Developers

Simbol Finds Special Characters on iOS … Fast

Screen Shot 2014-01-19 at 8.56.14 PMEver texting with a friend and wishing you could just pop in an infinity symbol or maybe the copyright mark? You won’t find it under your iPhone’s standard keyboard. Or are you emailing with a client and trying to send a quick piece of HTML code? A new iOS app lets users access special character symbols, including math symbols, Greek symbols and their corresponding HTML.

Simbol’s developer said that as a math major he’s often frustrated trying to take notes on a iOS-based devices:

I developed the app to address one of the most annoying things about writing on iOS: finding symbols. I am a mathematics major and also study quite a lot of physics. Both require a very frequent use of symbols and characters which aren’t found on QWERTY keyboards. OS X has a very handy keyboard and character viewer that carries a big chunk of the Unicode library. However, iOS has nothing that comes even remotely close. I created a library of LaTeX snippets in TextExpander but that mostly went away with iOS 7. As a result, I am practically unable to take notes on iOS in most of my classes.

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Building an App? Don’t Expect to Get Rich, Says Report

Top_Apps_Dec23Think developing the perfect app idea will lead to early retirement? Think again, says a report by research and advisory firm Gartner.

While Apple recently boasted of the $10 billion in apps sold via its store this past year, very few individual developers earn a big payout from apps. Less than 0.01 percent of consumer mobile apps will prove a financial hit for their developers through 2018, a Gartner analysis found.

About 90 percent of paid apps are earning less than $1,250 a day, the firm said. Read more

Apple Releases iOS 7 ‘Tech Talk’ Videos

Screen Shot 2013-12-24 at 8.27.43 AMApple has released the videos from its exclusive app and game developer days held around the globe this fall.

Developers were invited to apply to join the 2013 education events that included one-on-one programming advice and design tips. Of course, not everyone gets in to the Apple “Tech Talks.”

The New York app developer day was held Oct. 15. But Monday night Apple released videos of the day’s sessions, including “Architecting Modern Apps” parts one and two; “App Store Distribution and Marketing”; and “Security and Privacy in iOS 7.”

Registered developers can now access the talks here.

Amazon Targets Developers with AppStream

Amazon AppStreamAmazon unveiled AppStream, a service for mobile developers to build “high-fidelity, graphically rich applications” and deliver them via the cloud, Wednesday at its reInvent conference in Las Vegas.

The promise of the new offering from the e-commerce giant is to leverage the power of Amazon’s technology — and the cloud — to give developers an easier way to create and deliver complex apps, including those with 2D and 3D graphics. AppStream, the company said, ensures that the apps will play on any device — even more lightweight mobiles not typically designed to stand up to intensive graphics — simplifying the developer’s job. The responsive design allows developers to write code just once. Read more

Why Startups Are Turning To Dev Bootcamp For Fresh Developer Talent

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Dev Bootcamp, an intense training program that teaches students programming skills and prepares them for the workplace as Ruby On Rails developers in just nine weeks, has become one of the hottest breeding grounds for fresh developer talent, with social media startups like Twitter, TopHatter, Chefs Feed, Social Chorus, Kaily Kos, Exec and others snatching up graduates or, as the program calls them, “Boots.” Just what is it that makes these “Boots” so desirable? We spoke to a couple of startups, and a couple of Dev Bootcamp grads, to find out.

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Amazon Wants Developers To Make Money Through In-App Purchases

Amazon has added Unity plugins to its GameCircle APIs in a move that makes it easier for developers to add in-app purchasing to video game apps.

“Unity is one of the most popular tools for building mobile games,” explained Mike Frazzini, director of Amazon Games, in a statement. “Amazon’s In-App Purchasing and GameCircle APIs help developers reach more customers, keep them engaged, and make more money. Every week millions of customers are playing GameCircle enabled games and are able to compare scores and compete against friends. We want to make it as easy as possible for developers to quickly integrate these features and our new, free plugins make it incredibly simple to do so for anyone using Unity.”

Amazon launched an in-app purchasing API earlier this year, which lets developers sell digital content and subscriptions within apps and games. According to Amazon, transactions from these apps are twice as profitable than other app transactions. Follow this link to find out more about how to use Amazon’s API.

WSJ‘s David Ho: ‘My number one rule for mobile and tablets is do not annoy’

The Wall Street Journal was one of the first major newspapers to develop an iPad app, and for David Ho, the paper’s editor of mobile, tablets and emerging technology, it was the most intense professional challenge that he’s ever took on. But he emerged from the process with new insight on app development, which he shares with Mediabistro in the latest installment of So What Do You Do?

“The best technology is invisible. It doesn’t call attention to itself. It doesn’t get in the way of the experience. It just works…  Not everyone agrees with this, but I also think people should have options. One of the reasons people like our app is that there are many ways to navigate and explore the news. There are distinct styles for reading news and a good app allows for that. But my number one rule for mobile and tablets is do not annoy.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, David Ho, Mobile and Tablets Editor at The Wall Street Journal?

INFOGRAPHIC: Developers Earn $7.5M Per Day

Lead Bolt created a massive infographic called “Mobile App Store Wars,” comparing some key revenue statistics about how apps are selling in Apple’s App Store, Amazon’s App Store and in Google Play.

We’ve embedded the whole infographic below–all media professionals and content creators need to pay attention to the how apps are selling across the marketplace.

Check it out: “It should be no surprise that the leader of the most downloaded apps and content available is the Apple Store. Apple tops the market with an amazing 30 billion app downloads and 650,000 apps available. These numbers are growing each year.” Read more