Apps

Here Are Google’s Top Apps of 2014

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Not to be outdone by Apple releasing its list of 2014’s top apps, Google has just published its list of the apps most downloaded from Google Play, its online apps storefront, over the past twelve months. As subdivided by category: Education: Duolingo Health & Fitness: MyFitnessPal Music: Pandora Photography: Flipagram Social: Facebook Entertainment: Netflix Sports: NFL Mobile Travel: TripAdvisor Health & Fitness represented Google’s fastest-growing app category, which isn’t shocking in light of the number of fitness trackers and health monitors that have appeared (for all… continue…

Mobile App Development’s Brewing Crisis

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Mobile developers aren’t just in short supply relative to the white-hot demand for building new apps; many of them also find themselves at odds with the mobile strategies set by the organizations for which they work. At the core of the growing dispute: a disconnect over who actually sets mobile agendas, as well as a spirited debate over the tools used to create apps. A recent survey of 8,010 mobile developers and 121 IT decision-makers, conducted by International Data Corp… continue…

Check Out Apple’s List of 2014′s Top Apps

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What did Apple name as its 2014 App of the Year? Elevate, which offers mini-games that claim to boost the player’s memory, focus, and cognition: Hyperlapse, an app created by Instagram that allows users to radically speed up video footage, was the runner-up: Apple’s Game of the Year was Threes!, a numbers-based puzzler: The gaming runner-up was Leo’s Fortune, a side-scrolling platformer: Some of Apple’s other top apps: 1. Yahoo News Digest 2. Storehouse 3. SwiftKey 4. 1Password 5. Camera+… continue…

‘Angry Birds’ Layoffs Hint at Danger Facing Big Apps

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Rovio Entertainment, the studio behind the mobile-game hit Angry Birds, has announced that it will lay off 110 workers, or approximately 14 percent of its workforce, as part of a game-studio shutdown. Four years ago, the idea of Rovio cutting workers and consolidating its operations might have come off as a joke. Originally released in 2009, Angry Birds quickly grew from popular mobile game to pop-culture franchise, spawning not only a handful of branded spinoffs (Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry… continue…

Why Apple Made That Weird App Store Change

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If you visit Apple’s App Store, you’ll notice a small but significant change: The “Free” label beside free-to-download apps has been changed to “Get.” Click here to find mobile-development jobs. Why did Apple make such a move? It could have a lot to do with the European Commission (EC), the European Union’s antitrust body, which has pressured tech companies to do more about in-app purchases; the commission views the term “free” as misleading if an iPhone or iPad owner (or… continue…

Are Mobile Apps the Future of Applying for Jobs?

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While traditional recruiting and application practices are unlikely to disappear in the near future, mobile technology is influencing the job-search process in new and unexpected ways. A whopping 43 percent of current job seekers use mobile at some point during a job search, according to Jobvite’s recently published 2014 Job Seeker Survey. If you’re a Millennial or Gen Y, relying on your smartphone or tablet to apply for a position will seem like a matter of course—but for everybody else,… continue…

Daily Tip: Choosing a Software Platform

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A lot of apps promise to “disrupt” our lives in a positive way, and for every over-hyped piece of software that fails to gain any marketplace traction, there always seems to be one or two that might actually change how we communicate, schedule, and work. But how to determine which app might prove useful for your business, versus a piece of junk you’ll have to replace after a year because it fails to meet your needs? For software development jobs,… continue…

You’ve Built Your App. Here’s How You Market It

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It takes blood, sweat, and tears—or at least a whole lot of programming knowledge, late nights, and energy drinks—to build a good mobile app. With all the energy devoted to bringing something new into the world, however, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the world won’t see your creation unless you spend an equal effort in marketing it. Every so often, an app builder gets lucky, and their app goes “viral” (a good candidate for 2014’s most overused term) without… continue…

Here’s Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

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After six years, do you think the number of submissions to the App Store has stayed level, climbed, or fallen? As demonstrated by this chart of the App Store’s metrics (hat tip to Pocket Gamer), the number of submissions per day continues to rise, likely driven by a combination of new apps and updates of existing apps. (There was also a surge over the summer as developers prepared for the launch of iOS 8, the latest version of Apple’s mobile… continue…

A ‘Smart Bracelet’ That Tells You to De-Stress

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The jury’s still out on whether wearable electronics will grow into a huge market, but that hasn’t stopped manufacturers and designers from rushing into the space. Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Nike, and other big-brand tech names have devices either in development or available to purchase—if you want to record your activity, while receiving email notifications via a hunk of metal and plastic strapped to your wrist, you now have a variety of options, all capable of doing a great variety of… continue…