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December 3, 2012
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  • Rewards increase rapidly for flexible mobile app developers
    There has been considerable fluctuation in the job market for iPhone, iPad and Android developers, DoNanza CEO Liran Kotzer writes. Talent-as-a-service offerings help stabilize the job market and expose freelance developers to different companies, expanding their skill sets. "The most in-demand tech skills at the moment revolve around Web design and Web development. When it comes to the fastest growing demand, video- and mobile-related skills feature heavily," he writes. VentureBeat (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • App download avalanche follows iPhone 5 release
    The launch of Apple's iPhone 5 spurred a 33% jump in App Store downloads in October compared to September, according to Fiksu. The rise correlates with seasonal shopping and peaked at 5.4 million downloads per day. TechCrunch (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mag pubs ponder whether native apps are still preferable
    The success of publications consumed on the mobile Web via HTML5 and the difficulty of keeping up otherwise is leading many publishers to reconsider the value of native applications. Financial Times is among the publishers that pulled their Apple native apps for a mobile-Web app, which lifted subscriber numbers. Even New York Media's chief technology officer, Larry Chevres, says that although the company maintains native apps for advantageous features, improvements in HTML are eroding the remaining distinctions. Mashable (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • App developers, consumer groups suggest transparency steps
    A coalition that includes the Applications Developers Alliance, Consumer Action, the World Privacy Forum and the American Civil Liberties Union was expected to present a mockup of better privacy policy notifications to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration this past Friday. The groups identified 12 areas of concern to consumers, suggesting industry adoption of more transparent information-gathering practices will benefit application adoption in the long run. "We want them to be comfortable with using apps," Alliance President Jon Potter says. The Washington Post/Post Tech blog (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Mobile app helps screen newborns for heart defects
    A smartphone application created by cardiologists at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta called Pulse Ox Tool can automate pulse oximetry screening calculations, helping to prevent a delay in diagnosis of congenital heart defects in newborns. The app, available at iTunes, Google Play and Windows, yielded substantially lower error rates compared with manually calculated algorithms. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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