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The tabletwars, are they over without even starting?


A whole bunch of manufacturers are busy trying to create a killer tablet to be able to compete with the iPad. And for many of those manufacturers Google’s Android operating system is the way to go. The hopes are high, since Android already managed to take the leading market share in the smartphone market. A few years ago Apple’s iOS reigned supreme, but was forcefully dethroned by a never-ending series of competitive Android smartphones. But is the tablet business that comparable to the smartphone industry? And shouldn’t we compare it to a much older case, that isn’t that positive for other manufacturers but perhaps fits the bill way better?

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Japan and the Apple community effort.

Steve Jobs has already sent a letter to Apple’s Japanese employees (and all others) to express his support following the earthquake.

To Our Team in Japan,
We have all been following the unfolding disaster in Japan. Our hearts go out to you and your families, as well as all of your countrymen who have been touched by this tragedy.
If you need time or resources to visit or care for your families, please see HR and we will help you. If you are aware of any supplies that are needed, please also tell HR and we will do what we can to arrange delivery.
Again, our hearts go out to you during this unimaginable crisis.
Please stay safe.

Steve and the entire Executive Team

Apple also enabled their disaster donations page again to make donations directly from within the iTunes Store.
But not only Steve and the Apple staff are there to support the Japanese people where needed. A lot of efforts are raised from within the iOS/Mac development community and in Apple related circles. If you are willing to contribute and maybe even get something in return here’s a list of all community efforts.

Synthetic, the developers of the camera app hipstamatic donate all their Hipstamart profits from March the 18th to March the 31st to the American Red Cross to help the earthquake and tsunami victims. http://hipstamart.com/tsunami_relief

Life in Lofi and iPhone0genic, two iPhoneography blogs have teamed up to offer their readers a chance to donate funds for the Japanese people. All donations also go to the American red cross. http://lifeinlofi.com/2011/03/15/life-in-lofi-and-iphoneogenic-blogs-team-up-for-iphoneography-tsunami-and-earthquake-relief/

Zynga is using its In-App purchasing systems to set up special goods which you can buy in-game and whose profit goes to the Japan earthquake tsunami relief. You can buy these goods in eg. CityVille, FarmVille, …
http://zynga.org/

Capcom has announced to donate 100 million yen in aid of the earthquake victims and all Street Fighter IV sales profits between the 15th and the 22th of March will go to the relief efforts. http://capcom.co.jp/ir/english/news/html/e110315.html

Sega announced that until the 20th of March all revenue made by selling Sonic the Hedgehog games on the iOS platform will also go to the relief. All prices are considerably lower as well. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sonic-the-hedgehog/id316025912?mt=8

If you have any more causes which support Japan please mention them in the comments section and I’ll be more than happy to add them to the list.

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“Thousand Apps!” on one page, the Million Dollar Homepage for Apps.

Remember the Million Dollar Homepage? Well now there’s a similar thing, but for iPhone apps!

Mika Letki and Danilo Yasuno have carefully placed thousand 30 by 30 smiley faced icons on their website ThousandApps.com. After we took notice of this almost half the page was already filled with icons from iPhone App developers. Even some better known apps are promoted on the page like Geared, Tap Forms and Steam, so I guess you could say the iPhone development community has faith in this project.

It might seem crazy and some will say that it’s not going to be successful. But considering the site has only just been created and is already filled quite nicely with all kinds of apps and also considering that you can get a 30 by 30 spot for 5€ (6,30$) they must have made an estimate 3.150 dollars by now, which is not bad for a project that only just started.

As I mentioned above interested developers can still reserve their spot in this interesting and unique project for 5€.

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Indie Relief, iPhone developers donate revenue to Haiti on 20/01

On Tuesday 12 January 2010, Haiti was hit by an earthquake which destroyed the capital Port-au-prince completely, left millions homeless and made more than a hundred thousand deadly victims. The people who are left behind can use all the support they need and therefore the world is coming into action. That includes the independent iPhone developers community and therefore over 60 other iPhone and Mac developers have decided to donate all revenue their apps generate on the 20th of January 2010 to a good cause which is currently aiding the Haitian people.

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Big Holiday Contest!

We’re all in a holiday spirit and a holiday spirit means a lot of gifts, also from us the Apple Bites to you. And that’s why we have been busy gathering all sorts of prizes and promo codes from developers. And we’ve gathered a lot to give away to you all.

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Review : CopyTrans 4 (Windows)

CopyTrans 4 is the fourth major version of the iPod Backup and media extraction application CopyTrans. With CopyTrans you can easily transfer iPod and iPhone media to your PC. As I found out myself, CopyTrans works for every type of iPod. I connected my first iPod ever, which was a first generation iPod Nano and it synced without issues.

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