iOS 5.0.1 update is here but users are still not happy

Apple customers are far from happy after the latest iOS 5 update failed to answer issues previously raised by Apple users across the globe.

According to the official statement, the new update is intended to bring about improvements such as lengthening the beleaguered battery life and fixing sync problems with documents using icloud.

In addition, the new update adds multitasking gestures for the original iPad as well as an improvement relating to Siri's voice recognition performance with...

By Verity Gough, 13 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, iOS.

Gamer data exposed after Steam website targeted by hackers

Online gaming site, Stream, is the latest victim of hackers after the database was attacked allowing access to user forum accounts and enabling them to deface a forum site.

In a statement from Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve Corp - Steam's parent company - it appears the forums were defaced on Sunday evening: "We learned that intruders obtained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums. This database contained information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game...

By Verity Gough, 11 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Hacking, Security.

Facebook hires new tech team to expand offerings to smartphones and tablets

The social networking giant has brought a small team of mobile technology developers on board to help create more apps compatible with other mobile devices.

Facebook announced this week that it has completed a "talent acquisition" from San Fransisco-based start-up, Strobe Corp. The 15-strong employee base specialises in developing technology which helps developers create and distribute applications using HTML5 technology that can run on various devices including mobile phones, tablet PCs and desktop...

By Verity Gough, 10 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Development Tools, Social media.

Android will remain free, says Google's Schmidt

Google boss, Eric Schmidt has said that he has no plans to charge for Android in the future and that this strategy will not change even after the acquisition of Motorola is completed.

Making his comments during a visit to South Korea - the home of Android phone vendors Samsung and LG, Schmidt's admission was reminiscent of the statements made during the announcement of the $12.5 billion Motorola buy-out.

According to reports, Schmidt said that the plan is to run Motorola "sufficiently and independently,"...

By Verity Gough, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

All change for developers after Apple's sandboxing decree

Developers are having to embrace a host of restrictions if they are to continue creating apps for Apple's Mac Store.

From March 2012, developers creating apps for sale in the Mac App Store will be obliged to employ sandboxing in order to make apps less likely to fall victim to malicious attack.

In an email to registered developers sent last week, the company explained that they had intended to make sandboxing compulsory as early as this November but had delayed the requirement until early...

By Verity Gough, 07 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Security.

Facebook fights over 600,000 hackers a day

Facebook has revealed that it comes under attack by over 600,000 security attacks every day.

In a blog post announcing new security measures to be implemented in coming weeks, the social networking giant estimated that out of the billion plus daily user logins, six percent are fraudulent.

"600,000 times a day, we stop a bad guy from getting access to an account even though he has guessed,...

By Verity Gough, 06 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Security, Social media.

Apple promises fix for iPhone 4S/iOS battery flaw

After weeks of complaints from unhappy customers, Apple has finally confirmed that some users of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 are experiencing poor battery life as a result of a software bugs.

A statement released earlier today by Apple said: “A small number of customers have reported lower-than-expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life, and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.”

Users have been growing increasingly...

By Verity Gough, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices, iOS, iPad.

Samsung welcomes developers for bada Developer Day

Developers from across the UK and abroad are invited to attend the second annual Developer Day, which is being held today at OXO2 in London’s Southbank.

The event follows the launch of bada 2.0 in August and aims to encourage more developers and brands to incorporate bada 2.0 into their application strategy.

Attendees will experience a mixture of sessions hosted by Samsung, a look at how apps are changing consumer behaviour and future trends that will change the mobile market, as well as...

By Verity Gough, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: bada, Development Tools, Marketing, Platforms.

Opera gets pipped by Android in mobile standings

Opera Mini has taken a back seat in the global popularity race after Google's mobile browser claimed second place in worldwide usage of the web with smartphones and tablets in October.

The figures, released by Net Application in its monthly browser user stats, shows that Safari has also seen a rise. However, the biggest change is the shift from older phone operating systems, where Opera Mini is more popular, to Android.

Yet while Google's unbranded browser rose in the rankings, from 16.3 percent in September...

By Verity Gough, 01 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Android developers struggle to cash in on the apps market

Developers creating apps purely for the Android Marketplace are hard pressed to make money, despite high download figures.

According tο Toronto-based developers, Wattpad, developers and software companies are better off making use of advertising in their apps or offering in-app buys.

Allen Lau, Wattpad's CEO аnԁ co-founder, argues it's the best deal wіthіn аn app store that is crammed with free apps, spammy apps аnԁ "obfuscated bу a tedious checkout process."

"Thаt adds a lot οf...

By Verity Gough, 31 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, Monetisation.

Yahoo and Google to launch digital newsstands

Yahoo and Google are set join an already crowded marketplace after reports revealed that the internet giants plan to unveil digital newsstand apps next week.

