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Push Notification For iOS From Windows Azure Mobile Services

Push Notification For iOS From Windows Azure Mobile Services

Thursday, December 06, 2012 by

Windows Azure Mobile Services is a service offered by Microsoft that allows mobile developers to create background services such as user authentication, push notifications, and saving data to the cloud, more simple.Azure with iOS Push Notifications just became an official feature and is talented to be the easiest way to fire push notifications to your mobile users....

HOW TO Add a Custom Compiler to Xcode 4

HOW TO Add a Custom Compiler to Xcode 4

Thursday, December 06, 2012 by

If you have the need to add a custom compiler to your Xcode environment, we think we found a solution just for you. In a how-to article over at Hammad Mazhar's website, he walks you through the detailed steps in creating your own custom compiler – and how to get it to play nice with Xcode....

Visual Website Optimizer now for mobile

Visual Website Optimizer now for mobile

Thursday, December 06, 2012 by

Do you need to test a mobile website for it's readiness into the market?Visual Website Optimizer now supports testing and optimization for mobile enabled and responsive websites. Just in time for the holidays shopping spree, subscribers of the VWO “Large Agency” plan and above can now optimize their mobile landing pages and websites just as they would do for th...

FreshBooks Developers Talk About Design Mistakes

FreshBooks Developers Talk About Design Mistakes

Thursday, December 06, 2012 by

Who wants to be the first one up to bat that talks about the mistakes they've made with their mobile app? FreshBooks is cracking the book open on their design and development process for their first mobile app and letting everyone in on the mistakes they made, even after much analysis of their audience.This is a great example of not straying too far from your vision whe...

Easy way to learn HTML5

Easy way to learn HTML5

Thursday, December 06, 2012 by

I recently stumbled across a website that offered an HTML5 training course. The site is powered by Memrise. They use 'mems' to help you form vivid, sensory memories. Then they test you continuously, always making sure to give your brain just the right workout. They also remind you of what you've learned at scientifically optimized times so your memories ...

Private Android Play stores open for businesses

Private Android Play stores open for businesses

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 by

Need to release an Android app internally for your business? Now you can with the extended ability of the Google Android Play store with a service named  Google Play Private Channel. You will need to have a Google Apps for Business, Education or Government account domain. A Google Apps administrator must enable the Google Play Developer Console for e...

Sophos Security Report for 2013

Sophos Security Report for 2013

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 by

Along with all of the other challenges in the mobile market coming in 2013, I think security will be up front and center for a lot of marketplaces, manufacturers, and developers.Sophos just released their security report for 2013 and reports on many vulnerabilities across the entire computing platform, with android being one of the largest concerns due to its growing nu...

HTML5 is not going anywhere

HTML5 is not going anywhere

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 by

HTML5 is becoming a great medium between hard-core device level mobile programming, and web programming. It has its advantages and its disadvantages but as it continues to gather a following I think many developers will choose some variant of HTML5 in their programming repertoire.Developer Tech has issued a report on the five reasons why HTML5 is here to stay. Their rea...

Microsoft should encourage app development for Surface

Microsoft should encourage app development for Surface

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 by

Microsoft has spent an astounding $1.5 billion to promote their surface tablet operating system, however many apps are still not offered with the system.  Perhaps developer’s unfamiliarity with the system is the reason so many fundamental apps that most other tablets have are not included – including the Facebook app.  Other apps missing are Barns an...

Developer Survey, a cross platform study

Developer Survey, a cross platform study

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 by

Smith's Point Analytics has developed a survey that will help mobile vendors better understand the development needs of a mobile programmer.The results of the developer survey will make up a new section of a report that we are updating that analyzes the market opportunity for HTML5 and cross platform mobile application development tools. The first version of the researc...

Developers remove game from iOS store after piracy

Developers remove game from iOS store after piracy

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 by

The game "Battle Dungeon" by Hunted Cow Studios was in the iOS App Store for less than a week when it was removed by the developers citing their servers were overloaded with sign-ups coming from pirated copies – 90% of sign-ups that is!They said the hacked installs were coming from rouge versions somewhere on the web which allowed it to be installed on any iOS device th...

The future of iOS apps

The future of iOS apps

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 by

How does 60,000 downloads the first day of your new app sound, pretty good right? That is what LetterPress, a two player game for the iOS did and it was created by Loren Brichter.Brichter worked for Apple and is the guy who brought us many great interface features in iOS we know today. He is ambitious, brave, and groundbreaking in his iOS app design methods.Th...

How to pre launch your app

How to pre launch your app

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 by

They say expectation is everything, and that is ringing true with regards to marketing your app before your app is actually available. Creating a pre-launch buzz is a unique way to get a crowd rumbling about your apps release that can echo throughout the Internet and begin building the anticipation needed for a successful launch.So where do you do this, what does a pre-...

Adblock plus moving to Android developers beware

Adblock plus moving to Android developers beware

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 by

Ad block plus is a popular desktop plug-in that prohibits ad networks from displaying while you're browsing the Internet, and it's now making the leap into the Android mobile market. While this sounds like a good idea for mobile app "users", it could become catastrophic for mobile app developers who earn their revenue through ad networks. Adblock plus on the deskto...

Microsoft says app downloads and revenue is climbing

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 by

Yesterday Microsoft announced that app downloads and revenue all together have more than doubled since the release of Windows operating system version 8 which is mobile ready and is designed to be universal across desktops and tablet style devices.The announcement was a bit vague and we have yet to hear the chimes of any actual Windows phone developers further strengthe...

Hot tips from a big app developer

Hot tips from a big app developer

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 by

What would you call a successful app? Would 20 million downloads worldwide do it, we thought so too! A recent New York Times article said that very few app developers (only 4%) make over a million dollars, the rest of them are all clawing for an audience and making somewhere between $200 and $30,000. The curious thing here is that even with statistics like thi...

An update to the Google maps API is here

An update to the Google maps API is here

Monday, December 03, 2012 by

It looks like Google has stepped up to the plate and fulfilled the request of many developers by updating their Google maps API which is available now on the Google android developers page.Google says there are numerous updates to the API that will make developers smile. For instance the API now contains the ability to create multiple layers on top of the screens &...

On average app developers earn more than US$110,000 per year, really?

On average app developers earn more than US$110,000 per year, really?

Monday, December 03, 2012 by

A recent report  from company ReThink Recruitment says that it is a great time to be a mobile app developer. They report the average income is over US$110,000 a year for mobile developer with experience in the market!I know a few app developers that would beg to differ so I'm curious how they arrived at that figure, but nonetheless it's an interestin...

iOS 6.1 Beta 3 out for developers

iOS 6.1 Beta 3 out for developers

Monday, December 03, 2012 by

Attention apple developers, Apple is never going to let you relax! The are getting closer to the full version of the new iOS 6.1 operating system with today's announcement that 6.1 Beta 3 is available for registered developers to download.The iDevices that are compatible with iOS 6.1 beta 3 include the iPad 4, iPad mini, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone ...

Facebook developers entering the mobile force

Facebook developers entering the mobile force

Monday, December 03, 2012 by

Facebook developers are making the leap into the mobile world with some of their most popular games and apps. The reason why is, so many Facebook developers have made apps for a platform that is only accessible on the desktop PC, so it only makes sense to move things over into the expanding mobile world where most people are starting to spend their time.Most Facebook de...

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