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Fanhattan Adds HBO, Cinemax, NBC and The CW to Offerings for iOS Users

Posted by Zack | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 31-07-2012

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FanhattanApple’s iPad has become a popular device for watching things like Netflix and streaming television shows through various apps and services. However, the iPad isn’t particularly great at the discovery of the streaming shows, which have a tendency to be scattered about. But fear not, because the latest version of the Fanhattan app takes a small, albeit needed, step toward helping iPad users find and stream their favorite television shows.

The one thing devices like the iPad are missing is a better centralized search-and-discovery dashboard. The Xbox 360 realized that when it added Bing, which allows shows to be found through any of the console’s available video apps. Fanhattan on iOS has been offering a similar functionality with the its database of movie and TV show information, along with a launchpad for video on different services like Netflix, iTunes and Hulu Plus. The only downside is that the selection of video apps that Fanhattan has access to isn’t quite as extensive.

Fanhattan’s latest installment, available on the Apple App Store, adds HBO, Cinemax, NBC and The CW to its repertoire, displaying show availability in searches along with launching the apps from within Fanhattan. While the change is small, it is still important and helps make the app a better catch-all video search tool. In addition to that, the app update adds a personal Watch List feature that tracks show and movie availability.

With this update the total number of video services that Fanhattan can discover increases to 12 and includes: Netflix, iTunes, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, PBS, YouTube, ABC/ABC Family, Cinemax, NBC, Lifetime, Crackle and The CW. However, users are upset at the lack of other services, like EPIX, Adult Swim, Vudu, and Amazon Instant Video.

Bing on the Xbox 360 is still an all-around better service for finding all your favorite television shows and movies, though you need an Xbox 360 for that. If you like to watch your favorite movies and television shows on your iPad then Fanhattan is an app you should definitely look into. The app itself is far from perfect but it is the best offering for iOS devices currently available.

Source: CNET – Fanhattan for iOS adds HBO and Cinemax, still trying to be iPad’s perfect video app

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Apple’s iPad App Store Surpasses 100,000 Apps

Posted by Zack | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 01-07-2011

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Apple iPad appsI just recently wrote an article about the 25,000 app milestone of the Windows Phone Marketplace but that, it seems, pales in comparison to what Apple has to offer. According to multiple sources, Apple now has over 100,000 applications available on the iPad App Store that are specifically written for the 9.7″ display found on Apple’s touchscreen tablet.

Apple jumped the line of the six figure mark this week, a fact that was first brought to light by MacStories. This total of 100,000 applies to software written specifically for the iPad, the number does not include apps that are also available on the iPhone or iPod Touch, which also work but do not take advantage of the larger screen size.

This number was reached a mere 16 months after the device was first launched back in April of 2010. Back then, the iPad store opened with 3,000 apps and crossed the 10,000 milestone that June. If you want to view the total number of apps in the app store, all you have to do is click on the “Featured” section and select “Release Date” at the top of the screen.

As of Thursday afternoon, the App Store was shown to have a grand total of 100,159 iPad applications. Apple’s App Store for iOS devices is, at the moment, the largest of its kind. At the Wordwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Senior Vice President of iOS Software for Apple Scott Forstall revealed that there are more than 425,000 apps available in the App Store and that over 14 billion apps have been downloaded since 2008.

Apple did not publicly acknowledge this latest milestone, though the company did hold a contest to celebrate the 10 billionth download from the App Store earlier in the year. This successful App Store model was also brought to the Mac this year, and the Mac App Store will be the only place where users will be able to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

Source: Apple Insider – 100,000 choices now available on Apple’s iPad App Store

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Apple’s App Store Hits 500,000 Apps

Posted by Zack | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 24-05-2011

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Apple App Store logoApple’s App Store has recently hit an important milestone, passing 500,000 apps. Apple arrived at this number by combining apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPhone that is. These numbers come from three different sources: 148apps, Chomp and Chillingo. These three have put together an infographic detailing different milestones and trends that led Apple to that figure.

This infographic points out some very interesting data points about how the App Store progressed, specifically in the areas of price and the makeup of the App Store’s volume. Paid apps account for 63% of the overall library of apps in the store and average around $3.64 per app. If you wanted to buy the entire paid apps catalog, you would need to drop $891,982.24.

Individual applications are broken out as well for both news significance as well as chart-topping prowess. Included in this is Angry Birds from Rovio which held the number one spot in the paid apps section for 275 days. Angry Birds was followed not so closely by The Moron Test, which held the number one spot for a total of 38 days. Other titles, like Apple’s one and only iOS game Texas Hold ’em, are noted on the infographic as not having been updated for almost two and a half years.

The App Store was first launched by Apple in 2008 with the release of the iPhone 3G. There was no software development kit when the first generation iPhone was released as Apple was more focused on pushing developers towards the internet instead. Since the App Store’s release, the service has brought developers more than $2 billion in revenue with Apple taking a 30% cut of every app sold.

Apple recently announced in January that the App Store was up to 350,000 apps, showing that the additional 150,000 apps only took a tad bit more than four months to accumulate. This is very notable due to the fact that it took the App Store over a year to jump from 10,000 apps to 100,000. In competition with Apple, Microsoft just announced that the Windows Phone Marketplace has just reached 17,000 apps. Microsoft’s app store opened up near the end of 2010.

However, Apple’s reign on top of the app market could be coming to an end. Reports released near the end of April showed that Google’s Android Market is set to surpass Apple’s sometime in July. This estimate was made after looking at several months of tracking Google’s growth on multiple platforms. Android also has a split approach, allowing multiple app stores on a single device as well as app side-loading. Apple must first approve each app.

No official statement has been released by Apple noting the company surpassing 500,000 apps. Some app services are stating that Apple is only at about 495,000 apps. Apple is expected to make a more precise statement at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in a couple of weeks.

Source: CNET – Estimates peg App Store at 500,000 apps

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