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Weather Underground

WEather Underground is a new app created to help tell people about the weather. The only difference is it’s using it’s users to let others know what the weather is like outside. People like to know what the weather is exactly, the news may say cold, but how cold? Users of weather underground will be able to update weather statues in their surrounding area with a touch of the button. The app is similar to Waze, where users can update each other about accidents, traffic, an even cop sightings. The article failed to add which system the app is currently available on. However, the app still has some ways to go before being recognized by users.

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/21/weather-underground-crowdsourcing/

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Google Translates

Android developers will now be able to have their apps translated into any language of their choosing. Google has now adapted this new service into their application submission process. According to google, it’s possible the language translation could increase an app’s downloads. Android takes over in the global mobile marketshare by 81% also helps with it. It’s been calculated that 1.5 million android devices are turned on around the world. This makes android applications more accessible to people around the world, and breaks down the language barrier.

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/11/android-app-translator/

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Instagram buys HD video app Luma

Instagram, an already widely used photography application, has now purchased an HD video app. This will add to the professional quality of video to the very popular application. Instagram has already introduced a video feature, but the acquisition of Luma should increase the quality of the videos.

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Android iOS mobile development mobile news

Google readying ‘Mobile Meter’ app that offers rewards for tracking mobile usage

Google already knows better than most how we use the internet. Now it wants to dig a little deeper and monitor your app usage as well. Engadget has learned that the company is readying new mobile apps that compensate users if they allow their mobile behavior to be monitored. We’re told that the project, known internally as “Mobile Meter,” utilizes iOS and Android apps that intelligently monitor app usage and web browsing habits and send the data back to Google. Google already passively collects data to improve its apps and resources. The Google Maps app, for instance, regularly feeds back location metrics to enhance the service.

 

Read entire article here: http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/14/google-mobile-meter-tracking-ios-android-app/

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MixBit App and Android

The founders of YouTube, Steve Chen and Chad Hurley, launches their much worked on app MixBit for Android. The app allows users to make videos and chop the videos up. It also allows MixBit users to take parts of different videos from other MixBit users. The app was built for iOS but have many competitors such as Instagram and Vine. However, the app gives users sixteen seconds to record where as Instagram only gives you fifteen and vine only six. The two founders built the app under their new company AVOS. They want to be able to develop tools to allow people to make, edit, and share videos easily. So far, a few people have tried the MixBit App for Android and it’s received positive reviews.

 

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/03/youtube-founders-new-video-app-mixbit-launches-on-android/

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Chipotle Scarecrow

Chipotle has created the first successful Advergaming app that advertises for the company while also creating a fun game for users to play. They created a animated film that basically helps promote chipotle and their ideas about food integrity. This is one of the best marketing campaigns created. It has reached millions of people and has been downloaded on over a million iPhones. The game, or app itself is produced in a way that captivates users. It has a plot, beautiful graphics, and it’s not an app that causes you to use your money to buy tokens and such. However, the app does have a few kinks. It was produced to appear only on iOS 6 and higher, which means some iPhone users are left out. Aside from that, it appears to only work best on iPhone 4s’s and up. The app also has some bugs that keeps it’s rating down. But the game’s overall use is to not be a game, but an advertisement for chipotle.

 

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/30/chipotle-scarecrow-is-the-future-of-advergaming-on-mobile/

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Crittercism’s app monitoring business is exploding: Revenue up 4x, now on 600M devices http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/27/crittercisms-app-monitoring-business-is-exploding-revenue-up-4x-now-on-600m-devices/#Dijb0BxHxqxoAuFU.99

Mobile applications have become very popular these days. Many people are trying to develop their own. This is where crittercism comes in. It is a company that hopes to show consumers what their costs would be if the application fails.

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Amazon’s Kindle app for iOS 7 lets users group books into ‘Collections’

With the new look of iOS 7, many companies are updating their apps. Companies are updating their apps in order to give a look similar to the flat interface of the iOS 7. Since they are already spending time to update, many are adding new features. Kindle has released a way to group books into collections. This is something that will help users organize their varying reading interests on their iPads.

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Android disruptive technology iOS mobile news

Fist bump

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/google-buys-bump-the-smartphone-file-sharing-company/

 

Bump, the file sharing app, has been around for some time and now its just been acquired by Google. Its not totally clear what Google plans to do with this acquisition, however it makes for a more interesting interface between technologies in my opinion. Airdrop has been released with iOS7 and its all well and good, but Google is going to turn the Bump transfer system into an iconic feature (much like *sliding* on an iPhone) with future devices its developing (Glass, among other things). Just pull up the app, and press the spacebar on your laptop with your phone. DONE.

 

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Scholly Helps Students Find Their Ideal Scholarships On Their Smartphones

This app simply asks you a few questions in the beginning about yourself such as your GPA, gender, race, state you live in, and grade. Then with that information as well as some other added information such as if you are of a certain religion or involved in sports. All of this information comes together in this application to help identify any scholarships you may be eligible for. Their goal is to aid students in finding scholarships they may not be aware of already. It is also a good application for some people who may have smart phones but limited access to a computer at home.
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Mobile Developers See Big Rise in Demand for Enterprise Apps

This article talks about the increasing demand for business apps in recent years and which platforms developers are most interested in building apps for. As stated in the article, the amount of mobile developers building business apps has increased quite a bit since 2010 jumping from only 29% up to 43% in 2013. Businesses are always looking for ways to become more efficient and applications can be a great way to achieve those goals. This means a bright future for mobile developers with a specialized skill set and higher-level thinking that can come up with new and improved ways that businesses can carry out their day-to-day functions. This article also provides percentages for platforms that mobile developers prefer building for. These percentages help people interested in getting into mobile development, or interested in mobile development in general, gain a better understanding of which platforms people already in the field are building for.

Source: Mobile Developers See Big Rise in Demand for Enterprise Apps

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Amazon’s Appstore reaches 50,000 apps.

After being live for 18 months, Amazon’s android based appstore has passed the 50,000 app milestone.  Amazon’s appstore offers an app marketplace for its kindle fire service which is based around cloud storage.  While 50,000 apps is a relatively low number compared to Apple and Google’s appstores, the new benchmark is a great selling feature for Amazon, who just announced the upcoming release of its new 4G HD Kindle.

 

Amazon’s Appstore reaches new 50,000 app milestone

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Mad for Mobile: Half of CIOs Say Their Firms Have or Will Offer a Mobile Application In Coming Year

“There’s an app for that,” may apply to nearly half of U.S. businesses before the year is over, a new survey by Robert Half Technology shows. Twenty-seven percent of CIOs polled recently said their companies already offer a mobile application, while another 22 percent said they plan to offer one in 2012.

CIOs were asked, “Has your company developed a mobile application for customers and clients, or do you plan to offer one in the next 12 months?

AND

What is the greatest challenge for IT teams when developing a mobile application for the business?”

 

Check it out at http://rht.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=131&item=1351

The results may surprise you…