Superphone is RIM’s (Research in Motion) next effort of a Smartphone. The Superphone will have a fully touch-sensitive screen as well as a thin sleek design and not to mention “rich in both power and efficiency”. It will be released later on this year. But will this specific device rebrand RIM and bring the company [...]
Browsing archives for January, 2012
Apple shipped 488 million iPhones in 2011. Consider that market when determining which platform to consider. Apple reclaims No.1 smartphone spot in Q4.
The Amazon Kindle has sold over 4 million units in December 2011, giving Amazon nearly a third of all Android tablet market share. Of course, there are by fare more iPads in use, but the Kindle Fire is another platform to consider when designing and developing apps for tablets. Kindle Fire dwarfs other Android tablets [...]
Thanks to Gustavo Ambroso for releasing his library on Github. This blog posts explains his idea and implementation of code for new iOS alert and action sheet UI. The CodeCropper » Replicating TweetBot’s Alerts and Action Sheets.
An excellent example for developers who need to make minor changes to much larger apps. This is very similar to what Pop Cap (Bejeweled) and Zenga (Words with Friends) have used to make their changes. Example: How To Update Apps By Downloading Modified Files From A Server | iPhone, iOS 5, iPad SDK Development Tutorial [...]
Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll want to know if you want to do some iBooks 2.0 publishing: - The iBooks creator itself is free, but you’ll need to install Mac OS X Lion to use it (so yes, no Windows support !). – You don’t need a developer account and there is no up front cost to publish [...]
Open Source ShareKit 2.0 Easy Social Sharing Library For iOS Apps Is Released | iPhone, iOS 5, iPad SDK Development Tutorial and Programming Tips. This open source library has been available for some time, and should be considered as an easy “drop-in” set of sharing features.
How sure are we of security and data integrity as the mobile revolution takes over businesses? This article suggests the best way to deal with mobility and security is to use enterprise-grade apps and server-side software and offers also other notable points for considerations. www.cmswire.com/…/smartphones-tablets-threat-to-enterprise-securit…
Kapow Software aims to have a vital presence in mobile development and deployment. Today, it introduced Kapow Mobile Katalyst, an integration platform that can enable and deploy business applications in a mobile environment. www.cmswire.com/…/mobile/kapows-mobile-katalyst-creates-success..
MasterCard has created an app that allows users to look at a menu, order, and pay without moving from your seat. This new app is still in testing but if this app passes this would revolutionize the way movie theaters concession. This technology will not only let users order from their seat, app developers can create apps [...]
With the craze of smart-phones, businesses are beginning to realize what great marketing tools mobile applications can be. But at the same time business that are breaking into the app world are expecting an instant return on an investment in mobile applications. However this is not always the case, this article delves into the reasonable expectations [...]
An online tool that allows the everyday technology user to have the capabilities to create their own applications for mobile devices. There must be some flaws right? Well as of now the recently launched tool “Everyone Apps” seems to be the solution to reduce expensive application development fees for the professionals. This tool allows for the [...]
Looks like we’re pretty lucky as FSU is a little ahead of the curve! Lenovo, as part of their social responsibility initiative to encourage student interest in subjects relating to science, technology, engineering and math, provided a package of technology products to each school, including Android-based ThinkPad Tablets and large format ThinkCentre HD All-in-One desktops, [...]
Android has some creative ideas to increase usability and make their products more of a passion to it’s users by making each experience a personal pleasure navigated with ease. 5 Ways That Android Is Trying To Break The Mobile UI Paradigm | Co.Design: business + innovation + design.
Hewlett-Packard yesterday announced the open source roadmap for its beleaguered mobile platform webOS. This is HP’s last-ditch attempt to actually turn webOS into a viable product after it acquired Palm in April 2010. Palm’s problem was that the mobile Web was not ready for devices. We are just now starting to see the problems facing mobile Web apps [...]
HTML5 Please is a new site that allows you to look up HTML5, CSS3, etc features, know if they are ready for use, and if so find out how you should use them – with polyfills, fallbacks or as they are.
Google is telling Android developers to stop using its Menu button and begin using the Action Bar that was introduced with the Android 3.0 Honeycomb release. Scott Main, lead tech writer for devloper.android.com said, ”In order to provide the most intuitive and consistent user experience in your apps, you should migrate your designs away from using [...]
