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Is Your Next Development Platform in the Kitchen?

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The Internet of Things is alive and growing. Household gadgets drop-shipped via UPS, appliances, and even cars are steadily joining mobile devices on the information superhighway (which, for those of you who don’t know, is what we called the Internet back in the day). Some connect to your smartphone for added functionality. All of this is well and good, and even reminiscent of our expectations for the year 2000 as predicted on the futurist TV show Beyond 2000. And it… continue…

Microsoft’s App Incentive Won’t Excite Many Developers

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Is Microsoft’s incentive program for app developers a sign of desperation? The software giant’s offering developers $100 for each app published in the Windows and Windows Phone stores. The cash is limited to $1,000 per store. It’s part of a campaign to take a bigger share of the market that’s overwhelmingly dominated by Apple and Google. By some estimates, there could be as many as 800,000 apps out there, but not many of them are built for Windows. There are… continue…

The Best Tools for Enterprise Mobile Dev

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It’s no secret that everyone is designing software with a “mobile first” philosophy, including corporate America. As a matter of fact, the corporate world is trying to use one code base to support all mobile platforms. The good news is that several products and tools are available that allow developers to do just that, or at least get sort of close. As part of its risk-mitigation process, a large national bank recently asked me to evaluate vendors for its new… continue…

2013′s Notable Android Training and Conferences

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The mobile landscape is changing rapidly. BlackBerry has finally joined the smartphone era, Firefox has created a mobile OS, and Ubuntu recently released its first smartphone version. Despite all this, Android remains one of the mobile operating systems to beat, and its opportunities to grow are dramatic. More people predict that one day we’ll buy ourselves Internet-enabled refrigerators with touchscreen interfaces displaying familiar Android menus. The Internet of Things is quite real, and Android is well-suited to support its next generation… continue…

Samsung Adopts Tizen OS. Stay Calm

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Samsung’s finally released its much-anticipated Tizen smartphone, a welcome development in a market dominated by just two operating systems, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Tizen’s goal is to create an open ecosystem that will be compatible with all mobile browsers. For developers, the OS offers an interesting challenge: It provides a flexible environment based on jQuery and jQuery Mobile, and its SDK will allow them to build applications by using HTML 5. As a result, experienced programmers should be able… continue…

Will the Ubuntu Phone Actually Mean Anything?

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Canonical recently rolled out plans for an Ubuntu smartphone, a year after unveiling its Ubuntu-powered TV. Over the years, the company’s done a great job of promoting Linux, and it shows in Ubuntu’s popularity. As a longtime Linux guy, I’m certainly glad to get the news that its folks are turning their attention to mobile devices. I can hardly wait to replace Android with Linux on my new Galaxy S III. Of course, this all sounds great in theory. How it… continue…

Is the iWatch Meant to Be the Smartphone Killer?

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Could Apple’s rumored smartwatch — dubbed the iWatch, of course — push smartphones into the backseat of the mobile market? Jay Yarrow at BusinessInsider thinks it might. “Just as the smartphone killed the flip phone, and the iPad is killing the traditional PC, something is going to come along and kill the smartphone,” he writes. I’m not convinced, at least about the smartwatch. But I do think the notion of smartphones disappearing being replaced by a technology that’s more capable… continue…

The Best Approach to Android’s Design Guidelines

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Android development involves more than simply writing code and publishing your app to a marketplace. A well-planned user interface can mean the difference between a usable app with modest sales and a great app that generates stellar sales. When it was introduced, Android’s lacked proper design guidelines and standards. Developers were left to decide the best way to give users usable in-app experiences. Not all design decisions resulted in exceptional apps. That’s all changed with Android Design Guidelines. These official… continue…

No Sales for Your App? Try a New Approach

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In today’s app-tastic world, Apple, Google, and now even Microsoft continue to pound the drums, inviting developers to create apps and seek their fortunes in the companies’ respective app stores, where millions of apps fly off the virtual shelves every day. Chris Jones, a Canalys VP and principal analyst, noted that most of the game companies had multiple titles generating revenue. Zynga had 15 in Apple’s list of top 300 grossing iPhone apps and nine in the Google Play store. Zombie… continue…

Why I Picked an iPhone 5 Over the Nexus 4

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The time has finally come for me to replace my ancient iPhone 3GS. There have been several exciting new devices announced in the past few months, and I’ve been able to narrow down my choices to the Apple iPhone 5 and the Google Nexus 4. Since I’m upgrading from a 2009 smartphone, either one of these devices would be a massive improvement in every way imaginable. The iPhone 5 may be an obvious choice for me. I’ve invested considerably in… continue…