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Voice Answer, a Siri-like app, Available through Apple® App Store

Do you really like Siri application that was introduced on iPhone 4S? Do you always wish to have a Siri-like app on your previous version of iPhone or iPad? If yes, then you may be really excited to know that your wish has been heard ultimately. Sparkling Apps, a Netherland-based software company, has introduced a wonderful voice response app dubbed as Voice Answer. The app is available through the App Store at a price of US $3.99.

You can download Voice Answer on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod running on iOS 4.2 or later versions. The app gives you answers on a range of topics, and that too in a clear voice. You can either type your questions on the interface or directly speak to the app.

Voice Answer makes use of Wolfram Alpha and other similar sources for finding the answers to the questions asked by you. Sparkling Apps is also planning to add few more features to the app to make it more useful and interesting. Watch the visual below to know more about the Voice Answer app.


GameStop® offers Bonanza on its Video Games

For all the gamers, the good news is here. If you love the virtual gaming world, this news is for you. American video game and entertainment retailer GameStop has brought out bonanza offers that will be a huge relief to your budget. For as low as twenty dollars or less, there are 2,500 game gifts available in GameStop. And those of you who want to download content, can do it for just ten dollars in the form of downloadable content. For anyone who likes Dance Central or Batman, receiving an add-on gaming content will be an icing on the cake.

The good news does not only end with these low priced games, there is more to it. GameStop has come up with GameStop Gift Giver’s Guarantee. If you have bought any game between now and 24th December and if it is unopened, you can happily return it by the 15th of January, 2012 with the receipt.

And if you have an old iPhone, iPad, or an iPod, you get yet another deal. U.S. GameStop stores now accept trading in of iPhone, iPad and iPod for credit (up to $300) towards video games, downloadable content and gaming systems. This is a great way to keep collecting more of your favorite video games. This holiday season, if you are tight on your budget, you still have a great way to buy gifts.

For more, visit the GameStop website.

Versions of Apple® iPod®

Apple iPod Classic is a portable digital media player, whose latest version offers up to 160 GB of storage space. Till date there are 6 generations of the iPod which have been updated time and again to bring out newer versions. The 6 generations include the spin-off later which was re-integrated into the main iPod classic line. The suffix ‘classic’ was brought about with the 6th generation of the iPod named a classic and was made available in silver and black color much replacing the all white signature color.

The first generation was introduced with a slogan of ‘1000 songs in your pocket’ which made rave reviews and put the iPod on a high frame. It had an LCD display in black and white. It consisted of 5 GB storage space to accommodate 1000 songs. In March of 2002, Apple introduced the 10 GB model of its first generation model.

The second generation was introduced in July 2002 with a cover added to the FireWire port and also the ‘hold’ switch was redesigned. It was made available in 10 GB and 20 GB storage capacities. The first generation iPod was sold at a price of US $ 299.

The third generation of Apple iPod saw the advent of a complete redesign of the previous model making it thinner in size and introduced the docking facility to the FireWire facility. It was available in 15 GB model which was later replaced by 20 GB and then the 30 GB model. A completely non-mechanical facility was included called the ‘Touch Wheel’.

The fourth generation saw the iPod replaced with a click wheel instead of the touch wheel. Introduced in July 2004, this generation of the iPod consisted of 4 buttons below the touch sensitive scroll area. While a dock and carrying case as well as the touch scroll area for the higher end version were significant changes made, the iPod was being made available with 40 GB storage space now.

The fifth generation iPod was introduced soon after the iPod Nano. Consisting of a 2.5” QVGA screen with a smaller click wheel, the iPod also let one play videos on it. This was updated in the Apple iPod in September 2006 which included a brighter screen and capacity to play videos. However, it did not bundle the iTunes application in it and required users to download iTunes from the Apple website.

The 6th generation iPod was introduced in September 2007, with the suffix ‘Classic” attached to it. The color of the iPod was replaced with silver and black combination. It consisted of 14 GB hard disk space. It remains to be seen though many think that the iPod will be updated rather than be discontinued. Maybe Apple does not think it necessary to bring out an update just yet.

iPod® Classic

The iPod Classic was considered to be one of the largest selling electronic gadgets in the world. After its launch, more than a million units of the iPod Classic were sold within a matter of months. The true charm of the iPod Classic does not lie in the type of music and the quality of sound that it provides but the classic look that it has. The iPod Classic had never failed to mesmerize any customer with its stunning looks and along with the quality of sound and storage capacity that it had. However, recently stocks of iPod Classic have decreased at retail stores and ecommerce websites as well.

