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November 15, 2012
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  • Opinion: Take a wait-and-see stance on Windows 8
    Developers will find writing for Microsoft's Windows 8 a temptation because of its great potential and payouts that can reach 80%. But a big promise is "not yet a reality," Shane O'Neill writes. "If you want to commit to a mobile app platform that has a thriving audience and serious market traction right now, then iOS and Android are your best bet and you should wait and see on Windows 8," he writes. Two developers who have worked with Windows 8 add their advice in this article, saying it's often best to stick with one platform. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Brightcove promotes hybrid-app development with cloud update
    Brightcove has updated its mobile application development platform again, this time facilitating the creation of hybrid mobile apps by adding an App Cloud. Developers who want to mix HTML5 with native code to avoid duplicating their efforts can "reuse code on the front end while having platform-specific plugins to provide native code on the back end," writes Ryan Lawler. TechCrunch (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gree expands to include Web-based games
    The Japan-based mobile-game platform Gree is expanding to include HTML5 games that can run entirely within browsers, allowing it and other developers that use the platform to avoid app stores and their fees. Capcom, Namco Bandai, Konami and Ubisoft are among the game developers on Gree. "This will mean easier globalization for our [game] providers, especially our Japanese providers," says Gree representative Amiko Tomita. News Service (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Handset sales drop in Q3; Android dominates smartphone market
    Third-quarter sales of mobile handsets dropped 3% from third-quarter 2011 levels to 428 million, according to a Gartner survey, but smartphones were up 47%, to 169 million units, about 40% of the market. Samsung retained its lead in global sales among manufacturers, and the Android OS accounted for nearly three in four smartphone sales for the quarter. TechCrunch (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • Cybersecurity bill fails in Senate; Obama considers executive order
    A bill to bolster the nation's cybersecurity has again failed to reach a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Republicans opposed the measure, which would have created voluntary standards for companies involved in critical industries, saying it represented a slippery slope to additional government regulation. Observers say the failure makes it more likely that President Barack Obama will act to strengthen cybersecurity through an executive order. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/14), Bloomberg (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • MightyText's text-anywhere app enjoys fast growth
    MightyText developers Maneesh Arora and Amit Sangani built an "open, cross-platform equivalent of iMessage" that syncs with Android so nearly any device can interact via texting, Rip Empson writes. The application has crossed the million-user milestone and a tablet version of the app is being tested. MightyText is also rolling out PowerView, which "allows users to view all of their open SMS threads in one screen so that they don't have to switch between conversation tabs or to their inbox," Empson writes. TechCrunch (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  App Developers Alliance News 
  • RIM developer 10k Challenge
    Developers: Blackberry wants your app! To enter the 10k Challenge, just create a BlackBerry 10 app and get it approved through the Built for BlackBerry program. If you earn a minimum of $1,000 on your app over 12 months and you comply with the 10k Developer Commitment Terms and Conditions, RIM will pay the difference between your earnings and $10,000 for that app. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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