iPad app dev sees 50% piracy rate


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We've heard horror stories of piracy from iPhone developers before, but PocketGamer has news of an iPad developer also suffering from a surprising amount of customers who likely didn't actually pay for their software. Qwiboo says that its iPad app, Aqua Globs HD, is seeing about 50% of its customers on the OpenFeint leaderboards have obtained the app illegally. Vladimir Roth says that the number of users who have actually submitted an OpenFeint score is double the number of legitimately sold apps so far.

Now, you can bring up the usual arguments against worrying about a number like this -- that pirates likely wouldn't have purchased the game anyway, or that many of them would pay if given the chance -- but that's a significant number, especially for a system that's supposed to be as closed as the iPad. Roth also says that piracy has been higher for him on the iPad than on the iPhone, and that pricing plays a big part. iPad apps tend to be more expensive (he says that they often don't provide extra functionality, though that obviously differs from app to app), and customers who prefer universal versions don't like paying twice for the same app.

Still, the app in question is $1.99 -- that's hardly breaking the bank. It's disappointing to see that even with all of the authentication and verification built in to a platform like the App Store, piracy is still a significant issue.

iPad app dev sees 50% piracy rate originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Tue, 24 Aug 2010 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The curious idea of ads in iBooks


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Don't worry -- you won't start seeing ads for tattoo parlors while reading Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Not yet, anyway. But there's some interesting thinking going around the 'net (kicked off by this article in the Wall Street Journal) about how advertising may soon try to conquer the last bastion of entertainment: books. When you go to the movies, you see ads, when you watch TV and browse the Internet, there are ads everywhere. But why don't you see ads while reading a book? (I mean, besides the obvious conclusion that it's annoying and invasive?)

In the past, it's been because the lead time for books is a wild card. Unlike newspapers and movies, books have a longer shelf life, and different readers could revisit the same material over a period of years rather than days or weeks. You'd have to dynamically deliver ads in some way, and you'd need publishers with know-how and insight about their customers in order to sell relevant ads regularly. In short, you'd need e-books, and you'd need a company (says Snarkmarket) like, say, Apple.

Publishers may not have the ability to sell relevant ads to readers, but Apple surely does, especially since it seems to be sweeping up ad sales people as quickly as possible lately. And with prices becoming competitive in the e-book space, there's incentive for both Apple as an iBook publisher and even authors (who want to supplement e-book sale numbers with iAd sales) to bring advertising over to the iBookstore at some point.

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New iPad 3G in the House


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I’ve been wanting to switch up to an iPad 3G just about ever since they first came out.  With all the supply problems and long shipping waits on them over recent months, I’ve just never managed to get my timing right for acquiring one.

Today I finally managed to grab one at my local Apple Store.  So I’m a happy new iPad 3G owner, and my wife and daughter are very happy to be taking over my WiFi only model.  So we’ve now got every generation of the iPhone and both iPad models in residence. 


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iPad Case With Built-In Keyboard Hitting US Soon


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There’s an iPad case available in the UK (though unfortunately out of stock at the moment) that has a Bluetooth keyboard built right into the cover. Adds a little weight, but if you do more than a little typing on that thing, you likely will appreciate having physical keys. It’s going through the FCC right now, so expect it on our shores shortly.

Of course, the KeyCase costs £60, or just over $90. That’s an expensive case — for that price you could get carbon fiber, a camera, or a DODOcase (much cheaper).

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Ten One Design sponsoring Pogo Sketch iPad art challenge


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Last summer, Ten One Design sponsored a contest for artists who were using the Pogo Stylus with drawing or painting apps on the iPhone. The contest was quite popular, and some of the entries were astoundingly good.

Well, things change, and now the canvas of choice is the iPad. Today, Ten One Design announced the 2010 Capacitive Canvas Challenge, also known as the 2nd Annual Pogo Art Contest. Grab an iPad, a Pogo Sketch, and your favorite drawing app, work up some beautiful art, and then post it to the contest site before 11:59 PM EST on October 29th. If you're picked as the Grand Prize Winner, you'll get a booq Boa squeeze laptop bag filled with $1000 worth of goodies (including $300 cash, a Twelve South Compass iPad stand, and the lovely DODOcase).

There will be four secondary winners as well, who will receive some goodies from Ten One Design, an iTunes Gift Card, and an iPad stand or case. You have to be at least 15 years old to enter, and you must use the Pogo Sketch for your iPad artwork. Finger painting is not allowed. The winners will be selected on the basis of Artistic Skill, Creativity / Originality, Realism, and Judge's Choice, and you'll see the works of the winners on November 5th on the Ten One website. Good luck to all who enter! Maybe we'll see the work of some creative TUAW readers up there in November.

