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2013 is the year of the app, with over 102 billion downloads in total

How many apps do you have installed on your smartphone, tablet, and other Internet-connected devices? Well, add those up and times them by many hundred million and you'll be at a number so big it'll make your head spin.




According to research company Gartner, over 102 billion apps will be downloaded from mobile app stores this year alone, a number that has risen 40% from 2012. Total revenue from app downloads is expected to bust through $26 billion, which is up $8 billion from the $16 billion total of last year. Gartner's projections show that continuous growth is to happen until 2017, with the slow down taking place next year.


Sandy Shen, research director at Gartner, said: "We expect strong growth in downloads through 2014, but growth is forecast to slow down a bit in later years. The average downloads per device should be high in early years as users get new devices and discover the apps they like. Over time they accumulate a portfolio of apps they like and stick to, so there will be moderate numbers of downloads in the later years."

Google makes Quickoffice free for all iOS and Android users

Google acquired Quickoffice back in 2012, and has since been hammering away at the application over at Mountain View. The search giant has just announced that Quickoffice is now free for everyone on iOS and Android.




Quickoffice is optimized for both smartphones and tablets, allowing you to edit and view Microsoft Office documents that are stored on your device without compromising the format. The latest version of Quickoffice allows you to work on documents that have been saved to your Google Drive account as well, which is a huge help for anyone (like myself) who works with Microsoft Office documents, but stores them on their Drive account.


Google has done one better, offering 10GB of extra Google Drive storage for two years if you download Quickoffice from the Google Play Store before September 26 and link it up to your Google account. You know what? I'm going to do that right now - thanks, Google.

Google updates Chrome for iOS app, improves on connectivity

Today, Google released an update to its Chrome for iOS application that brings forward a new design for iOS 7 and improves the full screen experience on Apple's iPad. The update further integrates the browser with other Google apps on the device allowing users to sign in to the apps by specifying which Google account you like sign in with.




Voice search has also been improved upon and now allows users to combine search terms to make searching faster. An example would be "What year did Bill Gates found Microsoft, and how old is he?" and Google will return both search results on a single page.


Additionally, relevant links in Chrome now open directly in Google Maps, Gmail, Google Drive, and even YouTube. This is convenient as it allows users to quickly access the more feature-rich Google apps over Apple's own solutions.

Kamcord announce its Android beta app

Ever since it has been out, Kamcord has been locked to iOS, until today that is. The game recording app maker has announced that it has an Android beta application out, which you can try out today!



If you were like me, and until very recently didn't know what Kamcord did in the gigantic, never-ending sea of applications did, it allows you to record your gaming moments and share them with the world. Right now, Kamcord has over one million videos that have been uploaded to its site from gamers all across the world. Kamcord is similar to Twitch, but is primarily focused on mobile gaming, which is exploding right now.




Jumping onto the Android bandwagon will see them grow like we have not seen before, thanks to the huge inroads that Google has done in Asian countries with Android. Android has over 60% of the smartphone OS market share in China and Japan, which should see Kamcord benefit greatly from. Kamcord co-founder, Kevin Wang, says: "Technically this represents a huge breakthrough. No one has been able to accomplish this until now because of the difficulties associated with recording performance in the Android environment."

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Apple finally launches iTunes Radio, but where's the fanfare?

Apple has finally released iTunes Radio 11.1, which actually includes iTunes Radio - probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest competitor to music streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and Pandora.




iTunes Radio features 250 preset stations that are just like the "radio stations" that other music streaming services include which are based on artists, songs or genres. iTunes Radio is available ad-free if you have already subscribed to iTunes Match which costs $24.99 per month. iTunes Radio is also free, but there will be plenty of audio and visual ads splashed in front of your face and ears.

Feedly goes developer friendly, opens the doors to its API

As a daily user of Feedly, I can only see this as a great thing - as Feedly has opened its doors to developers by opening up its brand new cloud API to anyone who is interested.




For the last six months, Feedly has had the help of over 50 developers to create an 'elastic programming interface' that lets developers create apps in less than a week. If you're an interested developer, you can do a bit of a clicky click with your mouse right here and check it out.

Offline video playback coming soon to YouTube's mobile app

Earlier this week, YouTube announced that it plans to introduce a new feature in November that will add offline viewing to any videos that users add to their watch later list on their mobile device. Once downloaded to your device, the videos will be viewable for 48 hours, after which they will have to be re-downloaded.




YouTube did not specifically state how the service will work or if the feature would be exclusive to Android, or if it will be featured on the iOS version of the app as well. Either way, I feel that this is an excellent idea and I cannot wait to start downloading movies to watch while on long trips with spotty Internet service.

RumorTT: BlackBerry messenger for Android could arrive Friday

We have been hearing reports for months now that BlackBerry Messenger will be arriving on Android and iOS before the end of the summer, and we're not far away from those reports coming true. Today, a new report from the blog TeknoUp claims that BlackBerry will release BlackBerry Messenger on Android this coming Friday, September 20.




The leak appears to be credible as the blog has posted an entire schedule for the BBM rollout to both Android and iOS. BBM for Android is set to launch this Friday at 7 AM EST, the same time that the accompanying website,, goes live. Then on the following Saturday, September 21, BBM for iOS 6 and iOS 7 will roll out again at 7AM EST. The leak also says that the app will be free and feature most of BBM's features we saw showcased earlier this year during the BlackBerry 10 launch event.

Google opens up Wallet to almost all Android phones on every carrier

Today, Google pushed out a major update to Google Wallet for Android that greatly expands the app's availability on various Android-based smartphones. Google Wallet is now available for all devices running Android 2.3 or higher even if they don't feature NFC functionality.




This update comes after Google upgraded the functionality of Wallet to include direct money transfers similar to PayPal without the fees. Users can now transfer cash to anyone with an email address within the United States once the sender has linked his bank account to Google Wallet. Funds can also come from your existing Google Wallet balance, but if a Debit or Credit Card is used, extra fees may occur.


Google has also allowed loyalty cards from retailers to be added to Wallet by scanning or entering the barcode on the back of each card. The biggest change for Google Wallet, however, is that it is finally available on Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Do you use Google wallet? I have used it a few times, but usually forget it is there and just swipe my card instead.

Record your dreams with SHADOW, a new Kickstarter campaign

Have you ever wanted to record your dreams? I've thought about it a few times, but honestly the concept of recording my subconscious scares the heck out of me. If a new Kickstarter campaign has its way, we will all be able to record our dreams soon and upload them to what is being billed as the "world's largest dream database."




SHADOW is an app that acts much like an alarm clock that gradually wakes you up with escalating alarms. Once awake, the app will prompt you to record what you remember from your dreams in either audible or text forms. This information would be loaded into a private dream journal that will analyze and visualize your long-term dream patterns.


The end-user--or "Dreamer"--will have the option to keep their dreams private or share them with friends and family. Additionally, dreamers can push their dreams into the cloud to join an anonymous database that uses natural language processing algorithms and keyword recognition to help identify global dream patterns. While this technology is cool and definitely something we need to research, the last thing I would like to do when I wake up is record myself describing my dreams. Head over to the source below to find out more.

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