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January 30, 2013
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  • RIM rolls out 2 new BlackBerrys -- will consumers, apps follow?
    Research In Motion today is introducing the two smartphones that will use the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. Despite optimism among investors who have bid up RIM's shares in recent weeks, analysts expressed mixed opinions over whether RIM can win enough support from carriers, developers and ultimately consumers to regain its lost market share. "Don't forget that in many parts of the world ... BlackBerry actually is the choice of consumers," said Jack Gold, principal of consultancy J. Gold Associates. But Ovum analyst Jan Dawson wrote that "[w]e don't expect it to win significant numbers of converts from other platforms." Network World (1/29), PC Magazine (1/29), The Wall Street Journal (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Windows Store now has 40,000 apps; pace of additions slows
    The Windows Store crossed the 40,000 applications mark this week despite a precipitous drop in the pace of additions since the platform's introduction, according to MetroStore Scanner. Separately, Microsoft is reaching out to developers who submitted apps rejected for crashing or being unresponsive during certification. The company is sending them two crash report files to help them determine the source of the problem, Jon Russell writes. PCWorld (1/29), TheNextWeb.com (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Alliance's Ward details progress on privacy, future plans
    Among the issues on the minds of developers are revenue, discoverability, privacy and software patenting, the Application Developers Alliance's senior vice president and co-founder, Jake Ward, says in this interview. On privacy issues, the Alliance in 2012 focused on "helping people understand what was expected of them but then in turn trying to help the federal agencies understand what the reality was," Ward says. This year, he added, the Alliance plans to hold more events focused on the business of apps, and will continue building its DevsBuild.It platform. PocketGamer.biz (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Applause crawls app-review sites to gauge user preferences
    What makes a great mobile application? A breakout group from testing company uTest may have an answer in its mobile-app analytics tool called Applause, writes Walter Frick. The app crawls reviews posted on app stores using "natural language search and proprietary algorithms" to rank them on indices related to performance, content and privacy, Frick writes. "It doesn't really matter what the CTO says. It matters what users say," says uTest Chief Marketing Officer Matt Johnston. BostInno (Boston) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tech giants come out in favor of Immigration Innovation Act
    Microsoft, Intel, Facebook and IBM are among the tech giants supporting proposed immigration reform that would make it easier for the companies to hire highly skilled foreign workers. The Immigration Innovation Act introduced on Tuesday would raise the cap on H-1B temporary worker visas, allowing for the entry of more workers with advanced degrees in math and science. The initiative may be rolled into a comprehensive immigration reform bill that's being discussed by senators. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WhatsApp eyed by Dutch, Canadian authorities over privacy
    WhatsApp is being investigated by Canadian and Dutch authorities for alleged violations of privacy. The California-based mobile messaging application is suspected of granting access to a user's entire address book without permission, subjecting it to the joint regulatory scrutiny. "We are very interested in the app industry. It is relatively new and that is a lot of data that is being processed," Dutch Data Protection Authority representative Lysette Rutgers says. Mobile Marketer (1/29)
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  • Weather-app developer was inspired to demo HTML5 capability
    University of Copenhagen student Jakob Henner wrote the elegantly simple weather application Sun, in part to demonstrate the capabilities of HTML5 on Apple's iOS, Neil Bennett writes. "It may seem odd that an iOS app is inspired by Microsoft's Metro interface -- but the simple tile-led approach has proved popular with digital designers tired of Apple's bevels, gradients and design skeumorphism," Bennett writes. PCAdvisor.co.uk (U.K.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Irish-American actor, writer and politician


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