Cow's backside and thieving monkeys among weirdest phone insurance claims

A farmer who lost his smartphone up the wrong end of a cow and a man who had his handset stolen by monkeys are two of the people who have appeared on a list of bizarre insurance claims for lost or broken phones.

The team at UK phone insurance website MobileInsurance.co.uk filtered through their claim data from the last year to reveal what they deemed to be the weirdest claims, all of which were fully investigated.

Interestingly, their data involved details of over 60 people who...

By Matt Henkes, 26 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices.

What does the new iPad mini mean for developers?

By Mubaloo developers David Dixon and James Frost

Yesterday in San Jose, Apple revealed its latest addition to the tablet family, the iPad mini, along with the debut of the fourth-generation iPad, a new 13-inch retina display MacBook and a new iMac.

Apple revealed that there have been over 35 billion downloads on the App Store, that there are 200 million devices running iOS 6 and that there have been 100 million iPads sold to date. This latest move is a bid to ensure the firm continues to dominate the tablet...

By Mubaloo, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices, iOS.

University research paper picks apart Droid security

Android security is a common point of discussion, and it’s no different here as a university research paper has noted that certain Android apps leave users’ details out in the open.

The paper, jointly by Leibniz University of Hanover and Philipps University of Marburg which looked at “the inadequate use of SSL (secure socket layer) in Android apps”, found that 8% of the 13,500 most popular apps in the Google Play store failed to...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Security.

Death throes of Symbian as Nokia OS in 'maintenance mode'

A poster on the Nokia developer forums has unintentionally revealed that the Finnish handset maker has put its original OS, Symbian, out to pasture in ‘maintenance mode’, meaning that aside from major bug fixes, there will be no more updates to Symbian.

Having enquired on the forum about the Nokia Drive app, user ‘aklotz’ was told the following:

“Dear developer, Thank you for your improvement ideas, thus (sic) Symbian is in maintenance mode and no new features will be...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices.

Why augmented reality (AR) app development is about to explode

By Raghav Sood, author of Pro Android Augmented Reality and owner of Appaholics, an Android app development company.

If you’re a smart phone app developer who’s been trying to create an augmented reality (AR) app, there’s a good chance your countless attempts have failed. Today’s smart phone technology is simply not at the level to allow for complex AR programming.

The good news is it’s time to pull your AR app concepts off the back burner. Within the next six months to a year, smart phones’...

By Apress, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, VR.

What does the iPhone 5 mean for developers?

By James Frost, iOS developer, Mubaloo

Yesterday in San Francisco, Apple unveiled its latest member of the iPhone family, the iPhone 5. Many have complained the latest update “lacks wow”, that there’s not much to it, nothing groundbreaking, but actually I think this is to do with our expectations and the hype surrounding Apple.

The actual technology used in the iPhone 5 is arguably the best on the market but because our expectations are set so...

By Mubaloo, 13 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices.

Adobe Flash officially disappears from Android store

It’s official: Flash is no longer available from Google Play’s storefront.

AppsTech reported this story back in June with the main focus centring on a lack of Flash for Jelly Bean, Android 4.1, saying at the time that IT professionals will be “doubtless breathing sighs of relief”.

Adobe confirmed that usesr who already have Flash installed will get to keep it if they so choose, with configuration settings updated to...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices.

Deutsche Telekom wants your M2M app dev skills

Deutsche Telekom has launched a new developer portal for devs specialising in M2M communication, ‘the internet of things’.

The new community, part of the company’s existing Developer Garden initiative, offers a number of useful tools, APIs and SDKs, which it says will ‘quickly and easily’ allow developers to build and sell M2M applications.

Enmeshing everyday systems and appliances into the internet of things is seen as a natural...

By Matt Henkes, 08 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Enterprise, Industry.

Leap Motion gives reins for motion control software to devs

The 3D motion control specialist Leap Motion has received more than 26,000 applications for its innovative software, provisionally called The Leap.

A free developer kit is due to be sent out to every application that is approved – with entries sent in from over 140 countries.

The Leap, which is roughly the size of an iPod, can be plugged in via USB and is Windows compatible, supporting native touch emulation for Windows 8. Leap Motion claims that Linux compatibility is “on the...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming.

Connected devices and consumer behaviour: Insights for developers

As penetration of smartphones, tablets, and other connected devices such as smart TVs increases around the world, consumer behavior is shifting – but how does this impact developers?

InMobi’s connected device research with Mobext uncovers key trends and the opportunities they create for developers.

Consumers are constantly using and switching between multiple devices throughout the day. Tablet users, for example, will use smartphones on the go and while commuting, PCs at work, and tablets and...

By InMobi, 01 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Devices.