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Smartphones have led, and desktops will follow

Smartphones have been the center of attention for a while now with their sleek design and mobile applications. What has become of the computers and PCs? Well, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Computers are suddenly becoming more like Smartphones. The idea of “continuum of computing” is for example where your iPad or iPhone and Mac desktop would work together seamlessly and have features that would operate similar to all devices.

Smartphones have led, and desktops will follow 

 

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Gaming is a top priority for mobile-tech makers

For mobile devices, having a gaming category is must have category whether the device is a phone or tablet. The VP of product management at Qualcomm, Raj Talluri, discovered that over half of users play game on their mobile devices regularly and that games have become an integral part of their mobile user experience. Talluri also stated that the game users are more likely to adopt technology and drive it. They are proven to be the most influential of all consumers. The number one downloaded and most frequently used app for the iPad and mobile phones are games. Looking in to the future of gaming technology applications, features such as a Siri-like voice interaction could be in the near future.

Gaming is a top priority for mobile-tech makers

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Nokia’s new 41 Megapixel Camera Phone

Nokia announced the 808 PureView today at the Mobile World Congress, and all of a sudden the previously unknown phone running a dated Symbian OS became the talk of the show.  You can read more info or watch the video over at VentureBeat.

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AT&T May Try Billing App Makers

AT&T is considering a new system in which mobile app developers and publishers would pay for the wireless bandwidth associated with using the apps and downloading content.
John Donovan, the executive responsible for AT&T’s network and technology, explained the carrier’s interest in the service in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

This is a new technique in an attempt to regain profits from intensified data usage on smartphones. Instead of trying to make the users pay, which has already been done through the elimination of unlimited data plans, AT&T hopes this strategy will bring in revenue from the untapped source of service providers.

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052970204653604577249080966030276-lMyQjAxMTAyMDIwNzEyNDcyWj.html

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Chase, Capital One and Barclaycard join as launch partners for Isis mobile payment service

Isis mobile payment is an NFC-based service that allows users to load their credit, debit and prepaid cards into their Isis Mobile Wallet, much like the Google Wallet system. Even though Isis is backed by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, it couldn’t seem to compete in relation to its counterparts. A new partnership with Chase, Capitol One, and Barclaycard, in addition to its current base of supporters, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, should allow the system to come out ahead when it launches. The date is still unclear, but expected around the middle of the calendar year of 2012.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/27/chase-capital-one-and-barclaycard-join-as-launch-partners-for-i/

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Windows on the iPad, and Speedy

A new app called OnLive Desktop Plus now makes the iPad faster and able to act like your PC at home! The free version allows users to use the entire Windows Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Paint, Notepad, and other great features. The OnLive Desktop Plus version adds Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer, and a 1-gigabit-a-second Internet connection. Crazy! It also allows users to watch Flash videos, including Hulu tv episodes.

 


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/technology/personaltech/onlive-desktop-plus-puts-windows-7-on-the-ipad-in-blazing-speed-state-of-the-art.html?ref=technology

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Nokia to Offer Lower-Priced Windows Cellphone

Nokia and Microsoft have announced plans to come out with Smartphones. These will be made available at a cheaper cost than most Smartphones in the market. Already phones like the Lumia 610 ($250), Lumia 900, and the Lumia 710 have been presented to the market. Microsoft will open local-language online stores that will sell phones, service, and apps in 28 countries worldwide, including China.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/technology/nokia-to-offer-lower-priced-windows-cellphone.html?_r=1&ref=technology

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Apple Acquires Chomp; App Store Search And Discovery To Be Completely Revamped

Apple has bought the app search and discovery platform Chomp and will change apps search altogether.

www.nytimes.com/pages/technology/index.html

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Apple defends rights to iPad name in Shanghai court

Apple on Wednesday defended itself in a Shanghai court against Proview International, which claims Apple is violating a trademark it holds on the “iPad” name, the New York Times reported.

bgr.com/2012/02/22/apple-defends-rights-to-ipad-name-in-shanghai-court/

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How to Promote and Advertise Your Mobile App

With the growing market of mobile apps growing at such a high rate, it is an utmost importance to ensure that you market and advertise your new app in order for it to be a success. And the opportunities are endless for this sector of advertisement, but there are three main target areas to make sure these ads are successful. Brand, Buzz and Balanced Opportunity. Within the brand, it is essential to establish a brand around your company. A brand in the sense that you reach out to your traditional brand users to let them know you have developed the app. And then creating a personality around your app for the new users that have never heard of your company. Next within buzz, it is important to build a consumer audience, and doing this through heavily utilized social media outlets, like Twitter or Facebook. After all without buzz there is no engagement or revenue for an app. Then balanced opportunity it is highly important not to interrupt what a potential user is doing in order to access your app, this is seen as disruptive and often causes other apps to fall short of expectations.

