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February 20, 2013
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  • Codecademy to teach using APIs from top-notch partners
    Codecademy is speeding would-be developers toward what it calls the "aha!" moment by giving students a look at how to use application programming interfaces from Twitter, Gilt, Box, GitHub and others, writes Jolie O'Dell. "We think everyone should be able to make awesome things with code, and these API lessons are just the start," says co-founder Zach Sims. VentureBeat (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

  Developer Economics 
  • Apple's App of the Week rakes in freemium benefits
    The 2-year-old "Infinity Blade" game application jumped from virtual obscurity to being a top-five download because it was featured as Apple's App of the Week, Matthew Lynley writes. Although the price of discovery is the requirement that the app is offered for free, the "Infinity Blade" developers got a sizable lift in in-app purchasing from the deal, according to AppData. "The moral here is basically that converting the game to freemium -- even for a week -- is driving more monetizable users to Epic's games," Lynley writes. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysis: Ubuntu for tablets is good news for developers
    Canonical is releasing a developer preview of the Ubuntu operating system on tablets, stressing its multiplatform utility, writes Scott Merrill. "This puts Ubuntu in a class by itself when compared to other multi-device strategies. [I]OS and Android are well suited for handsets, but don't perform well -- if at all -- in traditional desktop environments. ... [D]evelopers with touch-enabled desktops can test out their mobile applications right from their desktop," writes Merrill. TechCrunch (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Spotlight 
  • Nickelodeon app offers games, polls for tablet-using children
    The Nickelodeon channel is rolling out an application for the iPad that will offer free games, interactive polls and slide shows for children, in addition to full episodes of its programming once their parents confirm that they are pay-television subscribers. "This is a creative sandbox for kids, but it's also a creative sandbox for the company," said Nickelodeon's Steve Youngwood. The new app is scheduled to appear Thursday in the App Store. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  App Developers Alliance News 
  • PandoMonthly presents: Drew Houston, Dropbox CEO (San Francisco, Feb. 21)
    Join for a fireside chat with Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, as he discusses the growth of Dropbox. The Application Developers Alliance will be present, showing off DevsBuild.It. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Build a mobile app, support sustainable cities, go to Brazil! (Free passes available)
    Ericsson and AT&T are hosting an exclusive hackathon event at MWC for 30 rock star developers to develop mobile applications targeting the sustainable connected city of the future. Seats are limited so please register early. Lucky participants will be notified as soon as possible. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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