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January 24, 2013
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  • Appboy dev digs into the details of continuous integration
    Investing in a "comprehensive and efficient testing infrastructure" is essential to long-term success, writes Appboy engineer Kevin Wang. With that in mind, "If you want to really do next-level testing across multiple environments, you need robust continuous integration," writes Wang, who recommends the Jenkins open-source continuous integration server. Wang offers detailed tips on how to implement CI in this article. Fast Company online (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developer Economics 
  • Overwhelmed by BB10 app submissions, RIM extends deadline
    A glut of entries has forced Research In Motion to extend the deadline of its "Built for BlackBerry" application submission program. RIM is paying $100 per submission to developers and promising $10,000 in revenue to any app making $1,000 or more. "It could prove a costly strategy for RIM, but the manufacturer is showing it [realizes] how make-or-break important apps are to a new OS, something which has historically been a weakness," Alex Spencer writes. Mobile Marketing Magazine (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Facebook mobile app is now the most used in the U.S.
    Facebook has surpassed Google Maps as the most-used mobile application in the U.S., according to comScore, which reports 85.5 million users for Facebook's app last month. Facebook's ascension coincides with Apple's removal of Google Maps from iOS 6, but Google's updated app for the platform could lead to a rebound, says comScore's Andrew Lipsman. Mashable (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Instafocus eyes its own platform after Instagram rebuff
    Pixl3's Instafocus faced a problem that's all too common for application startups: Building an app that piggybacks on a more-established brand, then seeing the rules regarding that practice change, Darrell Etherington writes. When Instagram shut down its real-time application programming interface, Instafocus was forced to go off on its own, and it has initiated a Kickstarter campaign to secure funding for the development of a new photo platform. "If you consider our target demographic (mobile photographers in desperate need of a dedicated community), those people will dictate the premise and quality of the app," pixl3 co-founder Brandon Shelley says. TechCrunch (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • Congressman: Regulations are "attacks on Internet freedom"
    Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., at an industry conference, said the Internet isn't broken, so the government should avoid fixing it. "When there isn't market failure, the government should just stay away. These efforts to regulate important stakeholders across the entire Internet ecosystem should be viewed as attacks on Internet freedom at large." Scalise also called for Congress and regulators to remove the "regulatory underbrush of a bygone era" that could stifle innovation. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • FitStar's upcoming workout app features NFL's Tony Gonzalez
    The FitStar: Tony Gonzalez iPad application imparts fitness, training and nutrition advice from the Atlanta Falcons football player. "It will be a tailor-made program for you specifically. It's like I'm there with you. We're going through this together," Gonzalez says. "We chose the iPad as our first device as it is a larger, more immersive viewing experience than a smartphone," says FitStar CEO Mike Maser. USA Today (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  App Developers Alliance News 
  • Global Game Jam (Friday, Jan. 25 -- Sunday, Jan. 27)
    The Global Game Jam is the world's largest game jam event. Think of it as a hackathon based around game development. The event is truly global and all are welcome to contribute, even non-coders. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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