 

Check out the full article here.

How to Promote and Advertise Your Mobile App

If you have an iPad app, you need to advertise to make sure people know about it. And, just like the traditional world, the ad opportunities are endless. Effectively determining where and how to advertise your app can be tricky if you don’t stop and consider a few key elements. Effective app advertising requires three key areas of focus: brand, buzz and balanced opportunity.

Brand. In the app world, your brand is immediately leveled. Even if your company has the strongest brand name around, in the app world, you face a different world; a new world where a virtual game, that people spend real money on, suddenly has more cache than yours. You need to build an “app brand.” Building an app brand consists of two elements:

  1. Reaching out to your traditional brand followers to let them know you now have a presence as an app.
  2. Creating a personality around your app’s brand and introducing it, for the very first time, to many people who have never heard of you.

Most companies are only focusing on No. 1 – this is a mistake. It is a short-term win, but a long-term loss. The key to success is to invest in both and go way out of your safe zone to find ways to build a brand with a completely new audience.

Buzz. If there is no buzz, there is no engagement and revenue. While many people look to their brand-building efforts to build buzz, the critical key here is to build a consumer audience that is buzzing. This means spending time on the standard locations like Facebook and Twitter, but also hitting the device user forums hard, in addition to any review sites you can find. If you are not spending time or money here, you are missing out. In app buzz building worlds, the blogger and vlogger community may just have hit their sweet spot in earning influence.

Balanced opportunity. This is where your app efforts could fall flat on your face. If you think traditionally here you might just be digging a hole for yourself. Gone are the simple days of selecting sites that match your target audience to advertise on. Gone are the days where email marketing lists have an impact. In the world of app advertisement, you could be throwing your ad dollars away if you don’t consider this one key point.

If you are looking to reach someone who is on a smartphone or a tablet while they are on the smartphone or tablet, do not try to interrupt what they are doing.

That statement may sound silly, but it’s true. Unless you are simply executing a brand campaign, consider what app’s you advertise in and around and how engaged the person is with the app. While you may think your app is perfectly aligned with people who stay at XYZ hotel, you might want to think twice before advertising your app in theirs. Why? Because if you are in the XYZ hotel app you are doing something. You are checking on a reservation, making a reservation, or changing a reservation. This means you will not want to drop what you are doing because you see a shiny object. As an advertiser, seek out those apps that your target audience engages with when they have free time. For example, the weather app. Of course people go there to check the weather, but then they are happy to leave. It’s a perfect time to head to your app.

Creating a strategy that takes advantage of the culture we are building in an app-driven society will propel you light years ahead. It’s not the same as we have gotten used to in online advertising, or our traditional efforts, but it does open up a whole new world of opportunity. Taking time to put effort into your strategy now will pay dividends in the future.

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How to Launch Your App in an International Market

So basically this article argues that in the process of developing an application, a developer and it’s team should ensure that the application can be implemented on an international level. But how? The author breaks down the process in three phases. The first phase it is suggested that you translate the description in the app store, and utilize universal icons, and keywords to fulfill a wider variety of search queries. The next phase is where the largest plunge, where the translation and the localization of the app takes place. And this isn’t merely translating the words, but this is taking notice of how the target country interacts and uses numeric, date, time and currency formats, symbols, icons, colors, text and graphics. Thus leading into the next phase of internationalization, where your company has a local team there to now deal with all the components of the application specific to that particular country (ie- website, marketing and PR support, customer service support, legal support, etc.).

Check out the full article and author bio here.

 

How to Launch Your App in an International Market

Many developers create smart, innovative mobile apps that have near-universal appeal, but how broad is too broad?

For instance, developing apps only in English prevents your star power from reaching a global stage. It’s totally fine to start building your mobile app in one language, but if you want to tap the huge international market, you can’t stop there.

