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Digia gives Android and iOS devs a chance to get Qt

App and UI framework Qt is finally coming to Android and iOS in the form of Qt Mobile Edition, allowing cross-platform apps to take their GUI from desk to pocket for only $150 a month. Unveiled at the Qt Developer Days in Berlin, the Mobile Edition provides everything the Qt developer needs to get apps onto mobile devices – or …
Bill Ray, 9 Oct 2013
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PEAK APP: After 2013, you'll NEVER again install as many – Gartner

It's peak app time, according to tech analyst Gartner, which claims the average user will never again download as many apps as they did in 2013. The beancounters say that growth in the ecosystem is now reliant on new users joining the throng. The peak is 4.9 downloads a month for iPhone owners, and 6.2 for those packing an …
Bill Ray, 20 Sep 2013
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Amazon tells mobe devs: Bring your app-strokers to us, we'll look after you

Amazon will kick back six per cent of sales to developers selling real products within their mobile apps, as the online retailer extends the Associate programme already used by websites. Amazon Associates pays commission to sites which direct shoppers to the online behemoth's site. In 2008 a report from Stanford University …
Bill Ray, 28 Aug 2013
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Smartphone users prefer LOVELY apps to fiddly mobe websites

A whopping 85 per cent of smartphone users reckon local apps are better than websites, but they're an impatient bunch and expect a gentle touch to be rewarded within seconds or they'll go elsewhere. The numbers come from Compuware APM, which hired Equation Research to quiz three-and-a-half thousand global smartphone users and …
Bill Ray, 12 Mar 2013
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Android gets tipsy on Wine, runs WINDOWS apps

The man behind Wine, the not-an-emulator which runs Windows applications on Linux, has been showing off an early version for those desperate to run MS Office on their Android device. It was, according to Phoronix - who witnessed the demo - "horrendously slow", and running on a Mac which was itself running an Android emulator. …
Bill Ray, 4 Feb 2013
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Nokia chucks another $250m at its mobile VC biz

Nokia is setting up a third investment fund, putting $250m on the table for its VC business to invest in mobile-related ventures. It has also announced the appointment of a new MD and principal in its brand-new offices in China, where it is looking to expand operations. Not that David Tang, the new Beijing-based managing …
Bill Ray, 29 Jan 2013
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RoboVM stirs up another helping of Java for iPhone

The free RoboVM, timidly launched as version 0.0.1, claims to bridge Java code into Objective C - including the native iOS Cocoa Touch APIs - providing greater portability to mobile apps. The release announcement boasts: RoboVM makes it possible to develop native iOS apps that use the CocoaTouch APIs in Java using familiar …
Bill Ray, 25 Jan 2013
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Devs: 'Pirates are flogging OUR stuff on BlackBerry's App World'

In its enthusiasm to stock its App World shelves, RIM has reportedly inadvertently invited in the pirates, according to Android developers who've said they have seen their work replicated at the burgeoning store. Android devs said they had seen their apps turning up in RIM's App World despite their lack of interest in the …
Bill Ray, 9 Jan 2013
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Rovio chucks up Angry Birds successor, hopes it will fly

Rovio has launched its follow-up to mobile gaming phenomenon Angry Birds, but this time even Android users will have to cough up to play. The game is called Amazing Alex, and it will set you back 64 pence (99 cents) on iOS or Android, but it used to be called Casey's Contraptions when it was sold to Rovio by game devs Mystery …
Bill Ray, 12 Jul 2012
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Android Academy cashes in on tests for well-off devs

Developer portal The Android Academy has started issuing certificates to those who know their Nexus-6 from their Max 404, and are prepared to pay £150 to prove it. The Android Academy is a spin-off from software development house OTAMate, and has been offering registration and hookup services for Android developers since 2009 …
Bill Ray, 7 Jun 2012
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Moshi Monsters pushed onto pint-sized kiddies' mobes

Monstro city, the social network frequented by all the coolest kids in the playground, is going mobile and has signed a deal with Gree to deploy at least two games on that platform. UK-based Moshi Monsters is school-yard flavour of the month right now, boasting collectable figurines and a social gaming network which makes …
Bill Ray, 24 May 2012
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Telefonica recruits EA to lure punters with games, deals

Telefonica Digital, the service branch of O2's owner, has signed a content deal with Electronic Arts in the hope of cementing customer relationships with bundled deals. The contract allows Telefonica Digital to create promotions based around EA games including The Sims, FIFA and Monopoly, with the stated intention of turning …
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2012

Lesser-spotted Raspberry Pi FINALLY dished up

The credit card-sized ARM-powered Raspberry Pi is finally shipping, at £30, allowing thousands of middle-aged dads to achieve their adolescent dreams of computing nirvana. Shipping was supposed to happen last month, but problems with a couple of components, and getting the CE mark organised, delayed things slightly. The first …
Bill Ray, 16 Apr 2012
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Amazon green-lights in-app purchasing for Android

Amazon has enabled in-application billing for Android apps sold through its US Appstore, though it's reserving the right to control the amount punters end up paying. Amazon's In-App Purchasing API has been in beta for a while, but now any application can throw up an "insert coin to continue" dialogue linked directly to the …
Bill Ray, 12 Apr 2012
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MIT's building-block dev kit goes NFC

MIT's App Inventor, the drag 'n' drop development kit spun out from the Googleplex, will be demonstrating its NFC credentials next week, with a new tool to be released soon afterwards. The demonstration was spotted by NFC Times, and will take place tomorrow at MIT's Enterprise Forum event, as part of a panel on the Internet of …
Bill Ray, 28 Mar 2012
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RIM pushes BlackBerry 10 kit out to thousands of devs on 1 May

Attendees travelling to Orlando for BlackBerry World will get their hands on alpha-release hardware as RIM seeks to seed the developer community ahead of a commercial launch. The hardware won't be the finished article, but RIM reckons it's close enough for devs to start making applications. The Canadian firm will be handing …
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2012
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Euro Android devs: Google's hanging on to our pay

Android developers across Europe are up in arms as Google hasn't processed their March payments, which should have arrived more than a week ago. Google pays developers their 70 per cent share every calendar month, normally in the first few days of the month, with the money then taking a few days to clear. But this month dozens …
Bill Ray, 14 Mar 2012
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Just like a real computer: Android gets Android IDE

Android developers can now hack code on the move with the beta release of AIDE, the Android developer kit which runs on an Android device to create Android applications. AIDE is at beta version 7, but already allows the editing and compiling of apps, as well as automatic error checking (and fixing) and LogCat visibility. The …
Bill Ray, 13 Mar 2012

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