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WIRELESS by Marauder
April 10, 2009, 4:57 PM
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WIRELESS

Apple is really, really close to hitting 1 billion app downloads across the world, according to its new countdown page. If you download an app, you’ll be enrolled in a contest to win a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/10/when-will-apple-hit-1-billion-app-downloads 4/10)

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Tapulous‘s Tap Tap Revenge ranked as the top penetrated app on the Apple App Store in Feb., according to a new report from ComScore, which now measures audience size, demographic profile and online behaviors of Apple app users. Twelve out of the 25 most popular mobile apps were games. Among non-gaming applications, Stylem Media’s “Backgrounds” applications had the highest installed base, followed closely by the top social networking apps Facebook and MySpace Mobile. (Cynopsis 4/10)

Tapulous is like Guitar Hero on a cell phone if you’ve never played it.  I still am shocked that people love playing it as much as they apparently do.

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ComScore analysis of Apple app users also found that:

  • 35% of all app users make $100,000 or more
  • 54% of app users are in households make at least $75,000 per year
  • iPhone users were at least three times more likely to visit several popular gaming sites, including Ultimate-guitar.com, IGN Entertainment, GameStop, AddictingGames, Xbox.com, Blizzard Entertainment, SourceForge and EA.com
  • They were also at least three times more likely than average to visit several popular social/communication/entertainment sites, including: AOL Instant Messenger, Hulu, Twitter.com, Digg.com, iMeem and MTV.com

(Below) And car accidents waiting to happen.

Wireless operators see installing Internet service in cars as a “billion-dollar opportunity,” with 10 million automobiles expected to be sold this year in the U.S., according to industry executives and analysts. Carmakers see wireless services — including TV — as a way to differentiate themselves from competitors as access to the networks has become cheaper and more widespread. BusinessWeek (4/9)

Amazon.com on Thursday introduced software for BlackBerry handsets that will give trackball model owners access to its shopping application, which is already available for the iPhone. “All the pieces of the puzzle are coming together” for mobile commerce, according to one Amazon executive. CNET (4/9) , The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (4/9)

Virgin Mobile USA is trying to show its compassion offering an unlimited prepaid voice plan for $50 covered by up to 3 months of “Pink Slip Protection.” (Cynopsis 4/10)

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