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Prizes, Prizes, Prizes: Gravity Snipe giving away an iPod touch and More

Winter Park, Florida – What is better than a free iOS game? A free iOS game that gives you the chance to win an iPod touch, Apple TV, or 0 iTunes gift card! In order to spread the word about the recent release of Gravity Snipe, Monkey First Games has decided that they should reward those who give the game a try. Starting today, players of the iOS game Gravity Snipe will have a chance to win some pretty awesome prizes. Players will have the chance to win one of three prize:

* iPod touch
* Apple TV
* 0 iTunes Gift Card

Entry into the contest is completely free and only requires players to perform a few small tasks. To enter into the contest simply do the following:

* Download Gravity Snipe for iOS
* Follow @GravitySnipe on Twitter
* Share a screenshot of your new High Score on “Extreme” mode with the hashtag #GravitySnipe on Twitter

That is all that is needed to enter! Each tweet with screenshots of high scores and the hashtag #GravitySnipe will get you one entry into the contest. The promotion will be running until March 31st, 2014 when the three winners will be selected at random from the pool of entries.

Gravity Snipe is the adventure of a Flappy Bird trying to avoid a ton of pipes that seem to come from nowhere. It is both fun and challenging.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* This app is optimized for iPhone 5
* 14.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Gravity Snipe 1.2 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. This is a great opportunity to get some free swag simply by playing a game. Download today!

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Monkey First Games was founded in 2012 by Brandon Lassiter. Now operating in Winter Park, Florida, Monkey Fist Games creates casual and social games for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Copyright (C) 2014 Monkey First Games. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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Is the iPod a dying product?

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If you tuned into the [#protected_0#], we covered the Apple Holiday gift guide but when it came to the topic of iPods we found some of them still had a place in the world. Some, like the iPod Touch were easy recommendations while others, like the iPod Classic we had a tough time suggesting.

Looking back on it, it reminds me of a thread I came across the iMore Forums asking a similar question but placing the whole iPod category itself at the center with the question being, is the iPod a dying product?

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Coffee Lovers Magazine now available on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

Seattle, Washington – Coffee Lovers Magazine is all about the love and experience of coffee – about the lifestyle inherent in the local cafe, and in having coffee with friends. We bring to you cool videos about coffee, reviews of coffee, coffee machines and tools, interviews with folks in the coffee industry, and much more through the digital newsstand experience on the iPad and iPhone.

Coffee Lovers Magazine is a digital periodical publication, available as an app through Apple’s Newsstand on iTunes. The magazine features helpful articles, videos, art, stories, interviews, photos, and more, designed for anyone who identifies as a lover of coffee.

There is a big gap between the common experience of coffee (through chain coffee shops and grocery stores) and the world of speciality coffee. Coffee Lovers Magazine attempts to provide a bridge between those worlds, for people who love coffee but may not be familiar with the nuances of coffee and how enriching the experience can be. The newest version, which brings the magazine to the iPhone, has increased the reach of the magazine by over 65% – providing an easy to read, enjoyable magazine experience on more devices.

The magazine has been reaching coffee lovers on their iPads in over 100 countries around the world, and now reaches even further by coming to the iPhone and iPod touch.

Jason Gislason, USA – “Great coffee magazine – I love reading this magazine. It is obvious that the editor loves coffee. He presents a very balanced selection of articles ranging from the experience of coffee/coffee culture to technical aspects of brewing and growth. I expect this magazine to grow in popularity and to get even better over time. Enjoy a great coffee experience with Coffee Lovers Magazine. I do!”

tattoo57, New Zealand – “Best coffee mag on planet – You need to have this mag. If you are a coffee lover this is for you. I thought I was a coffee expert until I discovered it. Wonderful content, dedicated coffee lovers, I now know more with each issue. Keep it up guys!”

Irish Aus, Australia – “Wow great mag – I am a coffee lover too much really! This mag has it all, great info, plus really like the videos and the quality photos. Keep it up.”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 17.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Coffee Lovers Magazine (v4.0.1) is a monthly publication – with monthly issues available for individual purchase for .99. Monthly subscription is available for .99 per month – with a 7 day free trial available when you first subscribe. The magazine also features occasional special issues for subscribers only, which are included in the subscription. The app is Free to download and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Food & Drink category.

