Apple Purchases iCloud.com for $4.5 Million?

GigaOM reports that it has received word that Apple has purchased the iCloud.com domain name for a sum of $4.5 million. The domain had been used until recently by an online storage firm of the same, but the company recently rebranded its service as CloudMe.

My source, who is familiar with the company, says that Xcerion has sold the domain to Apple for about $4.5 million. Xcerion hasn’t responded to my queries as yet. At the time of writing, the Whois database showed Xcerion as the owner of iCloud.

For the time being, iCloud.com redirects visitors to CloudMe.com, but presumably Apple will take over the domain when needed if the claim is in fact true.

We had received a heads-up about the iCloud-to-CloudMe rebranding last week, but were unable to dig up any information specifically linking the change to a purchase by Apple at that time. Obviously, specific rumors of Apple acquiring the domain with a specific purchase price lend credence to the original speculation, but we’ll still be watching for the domain to officially change hands, presumably to MarkMonitor, the brand management firm that handles Apple’s domain registrations (along with those of many other high-profile companies).

Apple of course is said to have completed work on a new cloud-based storage system for media, and appears to be in the final stages of securing deals with record labels before launching the service.

Think you have model potential?

Yesterday was exciting here in the Ventutec office as the Model Potential app we developed for our client New Line Media went live on the Apple Store.

One of our in house app gurus has worked hard to create a truly up-to the minute, unique app that assesses individual pictures to find out if you could be the hottest new face in modelling.

Based on the brief from New Line Media the app allows you to submit your pictures and using complex algorithms and analysis lets you know if you have the potential to become a professional model.  It categorises your look, to offer information on what type of modelling you would be suited for.  You even have the option to send your photo to experienced bookers at the UK’s No1 model agency, Select Model Management or share your model potential with your friends, by posting your results on Twitter or Facebook.

Why not see if you have what it takes to be the next Kate Moss!

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Apple Still Riding High

This quarter has seen Apple continuing to shine in the sales stakes!

The company sold:

– 4.69 million iPads
– 18.65 million iPhones
– 9.02 million iPods

All this adds up to about 189 million cumulative devices sold. Yesterday comScore reported that the iOS platform’s active user base is still 59% larger than Android’s when accounting for tablets and other types of mobile devices like the iPod. That’s even though Android has overtaken the iOS platform for the number of new smartphone subscribers.

Have Apple tweaked App Store Ranking Algorithm?

Inside industry discussions focused last week on a potential number of updates Apple have made to their app store’s ranking system.

Its now widely thought that Apple have added new weights on top of download numbers to determine the chart position of the top apps.

Peter Farago, vice president of marketing at Flurry, which serves 80,000 applications with its analytics products say’s “We’ve been noticing changes in the Top Free rankings for at least three days now.”

The absolute exact ‘new weights’ are yet to be discovered but its thought possible that Apple are considering additional factors such as ratings and active usage, rather than relying so heavily on download figures to rank apps popularity in the store.

These new measures may encourage the production of higher quality, engaging and unique apps so we think it can’t be a bad introduction!

Our celebalike app is still going well, currently sitting in the charts within the top 30 downloads in the Entertainment category and listed as a ‘what’s hot’ in Entertainment across Ireland!

Ventutec Launches the Crime Finder iPhone App

The Ventutec Crime Finder App uses augmented reality technology to deliver up-to-date statistics for crimes committed within a 500-metre radius of any given location.

It works by using your phones GPS to pinpoint your location and display street-level crime statistics from the official Home Office figures directly to your screen in real time.

Crime Finder iPhone app uses Augmented Reality to show crimes in your area Crime Finder iPhone app uses Augmented Reality to show crimes in your area

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Customer Reviews

Informative and easy to use

by Lee PakerWhat an app!! Showed me crimes which happened less than 150m from my front door. Useful app easy to use and great interface, like how crimes can also be screened in maps.

Great when buying a house!

by Kevin SavageLooking for a new home? This app is great to check out crime levels in the area when you’re out house hunting. Well worth the money.

Brilliant!

by davelisterFantastic and innovative application. Using AR is so much more immersive than just plotting things on a map. Highly recommended!

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