How should developers go about taking their apps international? For starters, try this handy guide.


What Countries Should You Aim for First?


In 2011, Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market achieved a combined 20 billion downloads. AlthoughChina leads the world’s smartphone market41% of cellphones bought in the U.S. are smartphones. However, eight out of the top 10 largest iPhone and Android markets are not English-speaking, according to Flurry Analytics.

Not only that, Flurry also reveals that there are tons of mobile users around the globe who don’t yet have a smartphone, but could easily afford one, which makes for a huge untapped growth potential. Leading foreign countries in this category are China with 122 million potential smartphone users, India with 75 million, Japan (61 million) and Brazil (34 million).

Taking your app international is no longer just another nice-to-have strategy, but a must-do. Localize your app by adding languages such Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese and Hindi as a critical part of your marketing strategy.

As an independent developer, what are the specific steps you will need to take to set the stage for your global success?

Level 1: Start Small, Then Take a Giant International Leap Forward


You don’t have to start by fully committing all your resources to support an international audience. Kick things off at the most basic level: Simply translating your app market description can be a quick and dirty way to test the water. It’s possible your potential users in Japan don’t know your app exists because they simply don’t perform searches in English.

Also, keep in mind that you need to optimize your app title, market description as well as change log and search keywords based on local language and cultural requirements.


Level 2: Localization – Translating Your App


As soon as you localize your app description, you should start closely monitoring downloads statistics in the associated languages and countries. If you notice a significant increase in downloads, it’s time for you to start thinking about localizing the app itself. Offering your app descriptions in French will likely drive additional downloads, but localization will drive the next level of engagement.

The W3C defines localization as the adaptation of mobile application content to meet the language and cultural requirements of a specific target market. This includes numeric, date, time and currency formats, symbols, icons, colors, text and graphics.

Keep in mind that localization is not just about translating into different languages. You can’t just plug the app into Google Translate; your audience won’t understand what you want them to do with the app. Specifically, target these areas when localizing to a new language.

  • Text string
  • Metadata
  • Launch tips
  • Push notifications
  • Help tips
  • Privacy policy
  • End user license agreement

Level 3: Internationalization – Building a Local Team


You’ve finished localizing your app into Chinese and are seeing amazing uptake in China. Now it’s time to go even further and start building a team there. You’ll need to dedicate resources to make sure all the elements surrounding your app are fully accessible to an international audience. In other words, you’ll need to internationalize.

Internationalization is the design and development of a mobile app that enables easy localization for target audiences that vary in culture, region or language. We’re no longer talking about source code or app content; we’re talking about everything that surrounds the app. Ideally, local language alternatives for the website, social media and so forth are available for users. In order to do this successfully, you need a dedicated team that can operate at a local level.

Building a team overseas is definitely not a walk in the park. It’s a big commitment and it can take vital resources, but when done right, the returns can be immense. Here is what you need to do to go fully international.

  • Localize your company website or blog.
  • Localize social media marketing strategy.
  • Localize user acquisition strategy.
  • Hire local marketing support.
  • Hire local public relations support.
  • Hire local customer service support.
  • Hire local legal support.
  • Apply for local patent.

Checklist: Going Global To-Dos


To summarize, check off the following items for the three levels of going global.


 

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iPhone App Design Trends

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/10/09/iphone-app-design-trends/

This article explores the ways in which designers use graphical elements and screen interactions to create iPhone-applications that are easy on the eyes and mind. The aim of this article is to display common trends and design approaches in iPhone app design – please notice that they are not necessarily optimal ones from the design or usability point of view.

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More Apps Added to the App Store than Android Market

 

According to sources as of January, iOS held a total of more than 550,000 apps in its arsenal, while Android’s Market introduced over 400,000 since the platform’s launch in 2008.

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Apple releases guide to help you write your first app

 

Have you always wanted to write your own App? If you’d like to see if developing is something for you then Apple has posted a new walkthrough called “Start Developing iOS Apps Today.”

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Research In Motion Claims Blackberry App World More Profitable Than Android Marketplace and App Store

Research in Motion cites statistics that make it appear that Blackberry apps are more profitable than Apple App Store apps and Android Marketplace apps. Supposedly Blackberry apps have higher daily downloads than apps in the App Store, make around 40% more money than the Android versions of the same app, and 13% of developers have made over $100,000 from their apps.

