Apps

Uber Opens Its API. But Will People Build With It?

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In the five years since its creation, Uber has grown to an $18.2 billion company that threatens to subvert the traditional taxi industry in many cities around the world. Uber’s popularity stems largely from its ease of use—with a few taps of a mobile app, anyone can order a car-for-hire to his or her location. Like many a tech company, Uber needs to grow by a healthy percentage every quarter in order to satisfy its investors and fend off competition.… continue…

Has Your Company Mastered Apps?

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Smartphones and tablets are now ubiquitous among companies, along with customized apps that monitor everything from customer service to shipping logistics. Despite that ubiquity, a new report from the Apigee Institute (PDF) insists that enterprise IT is broken, and that the majority of your average C-suite is unable to keep up with the technological changes sweeping pretty much every industry. At the heart of that brokenness, the report adds, is the inability of current data-storage practices and systems to keep… continue…

Does Apple’s App Store Need a Radical Revamp?

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Earlier this month, Apple launched a website touting its job-creation record in Europe. “Throughout our history, we have created entirely new products—and entirely new industries—by focusing on innovation,” reads the website’s text. “This has resulted in nearly 630,000 European jobs at Apple and at developers and businesses supported by Apple.” Click here to find app developer jobs. And that’s not all: “In addition, the App Store has created hundreds of thousands of jobs that previously did not exist in the… continue…

Push for Pizza: The App That Does Exactly One Thing Well

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Ordering food via a smartphone? Easy, thanks to a growing variety of apps like GrubHub, which allow you to order takeout (or delivery) from a plethora of restaurants. But a group of teenagers decided to make the process even simpler—provided you really, really, really like pizza. Click here to find app-developer jobs. Like many a minimalist smartphone app, Push for Pizza cuts everything down to the essentials: push the giant pizza logo, select a nearby pizzeria, choose a pizza, and… continue…

The Trials and Triumphs of Creating Your Own Game Studio

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Most parents probably don’t dream of their kids becoming video game developers, but it’s a real career—and potentially a lucrative one. Finding your way in the industry is tough, though. The video game business can be volatile, reacting quickly to changes in the economy or the success or failure of an individual game. As with more traditional industries, the steadiest course centers on acquiring a job at a large, established company. But more and more, aspiring developers are leaving big… continue…

Americans Would Give Up Chocolate, Alcohol, TV for Smartphones

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A new report suggests that Americans love their smartphones so much, they’d sooner give up alcohol, chocolate, television, shopping and even their car than part with their iPhone or Android device. The report (PDF), commissioned by Bank of America, surveyed 1,000 adults in the United States. Roughly 85 percent of those surveyed checked their smartphone “at least a few times a day,” while 35 admitted that they did so constantly; only 13 percent said they “hardly ever” consulted their device.… continue…

Uber Protests Highlight ‘Disruption’ Concerns

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This week, Washington, D.C., became the latest city to experience taxi drivers striking over Uber, Lyft, and other next-generation car services. As with similar protests in London and other cities around the world, taxi drivers parked their vehicles in the middle of major thoroughfares, snarling traffic and drawing social-media ire. Click here to see jobs at tech startups. “Traditional” cabbies have long argued that Uber and similar apps, because they don’t need to pass through a gauntlet of regulatory hurdles… continue…

How Amazon’s Smartphone Could Profit Mobile Developers

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If rumors prove correct, Amazon will unveil a smartphone at a high-profile June 18 event in Seattle. The big question is, why? As pointed out by many a publication over the past few days, numerous companies have plunged into the smartphone space and failed. For every Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S that achieves blockbuster sales and critical acclaim, another dozen fade from the market after leaving barely a ripple in the popular consciousness. If Amazon launches a smartphone, pouring… continue…

Google, Apple Want to Take Healthcare IT Mainstream

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At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) earlier this month, CEO Tim Cook and other executives unveiled HealthKit, an app designed to consolidate health and fitness data within an iOS dashboard. HealthKit can list everything from cholesterol levels to calories burned, with an “emergency card” of contacts and pertinent data (blood type, etc.) accessible via the iOS lock screen. In theory, HealthKit will also have the ability to interact with apps from third-party developers, such as Nike’s FuelBand platform. Click here… continue…

Bloomberg Testing Real-World App for Oculus Rift

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So far, the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset has found its most widespread use in gaming. But as the device rises in prominence, more companies are testing its capabilities as a work tool. Bloomberg is one of those companies, having designed software that allows Oculus-equipped traders and financial pros to view dozens of virtual “screens,” each one packed with data. The platform is clearly aimed at those Masters of the Universe who stack their real-world desks with four, six or eight… continue…