Amazon buys its own Siri service

Amazon purchased new voice-recognition technology two months ago, according to a new filing from the SEC.

The startup, named Yap, offers voice-to-text transcription that was originally aimed at teenagers in 2007. It then expanded to voicemail services, which mysteriously shut down in October.

The document doesn’t state Amazon’s name, however Yap has recently joined a company called ‘Dion Acquisition Sub Inc’, which is based in Seattle at the same address...

By Dani Millward, 11 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development, Tablet.

Adobe Stops Development of Flash Mobile Browser

Adobe has ceased the development of Flash Player for browsers on mobile devices, ZDNet reports citing an upcoming announcement from Adobe.

“Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations,” says Adobe’s announcement which is reportedly due to be released today.

Instead, Adobe...

By 3Squared, 09 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development.

Tablets aren’t just big phones: Insights from Apps World NY

We sat in on an interesting panel at Apps World in New York this week, a two day event dedicated to the latest developments in the field of multiplatform apps.

This particular panel explored the differences in development strategy between mobile and tablet apps; and produced a couple of interesting insights on design and development strategy from the point of view of organisations that have designed and published award winning apps.

Devin Pedzwater, creative...

By Matthew Henkes, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development, iOS.

10 Ways to make your app stand out in the mobile crowd

You’ve had your million-dollar idea, and you’ve turned it into an app. Now you’re ready to release it upon the world.

But you’ve got one big problem: you now have to compete with the hundreds of thousands of apps already jumping up and down and vying for the attention of consumers. So how to make your app stand out from the crowd? Here’s a checklist of ideas to help you make your app more visible.

1. Get good user reviews

Reviews can play a vital role in a...

By 3Squared, 27 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development, Marketing.

Blackberry's 'BBX' software in potential legal battle

The announcement of RIM Blackberry’s new software, BBX, last week could cause a legal rift from an Abuquerque-based software development company.

BASIS International has trademarked the name ‘BBx’ for its language software, database and toolset. Its users are now left confused after RIM’s press release, which could harm its reputation as a cross-platform application development program. BASIS Chairman and CEO, Nico Spence, said: "We have thousands of product licenses...

By Dani Millward, 24 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development.

Facebook pushes to become entertainment platform with new social apps

Facebook has announced its partnership with 33 European partners to launch a range of new social media apps.

Consumers will soon be able to access music, movies and news on their mobiles via Facebook after Spotify, The Guardian, The Independent and Vevo signed up to create their own apps. Developers, meanwhile, will be able to create their own action as part of their app based on the 'Like" social pluggin and be able to customise ways of sharing their content such as "watch" or "read" and which will be...

By Verity Gough, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development, Mobile, Social.

iPhone 5 what you can expect

by Mark Taoilinn

Last July thousands of people waited in line overnight (and some over several nights) to be one of the first people in the world to get their hands on an iPhone 4. Almost a year later, at WWDC in June, the Mac OS X Lion announcement, while exciting, failed to cause the same level of frenzy. Getting the new iOS 5 was nice, but the question of everyone’s lips at the time, and since, was “When will the new iPhone 5 arrive, and what new goodies will it bring us?”.

By RunRev, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development, iOS, Mobile.

Clarify Making Communications Clearer. Built with LiveCode

LiveCode revolutionized development with its easy to use English-like language and rapid, compile-free workflow. Now one of RunRev’s long-standing customers is bringing that same fast, easy and effective approach to how you communicate online. 

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Since 2003 Blue Mango Learning Systems have used LiveCode to build great visual communication tools, which in turn help their...

By RunRev, 10 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development.

Squiz Roadmap – gamified New Product Development planning software

Met up with Steve Morgan, MD of Squiz UK, part of a 250 person strong business creating open source cloud software for enterprise customers and selling services around it, to find out what they were up to in the world of gamification.

Squiz are known for two main products – enterprise CMS and enterprise search, while they also dabble in analytics and email marketing software.

They run their own cloud farms in the UK and Australia with a global virtual team spread across the glove. They are no...

By Toby Beresford, 01 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, Gamification.

Mobile App or Mobile Website?

A lot has been taking place in the mobile world, the use of mobile is more than that of computers and TV right now. Hence, it is significant for businesses to have their presence on mobile.

Speaking with clients, 3Squared found that there is a lot of confusion amongst the businesses whether to go for mobile apps or mobile websites?

Below are few points which will help you to understand the difference between the mobile website and mobile application:

Mobile Websites:

  • Developed for navigating website on the small screen of Smartphone.
  • Runs on the mobile’s browser. It opens like a regular website on your Smartphone.
  • Approvals...

By 3Squared, 22 July 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Development.