It’s hard to get excited about developing applications if there’s no payoff for your efforts. That’s the general consensus arising among makers of Windows Phone applications, who are dissatisfied with the poor sell through of advertisements. With no money coming in from ads, some developers say they’ll have to start charging for their apps – or quit supporting Windows Phone.
Launching a new streaming music service in 2014 is not for the faint of heart. Companies like Spotify and Pandora have significant market share, Apple entered the space in 2013 with the launch of iRadio, and electronics giant Samsung wants in on the action, too.
Developers love APIs for many different reasons. They might browse the ProgrammableWeb directory to be inspired and get ideas for a project. They might be delighted to tie together two disparate sources with their code. One of the biggest reasons developers should love APIs is that APIs save them time — time they can spend elsewhere. And yet, even the smartest developer can be caught answering the question “Can we build it?” with an enthusiastic “Yes we can.”
Stats iOS is a service that focuses on extended statistics of Apple’s App Store. Here is an interview with Igor Korsakov, co-founder of this interesting API startup. In this free wheeling interview Igor introduces us to “grey” App Store Search Engine Optimization. The idea is SEO extended to Apple App Store results.
When Apple launched its World Wide Developers Conference back in April, the event sold out in minutes, and a lot of people who wanted to go didn’t make it. So Apple reassuringly said it would announce series of tech talks later in the year. Well, here they are.
With the upcoming release of the new iPhone 5S, mobile health applications and quantified self capacities take another leap forward. Developers will have a new CoreMotion API through which they can access a stream of personal health and sensor tracking data from a smartphone, even while the iPhone is at rest.
At the June 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple announced some of the new features in iOS 7, including enhanced in-car integration described by Apple as “bringing an Apple designed experience into the car for the first time.”
Apple’s coming support for MFi game controllers: all set to disrupt the industry or just another iBookstore? The key may be in Apple’s API. Or it could be a new factor, its impact on “gadgepop” or gadget population, the number of gadgets you need to carry. The future is cloudy.
At Tim Cook’s D11 interview with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, he didn’t offer much new information about his famously secretive company. But at 1:01:20 he started talking about opening up APIs.
Minbox launched today with the intention to disrupt the already disruptive cloud storage space. Minbox lives as a Mac app that allows users to send files of any size in a fraction of the time other cloud storage providers offer. A quick glance at Minbox’s homepage offers a video demo that shows the same file sent via Minbox and then dropbox. Where Minbox sends the file in four seconds, Dropbox takes over five minutes to upload and send the file.