Amazon Launches New A/B Testing Service for Mobile App and Game Developers

Janet Wagner, December 10th, 2012

Amazon Web ServicesIn July, ProgrammableWeb reported that Amazon had launched GameCircle, a new set of gaming APIs and services for the Kindle Fire. Amazon has just announced the launch of the Amazon A/B Testing Service Beta, which offers easy in-app A/B testing for developers who create and distribute apps and games using the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Program.


Habbo API Gives Game Developers Access to One of the World’s Largest Online Communities

Eric Carter, December 3rd, 2012

HabboSulake, social entertainment and games company, has launched the Habbo API for its award winning Habbo Hotel game platform. Developers can publish games onto the platform and studios can utilize the API to access Habbo’s social graph and monetization capabilities.


Put In Your Two Cents’ Worth: Opinionage API

Candice McMillan, November 30th, 2012

OpinionageWe all have strong opinions on issues that are close to our hearts, but for the most part, they remain just our opinions and often never create the change we may long to see. In particular, it’s the decisions that will have a real impact on our everyday lives that are left in the hands of the big decision makers like politicians, administrators or managers; but what if there was a way for the general public to get their voices heard? That’s where Opinionage comes in; an online service that enables users to share and compare opinions socially with the potential to make a big enough stir to catch the attention of those in power.


TappingStone Objective: A Custom App for Every End User

Greg Bates, October 26th, 2012

TappingStoneThe TappingStone API from this B2D (business to developer) company aims to help developers create apps focused on individual end users.


Play With Clay.io

Garrett Wilkin, October 26th, 2012

Clay.ioI just had a lot of fun reviewing the Clay.io HTML 5 games site.  Of course as part of my due diligence I had to actually play some of the games on the site.  Just part of the job, right?  I’ve been interested in this HTML5 app / game thing for a bit, and that’s what Clay.io is all about.  Clay.io has a clear value offering to developers and a simple revenue stream: provide a javascript API to developers and take a 20% cut of any revenue generated by the game.


New Facebook Notifications API Allows App Developers to Connect Directly With Users

Janet Wagner, September 12th, 2012

FacebookFacebook has launched a beta version of the new Notifications API for apps on Facebook.com that gives developers the ability to send custom notifications to existing users of their applications.


For Those Who Know What ‘Slug Bug’ And Volkswagen Have In Common

Candice McMillan, August 29th, 2012

Google MapsMost of us would know exactly what the phrases ’slug bug’, ‘punch bug’ or ‘punch beetle’ mean. They’re normally associated with sudden shrieks and a punch in the arm. I’m talking about that old car game that created hours of fun for any kid on a boring car journey. The object of the game was to be the first to spot a Volkswagen Beetle, call out ’slug bug’ and punch the other player in the arm. Using Google Street View Imagery via the Google Maps API, Volkswagen has brought this much-loved, old tradition into the modern digital world. Now anyone, anywhere can play the game without ever having to be in a car.


New Facebook API Determines User Eligibility of In-Game Promotions

Janet Wagner, August 22nd, 2012

FacebookFacebook introduced Payer Promotions earlier this year, an API that helps developers get players to pay more in games by offering special discounts and offers to specific users on a game’s virtual currency. Facebook has now launched a new API that determines whether a user is eligible for the Payer Promotion offered in the game.


Apple’s Fix for iOS In-App Purchase Hack: Provide Access to Private APIs

Janet Wagner, July 26th, 2012

Apple iOSEarlier this month, hacker Alexey V. Borodin discovered a method that allows some iOS app users to make “In-App Purchases” for FREE. Because Apple does not link purchases directly to individual customers or devices, a single receipt can be used for multiple transactions. Borodin’s method takes advantage of this fact by fooling iOS apps into accepting fake purchase receipts and bypassing Apple’s authentication servers.


Amazon Launches GameCircle, a New Set of Gaming APIs and Services for Kindle Fire

Janet Wagner, July 20th, 2012

Amazon GameCircleAmazon has just announced the launch of GameCircle, a new set of APIs and services to help developers create more interactive and social gaming experiences for the Kindle Fire.


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