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Three-quarters of revenue among top apps now generated by in-app purchases

September 22nd, 2011

Freemium applications are driving in-app purchases according to a new report from Distimo, which was completed for the Verizon Developer Community. It is like getting a free ice cream sample at Baskin-Robbins: give a consumer a taste of something for free and then let them come back for more. Just 4% of all iPhone applications …

Apple’s OS X Lion downloaded 1 million times on launch day

July 21st, 2011

Apple’s OS X Lion was downloaded more than 1 million times during its first day of availability, Apple said on Thursday. The Cupertino-based company made the announcement just as Microsoft announced its earnings results for the fiscal fourth quarter — merely a coincidence, we’re sure. Presuming these were paid OS X purchases and upgrades, Apple grossed …

HP may launch new NFC-enabled tablets and phones later this year

June 13th, 2011

HP is working on phones and tablets with built-in near-field communication (NFC) technology for mobile payments, Bloomberg reported on Monday. Much like Google Wallet, which will soon launch for the Nexus S and eventually other Android devices, HP hopes its customers will be able to use the company’s products to make mobile purchases in retail …

Apple takes Lodsys patent fight to court

June 10th, 2011

A few weeks back, a patent-holding company called Lodsys began contacting developers and asking them to cough up money for using their in-app purchasing technology without a license. Apple intervened briefly and said that its developers are covered under its own license, but now the company has taken the matter to court with an official …

Apple defends developers in letter to Lodsys

May 23rd, 2011

Earlier this month a company called Lodsys began sending letters to iOS app developers using Apple’s in-app billing system, asking each to license its technology separately. In a blog post on May 15th, Lodsys explained on its website that “the scope of [Apple’s] current licenses does NOT enable [Apple] to provide  ‘pixie dust’ to bless …

Apple App Store hits 10 billion downloads

January 22nd, 2011

Just over a week has passed since Apple posted up their 10 billion App Store download counter, and that’s all the time it took to hit this ridiculous milestone. Yes, Apple has sold / delivered over 10 billion apps to customers in just a few years. With Apple’s developer following and customers growing rapidly, we’re …