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97 Things Every Programmer Should Know

97 Things Every Programmer Should Know

Monday, March 25, 2013 by

Programming is more of an art than a skill anymore. Between learning multiple languages and platforms it can be dizzying. I came across a list of "97 things a programmer should know" and I find it quite useful because each item on the list is from a different author and offers a different perspective on each topic.Though this is in no way intended to be a "end all" auth...

Awesome Demo of Cloth (fabric) using HTML5

Awesome Demo of Cloth (fabric) using HTML5

Monday, March 25, 2013 by

The flexibly of HTML5 and the power of browser physics meet in this neat little demo on fabric which demonstrats how far along real-time simulations have come.See the full demo hereCSS Code:* { margin: 0;  background:#333;}p {  position:absolute;  top:16px;  width:auto;  left:620px;  color: #777;  font-family:sans-serif;  font-siz...

Mimvi and Entrepreneur Media Join Forces to Launch App Developer Crowdfunding and Discovery Program, TrepLabs

Mimvi and Entrepreneur Media Join Forces to Launch App Developer Crowdfunding and Discovery Program, TrepLabs

Monday, March 25, 2013 by

Mimvi, Inc., a leader in mobile app discovery, today announced an official partnership with Entrepreneur Media, to launch an innovative new discovery program for mobile app developers called TrepLabs™.TrepLabs™ is designed to help the mobile developer community reduce its current dependency on app stores, drive visibility and market traction. The growing challenge of di...

Australian App Developers get a boost from TapJoy

Australian App Developers get a boost from TapJoy

Monday, March 25, 2013 by

Are you an Australian App Developer needing funding? Mobile advertising provider Tapjoy is now supporting Australian app developers with the Tapjoy Australia Fund.From the Tapjoy website:Looking to take your free-to-play game app to the next level? The Tapjoy Australia Fund provides significant upfront marketing spend to help Australian developers bring their free-to-pl...

Smartphone cases beware, it's time to get naked!

Smartphone cases beware, it's time to get naked!

Sunday, March 24, 2013 by

The form factor of todays mobile devices is a curious study. Back in 2004 when I had my first smartphone there was little to no options to encase it inside protective armor like there exists today. It was designed to be used just as presented and any protective casing would have interfered with that (my thoughts go to the HTC Tilt here).Today when we buy a new mobile de...

Is the smartwatch the next big thing for app developers?

Is the smartwatch the next big thing for app developers?

Sunday, March 24, 2013 by

A watch that just keeps time seems like something from the wild west, after all if you are going to wear a piece of tech you might as well make the most of it right? That is the stance LG, Motorola, Sony, Apple, Google, and others are taking anyway - and it might just pay off with some exciting preliminary prototypes being leaked around the web.So what exactly is a...

Bringing Big Budget App Marketing Strategies to Everyone

Bringing Big Budget App Marketing Strategies to Everyone

Saturday, March 23, 2013 by

Today, businesses want to offer interactive, relevant mobile applications that complement, but also build on social strategies to help tap into the potential that lies in the hands of loyal customers.  A recent upgrade from the online platform Apptous is helping businesses achieve this more efficiently than ever, by enabling streamlined management of multiple apps ...

HeyZap announces ads

HeyZap announces ads

Friday, March 22, 2013 by

HeyZap is an SDK for developers to use to enable social sharing (scores, communication, etc) through their apps, but now you can also enable ads to earn revenue from that social engagement."Breathtaking design, paired with Heyzap's unique, intelligent targeting make Heyzap Ads an outstanding game monetization platform. Leveraging the power of our unmatched social-prefer...

Freemium Apps could see less revenue with new Apple Change

Freemium Apps could see less revenue with new Apple Change

Friday, March 22, 2013 by

In a move by Apple to help curve the way users can accidentally perform an in-app purchase for something they weren't aware of, a new change to the desktop version of itunes warns users the app contains in-app purchases. The new notice appears under the price bar and the app icon in app listings.This change hasn't made it's way to the app store listings (yet) but my gue...

Apple now enforcing no UDID usage in apps

Apple now enforcing no UDID usage in apps

Friday, March 22, 2013 by

It's official. Apple posted this to developers that Starting May 1, the App Store will no longer accept new apps or app updates that access UDIDs. They are asking developers to no longer use the UDID in the UIDevice Class Reference and to start using the Vendor or Advertising identifiers introduced in iOS 6.There was no word of Apple removing any app...

