GDPR for app developers as seen by former CTO of CBS
Thursday, June 13, 2019 by Richard Harris
GDPR is only the beginning. Data protection laws impacting how developers manage customer data are exploding all over the globe. Recently, Turkey fined Facebook, Microsoft updated its Compliance Manager, and California prepared to implement its new privacy regulations.
As companies and app developers increasingly rely on a global customer base, combating this issue i...
WordPress plugin vulnerabilities are a hackers playground
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by Bryan Becker
What do TechCrunch, BBC America, PlayStation and MTV News all have in common?
Each of their websites is powered by WordPress.
Over 74.6 million, or roughly 30 percent, of the world’s websites, depend on WordPress to power their online platforms. Every second there are over six new WordPress.com posts and over 47,000 plugins, with the number growing daily. Wh...
Why app analytics tools can get your app removed
Friday, February 8, 2019 by Richard Harris
Apple has recently started to crack down on developers that aren’t disclosing how they are capturing analytics from their users, as reported by Techcrunch and a few other sources. Analytics that includes everything from taps and swipes, to what screens users are on, length of time inside apps, and more. Some embedded SDK's developer use even record user sessio...
How the US Government shutdown could effect your app
Friday, January 11, 2019 by Richard Harris
The impacts of the US Government being offline are obvious to the daily operations of the National parks, security agencies, and other federally funded offices. But it doesn't stop there. Techcrunch recently reported how this shutdown (close to the longest running in history), is affecting IPO ready companies, and Karen Hao, a reporter for MIT Technology Review rece...
Decentralized exchange system launched by Totle
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Totle, a startup backed by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington's crypto-fund Arrington XRP amongst others, has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind solution for the fragmented decentralized trading and exchange ecosystem. The Totle Movement platform provides a solution for the lack of liquidity hampering cryptocurrency markets and DApp economies by supportin...
StackCommerce celebrates $100M in payouts to creators
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
StackCommerce announced that it reached a financial milestone of $100 million in total payouts to its creator network comprised of publishers and brands. Founded in 2011, StackCommerce got its start by connecting niche, tech-focused content sites and their readers with highly relevant tech products through commerce content.
The company expanded into the men’s l...
Smart Transit SDK has launched from HERE Mobility
Friday, September 7, 2018 by Richard Harris
HERE Mobility announced the launch of their Mobility Software Development Kit (SDK) using intelligent matching algorithms and big data to provide developers with smart mobility capabilities to enrich their apps and increase user engagement.
The HERE Mobility SDK enables native integration with the HERE Mobility Marketplace, a global one-stop-shop for aggregating mobi...
Free mobile maps and traffic tiles for developers from new TomTom SDK
Thursday, September 6, 2018 by Richard Harris
When Google Maps increased the prices developers have to pay for the privlage of using them, many a developer went scurrying to find alternatives because even though there is a bit of "credit" they apply to your account, charges climb very quickly.
But at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, TomTom has announced that it will offer free maps and traffic tiles on its ...
SnapCash goes away after excessive feature misuse
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Snap’s money transferring functionality, named SnapCash, has been marked for removal from the popular app due to misuse of the feature by users. Many alleging that this announcement is due to the sale of sexually explicit photographs and using the SnapCash feature as the method of payment.
Whenever the SnapCash features launched in 2014 in a partnership effort ...
MongoDB files for their IPO
Monday, October 2, 2017 by Richard Harris
MongoDB, an Open Source distributed database provider, has recently filed for their IPO just one month after their Q2 2017 earnings report came in reportedly totaling in the range of $68 million year-to-date. Well on track of overcoming their previous earnings of a little over $101 million (a rise of 55% from the previous year) in the 2016 business year. Additionally, M...
What the iPhone X and iOS 11 mean to app developers
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by Richard Harris
The excitement of Apple launch day always reminds me of the Willy Wonka “opening of the gates”, you know - where the public gets a peek inside Apple's secret factory for a brief moment. But this year the Apple event feels a bit different. Maybe it’s the recent leaks, maybe it’s because we all know Apple is facing a ceiling of innovation they have to punch through - and ...
PacketZoom ranks news and media apps for their speed
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 by Richard Harris
Studies have shown that a majority of consumers expect app content to download in 4 seconds or less. But PacketZoom’s new data shows that most of the major news apps take much longer than 4 seconds to download the app’s homescreen. Only BBC News and Top Buzz came in under 4 seconds, while NYT, USA Today, WSJ, TechCrunch and others were much slower. That’s a huge failing...
TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield Applications Open Through 2/29
Saturday, February 27, 2016 by Richard Harris
Startup Battlefield is TechCrunch’s premiere startup launch competition, and the next one is at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, May 9-11th. The companies selected to compete will pitch on-stage in front of some of the biggest names in tech. Applications are open through 2/29.Last year, our judges included partners from Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, Founder Collective and SV An...
Insight Into What the Facebook Announcement About Shutting Down Parse Really Means
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by Richard Harris
Matthew Baier, COO of Built.io, reached out to us to discuss his thoughts into the recent announcement by Facebook that they are shutting down the Parse development platform. Matthew has 15 years of experience launching and growing a wide range of successful products at Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Salesforce. He co-founded KurbKarma, a TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 Startup B...
