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December 6, 2012
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  • Flurry: Apps are on track to "challenge broadcast television"
    While the average amount of time Americans spend watching TV while surfing the Web with desktop-PC browsers has remained fairly steady in the past two years, the time spent with mobile applications is up 35% this year to an average of 127 minutes a day, according to Flurry. "We ultimately expect apps on tablets and smartphones to challenge broadcast television as the dominant channel for media consumption," Flurry CEO Simon Khalaf said. Meanwhile, Nielsen reports 1 in 5 U.S. homes now has a tablet computer and 40% of those tablet owners use them on a daily basis while watching TV. TechCrunch (12/5), MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Developers of mobile apps turn to analytics for guidance
    Mobile-application developers are getting advice from firms that specialize in analyzing games and other applications to see what makes them engaging or useful, Olga Kharif writes. The field is small but growing rapidly. Atlantic Bridge, Intel Capital and others last month invested $6.25 million in Swrve, which advises Activision Blizzard and other clients. Another app analytics firm, App Annie, got $6 million in private funding earlier this year. Bloomberg (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Mozilla exec: HTML5 improvements make recent complaints obsolete
    An article on VentureBeat this past month bemoaning the development of HTML5 is already outdated, Mozilla's Ron Piovesan writes. For example, responsive design such as the kind used on the Boston Globe's website demonstrates that cross-platform application development via HTML5 is not only happening, but working. Quixey and belie the notion HTML5 has no discovery mechanism equivalent to an App Store. And Mozilla's browserless runtime obviates the need for hybrid apps to run only on particular browsers, Piovesan writes. VentureBeat (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Private app stores are empowered with Google Play
    Businesses can host their own application stores via a Private Channel feature of Google Play. The feature could give Google's Android an edge against Apple's iOS in allowing enterprises to distribute Android apps throughout a company with administrative control for a $25 registration fee. Network World (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • D.C. cab regs enshrine Uber's model over ride-sharing apps
    The Council of the District of Columbia's approval of services such as Uber, the controversial mobile cab-hailing application, might have been designed to slam the door on competing apps, according to this article. The regulations specify that only licensed drivers and operators can be electronically hailed, but apps for peer-to-peer ride-sharing such as SideCar and Lyft will face regulatory hurdles as they expand beyond their test markets, Ryan Lawler writes. TechCrunch (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Polar developer says social voting app can "see the Zeitgeist"
    The developer of the social-voting app Polar says that speed is the key to having garnered 500,000 votes in 11 days. "It only takes 30 seconds to vote on 10 things, we made it that way. The things that we've already learned from that data have been put into action, we've built a recommended follower algorithm based on people who vote like you," says co-founder Luke Wroblewski, who adds that the voting patterns are helping him "see the Zeitgeist." TechCrunch (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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