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Simplenote: Still The Best Note Taking App


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A few apps changed my workflow the way Simplenote did. Soon after John Gruber’s public endorsement of Simplenote for iPhone, I decided to give the app a try, as I needed a fast and reliable solution to organize my notes.

I remember those days. In the early days of MacStories there was no team behind the website you see now, and I didn’t know back then I would need a cloud solution for my posts someday. Heck, I used to write posts in Pages.

Eventually I realized I needed to be able to start a writing session on my Mac, and finish it at my girlfriend’s place if I had time. Or, I could just jot down a few ideas while on the go and turn them into posts later. As I realized that, I tried Simplenote.

See, I try many new apps every week. Sometimes I think that it’d be interesting to keep on refining my worfklow (thus changing my app setup) and see what happens. You know my problem with financial apps, right? I can’t stick with one. I used to have the same problem with Twitter clients, but after many reinstalls and downloads (“I’m gonna delete it from iTunes, so I won’t be tempted to install it again.” Sure.) I found my way with Twitterrific on the iPhone and Osfoora on the iPad. Like I said, sometimes I think that this is just an interesting experiment a blogger can keep on doing just for the sake of it. If the results are good, even better.

I never switched from Simplenote to another note taking app. I never, never thought of deleting it and trying something else. Some applications are developed with the precise intent of letting them evolve over time. Despite the updates released in the past months, Simplenote was a complete app from the start.

Some apps are made to stay. And last night, Simplenote for iPhone and iPad got a lot better.

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KeyCase iPad Folio packs a Bluetooth keyboard, scores FCC approval


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It's not the laptop-style ClamCase iPad case that we saw renders of way back in May, but this so-called KeyCase iPad Folio does manage to do a similar trick, and it's thankfully very much real -- it's just landed FCC approval and is already listed at one online retailer (though it's out of stock). The big selling point here, of course, is a Bluetooth keyboard that fits in the case and props up your iPad while in use, which can also be removed whenever you're looking to lighten the load a little. Unfortunately, there's still no official word on a widespread release for the case, but UK retailer GearZap has it listed at £60, or just over $90.

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QBooks bring kids’ picture books to life on the iPad


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Acting on the suggestion of the always awesome Bruce Stewart, I recently took a look at several QBooks selections from New Zealand-based developers Kiwa Media. Picture books present a real challenge for app developers. They have to balance end-user reading abilities (which are usually quite limited) with enough application richness to make younger readers want to come back, again and again, to the same story. I think that Kiwa Media has done a surprisingly good job in delivering value for the app dollar.

Kids' books, especially for younger readers, suffer from being very, very short. It's common to sit down with a stack of a dozen books and easily read through them in a single session. So, how do you add compelling content to something so minimal in duration? Kiwa Media created the idea of the "QBook."

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Clicker Brings 1,800 Web Series to the iPhone


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Web video database Clicker.com has launched its iOS app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. An iPad-specific version is also coming sometime soon.

The app allows users to search, watch and discuss 1,800 web shows (there are about 200,000 episodes in all), and download and watch 12,000 additional shows from iTunes — though you could obviously do that last part on your iPhone already.

Clicker also claims that it will soon support both Hulu Plus and Netflix on the iPhone, although you’ll need the Hulu Plus and Netflix apps to actually watch those videos, a Clicker rep told us. The Netflix app isn’t even available in the app store yet, but Clicker plans to add Hulu Plus to the iPhone-specific index “sometime later this quarter,” though that last bit depends on Hulu Plus graduating from its testing phase.

Clicker previously maintained a web-based list of videos formatted in HTML5 for the iPhone and iPad, but a native app should prove much easier to use.

It’s not just about browsing and watching the videos, either. The Clicker app allows you to check in to shows Philo or Foursquare-style, see your friends’ activity in a news feed, check out what shows are trending, and see who (friends or others) is currently watching various shows.

A Clicker rep said that the “goal is to augment the Clicker.com experience,” so you can also browse content that’s not playable on your mobile device, as well as manage your Clicker playlist remotely. If a friend recommends a show but it’s not available on mobile, you can still make a note of it in the app and watch it when you get to a laptop or a desktop computer.