BlackBerry Apps More Profitable

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Windows Phones Steadily Gaining Popularity

Windows phones are slowly becoming a competitor to Android and iOS devices. Although there are only approximately 4.7 million Windows phones in users’ hands right now, almost 3 million of those were sold in Q4 2011. These numbers may rise even more quickly when Nokia releases the more economically friendly Lumia 900 Windows phone for $99 next month. Nokia is also expected to announce at least two more Windows phones this weekend at Mobile World Congress.

Nokia Becomes Top Windows Phone Vendor

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Android possibly looking to expand to PC’s

Recently revealed patent applications by Google reveal that they are looking to bring their Android OS to desktops and laptops. The applications were filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the third quarter of last year and refer to the mapping of trackpad operations to touchscreen events. This would “permit even computers that don’t have touch capabilities to run Android and apps designed for it”.

With this patent information coming out and Apples recent announcement of iOS X Mountain Lion, it appears the smartphone and laptop business are converging and we can look forward to devices in the future that have the capabilities of both devices.

 

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/250608/android_coming_soon_to_a_desktop_near_you.html

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Clear iOS task manager

Simple IOS task manager became very popular really fast. It goes to show that simple apps can sell, developers don’t have to be super flashy to have a successful app

Clear iOS task manager clears 350,000 downloads in a few days.

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Calif. Clamps Down on Nosy Mobile Apps

In California permission may be required to get information from smartphones and mobile devices. Causing mobile apps the want to collect personal information to show a privacy page before being installed on their device

Calif. Clamps Down on Nosy Mobile Apps | CIO Today.

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Dropbox app drops the beta: automatic photo upload goes official on Android, coming soon to iOS

Dropbox released the upload function on its beta version of the Dropbox app. Users have only been able to store files on the app thus far. Now, they can continue to use the service as they would on a computer. So far, only Andriod devices have the enabled functionality.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/24/dropbox-app-drops-the-beta-automatic-photo-upload-goes-official/

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Apple buys app-discovery search engine

Apple is working on simplifying app searches by purchasing “Chomp”, a search engine that uses a proprietary algorithm to “learn the functions and topics of apps.” This system will be available for all devices that use the App Store.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2012/02/apple-chomp-app-search/1#.T0e3upj5Qcg

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Samsung demos quad-core Exynos processors

Samsung demos quad-core Exynos processors

 

With the introduction of quad core processors in phones, we may be finally seeing the times where laptops become something of the past. The ability to run cpu intensive applications and games from your smart phone will pave the way for a new era in mobile computing and mobile gaming.

Samsung has joined Texas Instruments and Nvidia in the quad core club for mobile devices, though only one is released in a device currently on the market and that would be the Asus Transformer Prime Tablet. The race is on and we are all sitting back waiting to see who will pump out the best quad cores the soonest.

 

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Samsung announces armor-plated Android, the Rugby Smart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57383628-94/samsung-announces-armor-plated-android-the-rugby-smart/?tag=txt;title

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Sony creates wireless chip capable of 6.3Gbps

Implementation of this technology will enable users to transmit and receive data at much higher speeds between mobile devices without the need for cable connections. This technology will also enable users to enjoy uncompressed high-quality video streaming from a mobile device to a display.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57383956-94/sony-creates-wireless-chip-capable-of-6.3gbps/?tag=txt;title

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Mobile Gov Wiki Helps Government Agencies Develop Apps

The Mobile Gov Wiki has been created to help developers create apps for government agencies.  On the wiki, developers can share development ideas and strategies.  The wiki describes its initiative as a way, “to help federal agencies make a more open, innovative government by providing information and services anytime, anywhere and on any device.”  The wiki is open to anyone, so even non-governmental developers can give advice.

