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Visual Studio Now Supports Hybrid Cross-platform Mobile Development via Cordova

by Abel Avram on  May 13, 2014

Microsoft has added native support for hybrid cross-platform mobile applications in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2.

Testing PhoneGap Apps on Devices without SDK, Compilation or Code Signing

by Abel Avram on  Apr 23, 2014 1

PhoneGap has released PhoneGap Developer App, a tool for testing apps during development, bypassing the whole SDK and the need for compiling or signing the code. LiveReload with GapReload can do the same thing.

To Have and Have Not StackMob- Part 2 of 2: The Road Ahead for Mobile Backend Services

by Martin Monroe on  Apr 21, 2014 2

The step-by-step app creation tools provided by backend services such as StackMob enable developers to create mobile apps that they would not otherwise be technically proficient enough to produce. With Stackmob gone, app developers may be searching for a replacement.Here's a look at some of the remaining options for those and other developers looking to find a mobile backend service provider.

Mobile Usage Report Highlights Trends and Shifts in Mobile Device Use

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 05, 2014

Mobile analytics firm Flurry has issued a report analyzing time spent on mobile devices by the average US consumer between January and March of 2014. This is the second such report that Flurry issues, allowing for an interesting comparison year to year showing, among other things, that mobile devices are changing the way the web is consumed.

IDC: The Past, Present and Future of HTML5

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2014

The recently released IDC study, The Evolving State of HTML5 by Al Hilwa, Research Director for Application Development, attempts to evaluate the advances made so far, the current state and takes a look at the future of HTML5 as a unifying web platform.

Microsoft Speeds Up Windows Store Apps with .NET Native

by Abel Avram on  Apr 03, 2014 1

.NET Native is an attempt from Microsoft to reduce the start up times and memory footprint of Windows Store applications.

To Have and Have Not StackMob- Part 1 of 2: MBaaS Provider's Customers get Short End of Backend

by Martin Monroe on  Mar 30, 2014 1

On Sunday May 11, 2014 mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) vendor StackMob will cease operations. PayPal dictated its closure after eBay's online payment system acquired the company at the close of 2013.

Creating Apps for Samsung Gear with Tizen SDK for Wearable

by Abel Avram on  Mar 18, 2014 1

After a first generation of wearable devices built with Android, Samsung decided to bring to market a second wave of devices based on Tizen, the open source mobile operating system developed along with Intel. Now, they have released an SDK for creating applications for such devices.

Jolt Awards 2014: Mobile and Coding Tools

by Abel Avram on  Mar 07, 2014

Dr. Dobbs has awarded the Jolt Award for Mobile and Coding Tools for 2014.

Apple Rolls Out CarPlay

by Ralph Winzinger on  Mar 03, 2014

At the Geneva International Motor Show, Apple announced to roll out CarPlay partnering with premium car manufactures. CarPlay fully integrates iOS devices with existing infotainment capabilities of cars. Currently, Apple restricts CarPlay to a few applications like Maps, Phone or Messages. At the moment, there is no public API announced to write CarPlay enabled applications.

Cordova 3.4 Embraces Firefox OS

by Abel Avram on  Feb 22, 2014

Taking a detour from their original pure-HTML5 approach to mobile development, Mozilla has been working on adding support for Firefox OS to Cordova, which has happened with the latest Cordova 3.4.0.

Apple Buys TestFlight, Android Support Discontinued

by Ralph Winzinger on  Feb 21, 2014 2

Apple confirmed that it acquired Burstly, the owner TestFlight. TestFlight is a beta-testing platform for mobile applications which offers easy-to-use services to help in the process of distributing and testing apps for iOS and Android. Whereas TestFlight will continue to support iOS applications, testing of Android apps will be discontinued by March 21st.

Deploying Chrome Apps on Android&iOS with Cordova 3.3.0

by Abel Avram on  Jan 29, 2014

Developer can now deploy Chrome apps on Android and iOS with Apache Cordova 3.3.0.

Appcelerator Announces Insights for Tracking Mobile Apps Lifecycle

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 07, 2014

Appcelerator, maker of the Titanium Mobile Development Environment, has recently announced Appcelerator Insights as part of its Appcelerator Analytics product.Insights promises to deliver real-time aggregated analytics aiming at measuring higher-level metrics like user acquisition and retention, engagement, and app performance.

A Few Highlights from QConSF2013- Part 2 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Dec 31, 2013

It's one thing having an in-house training program. But there is a certain deeper insight that can be gained from attending a Q-Con conference in person. Which may be one reason why attendance at the globe-hopping event continues to grow.

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