Tagcrumbs lands on iPhone – social bookmarking for places


Berlin-based Tagcrumbs wants to be the YouTube for places, although a much more apt comparison might be Delicious. The location-based service, which on the surface competes with usual suspects Foursquare, Yelp, Gowalla and Germany’s own Dailyplaces, enables users to bookmark, tag and share places.

This week Tagcrumbs debuted its iPhone app (iTunes link), which takes advantage of the phone’s GPS capability, making it a snap to begin using the service. Users aren’t even required to sign-up to start discovering new places.

Unlike Foursquare and similar services, however, there’s no attempt to build in any kind of gaming element, users don’t ‘check-in’ and there’s no associated badge of honor. Instead, the model seems more akin to social bookmarking in which the motivation to use the service is selfish as well as social. Places can be bookmarked purely for a user’s own convenience (and even made private) or shared with followers and therefore the wider Tagcrumb community.

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Apple source calls the Tablet an "iPhone on steroids"


When it comes to rumours, Boy Genius Report always seem to have some great, reliable sources. I'm not sure where they've picked these sneaky contacts up, but I sure wouldn't mind flicking through their phone book! The latest leak they've picked up on comes from an Apple connect that they say has never "steered us wrong".

Here's the low-down on the fresh details they've acquired.
It's powered by an incredibly fast ARM CPU
The tablet's multi-touch gestures are "out of control."
It runs on the iPhone kernel.
The internal model number is K48AP.
There hasn't been an updated iPhone OS build because there's too much tablet-related code/references in the OS and Apple obviously didn't want that to leak. Oh dear.
The tablet is basically an "iPhone on steroids."

So there you have it. Or at least the rumour concerning whatever "it" turns out to be. An iPhone on steroids? Not sure that's enough for me to be honest. I was expecting the next iPhone to be an iPhone on steroids, I wanted this one to be a tablet on steroids!

Still, rumour and speculation only at this point. Until the end of the month at least, anyway.

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Love the first lacking iPhone? Get the G-Fi that adds Wireless GPS


Remember the first ever Apple iPhone 2G that had many features that excited us at first, but then all of a sudden Apple came out with the 3G that was very good, then there is the present 3GS with many more features that really did get us on the edge of our seat, well there is a new accessory for the first-gen iPhone 2G.

This new product is called the “G-Fi”, a simple chunky box that adds Wireless GPS to the iPhone, it is pretty similar to that of Mi-Fi that will create a Wi-Fi hotspot, and the only difference is that the G-Fi does not actually pipe in the internet.

This new product is $100 and will support up-to 200 devices that have Wi-Fi, you do need an app that is specific to this device and the iPhone 2G, this app is called Navmii and will set you back $33.

So if you prefer the iPhone 2G because it is simple and do not wish to spend loads on the iPhone 3GS version would you consider buying the G-Fi?

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New iPhone 4G and Apple Tablet: Will you buy both?


We are only halfway through the first month of 2010 and already the rumors of two new devices from Apple are dominating the news. Apple will hold an event at the end of this month, it is then where recent reports suggest that they will announce their new tablet PC and a new iPhone 4G.

We would assume that the new iPhone for 2010 would be released in June or July, as previous models have in the past, but the onslaught of Google Android handsets has changed all that. Apple knows that the recent launch of the Google Nexus One phone has made them rethink things a little, and feel the need to launch out of cycle.

However, Apple fans now have a huge decision to make, do they spend their hard earned money on the new Tablet device, or would they rather get their handsets on the fourth version of the iPhone?

Looking back at previous news, it looks as though the Apple Tablet PC will be launched in March, and there could be two versions, one with an LCD screen and the other with an OLED screen. According to recent reports, Apple has been buying up all the 10-inch OLED and LCD screens.

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Google Nexus One sales 80x lower than iPhone?


First week apparently very disappointing.Google's first phone, the Nexus One, has apparently sold only 20,000 units in its first week on sale.

The data comes from Flurry, the app analytics firm, which states that this number compares with 250,000 of the Motorola Droid (Milestone over in the UK) and 1.6 million iPhone 3GS in their respective first weeks on sale.

However, it's worth noting that a caveat is added due to Google's new method of distribution, selling direct to the consumer and no in-store contracts being offered by the network providers.

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This means there's been a lot less in the way of advertising and hype the way other top level phones are promoted prior to going on sale, as well as less chance of customers becoming aware of the phone as they walk into a shop.

"As a product, the Nexus One boasts the most dvanced Android OS to date as well as unique features, such as Google Voice and Google Maps," said Flurry according to Mobile-Entz.biz.

"However, potentially due to the heightened "promise" created by early buzz, the handset has ultimately fallen short on sales expectations."

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The Guardian iPhone app sees 70k downloads but how will it pay its way in the future?


[UK] We knew it was sitting pretty at the top of the paid news chart in the UK but now The Guardian newspaper has revealed that its iPhone app has seen 70,000 downloads in its first month.

Initially launched on the 14th of December 2009 and available in the UK, Ireland and US, the app has since extended its distribution to also include most European countries, as well as Australia and Canada. With much wider circulation, expect sales (and revenue) to remain strong.

That said, the app represents a one-off payment and it’s not yet known how the newspaper plans to make revenue sustainable.

A quick back of the envelope calculation suggests that revenue generated by The Guardian’s iPhone app could be in the region of £117,110 in month one, based on the app selling for £2.39 – although pricing varies across currencies – and Apple taking its standard 30% cut.

We hear that the going rate for iPhone app development in the UK can be as little as £10,000, which if true would – superficially at least – present a very healthy margin.

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