I'm looking for some great tools for improving App Store Optimization (ASO) that will help customers to find my app in the app stores. Guys do you have any suggestion regarding my query.?

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First Apple decided that an iPhone game which featured Barack Obama bouncing on a trampoline and [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/02/10/apple-bans-bouncing-barack-and-trouserless-bill/"]Bill Clinton without trousers[/URL] was in such bad taste that it had no place in the App Store and so refused to feature it. Then came the equally mad news that an application to put South Park wallpaper and [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/23321/1231/"]perfectly legal video clips[/URL] from the series on the iPhone was also far from being what it deems acceptable content for the App Store and banned that as well. At the time the developers of this particular app were quoted as saying that Apple thought …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]17138[/ATTACH]In an impressive gesture of goodwill, Apple has decided to publicize their app store review guidelines for developers, and has even lifted their restriction on third party development software. Yes, this even includes apps written in actionscript, the code behind Adobe Air and the ever-contested, Flash. While the does not mean that Flash is supported in any of the mobile browsers available for the iPhone and iPad, it does mean that developers can now convert Flash applications using Adobe's iOS packaging tool, and submit them to the App Store without fear of automatic rejection. As Adobe puts it, “Apple's announcement …

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Im planning to start a website that would list or display different types of IPhone or IPad applications from Apple's AppStore. Ive googled a lot to research as to how to first commence such website. I came across different affiliate programs but i don't think that quite match the intention of the website ( website that i want to build). Also, few websites such as appsafari.com and 148apps.com are serving the idea that i had in mind. So, Please guys if you could lead me, suggestions are welcome.

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[ATTACH=right]14446[/ATTACH]The iPad hasn't been out three weeks and already we are hearing reports that [URL="http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Horizons/2010/0412/Google-Android-tablet-rumored-to-be-around-the-corner"]Google[/URL], [URL="http://byronmiller.typepad.com/byronmiller/2010/04/hp-video-shows-ipad-wannabe-teaser.html"]HP[/URL], [URL="http://www.pcworld.com/article/194431/will_dell_supersize_its_mini_tablet.html"]Dell[/URL] and [URL="http://byronmiller.typepad.com/byronmiller/2010/03/engadget-movie-shows-off-possible-microsoft-digital-journal.html"]Microsoft[/URL] are planning tablet computers of their own. Much like touch phones, these devices are not likely to be created equal and it got me thinking what these companies must do to compete with the mighty Apple on this front. Here are five ways they can compete with the iPad. 1. [B]Underprice[/B]: If the competitors hope to compete with the iPad, the first thing they need to do is come in much cheaper. I'm thinking $100-150 below the lowest price iPad. 2. …

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[ATTACH=right]14341[/ATTACH]There has been a lot of talk the past couple of days about[URL="http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/08/apple-announces-iad-mobile-advertising-platform/"] Apple's new ad network[/URL]. The way it will work is that ads will live within the closed environment of the App Store apps. This supposedly means that that Apple will fully vet each ad it allows in the network and we users can happily click them knowing that we won't be getting spyware, adware, whateverware. Let's all hale the great and mighty Apple. According to an [URL="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/why_iads_could_be_bigger_than_ipads.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+readwriteweb+(ReadWriteWeb)&utm_content=Google+Reader"]article on ReadWriteWeb[/URL], some analysts are predicting a 4+ billion dollar a year business before it even launches. Before we get …

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[ATTACH=right]14158[/ATTACH]I love my iPhone. It's a cool device with lots of free and low-cost apps at my finger tips, but I've been wondering lately if some of these Apps are a good thing. I mean, why do I need a dedicated New York Times app, for example? Why doesn't the NYT simply detect that I'm on a mobile device in my browser and display a mobile site? Seems a lot more convenient and cost-effective for everyone (but Apple, that is). Apps are great and at their best give you access to content in an interesting package, but at the same …

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As the world awaits for the release of Apple's Next Big Thing, developers are putting the finishing touches on applications to be ready for iPad's April 3 ship date. And Apple is getting ready too. The company yesterday began accepting submissions for iPad App Store, its online application outlet for iPhone and iPad. According to a [url=http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/19/apple-now-accepting-ipad-app-submissions-get-your-jumbo-sized-b/]report on engadget[/url], the deadline for having apps available on opening day is March 27 at 5:00pm PT; that's 8:00 pm in the Eastern U.S. If you're on the buying end, you'd better get your order in. Apple opened the gates to pre-orders on …

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I drive hundreds of miles every week, I write about technology for a living, I've been a TomTom user for years and I own an iPhone. It had to be done, I just had to review the TomTom satnav app for the iPhone. Being both an iPhone 3GS owner and a happy TomTom satnav in-car user, like many people I had been waiting for the iPhone TomTom application to arrive. The delays seemed to go on forever, and in the meantime other players had entered the market: both Navigon MobileNavigator and ALK CoPilot Live launched before TomTom got into the …