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JR Mobile LLC is a marketing consulting firm based out of Seattle, Washington, by Joseph Robertson in 2012. JR Mobile works with small local businesses, helping them reach customers where they are – on their mobile devices. As part of this effort, JR Mobile expanded to digital publishing with Coffee Lovers Magazine in December 2012 – both taking advantage of the incredible opportunity for reaching people, and to be able to offer the same service to clients. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 JR Mobile LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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Are the stars aligning towards the retirement of the faithful iPod classic?

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The iPod classic; loved the world over by folks who have the overwhelming desire to keep their whole music collection in their pockets. But how long is it for this world? iMore community member sdreelin asked himself the same question, to the point where he ended up buying another while he still can:

“I love my iPod classic so much that despite having an 80GB model for years now, and it not being entirely full yet, I purchased a new 160GB version just last month. The reason? I have a feeling that since this is the last of Apple’s 30 dock connector devices it’s going to go away soon and there just is no other dedicated player on the market with all that storage. I realize that cloud streaming in the way to go nowadays (And I do that on my phone quite often), but there is no substitute for dedicated music player that can hold all your music at once and lasts for 40 hours on on charge. So I future proofed myself for some time.”

He hit a pretty solid point there, too. Along with the iPhone 4 and 4S, the iPod classic is the last of the 30-pin devices, Even the iPod touch range has now been completely upgraded to Lightning. The much rumored ‘budget’ iPhone if a legitimate product could spell the end of the 4S – that’s assuming the 4S would have been reduced to the role of ‘budget’ option as the 4 and 3GS both have been before it. This along with the expected retirement of the iPhone 4 would leave the classic as the last of the dying breed. If it even stayed alive at all.

Also, as much as those who love the classic, love it a lot and for very specific reasons, Apple is moving away from this ‘old’ way of doing things. With iTunes Match and iTunes in the cloud – even the forthcoming iTunes Radio – we’re seeing where the future of Apple’s music offerings lie – somewhere the classic can’t join in. There’s still a lot to be said for having an iPod that just plays music, and lots of it, but the chances of it receiving a Lightning upgrade like the rest of the range are pretty slim at best.

Hopefully we’ll see other high capacity options in the future; 128GB iPod touch and iPhone models would be great. But to some, there will be no replacing the old 160GB iPod classic. If you’re going to ever want one though, it’s maybe not a horrible idea to think about picking one up sooner rather than later.

What do you think about the iPod classic? Think it’ll stick around for another term, or be put out to pasture at the next batch of product refreshes?

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Why an Android OEM should make an iPod Touch competitor

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This week Apple announced that it has sold 100 million iPod Touch units since 2007 – keep in mind that this is not a statistic for all iPod devices, but all iPod Touch units. This is obviously a massive milestone for Apple, but it also brings up the question, why hasn’t an Android manufacturer built a legitimate iPod Touch competitor?

What past experiences have brought us

As far as Android is concerned, there have been very little competitors to the iPod Touch. Samsung, for all its success in the smartphone market, dabbled half heartedly into the iPod Touch’s domain, but with horrible specs and outdated software, its Galaxy Player models were never going to compete with the iPod Touch, especially after Apple brought out the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

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An unsuccessful attempt from Samsung, the Galaxy Player 5.8 was an oddity.

There haven’t been a lot of other competitors willing to tip their hats into the ring, and attempt to take on Apple. The only other OEM worth mentioning is Sony, which tried to use the Walkman brand name to leverage its very unsuccessful attempt at an “Android media player”.

Why should anyone be interested?

So you’re probably thinking that with all the history going against them, why would any OEM be interested? Well it’s something called brand recognition. The iPod Touch market is mostly targeted at children and teens, so if you captivate the younger market, they are more likely to be inclined to buy your smartphone when the time comes.

No doubt tablets have affected the sales of the iPod Touch, but it is still going strong, thanks to its lightweight, slim and small design, which gives it the advantage that no tablet can provide, it is uber-pocketable.

An iPod Touch is a device that is often given to a teen, as an inbetweener device, when they’re ready for their own handheld device, but not ready for a smartphone. So when you’ve already had a great experience with an iPod Touch, when the time comes, most teens will be looking at an iPhone to choose as their smartphone.

