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It’s Over For Paid Apps, With A Few Exceptions

Is it over for paid mobile apps? That’s the general thinking these days, as the App Stores fill up with “good enough” alternatives to paid apps, while major publishers game the charts with free offerings that make millions which can then be used for their ongoing user acquisition efforts. That’s …

Digital Ads Will Be 22% Of All U.S. Ad Spend In 2013, Mobile Ads 3.7%; Total Global Ad Spend In 2013 $503B

Global ad spend in 2013 will see steady growth of 3.5% to reach $503 billion by the end of the year, and the amount going into internet advertising will continue to get larger, according to figures out today from Publicis-owned ad agency ZenithOptimedia. In the U.S. — disporportionately the largest …

Stir Kinetic Desk 是一張會升降和學習用戶使用習慣的工作桌,主站動手玩(影片)

由 Stir 公司所推出的 Kinetic Desk 是一張可能會讓人對工作桌重新定義智慧型工作桌。它內置了一個熱能感應器,透過熱能感應器便會知道用戶在何時正在使用它,用戶也可以按一下左下側的鍵來告訴它自己的存在,進入「活躍模式」;日子久了它便會學懂用戶離開工作桌的作息習慣,很像 Nest 恆溫器。說到它的升降功能方面,它的升降高度範圍是 25 至 51 吋,會判斷用戶是正在站立還是坐著,從而調整自己的高度。另外,當它的系統認為用戶需要小休之時,便會慢慢地上下升降一吋,以提醒用戶;Stir 稱這個功能為「WhisperBreath」。如果用戶想自行調校高度的話也當然可以的,只要在其表面左下方的 …

Hotel Booking App JustBook Pivots Slightly Away From HotelTonight Model As It Aims To Conquer The U.S.

Is there enough growth in the last-minute or same-day hotel booking app space? With HotelTonight raising $45 million in Series D funding earlier this month, the consensus amongst the Silicon Valley investment community would appear to say yes. But one player, Berlin-headquarted JustBook, which is …

Bizness Apps Launches DIY Website Builder, Looks To Become A Full-Service Digital Marketing Suite For SMBs

Once upon a time, if you wanted your own website, you either had to speak fluent Internet, or write a large check to someone who did. However, thanks to the laundry list of companies and services that have sprouted over the last five years — like Weebly, Wix and Squarespace, to name a few — the …

Samsung Reportedly Introducing Galaxy Gear Android Smartphone Wristwatch In September

What’s weird about reporting on the potential introduction of smartphone watches is that they actually aren’t anything new – every few years it seems some OEM comes up with a wrist-mounted phone that makes for an interesting demo but doesn’t go anywhere, like the LG GD910, for instance, the talk of …

The “Whos” And “Wheres” Of iOS Device Usage Explained

In a new report released this morning, mobile analytics firm Flurry took a deep dive into the different types of people, or demographic segments, which skew more heavily toward iPhone or iPad. Some of the findings were somewhat obvious – that shoppers and business travelers skew toward iPhone, for …