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Google acquires Pixate - mobile app prototyping service now free

Google’s never-ending shopping spree continues as the company tries to expand its reach anywhere possible. Their latest acquisition has just been announced and developers will be especially fond of it. The Search Giant is now welcoming the Pixate crew and integrating them right into their design …

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Apple is finally fixing the reason your Mac and iPhone’s Wi-Fi sucks

Noticed your iPhone and Mac’s Wi-Fi weren’t so good over the last year? You’re not alone, and Apple is finally fixing it, albeit quietly.<p>If you’re wondering exactly what happened, there are a few moving parts. First, you need to understand what the Domain Name System (DNS) does.<p>Each computer on the …

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New 'Tripr' App Makes Your Friends For You, Ahead Of Time

Instead of taking chances that you'll meet some good-looking backpacker at the next hostel or run into a gaggle of handsome travelers on a Parisian street, why not just "book them" ahead for your next vacation? New travel app Tripr can (and will) make that happen.<p>The app's mantra is that you should …

Google releases open source Nogotofail network traffic security testing tool

Google today introduced a new tool for testing network traffic security called Nogotofail. The company has released it as an open source project available on GitHub, meaning anyone can use it, contribute new features, provide support for more platforms, and do anything else with the end goal of …

Auto layout best practices for minimum pain

Auto layout is a great tool, it helps keep our sanity as developer, and it prevent us lazy people from using magic numbers when setting frames.<p>But no …

Apple Releases TestFlight for All Developers

The beta testing app TestFlight has been helping developers quickly and easily add new testers to an app. The service is so useful that Apple purchased its creator Burstly and built its own native version of the app for iOS developers.<p>Today Apple announced that TestFlight is available for all iOS …

Pyne is an app that makes quizzing strangers bite-sized fun

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>The interactive online quiz is having a moment of popularity right now, thanks to media outfits like Buzzfeed and Playbuzz. …

Apps

Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android's latest is coming to devices as soon as this month<p>After an extended testing and preview period, Google has announced the final release of Android L, its latest version of the world's most popular mobile platform. Android 5.0 Lollipop is debuting on three new Nexus devices — the Nexus 6 …

Become A Social Savvy Leader In Five Easy Steps

In a previous article, I explained why leaders need to be savvy about social media so they can build trust, engagement and connection. In this article, I’ll explain how to use social media with ease through a five-step process.<p>Social media allows you to connect and interact with your audience in …

8 Steps to Launching Your Product

<i>Jason SurfrApp is the founder of IWearYourShirt and author of Creativity For Sale.</i><p>After Skyping with some college students, I wanted to share my process for launching a product or creative campaign. Whether it was launching IWearYourShirt, starting a non-profit, selling my last name, or various …

Google Launches Mini-Marketing Lessons For Startups With New Mobile App, Google Primer

Google has rolled out a new iPhone app called Primer, aimed at teaching startups the fundamentals of marketing – with a Google spin, of course. The new app, available only on iOS for now, but coming soon to Android, complements the Google Primer website which further explains how the mini-marketing …

Entrepreneurs, here’s how to think about your valuation

A couple of discussions related to our portfolio companies last week led to me write this blog post. The timing could not have been better, since there have recently been some great posts related to this topic from Jamie McGurk and Stephen McDermid at Andreessen Horowitz, and from Fred Wilson at …

Facebook's Secret Success? Our Psychological Addiction

<i>Dr. Liraz Margalit is the Customer Experience Psychologist at ClickTale.</i><p>The past decade has been a time of incredible growth for social media, and Facebook in particular. The fact that the site has even topped Google as the most visited site in the US suggests that Facebook has become an integral …

Stamplay Is IFTTT For Back-End Development

If you are a front-end developer, setting up signup forms and integrations with popular APIs can be very painful. Stamplay wants to make back-end development as easy as playing with Lego bricks. The best analogy would be to think of it as an IFTTT for developers.<p>Coding using Stamplay is all about …

Build Your Own Siri: Api.ai Offers Voice Integration for All

The team behind Speaktoit, the virtual assistant app for Android, has launched a natural language understanding platform today called Api.ai, which allows developers to voice-enable their apps and devices.<p>Since Speaktoit’s launch in 2011, the company has sought to integrate its natural language …

Google’s New Web Starter Kit Is A Boilerplate For Multi-Screen Web Development

For a long time now, Google has offered developers a set of what it believes are best practices for modern web development. Today it is going beyond just providing this information by launching the Web Starter Kit, a boilerplate kit similar to HTML5 Boilerplate that includes templates and tooling …

The 6 challenges of building an iBeacon app

Using iBeacon, Apple’s low-powered method of pushing contextual notifications to iPhones in stores, introduces a bunch of messy moving parts, I discovered recently while building an app for the Gluecon conference.<p>Despite being an experienced iOS developer, I faced the following six distinct …

Apple too late to stop massive iCloud breach, hackers claim

An anonymous hacker who has exploited an iCloud security flaw that lets anyone unlock a lost or stolen iPhone says Apple contacted him about the matter today, but he deleted the email.<p>“They have asked me to contact [them] as quickly as possible, but why now?” the hacker, who goes by AquaXetine, …

Empathy for the User: Experience Design Secrets from an Expert

<i>Jo Plumridge is a UK-based photographer, writer and lecturer. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been adapted with permission.</i><p>User experience (UX) designers are among the unsung heroes of the digital world. They make the tools, sites and apps we use simple, …

Research project Cider allows unmodified iOS apps to run on Android

Cider, an operating system compatibility layer, allows iOS applications to run natively on Android devices.<p>Developed by computer science students from Columbia University, Cider effectively tricks iOS apps into running on Android’s Linux kernel just as they would on Apple’s XNU kernel.<p>Quoting from …

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Pop is an extensible animation engine for iOS, tvOS, and OS X. In addition to basic static animations, it supports spring and decay dynamic …

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App Annie Now Lets App Developers Track Ads, App Store Optimization

Mobile app analytics platform App Annie is expanding itself product lineup today with features designed to help publishers better analyze their advertising and App Store Optimization (ASO) efforts. The latter, a sort of SEO for mobile apps, involves choosing the right keywords to use in the app’s …

Codeanywhere, The Google Docs For Developers, Rocks Startup Alley At Disrupt NY

Codeanywhere, a self-proclaimed Google Docs for coders, wants to become the defacto standard for code development on the go. Co-founders Ivan Burazin and Vedran Jukic presented on stage at Disrupt NY today after the audience voted them the best company in Startup Alley.<p>Jukic came up with the idea …

The True Costs of Developing an App

<i>Jeremy Rappaport is a writer at Fueled, the leading iPhone application developers and masters of mobile design in New York City. This post was originally published on the Fueled blog.</i><p>Everyone knows about the big names: Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Instagram. Countless others …

App Monetization To Get Tougher Still, With Gartner Predicting 94.5% Of Downloads Will Be Free By 2017

The business of making money from apps is going to get tougher still, with analyst Gartner predicting that through to 2018 less than 0.01% of consumer mobile apps will be considered a financial success by their developers.<p>A key factor making it harder for apps to attract a paying audience is the …