Apple announced that customers have downloaded over 50 billion apps* from the revolutionary App Store. Customers are downloading more than 800 apps per second at a rate of over two billion apps per month on the App Store. The 50 billionth app was Say the Same Thing by Space Inch, LLC, which was downloaded by Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio who received a $10,000 App Store Gift Card to commemorate this historic milestone.
“Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years.”
The App Store opened in July 2008 with 500 apps. Since its introduction, Apple’s incredible developer community has created an app for doing almost everything imaginable on an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
“We were blown away with our success on the App Store back in 2008,” said Rich Riley, CEO of Shazam. “And almost five years later we continue to be amazed with how much people love using Shazam on their iPhone or iPad. With the App Store, we can effortlessly provide users with updates that give them great new features while making it easy for new users to discover and download Shazam for themselves.” Read more
FileMaker announced the FileMaker Training Series (FTS) Sampler Kit, featuring three key modules from the popular FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 12, available free for FileMaker Technical Network (TechNet) members. TechNet is a free community for FileMaker developers to obtain technical resources and network with other like-minded professionals.
The FTS Sampler Kit includes self-paced instruction modules plus exercises, demos, and videos to enhance the learning experience. It has three modules taken directly from the complete 13-module FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 12. The modules provided in the FTS Sampler Kit include:
Working with Layouts – Discover tools and techniques for creating layouts in FileMaker Pro.
FileMaker Go – Understand tools and requirements to build solid, stable mobile applications for the iPad and iPhone.
FileMaker Server – Learn the best practices for setting up and maintaining FileMaker Server. Read more
Electronic Arts announced that EA SPORTS UEFA EURO 2012 is available in North America and Europe as a paid digital expansion pack to fans who own EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 12 on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or PC.
The only officially licensed videogame of the 2012 European Football Championship which begins June 8 in Poland and Ukraine, EA SPORTS UEFA EURO 2012 recreates all the drama and excitement of one of the largest and most-watched sporting events on the planet. Fans will be able to compete for glory as their favourite European country in the UEFA EURO 2012 tournament against rival nations in the group stage, progress through the sudden victory knockout rounds, and ultimately compete for the chance to be crowned UEFA EURO 2012 champion.
Today EA SPORTS unveiled plans to determine the best players in the world playing UEFA EURO 2012 on the PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®. The two best players on each console will be determined through a series of online qualifiers. Those players will meet in the championship final on the pitch at Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, hours before their heroes step onto the same pitch to compete for the UEFA EURO 2012™ championship. Competition details are available at www.ea.com/intl/football/1/euro12-tournament Read more
A new report from Juniper Research has found that consumer app downloads to mobile devices are expected to reach more than 66 billion per annum by 2016, more than double the 31 billion that occurred in 2011.
The report found that the overwhelming majority of apps – 87% – will be downloaded free of charge throughout the forecast period, but publisher revenues will increasingly be derived from post download opportunities such as content subscriptions and virtual item sales. Growth will continue to be driven primarily by smartphones, although by 2016 nearly one in four downloads will occur on a tablet.
Apps Driving Integrated Strategies
The new report, ‘Mobile Apps Stores: Future Business Models & Ecosystem Analysis 2012-2016, also emphasised the role that apps are playing as part of a brand customer acquisition and retention strategy. Read more
New product helps blogs and web sites start conversations with interactive visual data
Tableau Software launched a new product that brings public data to life on the web. Tableau Public, available for free, lets anyone who posts content to the web easily create interactive visualizations and publish them to blogs, web sites, Twitter feeds or anywhere online. Instead of viewing static charts or tables, Tableau Public lets people answer questions and share data interactively on the web.
“Imagine if online data was as fun and accessible as online video,” said Christian Chabot, Tableau’s CEO and co-founder. “We created this product because we want to make data a first class citizen on the web. We want to change the way people interact with data online by letting them tell stories with flexibility and beauty.”
Current alternatives for sharing data online are clumsy. Typically, data is pasted into tables and lists, or posted as files or catalogs that are difficult to use. Available at TableauPublic.com, Tableau Public is helping to solve this challenge – bringing data to life on the web for ordinary people. With its interactive visualizations and dashboards, Tableau Public helps people start conversations based on data that is useful, beautiful and shareable. No special plug-ins are required, all that’s needed to see and use the data is a web browser.
From bloggers and journalists to researchers and students, Tableau is already being used as a tool to create conversations with data. For example, Timothy Ellis at SeattleBubble.com, a community blog focused on the local housing market, is using Tableau to increase the depth of conversations about the changing real estate market.
Robert Kosara, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina, recently used Tableau Public to compare temperature data collected from 343 weather stations over twenty years, or 77,172 observations. He was able to show warming trends clearly and posted a blog about global warming. “I was impressed how Tableau helped me create a more analytical visualization that was easy to share on the web. It’s an amazing product, and I regularly use Tableau for my Visual Analytics class,” said Professor Kosara.
Tableau Version 5.1
In conjunction with the general availability of Tableau Public, the company is also releasing today Version 5.1 of its Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server product suite. Version 5.1 provides more analytic richness, better publishing, and increased scalability and performance. Analytical features include reference bands that provide context to a user’s analysis, bullet charts to evaluate related data, and intelligent data labels to call out the most critical data. New publishing features include rich formatting, streamlined toolbar design, more filter options, and a flexible layout.