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December 26, 2012
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  • Health care apps may make major clinical strides in 2013
    Consumers, many of whom have been reluctant to download mobile health applications other than those focused on fitness and weight, might reach for more clinical apps in 2013 as the range of monitoring and disease management software broadens. Regulatory changes are also expected to encourage the growth in clinical software, according to industry analysts. GigaOm (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Why Google may lead the way in app search technology
    Google may ultimately prevail in providing superior technology for searching online application stores, Sarah Perez writes. Nielsen data show that most app searches done via mobile devices are done using app store search functions, not the Web. "On mobile, the battle will eventually play out between the two giants -- Apple and Google -- for the better app search offering," Perez notes. TechCrunch (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Working on a tablet app for kids? Get to Sesame Street
    Sesame Workshop, the production company behind the Sesame Street program on PBS, has suggestions for developers on creating educational children's applications for tablet computers. Its guidelines offer advice on icon placement, fonts, sound elements and how to offer encouragement to a youngster who chooses the wrong answer to a question. All Things D (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Twitter is expected to expand its use as a TV-chatter app
    There are more than a few second-screen applications available, but none of them have really been able to compete with Twitter, which has emerged as a leader in social-television viewing. Despite a high-profile NASCAR event, Twitter hasn't done much else to exploit this trend, though that's expected to change in 2013 -- the company is hiring for a job called Manager of TV Relationships. "[T]he beauty in all these opportunities is that much of the content for these destinations is created by viewers themselves, without much need for Twitter or the networks to produce anything original," writes Ryan Lawler. TechCrunch (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • Piracy, IP rules aren't major agenda items for lawmakers
    Lawmakers are unlikely to do much about online piracy or protecting intellectual property because most are still stunned by the public pushback on two bills proposed in the past two years, Grant Gross writes. "That was an avalanche they've never seen," said Ed Black, CEO of the Computer and Communications Industry Association. "They're going to tiptoe in this area very carefully." Computerworld/IDG News Service (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Microsoft moves on Apple mobile turf with Wordament game
    Microsoft's game studio You vs the Internet has released the real-time word-finding game Wordament, the first title for the Apple iOS with Xbox Achievements, writes John Koetsier. Gamers can sign into their Microsoft Xbox accounts through the iOS app. VentureBeat (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Never get so fascinated by the extraordinary that you forget the ordinary."
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