Half of the work in developing an App is promoting said App.  And where I can I like to help out Devs.  One way is saying what to do, but what is more fun is saying what not to do - by showing an example. 

 

The following is an email I received today. 

 

Hello,

My name is Oliver and I have developed an app that I think will interest you and your users/followers/viewers. I am sure you receive a lot of mail but my app is truly unique. With your device camera you are able to manipulate the graphics and even place yourself in the midst of all the action. Likewise with the sound, samples can be recorded and edited into the game. Redacted is intensely customizable game with limitless possibilities.

If you can find the time then I would be very interested to hear what your thoughts are on the game and it?s core design mechanics. Below is a link for your convenience:

Redacted

P.S. Big fan of your site/channel/blog

Best Regards,
Oliver 

 

Oh so many issues with this one.  Let me comment on this in Blue.

 

Hello,

 

Don't start an email with just hello - find out the persons name. No first name is a big red flag I am being spammed.  

 

 

My name is Oliver and I have developed an app that I think will interest you and your users/followers/viewers.

 

My users/followers/viewers ???  Take some time to figure out what type of producer someone is.  For me it is obviously listeners.  Not "users", Not "followers" and definitely not "viewers".  

 

 

I am sure you receive a lot of mail but my app is truly unique.

 

Yes - Yes I do get a lot of mail - but at this point I am not thinking about his unique app - maybe his uniquely bad email - but not his unique app.


 

 

P.S. Big fan of your site/channel/blog

 

Best Regards,
Oliver 

 
Saying he is a big fan of my site/channel/blog - is so disingenuous.  Above he clearly showed he did not even know the format of my content - and now says he is a big fan.  I call BS.  Don't BS the media channels you reach out to.  And if don't say your a fan - show you are a fan - say something in the email only a fan would know.  

 

Again the amount of time you put into promoting your app should be equal to or greater than that you put into developing the app.  And part of that work is researching the blogger / podcaster / youtuber you are reaching out to.  Content producers are busy creating content - and if you have something interesting and you present it honestly - there is a good chance you will get some coverage.  But doing what Oliver did is a complete waste of everyones time.   Well except in this case it did make good fodder for the show. 

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What's Wrong With Apple's iOS 5.0.1 Update? 

The 5 biggest gripes so far about the iPhone 4S - CNN.com

iOS 5 hides an Android-like autocorrect keyboard bar - 9to5Mac

Mac News: iTunes Store: Apple Strikes Up Match

Hover Tutorial on Domain Transfers 

iPhone 4S chaos in Hong Kong - Fortune Tech

iPhone apps: A DIY skill that's in big demand

Standford iPad and iPhone course - iTunesU

Stanford's latest iPhone and iPad apps course now free on iTunes U

Sprint pushes SIM lock to iPhone 4S customers - Engadget

msnbc video: Annie Leibovitz says go for the iPhone

Amazon Kindle Fire: The reviews are in - Fortune Tech

The Death Of The Spec | TechCrunch

Qualcomm Gobi 4000 Platform for 4G LTE Connectivity

Android leads the way in mobile malware - CNET News

Android Security Threats Surge With Infected ‘Angry Birds’

U.S. Kids Looking Forward to “iHoliday” 2011 | Nielsen Wire

Google fixes Gmail iOS app - CNET Reviews

Listen to This Drunk Idiot Call 911 About His Broken iPhone

 

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C Spire Wireless pre-register

AirPrint Activator v2.1b1 « Netputing

COAT Mourns Passing of Steve Jobs

Kindle Fire vs. iPad heats up for holiday shoppers - ZDNet

retrevo - blog post by Tii

Apple Testing Siri On Devices Other Than the iPhone 4S

iOS 5 Hidden Panorama Mode Revealed 

how to enable panoramic mode without jailbreaking | 9to5Mac 

New Case Device Adds Dual SIMs To iPhone 4 | TechCrunch

Access The Hidden Field Test App For iPhone | Cult of Mac

Adobe abandons mobile Flash

Consumer Reports Recommends IPhone After Apple Fixes Antenna

icloud Control Panel on Windows XP also

 

 

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As mentioned on ep 197 - there were reports of some users having battery drain issues - and a proposed fix.  Turn off the update time zone option in Location services.  Apple has now admited to the batter issue saying the following.

 

 

"A small number of customers have reported lower-than-expected battery life on iOS 5 devices," Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison said in a statement. "We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life, and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks."

Expect more on this in the near future. 

