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  • Rebranded BlackBerry introduces the Z10 and the Q10
    Research In Motion, now rebranded as BlackBerry, introduced the first phones based on the company's BlackBerry 10 platform. The touch screen-operated BlackBerry Z10 boasts a 4.2-inch screen with 720p resolution. The Q10 model uses a full keyboard and sports a 3.1-inch display. Both phones can "Flow" between multiple applications, and new video-calling and screen-sharing features were shown at the launch event. VentureBeat (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BlackBerry 10 launches with 70,000 apps, including many popular titles: BlackBerry is boasting that its 70,000 applications for BlackBerry 10 constitute the largest available array for a platform launch. Apps include Skype, Rdio, Kindle, Whatsapp, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Foursquare, Cisco WebEx, Bloomberg, Evernote, SAP, DropBox and Citrix, as well as many popular games such as the Angry Birds franchise. The Verge (1/30)
  Developer Economics 
  • Leading iOS developers give Facebook mobile ads a chance
    Facebook's mobile-application ads have been tested by about 20% of the elite iOS developers, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg says. That's good news for Facebook, which sees the ads as one of the few ways to earn revenue from its developer ecosystem on mobile platforms. "Facebook can't derive fees or virtual currency revenue from mobile apps, because they exist on platforms operated by ... Google and Apple. As users have migrated to mobile devices, Facebook's payments revenues has stalled because of this," Kim-Mai Cutler writes. TechCrunch (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PlayPhone's social-gaming developer network grows
    PlayPhone has signed a host of game developers to publish on its network, writes Dean Takahashi. New partners include Glu Mobile, Ambush Games, 7Seas, Pub Games and Youda Games. "The addition of so many major developers puts PlayPhone on pace for a record 2013 and reinforces our commitment to continuing to be the most developer-friendly social gaming platform," says Executive Vice President Anders Evju. PlayPhone's free app allows gamers to compete against one another using different device platforms. VentureBeat (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some upstart games do surprisingly well when measured by usage
    Ranked by U.S. iPhone usage, not by downloads, game applications such as FlipSide5's Touch Hockey and Big Duck Games' Flow rank right up there with category leaders Words With Friends and Temple Run, according to Onavo Insights. Zynga and Imangi maintain the broadest reach. "Is it weird that totally bootstrapped teams like Imangi can outrun ... multibillion dollar companies like EA on iOS? Yes, but this is the nature of the iOS platform, with its comparatively low barriers to entry," Kim-Mai Cutler writes. TechCrunch (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gates foundation, Facebook reveal winners of education-app contest
    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Facebook have awarded the first grand-prize winners of the College Knowledge Challenge hackathon contest to build educational applications. Executives behind the initiative believe that a social media component is essential for students, so that they remain in school, feel better connected and build a network of contacts beyond their immediate environment. Winning apps, outlined in this article, include College Abacus for Kayak-like cost comparisons of colleges, and Tractus Insight, which helps prospective students with college applications. TechCrunch (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Alliance member Kinvey releases an eBook for iOS app developers
    Interested in building your first iOS app? Or maybe you are an iOS or OSX developer looking to keep pace with the platform. Kinvey's new eBook contains everything a developer needs to know to get started building killer apps for iPhones, iPads and iPods -- from developing a firm concept, to setting up Xcode, to creating and deploying a sample app. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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