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Google keeps an ever-closer eye on non-Play Store apps

Google is taking additional steps with Verify Apps to protect Android users from potentially malicious non-Play Store apps, even after they've been installed.<p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Android owners who use apps installed from outside of the Play Store will soon find their devices just a smidge safer, as …

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Minecraft movie in the works at Warner Bros.

Markus "Notch" Persson, creator of the beloved indie sandbox sensation, reveals on Twitter that Warner Bros. and his studio Mojang are bringing Minecraft to the big screen.<p>Following the massive success of "The Lego Movie," it sounds like block-based blockbusters -- a pun no one could possibly …

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The Human Brain Now Reacts to Emoticons Like Real Faces

We're all familiar with the smiley emoticon, and its power to add levity, flirtation, and occasionally passive-aggression to our texts, chats, and …

New App, Airpnp, Offers Bathrooms For Rent

Taking care of "lavatory logistics," the just-launched <b>Airpnp</b> app lets "entrepeeneurs" rent out their bathrooms to people searching for a place to use the facilities. Those who want to put their <b>toilet on the rental market</b> provide their address and pictures of their bathroom. Those looking for a …

Rovio To Make Angry Birds Smart Covers For Jolla’s Sailfish OS Handset

In a Finnish startup love-in, Angry Birds maker Rovio and Sailfish OS smartphone maker Jolla are partnering for co-branded content on Jolla’s first handset. Jolla is also working with Finland’s F-Secure to bring its secure cloud storage service, younited, to Jolla handsets — due to be made …

Not using BBM? BlackBerry hopes that stickers will make you start

Meet CosCat and Bubble Bot<p>The best feature that an instant messaging app can have is all of your friends using its service. The second best, arguably, is stickers. Taking advantage of the surprising popularity of these oversized emoticons, BlackBerry is beginning to add stickers into BBM. Sticker …

Firefox OS taps into Cordova for easier Web-app development

Developers writing apps using the Cordova software foundation now can reach Mozilla's browser-based operating system as well as Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry OS.<p>Any new mobile operating system faces challenges attracting developers -- even a browser-based one like Firefox OS that can …

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Changers Raises $1.5M To Turn Charging Your Phone Via The Sun Into An Infectious Game

Ever thought about what might happen if you got rewarded, not for a Foursquare check-in, but for generating electricity? Changers, a startup that allows people to turn the creation of solar power into a game that encourages green behaviour, has closed $1.5 million in Series A financing. German …

Apple & Google Begin Rejecting Games With “Flappy” In The Title

The Flappy Bird phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down, despite the fact that the original title was yanked out of the App Store by creator Dong Nguyen, whose newfound fame apparently became too overwhelming. But though “Flappy Bird” itself may be gone, the App Store’s top charts today are …

The best iPad apps for Astronomy

It can be hard to identify stars, planets, and other celestial bodies from your backyard, particularly if you are a novice astronomer. Astronomy …

BBM Channels and Voice come to Android and iPhone

BBM is about to become considerably more useful to Android and iPhone users -- even if they don't have many people on their contact lists. BlackBerry now says that its promised Channels and Voice support should reach the BBM apps for both platforms later today. As on BlackBerry 10, Channels lets …

Samsung-backed Android alarm app helps researchers fight disease while you sleep

Our smartphones don't do much when they're sitting there charging overnight, something Samsung and the University of Vienna want to take advantage of to cure diseases. A new app called Power Sleep uses your phone's downtime to crunch protein calculations. That data's used to research cures for …

Kinvey Launches Dedicated Backend As A Service Platform For Enterprise Developers

Kinvey, the enterprise-centric backend as a service (BaaS) platform for mobile apps, is launching a new feature today that will allow its customers to run their apps in a dedicated private cloud or on-premise instead of on Kinvey’s regular multi-tenant platform.<p>While BaaS platforms like Parse or …

