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January 15, 2013
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  • Microsoft contest seeks developers for Windows Phone
    Microsoft is sponsoring a competition to promote Windows Phone 8, seeking developers who want to be recognized as the "Next App Star" for the mobile platform. Voting will determine a winner among 64 company-picked finalists. "There will be thousands of dollars in prizes for the developers of the 64 apps that get selected," Microsoft said in a blog post. The grand-prize winner will appear in a Microsoft ad. TechCrunch (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Telerik boasts better cross-platform developer environment
    Telerik is building a cloud-based solution to cross-platform development called Icenium that allows "Web developers to build mobile applications without managing the various SDKs, compilers, APIs and tools for each platform," Andrew Nusca writes. While a company executive vice president, Doug Seven, acknowledged competitors such as Adobe, Apache and Appcelerator, he says "nobody's had the vision to tie this together and make a new development environment." ZDNet (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cab app UberTAXI is ready to roll in Washington, D.C.
    In the wake of legislation recently passed by the City Council of Washington, D.C., the UberTAXI application is up and running in the nation's capital. The car- and cab-hailing service allows users to request a ride through an app, then automatically charges a specified card with the fare and 20% tip at the end. The company blog says supply will be limited at first. VentureBeat (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • ChoreMonster makes doing household tasks child's play
    The ChoreMonster application makes doing household chores into a game for children. The app tracks the chores, but parents are responsible for the rewards. Parents enter a list of tasks and rewards points into the system and receive notifications when the child has completed the chore. "If rewards aren't enough incentive, the empowerment typically is," says founder Chris Bergman. Reuters (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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