According to All Things D, this coming Wednesday Yahoo will officially launch Livestand - its home grown digital news app following a preview earlier this year.

Following behind, Google is planning to launch its product, code-named Propeller. According to reports, the name could change to Currents but it is planned for launch the week after next.

With...

By Verity Gough, 29 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, iOS.

Facebook launches Trusted Friends in bid to boost security

Security took centre stage again today as Facebook announced its new app passwords as well as the "trusted friends" user option.With third party app security concerns on the increase, the Trusted Friends option will allow users to choose three to five friends who can help if they are locked out of their account, much like giving a neighbour the key to the door. Codes will be sent out to the chosen friends who can pass them on to the user who can then log back into their account.In addition, Facebook will allow users to add passwords for...

By Verity Gough, 27 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Hacking, Security, Social media.

Android developers significantly more productive than Apple’s

Developers creating their apps for Android are more prolific that those creating apps purely for Apple products, according to recent figures.

The average publisher on Android has placed more than six apps in the Market since launch while iOS developers have just over four apps published on average.The Android Market has been maintaining an exponential growth over recent months and while it is still in its infancy, compared to Apple App Store, the number of active mobile applications in the Android Market stood at...

By Verity Gough, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Monetisation.

Android pips Apple to top of the apps

Apple has been ousted as the app download king thanks to the surge in popularity of Android handsets, according to reports.

App downloads on Google's Android operating system have overtaken those on Apple's devices after ABI Research found that Apple iOS made up 31 per cent of total app downloads in the second quarter of this year, while Android apps accounted for an impressive 44 per cent.

The figures may come as a surprise to many as Apple has long been the favourite choice for the smartphone...

By Verity Gough, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, iOS, Marketing.

$100,000 up for grabs as Samsung launches Bada 2.0 Power App Race

Samsung has launched its global contest to find the most innovative and entertaining app using the bada 2.0 SDK.

Now in its second year, the competition offers the 10 best applications - five game applications and five non-game applications - prize money totaling $100,000.The winning applications will bear a Power App seal at Samsung Apps and receive exclusive marketing and promotion benefits. Kang-hyun Kwon, senior vice president of Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics said: "Since its launch, Samsung has improved...

By Verity Gough, 24 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: bada, Development Tools, Gaming, Marketing, Monetisation, Samsung.

Facebook opens HTML5 Resource Centre for developers

Developers now have access to Facebook's HTML5 Resource Centre in order to assist them in developing HTML5 compatible web apps.

The social networking site is keen to promote and support HTML5 development and, in addition to the Resource Centre, has created a HTML5 Blog and Developer Group.

Writing in a post on the new HTML Blog, Facebook engineer Matt Kelly said: "Today we are releasing three new HTML5 resources to help developers learn from our experience and the experience of other industry leaders building...

By Verity Gough, 22 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Marketing, Platforms, Social media.

Freeview goes mobile with new apps for iPad and Android

Digital TV service Freeview has announced the release of a new app for both Android and iPad as well as an update for the iPad app.

Viewers will be able to access TV listings for each Freeview channel as well as enable watch-list sharing through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook as well as email. An additional social media feature that is also included allows users to see which programmes are trending on Twitter. Reminders for favourite shows can also be set up and viewed offline,...

By Verity Gough, 20 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, iPad, Platforms, Social media.

Bob the Builder: Coming soon to a mobile near you

Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder might be more at home on the TV screen but thanks to a new partnership between HiT Entertainment and P2 Games, they are set to branch out into the mobile apps market.P2 Games, who recently launched apps for Peppa Pig and Postman Pat, will release mobile games featuring Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder due to release in time for Christmas. Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad will initially have first dibs but the apps will be rolled out to Android devices at a later date.The apps will target pre-school children with...

By Verity Gough, 19 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Marketing, Monetisation.

Consumers fear 'wave and pay' apps will leave them open to hackers

Consumers fear phone hackers will crack mobile wallets, according to the findings of a new study.

The research, by Intersperience, revealed that while just 17% of Britons are ready to use their phones to make purchases, the fear that use of 'wave and pay' apps will leave them open to increasingly sophisticated hackers.

Of the people polled, nearly half said that 'security concerns' were their number one fear while 24% said using a mobile for payment "feels less secure but I don't know why", and a...

By Verity Gough, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Hacking, Security.

Samsung ChatOn app launches on Android

Samsung's free ChatOn Android app is now available in the Android Market however users are already complaining they are unable to get verification codes.

The new app, which supports both one-on-one and group chatting, is Samsung's rival to RIM's Blackberry Messenger and Apple's iMessage. Samsung promises the app will eventually be compatible with all mobile phones and computers that are using a web client and is currently available in 120 countries and comes in 62 different languages.

However new users are...

By Verity Gough, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Samsung.