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Posts tagged with Developers

Amazon courts game developers with GameCircle

Amazon's first Kindle devices may have been ereaders, but with the Kindle Fire, Amazon is neck deep in the tablet world.

Previous research has found that tablets are popular gaming devices, so it's no surprise that Amazon is interested in making sure its app store is filled with compelling games.


Face.com, third party APIs and little white lies

When Face.com announced it was being acquired by Facebook last month for a reported $80 to $100m, you can be sure that it was happy day for Face.com's founders, employees and investors.

But it wasn't necessarily a day worth celebrating for developers relying on Face.com's facial recognition API. The reason: Face.com had just been acquired by one of tech's biggest names and as we've seen time and time again, that often means big changes ahead.


Apple finds itself playing defense in the App Store

Life is generally pretty easy for Apple. Consumers love its products, which they continue to snap up at a rapid pace, and the company's iOS ecosystem is arguably the most impressive around.

But the past week has been anything but easy for the Cupertino-based tech giant.


App Store issue causing iOS apps to crash

Developing iOS apps can be a rewarding and, for some, extremely lucrative exercise. But life isn't always easy for developers building iOS apps and distributing them through Apple's App Store, particularly when things go wrong.

Dozens of developers are being reminded of that today after an App Store issue began causing their apps to crash when users try to launch them.

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Twitter API 'evolution' cuts off LinkedIn

What do you do when your company surpasses 100m users and begins cementing its status as one of the internet's most popular services?

If you're Twitter, you apparently start adding restrictions to the API that helped you achieve some of your popularity, cutting off functionality offered by other popular services in the process.

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Is the Google Maps API price reduction too little, too late?

Last October, Google introduced limits to the Google Maps API and unveiled pricing for users exceeding those limits.

It was not a happy day for developers and companies running popular services on the Google Maps API. The reason: Google's jaw-dropping pricing, which pegged the cost of every 1,000 map loads above 25,000 at $4.


For gaming companies, HTML5 is not ready

Of the few markets in which Flash is still relevant, gaming is perhaps the largest. Despite the fact that Adobe seems intent on killing Flash, for many game developers, Flash is still a necessity.

The big question, of course, is for how long? There's a lot of excitement about HTML5, and some game developers have actually been experimenting with HTML5 game development.


Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8

Windows 8 may be the biggest, boldest bet Microsoft has made in recent memory, and perhaps ever.

And the stakes got a lot higher for Microsoft on Wednesday as it announced what some had been speculating would come to pass: a new version of Windows Phone.


Google courts developers with Developers Live portal

For the largest tech companies in the world, it's all about developers, developers, developers.

Apple has them in spades, Microsoft wants them and Facebook can thank them for helping it build one of the richest consumer internet companies ever in less than a decade.


The biggest tech mistakes startups make and how to avoid them

Everybody loves a successful startup, but even the most successful startups generally overcome plenty of mistakes before they become successful. Unfortunately, for many young companies that don't win in the marketplace, failure is the product of fatal mistakes.

Like most things in life, mistakes aren't created equal, and when it comes to the mistakes that can really hurt a young startup, technology mistakes can be particularly pernicious.

Here are several of the biggest technology mistakes startups make and how they can be avoided.


Facebook acquires Face.com

After nearly a month of rumors, it's official: Facebook.com is buying facial recognition company Face.com.

While terms of the deal weren't announced, previous reports indicated that the price for the Israeli company would be somewhere in the range of $80m to $100m.


Apple woos developers with promise of Chinese riches

Thanks to the incredible popularity of its devices, Apple may have one of the strongest software ecosystems out there, if not the strongest. If you're a developer and you're looking to strike it rich, there are few ecosystems that can compare.

In reality, of course, your chances of hitting the jackpot in the App Store are probably about as high as winning a lottery. The competition is fierce and most developers don't see their apps don't fly off the shelves. While that doesn't mean developers will flee Apple's ecosystem any time soon, it does pose a risk for Apple, who must look for new ways to keep developers on its side.

At WWDC this week, Apple may have found a way to do just that: China.