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February 21, 2013
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  • Could Google Glass supplant the smartphone as "go-to" device?
    Google Glass could alter the mobile landscape by becoming "numerous consumers' go-to mechanism for many things they currently do on smartphones, such as playing games, shooting videos, 'second-screening' and finding local businesses on the go," write Christopher Heine and Sam Thielman. Google has released a video demo of the augmented-reality project and is accepting applications for a trial pair from "bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass." Those selected must pay $1,500 for a pair of the glasses, which Google expects will be widely available next year. Adweek (2/20), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (2/20), CNET (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developer Economics 
  • Success of ninja-themed app gives Nextpeer boost in traffic
    Nextpeer, a mobile game platform that allows developers to add a multiplayer mode, seems to have found a niche, writes Kim-Mai Cutler. One of the network's applications, A Bike Race of Ninja Temple, has been climbing up the U.S. free-download charts and is bringing 60,000 to 70,000 new players a day to the network, which has about 100 other games. In addition, Ninja Temple developer Muoyo Okome says he's taking in $2,000 to $3,000 a day from in-app purchases and ads. TechCrunch (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • House resolution would establish app-creation contest for students
    A House resolution from Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., would launch a nationwide contest to challenge students to create smartphone and tablet applications. The resolution, which seeks to encourage participation in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, will be considered next week. "Bringing together Members of Congress and their younger constituents to participate in activities that will result in a deeper appreciation for STEM fields will foster enthusiasm for education in the sciences," the resolution states. The Hill/Floor Action blog (2/20)
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Swiftkey 4 spots message patterns to predict the next word
    The Swiftkey app studies your messaging patterns in Gmail, Facebook and Twitter to anticipate what you're going to type next. Version 4 of the Android-only application, which claims more than 15 million downloads of previous releases, includes a heat-mapping function that determines what keys you tend to miss or tap poorly. "It really goes that bit further to understand you and help you type. ... It's constantly analyzing that to give you a better typing experience," Swiftkey's Joe Braidwood says. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (2/20) 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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