Archive for August, 2011

Why QR Codes Are Here to Stay [OPINION]

If you raise the subject of QR codes among tech early adopters, you are likely to elicit a passionate response. Some people think QR codes, those scanable black and white squares on everything from billboards to product packaging, are on an unstoppable growth trajectory, while skeptics are quick to dismiss them as a fad.

This reaction is common whenever new technology formats or standards are being decided upon. Pundits want to exhibit their knack for predicting the future and stakeholders (of which I am undeniably one) want to make sure their format wins out. The general public, meanwhile, tends to lay in wait for a particular format to show dominance.

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8 Best Practices for Deploying a Top-Ranked Mobile App

Developing a mobile app is the easy part. Getting that app noticed is difficult. And getting the app to go viral is like winning the lottery. Yet many developers get millions of downloads time after time. How?It’s all about app store SEO, and some developers have mastered it. Here are a few tips and tricks of the trade to help get your app to the top of heap.

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LukeW | Apple’s Overloaded iPhone Button

For years Apple has been on a quest to eradicate buttons. Looking at the progression from 1984’s M0100 mouse to today’s Magic Mouse illustrates the trend clearly: from big bulky buttons to no buttons at all. Now as rumors continue to swirl around new iPhones without the device’s iconic “Home” button, I thought it would be interesting to look at all the uses the iPhone’s primary button covers.

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62 things you can do with Dropbox | Web | Macworld

Ask Macworld editors to name our favorite apps, and most of us would mention Dropbox. The file-synchronizing service has revolutionized the way we use our Macs; we’re always looking for new things it can do.

Towards that end, a couple of months ago we posted a note on Macworld.com, asking readers, “How do you use Dropbox?” The response was incredible: Between our forums and email, we received nearly 250 suggestions. We sorted through them and then boiled them down to our 60 favorites. (We added two tips of our own at the beginning, to establish the basics.)

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Nokia: Googorola deal makes us right to choose WP7 | News | TechRadar UK

Smartphone giant Nokia says Google’s agreement to buy Motorola validates its own decision to choose the Windows Phone 7 operating system over Android.

The Finnish company was roundly criticised earlier this year for refusing to embrace the massively successful Android ecosystem and choosing instead to take a chance on Microsoft’s fledgling OS.

However, following yesterday’s blockbuster announcement that Google intends to buy manufacturer Motorola, Nokia reckons the other Android partners may struggle for prominence.

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Who cares about robots, here’s a much more practical CAPTCHA. – Imgur

Who cares about robots, here’s a much more practical CAPTCHA.

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14 Million U.S. Adults Used QR Codes in June [STUDY]

In a sign of growth for the technology, some 14 million people in the U.S. — more than twice the population of Massachusetts — used a QR code in June, according to a new report.

Those people, representing 6.2% of the total mobile audience in the U.S., scanned a QR or bar code on their mobile device, comScore estimates. The report also showed that QR code users are more likely to be male (60.5%), between the ages of 18 to 34 (53.4%) and have a household income in excess of $100,000 (36.1%)

Magazines and newspapers are the preferred vehicle for scanning QR codes (49.4%), followed by product packaging, (34.3%). The preferred place to scan was at home (58%) and then retail stores (39.4%).

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Davies on Broadcast: Brands can’t afford to delay web-connected TV plans | News | New Media Age

When it comes to web-connected TVs there’s no such thing as slow build-up – we’re on the cusp of mass adoption and brands that are too slow to embrace the opportunities that have arisen will lose out.

Fresh research out this week from information and analysis firm IHS iSuppli has forecast that shipments of connected TVs, games consoles, and Blu-ray players are likely to top the number of shipments of PCs within as little as two years.

Collectively these connected devices will surge to 503.6m units in 2013 globally – up from 161m this year. Whereas PC shipments over the same period are forecast to amount to 253.3m – up from 222.3m this year, according to the IHS iSuppli Consumers Platform Report.

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Why Evernote Bet the Company on Mobile & Social Media

Three years and 11 million users later, Evernote is the archetype of a flourishing modern day startup — it’s nimble, its product is accessible anywhere and it’s tapping into the power of social media to improve its product and encourage word-of-mouth testimonials.

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Amazon Launches a Web-Based iPad Kindle Reader – Mac Rumors

Amazon has quietly launched a new web app called “Kindle Cloud Reader” that allows Chrome and Safari users to access their Kindle eBooks through their browsers. The Cloud Reader also supports the iPad version of Safari, giving Amazon a workaround to Apple’s new subscription rules requiring any in-app sales to go through Apple’s purchasing system.

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