Apps

Want to Upgrade Your App? Consider Breaking It Apart

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Facebook, Foursquare and other tech companies are taking an odd approach to upgrading their core apps. Instead of adding new features or shinier buttons, these firms are breaking their apps apart. Foursquare split off many of its main app’s social functions into Swarm, which focuses on friends and check-ins; the new, leaner Foursquare app will allow users to search for nearby restaurants and other points of interest. Facebook seems determined to parse its “main” mobile app into as many standalone… continue…

The Basics of Google’s Turn-Based Gaming

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Early this year, Google announced support for turn-based multiplayer games. In general, turn-based gaming isn’t new, though it is a newcomer to Google Play Services. Now, developers can use Google servers to manage game data. And as of now, there’s no additional cost associated with these features. What is Turn-Based Multiplayer Gaming? As their name indicates, turn-based games allow multiple players to take turns that can be played asynchronously. Google’s turn-based API allows players to invite others to play or… continue…

Developers: IBM’s App-Building Garage Awaits

Posted In Looking in Tech
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IBM plans on opening its first collaborative “BlueMix Garage” in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, where it will sit within Galvanize, a “campus” where startups can share space, participate in events and workshops, and network with one another. On paper, the potential benefits of IBM’s arrangement seem obvious: By plugging into one of the hottest startup scenes in the country, and offering a series of classes and mentoring, Big Blue can spark interest in developing for its nascent cloud… continue…

Cortana, Google Now, Siri Will Change How You Build Apps

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This week, Microsoft finally unveiled Cortana, its long-rumored digital assistant that will roll out with Windows Phone 8.1. Like Apple’s Siri and Google Now, Cortana can interpret and act upon voice commands; it also keeps a “notebook” loaded with the user’s personal information, the better to serve up useful data about nearby restaurants, latest sports scores, and more. Other features include event-specific reminders (for example, you can ask your Windows Phone to prod you to bring up a particular topic… continue…

Why App Developers Face Such Long Odds

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Why did the app developer move back home with his mom? Sure, that sounds like the setup for a joke—but for many developers, it’s also reality: despite the much-publicized stories of app-builders and startup founders making millions (or even billions) off the software they’ve built, the substantial majority earn only just enough to get by, according to a new column in the Harvard Business Review. Click here for app development jobs. “Encouraging kids to blow off schoolwork to write apps,… continue…

Why User Experience Designers Are More Valued Than Ever

Posted In UI/UX, Working in Tech
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IBM will pump $100 million into consulting services designed to help improve clients’ user experience design (UX). As part of that initiative, Big Blue will open 10 “Interactive Experience” labs at locations around the world, including London, Melbourne, Mexico City, New York, Shanghai, and Tokyo. “There’s no longer any real distinction between business strategy and the design of the user experience,” Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president of IBM Global Business Services, wrote in a statement. “The last best experience… continue…

Office for iPad Is Here… With a Catch

Posted In Living in Tech
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After years of debate over whether Microsoft will actually release a version of Office for the iPad, the company is ready to make that move. As expected by many in the tech press, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took to a San Francisco stage March 27 to explain the company’s strategy under his watch; a few minutes into the presentation, Julia White (general manager of Microsoft Office) joined him to demonstrate Office for iPad, and announce that Word, Excel, and PowerPoint… continue…

Should You Develop for Tizen?

Posted In Working in Tech
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Launching a brand-new mobile operating system is, to put it mildly, a difficult endeavor. It takes years of development, hordes of devoted programmers, a couple hardware partners, and a willingness on the part of the developer community to build third-party apps that’ll actually attract users. Given those challenges, a new mobile operating system emerges only once in a long while, although the past few quarters have seen the rise of some notable contenders: Ubuntu Touch for smartphones, first unveiled by… continue…

5 Mobile Apps for Mobile Developers

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Did you know that Google Play offers apps designed to help mobile developers become more effective and knowledgeable? Let’s look at a few I’ve found are handy to have on your Android to make your mobile dev life easier. XDA Developers Everybody knows about the wizards at XDA Developers. They’ve hacked just about every kind of Android device since the beginning of time. Their smartphone app gives users a direct line into the latest forum threads. Do you need help… continue…

Yep, ‘Flappy Bird’ Is Coming Back

Posted In Cloud
The popular game is being revived, according to its creator. continue…