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Dell stops making smartphones

Dell stops making smartphones

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by

The computing hardware giant Dell has announced they are dropping out of creating any Dell branded mobile devices, and leaving Android entirely.Jeff Clarke, the head of Dell’s consumer business, said that they could not find a way to build a business from Android. They have decided to start distributing Windows tablets instead, all running Windows 8 or Windows RT.This s...

Google CEO interview

Google CEO interview

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by

Larry Page is the CEO of Google and rarely talks to the press, so rarely in fact this was only Page's second wide-ranging conversation with a print publication since becoming CEO of Google in April 201. But Fortune magazine was granted a rare opportunity to speak with him one on one about the search engines future, bouts with Apple, and mobile comput...

How the new Facebook policy effects your apps

How the new Facebook policy effects your apps

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by

Facebook introduced it's new privacy policy today and with it came a change in the way users accept your app's permissions when prompted. Previously when an app needed permission to a users Facebook account a single dialog would appear asking the user to allow the app permission to do so. With one tap the app could have permission to your Facebook account, but Facebook ...

Android Developer Survey

Android Developer Survey

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by

Android developers now is your chance to give Google some input on how they are doing with regards to Android Development. They have published a survey specifically targeting Android developers to help them understand the challenges and processes that we are facing today with regards to development.The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and you will be asked ques...

Gamestop now selling Kindle fires

Gamestop now selling Kindle fires

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by

The infiltration of the Amazon Kindle fire has taken a new turn with the giant game distribution store GameStop now offering the Kindle Fire off-the-shelf.What this means to developers is that you really should consider distributing your Android-based applications over Amazon if you haven't already. The market continues to grow and I think by first quarter of 2013 we wi...

FTC complaint causes app developer to temporarily remove apps

FTC complaint causes app developer to temporarily remove apps

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by

If you don't think mobile privacy is becoming a really big deal then maybe this story will catch your attention.Mobbles, is a geolocation game in which children collect and care for virtual pets. The game also collected some personal information including email addresses without parental consent, and evidently with no privacy policy in place.The Center for Digital ...

Making the most money with Android

Making the most money with Android

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by

The question of the day, how do I earn the most revenue with my android? It's a difficult quandary and we could argue points from all sides enough to fill this page. The Intel developer blog this week talks about how you can earn the most money in the Android market with a balance of doing client-based work, and doing your own app development work.They don't mentio...

Rebtel Voice platform for iOS and Android

Rebtel Voice platform for iOS and Android

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by

Rebtel has announced a new way for mobile developers to add voice functionality to their apps with supposedly very little effort. Their new SDK is set to launch in a private beta on Tuesday.The service is free for now but Rebtel says that large volume users could see some sort of pricing structure as they continue to grow.This could come in real handy for deve...

Angry Birds the movie coming in 2016

Angry Birds the movie coming in 2016

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by

We could've seen this one coming but the makers of the famous game "Angry Birds have agreed to a deal to bring the characters to life on the big screen -oh and it will be in 3-D!They have signed on John Cohen (the producer of Dispicabal Me) to produce the movie as well as David Maisel, former chairman of Marvel Studios and executive producer of Iron Man, ...

Admob changes minimum refresh rate

Admob changes minimum refresh rate

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by

Google's mobile ad network AdMob has sent a letter to all developers using the service notifying them that ad refresh times will be increased to a minimum of 30 seconds. This is up from the old minimum of 12 seconds which put more ads more quickly in front of mobile users.They say  that this change can improve traffic quality on refreshed ads by 26%, thus incr...

And it's Android by a nose over Apple says Austrailians

And it's Android by a nose over Apple says Austrailians

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by

The research firm Telsyte says 44% of all smart phones are now running the Android operating system in Australia, that's compared to 43% of smart phones running iOS – which is a very small margin. iOS tablets however are still the king even in the land down under.The analysis reports that faster product cycles, and better carrier support seems to be the leadin...

Want to build a webserver in objective C HTTPKit is here

Want to build a webserver in objective C HTTPKit is here

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by

HTTPkit is a very lightweight server framework that lets you build web apps using Objective C or Tranquil. In the online repository you'll find an example of how to use it and how to get started building your web app with this unique framework....

App Fabric now in open beta

App Fabric now in open beta

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by

If you have ever wanted to add a social aware aspect to your app, the company Singly might just have the answer for you. They have released their product "AppFabric" mobile SDK to the developer masses!Their SDK can connect your app users with over 35 different social outlets in a single SDK integration.The API will cost you, from $19 /mo for 1000 users, up to ...

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...

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