Apple users buying 61% more apps, paying 14% more per app

Apple’s business model is increasingly dependent on the health of its App Store, the rich breeding ground of the company’s software ecosystem, and a report to clients issued Monday by Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster suggests that the ecosystem’s vital...

By 3Squared, 11 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, iOS.

WP7 Marketplace passes 25,000 apps

The number of apps available on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace now exceeds 25,000, according to WindowsPhoneAppList.

While this number is currently no challenge currently to the market leaders, it is impressive given that WP7 devices are still mostly in their infancy.

A new line of swanky Nokia Windows phones may still be over the horizon, but the fact that the platform appears to be gaining ground, however slowly, on the likes of Android and iOS may raise a few eyebrows.

Microsoft has been actively promoting its platform...

By Matt Henkes, 05 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft.

Windows Phone 7 developers get a taste of mango

Microsoft has granted developers an advanced look at the new Mango version of its Windows Phone operating system ahead of a wider public release.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that registered developers in 23 countries were offered the chance to update their handsets to a beta version of the system.

Those wishing to develop apps for the Mango build 7661 will first have to update their software development kit (SDK) to Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta 2.


By Matt Henkes, 01 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Microsoft.

Relief as Apple moves to defend developers in IP row

Apple has responded to a lawsuit filed against a number of developers by patent holder Lodsys, arguing that they are protected under the company’s license, and that pursuing them in this way would adversely affect Apple’s business.

Applying for permission to intervene in the cases brought by the IP organisation earlier this month, Apple reiterated its view that developers were covered by an existing licence.

"The license expressly permits Apple to offer and otherwise make available to its...

By Matt Henkes, 13 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, iOS, IP.

Microsoft adds Android to its API mapping tool

Microsoft has added Android support to its API mapping tool, just two months after it introduced a similar tool to help developers port iPhone apps top windows Phone 7.

With around 20,000 apps available in the Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft hopes to coax developers into leveraging their existing skills in Android and iOS to build WP7 apps.

The company has published a specialised Windows Phone 7...

By Matt Henkes, 10 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Microsoft.

Apple updates demonstrate developers' need for innovation

Many independent developers have been left sweating by a number of the features set to be included in Apple’s new MAC and iPhone operating systems.

At WWDC this month, the organisation announced a raft of changes to the Safari browser, alongside its new iCloud suite and a number of new native apps like iMessage, moving it into direct competition with numerous companies of all sizes.

Companies including RIM, with its BlackBerry Messenger app, and the online storage service DropBox, will be viewing...

By Matt Henkes, 09 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, iOS.

Sky launches developer academy

Broadcasting giant Sky has launched its own developer ‘academy’ to research development of mobile and web apps.

The company is looking for software developers who are getting started in their career, to start work in September. Training will combine technical skills development with hands-on work around a number of projects across the business.

“For anyone looking to embark on a career in this industry it’s a great opportunity to access on the job training and a chance to work on ...

By Matt Henkes, 08 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Development Tools.

Developer programme and SDK for sense from HTC

HTC has thrown its hat into the ring of handset manufacturers looking to tempt developers into creating apps specifically for its devices, announcing its plans for a developer programme to be launched alongside as SDK for its Sense user interface.

The firm says that will launch this summer, featuring access to an extensive extensive resource library of tutorials, best practices, documentation and support.

A user feedback channel will also be included, said HTC, “for ongoing investments and...

By Matt Henkes, 08 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, HTC.

Apple's WWDC 2011 Keynote speech published online

We’ve all seen the big announcements from Apple’s WWDC in California this month, The new OS X Lion with over 250 new features, highlights of the new iOS 5 and the replacement of MobileMe with iCloud, but Apple have helpfully just posted the event’s keynote address in full on their main website.

A thin but typically enthusiastic Steve Jobs received raucous cheers as he took the stage, and with the help of a number of Apple...

By Matt Henkes, 08 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, iOS.

iOS developers served lawsuits over IP infringement

A number of iOS developers in the US have been hit with lawsuits alleging patent infringement over Apple’s in-app purchasing features for Apps Store software.

Following a threat which gave developers 21 days to secure licenses for the sue of what it claims is patented software, Lodsys has now filed the lawsuit this week the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, a district known for providing a favourable outcome for patent holders.

The claim concerns the firm’s US patent for,...

