All has been fairly quiet on the Apple front lately, typical of this time of year. Everyone at Apple is tucked away developing and fine-tuning the next gadget. Meanwhile, the App store continues to bring in big money for Apple and app developers worldwide. We download 800 apps per second!
The 50 billionth app was downloaded by Brandon Ashmore from Ohio and he was rewarded with a $10,000 app store gift card. The app he downloaded was ‘Say the Same Thing’.
Since opening in 2008 with just 500 apps available, the app store has grown to have more than 850,000 apps currently. In comparison, the Google Play Store has 500,000 and the Windows Phone store has just 120,000. The Apple app store continues to grow at a very fast rate, we will be at 1 million apps soon enough.
With so many apps available, it is very easy to end up with a phone full of apps. At last count I had about 90, can anyone beat that? With 850,000 apps out there I want to know how many you have, comment below.…Read More
I was initially a little horrified to learn Shortland Street had it’s own iPhone app. I spent seven years of my life addicted to the program, during which time I never missed an episode.
It’s an era I now look back on and cringe but the Shortland Street app released last year contains all the information I once would have been desperate for like photos, actor bios and interviews to stalk out your favourite actors as well as all the latest Shortland Street news and daily previews to establish what’s going to happen next.
I really like the full, in-depth episode recaps which mean if you miss Shortland Street one night and don’t have time to watch it online you can stay up to date with what’s happening and avoid confusion when you next watch the program. Annoyingly though, to actually watch episodes online you have to switch to the tvnzondemand app so you can’t get your full Shortland Street fix within the app itself.
Each month you can put your questions to a different Shortland Street star by using the Live Chat feature, or you can chat at any time with other fans (I’m sure most of them are around the age of 12 and borrowing dad’s iPad).
My flatmate’s girlfriend features as the wallpaper on both his iPhone and laptop and I can’t help but give him grief about it. This week I’ve realised it could be worse – how about a Shortland Street cast pic as your wallpaper?
Have you come across any good apps for other popular television programs?
TV3 has finally realised that they are behind the 8 ball and have done their best to respond to the huge success that the TVNZ app has received.
The TVNZ app remains very close to the top of the free app list (currently 3rd for iPhone) and has received great feedback!
Following the launch of the TVNZ app, I mentioned in a post that TV3 will be surely working on something to avoid losing a significant number of viewers, well they have… sort of.
TV3 has not released an app but they have done the next best thing. If you visit the TV3 ondemand website from your iOS device you can now watch the shows. Previously you couldn’t watch anything because you were notified that you need to install flash.
When you visit the site from your phone you will also notice the following message at the top
We have detected that you are using a mobile device. Please be advised that a minority of videos are unavailable to view on mobile devices due to licensing restrictions.
As far as I can tell, 90% of the shows are available to watch which is great, if you find any that are not available please comment below.
I hope that this move by TV3 means that they are working on an app as well but there has been no word. Being the first to bring out an app has worked very positiviely for TVNZ – TV3 is now playing catchup, this competition is great for the consumer. You can now watch a massive range of shows from the comfort of your own device.…Read More
Early this morning Vodafone announced the release of their 4G network, but only to some parts of Auckland at this stage.
4G is said to be up to 10 times faster than the current 3G network, allowing you to vastly increase the speed and performance of things like streaming video and gaming. Great timing for the TVNZ Ondemand app released yesterday.
30% of Auckland will be able to access the lightning fast network, read on to see the map……Read More
I mentioned last year that TVNZ were planning to release an iPad and iPhone app for their on-demand service, well it’s here!
The app is already New Zealand’s number two free app in the app store.
First impressions, it looks great! The quality is good, in terms of resolution. the load time appears to be very quick (on my internet anyway). The clever thing is, the app automatically checks your internet connection and decides the best quality of video for you. This is also a bummer because you can’t chose a higher or a lower quality like on the website, you just have to deal with what you’re given……Read More
Another great Kiwi developer has made a very helpful iPad app, you might have seen it in the news recently. Kiwi developer Wayne Lewis has created an iPad app which is aimed at making the lives of autistic children and their parents a lot easier.
Communicate Easy is the name of the iPad app, available on the iTunes store for $1.99.
Lewis has a personal link to autism, his son Ciaran has autism and needs help with simple daily tasks. According to Wayne, Ciaran proved to be the best app tester in the world……Read More
This week the New Zealand Police announced that they will be dishing out iPads and iPhones to a large portion of the men and women of the force. OK, so probably not for Facebook but I’m sure they’re not complaining. A great time to be a cop, you might say.
In all seriousness though, giving our front line the best technology possible is a no brainer really. Whatever the cost, if it saves lives in the long run it’s worth it.
After 11 months of testing and trying out different devices, there’s no surprise in what they chose……Read More