Jan 05

Apple this morning announced that more than 3 billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store by iPhone and iPod touch users worldwide. This comes nearly 9 months after it first hit 1 billion downloads served, and just over 3 months since it reached the 2 billion downloads mark. No doubt, the holiday season helped increase the number of downloads so rapidly. But still: 1 billion additional downloads in 3 months and one week is just incredible. When the 2 billion mark was reached, Apple also said 85,000 apps were available in the App Store at the time, but the company chose to stick to download numbers only for this announcement, although they said 100,000 apps were published to the store separately at the beginning of November 2009. Steve Jobs in a statement, said: “Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months–this is like nothing we’ve ever seen before. The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.” Nice jab there, Steve, and excellent timing with the official announcement of Google’s Nexus One phone just around the corner. Crunch Network: CrunchBoard because it’s time for you to find a new Job2.0[From Apple’s App Store: From 2 To 3 Billion Downloads In Just Over 3 Months]

All the new iPhones and iPod Touches sold this Christmas probably helped.

Jan 05

Nokia executive vice-president Rick Simonson, in an interview with The Economic Times:

By 2011, our efforts will start producing results, as we will be
at par with Apple and RIM in smartphones. Not only we draw level
with them, we will also win the war because, in addition to email,
we will be adding content, chat, music, entertainment and several
other features, which will soon become very critical for success
of any company in this space.

Even with where Apple (and RIM) will be in 2011, or even with where they were in 2009? And in what way have “content, chat, music, and entertainment” not been key factors in the iPhone’s success since 2007?

[From Nokia Plans to Patch Hole From Iceberg by 2011]

Nokia are thrashing.

Jan 05

Season 2 of Being Human starts on BBC3 and BBC HD at 10:30PM on Sunday January 10th. I’ve set my SKY HD box to record the series on HD.

And Heroes starts on BBC HD on Saturday 9th, so that’s on series record too.

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