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Applications

‘HackStore’ brings Cydia-like app store to Macs

April 25th, 2012

A group of developers in Russia recently launched the “HackStore,” a centralized location for third-party OS X applications. Like Cydia on iOS, the HackStore is a software hub that allows developers to distribute applications without having to endure Apple’s approval process. The developers behind the project claim that piracy will not be tolerated in their …

RIM adding restrictions to PlayBook to avoid creating a ‘chaotic cesspool’ like Android market

April 9th, 2012

Research In Motion will be removing the ability to sideload applications on the BlackBerry PlayBook in a future software update, RIM’s VP of developer relations Alex Saunders said. After the update, PlayBook owners will only be able to download and install applications through BlackBerry App World. Saunders said the reason was to prevent piracy, claiming that more …

Facebook launches apps for Timeline

January 19th, 2012

Facebook on Wednesday evening announced new applications that can be used to populate users’ Facebook Timelines with new information. The initial launch apps include Foodspotting, Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest,Rotten Tomatoes, Pose, Kobo, Gogobot, TripAdvisor and several others. “If you’re a traveler, you can add the Gogobot and TripAdvisor apps to bring a virtual passport to your timeline, and show your friends where you’ve been …

RIM to offer free ‘premium’ app and tech support to make up for BlackBerry outage

October 17th, 2011

Research In Motion announced on Monday that it will soon offer BlackBerry users 12 free “premium” applications through December 31, 2011 as an apology for its recent BlackBerry service outage. In addition, the company said it will provide its enterprise customers with one month of free technical support. “Our global network supports the communications needs …

Nokia Ovi Store now serving 7 million daily downloads

July 27th, 2011

Nokia recently announced that its Ovi Store has served a record 7.62 million downloads in a single day. The figure is a large jump from the 3 million daily downloads Nokia said the Ovi Store was serving in October of last year. The phone maker attributed its app store’s popularity to the decision to remove …

FDA may regulate mobile health apps

July 22nd, 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may soon approve or reject mobile health applications. The government agency said on Wednesday that it is proposing to oversee the applications in an effort to ensure the apps perform as advertised and aren’t actually hurting users. “There are advantages to using medical apps, but consumers and health care …

Windows Phone Marketplace now home to more than 25,000 apps

July 2nd, 2011

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace is now home to more than 25,000 applications, according to the app tracking website WindowsPhoneAppList. That’s a rapid jump from the 18,000 applications that were available in May but it’s still a far cry from the competing app stores offered by Apple and Google. The Android Marketplace is populated with more …

iTunes App Store now home to more than 100,000 iPad apps

July 1st, 2011

The iTunes App Store is now home to more than 100,000 iPad applications. According to MacStories, Apple and its developers set a record by hitting that milestone just 453 days after the iPad made its debut on April 13th of last year. That’s approximately four months after Apple hit the the 75,000 iPad app mark …