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January 23, 2013
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  • A busy year: Jon Potter reflects on Alliance's successes, goals
    Application Developers Alliance President Jon Potter reflects on the one-year anniversary of the Alliance's formation, as well as the challenges and opportunities awaiting in 2013, in this interview. Among the top priorities for the Alliance, which now boasts 120 corporations and 20,000 developers as members, is, a Web resource for developers that houses content on discoverability, funding, marketing and more. Potter adds that the biggest success for the organization has been getting busy developers to come together. "Once you get them in a room together, they realize they have a lot in common. ... They recognize that a rising tide lifts their company and lifts a whole bunch of other companies," Potter says. FierceDeveloper (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Expert: Look to game developers for a mobile-app revenue model
    Developers overlooking the gaming industry do so at their own peril: The in-app purchasing models they have pioneered "are the most interesting examples of the skills that result in app development success," Steve Patterson writes. They have also mastered multiplatform difficulties as well as "iterative data-driven mobile design and development," he adds. "Whether the app developer's goal is to build an app to enhance a corporate brand or the next Twitter app, they would be well served in striving to achieve the mobile game companies' development skills, and ability to create a community of satisfied and returning users that achieves their corporate ROI." Network World/PhilAndroid blog (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GeeksPhone offers developers 2 models running Firefox OS
    GeeksPhone has released two models of phones that offer a glimpse at Mozilla's Firefox OS, anticipated by many developers as an alternative to the "walled gardens" of Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Developers would value a Web-based method for cross-platform programming, writes Stephen Shankland. "But though any new smartphone or computer these days has a browser, there are still differences among them. And performance issues remain a bugaboo," he adds. CNET (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Civic hacking" is sanctioned for June weekend
    A celebration of "civic hacking" has been scheduled for June 1 and 2, with the federal government encouraging hackers to make use of data from various agencies, including the Census Bureau and NASA. Private organizations involved in the effort include Code for America and Random Hacks of Kindness. TechCrunch (1/22), CNET (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mobile app helps patients determine benefits from hernia surgery
    A free mobile health application was developed by Dr. Todd Heniford, a surgeon at Carolinas Medical Center, and his colleagues to help hernia patients weigh the benefits of hernia repair surgery. The app is supported by a mathematical equation, which was based on research involving more than 1,700 hernia surgery patients in different countries, to help users determine their chances of experiencing chronic pain and discomfort after surgery. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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