Apps that Stick: A 29 Step Plan for a Killer Launch
Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Matthew Cordasco
Hey while you’re chugging that beer Friday back you may want to think about this head-spinning number: To date App Store developers have earned a cumulative $25 billion from the sale of apps and games.That a big pie, do you have what it takes to get your proper slice?Also, there’s a science to coding an app and there is definitely a science to marketing apps. Finding yo...
Next TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield Slated for May 5 7 in NYC
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Richard Harris
Startup Battlefield is TechCrunch’s premiere startup launch competition and the next one will be held at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, May 5-7. The companies selected to compete will pitch on-stage in front of some of the biggest names in tech and compete for a $50,000 prize.Last year, judges included partners from Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, Founder Collective and SV Angel. Co...
Lessons From the Consumer App Gold Rush: How Enterprise Mobile App Developers Can Succeed
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by David Lavenda
Developers continue flocking to mobile applications, and for good reason; according to investment bank Digi-Capital, mobile app revenues could reach $70 billion by 2017. On the other hand, most of these developers are struggling and need to accept that the consumer app Gold Rush is over. Some apps continue to defy reason and explode seemingly overnight (think&...
App Stores And App Distribution Drive The $700B Mobile Internet
Saturday, December 13, 2014 by Richard Harris
Mobile internet revenue are expected to more than triple to $700 billion by 2017 and app stores and app distribution are one of the main drivers to this area. Digi-Capital released results that over $19 billion has been invested in the last 12 months. There are currently 32 billion-dollar mobile Internet companies to date.Consumer apps were indicated to d...
Why You Should Get Your App Endorsed By a Mommy Blogger
Thursday, June 19, 2014 by Artyom Dogtiev
You may not realize it, but - on average - you encounter product endorsements a couple times each day. Watching TV, walking by into your local mall, launching the Facebook app on your smartphone - these are all places where consumers intersect with product endorsements.
The concept behind product endorsements is an age old one: Using the celebrity of an individual to...
Best Practices for Developers and Publishers for Pitching Your App to the Media
Monday, May 19, 2014 by Artyom Dogtiev
When it comes to putting together a marketing plan for a mobile app promotion, a public relations component is always part of the mix. (Or at least it should be!) The most prominent part of public relations is media pitching: An effort to get your mobile app reviewed on relevant blogs and app review sites. Experience shows us that media relations is one of the most misu...
May 2014 Issue of ADM is Here!
Friday, May 2, 2014 by Richard Harris
Okay first a little gloating, I'm proud to announce the 12 issue of App Developer Magazine, May 2014! The issue is over 80 pages and contains some excellent resources including everything from using Facebook to help promote your app, to knowing where to invest in the mobile industry, it's all right here!Here is the complete lineup:FEATURESGuide: Using Facebook To G...
AOL to Offer Native Mobile Ad Units for Techcrunch, Huffington Post and Other AOL Digital Properties
Sunday, April 27, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
AOL has announced a new native ad unit that will allow marketers to run advertising across mobile sites and apps.The new native unit currently reaches 86 million users per month, via AOL owned-and-operated mobile properties and apps including TechCrunch, Huffington Post, DailyFinance, Engadget, AOL Mail and Autoblog as well as through third-party publishing partner...
Guide: Using Facebook To Get App Installs
Friday, April 4, 2014 by Artyom Dogtiev
marketing plan is a crucial step in app development. There are several types of
advertising/influence making that go into a good marketing mix - media buying,
a strong press release, traffic generation, media coverage and social media
become the platform that allows a single solution, combining social media
marketing and tr...
Techcrunch Website down for Redesign
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Stuart Parkerson
Ok, we sneak a peak at Techcrunch every once in a while to see what the competition is up to.
Just a few minutes ago, we went to the site and bam! Its being redesigned!
So you heard it hear first!...
Android more trouble than it's worth
Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Richard Harris
Google is still the champ in the smartphone world. A recent report by Gartner shows Android market share at over 72%. But what good does it do to put your product into a market like that if you can't monetize it right?Users don't buy on Android as muchFirst of all, a little bit of data: until the end of 2011, 200m Android handsets had been activated. By June of this yea...
Discover your apps with Searchman
Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Richard Harris
The 500 Startups-backed app analytics firm SearchMan is debuting a new tool for mobile developers looking to quickly get a sense of how discoverable their application is inside App Store Search. This metric is more important than ever, following the changes to the iOS 6 App Store in September which have impacted developer rankings by removing or...
Everything.me, can it really bridge HTML5 and Native apps
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Richard Harris
Native apps are stealing the show when it comes to usage and functionality on mobile devices these days, but a lot of companies continue to hold out hope that more open HTML5-based mobile web services will ultimately win the day. In the meantime, those who can straddle the two worlds beautifully and effectively may end up the winners.One example comes in the form of Eve...
Ad networks want mobile game developers traffic
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Richard Harris
Executives from Tapjoy, ChartBoost and others discuss their different and sometimes controversial approaches to app monetizationIf this hasn't happened to you yet, it will soon: you're playing a mobile game and you see an in-app ad for another game inside it. Normally you might ignore such things, but this one is offering a reward--free virtual currency, perhaps--for th...