Glitch Games: 48 Hour Development Jam for Corona SDK Developers WIN PRIZES

Glitch Games: 48 Hour Development Jam for Corona SDK Developers WIN PRIZES

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by

Sign up to win prizes through Glitch Indie Games Jam for developers using the Corona SDK.The contest is 48 hours long and runs through May 4th and 5th (48 hours), there is a $10 entry fee.Glitch is helping encourage indie development, foster a sense of friendly rivalry and show people what could be done in Corona in such a short space of time, while at the sam...

Marmalade Revolutionises Mobile Games Porting with 'iOS on Android' SDK

Marmalade Revolutionises Mobile Games Porting with 'iOS on Android' SDK

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by

Marmalade - the award-winning cross-platform development tool – today announced the launch of Marmalade Juice, a unique technology that entirely replaces the need to port iOS games to Android and other platforms.Marmalade Juice breaks down the barriers for iOS developers looking to target other ecosystems by allowing them to recompile Objective-C and native OS APIs...

Earn $100 an app for publishing them into the Windows Phone Market

Earn $100 an app for publishing them into the Windows Phone Market

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by

Microsoft announced a new promotion to try and get more app inventory into their market. They will pay U.S. developers $100 per app published in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store, with a limit of 10 published apps per store. The promotion runs through June 30, or for the first 10,000 published apps, whichever comes first. ...

App Annie Now Supports Amazon Store Stats

App Annie Now Supports Amazon Store Stats

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by

As the Amazon Appstore picks up momentum, App Annie wants to help you track your app stats and stay up-to-date with what’s happening on this fast-growing store.Analytics: Track your Amazon Appstore appsIf you use App Annie Analytics for your iOS and Google Play apps - you can now add your Amazon apps to your dashboard. It’s got all the same Analytics features you know a...

Google Drive Realtime API

Google Drive Realtime API

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by

Google just announced the launch of a new tool for developers that will allow them to bring the same real-time collaboration features that power Google Drive to their own apps.The API, Google writes, “handles network communication, storage, presence, conflict resolution, and other collaborative details so you can focus on building great apps.” Google partnered with...

Most common legal mistakes app developers make

Most common legal mistakes app developers make

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by

Legal issues are frightening to most app developers. We typically go about our business of making apps that are unique and independent of any other ideas we know of, but still sometimes without warning we get a letter from a 3rd party telling us that we've infringed on a copyright, or used someone else's intellectual property. What do you do? How can you avoid this?Luck...

Placed Launches Location Affiliate Program

Placed Launches Location Affiliate Program

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by

Placed has just launched a new way for mobile developers to earn revenue - and it's not by showing ads in your app!Their new "location affiliate" product slips into your app by means of a traditional SDK but instead of an ad taking over your app screen, the user is promoted to opt-in for sharing their anonymized location data with Placed for market research purposes, in...

Chart.js HTML5 charts

Chart.js HTML5 charts

Monday, March 18, 2013 by

Ever needed to create a chart from data you have for free? Using Chart.js now you can. It offers 6 different chart types, uses the HTML5 canvas element, and it dependency free - which means it's portable! There are line, bar, radar, pie, polar, and doughnut chart types to choose from!Complete documentation is online on the chart.js website as well....

Introducing Appoxee V2

Introducing Appoxee V2

Monday, March 18, 2013 by

Since 2010, Tel Aviv based Appoxee has been providing thousands of app developers and publishers with the tools they need to reach out to their users in an automated and personalized way. Appoxee’s products are all about simplifying and optimizing the engagement process. The automation features and ROI-oriented communication tools enable App Publishers to achieve t...

Game Developers: How are you doing?

Game Developers: How are you doing?

Monday, March 18, 2013 by

Long hours, new languages, devices, and API's to learn can be the Achilles heal of any developer. The daily grind of developing a game can either break you, or make you. Gamastra asked approximately 1,000 game developers at the end of 2012 how happy they are with their working conditions.In a report by Patrick Miller and Brad Bulkley, they cover all of the det...

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