The much anticipated Facebook mobile application has finally been released. After months of speculation (and leaking information) the app became available on mobile platforms including Android and iOS. Previous to the official Facebook application, the iPad and iPhone featured “Friendly for Facebook”, developed by Oecoway, Inc., and MyPad, and developed by Loytr, Inc.
The official release does lack flash, a key component to running Facebook games. Since Apple products including the iPad and iPhone lack flash capabilities, when a game or Facebook app is launched, the user is redirected to the mobile version of that app. If not installed, users are prompted to go to the Apple App Store. For example, if a user wants to play “Words With Friends”, they must then open that app on their device.
Photos are optimized to take full use of the retina display featured on Apple devices. One significant issue stands out: Facebook credits cannot be used in the app, if a user wants to purchase credits; they have to buy credits through the Apple App Store. It is not disclosed whether or not Facebook retains a percentage of these profits. This marks an on-going debate in which Facebook and Apple have been going back and forth over the use of currency for the social media company since they began discussions of the development of this app for Apple products. It seems Apple won that argument.
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In a report released today, Apple has surpassed Google as the world’s most valuable brand. Apple is reportedly now worth $153 billion, de-thronging Google who held the rank for 4 consecutive years. The report, released today by BrandZ, who conducts a study of the world’s top 100 brands each year, was released in London, U.K., where WebiMax recently
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On Friday, Apple reportedly filed for lawsuit against Samsung for “copyright infringement” in the development and production of their Galaxy tablet and phones. Apple is seeking punitive damages which could certainly be a whole lot, since their Galaxy products have generated over 11 million units sold since their release last year.
Although Samsung’s products are Android based, Apple feels as though they infringe on their iPad patents, and they claim that the Galaxy phone resembles the iPhone too much.
Apple has not officially released (nor has the courts) the amount of damages they are seeking in their suit, but experts are suggesting that Apple may tell Samsung to pull their devices off of the market.
Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple Inc., said that “We need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when people steal our ideas”.
More information to follow as story develops. In the meantime, let us know if you’ve used the android based Galaxy, is it better than the iPad tablet?
QR generators can be quite a challenge to find, however. If you were to type “QR Generator” into Google, there are 3.8 million results. Most of these are through a third-party website or company that can add their contact information, advertising themselves at the same time. Not bad, economical advertisement. But there are some out there in the marketplace that have the basic fulfillments most people would be looking for. Here is a quick and easy QR generator that gets the job done.
These can be added to a multitude of locations. Your e-mail signatures, your company website; enter the new era of “contact-us”. So now you may be asking yourself “ok I have the QR barcode, how do I scan it?” The Apple iPhone App store has some sufficient barcode scanners, some that are Free and some that cost consumers $.99. The Blackberry and Android smartphones have their similar apps as well. All of these will work.
The next time you find yourself manually entering a contact into your smartphone, don’t be bashful to say to yourself “can’t this person just have a barcode I can scan?” Now you will find yourself with more time to do what’s more important to you at work.