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Amazon Pulls Thousands of E-Books

One of the only ways to separate a Kindle from any old tablet is the fact that the Kindle was made for reading electronic books.  Even with the Kindle Fire shifting more towards the android tablet side, it still keeps its purpose, that is to cater to the needs of the readers.  Agreements went sour between I.P.G and Amazon, to a point where Amazon was forced to pull 4,000 books off of the online store in an instant.  Representers from the I.P.G explained that the terms proposed by Amazon “wasn’t reasonable.”  Amazon is currently suffering with providing their users with cheap online books, which can affect product sales in the future.   The main purpose of an Kindle is to be the on -the -go, however if the books aren’t cheaper online with Amazon,then people aren’t going to waste their time purchasing a Kindle.  This can potentially place the Kindle Fire in the same category as other advanced tablets where it will suffer tremendously.  For more information http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/amazon-pulls-thousands-of-e-books-in-dispute/?ref=technology

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T-Mobile Comeback Plan

For the past year, Tmobile has been watching the competition unravel from the outside looking in.  For the past year, T-Mobile has come up fourth to other cell phone companies like AT&T and Verizion when it comes to sales and customer satisfaction.  This time around T-Mobile is stepping up the competition.  T-Mobile plans to invest $4 Billion to the restructure of their mobile infrastructure, adding LTE Advanced hardware in its network during the deployment, and building upon customer service/image. With the restructure, users will now have a different options of phone …which may include the iPhone.  T-Mobile is the only main cell-phone provider without the iPhone because of how their infrastructure is built.  Maybe T-Mobile users will find a phone in their hands one day.  However others feel as if this new T-Mobile comeback plan is full of flaws and can’t be supported with just by $4billion. For more information: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57383699-94/t-mobiles-comeback-plan-is-it-enough/?tag=mncol;topStories

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Report: Android Apps are too expensive

According to market research firm Canalys, Android apps are on average 2.5 times more expensive than iPhone apps. They calculated the cost of buying the top 100 paid apps for each device and found that there was a large difference between the two devices. The price to buy the top 100 apps for Android would cost $374.74. For iPhone, it would cost around $147.

The research also showed that 82 of the top 100 paid apps in the Apple store are priced at $0.99 cents, while only 22 of the top apps in the Android Market are $0.99. The information provided shows how vastly different the two market places are after so many years. Apples store is still very closed and controlled while Android’s is open and less consumer friendly.

 

http://www.bgr.com/2012/02/23/canalys-android-apps-are-too-expensive/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBoyGeniusReport+%28BGR+%7C+Boy+Genius+Report%29

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An app a day keeps the doctor away

Patients will soon be instructed to monitor their health via a mobile app from anywhere versus seeing a doctor. Certain patients will be urged to record daily measurements and text them into a central computer system. The data will be evaluated and the patient will receive a reply aiding in their treatment. But there are some cons to this approach on health care. Doctors view this as a big mistake in that it would be wrong to force patients to use this mobile app. There would be certain groups such as the elderly that are not tech-savvy and would rather just make an appointment. Can mobile apps be inserted in to the health care industry with ease? A definite barrier is the widespread audience that it would affect. Can that be handled with mobile apps?

An app a day keeps the doctor away

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Things to know when building a mobile app for your brand

This article offers some things to know when creating an app for your business or organization. The first topic they address is platform. When deciding between the two platforms, iOS and Android, you need to evaluate your target audience. Android seems to have a bigger potential audience. This article seems to be bias toward Android. The second nugget of information they present is keeping the app simple. Your app should do a few things but do them very well. Think of perspective. How and when will your users most likely interact with your app? Consider selecting 3-5 features and have those as the main focus of your app. Consider your users’ attention span. Time and is money. If your app it too complex then users will not want to waste their time on it. Keep it simple.

Things to know when building a mobile app for your brand

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Mobile apps to post privacy policies before installation – under California agreement

Privacy Policy changes are to take effect on March 1st in California.  Considering that most apps are not state specific, all app designers must now take  this agreement into consideration when designing apps. Also, those apps that are already on the market, must go back and make changes to presenting to  their current users and upcoming users a privacy policy that they must accept before pulling sensitive information their smartphones and computer tablets. It’s also news that the Obama administration wants technology companies and other parties to create codes of conducts for mobile apps. App creators should also take consideration of this when creating apps from now, so they won’t be troubled to go back and make changes when the  codes are set and laws are passed. Staying aware of these current changes such as there is crucial for ,California attorney general, Harris promised to sue mobile app makers who take information without the required forewarning.

Mobile applications to post privacy policies before installation under California agreement – The Washington Post.

