Noon News: Mobile App Market On The Rise, Eee Pad Transformer For £361, US Wireless Carriers Blocking Tethering Apps

Revenue for the mobile applications market is expected to rise by 77.7 percent to $3.8 billion this year, with Apple’s App Store taking the lion’s share. The research firm predicted that the marker for mobile apps will continue to rise over the next few years, growing to $5.6 billion in revenue in 2012, 6.9 billion in 2013 and $8.3 billion in 2014.

Comet has some stock of the Eee Pad Transformer Android tablet again for as little as £361, down from £380; you will have to use the code WILL5 at checkout to get the £19 discount. Supplies of the tablet appeared to be severely restricted with the official release dates having been postponed at least once and Amazon is still sticking to a June release date.

Xobni, the company behind the popular email plug-in of the same name, has launched its own app store. Xobni is a growing company based in San Francisco, US. Established in 2006, the company specialises in offering “unique and intelligent ways” of managing email accounts on BlackBerry devices as well as through Microsoft Outlook.

New reports have emerged that Sony declined to appear before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade regarding the recent security breaches in its PlayStation and PC online gaming networks. The hearing was originally scheduled by the Subcommittee on May 4, where the console giant was supposed to testify and explain its position regarding the recent attack on its gaming networks which allowed hackers to steal personal information of up to 102 million users, including credit card information.

Several US wireless carriers are preventing users from downloading free wireless tethering apps from Google’s Android Market. According to posts on several blogs, carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile are preventing users from downloading Android apps that allow users to turn their Smartphone into a wireless modem without paying extra fees to the carriers.