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So why not just buy them a smartphone in the first place, you ask? Well it’s simple, at the price point these devices need to hit to be even remotely successful, the only smartphones you can buy (off contract that is) are cheap and horribly specced devices. The Nexus 4 is the cheapest high end smartphone and it still costs 0, and I’m thinking of a cheaper price for the device, much cheaper.

This should be considered as a “groomer” device, one that will give a teen a taste of Android, and of an OEM’s devices. The gadget would then move them on to other devices (or even services). Now that’s where Google comes in.

Why Google should make a rival to the iPod Touch

Google is all about the services it provides, so the younger the audience it can reach out to, the larger potential for growth in it’s customer base.

Picture this: a teen buys a Google made “Nexus Play” (that’s the name I’ve made up for it, not an official name), and starts using Google Drive for all of his or her school assignments, uses Google Plus as his or her social network to keep up with friends and also uses Play Music for all music listening needs. Soon the teen moves on to Gmail, an Android smartphone and all the other Google services that come with it.

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This way Google gets to attract a market that it couldn’t normally target, and it also has the ability to offer a cheap and affordable device, with great specs and an up to date operating system. So who will make such a device? Well Google has Motorola now, doesn’t it?

The Motorola Nexus Play

Let’s skip the small talk, Motorola is in a rut, it’s losing money and market share, and it desperately needs to hit a homerun. Every manufacturer who has made a Nexus device has had its brand recognition improve dramatically, and since this isn’t a market that any of Google’s partners are interested in, Google using Motorola to manufacture a cheap, at cost Nexus Play, won’t anger the OEMs too much.

So what specs should this device have?

Google already has a great blueprint for the specifications of the “Nexus Play”. The Nexus 7 costs 9 for a 16GB model, and comes with heavy-hitting specs like a HD (1280 x 800) screen, a Quad-core Tegra 3 and 1GB of RAM. All Google needs to do is drop the screen size to a 4- to 4.3-inch screen, add a rear camera, swap out the Tegra 3 for a Snapdragon 400 and drop the price to say, 0 (You can go lower Google, surprise me!)

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The Nexus 7 is the perfect base for the “Nexus Play”

A device with such specs is hardly anything to sneeze at (and its price is pretty good too). But in this market, hardware isn’t the only deciding factor. It’s time to talk about customization and accessorization.

Customization and accessorization

It’s quite ironic that while Android is the most customizable mobile operating system and it also comes with great choices for hardware, the color choices for devices have long been limited to just black and white. If there’s one thing I admire about the Lumia line, it’s Nokia’s persistence on offering lots of color choices straight from day one.

With teens and children being the target audience, colors and customization become a much bigger deal than what they are on smartphones. No Google, a black Nexus Play, with a white (and still sort of black) Nexus Play released 6 months later is not the way to go. The key aspect here is colors, bright ones, and lots and lots of them.

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The Galaxy S3 came in many color variations, eventually

It’s also worth noting that this device is going to need a pair of earphones (no skimping out on this either, Google!). It doesn’t matter how good they actually are, these days most kids have been fooled into believing Beats by Dre’s are the best quality headphones you can get. But for the sake of the product, and millions of parents’ ears (you can only listen to Gangam style a finite amount of times), a pair of earbuds should be included.

Cases are also a big thing for kids, even though third party manufacturers tend to satisfy this market well. Parents are going to be on the look out for a case that can protect their child’s device straight from the get-go. It also allows Google to make some money back when selling its devices at break even prices.

Finally, we need a 32GB version, not in two months time, but at launch. Since this is a Wi-Fi-only device, people will want to stick most, if not all of their stuff on the device, so a 32GB version will be needed.

Wrap up

A Motorola-made Google device competing against the iPod Touch might seem like a ludicrous idea at first, but if Google is able to undercut the iPod Touch and give it the specs listed above, it will finally allow Google to cover all the bases of mobile.

Not many other manufacturers can undercut Google, and those that can probably wouldn’t be interested in the first place, that’s why a Nexus Play is the perfect device for aspiring Android phone owners and even people who just want a non-cellular Android device that fits in their pockets.

Would you be interested in getting an Android competitor to the iPod Touch for your son, daughter, niece, nephew? Maybe even one for yourself?

    




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