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Mobile apps no pot of gold for developers

Mobile developers hoping to cash in on a blockbuster app have bad news from researcher Gartner: More competition and higher demands from users will make it even more difficult for developers to make money from smartphone and tablet applications. The Google Play app store and Apple's iTunes store both have over one million apps. That adds up to too many choices for users, and makes it harder for developers to get noticed or make money...

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Overheard words: Is mobile really all there is to Java anymore?

If it seems to you that mobile is eating the world, including the world of Java development, then you're not alone. But let's just take a minute to listen in and reflect on this recent conversation from a (to remain nameless) conference floor. Joe: Well, it sure seems like all developers everywhere are creating nothing other than mobile apps these days. Fred: How did you come to that conclusion? Joe: Well, look around you at...

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Google extends App Engine for mobile app back end

To encourage developers to create more mobile applications to run from its cloud services, Google is offering two new or updated frameworks to run the complicated but necessary back-end infrastructure of mobile apps, freeing developers to concentrate on the more innovative parts of their work.Google has released a new collection of hosted tools and libraries for ramping up and running the supporting infrastructure for Android and iOS...

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Oracle unveils HTML5-based mobile BI app designer

Oracle is latching onto the self-service BI (business intelligence) trend with a new tool for creating HTML5-based mobile applications.BI Mobile App Designer, which was announced Monday, runs in a browser and has a drag-and-drop design format. Users can mash together graphs, tables and other types of data "to create mobile analytical apps tailor-made to their lines of business," Oracle said.The experience is "as easy as working with...

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Amazon offers mobile developers cross-platform push notifications

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is offering a new service that aims to make it easier for developers to send push notifications to Android and iOS applications.Amazon pitches Simple Notification Service with Mobile Push as an easier way for developers to add notifications than previously has been possible. Using one API, developers can send notifications to iOS and Android-based devices, including Amazon's own Kindle Fire tablets.Also on...

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AppGyver aims to make PhoneGap developers more effective using Steroids

Developer tool company AppGyver loves the PhoneGap platform, but is convinced there is room for productivity and performance improvements and is working on products to achieve both.AppGyver has released a public beta of Steroids ToolBelt, which allows Web developers to create mobile apps for iOS and Android using PhoneGap more quickly than what is currently possible, according to co-founder and CEO Marko Lehtimaki.PhoneGap is an...

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Google simplifies integration of SMS and voice with App Engine

Google is hoping to make it easier for developers to integrate SMS or voice communications in applications running on the company's App Engine platform.Working with Twilio, Google has created native Python and Java libraries for working with Twilio APIs. The integration allows developers to start building and adding voice and SMS features to their apps straight away, the company said in a blog post.[ Learn how to work smarter, not...

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Oracle updates NetBeans for HTML5

With the release of version 7.3 of NetBeans, Oracle has updated the IDE (integrated developer environment) so Java developers can more easily build rich HTML5-based user interfaces for their mobile and Web applications.NetBeans 7.3 "allows developers to use the same IDE [to compose in] HTML5 that they would use for building back-end services that their Web and mobile applications would connect to," said Bill Pataky, Oracle vice...