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Yes, Prisoners Carry iPhones in Their 

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iPhone 4S Battery Life Problems Befuddle Apple Engineers, Owners

iPhone 4S battery concerns and tips for better performance | TUAW

iPhone 4S battery life problems: bug in location services suspected | guardian.co.uk

Despite early subsidies, Sprint hopes iPhone pays off - KansasCity.com

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iPhone exceeds Sprint's expectations - Computerworld

How to Use iCloud to Share Your Reminders on iOS 5

Apple’s Daily iPad Sales Exceed Q3 Moto Tablet Shipments | The Mac Observer

iPhone for Steve Rear Panel Mod

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Siri Ported To iPad and iPod Touch But

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Siri cannot understand the Scottish accent | ZDNet

Youtube - Introducing Siri - iPhone 4S (Parody)

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What's Really Next for Apple in Television - NYTimes.com

Rumor iPad 3's dense display a challenge for manufacturers - CNET News

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Apple sales top $100 billion, but fall short of estimates

iPhone 4S buyers complain of AT&T activation issues - CNET News

iPhone 4S communication breakdown: Siri, you're fired

STSS

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The iPhone 4S – 3G Or Else -- AppAdvice

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iPad and iPhone Users Get 50 GB FREE - Box.net

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What Is iMessage and How Do I Use It? | iPhone.AppStorm

iOS 5 VoiceOver Unofficial Change Log

iOS 5: 7 Hidden New Features - Wired.com

Smart Play list issues

iPhone 4S - image sensor and touch controller identified » Chipworks

How does the iPhone 4S camera stack-up against other cameras?

iPhone 4S insurance: Plans compared

Samsung Caught in iPhone Screenshot Shocker | Gizmodo UK

Steve Jobs: Android a 'stolen product' | ZDNet

Apple's Jobs on Android iTunes service: 'I don't want to make Android users happy' | ZDNet

SemiTether for iOS 5 relieves some of the tethered jailbreak pain

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Facebook finally unveils Apple iPad app - Computerworld

Foxconn to make iPads in Brazil, eyes $12 billion plan - chicagotribune.com

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iPhone 4S reviews

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What can you say to Siri? | TUAW

Apparently Siri has some pretty strange responses up her sleeve

First iPhone 4S Deliveries Made to German Customers Ahead of Official Launch - Mac Rumors

Some German iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Delivered Early | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

iPhone 4S sticks with 512MB of RAM, reports say | Apple - CNET News

iPhone 4S Teardown - iFixit

AnandTech - iFixit iPhone 4S Teardown Confirms 512MB

Verizon iPhone 4S SIM unlock rules clarified as Sprint reports total lockdown - SlashGear

Sprint and Verizon confirm iPhone 4S Micro SIM unlock for international travel - Engadget

Sprint explains iPhone 4S unlocking policy: phones will be unlocked, then locked, then unlocked again -- Engadget

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Apple issues iPhoto update to support iCloud, more | MacFixIt - CNET Reviews

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Stupid Apple Rumors 

 

 

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Well it looks like this time Apple sent out review units to more then just their favorite 3 reporters.  

 

Here are some links to different reviews of the iPhone 4S that are out now:

 

Mossberg

Pogue

Baig

MG Siegler

Dalrymple

Fry

Chen

Jaroslovsky

Nguyen

Snell

Gruber 

 

So if you need something to pass the time while waiting in line Thursday night / Friday Morning - these articles will fill up a good chunk of that time. 

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Why the iPhone 4S really IS the iPhone 5

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Target: Trade old iPhone for cheaper iPhone 4S

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AnandTech - The iPhone 4S, HSPA+, and When HSPA+ is Real 4G

AnandTech - Apple iPhone 4S includes HSPA+ 14.4

JailbreakMe.com No Longer Safe For Jailbreakers

Radio Shack inventory screen pegs iPhone 5 for Sprint -- Engadget

AT&T blames Apple for iPhone 4S upgrade eligbility restrictions 

AT&T Blaming Apple For iPhone 4S Upgrade Pricing That Screws Loyal iPhone Customers

Infographic: Anatomy of an Apple Rumor

iPhone 4S Buyer Guide, October 2011 | OpenSignalMaps

iPhone 4S: Which is the best carrier? 

Sprint plan and add-on information for iPhone

Why will unlocked iPhone 4S - not work on CDMA

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UPDATE 3: It looks like for new Sprint Customers - you can not pre-order - It says the following:

 

At this time, we are only taking online iPhone orders for current Sprint customers upgrading a phone on an existing line. If you're a new customer, or simply want to add a new line to an existing account, please select this option and click "Continue".
There you'll see how and when an iPhone can be purchased at your local Apple Retail Store.

 

Which then takes you to this message:

 

In order to purchase iPhone with a new Sprint account, or to add a line to an existing account, please visit an Apple Retail Store.

 

So at least for those jumping to Sprint from another carrier or Adding a line - no Pre-Order for you.  Walkins only. 


 

UPDATE 2: Pre-Ordering is now live -  Go HERE

 

 

Update 1:  Engadget is reporting on a 3:00 AM ET launch for pre-ordering.  I will stay up and see if this comes to pass. 

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Sometime between 2:00 AM ET and probably 9:00 AM ET the iPhone 4S will be available to pre-order. 

 

When it is available I will send out a push with the URL to pre-order and also update this post.

 

Here are two links from the iPhone Pre-Order in June 2010:  

 

 --------------------------------

If you will want to pre-order for delivery to your house you will need to go here - http://store.apple.com/

If you want to reserve an iPhone 4 for pickup at your apple store you will need to go here - http://store.apple.com/us/go/iphone4

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If the past is any indication it likely will be around sunrise on the East coast.  

 

Again this post will be updated as soon as I have more info.


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