By Matt Henkes, 06 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, iOS.

Free developer sessions @ #AppsWorld Africa

Apps World Africa kicks off in Cape Town in less than a week, packed full of apps-related advice and insight across a multitude of issues.

The Apps World Africa Develop Track is free to attend, and will feature the likes of Google Android, Microsoft, Nokia WIPjam, Blackberry, Facebook and Apple iOS; delivering first class developer workshops over the two days of the show.

Here’s a rundown on what you can expect from the Apps World developer track: 

By Six Degrees, 25 May 2011, 0 comments.

Smart connections with the #AppsWorld Africa TweetWall-extra

The organisers of Social Media World Forum & Apps World Africa have teamed up with Nokia to deliver a new and attractive way for attendees to connect with each other.

To start with, they’ve unveiled their TwitterWall design ahead of the Cape Town show next week, on 1-2 June. This will be projected onto a huge screen inside the conference, pulling in all tweets around the two show hashtags.

By Six Degrees, 25 May 2011, 0 comments.

Connect with #AppsWorld and #SMWF Africa speakers and special guests

Apps World Apps World and Social Media World Forum Africa are almost upon us. Two shows designed specifically to help delegates build valuable connections around Africa and the rest of the digital world.

Some of the world’s leading figures in apps development and marketing will be attending alongside thought leaders from the social media marketing sector. Below is a list of many of our speakers’ and...

By Six Degrees, 19 May 2011, 0 comments.

BlackBerry to host app developer masterclass @ #AppsWorld Africa

With Apps World Africa just two weeks away, in Cape Town on 1-2 June, BlackBerry have announced that they will be running an app development masterclass session at the event.

Hosted by RIM’s senior app development consultant in South Africa Michael Weitzel, this session will provide the technical knowhow that developers require to begin developing apps for the BlackBerry platform across both web and Java.

By Six Degrees, 19 May 2011, 0 comments.

Only 2 weeks until #AppsWorld Africa: Important information

With only two weeks until Social Media World Forum and Apps World Africa land in Cape Town, there are still a limited number of places up for grabs. Bringing you the latest thinking and cutting-edge strategy in social media and apps marketing, design and development, these co-hosted events offer a forum for making valuable industry connections.

If you’re still yet to register, places are limited so don’t delay. Visit the Apps World Africa registration page today.

Both events...

By Six Degrees, 18 May 2011, 0 comments.

#AppsWorld partners with UCT to connect young developers with international brands

The University of Cape Town has partnered with Apps World Africa, offering its budding IT and design students the opportunity to attend the Cape Town show on 1-2 June and meet some of the world’s leading digital brands.

Google, Microsoft, Blackberry, Nokia, Samsung and many more multinational organisations will have a presence at the show, looking to make connections with local talent, as the African...

By Six Degrees, 16 May 2011, 0 comments.

Nokia to host WIPjam developer workshop at #AppsWorld Africa

Apps World has announced that WIP will be hosting one of its famous WIPJam sessions at its South African show in Cape Town on 1-2 June, supported by Nokia.

Popular with mobile and wireless developers around the world, WIPJams offers a unique, highly interactive format, blending “UnPanels” with intimate discussion groups led by industry leaders and developers alike.

WIP is delivering a range of developer tracks at Apps World, supported...

By Six Degrees, 12 May 2011, 0 comments.

Facebook Developer Garage returns to Cape Town for #AppsWorld and #SMWF Africa

The Facebook Developer Garage is returning to Cape Town as part of the Apps World and SMWF Africa developer workshops, providing hands-on, practical advice for grass-roots developers looking to get into the fast-moving and lucrative world of Facebook development.

On Thursday 2 June, day two of Apps World and SMWF Arica, Joey da Silva and Arnand du Plessis, founders of the Facebook Developer Garages in Cape...

By Six Degrees, 03 May 2011, 0 comments.

Help us design the iOS developer workshop for #AppsWorld Africa

What’s your preference for the Apps World Africa iOS developer workshop? See the options below and tweet your choice into the #appsworld hashtag.

We want to make sure developers get the most value possible out of Apps World Africa on 1-2 June in Cape Town. Herman Lintvelt, software development expert, distinguished development trainer and founder and director of the South African software specialist Polymorph Systems, will be delivering an Apps World developer workshop on iOS.

By Six Degrees, 20 April 2011, 0 comments.