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.

Facebook Developer Garage returns to Cape Town for #AppsWorld and #SMWF Africa

The Facebook Developer Garage is returning to Cape Town as part of the Apps World and SMWF Africa developer workshops, providing hands-on, practical advice for grass-roots developers looking to get into the fast-moving and lucrative world of Facebook development.

On Thursday 2 June, day two of Apps World and SMWF Arica, Joey da Silva and Arnand du Plessis, founders of the Facebook Developer Garages in Cape...

By Six Degrees, 03 May 2011, 0 comments.

Merchant sales reporting added to Android Market

Google has added merchant sales reporting to its Android Market, enabling developers to access monthly reports detailing the financial performance of their apps.

Hosted in the Android Market Developer Console, the new reporting functionality will provide analysis of data from Google Checkout, including details of each application sale, device type, sale currency and conversion rate, allowing developers to better manage their pricing schemes.

Reports will be hosted within the Developer Console as well as being...

By Matthew Henkes, 03 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise App Stores, Mobile.

Apple iOS still favourite for developers

Despite headlines stating that Android has overtaken iOS as the best selling smartphone phone platform, it would seem that developers are holding on to their preference for Apple’s platform.

Research from Appcelerator, who interviewed almost 3000 developers, cited fragmentation and slow growth of the Android platform as a major reason for opting for iOS.

Distribution over so many different types of devices makes Android marginally less attractive to developers, the report suggested. The differing device...

By Matthew Henkes, 28 April 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Development.

Dollar apps ‘killing’ traditional gaming

A leading figure in the gaming sector has voiced fears about the effect that mobile gaming is having on his industry, becoming the latest in a line of individuals to voice concerns about the effect that cheap gaming apps are having on sales of more expensive, console based titles.

Writing in the gaming title IndustryGamers, Mike Capps, president of Epic Games said that dollar apps were ‘killing’ the traditional gaming industry. “How do you sell someone a $60 game that's really worth it?...

By Matthew Henkes, 28 April 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile.

Android Market to overtake Apple App Store

The Android app store has more free apps and will soon be larger than Apple’s, according to a report from app store analyst Distimo.

Apple’s store has led the field since its inception in 2008, offering thousands more applications than any of its competitors, but that could all come to an end if growth trends continue.

Google Android Market will overtake its key rival in just five months if this happens, said the report, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace growing to become the...

By Matthew Henkes, 28 April 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise App Stores, Mobile.

US Army to launch own app store

The US Army is planning to launch its own app store in August, offering a range of operational apps like productivity tools and procedural manuals.

Army Marketplace, as it’s called, so far features 17 Android apps and 16 for iPhones, designed by soldiers. However, the US government has not yet certified any mobile device as secure enough to be able to access its networks.

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology has begun working on certifying the iPhone, though this process is expected to...

By Matthew Henkes, 28 April 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile.

Help us design the iOS developer workshop for #AppsWorld Africa

What’s your preference for the Apps World Africa iOS developer workshop? See the options below and tweet your choice into the #appsworld hashtag.

We want to make sure developers get the most value possible out of Apps World Africa on 1-2 June in Cape Town. Herman Lintvelt, software development expert, distinguished development trainer and founder and director of the South African software specialist Polymorph Systems, will be delivering an Apps World developer workshop on...

By Six Degrees, 20 April 2011, 0 comments.

Google’s Android Developer Challenge comes to Apps World Africa 2011

Google Android have partnered up with Apps World Africa to host a range of free to attend tracks called ‘Droid World’ for android developers at the event on the 1-2 June in Cape Town.

The developer tracks, in partnership with local android developer Afrozaar will run a series of workshops for android developers, and coincide with the launch of the the Android Developer Challenge for Sub-Saharan Africa. The competition will open for entries from across Africa on the the...

By Six Degrees, 20 April 2011, 0 comments.

Free Samsung bada and Orange Partner Developer Workshop

Ever wondered what it would look like if an operator and hardware manufacturer made out? Well, we think the result would be something like an afternoon of walkthroughs, open-source stuff, prize giveaways (high end bada-powered Wave smartphones and bada books), cookies and live code. We’ll have experts on hand to work on your ideas and plans, answering your questions and solving your issues to ensure you can get faster...

By Six Degrees, 12 April 2011, 0 comments.

Cape Town: Samsung launches SMILe- mobile Africa innovation lab

Samsung Electronics has partnered up with the University of Cape Town to drive innovation in mobile technology development.

Unprecedented growth in the popularity of mobile handsets across the region has already had a remarkable effect on peoples’ lives. The UCT Samsung Mobile Innovation Laboratory (SMILe), Samsung’s first such initiative in Africa, is a multimillion-rand project that aims to encourage further development of mobile...

By Six Degrees, 06 April 2011, 0 comments.

Impressions from the Droidcon 2011

As every year, the Droidcon 2011 was held in our capitol city of Berlin. Thus Ricky, Tobias and Andre of our team took off from Bremen to visit.

The Urania, a well-known theater, was the location of this year's conference which was a nice contrast to last years location which was far from the center of Berlin. With its classy red-padded chairs and theatre stages the feeling was much more of a show than of a conference. The Droidcon started on the first day with the...

By Enough Software, 30 March 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android.

Apps for life in Africa: Agriculture

The explosive nature of mobile up-take across the African continent over the past few years is something that’s taken many so-called horizon-scanners by surprise; and it’s heralding great change across the region.

The trend has driven with it a number of positive benefits for the people of Africa, and has demonstrated the power that mobile connectivity has to drive social employment in a land where so many other initiatives, and even Bob Geldof,...

By Six Degrees, 17 March 2011, 0 comments.

Apps for mobile money transfer at Apps World Africa 2011

Mobile money transfer is already having a massive impact on the African continent, where countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan constitute the world’s mobile money hotspot.

With populations disparate over such massive areas, strategies around bringing financial connectivity to the un-banked masses naturally ally themselves with the spread of mobile handsets; only 60% of South Africans currently have bank accounts, but mobile phone penetration in the country is 94%.

Kenya, with East Africa’s biggest economy, already...

By Six Degrees, 17 March 2011, 0 comments.

Apps World in Pictures – Thanks to those that Attended

Apps World in Pictures – Thanks to those that Attended

A big thank you to those that attended the apps world event this week in London, especially those that braved the snow :-)

2459 people managed to make it down to Olympia, for a great 2 days networking. Special thank you to all the speakers at the event, and exhibitors – have a look down the shots and see if you can spot yourself!!

By Six Degrees, 03 December 2010, 0 comments.

THE 3 PRINCIPLES BEHIND SUCCESSFUL APP DEVELOPMENT

THE 3 PRINCIPLES BEHIND SUCCESSFUL APP DEVELOPMENT

By Kevin Miller, CEO RunRev

There is an old adage that says a workman is only as good as his tools. This may or may not be true however as any developer will tell you, the difference between creating a good App and delivering an exceptional App often comes down to a few things. At

By Six Degrees, 03 December 2010, 0 comments.