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January 11, 2013
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  • Analysis: 2013 could be the year HTML5 takes the spotlight
    HTML5 is the way to go for cross-platform games, Ludei's Joe Monastiero writes. "No other option for building games is as versatile," Monastiero writes, adding that issues that plagued early development of HTML5 have been solved, often because of better APIs. "The first quarter of 2013 will probably be the quarter that turns the momentum for HTML5 mobile gaming," Monastiero writes. VentureBeat (1/10)
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  • NYC contest seeks best middle-school math apps
    New York City is running an application-development contest for programs that will teach math skills to middle schoolers. The Gap App Challenge will divide $50,000 among the winning app developers as part of an initiative to improve science, technology, engineering and math education. The contest comes as Mayor Michael Bloomberg has cracked down on the use of cellphones in the classroom, but contest officials say the apps can be directed toward students, teachers or parents and work on any device platform. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ford drives hungry developers to Sync AppLink platform
    In the two days after Ford's announcement that it would open its Sync AppLink software development kit to third parties, more than 1,000 developers have signed up, the company said. Ford has told prospective developers they must adhere to rigid safety-conscious guidelines. "[T]he company says that anything which displays rich media content or requires excessive use of the mobile device will be automatically denied," Brad McCarty writes. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Trade groups question Calif. AG's mobile privacy ideas
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris has riled advertisers by suggesting voluntary mobile privacy guidelines such as sending out "special notices" every time data is being collected, dropping the use of device-specific identifiers, and considering application downloads and Web browsing history as personally identifiable information subject to privacy regulation. Industry trade groups such as the 4A's, the American Advertising Federation and the Interactive Advertising Bureau are sending a letter expressing concerns that the guidelines would "extend far beyond existing legal requirements under California law" and likely affect the state's economy. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pint Size app could be big among budget-minded parents
    The Pint Size application for iOS devices predicts the growth rate of tots to help parents make better buying decisions about clothes. The app's algorithm uses the child's height and weight for future predictions of size based on the characteristics of 44 popular clothing brands. It also includes social sharing tools and a photo album, with more features on the way. ZDNet (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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