Facebook’s App Center rolled out globally

It was rolled out a month ago to impressive fanfare in the US – now, Facebook’s App Center has been released worldwide.

Well, not completely ‘worldwide’, but seven other countries with a combined population of 1.38 billion is still a fairly hefty number.

The vast majority of that number comes from India, with various other English-speaking nations included in this week’s rollout including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise App Stores, Social.

Samsung’s US Galaxy Nexus ban temporarily lifted

Last week, AppsTech mused that Samsung was “in the patents equivalent of the last chance saloon” amidst their bitter battle with Apple.

Whilst Samsung hasn’t won the battle or the war, they’re ready to fight another day for now with the news that an American court has temporarily agreed to Samsung’s stay on the Galaxy Nexus US ban.

The Northern District of California...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: iOS, Samsung.

Is Amazon about to bring out a smartphone?

Amazon already has a cloud service, film and TV streaming service and ereader, so a smartphone would be the next logical step, wouldn’t it?

Reports from Bloomberg suggest that Chinese mobile manufacturer Foxconn is collaborating with the retail giant over a potential Amazon phone running on Android which could be out by the end of the year.

The reports have certainly done both companies’ stock good –...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android.

Samsung has one last try at stopping US Galaxy Nexus block

This case has rumbled on, but it appears Samsung is in the patents equivalent of the last chance saloon as they attempt to overturn the banning of their Galaxy Nexus model in the United States following Apple’s court victories last week.

It’s not been a particularly good week for Samsung’s revenue streams, and one wouldn’t expect US District Judge Lucy Koh to be on the Korean manufacturer’s Christmas card list soon.

Having...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: iOS, Samsung.

No Flash for Jelly Bean, Adobe says

Adobe has officially announced they are not going to be supporting their Flash software for Google Android 4.1, otherwise known as Jelly Bean.

Jelly Bean was unveiled at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco earlier this week, and promises to be an altogether better experience than the current OS, Ice Cream Sandwich when it gets rolled out to various devices in July.

Even though...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Development.

Google’s augmented reality glasses – an eye on the future?

The Google I/O conference promised to be an eye-opener and this announcement warranted it: Google has spectacularly demonstrated its virtual reality glasses as part of the ‘Project Glass’ venture.

The technology includes a postage stamp-sized screen on the left of the glasses, and can in theory allow users to access email, record video and use the Web with ease. Google also claims that the futuristic goggles are no heavier than...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development.

Why did Facebook shelve its Find Friends Nearby app?

In one of the shortest-lived app releases in history, Facebook’s Find Friends Nearby app was quietly released by developers, and then even more quietly pulled in a matter of days. But why?

Truth be told, it’s all been a bit of a mess for the iOS app.

The idea of Find Friends Nearby was to make it easier for Facebook mobile users who have location services enabled to friend those they had only just met.

All well and good, but a wave of negative publicity – including...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: iOS, Mobile, Social.

It's Yammer time for Microsoft with latest buy

Yammer, the social network which “brings the power of social networking to the enterprise”, has been bought by Microsoft for an estimated $1.2bn (£768m).

The move comes as Microsoft tries to expand upon its complementary cloud services and, more importantly, fend off competition from Google for its influential Office products.

The money involved is hefty, but small change compared to the $8.5bn (£5.4m) Microsoft shelled out for Skype last year.

From Microsoft’s perspective, Yammer will be...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Social.

Apple vs Samsung: Samsung wins Dutch patent battle but may lose the war

A court in Netherlands has ruled that Apple infringed on Samsung’s patents in the creation of various devices, including the iPhones 3G, 3GS and 4, as well as the iPad 1 and 2.

The ruling comes amidst the various patent battles between the two electronics giants; Apple accused Samsung of ‘slavishly’ copying its design, while Samsung counter-sued with similar accusations.

The patent in question was related to a 3G technology owned by Samsung and used by the abovementioned Apple devices to...

By James Bourne, 21 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: iOS, Samsung.

Is Spotify's new radio app trying to shoot Pandora down?

Spotify has taken aim and fired at Pandora following the rolling out of the Swedish streaming giant’s free iOS mobile radio app.

The new app is planned to only be available in the US for iPad and iPhone, but is expected to be available on Android within the coming weeks. Users outside the US will still need a premium subscription to utilise mobile radio.

Spotify claims that mobile radio...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Mobile, Social.

App claims to cure writer's block by sabotage, but does it work?

Need to knuckle down on your work? Well, an iOS app claims to cure procrastination by performing increasing levels of annoying acts on your text unless you comply.

The Write or Die app – with the superb tag line “putting the ‘prod’ in productivity” – aims to instil fear in those whose work is slacking.

The app, created by the requisitely-named ‘Dr. Wicked’, carries the frankly scary introduction: “As long as you keep typing you’re...

By James Bourne, 15 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise App Stores, iOS, Mobile, Social.

Is the Skout case another warning shot for app safety?

The news that social mobile app maker Skout has had to temporarily suspend its teen community after rape allegations may come as a shock, but did they realistically have any other option?

Skout, billed as the “largest and fastest growing network for meeting new people and having fun”, allows users to make new friends, flirt or find a date.

The company made the decision to install a separate under-18s community after noticing there were many underage...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Social.

Apple dumps Google Maps in favour of own app software for iOS 6

One of the worst-kept secrets in the industry was finally made official as Apple announced the features of the iOS 6 at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC): Google Maps is no longer to be a part of iOS devices, with Apple’s own Maps software instated in its place.

This isn’t the major exclusive the world was hoping for, because everyone pretty much knew it already.

Only last week Google hosted a press conference centred...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: iOS.

Facebook rolls out App Center to US with 600 apps making cut

The highly-publicised Facebook App Center, described as “the place for people to find great social apps on the web and mobile”, has been officially released to US users, with apps available on iOS and Android platforms as well as on Facebook.com.

Many of the apps are already-popular games and services, such as Spotify, Pinterest and Draw Something. The Center categorises best apps in terms of top rated, trending and top...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, iOS, Social.

Android “will peak this year” as Windows Phone challenges Apple, IDC says

As forecasts go, this is a pretty big one: the International Data Corporation (IDC) has predicted that Windows Phone will overtake iOS by 2016 and that Android will have hit its peak by the end of this year.

This won’t be great news for Google, but the report notes that Android will still be far ahead of the opposition, holding 52.9% of the market share by...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Research.

Gloves off between Google and Nokia/Microsoft?

Reports are surfacing that Google is unhappy with Microsoft and Nokia’s collaboration because they have transferred patents to a “troll” who makes money from patent lawsuits.

Infact Google has sent an official complaint to the European Commission claiming that Nokia and Microsoft have put 1200 wireless patents in the hands of Canada-based “patent troll” MOSAID Technologies,

By James Bourne, 01 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft.

Unique payment app launches to give businesses cash-flow freedom

Payment service provider CreditCall, in partnership with Elavon, is rolling out what is claimed to be the world’s first mobile payment app which allows UK businesses on the move to utilise Chip and PIN on Android and Blackberry devices.

The revolutionary app, called Elavon MobileMerchant, launches today following a highly successful five month trial, and has...

By James Bourne, 29 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, BlackBerry.