THIS is a press release from Apple earlier today.

SAO PAULO, Brazil—December 13, 2011—Apple® today announced the launch of the iTunes Store® in Brazil (www.itunes.com/brazil) with an incredible selection of Brazilian and international music from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels. Launching with a catalog of over 20 million songs, the iTunes Store in Brazil features local artists including Ivete Sangalo, Marisa Monte and the digital debut of Roberto Carlos’ catalog, available to purchase and download along with a wide range of international artists including the Beatles, Rihanna, Coldplay and thousands more. With most songs priced at 99 cents and most albums at $9.99, the iTunes Store in Brazil is the best way for iPad®, iPhone®, iPod®, Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online.

The iTunes Store in Brazil offers over a thousand movies to rent or purchase, with many in stunning HD, from major studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures. The iTunes Store in Brazil now joins the revolutionary App Store™, which offers more than 500,000 apps to consumers in 123 countries, reaching hundreds of millions of iPad, iPhone and iPod touch® users around the world. Customers have downloaded more than 18 billion apps to date.

Apple is also bringing the iTunes Store to 15 additional Latin American countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.

The iTunes Store in Brazil and Latin America offer music from major labels EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music, and thousands of independent labels. All music on iTunes® comes in iTunes Plus®, Apple’s DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings.

iTunes in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to all your iOS devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to all your devices. In addition, music not purchased from iTunes can gain the same benefits by using iTunes Match℠, a new service that upgrades your music to iTunes Plus when matched to the over 20 million songs in the iTunes Store catalog. iTunes in the Cloud is available today for free in Brazil and Latin America and iTunes Match is available today for a $24.99 annual fee in Brazil.

Congratulations to Apple. I hope that this store and this launch is beneficial to both Apple, and more importantly its users, in the newly launched countries.

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Happy Birthday Angry Birds

THE wonderful and addicting game Angry Birds is officially two years old, two years ago Rovio launched Angry Birds. Happy birdday (pun intended)

Fans everywhere can enjoy a new “Happy Birdday” update for Angry Birds, which features 15 delectable new birthday cake levels, spiffy new menus and graphics, and special birthday achievements. As a birthday gift to our fans, all episodes are now unlocked! Also make sure to check out our new Rovio channel, which gives you instant access to your favorite Angry Birds content. You are just one tap away from news, games, videos, Facebook, Angry Birds shop, and much more! The update will be available for iOS on Sunday, with other platforms coming soon.

You can show your Angry Birds support by going to their store and buying some really cool stuff. Or, you can learn more about their birthday celebration by viewing their blog post.

Apple Makes Big Change

This week Apple introduced a new feature for the iPhone in its Apple Store app. The feature, called EasyPay, it  allows people to take a picture of the bar code of a product with the phone’s camera and then buy the product on the spot, using your iTunes account.

Previously, the app could be used to research products and order them, but the products had to be picked up from an employee in the store. Now, use of iTunes as a traveling wallet is modest; you can use it to buy the cheaper accessories in an Apple store. The phone’s location tracker has to be on, too, so Apple can verify that you are in one of its stores. The effectiveness of the product is impressive, I tried one out at the Apple Store in San Francisco and it worked flawlessly after a couple of setup steps. It works the sales tax into the final price after you scan the code, then offers a one-button purchase. The credit card associated with an iTunes account, normally used for buying music, is charged.

An Apple store clerk assured me that Apple would “never, never, never, ever” use the product for big ticket purchases, like computers, as these are expensive items that Apple doesn’t want customers walking off with.

That shouldn’t make Google feel a lot better. In May, Google announced its payment system, Google Wallet, with support from MasterCard, among others. In September, the service became available on a Nexus phone, available through Sprint. The advantage of Google Wallet is supposed to be near field communications technology, or N.F.C., which enables payment by tapping the phone onto specially equipped readers at checkout counters. In videosshowing  the service, people make low-price purchases, as they can with the Apple app.But with one app, Apple has started to move on Google’s payments plan, with potential distribution far greater than anything Sprint will be able to do with Nexus. Google had a very tight-lipped “no comment” on Apple’s move.

This change will be very interesting to see where it goes. And how it might affect retail checkout in the future.

Q: Do you think this change is good? Will it work? (Leave in comments)

 

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October 25, 2011 | by Rachel Cericola

Attention Walmart shoppers! Walmart wants to make sure that you get all of the electronics on your holiday wishlist, and maybe even a few extras that you didn’t budget.

That’s right; you could actually end up with a few extra bucks to spend. The mega-retailer is offering to match the price of its competitors, with its Christmas Price Guarantee.

That means once you buy that HDTV, Blu-ray player or other electronic device at Walmart, feel free to keep bargain shopping. If you find that purchased item for less elsewhere, you don’t have to be a Scrooge about it; Walmart will refund you the difference.

Just know that the item needs to be identical, all the way down to the size and color.

