Mobile Apps

You Can Use Facebook’s New App… If You’re Famous

Posted In Living in Tech
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Facebook has a new mobile app for sharing updates and photos. The one catch: it’s only for famous people. Facebook Mentions allows “actors, athletes, musicians, and other influencers” (in the words of the app’s iTunes page) to “discover and join conversations on Facebook.” Celebrities—or, presumably, their assistants and handlers—can use the app to monitor conversations among fans, host live Q&A sessions, and start conversations with other influencers. Click here to find app-developer jobs. The app will only work for those… continue…

Here’s Apple to Teach You About Swift

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As a company, Apple has a well-earned reputation for CIA-caliber secrecy. New products are developed under tight security, employees always refuse to comment on new projects and good luck trying to get a quote out of an executive if you’re a member of the press. With that in mind, the company’s latest move is a bit of a shocker: the debut of an official blog devoted to Swift, meant to provide “a behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift… continue…

‘Knozen’ App Lets You Post Co-Worker Ratings

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Do you have a clear idea of how your co-workers view you? If you don’t, you might soon, if they take up Knozen, an iOS app–an Android version is in the works–that lets users rate their colleagues anonymously by displaying images of two people and asking yes-or-no questions such as “Which person is friendlier?” or “Who is more likely to leave work early for a date?” Click here to see iOS jobs. Sounds dicey. But the company says at least… continue…

Why You Might Want to Hold Off Developing Apps for Windows 8

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Microsoft executives have spent the past year and a half promoting Windows 8’s app store, in the hope that third-party developers would create a thriving ecosystem of games and productivity software. What’s the result of all that time and energy? As InfoWorld relates in a new posting, some 150,000 apps currently reside in the Windows Store—not a very impressive number, when you consider the number of Windows devices currently on the market, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of… 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…

Here’s How to Win a Dice Hackathon

Posted In Looking in Tech
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An app that helps job seekers identify opportunities in distant regions was the winner of Dice’s first hackathon, held over the weekend of March 15 and 16 in Ankeny, Iowa, outside of Des Moines. The app, called Make Me Move, helps users search for positions they might not otherwise find, and allows employers to expand their recruiting efforts to areas that might offer a wider field of candidates. The app also provides salary comparisons to help users calculate the cost-of-living… continue…

Programming for iOS With Xamarin Studio

Posted In C++/C#, iOS, Working in Tech
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Back at the start of July I began a contract to develop an iOS app for a Taxi firm. I decided to invest in Xamarin Studio so that I could develop the app in C#. The development took a bit longer than expected due to issues with the server, but it’s now very near completion. Xamarin, while appearing to have come out of nowhere, is actually a renamed and rebranded version of MonoTouch, so it’s a couple of years old… continue…

Wearables the Next Big Market for App Developers

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If the fledging wearables market becomes anything like the smartphone market, mobile game developers may find themselves creating a new category of titles, according to Reuters. New “micro-engagement” games of 30 to 90 seconds may emerge, specifically tailored to wearable devices from smartwatches to bracelets, from cameras to Google glasses. Juniper Research estimates that there were roughly 87,000 global shipments of wearable “smart glasses” during 2013. By the time 2018 rolls around, the company expects to see 10 million units… continue…

Watson Becomes Available for App Developers

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Watson, the IBM supercomputer that won $1 million playing Jeopardy in 2011, is now becoming available to app developers. The system that was built for Jeopardy was not your everyday PC. With 2,880 cores and 16 TB of RAM running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, it cost roughly $3 million. Its processing speed can read a million books a second, approximately 500 GB of data. On the day of the TV show, it had 200 million pages of structured and… continue…

The Top 10 Technology Trends for 2014

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The growth of Infrastructure as a Service will be one of the top technology trends during 2014, according to three major research firms — Gartner, IDC and Forrester Research. IDC expects data centers to turn into specialized cloud infrastructure services that focus on certain workloads as part of the Cloud Services trend, while Gartner envisions a rise in Hybrid Cloud and IaaS brokers as personal clouds merge with external private clouds. Forrester, meanwhile, foresees a generic IaaS for public, private… continue…