A new security app, created by McAfee is now on the Android Market. The App Protection interprets how apps handle your personal and private data, and tells you whether those app permissions are risky, but fails to tell you what to do about those risks. It also features a new call and text-messaging filter that blocks calls and [...]
A dead batter is every smart phone owners worst nightmare, but as of today they wont have a reason to be afraid anymore, at least if they are an android user. All thanks to the release of the Droid Razr Maxx, the phone is basically the same as previous with additions to a thicker surface [...]
HTC Sense 4.0 hands-on report reveals new features for HTC’s custom UI This IS NOT a disruptive technology. This adds to the field of mobile tech development because HTC designs their own custom UI’s for all of their android handsets (known as “HTC Sense UI”). This UI is often customized further by the community and tweaked for [...]
The Lytro point-and shoot box camera, seemed to draw the intest of the former CEO Steve Jobs. Sources say that Jobs was “interested” in the technology, this alone could be enough to speculate that the technology may make its way into future generations of iDevies. Sources from a new book by Fortune Magazine’s Adam Lashinsky [...]
Google: The Menu button is dead and that’s a good thing. This is not a disruptive technology This DOES add to the field of mobile tech development because this changes everything in terms of how apps are designed on Android devices. Not havnig a physical menu button on the phone itself ,means that app developers [...]
Veracode Inc., a leader in cloud-based application security testing, detailed recent updates to the Veracode platform. Primary updates include a redesigned platform administration interface and data export capabilities to provide customers with better access to information and intelligence about their application security program. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120126005647/en/Veracode-Expands-Android-Mobile-App-Testing-Support
Android developer plans alternative app store for banned apps Kousik Dutta, a developer for Android, has decided to create an app store exclusively for banned app from the Android Market. This banned app store will be available to users of Cyanogenmod which is a version of Android accessible to users that have rooted their device. [...]
This article states the obvious fact that information today is becoming more and more easily accessible to hackers and people wanting your private information. It’s so much easier now to take someone’s personal information because most everyone carries around their smartphone (or regular cell phone) wherever they go, which is like a mini computer filled [...]
A team of hacker groups have recently figured out how to jailbreak the new iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. The reason people jailbreak their devices in the first place is to run non-Apple-approved software on their devices. It is also not illegal. There are also risks when you jailbreak your device. Jailbreaking voids the Apple [...]
On Thursday, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc announced a sales setback in the 4th quarter, mirroring preliminary numbers that the company released three weeks ago. This announcement will affect Google shareholders more than those of Motorola because of a deal the two companies reached last summer. Google has agreed to pay $40 per share for Motorola’s [...]
Valve released a beta version of Steam Mobile for iOS and Android devices, which can be obtained on their respective markets. To gain access to the beta, users must log in with their Steam account on the mobile app and then enter an activation code on their Steam client on their PC or Mac. This [...]
IHS analyst Francis Sideco believes that by 2015, Windows Phone will surpass the iPhone and become second, only to Android, in OS market share. This would come as a result of Nokia, the world’s largest phone manufacturer, turning the tides for Microsoft in the mobile operating system war with their adoption of Windows Phone 7. [...]
Just two years ago the US Copyright Office declared jailbreaking (hacking a device to run software or programs that the original device was never intended to run) legal but now an exemption is set to expire which would make jailbreaking illegal again. The EEF believes that “[Jailbreaking] is important to programmers, enthusiasts, and users. But [...]
The most recent release of Ruby on Rails, a framework for developing web applications that is often used for building web apps that dynamically change layout based on the device and browser they run on, is faster than previous versions. The biggest appeal of the new version is the improvement made to developer mode that [...]
A source from Apple supplier Foxconn says that the new iPhone will most likely have a 4 inch screen at the very least and could be released as early as this summer. Considering Apple addicts’ disappointment that the barely enhanced iPhone 4S came out last year instead of the iPhone 5, the release of an [...]
