On deep linking to bring departed app users back

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

It’s funny how an article intended to be informative and instructive to one audience can be downright disturbing to another, can’t it? That’s the thought I had when I ran across this article on ReadWrite about deep links. It’s fairly up-front about who it’s meant for and what it’s meant [...]

New Android Developers numbers show recent OS rollout accelerating

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

The most recent snapshot of Android OS usage from the Android Developers Dashboards, up to August 12th, shows adoption of KitKat, the latest fully available version of the OS, jumping some 3 percent in just a month, from 18 percent in July to a hair under 21 percent. If this kind of momentum [...]

Latest Android numbers show no fragging fragmentation

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

The latest figures on Android OS version usage and Android device screen size from the Google Developer Dashboards, “collected during a 7-day period ending on January 8, 2014,” show that the oft-cited myth of Android platform fragmentation, often used as a pretext for preferring iOS, is [...]

Apple pulls, rejects Kama Sutra app after years in app store

By libertyc
April 18, 2012 // 5 Comments

On TechCrunch, Chris Velazco has an interesting little post about iKamasutra, a Kama Sutra-based appbook that was pulled from Apple’s app store and Google Play for explicit material (which consisted of a few suggestive lines without much detail). From my vantage point, [app developer] NBITE has [...]

B&N seeks Nook developers in UK, doesn’t say when it will be available there

By libertyc
March 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

A brief piece on PaidContent by Laura Hazard Owen today covered the Barnes & Noble Nook Development Conference at Mobile Monday London. B&N didn’t really say much about when or if the Nook would be available internationally. The company did say it had no plans to open stores outside the [...]

International smartphone app developers begin removing apps from US stores

By libertyc
July 17, 2011 // 2 Comments

The Guardian’s Apps Blog reports that a growing number of non-US-based app developers are withdrawing their applications from the US versions of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market for fear of patent litigation from companies such as Lodsys, the patent troll who has filed a number [...]

New services bring iOS publishing to non-developers

By Chris Walters
July 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Los Angeles Times has a feature on a new company called GENWI that offers point-and-click app development for a monthly fee—essentially you add template parts, insert your own content, and hit publish (although it’s a little more complicated than that since you still have to deal with [...]

Patent troll Lodsys files more lawsuits

By libertyc
July 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

App store patent troll Lodsys (which has insisted app developers need to license in-app purchase technology from it despite being told by Apple that developers were covered in Apple’s own agreement with Lodsys) has filed more lawsuits against a number of developers and companies, including six [...]

iOS developers could be vulnerable to patent trolls

By libertyc
May 21, 2011 // 2 Comments

As a condition for selling in-app content, such as e-books, Apple requires developers to use its in-app purchase technology. As I reported a couple of weeks ago, developers have begun to receive threatening letters from Lodsys, a company that owns a patent on that technology. It turns out that [...]

Patent troll targets developers who use Apple in-app purchase process

By libertyc
May 13, 2011 // 0 Comments

As if the controversy surrounding Apple’s mandatory in-app purchase clause was not troubling enough, now independent developers who use Apple’s in-app purchase system are starting to be hit by lawsuit threats from a patent troll who claims to have patented the in-app purchase process. The [...]

RIM Developer Relations chief responds to disgruntled PlayBook developer

By libertyc
February 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Yesterday I mentioned an open letter from frustrated would-be PlayBook developer Jamie Murai concerning all the problems he encountered trying to register for and use the development tools for the Blackberry PlayBook tablet. He ended up throwing up his hands and giving up in disgust. Today, Tyler [...]

The personal trainer comes to the Kindle

By libertyc
January 25, 2011 // 0 Comments

Over the last couple of years, plenty of people in the publishing industry have been exercised by the Kindle—in the less-commonly-used sense of the word that means “occupy the thoughts of; worry or perplex.” But now CNet reports on a Kindle application by which Kindle-owners can get [...]

Did Apple force Sports Illustrated to drop subscriptions for its iPad edition?

By libertyc
July 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

On Thursday, Folio posted a piece about the tight control Apple keeps (or at least tries to) over what goes into its app store. Some of it was already well known, such as Apple’s rejection of third-party development environments which caused Wired and Adobe to have to create a separate iPad [...]

The ‘Humble Indie Bundle’ and its implications for piracy

By libertyc
May 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

Taking advantage of the zero-marginal-cost nature of electronic media distribution, a group of independent computer game developers has teamed up to offer the “Humble Indie Bundle”, a bundle of five games (including the award-winning World of Goo) for Windows, Macintosh, or Linux as a [...]

Apple vs. Adobe slapfight over third-party development platforms

By libertyc
April 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

I wasn’t sure whether to cover this story, given that it does not seem to have a great deal to do with e-books on the face of it. But on the other hand, it relates to the viability of developing for the iPhone and iPad as a whole, and e-book applications (both reader apps and stand-alone [...]

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