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Pontiflex offers $100 free mobile advertising money thanks to the Pope

Pontiflex offers $100 free mobile advertising money thanks to the Pope

Saturday, December 08, 2012 by

If you are a religious organization or nonprofit organization with an app in the app store, Pontiflex might have some money to market your app waiting on you. They are giving the money away in appreciation for the accidental surge of religious followers to their Pontiflex twitter feed. In a funny typo, there was a large group of people that thought they were signin...

Leadbolt releases new SDK 4.0

Leadbolt releases new SDK 4.0

Saturday, December 08, 2012 by

The ad network LeadBolt has released its latest SDK, version 4.0 for Android developers. They claim it's their biggest feature packed SDK ever, here are a few highlights of the new SDK.Now when you create a channel in the dashboard there are some default ad types created for you such as app walls, banners, and the new audio ad format.Audio Ads are now included, not sure...

INFOGRAPHIC Android 2012 James Bond Style!

INFOGRAPHIC Android 2012 James Bond Style!

Saturday, December 08, 2012 by

Papaya Mobile has drawn up a clever little info graphic covering most of the big topic items that occurred in the android world for 2012. Covering topics from monetization to user statistics you're sure to get a kick out of this well crafted – and informative little new blip....

Apple holiday schedule for developers

Apple holiday schedule for developers

Saturday, December 08, 2012 by

The final days for you to get an app in the Apple App Store before the close of 2012 is drawing near.  iTunes Connect will shut down December 21–28 for the winter holidays so you would need to get your app ready for review by early next week if you want to make it before the cut off.In addition any pricing changes or other changes to your apps overall pre...

How to engage your app users

How to engage your app users

Friday, December 07, 2012 by

Here is an interesting statistic,  Flurry reports after 30 days of the initial download, 54% of the users will open the app again. But after 90 days, the percentage of users still using the app falls drastically to 35%.That means that overall your app won't be used much after the first launch if you aren't doing the right things in the app to keep users i...

The Native or Web app argument

The Native or Web app argument

Friday, December 07, 2012 by

Developer Tech is going to get the last word in for 2012 on the war of the native vs. web apps. This is a nice report and covers most of the associated pro's and con's. In the end I think there is plenty of room for both platforms because each offers a unique experience and delivery mechanism.It's a fairly long comparison but is worth the read -especially if you are not...

AnDevCon 2012 talks Android monetization

Friday, December 07, 2012 by

Are you having trouble monetizing your Android apps? Not knowing the buying habits of users, and not using in-app purchases could be the cause says Ehan Evans, Amazon’s Director of App Developer Services.At AnDevCon he provided some interesting insight into how some developers are getting rich off their Android apps. It's all about the process in how the user ...

Rubicon Mobile and the Windows app store

Rubicon Mobile and the Windows app store

Friday, December 07, 2012 by

Your a popular app developer for Apple, Android, and even Blackberry, so you decide to release your well-known app for the new Windows phone store - only to see your game drop to the depths and not get any mention by the admins at Windows.The developer Rubicon Mobile recently posted an update on their website, sharing their experience in the Windows app store with their...

Build faster Windows phone apps with Perst

Build faster Windows phone apps with Perst

Friday, December 07, 2012 by

Embedded Databases (DBMS) have come to the Windows phone developer from McObject via their product Perst. It looks to be a viable choice for anyone building content rich applications.Perst gives windows developers the ability to sort, store and retrieve objects in their applications with high speed and with low memory and storage overhead. McObject offers Pers...

Amazon A/B Testing for Android Developers Announced

Amazon A/B Testing for Android Developers Announced

Thursday, December 06, 2012 by

Amazon announced a new way for developers to test functions of their apps without actually releasing the app to the general public today,  through a service called Amazon A/B Testing. The service is built on Amazon Web Services and  lets you easily optimize your apps by distributing tests to only a portion of customers and observing how successful ea...

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...

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