RunMobile Announces the Best Mobile Blogs
The mobile app and strategy blogging community provides razor-sharp clarity in a sea of acronyms, product names and ever-changing technology. To provide further assistance in navigating the mobile blogging community waters, we wanted to give special recognition to mobile blogs that provide specific information, tell it in a useful, unique way and are always ahead of the curve for mobile app, device and strategy reporting. Here are our RunMobile picks for the Best Mobile Blogs available.
Headed up by executive editor Jason Ankeny, FierceMobileContent serves as the capitol of all things mobile. The blog’s Rumor Mill section makes iOS redesign hearsay (functionality, graphics, fonts, game controllers and more) easy to find while generating excitement. The Mobile Health section means the blog is ahead of its time with news of how physicians might move traditional in-office doctor’s appointments and health screenings to virtual while utilizing electronic health records and mobile apps, and the Library provides the latest available white papers, eBooks and webinars for those who prefer to dive deeper.
Those who value a bargain will love iOSnoops, run by “Snoops” who scour the App Store to find the best deals for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. They don’t allow developers to pay them for app mentions, ever – so rest assured that what you see is what you get. The Daily App Deals section provides updates of the latest app deals, but for those who don’t have time to search, blog writers provide the best new app of the day, the best app gone free and the best app deal every day, right on the homepage. To help you keep track of what’s newest, easily see expired deals marked with an icon, see deals streamed to-the-minute on all three of iOSnoops’ Twitter accounts and subscribe to the blog’s newsletters, email alerts and RSS deal feeds.
MOMs With Apps
The mobile world moves quickly, and with that technology comes concerns about protecting children while providing them with modern means to thrive. Enter the MOMs With Apps blog, which supports developers who create family-friendly apps based on thoughtful use of technology, the understanding that apps aren’t parents and the premise of keeping kids safe online. The Kids & Technology section provides guidelines and news on topics like getting kids to read using mobile book apps, understanding basic programming language and how parents can continue mobile education at home. App Friday newsletters discuss the latest privacy legislation as well as promote MOM-approved apps.
Inside Mobile Apps
With its target audience of leading and emerging developers, Inside Mobile Apps helps developers stay current on social and mobile platforms as well as technical, business and legislative news that could affect mobile developers and entrepreneurs. Its App Data section has an impressive daily-updated list of the top 15 free, paid, grossing, free gaining, paid gaining and losing apps across Facebook, iOS, Android and Windows Phone for 15 countries. Page Data shows similar metrics and trends for web pages, and a Jobs section features creative, developer and social media jobs across the United States.
iMore and its affiliated Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone blog networks provide a one-stop shop (or four-stop shop, which we prefer) for forum listings, app news, games, reviews, podcasts, contests and more. The How-To section for each product offers tips on setting up your homescreen, managing messages, reminders and calendars, improving your photos and mastering settings on your device, as well as bug fixes. Plus, iMore offers a central location to shop for your device’s cases, chargers, screen protectors, headsets and other accessories. Hey, they’ve got to make money somehow; we’re just glad it’s organized.
Mobile Commerce Daily
Labeled as “the news leader in mobile commerce and retail,” Mobile Commerce Daily delivers on how businesses are marketing through mobile. Mobile Commerce Daily provides corporate hits and misses for entering the mobile retail space and location-based services, which is helpful for businesses moving from online sales to at least partially mobile. News is categorized into retail sectors – typical ones like media, app stores, apparel and beauty, and up-and-coming ones like automotive, nonprofits, health and gas stations. For further education, the Resources section has listings of mobile commerce conferences, as well as case studies and the upcoming editorial calendar, a rare blog feature, to see what’s on the horizon for the site.
Cult of Mac
Unofficially considered The Drudge Report of Apple information, Cult of Mac often breaks stories and established itself as a source of Apple news that news organizations now turn to for quotes. The writers, who have written for Wired, Scientific American, The New York Times, Newsweek, the BBC and a number of Mac publications, are often granted exclusive interviews with Apple insiders, and Cult of Mac’s quick “Send Tip” link makes it easy to send an anonymous tip to the site. Plus, the site is user-friendly – the Deals section is divided into Sales, Freebies and Giveaways in a pleasantly designed, two-column, single-graphic listing to make it easy to decide what to investigate further.
Whether you’re a mobile app developer or mobile startup, Jeanne Pi’s AppsBlogger offers advice for all things marketing, public relations and entrepreneurship. She dives in to the struggles and successes behind up-and-coming companies and has specific tips about how to drive traffic to your site, build a loyal audience, retain customers, establish credibility as a company and more. Her Tools I Use section provides website development and marketing tools to help you get your website or mobile app up and running, and her encouraging words can’t be beat when you’re building a company from ground up.
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