Articles and Reviews by Fred Krueger
Pano from Debacle Software is an app for creating Panoramic pictures from your iPhone camera that is worth the price. Pano works by letting you take up to 5 consecutive shots (from left to right), and superimposing the ghosted previous shot so that you can line up the next one.
Freshwater Aquarium is a cute app that replicates an aquarium with fish on your iPhone. Like Koi Pond, its not likely that you will use Freshwater Aquarium a lot, but at $0.99 its cute enough to marginally justify the cost of entry.
Apple's earnings are out, and the stock is up 10% after hours. Here's the breakdown:
iPhone: Apple sold 6.9 Million iPhones last quarter, worth $806 million in revenue. If it wasn't deferred over 12 months, this would now represent 39% of Apple's overall revenue.
We have covered the "Mike Lee Phenomenon" on this blog before. Mike is one of the co-founders of Tapulous (Tap Tap Revenge, Twinkle). Today, we finally caught up with him and got his views on the iPhone, funding for startups, and his latest project, United Lemur.
Mike Lee, developer of Tap Tap Revenge, is said to be introducing PuzzleLotto, his "brainchild", on Monday. Mike Reached out to us in a comment to an earlier post and said the following:
You should try reaching out to me sometime.
Fliq is a free utility that allows two people over a Wifi connection to "fliq" photos (and contact information) to each other. It's a reasonably good idea, but the implementation is far from perfect.
One of the things that interests us the most at AppCraver is understanding what it takes to build a successful startup in the new App Store ecosystem. One such startup is New Jersey based 4technologies, makers of "MyNetDiary", a $9 a month weight loss app that we covered in the MyNetDiary post.
One Mac developer, Peter Hosey, has assembled what he calls is a list of "every application that Apple has killed, along with the reason that they stated for doing so, and what has happened to the app since".
AppCraver just got off the phone with Ed Skolarus and Brian Peterson from Fox Reality Channel, the only all-reality, all-the-time cable and satellite network and home of Battle of the Bods, Gimme My Reality Show, Real Stories of the Highway Patrol, Night Club Confessions, and a variety of other popular reality shows.
WhosHere is a recently launched social networking app that reminds us a lot of the original MySpace.
- bad design. check. like MySpace, WhosHere does not let design (or features) get in the way.
The French blog Mobifrance leaked today the plans of a french consulting company AIM Innovation to develop a laptop "shell" around the iPhone. This shell would consist of a screen, a keyboard but no processor - and would simply "house" the current 3G iPhone.
PC Magazine had an interesting thought piece on the impact of the recession/crash/depression on the evolution of the iPhone app market. Without parroting the entire article, the main points are:
- Developers are less likely to create free apps with the idea of "somehow" monetizing later with inApp advertising.
If you have been peripherally following the iPhone app development scene, you undoubtedly have heard of Mike Lee, the self described "world's toughest programmer", lead developer of "Tap Tap Revenge" and now the founder of "UnitedLemur.org" an unlikely project that involves iPhone gaming, a new model for angel capitalism and saving the Madagascar Lemur.
Melodis Corporation, makers of the hugely popular (and free) Midomi iPhone app has raised a 7 Million dollar Series B VC Round, led by Translink Capital.
We caught up with Melodis CEO Keyvan Mohajer to understand how the company was able to pull off this sizable financing in what is certainly one of the most challenging economic environments since the Great Depression.
Urban Decay is a "Sims" like game that developer TouchSoft is bringing to the iPhone in a few weeks. We happened to get our hands on a beta copy of Urban Tycoon, and while we will hold off on the review until the final version is out, the developer is offering Appcraver readers 5 free copies, available to the first 5 people who send us an email at clark (at) appcraver.com.
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