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Het Nieuwsblad and L’Avenir iPad apps live in the AppStore

Het Nieuwsblad and L’Avenir are available since Wednesday December 21st in the iTunes AppStore. Both apps have been developed by the mobile publishing team of MobileWeb. The apps are free for a number of weeks, thanks to ING.

Multiple regional editions and unique Flipboard type webmagazine

Both apps allow to read the daily newspaper swiftly on the iPad. On top they have many unique and innovative features:

  • Multiple regional editions are available (16 for Het Nieuwsblad, 9 for L’avenir)
  • A new-style webmagazine, inspired on the successful Flipboard interface, offers most recent news across a variety of categories
  • Subscribers have easy access to their newspaper (Het Nieuwsblad)
  • For L’avenir, users can buy prepaid packs easily through iTunes at discounted prices
  • Breaking news is available with a single click

Download here the iPad application of Het Nieuwsblad
Download here the iPad application of L’avenir

Discover the unique features in these short videos

Screenshot of the iPad app of Het Nieuwsblad:

Het Nieuwsblad iPad app

Screenshot of the iPad app of L’avenir:

L'avenir iPad app

Apple Sells 8.75 Million iPhones in Q2

Apple announced its second quarter earnings results today and, once again, the company outperformed market expectations with its best non-holiday quarter ever. The company posted $13.50 billion in revenue and a net quarterly profit of $3.33 per diluted share. This obliterates Wall Street estimates of $2.45 a share.

It was also a big quarter for Mac and iPhone sales. The company sold 2.94 million Macintosh computers — that’s a 33% increase year-over-year. It also sold 8.75 million iPhones in the quarter for 131% growth year-over-year. Furthermore, the company sold 10.89 million iPods, which is a 1% decrease year-over-year.

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Apple counts down 2009’s top-selling iPhone apps

Apple unveiled iTunes Rewind 2009, a new iTunes storefront feature spotlighting the year’s top-selling iPhone applications and media downloads as well as editors’ selections for the Best of 2009.
According to iTunes Rewind 2009, which encompasses only premium applications for iPhone and iPod touch, Electronic Arts’ The Sims 3 was the App Store’s bestselling game over the past year – Gameloft’s The Oregon Trail followed in second, with EA’s Need for Speed Undercover, Madden NFL 10 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour rounding out the top five.
Navigon AG’s MobileNavigator North America, priced at $89.99, is the top-selling app of 2009, trailed in descending order by MLB.com At Bat, Pinger’s Textfree Unlimited, TomTom U.S. and Canada and Shotzoom Software’s Golfshot: Golf GPS.

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Workshop MediaNet: “Web or App: where’s the money?”

MobileWeb.be will be presenting at the MediaNet Vlaanderen workshop “Mobile present and future. A reality check” this next Thursday.

“Web or App: where’s the money?”, Danny Lein (CEO mobileweb.be)
The strongly growing Mobile Internet opens up new possible business models for media companies, along with new operational and technical challenges. Which technologies will prevail and which sources of revenue can be tapped into? What are the opportunities and pitfalls offered by the emerging Application Stores such as the iTunes AppStore?

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Mobile music: from ringtones to full MP3

I’ve discussed it before: the ring tone industry is no longer what it used to be.  With today’s mobile devices, we no longer have to endure those irritating polyphonic  ring tones, but we can instead download full MP3 of our favorite songs onto our mobile, use them as tones or simple use our phone as a music player when we’re on the bus.

As I recently read on Digimedia, research by Strategy Analytics has shown that the sale of (mono, polyphonic & hifi) ring tones still represents 50% of mobile music sales, while the download of singles is gaining popularity.   Another agency Informa Telecoms & Media points out that for listening to music, most people still use a separate device (such as an iPod or a pre-historical CD player).  But with hybrid mobile devices and smartphones becoming more wide spread, this trend might soon change. 

A good stimulation is the launch of new mobile music services, such as PlayNow Plus, which is automatically available with the phones from the Sony Ericsson Walkman series, and Come With Music, which Comes With the Nokia XpressMusic devices.  Both services offer free music downloads for a first period of time, after which the (optional) service is monthly charged with the mobile subscription.   Another example is of course the Apple iPhone, which syncs with the iTunes Store. 

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New mobile music services are booming

The Apple iPhone, combined with the iTunes store, proved that mobile music is quite an interesting market.
Other mobile device manufacturers are jumping the bandwagon and rolling out new music services.

First there was Nokia’s “Comes With Music” (CWM) service, launched in October 2008, giving users unlimited access to 4 million tracks.  Sony Ericsson followed with improvements on their PlayNow platform. Also Blackberry came with mobile music applications.

Eric Nicoli, CEO of the EMI Group, proved the potential of the market, speaking at the annual MIDEM event:  “You only have to look at Japan, where 90 percent of all digital music sold is downloaded on to phones to see what a mobile download market can be.”
In other markets however, it hasn’t come quite that far just yet.  For a long time, the high price tag of music-enabled phones was an obstacle.  But manufacturers want to change that with their new product range.  Several operators are targeting the younger generation with mobile phone subscriptions that include access to the mobile music service.

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Netlog launches mobile application for iPhone

Social networking platform Netlog has launched an application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. Members can download the Netlog application onto their iPhone or iPod Touch to keep in touch with their network of friends wherever they go. The application allows them to connect with new people, send and receive messages, check and sign guestbooks and update their shouts.

By using the built-in GPS location capability of the iPhone, users can give their precise geographical details whenever they update their status. Users are also able to upload pictures from their devices onto Netlog. “Since Apple launched the iPhone, consumers have become very interested in possibilities of the mobile web. Providing them with a Netlog application – our first ever native mobile application – was the next step, so we are very happy that the application met with Apple’s rigorous standards,” said Lorenz Bogaert, CEO of Netlog.

He continued: “Our aim was to combine the strength and popularity of the Netlog platform with the flexibility of the iPhone and iPod Touch. This takes us fully into the mobile age, and opens up the network to a wider range of on-the-go opportunities.”

The application can be downloaded for

free from the iTunes store or from the Netlog website. 
It is currently already at no. 5 in the iTunes download chart!

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