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Mozilla to Launch Mobile Marketplace to Sell Web Apps

Mozilla, a non-profit organization, and developer of popular open-source web browser FireFox is planning to launch a marketplace to sell and distribute web apps to mobile users.  Web Apps are built using web standards including CSS, HTML5, and Javascript.  Building a web app allows it to work on almost any device, because it uses web technology to run.  Mozilla will be competing with Google in the area of web app stores.

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First non-game apps show PS Vita’s wider potential

The Playstation Vita proves it can compete with the best. No longer are non-gaming apps only for smartphones and tablets. Now the PS Vita offers apps such as Twitter, Netflix, and Flickr.

 

 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/22/tech/gaming-gadgets/free-apps-ps-vita/index.html

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Apple, Google and Others in Agreement on App Privacy

The attorney general of California has confirmed that Apple, Google, HP, Microsoft and Research in Motion will agree to upfront and stronger privacy policies to ensure the welfare of consumers. Previously, some apps have used personal data and phonebook entries without the users knowledge. Hopefully now, users will know exactly what they are getting into from the beginning.

 

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/california-attorney-general-reaches-deal-on-app-privacy/

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6 Ways to Give Your App a Leg Up on the Competition

This title pretty much says it all. Some pretty good tips here.

6 Ways to Give Your App a Leg Up on the Competition.

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Video – Breaking News Videos from CNN.com

Apps and smartphones get increasingly popular every single day. But no app will ever be more loveable than puppies and kittens. So, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right? Brilliant.

Video – Breaking News Videos from CNN.com.

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Healthx Launches Healthcare Mobile App

Today Healthx released its much-awaited Healthx-enabled Mobile Application, which caters to Payers aiming to connect members with their benefits and healthcare information. Healthx clients will receive their own uniquely branded app available for easy download in the iTunes, Windows, Android, and RIM markets.

This app is basically a PHR, except it focuses more on insurance and health finances than health records. This application will allow users to keep better track of bills and make payments easier.

 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/healthx-launches-healthcare-mobile-app-2012-02-21

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Apple moves toward digital unity with Mountain Lion

Blending the best of OS X and iOS makes both operating systems better

Apple revealed its latest desktop/laptop operating system: OS X Mountain Lion. The final version will be released this summer, but the developer preview unveiled on Thursday shows that the upcoming OS picks up where OS X 10.7 — code-named Lion — left off. The upgrade will be available only as a download from the Mac App Store (surprise, surprise) . Apple won’t sell it on disc or on a thumb drive, as it did with earlier versions of OS X.

The most important element of the new OS is deeper integration with iCloud, the collection of services that stores your data to Apple’s servers automatically and then syncs that data across all your devices. On the iPhone and iPad, every photo, document, bookmark, contact — everything — gets backed up.

Check out more at:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9224414/Apple_moves_toward_digital_unity_with_Mountain_Lion

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Socket Mobile Introduces Low-Cost Barcode Scanner for Apple(R) Devices

Affordable Barcode Scanner Offers Businesses More Opportunities to Deploy Customized Data Collection Applications With iPad(R), iPhone(R) and iPod touch(R)

Socket Mobile, Inc announced the upcoming availability of the Socket Bluetooth(R) Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) 7Ci, a low-cost barcode scanner for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The CHS 7Ci expands upon Socket Mobile’s popular CHS Series 7 line of barcode scanners by providing an affordable option for reading 1D barcodes into Apple devices that is also backed by an optional software development kit.
The Socket CHS 7Ci is a 1D imager-based barcode reader that can decode both printed barcodes and barcodes displayed on device screens. It features a special authentication chip to enable two-way communications with Apple devices, making SDK support for Apple iOS possible.
Besides Apple iOS, the CHS 7Ci is also compatible with the Android, BlackBerry and Windows operating systems. Pricing and Availability The CHS 7Ci is expected to be available for purchase in Q2 2012 following certification by Apple at an MSRP of $260.
Read more at:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/socket-mobile-introduces-low-cost-barcode-scanner-for-appler-devices-2012-02-21?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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iPad 3 Camera, Resolution, Chip System Confirmed

According to Daily Tech, the recent speculations about the iPad 3 have been confirmed by a few reports. The iPad 3 is said to have a higher resolution than it’s predecessor. It is speculated to offer s 2048×1536 display, compared to the 1024×768 of the iPad 2. This further confirms the importance of starting out with high pixels when designing and app. Those apps that were created or are currently being created, without the consideration of devices with higher resolution, will have to be recreated or started from scratch.

