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Top 25 US app developers raking in half of all revenue as games dominate

I’ve always figured it must be fairly brutal for indie app developers in the face of competition from the big names, and that notion is given credence by a new survey from Canalys.

Said survey suggests that half of US app revenue on the App Store and Google Play is claimed by the top 25 developers, with all but one of them churning out games.

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Eric Schmidt: ‘extremely curious’ that Apple doesn’t go after Google directly

Eric Schmidt: ‘extremely curious’ that Apple doesn’t go after Google directly

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 5, 2012 at 18:00

Apple probably spends more time in court than it does developing new products these days, with Samsung and HTC being two of its most notable opponents of late.

But one thing we’ve all been wondering is: Why doesn’t Apple go after Google/Android directly?

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China goes iPhone 5 crazy: 100,000 pre-orders in 24 hours

China has played a huge part in Android’s ascension to global smartphone OS leader, with something stupid like 90% of Chinese smartphone owners opting for the green robot.

But the Chinese still have a place in their hearts for Apple, as evidenced by the iPhone 5 notching up 100,000 pre-orders in less than 24 hours.

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Apple’s profits in danger as consumers opt for older iPhones

Apple’s profits in danger as consumers opt for older iPhones

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 4, 2012 at 18:00

Good lord, there’s no shortage of negativity surrounding Apple at the moment. Plunging stock? Check. Profits ‘likely peaked’? Check. Terrible web services? Check.

Now word on the street suggests a worrying number of consumers are happy to opt for older iPhone models if it means saving a few bucks.

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News Corp calls it quits on The Daily

News Corp calls it quits on The Daily

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 3, 2012 at 16:00

If you follow News Corp goings on (I’m looking at Jan, our resident conspiracy theorist), you might recall something call The Daily, essentially a newspaper developed specifically for the iPad.

Once heralded as the saviour of journalism and publishing, Rupert Murdoch and Co have in fact decided to call it quits, announcing that The Daily will be laid to rest on December 15.

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Run for your life! Five great smartphone runners

Run for your life! Five great smartphone runners

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 3, 2012 at 13:00

Perhaps as many as 892 times in the past, I’ve made reference to certain gaming genres not translating particularly well onto smartphones and tablets, mostly on account of touchscreen control limitations. First Person Shooters (FPSs) being the obvious example.

One genre that does feel at home on touchscreens is, uhm, what did we settle on? Cyclical runners? You know, those games where the aim is to run for as long as possible while picking up coins to invest in power-ups to help you survive longer the next time? Them t’ings.

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Apple ditching Samsung processors could take over a year

Last week we heard from the incomparable DigiTimes that Apple might ditch Samsung as its processor supplier as early as next year, amid rumours of price hikes – and continued courtroom brawling.

In similar news, we’re hearing again that Apple is looking to move away from Samsung, but that realistically it’d take a good 12-18 months.

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Facebook enables Photo Sync, automatic picture uploading for iPhone and Android

Facebook has taken a page out of its rivals’ books and activated a little feature called Photo Sync.

What the heck is it? In a nutshell, Photo Sync automatically uploads your smartphone pics to a private Facebook album, allowing you to easily pick and choose which pictures to share.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 1, 2012 at 13:00

Hello, from Friday night! Completely sober, I hasten to add. How weird is this? Anything could happen in the 12 hours between penning this article and publication. Or, more realistically, nothing will happen.

Where were we? Ah yes, mobile phones. What happened this week? Well, I’m glad you asked. I’ve laid out 42 – yes, forty-two – slabs of news headline below for your perusal. Most comments? Get this; the Lenovo IdeaTab article. For serious.

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Apple to ditch Samsung in favour of TSMC?

Team Cook and Team Shin have a funny old relationship. While the two are seemingly never out of court, with Apple claiming that Samsung copies its every move and Sammo insisting that the iPhone couldn’t exist without its technology, Apple is in fact one of Samsung’s biggest clients.

We heard a few months ago that Apple was looking to spread the supply chain love, and now we’re hearing that it might ditch Samsung’s CPUs.

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