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Chinese search company Baidu has whispered into the ears of TechCrunch that they have some big plans for the Baidu Cloud Smart Terminal system that runs their newly-announced phone. Baidu wants to push Baidu Cloud into all major mobile operating systems, including Windows Phone, iOS and Android.
According to a Baidu spokesperson, the company wants to eventually produce a Windows Phone with Baidu Cloud, as well as an iOS-based device. A Windows Phone I could see happening, but an iOS device? It would really require Apple's complete permission, and I just can't see this happening.
Baidu Cloud is a suite of apps tied into Baidu's storage, music and search offerings. The phone announced today, is a low-cost phone, dubbed Changhong H5018 and sports a 3.5-inch 480x320 touchscreen, 3G connectivity, and a 3-megapixel camera. It will be available for $158, which earns it the right to be dubbed a low-cost smartphone. Baidu Cloud runs on top of Android 2.3, and because Google gives Android partners much more freedom in adapting their OS, it gives Baidu the chance to start off on Android.
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Facebook's ongoing IPO roadshow is happening, and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has teased investors with a better idea of what they could expect to be key revenue drivers for the social networking site, once it goes public.
Firstly, Zuckerberg said that Facebook will concentrate on improving its mobile application, where they'll infuse other online apps into Facebook, and secondly, creating a "transformative" advertising experience".
Zuckerberg spoke at Palo Alto's Crowne Plaza, where he tried to calm investor nerves over Facebook's revenue streams. Advertising revenue and user base growth rates have begun to slow down as Facebook reaches market saturation. Zuckerberg of course calmed investors that Facebook's advertising would still drive revenues.
If you're one of the many users of Turntable.fm, the online DJ site which helps people find new music, and own an Android phone, there is now an app available for you. The new app is compatible with every Android device running version 2.2 or higher. There are a couple of bugs that still need to be worked out, but it's great it has expanded from just being on the web and iOS.
Turntable.fm had promised this app just a little bit ago saying that it was "coming soon" and it did. Now that the Android app is out, there are some other features that I'm sure users would like to see. Mainly, I think that the primary thing on fans' wishlist is for the site and app to be available outside of the United States.
Right now, the expansion to beyond the United States has been halted due to licensing agreements and copyright difficulties. It most likely will take a few years before all of that gets cleared up, so right now focus on the new app and help find bugs for the Turntable.fm team to fix. If you do, everyone will end up with a better app.
Flipboard CEO, Mick McCue has revealed that the apps number of downloads in China will "easily surpass" what they're seeing in the US in the near future. The company is also looking to create a Chinese base of operations, too.
The company launched a Chinese service last December, which even included a dedicated editorial team. March of this year saw an iPhone app, and just yesterday we saw the app hit the Samsung GALAXY S II. McCue has said that the number of downloads of Flipboard in China is already equal with those in the US.
Flipboard is looking at 5 million downloads in China by the end of 2012, and in order to help that growth, McCue has revealed that an official Android-based application will hit the country. This is a good move, as Android represents 68.4-percent of smartphone sales in China, according to Analysys research.
Google have updated their Google+ for iPhone app, and with it, are headed in a new direction, a "simpler, more beautiful Google" as they put it. Today's update really pushes photos and videos, which is the Google+ experience the Mountain View-based company wants to head toward, some of the new features are:
- Whether you post photos or articles or text, we're making 'em look gooood
- We're adding crisper fonts, larger profile pics and a friendlier homescreen
- We're making the stream easier to scan, and easier on the eyes with overlays, gradients and other visual elements
On top of this, "fun and performance" has played a key role in Google+ for iPhone 2.0, with the following additions:
- Conversations fall into view as you move forward and backward in time
- Optical cues (like parallax) help the mind linger on individual posts
- Important actions like +1 now float atop the stream, making it easy to endorse all your favorites
Google have said that the iPhone update is rolling out to the App Store as we speak and that the Android update is coming in a few weeks, "with a few extra surprises". We'll keep you posted on that one.
Our Mobile App of the Day is eBay for iPad.
The eBay for iPad app lets you sell, search, bid, buy, browse, and pay in an interface optimized for the iPad. With seamless scrolling, advanced search, and high resolution pictures - you've never seen eBay look so good. The app takes advantage of the iPad's stunning image resolution, large touchscreen, and on-the-go portability to deliver a revolutionary shopping experience.
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Adobe released Photoshop Lightroom 4 to the public two months ago now, but the software is now available through the Mac App Store. This isn't ground-breaking news, but it is to note, as its the most substantial Mac App Store release for Adobe yet.
Adobe don't just have Photoshop Lightroom 4 on the Mac App Store, they also have Photoshop Elements 10 Editor and Premiere Elements 10 Editor, as well as the subscription-based Revel. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is priced at $149.99, which is identical to the pricing of the boxed version. Adobe does offer a $79 boxed upgrade version for users who own previous versions of Lightroom.
Adobe also offers the boxed Lightroom 4 at a discounted $99 if you purchase it with one of Adobe's Creative Suite 6 bundles. What do you think of the pricing? $149 for the boxed version, and $149 for the digital version?
At the CTIA Wireless conference, Pandora CEO, Joe Kennedy told the crowd that the music streaming service has slammed past 150 million users. This huge mark now makes Pandora the second most downloaded app of all-time in Apple's App Store.
Pandora have high hopes that this is just the beginning, and that with several major deals pending, Kennedy could definitely be correct. Pandora is reportedly trying to get their service integrated into the vehicles of virtually every car maker, just like satellite radio. At the moment, there's no ETA on when, or if this would even happen, or if the company would charge a subscription for vehicle service.
Last year Pandora removed the 40-hour listening cap on free accounts, as well as updating the site's layout with improved features. You can now share stations with friends through a URL unique to that particular station. On top of this, there's a share button for Facebook, Twitter and e-mail to help sharing.
I love Flipboard, I use it on my iPad and I think it's a perfect reading app. News today has arrived that Flipboard has floated over to Android. Flipboard was pre-installed on the Samsung GALAXY S III which had people thinking it would arrive baked onto the phone.
But, XDA forum member "Valcho" grabbed the APK off one of the GALAXY S III's at the launch event, and put it up to download here. So if you're rocking an Android-based device, grab the APK and get to it now!
Flipboard initially started off as a browser for Twitter and Facebook, but with the built-in support for Google Reader feeds, Flickr photos and other real-time media streams, it really is quite a powerful app. Now that it's arrived for Android, I can put it on my GALAXY S II and enjoy Flipboard when on the toilet. Yes, I'm one of those smartphone users.