Mobile

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…

Google Glass on Sale: Who’s Buying?

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Google has made its Google Glass augmented-reality headsets available for sale April 15. There’s just one catch: It’s a one-day sale, starting at 9 A.M. EST. “Any adult in the U.S. can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1500 + tax—and it now comes with your favorite shade or frame, thanks to feedback from our current Explorers,” reads Google’s official posting on the matter. “The number of spots available is limited, so mark your calendar… continue…

Amazon’s Fire OS: Worth Your Development Time?

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If rumors (and The Wall Street Journal) prove correct, Amazon will release a smartphone near the end of 2014. Those rumors have percolated for quite some time; in early 2013, for example, Amazon hired a former manager of Microsoft’s Windows Phone developer experience to work on “something secret,” which sparked a flurry of publications proclaiming that such a device was in the works. Click here to find mobile development jobs. Amazon already has a handful of branded devices on the… continue…

How One App Hit 30 Countries in 3 Months

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How’s this for performance? New York’s driving analytics app-developer Dash got thousands of U.S. users and has been downloaded in more than 30 countries — all within three months of its launch. The company’s located at the WeWork co-working space in lower Manhattan, which gives it the flexibility to grow without investing in a new real estate – not to mention a community of startups and an office space with pinball, beer and all the other startup essentials. What makes… continue…

What Microsoft Dropping Windows Licensing Fees Means for You

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Microsoft plans on offering Windows licenses for free to manufacturing partners who install the operating system on devices with screens smaller than nine inches. This is a wholesale shredding of the company’s traditional playbook, which dictated that all Microsoft software come with a licensing fee of some sort, and it suggests the danger that Google Android and Apple’s iOS pose to Windows’ traditional dominance of the operating-system space. To wit: a few years ago, the PC sat at the center… 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…

Snoopy Drone Shows Lax Smartphone Security

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A remote-controlled quadcopter named “Snoopy” prowled the streets of London in late March, collecting confidential data from the smartphones of passersby at the rate of about 150 victims per hour. Included in the haul were usernames and passwords to PayPal, Amazon, Yahoo and other sites that represent concentration points for the financial and identity-management data of millions of users. Click here to find mobile security jobs. Snoopy is the cutting edge of mobile-security technology, but not in the way most… continue…

Android Developers: Get to Know KitKat

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The latest version of the Android OS has gained market-share over the past few months, according to the latest data from Google. Android 4.4 (“KitKat”) now runs on 5.3 percent of Android devices, up from 1.4 percent earlier this year. KitKat features tight integration with Google Now, Google’s voice-activated digital assistant; thanks to Google’s attempt to minimize resource-hungry processes, the operating system can also run on low-end hardware, opening up broad swaths of the mobile-device market to its use. Click… 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…

5 Alternatives to Office for iPad

Posted In Working in Tech
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Microsoft finally decided to bite the (proverbial) bullet and release Office for iPad, with a catch: anyone who downloads Word, Excel, or PowerPoint for Apple’s popular tablet will need to purchase an Office 365 subscription if they want to actually edit documents. Had Microsoft released Office for iPad a few years back, it might have instantly seized a considerable portion of the tablet-productivity market. As it stands, however, “iOffice” is now something of an underdog, albeit one jacked on serious… continue…