Don’t start running out to stores just yet. The Christmas Price Guarantee is only valid on purchases made from November 1 through December 25.

To get the guarantee, you’ll need to go into Walmart with your original receipt, as well as the competitor’s printed ad. Once they check everything out, they will issue you a Walmart gift card for the difference.

Walmart also plans to offer Christmas Layaway, as well as free shipping specials, and free shipping via Site to Store.

“The greatest gift we can give our customers this holiday is great low prices on the things they want most,” explained Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S. “Walmart is easing shopping stress this Christmas by allowing customers to shop when and how they want, all while guaranteeing low prices through the entire holiday season.”

If you’re already plotting and scheming your holiday shopping, you can find out more about this offer in the video below.

Wal-Mart Will Match Prices

October 25, 2011 | by Rachel Cericola

Attention Walmart shoppers! Walmart wants to make sure that you get all of the electronics on your holiday wishlist, and maybe even a few extras that you didn’t budget.

That’s right; you could actually end up with a few extra bucks to spend. The mega-retailer is offering to match the price of its competitors, with its Christmas Price Guarantee.

That means once you buy that HDTV, Blu-ray player or other electronic device at Walmart, feel free to keep bargain shopping. If you find that purchased item for less elsewhere, you don’t have to be a Scrooge about it; Walmart will refund you the difference.

Just know that the item needs to be identical, all the way down to the size and color.

Don’t start running out to stores just yet. The Christmas Price Guarantee is only valid on purchases made from November 1 through December 25.

To get the guarantee, you’ll need to go into Walmart with your original receipt, as well as the competitor’s printed ad. Once they check everything out, they will issue you a Walmart gift card for the difference.

Walmart also plans to offer Christmas Layaway, as well as free shipping specials, and free shipping via Site to Store.

“The greatest gift we can give our customers this holiday is great low prices on the things they want most,” explained Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S. “Walmart is easing shopping stress this Christmas by allowing customers to shop when and how they want, all while guaranteeing low prices through the entire holiday season.”

If you’re already plotting and scheming your holiday shopping, you can find out more about this offer in the video below.

Apple Pulls Google App From App Store

WHAT once was there now is gone. Earlier today, Google Voice was just two clicks away in the iOS App Store. Now, all that remains is a page cache,and versions of the app that were already installed on iPhones and iPod touches. Vincent Paquet, Senior Product Manager for Google Voice confirmed that the app had been pulled, explaining “our last update of this week had a bug that caused the app to crash at sign in. We removed it so it did not affect additional users until the fix gets published.” We’ve been using the most recent version — 1.3.0.1771 — on an iPhone 4 running iOS 5 without issue, but recent reviews cite the reported crashing, so it’s definitely affecting at least some users. We don’t have an ETA for when you can expect the app to return, so if you don’t already have it installed, you’ll need to hang tight for the time being. The service should function normally otherwise, assuming your phone number has already been registered, though you won’t be able to begin new text threads or make outgoing calls using your Google Voice number.

Apple Has Eliminated The Click Wheel Games

CLICK wheel games debuted alongside the iPod classic in 2006, and were backward-compatible with the iPod nano and iPod video. They were basically something that would eventually become iOS games available for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad devices. While no public SDK was ever released for click wheel game development, third-party developers like Gameloft, EA, PopCap and Disney all released software for the platform. In total, 49 games were released for click wheel iPods, with the latest arriving in 2009.

Previously, users could access the games via a link in the iTunes App Store called “iPod Click Wheel Games.” These games date back to Apple’s very first iPod model and include titles like Brick, Vortex, iQuiz, and Texas Hold’Em, totaling about 49 titles that all rely on the touch-sensitive wheel of the classic iPod. However, the link to this category of games is no longer available from the iTunes App Store menu.

It is believed that the official announcement of the execution , murder, put to rest will happen this Tuesday at the ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ event.

Apple Revamps Online Store

APPLE’s online store was down for “maintenance” for several hours a few days ago. During the down time Apple made a few changes in its online store’s appearance.

One immediately visible change is in the iPad model selection page, where Apple previously listed all 18 iPad 2 models available in the U.S. store. The company has replaced that system with a new, more dynamic process in which users first select a color, followed by a separate step in which they select a storage capacity. Users selecting a 3G model then proceed to a third step where they select whether they want an AT&T model or Verizon model. You can see the whole processed that I described below:

In another change, Apple has replaced its previous “within 24 hours” shipping estimate status with a new “in stock” indicator on a store-wide basis. The two terms appear to be synonymous, with models offering longer shipping estimates continuing to list their availability in terms of business days until shipping.

I really enjoy the new look and changes. They help make buying products online much easier to do.

Facebook needs Mac App store app

WOULDN’T it be nice to check Facebook on your desktop? You can with Twitter. What I am trying to get at here is that the nice people over at Facebook should create a application for the MacApp store. Why? It would make checking notifications and news feed much easier. And if you are like me and manage a lot of groups, then if they made the application right, it would be much easier to manage.