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of seeing [URL="http://stevegarfield.com"]Steve Garfield[/URL] speak at [URL="http://podcamp.pbworks.com/PodCampWesternMass"]Pod Camp Western Mass[/URL]. Garfield is the author of [URL="http://offonatangent.blogspot.com/2010/01/where-to-buy-get-seen.html"]Get Seen[/URL], a practical book on the ins and outs of web video production. He has been working with video on the web since well before most of us even considered it as a possibility. As Garfield spoke, he talked about using an iPhone 3GS as to capture and share video. Unfortunately, I own an iPhone 3G, which doesn't have such capability, or so I thought. Just as I was formulating a strategy to convince …

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One of the great things about the iPhone is of course the App Store, which is a growing eco system of interesting applications. I tend to stick to the free ones, and not long ago I went and downloaded a bunch of new freebies. These are my favorites from that bunch: [B]Louvre[/B] This is one cool app for art lovers. It opens to a picture of the outside of the Louvre with famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) glass pyramid, then displays a cover flow with the different parts of the app. You can explore Louvre artwork, take a …

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Microsoft and Palm today separately advanced web sites designed for developers to post and sell (or give away) applications for their respective mobile platforms, playing catch-up with Apple, whose [url=http://www.apple.com/iphone/apps-for-iphone/]App Store[/url] celebrated its one-year anniversary in July. Redmond also unveiled a series of new phones this week based on Windows Mobile 6.5, its latest version. Microsoft's new site, dubbed [url=http://marketplace.windowsphone.com/Overview.aspx]Windows Marketing for Mobile[/url], includes a bare-bones landing page from which you can view your application purchase history or visit the [url=http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsmobile/]user forum[/url] or [url=http://developer.windowsphone.com/Default.aspx]developer community[/url]. At launch, Microsoft claimed to offer 246 mobile applications, and 753 independent software developers and …

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It has long been affectionately known as the [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2008/08/28/jesus-phone-does-not-perform-miracles/"]Jesus Phone[/URL] because of the almost religious following it receives, but can the iPhone really harness the power of the Cosmos to help organise your life? Veteran TV presenter Noel Edmonds, he of Deal or No Deal, Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old and Noel's Christmas Presents fame reckons it can. Indeed, Edmonds already created something of a fuss about the new age concept of Cosmic Ordering after taking to drawing different symbols on his hand for each show in the Deal or No Deal TV programme. The show became …

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It certainly has been a roller coast ride of a month for Apple, and it continued this week with news they had allowed an iTunes competitor, [URL="http://spotify.com/"]Spotify[/URL], to place an app in the App Store surprising many industry pundits who believed they would reject it. Meanwhile, earlier this week Apple showed its petty side by issuing [URL="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/27/apple_reg_take_down/"]a take-down notice on Tuesday to UK IT publisher, The Register[/URL] for posting [URL="http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/08/25/preview_os_apple_snow_leopard/"]a review of Snow Leopard[/URL], the new Apple OS in violation of what Apple lawyers called "confidential trade secrets." That would have been more than enough for the entire month, but …

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Someone at Apple really does need to take a closer look at how they choose the people who work as iPhone application approvers, either that or take a chainsaw to the approval process guidelines and start again but when sober this time. Look, much has been written about the madness that is iPhone app approval. Remember the fuss about a [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/02/10/apple-bans-bouncing-barack-and-trouserless-bill/"]bouncing Barack Obama[/URL] or the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4276.html"]South Park application[/URL] which were banned in case they offended anyone, for example? While these examples are enough to make you wonder if the app testers jump and scream when confronted by their own shadow, …

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The iPhone faces a critical test this month with several factors coming together to threaten the dominance of the popular smart phone. First of all there's the Pre, a shiny new comer that threatens to overtake Apple's cool factor when it's released by Sprint this month (as I wrote about in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4356.html"]Are You Ready for a Thing Called Pre[/URL]). RIM and their Blackberry series surpassed the mighty iPhone in first quarter sales figures [URL="http://www.npd.com/press/releases/press_090504.html"]according market research firm NPD[/URL]. Not only that, Nokia just opened an App Store and all the players are following suit after the great success of the …

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You really couldn't make this up if your tried very hard indeed. The ongoing saga which is best summed up as 'what will Apple ban today' has just got stranger than ever. Apparently all BitTorrent iPhone apps are toxic, as is the notion of superimposing your own face upon that of Jesus, not to mention a Twitter application that was refused a place in the app store because Twitter was down for maintenance when the Apple people tested it. The BitTorrent ban is an odd one. Although BitTorrent applications per se are not illegal, and the protocol itself is put …

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The App Store is a beautiful idea that is [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4149.html"]wildly successfu[/URL]l, but Apple has a big App Store problem. They are trying to control the content in the Apps and they really, really need to just get out of the way and let the market judge the quality of an App. The only threshold should be: Does it poison the platform or violate an agreement with the carrier selling the phone? If not, then allow it in and let users decide if its good enough. [B] Nine Inch Nail Trouble[/B] Apple ran into trouble on Monday when it [URL="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/05/AR2009050500707.html"]rejected an …