According to early reports, Apple sold more iPhone 4S devices than *all* Android sales *combined* in Q4 of 2011. That’s just absolutely staggering. Software engineers and project managers should closely consider which platforms when debating app development, especially when targeting a specific audience. Q4 iPhone sales reportedly topped all Android phones combined.
The newest Android OS has been released but what makes it different from the current? This new Android OS titled ICECREAM is a combination of the gingerbread version used on current android phones and the honeycomb series used on tablets. This new update once available to all android phones will make touch phones more interactive. [...]
With the start of the new year, technology analysis believe that there are 4 mobile technologies to look forward to this 2012 season. For starters, tablets will make more of an impact because of its simplicity and easy usability during down time. The impact of the reemergence of the tablet will lead to the decline [...]
Within the next year, the Android OS will become the preferred platform among mobile developers according to data gathered by the research firm Ovum. Even though Android will become the new favorite, almost all developers will continue do develop for both platforms. They also went on to say that there has been increased interest in the less [...]
Amazon Fire Takes Android While Leaving Google Apps Behind Many consumers probably don’t know that the Kindle Fire which is valued to be the best-selling Android tablet is even an Android tablet. Amazon.com Inc. is using Android as a stepping stone for their devices, by passing preloaded applications such as Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube [...]
The iPhone Economy – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com. An interesting view from the NYT regarding the state of the economy as it relates to highly-skilled workers.
According to IHS (Information Handling Services), apps that are downloadable for free in the AppStore or Marketplace that sell downloadable content such as in-game cash, upgrades, and new levels may end up making more money than other apps in the long run. Wanna Make Money on Apps? Give Them Away
The IMT Advanced Spectrum was just announced by the International Telecommunications Union. The ITU promises that it will make smartphones around 500 times faster. Although the term 4G is still not clearly defined, ITU describes IMT Advanced Spectrum as the newest 4G technology. Go-ahead Given for New Superfast Mobile Phone.
With 700,000 DAILY activations for Android, business has been crazy since November. Their Q4 was awesome, leading them to 11 B. One full billion more than even they expected. Oh, and when you add androids new found success to Gmail and Google+, Google has over 90 million users. Android Reaches 250 Million Activations Milestone, 11 [...]
Strapped with Android, parents find it’s just as easy to keep a virtual leash on their kids as it is with the funny animal leashes you see them with in amusement parks and airports. 3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android].
Apple majorly updated their eBook reading app for iOS. The updated app includes a new category for textbooks. With the release of iBooks 2.0, iTunes 10.5.3, iBooks author, and new partners controlling 90% of the textbook publishing market on board, textbooks will be revolutionized. iBooks titles can include animations, diagrams, videos, photos, and top notch navigation. Apple [...]
Samsung has filed seven patent claims in Germany against Apple. One of the patents, covering turbo encoding and decoding device and a method for process frame data according to quality-of-service, was recently taken up in Regional Court. The judge ruled in favor of apple in the infringement complaint. The full detailed ruling is not yet [...]
Twitter has bought a Canadian start up company called Summify. They develop an app that automatically goes through articles that gets shared among social networks and gathers them together. They plan to connect people with the most relevant news for them in the most efficient manner. As part of the deal, Summify will have to [...]
As you may expect, you can’t watch live TV just anywhere – the iOS device has to be connected to the home’s Wi-Fi network in order to function. It also offers a number of features typical for TV provider mobile apps, including a remote control functionality, the ability to program your DVR (this feature also [...]
Gaming startup Heyzap first launched its social discovery service for mobile games nearly a year ago. Now it’s unveiling the first list of partners who are using the service. Some of these partnerships weren’t exactly a secret before — you could just open up the Heyzap app and see which games were available. But now [...]
Tablet owners spend 50% more per purchase online than smartphone owners A new study published by Adobe Digital Marketing Insights shows that tablet owners spend 50% more per purchase than smartphone owners at online retailers. Additionally, they spend 20% more than PC users. This research can be used to expand e-commerce to tablet owners who [...]
Samsung says not interested in buying RIM Samsung claims it is not interested in purchasing Research in Motion, the manufacturer of the ailing Blackberry platform. James Chung, spokesman for the company said, “We haven’t considered acquiring the firm and are not interested in (buying RIM).” This isn’t the first time Samsung has been rumored to [...]