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Google Voice on the iPhone?

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I read a very interesting article today on the future of  Google Voice and the iPhone.  I feel that this could be an allusion to the end of apps as we know it!  I don’t think apps will be going away anytime soon, however this probably signals a movement to a whole new approach of how apps are rendered and presented on mobile devices.

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January 27, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Google Nexus One

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This was on the G4 network several weeks back speculating on the Google Nexus One.  I always like watching these types of videos after the phone has been released to see how close the expert’s get to their forecast.

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January 6, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Happy Holidays!!

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Happy Holidays from WireBear!

The WireBear staff wants to wish everyone a safe and happy holidays!  Hopefully, everyone has been nice so Santa will bring them that new iPhone, Droid or iTunes gift card.

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December 23, 2009 at 9:58 am

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iDon’t Care

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Here is a funny parody on the Droid commercial!

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December 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm

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iTunes App Store Gets Makeover

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iTunes New & Improved Layout

The Apple App Store recently got a makeover.  As of December 11,  Apple has been slowly transitioning all apps to a new & improved layout.

The new layout really emphasizes the main app icon, screenshots and user reviews.  The once prominent app description is now playing second fiddle as only the first two lines are shown. However, the whole description can be viewed by clicking on the more button.  The more button is little and out-of-the-way, which is obviously Apple’s way of telling developers to say what you need to say in two lines!

After viewing several apps in the new layout, I would give it two thumbs up.  I like how the screenshots are larger and several are shown at a time.  It will now take a little more thought on the order of the screenshots for those first couple of slots.   I also appreciate the link to the developer’s site is no longer hidden at the bottom of the description.

If I could make one change to the layout it would be the ability to add a background image to the whole page.  I think this one change would really “jazz” up the app store and make each app a little more unique!

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December 15, 2009 at 11:19 am

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Astroturfing Catches Up With iPhone Developer

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Let the propaganda begin! Image Credit: Tom Dynia

Astroturfing is a form of propaganda that tries to deceive the consumer in believing that something is more popular than it really is.  Long used on the political front, it now appears it has creeped its way into the iPhone realm.

A particular iPhone developer, Molinker had over 1,000 apps pulled from the App Store for posting fake reviews.  It appears it wasn’t the doing of one “fake review” but over 40 bogus reviews for each app!

On a side note the article says that many of the reviews were badly spelled.  Does this mean that Molinker thought that by misspelling words in their reviews, that it would be more realistic and believable?

Forty fake reviews does seem pretty excessive.  However, what is the protocol if an employee of a company downloads an app and truly appreciates the work?  In a perfect world the reviewer would disclose their relationship with the maker of the app.  We all know that 99% of the time this won’t happen.

Every time I read a story like this it bugs me.  Not because someone is trying to get a leg up, but because it makes me realize how much junk there really is in the App Store.  I think Apple will need to address this issue at some point.  If they don’t developers will get frustrated as their App will easily get lost in the sea of worthless apps.

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December 9, 2009 at 11:23 am

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November 25, 2009 at 8:31 am

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