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One of my must-have apps from the iPhone is not only breaking down barriers between consumer shopping habits and the online marketplace, but also passing milestones left and right.
The top-selling barcode-scanning iPhone app RedLaser has recently passed 2 Million downloads, catered to 950K active users last month, and successfully completed 50 Million scans according to a press release by Occipital CEO Jeff Powers.
The 50 millionth scan was of a Deuter Backpack scanned by a RedLaser user in Germany.
RedLaser now has the ability to locate books at a local library via WorldCat and look up packaged food allergen and nutrition information based on the item’s barcode.
I have a feeling barcode tattoos will be making a comeback in the very near future.
- Via MobileCrunch
Japanese blog KODAWARISAN sent us this picture of a 15’ Macbook Pro i7 with an interesting keyboard configuration. Instead of a command and option key on the bottom right of the keyboard there are two command keys.
This brings the total number of command keys to 3. The Google translation of the blog indicates that this notebook is a rare “Three-Sword Style Macbook Pro.” The name alone makes me want it now.
Imagine the amount of work you could slice through with three command keys. Here’s the translation according to Google.
Steam has arrived for your Intel chipped Mac with an impressive list of titles for your playing pleasure. We have been anxiously awaiting this contemporary gaming standard’s arrival and I for one am pleased with the titles made immediately available.
Diablo-esque Torchlight is half price at $9.99. If you want to test out Steam’s prowess without having to spend your allowance you can download Valve’s puzzler Portal for FREE until May 24th. I know it sounds too good to be true but this cleverly worded promo page backs me up.
Head over to Joystiq.com to check out the list of titles and download link.
MobileMe Mail beta features include:
- Widescreen and compact views.
- Rules to keep your email organized everywhere.
- Single-click archiving.
- Formatting toolbar.
- Improved webmail performance.
- SSL security.
You can claim your invitation by logging into MobileMe through me.com. The invite should be on the bottom left corner. MobileMe Mail beta is currently only available in English.
- Via TUAW
“Everything that Apple makes is meant to be dropped”
Adam Carolla tells it like it is in his latest rant about Apple products including a demonstration using his lucite handled Apple Tower. (Anyone know the model?) And apparently everything that Apple makes is shaped like soap.
CBS announced on Friday that they will be going the HTML5 optimized route to bring content to your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Instead of creating a slick app like ABC’s, CBS thinks the best way to enter the post-flash mobile web is through CBS.com.
CBS Interactive SVP Anthony SooHoo confirmed to NewTeeVee.com that the 2010 Fall line-up will be available to non-flash users. I love how CBS’s move to HTML5 is based solely on the iPad:
Unlike ABC, which built an iPad app to deliver its full-length episodes and promotional clips on the device, CBS decided to focus on delivering video through its website, CBS.com. Since the Apple tablet doesn’t support Adobe Flash, CBS has created a video site for the iPad through HTML5 instead. It’s still early days, but Soohoo expects CBS to deploy more and more video that is iPad-ready, until it reaches content parity with what’s available on the website through a PC.
Interestingly enough, CBS is exploring some unique advertising opportunities to take advantage of the iPad’s multitouch capabilities.
I didn’t think anything could make me happier than Netflix coming to the iPad and soon iPhone, but I was wrong.
It’s just a mere mention, and there’s no promises or commitments, but Boxee has hinted at eventual expansion into Apple’s mobile universe. In Boxee’s post about payment system provider Vindicia, they mentioned their plans to move to the mobile platform:
Vindicia’s flexibility also makes it possible for us to enable payments on our website and across mobile platforms like the iPhone, Android and iPad. Boxee’s eventual expansion to these platforms will pave the way for universally accessible content no matter where a user is (we love this idea!).
Who knew that the headphone jack on your iPhone could be so freaking functional?!
Perhaps anticipating the release of no-brainer summer blockbuster MacGruber, HMB Tec has a host of gadgets that plug right into your iPhone headphone jack and turn your device into an oscilloscope, stethoscope, thermometer, or pocket fan–whichever necessary tools your dire situation requires.
The accessories cost between $20 and $90 (not including shipping) and HMB TEC’s apps cost between $ 0.99 and $4.99.
- Via recombu.com
I wish I could tell you that LaLa.com is coming back or that Apple is bringing music subscriptions and unlimited downloads to our iPhones/Pads. I can’t.
What is apparent is that Apple has recently filed to trademark “iTunes Live” and plans to use it for two things:
- Online retail store services in the field of entertainment featuring prerecorded musical, audio and audiovisual content
- Entertainment services, namely, arranging and conducting of concerts and live musical performances
Apple could not only have their hands in the way we purchase and listen to music, but also live music performances and the ability to make them readily available as product. Let’s just hope this signals one of many features to be made available this summer with the iPhone OS 4 release and impending iTunes upgrade.
- Via TechCrunch
With the launch of its low priced Kobo e-reader shipping in June, Borders has announced an e-reader app to make its millions of titles library available to iPhone, iPad, and OS X users everywhere.
At only $149.99, the Borders reader might appeal to a larger audience of ebook users, including current iPad users who want to read their Dostoyevsky at the beach.
Borders’ store also boasts millions of titles while Apple’s iBookstore has “tens of thousands.” The non-Boders version of Kobo is currently available for iPhone and iPad, but I’m excited to see what Borders’ influence and eBookstore will do in the name of competition.
Borders could create significant buzz by bringing lower prices and a creative and unique interface to the ePublishing table.