The Oscars app

Jan. 31, 2012

The Oscars app, developed in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Disney-ABC Television Group, provides a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood’s biggest night of the year.

“It’s like an Oscars companion that can be with you from the minute the nominations are announced all the way through the event,” explained Karin Gilford, senior vice president of digital media for

The Oscars will be held Feb. 26 and that night users will be able to see live feeds from strategically-placed cameras and predict the winners of the major categories.

Here is the full story.

An app for appsbar users

Jan. 30, 2012

Our users have been requesting a way to test their app as if it was live BEFORE publishing it.

Now you can.

Go to the Android Marketplace and search for ABPortfolio. This app gives you the ability to login to your appsbar account and view all of your current projects as if they were live and available to the public

Here is the link

Droid Razr 5 Stars?

Jan. 27, 2012

CNET has given the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx a five star rating. Any thoughts out there in land on this phone?

The good, according to CNET: Despite a beefed-up battery, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is crafted in a very slim and attractive design that’s built to withstand the occasional drop, scratch, and liquid spill. It has the same gorgeous 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and fast Verizon 4G/LTE data as its predecessor while retaining powerful multimedia chops and tight security features.

The bad: For such an advanced smartphone, the vague promise of a future Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is disappointing. Also, while having a bigger, stronger battery is great, it’s still not user-removable. Small hands will also find it hard to wrap around the phone’s wide frame, and the onboard 8-megapixel camera is not impressive.

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App myth busted

Jan. 27, 2012

There is a story in Business Insider this week that discussed the challenges that small businesses face when considering adding a mobile app to their marketing plans.

The story, which we won’t even bother linking here, suggests that one of the main issues is the prohibitive cost of creating an app.

That sound you hear is 60,000 users chuckling.

Here is the exact quote;

If You Don’t Have the Money, Don’t Do It: It’s about the marketing budget once again. Do you know your customers? What do they use to reach you? And if you don’t have money to build a an app, then don’t build it for the sake that your competitors or peers are doing it. However, if you think mobile advertising will work for you, go ahead with that.

As we know, has taken the cost completely out of mobile app development.

We are going to delve a little further into this Business Insider article and see if we can’t do a little more myth busting.

The talk-back app

Jan. 26, 2012

There is a new app on the Android Market that allows users to search via voice. Talk into the app, it searches for the proper phrasing, and talks back. The voice you hear belongs to Evi.

Evi differs from standard search engines in that she doesn’t simply trawl the internet to find websites which match a given phrase. She is able to not only understand natural language, allowing users to speak or type a question as if they were speaking to another person, but also understands the desire behind the question and presents the essential information.

The app works off an artificial intelligence platform developed by UK company True Knowledge. The full story is in Business Weekly