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OUYA SDK Released plus extras for devs

OUYA SDK Released plus extras for devs

Monday, December 31, 2012 by

Coming as a nice surprise, 1,200 developers will be getting a special edition translucent version of the Dev Console. There are also already 10 games, coming from 10 different developers and include the following; Fist of Awesome, MechKnight Chronicles, Syder Arcade, KidElectro, Space Runner, Legend of Dungeon, iMechOnline, DustyRevenge, HolyShield!manufacturer coupons ...

OUYA SDK published

OUYA SDK published

Friday, December 28, 2012 by

The much anticipated OUYA SDK has been released for developers to start working on their Android / OUYA console games and apps.“An open game console that gives independent game developers the flexibility to experiment with their games and business models on the TV, is something that’s long overdue.” — David Edery (Spry Fox, creator of Triple Town)...

iOS Design Course

iOS Design Course

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by

Do you need a little help designing great looking iOS apps? The folks over at Venturebeat.com are here to help.They are offering an ipad design course, iphone design course, and an icon design course for just $79.The course goes over using Photoshop as it relates to app development, and how to create stunning graphics that will set your app apart from the crowd....

5 trends for HTML5 we saw in 2012

5 trends for HTML5 we saw in 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by

From Apple shunning use of UIWebview to apps using more native functions -HTML5 has seen a few blows in 2012 along with some advancements which include W3C releasing official specs. Here are the top 5 trends in 2012 for HTML5.manufacturer coupons for prescription drugs pharmacy discount coupon manufacturer coupons for prescription drugs...

Sesame Street gives developers some guidelines

Sesame Street gives developers some guidelines

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by

With children's privacy at the top of the list for "things to be cautious about" in 2013, it seems help is coming from unlikely sources. Who knows best how to communicate with Children in the right away?Sesame Street Workshop has released a best practice list for developers to read that will hopefully give some insight as to how to make great games and fun children's ap...

SPUN developers have 6 simple rules for app development

SPUN developers have 6 simple rules for app development

Friday, December 21, 2012 by

If every iOS developer out there could work with Apple to develop and app to the public your chances of success dramatically increase. That is exactly what the developers of the news app SPUN did when they made their app.They worked directly with Apple engineers over the course of 5 months to arrive at the experience they wanted and during those conversations they arriv...

Microsoft Windows Phone Wants YOU

Microsoft Windows Phone Wants YOU

Friday, December 21, 2012 by

Microsoft knows that to succeed in the mobile world it needs a good following of mobile developers to make great apps. That is why recently they hosted an event that invited iOS developers who exclusively develop for iOS, to try and win their loyalty onto the Windows 8 platform.This seems remnant of the early days with Google to me, when they  sent out free Nexus O...

iOS Passbook where are you now?

iOS Passbook where are you now?

Friday, December 21, 2012 by

Passbook was a new feature released in iOS 6 that allowed users to keep important items such tickets, boarding passes, coupons and so forth in a digital type wallet. Developers were a bit confused at first as to how to implement the Passbook system into their apps, but it's starting to sink in that the solution could be the next big thing in retail app de...

Appnique To Help Developers Get Found

Appnique To Help Developers Get Found

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by

ASO (App Store Optimization) is the new SEO for developers and because the app markets are making it hard to get into the top of any list, new services are emerging to help.A new service named Appnique is set to help developers get higher rankings by letting them see where they rank based on their keywords.  The company algorithmically discovers...

FTC released amendments to COPPA

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by

The Federal Trade Commission adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule that strengthen kids’ privacy protections and give parents greater control over the personal information that websites and online services may collect from children under 13. The FTC initiated a review in 2010 to ensure that the COPPA Rule keeps up with evolving t...

FTC new rules coming today

FTC new rules coming today

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by

It's been a long time coming for mobile developers, but today the FTC is set to release its new rules on child privacy as it relates to mobile apps.This could be detrimental for many developers with children's apps published in the marketplaces because depending on the restrictions, it could prohibit them from even allowing children to play against each other anonymousl...

Did mobile ads help Obama get re elected?

Did mobile ads help Obama get re elected?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by

It's no surprise to know the Obama campaign spent millions of dollars on mobile advertising during the election this past November, but Shannon Lee - who is the campaigns digital lead says the ads definitely helped them win the office.They really narrowed down their audience too, they targeted young, female and Hispanic voters in Ohio, Michigan, Nevada, Iowa, Florida an...

Need some app ideas here is some for ya!

Need some app ideas here is some for ya!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by

Our friends over at CoronaGeek have published some good app ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Usually app developers covet their ideas so this is a bit of a rarity but Corona Geek pointed out a good philosophy , "Ideas don’t make you money. IMPLEMENTING ideas makes you money."...

Amazon phone coming in 2013

Amazon phone coming in 2013

Monday, December 17, 2012 by

It's official, Amazon is making a smartphone! They have chosen Foxconn to manufacture the handset. In addition Amazon is said to have ordered 5 million units and will launch the device at $100 to $200 sometime in the second quarter or third quarter of 2013.While Google and Apple duke it out, Amazon is set to enter the arena.....

HTML5 Definition Complete says W3C

HTML5 Definition Complete says W3C

Monday, December 17, 2012 by

W3C has made the definitions of HTML5 and Canvas 2D public on their website. These are not the standards yet but it does mean developers should be able to target their code better for browsers that will soon support the coming standards.They are still looking towards 2014 for an official release but this is one small step..manufacturer coupons for prescription drugs pre...

Developer Carter Thomas shares some revenue numbers

Developer Carter Thomas shares some revenue numbers

Monday, December 17, 2012 by

It's not all that often that developers spill the beans about how they are doing revenue-wise. Carter Thomas is an indie dev and has just posted some interesting numbers about his apps.What I find most interesting is his thoughts on ipad revenue vs. iphone revenue and how the future of tablets is very bright. and the point that monetization strategies change as your vol...

Google Maps downloaded over 10 million times on iOS

Google Maps downloaded over 10 million times on iOS

Monday, December 17, 2012 by

Just a few short days ago Google released it's geo map update into the iOS App Store and it's now been downloaded over 10 million times! News which I'm sure Apple is taking pretty hard since it tried to provide iOS users with the best map experience possible but was plagued with problems from day one.The Google maps app demonstrates cutting edge geo features missin...

How to not waste time on bad app ideas

How to not waste time on bad app ideas

Monday, December 17, 2012 by

Sometimes when a new app idea comes to us, the stroke of genius tends to override some rational thinking. We tend to rush out and tell somebody we trust all about our new idea, then we go ahead and register the app, and domain name before anyone else gets it (this makes it feel official somehow), and we even sometimes go as far as storyboarding the app idea, and writing...

Apps could be regulated in the future

Apps could be regulated in the future

Monday, December 17, 2012 by

Because of a few bad seeds the entire basket might be thrown out! I'm talking about developers that aren't playing by the rules when it comes to privacy and marketing tactics within their apps, and because of it, the FTC could be at the center of some regulatory restrictions on what app developers can do in the future if we don't get everyone to clean up their act. ...

Marketing your app using Applorer

Marketing your app using Applorer

Monday, December 17, 2012 by

Applorer is an app discovery tool for the Android market that has almost 100,000 installs, and with a recent update could help developers get some free marketing for their apps.The new update allows users to "recommend" apps they like in their social outlets, and discover apps that their friends are currently playing and recommending. The opportunity exist that one of y...

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