10 Billion Apps Downloaded from the App Store in Just 6 Months

Only five months ago, the Cupertino company announced the milestone of 25 billion downloads from the App Store. The update in this figure shows the 30 billion downloads accumulated in June, three months later. The graphical representation above highlights a very positive outcome for the App Store. It clearly shows of yet another record breaking accomplishment by Apple. The published chart from Business Insider shows the trend of downloads made from the App Store over the years  since its introduction back in 2008 when it was announced together with the Apple iPhone SDK 1.0 .

Fact is, in the first half of the store iOS has already reached the threshold of 10 billion downloads. Just to appreciate the magnitude of this figure, think that in 2010 (considering the entire year) the download had stopped to 7 billion, while last year – 2011 – market studies have shown that it increased to 10 billion.

In just six months, thanks to the kindness of the developers who strive daily to provide quality games and applications for iDevices, Apple’s App Store was able to reach a number of downloads equal to those made in the entire previous year. At the end of the year, they are actually looking at achieve 20 billion downloads.

This is a good news for the Cupertino company. Of course, they own their success to their consumers and team of highly creative mobile application developers who continually strive to come up with engaging applications. Apple has promised to continue doing their best to be able to cater to the needs of all iDevice owners.

Price for Windows Pro 8 to Increase to $199 After January 31

According to sources close to Microsoft,, the price in the store for Windows 8 Pro will change from $69.99USD to $199 after the promotion expires January 31, 2013. However, anyone in possession of a license of Windows can take advantage of an online promotion to download Windows 8 Pro for $39.99USD from the Microsoft website. Currently though, license for the Windows 8 Pro still retails for only $69.99.

The pricing may seem quite hard to understand at first but it is actually quite simple.

If you already have a license to any of the previous Windows operating system releases, you can upgrade your system to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99 USD. Microsoft has not released any statement as to whether or not this price may change in the future. This price of course, is only valid for those that choose to download the upgrade from the Microsoft website. Should you choose to have your system upgraded elsewhere, you may have to pay a different price.  It’s a different thing when it comes to users who purchased a new Windows 7 PC from 2 June 2012 to 31 January 2013. They can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro only $14.99USD.

For those who will be purchasing a new PC after the 31st of January would have to pay the full price of $199 for the Windows 8 Pro Operating System.

Android ICS for Sony 2011 Xperia Models Will Be Released This Week

A few days ago, Sony announced an exciting update for their Xperia smartphones. After officially launching the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Sony Xperia P, the Japanese manufacturer is confirmed the arrival of a new series of updates dedicated to Xperia phones released in 2011.

More specifically, a new firmware update to Android 4.0.4 is available for models Xperia arc, Xperia arc S, Xperia neo, Xperia neo V, Xperia mini, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Xperia ray this week. The update will address the list of bugs and will also include certain components that will relatively improve the perfomance of your Xperia phone. The actual availability of the update may vary depending on the market and possible branding made by mobile telecom service providers.

The next set of devices to receive the update are the Xperia mini pro, Xperia Neo L and Live with Walkman . For these models, the release of the update  should be expected in the coming weeks.

The update will be distributed over-the-air or OTA for Xperia units that have already been upgraded to Android ICS. However, if your unit was preinstalled with an Android Gingerbread OS, you will be  required to connect to a Windows PC via PC Companion or Bridge for Mac .

Sony is well-known not only for their timely release of software and firmware updates, but for their customer service. They make it  a point to periodically send out bulletins informing their consumers of updates so as to keep them happy.