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AAA games lead iPhone App Store game sales

Action, Arcade and Adventure games are the three leading categories on Apple’s App Store when it comes to games sales, a new report explains.

On average, Android and iPhone games titles are the cheapest around while those for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile games are most expensive and Nokia tries to straddle the middle ground, the latest Distimo report explains.

The report focuses this month on the Games category in application stores from all the major players in the US. More graphs and data after the break.

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7Digital attacks US iTunes, Amazon, goes BlackBerry

UK digital music service, 7 Digital, today launched its digital music service in the US, while also making a grab at the mobile market with launch of a music download store for BlackBerry users.

7 Digital is well-known in Europe, but is raising the bar in competition in the US with its launch there. Tracks will cost 77-cents, or $7.77 for an album (standard prices, variable prices also exist).

Tracks are sold in high-quality 320kbps MP3 format, completely free of DRM. The company also offers a “digital locker” in which all your downloads are backed-up on 7 Digital’s servers in the even you need to redownload them in case of computer failure.

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BlackBerry + 7digital spawn alternative iTunes

We’re a bit behind on this one, but here’s an interesting looking digital music service for BlackBerry users, powered by UK online music company, 7digital. The 7digital MP3 Music Store for BlackBerry should be imminently available and was built by Develop IQ.

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iPhone saves the smartphone biz – Needham & Co.

Apple’s iPhone may be seeing some competition from the likes of Nokia and RIM, but the device still has momentum, with one analyst saying the gadget may have “saved” the smartphone market.

Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf says the iPhone has become not only the most popular device in its category on a global basis, but has also secured a future for that category.

iPhone took 16.6 per cent per cent of the entire smartphone market worldwide for the September quarter, and is now second only to Nokia, the analyst explained, as reported by Electronista. Further, “Apple’s presence (in the smartphone market) has been the “only reason” the market didn’t slow down significantly, Wolf says.”

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Apple shines slightly as gloom grips tech sector

Fresh research warns of a historic collapse in US corporate IT spending – but notes Apple may continue to make progress in these markets, as iPhone’s corporate marketshare exceeds Palm.

Changewave’s senior researcher Paul Carton warns new research by his firm shows, “an accelerating collapse in US business spending that has reached historic proportions – with record pullbacks occurring both in the current fourth Quarter and going forward.”

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BlackBerry, MySpace claim app download record

The battle for smartphone industry continues, with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion today claiming ‘record’ downloads of new application, MySpace for BlackBerry.

In a joint announcement, MySpace and RIM claimed MySpace for BlackBerry software downloads to have exceeded 400,000 downloads in one week, “an all-time high for both MySpace and RIM in terms of first week application downloads,” the partners said.

Additionally, they reported users of the app sent and received more than 15 million messages and updated their mood and status over two million times in the first week.

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The most out-there iPhone products ever?

This is surely an iPhone/iPod product that’s so insane it’s almost sane – we’re both compelled and repelled by these new winter warmers.

Etre has introduced gloves for use with touch-screen devices, and they’re not finger-less, oh no – if you look at the image you’ll see they have two fingers (thumb and index), so you can keep the rest of your digits warm while tapping your digital device.

You got to give them a point for entrepreneurial zeal, I guess, “Etre Touchy gloves seek to fill the gap left between normal pairs of gloves and fingerless pairs of gloves. While normal pairs of gloves keep your hands warm and dry, they aren’t compatible with modern touch-screen devices, which only respond to skin-on-screen contact.”

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Apple, RIM win smartphone market share from Nokia

So at this stage we have a two-horse race.

“HELSINKI, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Surging demand for the latest iPhone and Blackberry models helped Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Research In Motion (RIM.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)(RIMM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to win larger shares of the smartphone market in the third quarter at the expense of top vendor Nokia, market research firm Canalys said on Thursday.”

Apple, RIM win smartphone market share from Nokia.

Needham & Co upgrade RIM to ‘Hold’

Needham Co. analyst Charlie Wolf this morning upgraded Research in Motion from an underperform to a hold rating because the company’s current share price fully reflects any slowdown in the growth of BlackBerry’s sales, the analyst explained.

Wolf downgraded RIM to underperform on July 16 to take into account potential impact of the iPhone on BlackBerry sales in the consumer market.

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Needham & Co, RIM ‘deluded’ in expectation

Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf thinks Research In Motion is deluded in its guidance, slamming the firm with an under-perform rating on strength of increased competition from the iPhone and other manufacturers.

Wolf despatched the following message to clients today: “RIM reported second quarter results in line with guidance. The major disappointment was guidance going forward – the prospect of lower gross margins extending through 2010. We believe the company is fooling itself in ignoring the increasingly hostile competitive environment. We’re maintaining our under perform rating and reducing 2009 and 2010 earnings estimates. ”

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