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Admob Metrics: App Store Metrics from 148 Apps

Jeff Scott from 148 Apps recently launched a new blog dedicated to the business side of iPhone that contains all sorts of interesting data on the App Store.  In his own words:

“Our App Store Metrics features information we’ve gathered in our nearly 12 months now of watching the iTunes App Store. This includes information such as the number of apps, category counts, pricing break downs, application approval delay tracking, and more. Take a look at the page and leave your feedback. We’ll be updating this information daily and expanding it with the metrics you’d like to see us track.”

As of today there are 39,142 active apps in the store.  Below is the distribution of iPhone apps by price point taken directly from the site.


Source: http://148apps.biz/app-store-metrics/


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Digg: Android to grow faster than iPhone in 2009

The number of phones shipped using Google’s Android platform is set to grow much faster than the iPhone this year, estimates from Strategy Analytics maintain today. Devices like the T-Mobile G1 have just a small fraction of shipments today but are expected to grow 900 percent in 2009; iPhones will grow only by 79 percent.

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Apple rejects Jesus app

Me So Holy iPhone App from Benjamin Margolis on Vimeo.

Apple has rejected the above iPhone app that allows users to look like Jesus Christ.

[via Wired]

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Google Maps blog: The Big Art Project on Google Maps

Big Art Mob Map

Channel 4, a UK television network, are tonight starting a new series called The Big Art Project. The series is hoping to inspire and create unique works of public art in selected locations across the UK.

In 2005 Channel 4 asked viewers to get involved in the Big Art Project. Over 1,400 members of the public across the UK proposed sites that they said would benefit from public art instalments. Channel 4 then selected a number of these sites and worked with local communities to realise the art projects.

Communities around the selected sites worked with curators appointed by the Big Art Trust. The curators supported the communities in choosing which artists they wanted to see commissioned and the kind of art each place wanted to create.

As part of the Big Art Project, Channel 4 have also teamed with moblogtech to create The Big Art Mob. The Big Art Mob are trying to create the first comprehensive map of Public Art across the UK. This Google Maps mashup shows the location of works of art submitted by the public.

Anyone can submit the location of a public art work by text, e-mail or by filling in a short form.

The first programme in the series will be broadcast tonight at 7 pm in the UK.


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Textually.org: Twitter Founder to launch next project that allows anyone with an iPhone to become a merchant

Twitter co-founder and current Chairman Jack Dorsey sent out a tweet letting his followers know that he was, “Getting ready to embark on something new and entirely different. Excited!” TechCrunch reports.

quotemarksright.jpgCode-named Squirrel, it’s a service that allows anyone with an iPhone to become a merchant. Just like the wireless credit card swipers you see at certain shops and restaurants, you can carry around your iPhone and take payments. Apparently, the idea is that this will allow any individual to take credit card payments on a mobile device, kind of like what PayPal does for the web.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Textually.org: RT Call Failed. iPhone video ad parody

A must see.

[mobilecell via DailyMobile.ce]

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Google Maps blog: Share Your Location with Google Latitude

Google Public Location Badge

Google have released a Google Public Location Badge for Google Latitude users. The badge lets you share your Google Latitude location publicly on a blog or web site.

To embed a map of your location on your website or blog you can just cut and paste a few lines of embed code. Or, for the more adventurous, you can use a KML or JSON feed to create your own custom application

Google Talk Location Status

Google are also now allowing Google Talk or Gmail chat users to share their Google Latitude location. If you enable the new feature in Google Talk then your location will be automatically updated with the name of the city that you are in.

Via: Google LatLong: Sharing your location with Google Latitude

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MIT’s Nextlab videos on mCommerce


M-commerce is a self-sustaining mobile commerce system that empowers the poor and illiterate to make informed decisions about purchasing daily necessities that unlike the legacy system, which is inefficient and error-prone, will use a user-friendly and innovative mobile interface.


  • Understand user needs on the ground and analyze them to develop system requirements.
  • Design and Develop a user-friendly mobile user interface that would enable “Bandhus” and villagers to browse and order goods using mobile phones.
  • Do thorough business analysis of the viability of such a system and provide recommendations to prove long term sustainability.

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Information Aesthetics: Here & There: a Horizonless Projection of Manhattan


Here & There [schulzeandwebb.com] is an experimental projection, here as a horizonless map of Manhattan that looks uptown from 3rd and 7th, and downtown from 3rd and 35th. These maps are intended to be seen at those same places, putting the viewer simultaneously “above” the city and “in it”, both looking down and looking forward.

The projection seen here is a combination of city manipulations in 3D modelling software, and choosing the best lens for the simulated camera. Hand modeling is required to avoid the nearby buildings to obstruct the view, or the distant ones stop working as a conventional map. About a tenth of the city is re-built by hand, then textured.

Thnkx Haroon and Remy.

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Wikitude by Mobilizy

from http://www.mobilizy.com/:

Wikitude is a mobile travel guide for the Android platform based on
location-based Wikipedia and Qype content. It is a handy application
for planning a trip or to find out about landmarks in your
surroundings; 350,000 world-wide points of interest may be searched by
GPS or by address and displayed in a list view, map view or cam view.


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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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