March 26, 2012 |
If you spent a significant portion of your weekend hurling birds through space, you aren't alone: On Monday, Rovio tweeted that its new game Angry Birds Space has been downloaded 10 million times in just three days. "I can't think of another app that has done this well, especially when you consider that they only have a paid version available in the iTunes App Store," said Peter Farago, vice president of marketing at the mobile analytics firm Flurry. "The closest success story I can think of is OMGPOP's Draw Something, which racked up 20 million total downloads in five weeks.
March 12, 2012 |
Roboto, the custom-designed font Google introduced in the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, is now available for free download for developers, designers and font geeks. Google has released Roboto in 16 different typeface variations (bold, italic, condensed and differing weights) and with an Action Bar Icon Pack of user interface icons found throughout Ice Cream Sandwich, such as a search glass, pencil, phone, trash can and others. "You may use the materials in this file without restriction to develop your apps and to use in your apps," Google said in a note included with the download, bringing to mind the question of whether we'll see a developer use Roboto in an iOS app at some point.
March 5, 2012 |
Apple Inc. reached yet another milestone: More than 25 billion apps downloaded for use on iPhones, iPads and other devices. The tech giant made the announcement via a colorful banner on its website this weekend, telling customers: "A billion thanks. 25 times over. The App Store has reached 25 billion downloads. Thanks for getting us there. " Apple had been holding a 25 Billion Apps Countdown Promotion since Feb. 13 and said the winner of the contest would be listed online within about 10 days after the end of the promotion period.
March 4, 2012 |
Congrats to Apple, which has reached the 25-billion-apps-downloaded mark. And an even bigger congrats to the yet-to-be-named individual who won the $10,000 App Store gift card for being the one to download that coveted milestone. The tech company made the announcement via a colorful banner on its website this weekend, telling customers: “A billion thanks. 25 times over. The App Store has reached 25 billion downloads. Thanks for getting us there.” Apple had been holding a 25 Billion Apps Countdown Promotion since Feb. 13 and said the winner of the contest would be listed online within about 10 days following the end of the promotion period.
March 1, 2012 |
Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview , in its first 24 hours after being released, was downloaded 1 million times. Not too bad for an operating system still in beta, not finished and not ready for a consumer retail shelf. But then again, the software was made available as a free download. The Windows 8 development team announced the massive number on Twitter on Thursday in a tweet that said, simply, "One day later ... one million downloads of the consumer preview.
February 29, 2012 |
You don't need to touch Windows 8 on a tablet to recognize that things are very different in the next version of Microsoft's operating system. On Wednesday, at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, making it available as a free download worldwide and showing it off on tablets and PCs in Spain. The Consumer Preview release offers a closer look at what Windows 8 will actually look and behave like when the retail version is released later on this year.
February 17, 2012 |
And the Oscar goes to ... you, for hosting the best Oscar party in town. Wait, what? You invited your friends over to watch the show but forgot to plan a menu? No problem. We've got you covered with our fabulous Oscar Party Kit featuring recipes for food and cocktails by some of L.A.'s top culinary tastemakers. You can pull off any of these unique recipes the morning of the big day and still have time to hop into your party duds. And yes, comfort counts, but that Cabernet-colored velour tracksuit — the one with the word "Nominee" written across the behind — is so last year.
December 4, 2011 |
Let's say you're getting, or giving, a new tablet or an e-reader (iPad, Kobo, Nook or Kindle Fire) for the holidays. Here's an idea for what to do with it: Load it first with free books. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, as well as the cultural gift known as public domain, you can build a library, as I have, with a variety of classic literature, gratis: Daniel Defoe's "A Journal of the Plague Year," Benjamin Franklin's "Autobiography," Kate Chopin's "The Awakening. " It's enough to make you believe in the free flow of ideas.
November 16, 2011 |
For roughly 24 hours, Facebook's news feed was not a family-friendly place. Facebook acknowledged Tuesday that the social networking site was briefly infested with a mix of hard-core pornographic images, doctored pictures of celebrities in sexual situations, photos of extreme violence and even a picture of a beaten dog. Facebook said it had identified the problem — if not the culprit. During the attack, users mistakenly downloaded programming language that resulted in their sharing offensive images on Facebook without knowing it, a company spokesman said, adding that the website's engineers were working on a fix. Facebook said it built mechanisms to quickly shut down the malicious pages and will put users who were affected by the offensive spam through "educational checkpoints" so they know how to protect themselves.
November 16, 2011 |
Amid a colorful crowd of hipsters and music executives, Google Inc. unveiled its long-awaited digital Google Music store at the Hollywood studio of the street artist Mr. Brainwash. New York indie band Monogold and rap artist Busta Rhymes held court Wednesday afternoon at the invitation-only audience as Google unveiled a library of 8 million songs available for download, from a collection that will soon grow to 13 million. "Google Music is now open for business," said Jamie Rosenberg, Google's director of digital content and strategy.