The Room 2 now available for Android

<i>The Room 2</i>, Fireproof Games' atmospheric puzzle game, is now available on Google Play for Android devices and the Amazon App Store for Kindle devices.<p>The app, which the developer describes as "a physical puzzler, wrapped in a mystery game, inside a beautifully tactile 3D world," is available for …

Mixpanel Releases Data About A Typical Day For Apps

Analytics company Mixpanel just released its first report about the broader patterns among the 17 billion mobile and web actions (such as sharing content or creating an account) that it tracks each month. In doing so, it says it can portray a “typical US day on smart devices”.<p>Among its …

OpenIDFA, A Solution To IDFA-Related App Store Rejections, Debuts

Following Apple’s crackdown on mobile apps’ usage of IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers) – that is, it’s rejecting apps which are pulling the identifier for non-advertising related purposes – Appsfire is proposing an alternative solution. Called “OpenIDFA,” the technology allows for the type of …

How CodePath Trains Developers To Build In A Mobile World

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah works on product for Swell, is a</i> TechCrunch <i>columnist, and an investor. He blogs at Haywire, and you can follow him on Twitter at @semil.</i><p>Late in 2013, I stumbled upon two bootstrapped entrepreneurs with deep backgrounds in mobile development — Timothy Lee and Nathan …

Sketch Guru app review: a go-to sketch app

Introduction<p>You don't always have a pad of paper and pencil handy when you're in the mood to sketch, which is when you can turn to an app to fill the …

The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, has recently announced its shortlist of winners. This year's contest attracted more than 140,000 entries from 166 countries. The organizers have been kind enough to share some of their shortlisted …

Обои "Редкие птицы России"

В этом уникальном приложении представлено десять птиц, относящихся к редким на территории России. Их потрясающие фотографии вы можете прямо из …

Clumsy Ninja Maker NaturalMotion Acquired by Zynga for $500 Million

Over the last year, the situation at Zynga has appeared increasingly dire. First, the big-time development studio laid off some 500 of its employees …

Lessons We Learned From Being Featured in the Google Play Store

<i>Binil Antony is the co-founder and CMO of Dexetra, the startup behind the Friday app – a contextual personal search application for Android.</i><p>Friday is a featured app in the Play Store. And not just on any list, it is on the Play Picks list!<p>It has been 1.5 years since Friday came out of alpha. Friday …

iOS 7 Best Practices; A Weather App Case Study: Part 1/2

Finished Weather App<p>Every developer has their own ideas as to the best way to create top-notch iOS apps. Some developers take advantage of …

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Flash Reader: A speed reading app that flashes the words for you at a high rate, causing you to read faster and efficiently

Reading is fun, but sometimes we have too much of it to do, whether for work or school, and it can get a bit much at times. If you have a lot to read …

Biz Stone Launches Jelly, A Service Crowdsourcing Answers From Friends

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has finally pulled back the curtain on his secretive startup, Jelly. In a blog post, he described it as a service that works with people’s existing social networks and is designed to search the “group mind” to better help what goes around, comes around — basically to …

Potential Samsung TouchWiz Refresh Looks Great In New Leak

Samsung TouchWiz is one of the most familiar custom user interfaces on Android, but it may be in for a dramatic redesign in the future. Thanks to …

CES 2014: GM to Offer 4G LTE and Personalization With AppShop

OnStar continues to be a boon for General Motors. The telematics platform that began as an analog emergency response and turn-by-turn navigation system has become the largest digital vehicle-based cloud network and the linchpin to GM's connected-car future. Now it's going 4G LTE.<p>GM announced at its …

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Developer Spams Google Play With Ripoffs Of Well-Known Apps…Again

It’s not uncommon to search the Google Play app store and find a number of knock-off or “fake” apps aiming to trick unsuspecting searchers into downloading them over the real thing – especially when the app in question isn’t yet available on Android. But one developer <i>really</i> went out of his or her …

[CES 2014] Samsung Announces 'New Era Of Smart Home' With Single App, Protocol For Controlling Home Devices

Getting in some early news, Samsung has - as part of CES 2014 - announced its new Samsung Smart Home service, a means by which users will be able to …