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Windows 8 hacks can jeopardize developer revenue streams

Windows 8 hacks can jeopardize developer revenue streams

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by

A Nokia engineer wants to alert developers of Windows 8 games that their appa could be hacked using a multistep process which will allow people to get your game for free. Justin Angel, a Nokia Engineer posted a step by step guide in his blog on how to hack the Windows 8 phone in the "use of innate Windows 8 security attack vectors".  As of right now the b...

Box2D physics engine for jquery that is HTML5 ready

Box2D physics engine for jquery that is HTML5 ready

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by

File this under awesome - a physics engine that is box2D in nature and you can dump into your web apps using jquery.You can now add physics to any div layer or object within a stage!Here is the github link https://github.com/franzenzenhofer/box2d-jqueryI think I'm in love :)...

APIMiner now has thousands of Android source code examples

APIMiner now has thousands of Android source code examples

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by

If you're looking for a good reference for the android API here it is. The APIMiner uses the android API documentation with a caveat, there are real world source code examples that you can use while developing your android apps.Most of the source code is "drop in" ready so if you have a template application that you can fire off while researching development, you can pi...

Game from 1961 now in HTML5

Game from 1961 now in HTML5

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by

If you can believe your eyes here is some brilliant programming from 1961 replicated in an HTML5 web app.****************** *     M E M O    * ****************** ONCE AGAIN: PLAYING "SPACEWAR!" DURING REGULAR OPERATIONS IS POSITIVELY PROHIBITED! AS YOU ALL PRETTY WELL KNOW, REGULAR OPERATION...

10 app marketing tips

10 app marketing tips

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by

This is a slideshow for marketing a startup, but it covers app development tips for boosting app downloads as well and I think it is relevant here.  ...

Behind the scenes with Assassin’s Creed III

Behind the scenes with Assassin’s Creed III

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by

As a developer we often look at big company games and wonder, how did they pull that off? The makers of Assassins Creed III are letting us in on some of their methods to design and structure in a unique interview with FXGuide.It's an interesting study in how game developers are making things look more real and it could be what's coming next for mobile developers as devi...

Going back in time for app ideas and gaming structure

Going back in time for app ideas and gaming structure

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by

Sometimes reinventing the wheel can be exhausting, so when you need inspiration or are stuck on a certain part of your app design – go back in history and look at how early game developers did things.Sometimes the simplest of things tend to be the best choice when deciding on mechanics and innovative features to put into your app. This article explains how going back to...

In App Billing version 3.0 is here for Android devs

In App Billing version 3.0 is here for Android devs

Monday, December 10, 2012 by

While iOS freemium apps continue to show-off their revenue numbers, Google has just released it's latest iteration of in-app billing  (the equivalent to in-app purchases for iOS) to help Android developers earn more revenue.Google says it's more developer friendly with easier to write code, more robust with fewer lost transactions, faster API calls, and some other ...

Microsoft and Apple arguing over fees

Microsoft and Apple arguing over fees

Monday, December 10, 2012 by

The future of the SkyDrive app by Microsoft might be in jeopardy for iOS users because Microsoft and Apple have locked horns over Apple wanting 30% of Microsoft's take when people purchase additional space inside the app while using an iOS device.This goes back to the early argument developers had over the seemingly generous slice of a developers revenue being taken by ...

FTC comes down hard on developers and markets

FTC comes down hard on developers and markets

Monday, December 10, 2012 by

I can't say that I blame em - but they sure gave just about anyone in the mobile developer world a rattle today with harsh words over kids privacy when it comes to mobile apps.In a new 2012 survey that compares to last years it shows little has been done to protect the privacy of children while using apps found on mobile devices.The site inside social activity from gami...

Monetize your apps with affiliate offers

Monetize your apps with affiliate offers

Monday, December 10, 2012 by

LunarAds announced today the ability for developers to use affiliate offers from inside any app using their SDK. They also offer a list of 12 well known mobile affiliates to get you started.So why use affiliate offers in your apps? Simple, because they can pay you ALOT more than using regular ad networks due to the fact you don't have to share the revenue with anyo...

$50 off Amazon Kindle directly from Amazon today only!

$50 off Amazon Kindle directly from Amazon today only!

Monday, December 10, 2012 by

Today only, save $50 on Kindle Fire HD 8.9" when you use the code FIREHD89 at checkout on Amazon.com!Merry Christmas from Amazon eh?...

vAds by Mobfox introduced to developers

vAds by Mobfox introduced to developers

Monday, December 10, 2012 by

Introducing vAds MobFox mobile advertising network has released a groundbreaking mobile ad unit for Android and iOS: vAds. The introduction of the persuasive power of HD quality, instant play video to mobile advertising combined with a HTML5 interactive overlay makes vAds one of the most dynamic mobile advertising formats available today. Interactive en...

Apple and Google team up to nab Kodak Patents

Apple and Google team up to nab Kodak Patents

Monday, December 10, 2012 by

Kodak has over 1,100 different imaging patents that Google and Apple both want -and after different teams from each company tried to win the bid, they decided to join up as partners to acquire the patents for an offer of more than $500 million dollars....

Apple Developers can no longer use the word memory in app titles

Apple Developers can no longer use the word memory in app titles

Monday, December 10, 2012 by

The next big app idea you might have better not contain the word "memory" in the app title so says Apple.Believe it or not the word memory as relating to a game is copywritten by a company out of Germany. This seems a bit crazy to me since you shouldn't be able to copyright such a common word,  but Apple says it's a valid claim and is backing them up on it.Even if ...

Is Android getting too complex?

Is Android getting too complex?

Monday, December 10, 2012 by

I always chuckle a little when I read analytics that say android has most of the mobile market share. While this "technically" might be true, most of the time those statements are left open ended. What they should say is "Android has most of the mobile market share including installs on one-of-kind devices,  kitchen appliances, watches, $59 tablets, photo frames, a...

Pocket Change Android Currency system announced

Pocket Change Android Currency system announced

Sunday, December 09, 2012 by

Want to be able to reward your Android users with points in different parts of your apps? Now you can with the Pocket Change virtual currency system. Here is how it basically works. You use the Pocket Change SDK inside your app and "trigger" it whenever you want. For example, "Clear level 5 for 500 Pocket Change bonus points!".So where is the virtual currently from Pock...

Native Gmail App for iOS looks to have HTML5 under the hood

Native Gmail App for iOS looks to have HTML5 under the hood

Sunday, December 09, 2012 by

Google released an update to the iOS Gmail app and after some initial study the developer Hezi Cohen says he has found some interesting HTML5 looking code at working behind the scenes. It looks to be a hybrid variant of native code working with HTML5 which means they are doing some carefully crafted programming!...

Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

Sunday, December 09, 2012 by

The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights is an effort by the Unites States Government to put privacy first for consumers and force digital information companies to be "within the law" when it comes to what sort of information they can gather, and use. As an app developer you need to pay close attention to this story because it will directly effect the way your...

HTML5 will redesign the web

HTML5 will redesign the web

Sunday, December 09, 2012 by

HTML5 is technically still in development, but it's clear there will be some game-changing design features built into the official release that will shake up web design. We know it will change the HTML language altogether but what will it do for web design? A lot says Designer and Consultant Jen Simmons....

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