As they happened to have $400 million dollars just kicking around anyway, the Japanese game moguls at DeNA thought they’d, you know, buy ngmoco. Just because they could. Seriously though, the news of DeNA's pricey aquisition is significant, as the $400 million transaction is easily one of the highest ever paid to buy out a company that specializes in iOS application development.
Remember those expensive magazine subscriptions you could get in the App Store? The New Yorker, for instance. It's beautiful, but pricey. $4.99 per digital issue? Even if I'm a subscriber? That's quite a pricey weekly habit. How about free? How does free sound?
Given the sheer volume of downloading of apps, it was bound to happen sooner or later. The daily audience of apps running on the iOS system has now expanded beyond 19 million users. These users spend about 22 minutes a day on these apps, meaning the audience for iOS devices has now passed…you guessed it, Sunday Night Football on NBC.
It's the TV wars, but you know what? It's a repeat of the phone wars we've been seeing for some time. Google has decided to forge ahead into realms Apple pioneered. Who will come out on top? Competition is good for the market and for the consumer, so let's see some innovating.
Man, iTunes really got a kick in the shins when it updated to its latest iteration. The music library software totally took a beating--or, at least, a berating--from its faithful fans when it changed its icon, changed the way it displays album covers and launched it's own social network. Well, I went out in search of ways that you can beef up iTunes a bit and get it doing what you want it to do with these wonderful free apps. Maybe they'll change your mind about that blue iTunes icon, or maybe--just maybe--they'll remind you how wonderful iTunes is because it takes care of all your iOS devices.
And since you need iTunes to sync your iOS devices, I found two applications that will allow you to bypass that whole iTunes mess and deal with your devices all on their own. Psch, we don't need no middle man!
Printing is finally coming to iOS with an update in November, but third-party developers clearly feel that Apple’s official solution leaves something to be desired. Among them is Readdle, who is bringing full-featured printing to the iPad with a new app expected imminently.
Back in June, Apple spent a great deal of hoopla touting the new FaceTime feature of the iPhone 4 -- but the market for video chat is heating up quickly, and now Yahoo has lined up to be the next contender in the App Store as well as on Android devices.