Mobile

Is Apple Building a Stylus for the iPad Pro?

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs hated the very concept of a stylus. When introducing the iPhone in 2007, he famously declared the human finger far superior to a plastic pen. “Nobody wants a stylus,” he told the crowd at the event. “We’re going to use a pointing device we’re all born with—born with ten of them.” But Jobs’ successors at Apple might think a stylus isn’t such a bad thing: According to the latest rumors percolating around the Web, the company… continue…

Google, Facebook Battled for Mobile Crown in 2014

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Nielsen recently released its list of the top smartphone apps of 2014, and the results were utterly unsurprising, with the top 10 split almost entirely between the Facebook and Google app ecosystems. The “basic” Facebook app came in first place with 118 million users (a 15 percent increase over the year before), followed by Google Search with 90 million users, YouTube with 88 million users, Google Play with 84 million users, and Google Maps with 79 million users. For more… continue…

Did Apple Just Murder the Tablet Market?

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Did Apple just murder the tablet market? That’s the conclusion reached by Boy Genius Report, based on data assembled by analytics firm Flurry. That data suggests that, among the top five mobile-device manufacturers, Apple “won” the holiday season, with the company’s hardware accounting for 51.3 percent of device activations worldwide (followed by Samsung with 17.7 percent, Nokia with 5.8 percent, and Sony with 1.6 percent). Click here to find mobile-developer jobs. Much of those activations came from oversized phones. “As… continue…

Does Anyone Want a BlackBerry ‘Classic’?

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For a long time, BlackBerry tried to compete with Apple’s iPhone on the latter’s terms, building a progression of touch-screen devices that never really seemed to hit with either businesses or consumers. Click here to find BlackBerry-related jobs. So now BlackBerry’s decided to retreat to the past: The new BlackBerry Classic is an unapologetic return to the form-factor that transformed the company into a mobile-device juggernaut for a few years. It features a physical QWERTY keyboard, a 3.5-inch screen, dual… continue…

Google Cardboard: The Android of VR?

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When Facebook dropped a cool $2 billion to purchase virtual-reality firm Oculus VR earlier this year, it was seen as a way for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to take an early position in what could become one of the dominant technologies of the next decade. But what if Oculus VR, even with all of Facebook’s money, didn’t end up as the competitor to beat? What if a piece of cardboard, supported by some APIs and an ecosystem of third-party developers, become… continue…

Is Your Next Driver’s License a Phone App?

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Starting next year, residents of Iowa will be able to use a smartphone app in place of their physical driver’s license. Iowa law enforcement officers will regard the app as official proof of identification, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT). “We are really moving forward on this,” DOT Director Paul Trombino told a state budget hearing, according to The Des Moines Register. “The way things are going, we may be the first in the nation.” To find automotive-related… continue…

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…

‘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…

Certifications With the Highest Demand

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For years, cynical IT pros have maintained that certifications aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. But recruiters and analysts report a growing interest in IT certification. While it’s true that employers still want to see experience, certification can provide outside validation of your skills… and signal a commitment to furthering those skills. Certifications in these areas are showing some of the sharpest growth in demand: Security The recent breaches at Target, Home Depot and the almost-daily privacy and security… continue…