Flurry says books surpass game releases on iPhone in September and October

November 2, 2009

Games have been the No. 1 app on Apple’s iPhone for a while. That was true every month from August 2008 to August 2009. But in September and October, books surpassed games as the No. 1 category of new apps released, according to analytics firm Flurry.

The chart shows how books have surged in the past four months and how new book releases exceeded new game releases in September.

In October, one out of every five new apps launching in the iPhone has been a book. Book publishersSource: VentureBeat RSS Feed


Video of day two of the Virtual Goods Summit: updates on Asia, Facebook, and the iPhone

November 2, 2009

Here’s the video we shot on Friday at the Virtual Goods Summit, where we heard how Asia’s virtual goods market is seven times bigger than the U.S., that Facebook developers are worried about its new rules curbing game notifications, and that iPhone developers are excited about launching free-to-play virtual goods business models for their mobile games. You’ll see that there was a lot that went on besides a fight between Offerpal’s Anu Shukla and Techcrunch’s Michael Arrington.Source: VentureBeat RSS Feed

Traffic Barrel Monster Spotted In Michigan [Car Art]

October 30, 2009

It looks like the Traffic Barrel Monsters are rising. We saw one earlier this month in North Carolina and now a reader spotted one in Michigan!

This, from reader Mike B:

I found this guy on Grand River right near my office.  It’s about a 1/4 mile east of US-23/Whitmore Lake Road on the north side of the street. 

They’re coming. They convinced us it was going to be a Zombie attack. Clever.

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5 Smart Playlists to help you manage your iTunes library

October 30, 2009

Filed under: How-tos, iTunes, TUAW Tips

Smart playlists have been a feature of iTunes since version 3.0 (circa 2002), and they provide a means for you to create automatically-updated playlists that fit a certain criteria. For me, they serve as a hands-off way to stay up-to-date on my latest music and Podcasts, as well as a repository for a certain genre of music. To create a smart playlist, click on “File” and select “New Smart Playlist” (or you can use theSource: The Unofficial Apple Weblog RSS Feed

HTC Droid Eris priced at $99 for Verizon?

October 29, 2009

Sure, the DROID’s getting all the attention today, but you might recall that it’s not the only thing Verizon has in the pipe has it preps its first Android assault — HTC’s got the Droid Eris in there somewhere, too, which is shaping up to be little more than a branded Hero in a slightly different shell. Against the insanely-spec’d DROID, that may not be a drool-worthy proposition, but fortunately, it’s looking like Verizon is going to be pursuing an aggressive tiered pricing strategy thatSource: Engadget RSS Feed

VW Launches ‘Eco-Friendly’ Natural-Gas Racing

October 29, 2009

Volkswagen has been doing a lot with bio-sourced compressed natural gas lately. First it built a new Scirocco to run on the stuff, then raced the car at the daunting 24 Hours of The Nurburgring Nordschleife — and won. As if to put an exclamation point on the viability of bio-CNG and its potential as a racing fuel, VW is launching a series of races next year with cars that burn the alt fuel.

The competition will be called the Scirocco Cup, and VW says it will run on some of Europe’sSource: Autopia RSS Feed

Sony Ericsson Equinox channels T707 flip for T-Mobile

October 27, 2009

Filed under: Handsets, Sony Ericsson, T-Mobile, GSM, EDGE, HSDPA, UMTS

The T707 has become Sony Ericsson’s gold-standard midrange fashion flip for 2009, and in light of the fact that T-Mobile USA has been turning a new leaf with these guys lately, it only makes sense that they’d want to bring a version of it onto the network, right? Indeed, the TM717 remix that we’ve seen in the FCC already has now been officially revealed as the Equinox, featuring a 3.2 megapixel camera, integratedSource: Engadget Mobile RSS Feed

When Geeks Have Twins – Part II [PIC]

October 27, 2009

Right after posting the picture of twins wearing CTRL-C, CTRL-V shirts, Geeks are Sexy reader and Geekdad writer Dave Banks pointed us to a similar shot he took of his adorable twin daughters via our Facebook fan page. Check it out:

Thanks Dave!

[Picture Source: Flickr]


  1. When Geeks Have Twins [PIC]
  2. Geeks Are Sexy has taken up residence on Facebook
  3. Facebook: Now with Lens Flares!

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Searchers aren’t looking to buy online

October 26, 2009

Two-thirds of  people who are searching for local businesses have no intention of buying anything from them online. That’s the startling statistic from new research conducted on why people search. The study of search intentions shows that 66% of people are merely trying to find a business location, phone number or driving directions. This has important implications for any business web site.

Offline methods of connection appear to be very important to people Indeed, the researchSource: Internet Psychology – Graham Jones RSS Feed

Netflix is coming to the PS3 [Update]

October 26, 2009

So this is why Netflix’s stock went soaring. After countless rumors, Netflix’s streaming service is finally coming to the PlayStation 3. Even better: it’ll be free for PlayStation Network members that have a Netflix account. According to the press release, “Netflix expects to begin streaming via the PS3 system next month at no additional cost to Netflix members in the United States who have a PS3 system.”
It looks like you’ll also be able to manage your Netflix streaming queue directly Source: PS3 Fanboy RSS Feed