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Box.net’s iPad project at D7 Consulting: How the iPad works at work


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Here's another update from the folks at Box.net on how the iPad deployment at D7 Consulting is going. Through TUAW, Box.net found a company to give 20 free iPads to. Box.net helped D7 set up a workflow that's built and run around Apple's tablet and their service.

The first fruits of that collaboration are starting to grow, and as you can see in the video above, Box.net is getting some solid feedback from D7. Box.net is looking at using that feedback to develop future features for their software, including some methods for offline access. Another exciting forthcoming feature concerns more ways to share not only text and documents but also "rich content," including drawings and audio notes about those documents.

CIO magazine talked to D7's president Joseph Daniels, who described five lessons he's learned in implementing the project so far. There's a lot of good stuff in there, especially if you're considering using iPads on your job. For the rest of us, what's probably most surprising is that iPads can take all kinds of abuse without having issues. The one problem D7 has had so far is overheating; on a job in the deserts of Las Vegas, an iPad did overheat on them after being in the sun. But 20 minutes in the AC got it back up and working just fine. Another problem is a lack of enterprise support from Apple directly. Don't forget that, while it has a lot of applications on the job, the iPad is still a consumer-targeted device, and D7 has bumped up against that designation a few times already.

It's very interesting stuff. It looks like this collaboration is paying off for all involved, including those of us who are just watching to learn from the sidelines. We'll continue to watch how the project is going, and we'll provide you with another on-location look at the project here in a while. In the meantime, if you have questions for Box.net or D7, post them in the comments below. If Sean Lindo (of Box.net) or Terrell Woods (of D7) don't reply directly, we'll make sure to ask in the future.

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Businesses Are Jumping on the iPad


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So much for the iPad being a consumption-only device. We got it month ago, when we realized that Apple’s latest creation wasn’t meant for consuming content (though it’s great at it) but for creating, too. 11.000 approved apps in 4 months must mean something.

Still, with the iPhone things weren’t that great in 2007, when the device was just released and Apple wanted to persuade businesses and large IT corporations to adopt the device and massively deploy it to their employees. It didn’t happen: there weren’t apps tailored to IT users, there was no Exchange support, no encryption (a strong selling point of BlackBerry devices, or so they say), no possibility to deploy apps developed in house (actually, there was no App Store, either).

Not with the iPad. Businesses are loving it.

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Review: Diptic for iPhone and iPad


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With the help of this universal app for the iPhone and iPad, you can easily mix your photos into a collage that tells a story. A few areas of Diptic could use some fine-tuning, but overall this is an easy -- and fun -- image editor.

WSJ says iPads gaining acceptance in corporations


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The past few weeks have been fascinating for Apple watchers. The business press has been reporting that the brand, formerly a pariah in the buttoned-down world of corporate IT, is now being accepted with open arms. We had a story yesterday about the growth of Mac sales in the government and enterprise markets, and now the Wall Street Journal is reporting on how the iPad is finding a home in the business world.

In the WSJ Tech piece, reporter Ben Worthen notes how the iPhone was banned by companies when it first came out in 2007 for being inappropriate for the workplace. The iPad, however, has been quickly embraced by companies.

One such success story cited in the WSJ piece talks about Chicago-based law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP. The company pre-ordered 10 iPads prior to the release of the device in April so that they could learn how iPads could be used with the company's internal systems. The technology department at the firm now supports more than 50 attorneys with iPads, and they plan on issuing iPads as a less-expensive alternative to laptops soon.

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Facebook iPhone app has 105m users?


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Facebook has posted some pretty impressive numbers regarding its mobile users recently, including a developer saying there are more than 150 million active mobile Facebook users. The site itself has more than 500 million members.

- 12 million are using the Android client
- Nearly 59 million are using the Blackberry client
- 105 million are using the iPhone client*
- The rest are using clients built for Palm, T-Mobile's Sidekick and more.

*Note these numbers were pulled at 11:20 a.m. EST and are updated frequently.

Wait a minute ... 105 million? Steve Jobs indicated at WWDC in June that the 100 millionth iOS device (spanning iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) would be sold that month. With the flurry of iPhone 4 sales since then, it's no surprise that there's more than 100 million iOS devices out there in the wild. But are all of them really running Facebook?

You can log into multiple Facebook accounts from a single iOS device, and those probably count. The number provided by Facebook isn't the number of downloads the app has had, but the number of people actually using it. The client itself is still ranked among the top 10 free App Store apps. Even so, a penetration rate hovering somewhere around 90 percent -- if you take into account the number of iOS devices sold since June and the fact that there's not a Facebook app for the iPad -- is a little hard to swallow.

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