Mobile Apps

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…

Keep Track of Your Network With Fing

Posted In Working in Tech
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Fing is a mobile app that helps you keep an eye on your networks. I run a couple of headless Linux machines on my network, and Fing makes it easy to make sure they’re running correctly. I also have a bunch of WiFi devices that come and go (kids’ phones, tablets, guest devices, etc.). Fing covers those, too. The app’s main discovery screen lists each node and its hardware address in ascending order. It also shows the type of network… continue…

Use Android to Control Your LibreOffice Presentation

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
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I’m a big fan of LibreOffice Impress and am excited about its recently released version 4.0.0. I make frequent presentations, use Linux exclusively, and own a new Galaxy S III Android phone, so the new Android Remote feature certainly caught my eye. It lets you use the volume rocker on your Android device to page through LibreOffice slides that you’re projecting from a Linux notebook. Working through Bluetooth by default, the app also runs over WiFi. Since conference venues frequently have… continue…

Smartphones Will Overrun Feature Phones in 2013

Posted In Cloud
IDC predicts that smartphones will constitute 50.1 percent of global shipments this year. Anyone surprised? continue…

How to Sell Your iOS App Without Spending a Lot

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Apple iOS developers suffering from download envy may find a fix in Michael Sanford’s advice. Sanford, the CEO of iOS gaming company FlipSide5 and whose Touch Hockey app ranked among the top 20 downloads in the history of the iPhone, has the right credentials to give advice. “During the holidays last year, about 20 companies received roughly 80 percent of all the revenue in the App Store,” he pointed out to me. “If you weren’t part of this group, you… continue…

Why Doesn’t Facebook’s iOS Messenger Connect With Desktops?

Posted In Living in Tech
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Given the number of free VoiP apps available in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, Facebook’s free calling feature in its iOS Messenger app may not seem groundbreaking… except for its potential to bridge calling between desktop and mobile. Note the word “potential.” If you’ve managed to keep your Facebook friend list limited to actual friends, you’ll avoid the app’s one hideous drawback: Adding anyone on Facebook has become equivalent to exchanging phone numbers. The friend-happy may want to exercise… continue…

Online Dating Costs You More Privacy Than You Think

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Here’s a heads up to the millions of people looking for love on line: Your security and privacy are probably at risk. Many of the most popular dating sites are playing fast and loose with your romantic avatars. Some of them are susceptible to hackers and, to paraphrase a Microsoft cybersecurity expert, anything that you post on line is pretty much permanent after 20 minutes, whether you’ve deleted the file or not. Still feeling brave? A few more facts, then.… continue…

Canonical Wants More Apps for the Ubuntu Smartphone

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Canonical’s new Ubuntu mobile OS isn’t yet available as a package download to anyone interested in trying it out, but it holds great promise. The target market is equipment manufacturers who can use it to run both high-end and entry-level devices. While none are available yet, Samsung has promised Galaxy Nexus owners there’ll soon be a test package for them to download. Some pundits have questioned the viability of yet another mobile OS in an already crowded marketplace, while others… continue…

Canonical Wants More Apps for the Ubuntu Smartphone

Ubuntu for Phones
Canonical’s new Ubuntu mobile OS isn’t yet available as a package download to anyone interested in trying it out, but it holds great promise. The target market is equipment manufacturers who can use it to run both high-end and entry-level devices. While none are available yet, Samsung has promised Galaxy Nexus owners there’ll soon be a test package for them to download. Some pundits have questioned the viability of yet another mobile OS in an already crowded marketplace, while others… continue…

BlackBerry’s Rise or Fall Depends on BB10 Apps

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In unveiling its long-awaited BlackBerry 10 operating system and slick-looking Z10 and Q10 smartphones, the renamed Research in Motion has offered up a critical key to winning over developers and, it hopes, building up its lackluster app ecosystem. Can the company — now named BlackBerry — pull it off? Developers say maybe, depending on how their community reacts to BB10′s Android porting and repackaging approach. Port Me Over, Scotty “BlackBerry is working to make an inclusive platform, one where you… continue…