Free apps drain smartphone battery faster

Saving a few bucks by downloading free apps have been very ideal for spendthrift individuals. Unfortunately, your free app downloading hobby may turn your device into a battery eating machine.

Researchers from Microsoft and Purdue University teamed up and used a special profiling tool to find out the connection between free apps and a smartphone’s battery life. In one case, 75 percent of an app’s power requirement was spent not on gameplay but on operating third-party ad services.

Those pesky ads are the culprit for this.

The research team used six smartphone applications to study. These include Angry Birds and Facebook. They compared the results on three HTC handsets the Android powered Magic and Passion, TyTN II running on Windows Mobile OS. The iPhone wasn’t tested due to the restrictions built into the OS.

With free versions of the Angry Birds, only 20 percent of the power is being consumed by the game. Forty-five percent of the power is being consumed finding out the player’s whereabouts so that a specific ads can be served.

They also found out what they call a “3G tail”. This is when a battery’s energy continues to be sapped even after a particular action. They found out that this “3G tail” accounts to more than 25 percent power consumption.

So don’t be frugal and spend some hard earned bucks for your favorite apps.

Updates for BBM, Facebook, Twitter apps for BlackBerry released

It was a terrible 2011 for Research In Motion. Change of leaderships and a ton of problems have shaken up the company.

Now, they are trying to get back into shape and take the world by storm starting with their plans of updating the BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook and Twitter apps for their OS. The updates come after a long wait for their subscribers. Can this be the start of the BlackBerry resurgence?

The Facebook mobile app for the BlackBerry was updated. The updates include a much improved BBM Connect integration including the ability to share a specific post with a BBM contact. The user interface was also updated and now has easier access to privacy setting.

The Twitter app on the other hand was also updated. It now has the same BBM Connect integration, Twitter photo service integration, URL shortening feature, an updated Tweet layout.

For the popular BlackBerry Messenger service, the improvements are not as elaborate as the previous two. They now have an animated display picture. it now has streamlined voice notes.

Improvements on BlackBerry Tags were also done. The Search was also tweaked to give you a better BlackBerry experience.

Facebook Messenger for Windows now available

Instant messaging has been popular ever since Yahoo released their own version of this instant messaging client. Now, big names have opted to have their own version of this popular communications tool.

With the advent of smartphones, this type of application is probably one of the most sought after apps out there in the market.

Facebook is jumping on the fray. Not wanting to lag behind Yahoo and Google, Facebook has officially introduced Facebook Messenger for Windows.

Facebook said in a statement, “You should be able to stay in touch anytime, no matter what you’re doing. So today we’re introducing Messenger, a new app that brings Facebook to your desktop.”

You need not log in to your Facebook account anymore to chat with your buddies.

All you need to do is log in to your account. Once done, you’d get notification messages and as well as be able to chat with friends. Even if you close your Web browser, you’d still be logged in. if you want to log out, you need to do this Facebook Messenger for Windows.

This app is now available for Android, iPhone and BlackBerry. Unfortunately, Mac users need to wait a little longer for their app to be developed.

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Apple names top apps for 2011

Since 2011 is coming to a close, the Cupertino-based company has released the lists of  best apps, TV shows, movies, music and podcasts.

The biggest winner of the year in terms of number of downloads and sales is Angry Birds which took the top spot for both iPhone and iPad. Its spinoffs, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons, also made it to the top    ten.

For the Game of the Year, Apple chose Tiny Tower for iPhone and Dead Space for the prestigious spot.  Apple also chose their favourite apps with Instagram being named iPhone App of the Year  and Apple’s editorial pick went to Snapspeed for iPad.

Want to know the rest of the apps who made it to Apple’s top picks? Here’s the complete list as reported by TechCrunch:

Top Paid iPhone Apps:
1. Angry Birds
2. Fruit Ninja
3. Angry Birds Seasons
4. Cut the Rope
5. Tiny Wings
6. Angry Birds Rio
7. Words With Friends
8. Camera+
9. Doodle Jump
10. Plants vs. Zombies

Top Paid iPad Apps
1. Angry Birds HD
2. Pages
3. Angry Birds Seasons
4. GarageBand
5. Angry Birds Rio HD
6. Penultimate
7. Fruit Ninja HD
8. Cut the Rope HD
9. SCRABBLE for iPad
10. Keynote

Top Free iPhone Apps:
1. Facebook
2. Pandora Radio
3. Words with Friends Free
4. Angry Birds Free
5. Skype
6. Netflix
7. Angry Birds Rio Free
8. Groupon
9. Fruit Ninja Lite
10. Twitter

Top Paid iPad Apps
1. Angry Birds HD
2. Pages
3. Angry Birds Seasons
4. GarageBand
5. Angry Birds Rio HD
6. Penultimate
7. Fruit Ninja HD
8. Cut the Rope HD
9. SCRABBLE for iPad
10. Keynote

 

 

Short update: PepsiCo finally takes down controversial app

Credit: AP Photo/Dan Goodman

After receiving much criticism for stereotyping women, PepsiCo announced that it will remove the application “Amp up before you score”  today, according to the Associated Press.

If you haven’t heard about this controversial iPhone app, it promises men to “score” with stereotyped women with pickup lines”suitable” for each class. Women are classified into stereotypes such as foreign exchange student, nerd, cougar, and rebound girl, among others. It also includes a “brag list” for men to tally their conquest and post them in popular online sites like Facebook and Twitter.

PepsiCo issued an apology for the application last week but the app was still up and available online before it was finally taken down today.

In a statement, the company took responsibility for its action and said that discountinuing the app was the “most appropriate course of action” after “listening to a variety of audiences.”

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2009/10/pepsi-amp-iphone-app.html

Spotify gets Apple’s stamp of approval

This news wouldn’t be that interesting if not for the fact that the European digital music app has features that are very similar to Apple’s own iTunes. And since Apple is known for rejecting apps that duplicate the features already found in their own stuff, people are wondering.

Spotify Mobile allows users to purchase or stream music wirelessly to an iPhone device or from Spotify’s selection of 6 million songs. It also lets users store songs and playlists that are available for listening offline. The service from Spotify costs $16.

This service is very similar to iTunes which also lets users purchase and store songs in their iPhone or iPod Touch.

Earlier this week, Apple also approved Vonage’s VoIP app that allows users to call others via the internet (albeit only through WiFi).

So do you think Apple learned its lesson in the GoogleVoice issue?

I pretty much hope so…more app means more fun! 🙂

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/171538/spotify_iphone_app_approved_is_apple_relaxing_its_rules.html