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Today, Google added an App Gallery for Google Analytics. The App Gallery contains about 32 very interesting apps for Google Analytics and developers could even submit their own apps for inclusion in the gallery.
The App Gallery has 12 categories including Data Collection, Mobile Solutions, Content Management among others. Google would eventually offer AdWords support in Google Analytics to help those who have an AdWords Campaign. The App gallery even has an App known as Google Analytics HD which is for the iPad.
Google also mentions that the Apps are mostly developed by third parties or Google users in general and not by Google, thus the Apps could be a bit buggy, but we surely see another market emerging. Almost every website owner has the Analytics tracking code installed on their site and Apps would further enhance Analytics.
It has been time since we featured a game in the App of the Week section. This week, Asphalt 5 and Asphalt 5 HD caught our eyes. Asphalt 5 is for the iPhone/iPod touch while Asphalt 5 HD is for the iPad.
Asphalt 5 is a car racing game with extraordinary graphics, improved accelerometer controls and lots of different cars and tracks to choose from. The App is developed by Gameloft, a popular company which has a lot of games up on the App Store.
You have a huge number of cars to choose from, including cars from leading manufactures such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi and Ducati. The HD graphics allows you to see every detail and complete engrosses you into the game. While driving your Lamborghini or Ferrari, you could even play music from your iPod touch or iPhone and completely enjoy your drive.
In a 1700 word letter, Steve Jobs explains to Apple’s customers and critics why Apple does not include Adobe’s Flash on their devices. According to him, there are many technical aspects which lead to this conclusion.
Jobs handles the situation very carefully and firstly elaborates on how Apple and Adobe were close friends and later they both grew up and had their own ways. Gradually, he gets to the end and stabs Adobe. Ouch! From heartbreaking messages sent from his iPad, Steve is in to complete letters.
He explains Apple does not include Flash because, Flash is closed, unreliable, insecure, decreases performance and battery life, bad for touch and flash has major technical drawbacks and even because Adobe is painstakingly slow to adapt to Apple’s Mac Platform.
Today, Jobs once again proved the fact true, that though Apple take on their competitors after some time, but when they do, they are the best at it! At the end of the staggering 1700 words article, Steve, the grand master, takes Adobe straight to the ground by saying -” Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.
UPDATE – Reportedly, Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen came out yesterday to defend its Flash software and the developers who build it. He said that Jobs point of view was completely different and instead he should leave it to the consumers to decide what is best for them.
Today Apple officially discarded the rumor about it acquiring ARM. ARM’s CEO did report that the leading company in microprocessor technology was not in talks with Apple but yet we did not have an official word from Apple itself. Apple has acquired a chip making company, Intrinsity.
Apple gobbled Intrinsity for about $112 Million. The credit for the development of the A4 chip which Apple uses in the iPad, would also go to Intrinsity because Apple uses the same technology which Intrinsity used for the development of its 1 GHz hummingbird processor in partnership with Samsung last year.
This acquisition would give Apple an edge over its competitors. Intrinsity is a maker of fast chips and Apple wants to put fast chips on their devices to improve battery life and performance. Fast chips is even a necessity for the iPhone OS considering that it now supports multitasking.
Every acquistion either by Google or Apple seems to add up to the Apple-Google fight as this too takes us back to the acquisition of P.A Semi by Apple. The employees of P.A Semi left Apple due to the compensation they had to make and started Agnilux which was acquired by Google earlier this month.
This acquisition does seem to be a response to Google acquiring Agnilux.
Adobe’s Photoshop App for the iPhone has been updated to version 1.2. With this update, Adobe offers improved sharing facilities. The App is a very handy tool which lets you edit photos on your iPhone while on the go. It almost has all the basic functionalities which Photoshop on PC/Mac has to offer.
Editing photos with the Photoshop App is easy on the iPhone but sharing them is difficult. You couldn’t share them via Facebook or Twitter, you had to upload it to your Photoshop account and share it from there. Alternatively, if you had to share them on Facebook or Twitter, you’d need to save the photo to your iPhone and then log into Facebook or Twitter from your iPhone and manually upload the saved picture.
This laborious task has been simplified by Adobe and now Photoshop users could simply share their pictures on Facebook or Twitter (via TwitPic) just by the tap of a button. So, Adobe’s listening to its users! Another popular demand from Photoshop users is the availability of the App on the iPad.
Accessing Wikipedia Pages on the iPhone and reading them is so much fun but with native Apps to help you, Wikipedia is that much better. However, while the mobile site of Wikipedia is good, it has got certain deficiencies. You cannot store pages and images for later reading, cannot efficiently zoom in and out etc. With Articles, you can do these things and a lot more. It is a Wikipedia App for iPhone OS which helps you easily read and discover Wikipedia Articles.
The App feels as the iPhone Safari browser with similar looks. The Multiple Tabs button and Add a Bookmark button exactly replicate the browser. With the tap of a button, you could simply open up your Bookmarks pages and then navigate through various options available such as Artists and Famous Paintings, thus making the App a Wikipedia Page discovery App. History would help you read articles, which you previously stored while surfing through articles using the App. “Surprise Me!”, loads up a random Wikipedia Article which enhances its capability as a discovering tool.
You could even Add and Delete Folders in the Bookmarks Page. Opening Multiple Wikipedia Apps in the form of Tabs is even possible with the help of this genius App known as, Articles. Tapping on images inside Wikipedia Articles would fit the images to the whole screen. It has the same Progress bar as in safari which makes it almost identical to Safari on the iPhone.
The App responds very well to the Accelerometer on the iPad as well as the iPhone. The font size and text is attractive and the visual display of the App is fantastic. You cannot access your saved articles (history) with the single tap of a button and navigating too it is a pain. You cannot navigate the Table of Contents of the Article and can’t change the font of the article .
For $2.99, this App is a must-have. Head over to the App Store and get it now.
Performance – 9/10
Features – 8/10
Website – http://www.sophiestication.com/articles/
According to a London Newspaper, Apple is going to acquire ARM. Apple is reportedly in talks with the leading company in Microprocessor Intellectual property who has supplied processors to Apple for its devices and even for the iPad.
Apple-ARM deal could mean big for the industry. ARM does not only deal with Apple but also is a supplier of microprocessors to other huge tech giants as well. The deal is rumored to be signed at 40 Billion US Dollars. Antitrust would definitely come in between and obstruct the deal from taking place.
If the deal takes place, Apple’s competitors would be left far behind because ARM even supplies chips to Sony, Microsoft, Dell and HP. This means that Apple’s competitors would have to find alternatives which would be slow and buggier.
Even this acquisition adds up to the Apple-Google fight, Apple earlier got P.A Semi which led to the development of the A4 Chip which Apple uses for the iPad. During the development some key members left the company and started a new company known as “Agnilux”. Agnilux employees include a lot of former Apple and P.A Semi members. The company (Agnilux) was acquired by Google just three days back and if this Apple-ARM deal comes true, the complete tech industry would be moved.
Through this anticipated acquisition, Apple will climb yet more higher on the ladder of performance recognition spelt out by TheAppleGoogle.
Jailbreaking seems to be a word which every iPhone, iPod touch and even iPad user is familiar with. Earlier, Jailbreaking used to be a notorious task and though people eagerly wanted it, they seemed to be scared of attempting it. These days even a 3rd Grader seems to be aware of the term and just wants to risk it to get the biscuit. But these days the jailbreakers have become even more proficient and have developed tools such as Blackra1n which makes Jailbreaking a ‘no big deal’. Of-course, Jailbreaking has its own pros and cons, but is it worth it?