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March 25, 2013
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  • Viewbix starts an HTML5 studio for adding apps, video links
    Viewbix has improved upon its method for adding applications and links to online videos, employing HTML5 to address mobile needs. "Given how quickly Flash has died off, HTML5's a smart bet for Viewbix, but it will need to stay watchful if it wants to add value on top of innovations from the video platforms themselves," Josh Ong writes. (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developer Economics 
  • Apple makes it easier to spot free apps using in-app purchasing
    Apple has added lines such as "offers free in-app purchases" in App Store listings. The move is likely a response to lawsuits and complaints that children using free applications have run up substantial bills buying virtual goods once inside. "For developers, increased restrictions and additional friction between customers and in-app purchases is obviously not a desirable outcome, and that means Apple likewise probably isn't crazy about the idea," Darrell Etherington writes. TechCrunch (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intel hopes perceptual computing will bridge gaming gap
    Intel has readied the software development kit for its next-generation devices using "perceptual computing," Dean Takahashi writes. "Intel believes perceptual computing is the next big wave, and it includes face recognition, gesture recognition, voice recognition, and touch-screen technology," bringing PCs up to speed with gesture-controlled gaming systems such as Wii, Takahashi writes. VentureBeat (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OpenFeint's beta includes cloud support for cross-platform games
    OpenKit, the successor to OpenFeint, has drawn more than 1,000 developers to beta testing in advance of the Game Developers Conference this week. "When surveyed, developers indicated they wanted a cross-platform cloud service with support for the Unity game engine. Another highly-desired feature is cloud-based game-saves that let players start gaming on one device and pick up on another, regardless of platform or form factor," Josh Ong writes. (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • New cap, bigger fees are part of H-1B proposal
    The Senate's proposed immigration bill is likely to include a new cap and higher fees for companies that use a large number of visas. The bill is still in the works, but IEEE-USA has declared its support. "This, along with increasing the number of green cards available to high-skill workers, would strengthen job retention and creation in the United States," Marc Apter, president of IEEE-USA, said in a statement. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/22), Computerworld (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Spotlight 
  • Homesnap app delivers public data on 90 million U.S. homes
    The Homesnap iOS application allows users to take a picture of a home and download information on the home's current value, description of the home and lot, the most recent sale date and local schools, Jessica Naziri writes. The app combines public real estate Multiple Listing Service data, tax records, and census and mapping data for about 90 million homes, even ones not up for sale. A Homesnap for Real Estate Agents variation takes a 30% commission on sales from the agent's fee. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Tech Now blog (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  App Developers Alliance News 
  • Alliance announces nationwide series of Developer Patent Summits
    The Application Developers Alliance is holding a nationwide series of Developer Patent Summits. The 14-city tour will convene app developers, entrepreneurs, patent experts and policymakers to discuss software patent challenges, trolls and ideas for reform. The series is sponsored nationally by Rackspace, the open cloud company, and Careers 2.0 by Stack Overflow, the iconic programmer community site. The first summit will be held April 9 in San Francisco. Learn more and register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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