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This Week in Apps - Is Blue the New Black?

#198 - ChatGPT is in a weird place right now. Can Bluesky overtake X now that it's open? How are developers making money on the Vision Pro, Reddit's upcoming IPO, and more!


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Bluesky is Open to All - Will it Dethrone X?

About a year ago, a new competitor to X launched in private beta. On Tuesday, this competitor emerged out of beta and is...


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How Are App Developers Making Money on the Vision Pro?

The Apple Vision Pro is out, and it's clear this is the beginning of something big. For developers, the Apple Vision Pr...


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Reddit Wants to IPO - But Is Reddit Still Relevant?

News emerged last week that forum platform Reddit is seeking a public offering. If you've been following the news about...


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ChatGPT's Revenue Climbs as Downloads Continue to Slide

ChatGPT has been all the rage online for more than a year now, and its introduction on mobile back in May brought the ra...


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Remember Medium? Well, You Won't Believe How Much Its App Is Making

Remember Medium? If you've been around long enough, you might remember it as the platform that changed the writing exper...


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The Vision Will Ship With +1M Apps - But Only a Handful are "Native"

Apple's newest device is coming in just a few days and to succeed where others have not (yet?), Apple not only had to ma...


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Apple Music Classical Launches in Asia

Apple wants the world to know its music. Last week, Apple brought Apple Music's little sibling, Apple Music Classical, t...


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Is Evernote Past Its Prime?

Last week I looked at the sale of a portfolio of apps for 100M by Bending Spoons, an Italian app publisher that took ove...


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Meta's Threads is Making a Run for It - The Most Downloaded Apps in the World

December was a good month for Threads as daily downloads nearly tripled! Was that enough to make it the most downloaded ...


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Demand for Mobile Games Rose 15% in December - The Most Downloaded Mobile Games in the World

Last month I hinted that demand for mobile games, which has been inching up in the last few months, should be growing in...


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This Week in Apps - Streaming Success!

#196 - Peacock's exclusive NFL broadcast was a hit, why Artifact is shutting down, the game that could have been Angry Birds but wasn't, and more.


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Touchdown Peacock! Everyone Paid to Stream Football Last Weekend

Streamer Peacock is having a blast growing up, and it looks like it found a great growth engine - Sports. This weekend,...


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Bye Bye Artifact - The AI News Feed That Couldn't

Last year, the founders of Instagram - yes, the Instagram - launched a brand new social app. Didn't hear about it? Well,...


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This is Why Mosaic Dumped its Portfolio for $100M

Last week, Bending Spoons, the Italian app publisher that recently acquired Evernote, acquired a portfolio of apps for j...


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Twitter's Revenue Crossed a Big Milestone in December

December is behind us which means it's time to check in on Twitter's mobile revenue, a monthly series I started back in ...


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The Game That Could Have Been the Next Angry Birds But Wasn't...

If you've been around long enough to remember the humble beginnings of Angry Birds you'll remember a game that was fun b...


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This Week in Apps - Seasonal Surprises

#195 - From the VR showdown between Meta Quest and Apple's Vision Pro to the unexpected rise of digital picture frames, Alexa's decline, Duolingo's success, and the streaming wars – uncover the top tech trends of 2023.


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Is the Meta Quest Still in Demand Now that Apple's Vision Pro is Right Around the Corner?

2023 was an interesting year for virtual reality headsets. Meta's Quest was the popular option coming into the year but ...


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Forget Selfies, Digital Picture Frames are This Year's Surprise Holiday Hit

Selfie apps have been a dominant trend in apps for a couple of years now, and this holiday season I found a similar tren...


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Amazon Alexa's Worst Holiday Season So Far

AI dominated much of 2023 thanks to ChatGPT, but if we look back to previous years, talking of AI usually meant quot;sma...


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Duolingo is Speaking the Language of Success - Here are the Numbers

It seems like everyone was trying to learn a language in 2023, and there's one app at the center of that - Duolingo! Du...


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Peacock's Revenue Nearly Doubled in 2023 - How Does it Compare to the Rest?

The streaming race, which I foolishly called over back in 2022, is far from finished. 2023 was a busy year for the top ...


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This Week in Apps - Beep Beep

#194 - Beeper is challenging Apple, GTA is delivering big time for Netflix, Pokémon Sleep is crushing it, TikTok hit a new all-time high, and more.


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This New Sleep Tracker is Outpacing Every Other Competitor

Sleep tracking is a sleeper industry that's grown 28 to more than 22M downloads in 2023. Jokes aside, demand for sleep-t...


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