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App bundles could be the future

App bundles could be the future

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by

Would you include your app in a bundle offer if you could get it downloaded more?"Bundling" is a common marketing technique to offer users more value for the money they're spending. It's been used to distribute desktop applications for years and some mobile developers are thinking it's time this sort of thing comes to the app stores.There would be obstacles to over...

Corona Labs acquires Game Minion

Corona Labs acquires Game Minion

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by

Corona developers will soon have a new option for including cloud based services such as  leaderboards, social sharing, and multiplayer gaming into their apps.Corona Labs announced they have joined forces with Game Minion to develop "Corona Cloud" which will hopefully be ready for developers to start using in early 2013.Corona is already a multiplatf...

HTML5 Canvas demonstration using the planets

HTML5 Canvas demonstration using the planets

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by

Adam Brookes is a student at the University of Hull, England. On his blog he demonstrates the use of HTML5 canvas through a model of the solar system (minus Pluto) which includes context.arc, Kochs snowflake algorithm, lineTo algorithm, and sprite sheets.This is purely for amusement :)...

Google maps come back to iOS

Google maps come back to iOS

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by

While Apple is still working hard to release iOS 6.1 which should have most Apple mapping issues fixed, Google has released a new version of it's mapping app software into the iOS world.The new Google maps app is built on top of the new Google 3.0 maps API which includes many new features including multi-layering and indoor maps. In addition the app also now includes tu...

SponsorPay Unveils AppTrailer™

SponsorPay Unveils AppTrailer™

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by

Advertising your mobile app through banners, interstitial's, or similar mechanisms might be a thing of the past. How about engaging users with a short video blip of your app in action?That is exactly what SponsorPay's new AppTrailer product lets you do.“Acquiring engaged users is priority number one for app developers and AppTrailer has proved to be very effective in th...

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 :)...

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