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On Friday, a 13 year old named Connor Mulcahey from Weston, Connecticut had the distinct honor of [URL="http://www.apple.com/itunes/billion-app-countdown/"]downloading the one billionth app[/URL] from the iPhone App Store. In order to honor this occasion, I decided to list my five favorite iPhone apps. Just a word before I do: I'm not a connoisseur by any means. I dip my toe in the App Store from time to time and find ones that serve me. I often find the sheer number of apps overwhelming to be honest, but I have found several that I use constantly. So here goes: [B]1. Evernote[/B] I …

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Apple has started the countdown to the billionth app to be downloaded from the App Store. The company has put up a live [URL="http://www.apple.com/itunes/billion-app-countdown/"]countdown counter on the web[/URL] which is spinning so fast I am surprised it has not flown off the page. Mind you, when you consider that in December there were [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3625.html"]300 million[/URL] App Store downloads, 500 million by the middle of January and now, less than three months later, it has nearly doubled that I guess it is not too surprising. Indeed, in December there were a little over 2 million app downloads every day, a figure …

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For the better part of this decade Apple has created some amazing products from the Mac Book to the iPod to the iPhone. They've had an enormous technological and cultural impact, but even with all of these accomplishments, the meteoric rise of the App store is simply astonishing. They went from zero apps to 25,000 apps in a single year. By giving developers access to the same tools Apple itself used to create the first generation iPhone apps, an amazing thing happened. The developers came in droves and they created games, utilities, accessories. Some were mundane like the famous fart …

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Cnet [URL="http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10122751-37.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5"]reported[/URL] the other day that Microsoft has placed an app, Seadragon, in the Apple AppStore, even before releasing it on the Windows Mobile platform because, get this, the iPhone is the only phone platform with the graphics chops to handle the application. There is such delicious irony in all this of course, the kind that make a writer like me stand up and rub his hands together with glee. Microsoft, the company that gets so upset at the [URL="http://www.apple.com/getamac/ads/"]Get A Mac ads[/URL] that make such well-deserved fun of Vista, releases advanced technology to Apple users first because Apple offers …

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I love my iPhone, but like any device, it's far from perfect and there are several missing pieces. Fortunately, the App Store gives third party developers the opportunity to fill in these holes. Today, I'm going to review five tools that provide functionality missing on the standard iPhone. [B]Flash for the Camera[/B] Last weekend I was trying to take a picture with my iPhone in the dwindling twilight of late autumn in New England. I found myself surprised at how grainy the photo was until I remembered there wasn't a flash. No flash, no problem with the Night Camera app …

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With dozens of freshly minted applications on hand to stock its shelves, Google's Android Market is all but ready to open-- right across the street from Apple's App Store. All Google needs now is for someone to start selling phones that use Android, its Linux-based mobile operating system. According to reports, that will happen just in time for this year's Christmas buying season. It looks like the first Android-based devices to hit the shelves will be from T-Mobile, that's according to a [URL=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/15/technology/15google.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin]story in the [i]New York Times[/i][/URL] last month. Dubbed the Dream, the phone is built around a large …

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Google yesterday announced winners of the [URL=http://code.google.com/android/adc.html]Android Developer Challenge[/URL], which put up US$10 million in prize money to developers of the best applications for its nascent mobile platform. In doing so, Google also helped to stock the shelves of Android Market, a forthcoming online retail site for Android applications akin to iPhone's App Store. Development teams of the [URL=http://code.google.com/android/adc_gallery/index.html#1]top 10 applications[/URL] each received $275,000, the [URL=http://code.google.com/android/adc_gallery/index.html#2]10 next-best applications[/URL] got $100,000. [URL=http://code.google.com/android/adc_gallery/index.html#3]Another 30 applications[/URL] were recognized as finalists. Many of the top finishers employ location-based services of some kind. There's [URL=http://code.google.com/android/adc_gallery/app.html?id=17]GoCart[/URL], which uses the phone's camera to scan a bar code …

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Apple has grabbed lots of headlines this week, some for things it has done, others for things done to it. Of all the major Apple products, only the iPod has escaped mention. With perhaps the potential to affect the most people is the deal announced this week with AT&T to extend exclusivity with the iPhone's only service provider until 2010. According to a [URL=http://www.usatoday.com/tech/wireless/phones/2008-07-31-att-iphone-stephenson-apple_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip]story Thursday in USA Today[/URL], the two have conspired to ditch Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon customers, which expected to have access to the apple of every geek's eye after the end of 2008. AT&T made the deal …

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I laughed out loud when I saw this headline on the ars technica Web site: “[URL=http://arstechnica.com/journals/microsoft.ars/2008/07/16/monkey-see-monkey-do-microsoft-launches-mobile-app-site]Monkey see, monkey do: Microsoft launches mobile app site[/URL].” It’s so typical of Microsoft in recent years to desperately emulate companies it perceives as its competitors, even at the expense of its own embarrassment. The move was in response, the article surmised, to Apple’s launch of [URL=http://www.apple.com/iphone/appstore/]App Store[/URL], a site for downloading iPhone apps through iTunes. It’s beautiful, polished, intuitive and complete—classically Apple. [URL=http://www.microsoft.com/emea/windowsmobileapps/default.mspx]Microsoft’s site[/URL], on the other hand, “brought Mr. Flashy along for the ride, and left Mr. Usability behind,” wrote Emil Protalinski in …

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