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NPR News: Macworld's Essential iPad App

In the latest issue of Macworld, on page 45, Apple declares the NPR News app for iPad (developed by Bottle Rocket) to be an essential app to have.

NPR News: Macworld's Essential iPad App

Dan Frakes explains why NPR News for iPad is an essential free favorite:

Who said Internet audio killed radio? NPR for iPad proves that networks can embrace the Internet to make their radio and Web offerings even more compelling. Like NPR’s iPhone app, the free iPad version lets you browse NPR news, shows, and podcasts; you can read or listen immediately, or save audio programs to a playlist you can listen to at any time. The app also lets you listen to streaming audio of many NPR-affiliate stations across the country. But the iPad app adds emphases on the multimedia-friendly areas of NPR’s coverage—Arts & Life and Music topics—and takes advantage of the iPad’s larger screen to make it easier to find content and more enjoyable to consume it. It’s public radio on-demand, and it makes NPR appealing even to the NPR-agnostic among us.

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iPhone Owners Download Twice As Many Paid Apps As Android Owners

According to Business Insider, Apple iPhone owners are downloading nearly twice as many paid mobile applications as Google Android users.

Some reasons why users might download more iTunes paid apps could be:

  • iTunes has an easy purchasing system.
  • Popular paid apps are easily highlighted.
  • The iPhone is positioned as a premium phone so your users are more likely to be the type of user who buys paid apps.

Are there other reason you think people might be more willing to purchase paid apps from iPhone over Android?

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New Apple App Submissions Built with Base SDK 4.0

Apple is now requiring all new app submissions and updates to build with a base SDK of 4.0:

"All new applications and updates to existing applications submitted to the App Store must be built with iPhone SDK 4. iTunes Connect will no longer accept app submissions targeting iOS 2.x. These changes do not affect existing apps on the App Store."
https://developer.apple.com/iphone/checklist/If you're running multiple copies of XCode, you can go ahead and uninstall the 3.x-compatible XCode 3.2.2 and standardize your work on XCode 3.2.3.To ensure your app continues to run against 3.x devices, ensure that you don't use any 4.0 APIs, and that your build settings are as follows:

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The Boss Can't Take a Vacation

Even while the boss is supposed to be away on family vacation in New York, he can't help but snap pictures of Apple billboards of the NPR News app for the iPad.

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