DailyTech – Reports: iPad 3 Camera, Resolution, Chip System Confirmed.

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Apple Launches Start Developing iOS Apps Today Guidebook

Apple has released a 13-step guidebook for aspiring iOS app developers! Apple Launches Start Developing iOS Apps Today Guidebook.

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The Employment Boom in Mobile Apps Continues

According to the Mobile Marketing Watch, the mobile app industry is creating jobs at a dramatic pace.  They estimate that there are roughly 466,000 jobs for mobile app development in the US alone.

Large companies everywhere are hiring more mobile app developers and the supply of expert mobile developers is running dry. Now is the perfect time to join this booming business.

The Employment Boom in Mobile Apps Continues | Mobile Marketing Watch.

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5 Tips for Successful Mobile App Development

When developing an app for the enterprise or for anything else in general, here are some tips that you can follow.

1. Create task-specific-apps: Every app should be created to accomplish specific tasks. There should be a focus on accomplishing the app’s mission statement.

2. Design for the user: It doesn’t matter what you think.  The app should be developed for the users.  It should focus on providing the best user experience.

3. Make security a priority: Essential security measures must be included to protect the data of the users.

4. Embrace the platform: Utilize the features of the device or platform that you are working on to make the app better.

5. Mind your business: If your an enterprise, focus on your area of expertise.  If you don’t have a system in place to create apps, it is probably better to have someone else do it for you.

 

5 tips for successful mobile app development for the enterprise.

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Apple Tightens Up on Apps

Apple enforces tighter controls over software built for Mac computers by restricting how some apps can access certain parts of the operating system and hardware, such as the camera, network or photo library.  The rules are necessary for security reasons and to standardize consumers’ experience across all Apple devices.

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Children’s Apps Need Privacy Policing, says FTC

The Federal Trade Commission issued a report emphasizing that Apple and Google keep a closer eye on Apps created for Children. According to the FTC, steps need to be taken to provide simple  disclosures noifying users that Personal information will be accessed through the apps installation. This is something that App developer’s should be aware of and keeping in mind when creating new Apps.

Children’s Apps Need Privacy Policing, says FTC – ABC News.

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Angry Birds New Game to Be Realesed

On March 22nd a new version of Angry Birds is said to be released. The App will be based off the first official hit game of Angry Birds, but this time they will be in space. Considering that Angry Birds has been the top app, it will be interesting to see what the download numbers will be for it’s fourth sequel. This sequel is reported to have a different theme of space, than preceding three.

Angry Birds takes off for space March 22 | iPhone Atlas – CNET Reviews.

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iPhone app lets visually impaired type and text — Mobile Technology News

Apps aren’t ALL fun and games. Georgia Tech College of Computing changed lives by creating BrailleTouch, ensuring that the visually impaired will be the newest iPhone addicts.

iPhone app lets visually impaired type and text — Mobile Technology News.

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13 Addictive Android Games that were Released in Feb. 2012

Games always dominate the list of top apps; that’s a trend, not a blip. Always good to keep up with what’s new and popular. Here some new games described as “addictive”.

13 Addictive Android Games that were Released in Feb. 2012.

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New Photo Technology Lets You Get Rid Of The People You Don’t Love

No, silly, this isn’t about murder – it’s a program to remove people from a photo! Scalado has created a photo-taking system that allows you to selectively remove people in a photo. How does it work? It basically interpolates the “clean” version of the scene by watching the moving, live objects. It’s not rocket science, but it’s pretty cool.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/14/new-photo-technology-lets-you-get-rid-of-the-people-you-dont-love/

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WinZip iOS App Lets You Crack Open .Zip Files From Anywhere

Having access to your documents and pictures is really easy these days. About a million services, including Dropbox and iCloud, allow you to sync your stuff between devices, but there’s one little thorn in our collective cloud-syncing side: it’s called a .zip file.

Fortunately, WinZip has just launched on the Apple App Store and it effectively rids us of this particularly annoying issue. After installing, a single tap will let you get a peek at what’s inside the .zip file. If you tap again, you’ll be able to look at individual files, even if you don’t have the associated applications installed on your iPhone or iPad.

 

http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/17/winzip-ios-app-lets-you-crack-open-zip-files-from-anywhere/