If you regularly download apps for your smartphone or tablet, you have definitely experienced it: that moment when you find out the game you downloaded for free suddenly isn't. Welcome to the world of Freemium, where your initial download is only to get you interested, but where the real money is spent once you're already hooked on the game.Freemium explained The word freemium is a portmanteau of the words free and premium, implying you're getting a premium experience without paying a premium price. For users, it seems like the best of all worlds to get an … Read more
As 2013 draws to a close, Tim Cook is feeling good. The holiday quarter once again proved that Apple's products and stores can draw a crowd. Pent-up demand for new iPhones and iPads was satisfied once again, and Apple's reputation as a purveyor of objects of desire was reaffirmed. As a reward, Apple' stock price hit a 52-week high this month.
Apple's precision-engineered, meticulously designed, mass-produced objects of desire are not the most advanced or clever computing machines. Many Android devices are tricked out with more pixels and features. Nor is Apple the undisputed market share leader, … Read more
Apple might have promised 12 days of gifts starting the day after Christmas, but that hasn't stopped the company from going for lucky No. 13.
Apple on Monday released a free offer to those who have downloaded its 12 Days of Gifts app, giving consumers a free download of musical artist Lorde's "No Better" single. The offer also includes a music video for her breakout hit "Royals."
The 12 Days of Gifts app launched earlier this month with Apple promising that it'll give away 12 free gifts between December 26 and January 6. … Read more
Apple on Friday released a second version of its iOS 7.1 beta to registered developers. It's an incremental update that fixes some bugs and moves some things around. For example, TouchID and passcode settings are displayed more prominently.
But one nugget worth noting is a setting in the "restrictions" menu that lets a user turn the "Car Display" on and off. The addition of the toggle setting suggests that Apple may release its "iOS in the Car" feature sooner rather than later. The car integration feature, according to 9to5Mac, will let users … Read more
The beaten-down music industry adores digital, just not taking risks with it. That began to change Wednesday, and the business is turning to Spotify -- for now -- to do it.
Free, mobile options are the most popular way people listen to streaming music today, but as anyone who has downloaded Spotify's app has discovered quickly -- forget about listening on your phone if you want something unlike the myriad radio options that many others (Pandora, iTunes Radio) provide. That's because the deals Spotify struck with labels only a couple years ago didn't allow for mobile, on-demand … Read more
Back in August, programmer Patrick McConlogue offered Leo Grand a choice: $100, or 16 coding lessons. Grand -- homeless since 2011 after losing his job at insurance provider MetLife and being priced out of his home when a high-rise apartment block was built nearby -- didn't have to think for long. Coding lessons it was.
After furnishing Grand with a refurbished Chromebook and three books on coding, McConlogue met with him every weekday morning for an hour-long lesson. Now, Grand has released his very first app: Trees for Cars, available for iOS and Android. … Read more
Rovio, the mobile developer behind the wildly popular Angry Birds franchise, has launched a Mario Kart-like racing game for iOS.
The title, dubbed Angry Birds Go, puts some of the franchise's characters into soapbox cars, allowing gamers to kart-race around different tracks. The game is somewhat of a milestone for the franchise. All previous titles have been 2D. Angry Birds Go is the first 3D world for the franchise.
According to Rovio, gamers can play as either pigs or the birds, and the title includes everything from racetracks to stunt roads to air courses. Some special powers have been … Read more
Which is better: Apple's Siri or Google Now? Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recently put them both to the test.
First, let's take a look at Siri's performance.
Based on the results of 800 different queries, Siri showed an improvement in iOS 7 when compared to its behavior under iOS 6. Apple's voice assistant answered 79 percent of all the questions and fared better in a noisy environment than it did in last year's test results. Specifically, the latest version of Siri got a higher mark than the previous version for its ability to interpret … Read more
Temple Run 2 players can add a bit of Christmas spirit to their gameplay.
Released this week for iOS and Android, a holiday update to the death-defying running game brings Santa Claus down the chimney. You now can play the role of Jolly Old Saint Nick as you try to escape the giant ape, dodge and weave your way past obstacles, and collect gems and other treasures to build up your score.
Other surprises await. You can wend your way down a waterslide as you try to avoid fallen trees and other hazards. The game also promises Christmas artifacts that … Read more
Apple is bringing its popular 12 Days of Gifts to the United States.
Previously offered only in Canada and Europe, the 12 Days of Gifts app is now available to US customers via the App Store. The program entails Apple handing out one free digital item for a period of 12 days between December 26 and January 6. Apple won't say until each day what it is offering, but the freebies can be anything from music to apps to movies.
The app, which hit the App Store on Tuesday, is available for free. Once a daily offer has been … Read more