Archive for the ‘Application Development’ Category
  • Being an iPhone app developer for *the rotten* Apple becoming less rosy.
    by Mike
    Posted March 30th, 2009 at 5:38 pm
    The last week has seen the tech headlines filled with Apple and app store polices...not for the better. Seems as if Apple is getting mighty shady with their bread and butter developers of the iPhone phenomenon. If you are an iPhone developer and have been living in a hole the last couple of weeks, you may have missed the changes that are coming to the App Store, all of them for the worst. They are walking a dangerous line that could cause many developers to drop the iPhone platform all toge...
  • Microsoft recants $99 for app updates
    by Mike
    Posted March 30th, 2009 at 5:12 pm
    In what was most certainly a ridiculous and blatant move centered around greed, Microsoft was imposing a $99 fee for app submissions over 5 submission in a year. Ok so that wasn't that bad. The real kicker was that app updates were included. A developer can easily go through 5 updates in a year for a single app let alone a library of apps. Under the old rules, if a developer released an update as simple as a bug patch longer than a week after the original apps release, that update was coun...
  • Handwriting recognition coming to Android by way of Diotek
    by Mike
    Posted March 27th, 2009 at 9:17 am
    If typing on an onscreen keyboard is too "fake", and a real keyboard is too 1991 for you, then Diotek may have a solution for your needs.  The clever developers at Diotek have continuted on their handwriting recognition software success from Windows Mobile and are releasing a version for Android.  From now on you can just "write" whatever you want on your screen and the software is smart enough *let's hope* to correctly identify what you are trying to write.  If you don't know English or ...
  • iPhone 3.0 SDK still leaving some wanting more
    by Mike
    Posted March 24th, 2009 at 11:29 am
    The iPhone 3.0 preview last week revealed to the world Apple's latest up and coming goodies that are on track for this summer.  Copy & paste, multiple photo email, etc were some of the many *average* features added to the iPhones feature set.  Even with more than 1,000 new API's, some developers are still asking for more.  Not more as in more complex, but as in make it easier to make simple apps.  Neven Morgan details on his blog that for something as simple as a pill reminder app to...
  • Pwn2Own can’t quite claim the mobile market…yet.
    by Mike
    Posted March 22nd, 2009 at 12:57 pm
    Mobile users can breathe a heavy sigh of relief as their beloved mobile devices are safe for another year.  The Pwn2Own competition put on by CanSecWest in Vancouver, British Columbia, draws hackers from far and wide that come together to find, exploit, and aid developers and manufacturers in patching security holes, were unable to break into any of the mobile devices entered (according to Tipping Point) even though they had a field day with browsers just a few short days ago.  The mobile...
  • Silverlight Mobile coming to WinMo 7!
    by Mike
    Posted March 20th, 2009 at 12:59 pm
    Flash has long been the holy grail if you will of the mobile internet world.  If a handset manufacturer and mobile OS developer can get flash, they've got an instant hit...more or less.  Even the almighty iPhone lacks flash.  Though, Jobs claimed it was of poor performance that didn't meet their stict requirements for a desierable user experience.  Microsoft has long been in development of a flash fighter dubbed "Silverlight".  This inhouse "flash-type" software allows rich video/audio/...
  • Pangea Software giving up on Mac…moving to iPhone App development
    by Mike
    Posted March 16th, 2009 at 6:04 am
    It has been announced by Brian Greenstone, founder of Pangea Software, that they will give up on developing Mac software, something they have been doing since 1987, and focus exclusively on the iPhone.  Why you ask?  Well, since the App Store's launch less than a year ago, they have already raked in over $2 million after Apple's 30% share.  It makes sense to focus on what makes you money.  Add Pangea to the ever growing list of people and companies making the jump to Apple's little wonde...
  • Twitter coming to Adium…soon
    by Mike
    Posted March 12th, 2009 at 3:32 pm
    To those of you social bugs out there who happen to own a Mac, you might have heard about a little instant messaging application called "Adium".  Adium is a multi-messaging power house that includes just about every IM service under the sun.  Twitter users who also fulfill the above two requirements will soon have a new reason to spread their happy little wings as Twitter will soon be integrated into Adium.  The new Adium feature will allow you to follow/unfollow feeds, reply to just to n...
  • Centralized payment system coming to Cydia
    by Mike
    Posted March 6th, 2009 at 8:24 am
    Any iPhone user will know that Apple is severely limiting the iPhone feature wise. First there was Installer for jailbroken iPhones that allowed you to unlock the full potential of your iDevice.   Now on OS 2.0, there is another player in the 3rd party app store market: Cydia. While Installer and Cydia are both added at the time of jailbreaking, Cydia seems to have taken the lead in popularity.  Regardless, both stores offer great choices that sadly will never see the light of day insid...
  • Install WinMo 6.5 Facebook App on your *Not* WinMo 6.5 device
    by Mike
    Posted March 5th, 2009 at 8:59 am
    With all the excitement surrounding Windows Mobile 6.5, many developers will move onward leaving pre WinMo6.5 builds in the dust as they try to embrace the future.  Unfortunately, becoming outdate in the gadget world is something that can happen literally overnight.  However, thanks to "Da_G" from raphael forms and "dsi76", pre WinMo 6.5 users can now reap one of the small benefits of 6.5 all while staying within the cozy if not grossly outdated pre 6.5 enviorments.  Interested parties ca...
  • Blackberry App World apps starting at $2.99
    by Mike
    Posted March 5th, 2009 at 6:33 am
    Free loaders and people who just enjoy free stuff will be sorely disappointed with RIM's "App World" as an updated FAQ on the App World Developer site clearly lists the pricing tiers for apps. You'll notice that $2.99 is as loooow as it goes. Good news for developers but bad news for the more frugal. Granted, it's a good move to keep stupid and senseless "fart apps" out of App World.  However, is it RIM's place to decide want people want. Apple gets enough unhappy comments about almos...
  • Blackberry App World coming soon!
    by Mike
    Posted March 4th, 2009 at 7:17 pm
    Blackberry Application Market/Store Front/Store are no longer names to be considered for RIM's quick and deep venture into the consumer side of things as today they have announced that their app store will be called the Blackberry App World.  Developers should be able to get back to the live site by 10pm (Est) tonight.  The actual store front for users is slated to be open by the end of March for all of us normal folk.  Until then, the normals can go to the App World page and sign up to r...
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