There is speculation that Apple may make changes to the iPod Classic or it may be discontinued in near future. When iPod Classic was unveiled, there was huge demand for the gadget. This led to an increase in the price of the product. With the increase in the demand for the iPod Classic, the supply also got decreased in the market. New models of iPod are also now available, which have become very popular among people. So it can be understood from this very fact that perhaps it may be the end of the iPod Classic.

Apple® vs. Google™: Comparison of Subscription Platforms

On 15th February, Apple announced its new subscription plans for publishers to sell digital content to their customers over Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod. Google also announced its subscription plans soon after. Revenue sharing is but one difference between Apple and Google. Google takes a 10% cut while Apple takes a 30% cut from subscribers who subscribe within the platform.

In the new service announcement of Apple, however, publishers can sell their digital subscriptions on their own for Apple devices and can also keep 100 percent of subscription sales. But, when a customer uses the Apple iTunes Apps store for subscribing to an application, it is only then that Apple will get 30% of the fees. The only condition to be followed in such cases is that such publishers who offer directly to customers over Apple devices must also make the same content available for sale at the Apple App Store and also at the same price.

Although content subscription through the Apple App Store is simpler, this has brought about a lot of discontent amongst publishers, who feel that Apple is funneling users through the Apps Store for buying content. In this way, Apple manages to steer consumers away from making direct transactions in which Apple’s cut is not feasible. In fact, the US Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission, as also the European Commission, are both closely monitoring the situation, as market regulators, towards control of unfair practices.

In the case of Google, their One Pass subscription services, charges the publisher only 10% as against 30% by Apple. This additional 20% is definitely looked at as a much better option by publishers. Secondly, presently Google does not seem to be restricting by any means and making systems which would force customers to use One Pass.

While some analysts feel that even such massive service providers like credit card companies only charge single digit fees, in the range of only 2 to 4 percent, even this 10 percent by Google is still very high. The competition between Apple and Google will definitely benefit everyone in the long term.

In subscriptions, Apple because of its market dominance, with practically no competition over the last six to seven years, has established definitive and effective standards, while Google has in general being mainly promoting open standards. It is high time publishers took swift and effective strategic decisions in the smartphone market.

Apple® releases iTunes® 10.2.1 update

Apple has been ruling the roost in the smartphones and the computers markets since 2007. The massive success of the iPhone and the iPad has made Apple one of the most cash rich technology companies in the world. Pure marketing ingenuity has performed beyond all the business world’s expectations.

Right through the recession period, over the last few years and the economic slowdown, Apple has gone ahead making billions in profits. The acumen of the Apple combine in launching their products with a lot of hype, pre-created, has taken Apple way ahead of all competition. In a short period, the Google Android platform has done wonders. The high quality apps created by Apple’s developers, have many success stories to their account. With fierce competition round the corner, Apple still leads in all the categories of the game.

Year on year, Apple has been introducing one major update to the iOS and a series of offerings through the iPhone, iPod and iPad. The Mac OS and the Apple Macintosh are still termed to be the crowning glory. No doubt, any success story also has its pitfalls. The Windows saga is a clear example. With Windows controlling phenomenal market share, the vulnerabilities in the OS and the browsers were also peaking points.

Looking at the iTunes, a proprietary digital media player application that also acts as an interface managing content on the iPod, iPhone and the iPad. With the iTunes one can also connect through to the iTunes’ store for download as well as purchase of music, videos, TV shows, games, movies, ringtones etc. Starting from 2001 this product has been continuously updated, introducing various privacy policies, real time location information, and features making purchase and download, easy to use.

iTunes supports reading, writing and conversion of MP3, AIFF, WAB, MPEG 4, AAC file formats. Regular features and security updates to iTunes have been Apple’s success, with the feature rich Media Player App. Recently, early March, 2011, Apple released the iTunes 10.2 update, as also the iOS 4.3 Sync support included. Within a week of this introduction, barely 3 to 4 days before the iOS 4.3 update was expected, Apple launched one more iTunes update, namely the iTunes 10.2.1 of 78 MB approximately in size for the Mac and 37 MB approximately for the Windows, with no change in details of the update of the iTunes 10.2. Probably Apple introduced some bug fix or a feature for better performance with the iOS 4.3. There is no information beyond this, as of now.

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