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.

Microsoft announces WP7 App Hub updates

Microsoft has announced the rollout of the anticipated update for WP7 Apps Hub, providing developers with a number of new features and private distribution options.

The Hub has been updated with new markets, distribution options and enhanced apps and account management capabilities. "Today we are officially announcing the rollout of the new App Hub developer portal with key new functionality, multiple enhancements and support for several new markets," said the firm on its developer blog.

“The...

By Matthew Henkes, 21 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise App Stores, Microsoft.

RIM apologises to developers after downtime

RIM has apologised to developers following problems with the company’s code signing-in servers that made development next to impossible for several days last week.

The company has now apologised for the downtime and assured developers that the problem has now been resolved.

Blogging on Friday last week, RIM developer relations chief Tyler Lessard said that the problem had been caused by abnormal diagnostic activity disrupting the signing process. The issue has been resolved, he said, and service levels...

By Matthew Henkes, 19 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development.

Freemium takes charge on the app store

Flurry the mobile app analytics firm published an interesting report recently which shows that the freemium model now accounts for a large part of the total revenues from the App Store. Specifically it highlighted that free-to-play games now account for 65 per cent of the total revenues from the App Store’s Top 100 titles. Earlier this year that figure stood at just 39 per cent.

By 3Squared, 14 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, iOS.

Apple steps in to defend developers in IP lawsuit

Apple has responded to a lawsuit filed against a number of developers by patent holder Lodsys, arguing that they are protected under the company’s license, and that pursuing them in this way would adversely affect Apple’s business.

Applying for permission to intervene in the cases brought by the IP organisation earlier this month, Apple reiterated its view that developers were covered by an existing licence.

"The license expressly permits Apple to offer and otherwise make available to its...

By Matthew Henkes, 13 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Mobile.

iOS developers served lawsuits over IP infringement

A number of iOS developers in the US have been hit with lawsuits alleging patent infringement over Apple’s in-app purchasing features for Apps Store software.

Following a threat which gave developers 21 days to secure licenses for the sue of what it claims is patented software, Lodsys has now filed the lawsuit this week the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, a district known for providing a favourable outcome for patent holders.

The claim concerns the firm’s US patent for, "Methods and...

By Matthew Henkes, 06 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development.

Software AG buys UK Metismo

Software AG has announced the acquisition of the Metismo, the UK-based creator of Bedrock, the platform that allows developers to write applications for multiple smartpones using Java.

The platform helps smooth out problems caused by the many permutation of handset type and their various idiosyncrasies. The financial details of the deal have not been released.

Software AG specialises in enterprise applications, and says that this acquisition will allow its developers to solve the complex issues around...

By Matthew Henkes, 01 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development.

5 Things Brands Can Learn From The Apprentice

We eagerly tuned in to The Apprentice last night to watch how the teams would respond to the task of creating and launching a smartphone app … it certainly made for interesting viewing!

Whilst the internet is alight with comments (and criticisms) around the parties involved, we thought we would take a look at the lessons brands can learn from the show.

An App Is For Life, Not Just 24 Hours

If the show proved one thing it’s that an app cannot be thought of, designed, developed and pushed...

By Always On Message, 12 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Mobile, Monetisation.

Sky launches developer academy

Broadcasting giant Sky has launched its own developer ‘academy’ to research development of mobile and web apps.

The company is looking for software developers who are getting started in their career, to start work in September. Training will combine technical skills development with hands-on work around a number of projects across the business.

“For anyone looking to embark on a career in this industry it’s a great opportunity to access on the job training and a chance to work on some...

By Matthew Henkes, 09 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Marketing.