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EMEA: Firsts with Ford

I had the opportunity this week to speak with Ford about its claimed first ever automotive original equipment manufacturer-led developer conference set to take place Sept. 8-11 in Las Vegas. This is an important move as getting into vehicles isn’t easy for application developers. Today...

Reader Forum: The rise of single page applications

A recent study found that the average person shifts his attention between his smartphone, tablet and laptop an overwhelming 21 times in a single hour. As such, the importance of a

Glue Conference: Open APIs growing and growing up

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Growth, simplicity and money are driving open application programmable interfaces, said John Musser of Programmable Web. Open APIs are becoming increasingly popular, and the growth rate of open APIs is getting steeper, Musser told the audience in an opening keynote at...

Qualcomm and CAA join together for mobile apps venture

Qualcomm Inc. and Creative Artists Agency are launching a joint venture to develop mobile apps.Based in Los Angeles at CAA's offices, Creative Mobile Labs will develop concepts with talent specifically for the mobile platform. The general idea is to have Qualcomm help on the...

Gartner projects app stores to generate $15B in 2011

The mobile apps business isn't all fun and games. There's serious money in this relatively new app store market, indeed Gartner Inc. projects revenues to top $15 billion by the end of this year.By 2014, the firm expects app stores to generate $85 billion...

Sprint wants innovative 4G apps from developers

Sprint Nextel Corp. has partnered with WIRED, Reddit and Ars Technica to launch an app developer contest called the Sprint 4G App Challenge.The No. 3 U.S. carrier in terms of subscribers wants developers to create new and innovative apps to push the envelope and...

Google gives wannabe app developers a new tool

How often do you hear your friends tell about their can't-fail app idea? All too often, once someone first gets their hands on a smart phone running on one of the more modern and flashy operating systems like Google Inc.'a Android operating system, Apple...

RCR Wireless News expands news-gathering with RCR Local Market News, RCR Unplugged: Local news coupled with social media outlet increases accessibility to industry-leading news brand

AUSTIN, Texas – RCR Wireless News has expanded its news outlet sources with the launch of RCR Local Market News and RCR Unplugged. Taking advantage of the latest in social media and networking, both RCR Local Market News and RCR Unplugged will provide readers...

Preparing America's talent for digital media

Editor's Note:This article is an excerpt from RCR Wireless News' March Special Edition, “The Perfect Storm – A Focus on Mobile Messaging, Marketing, Content and Apps.” The 80-page special edition will be available next week at RCRWireless.com.. To say America's labor force is...

Handset makers agree to JIL widget specification

The carrier-led Joint Innovation Lab project announced that four handset manufacturers have agreed to support its widget specification in devices beginning next year.The device manufacturers include LG Electronics Co. Ltd., Research In Motion Ltd., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Sharp Corp. The JIL founding...

Ease of use is industry’s killer app

The wireless industry is fueled by constant innovation. Few industries match our pace in a given year. But our achievements, ideas and products are not always widely adopted by customers. Why? Ease of use is our industry's killer app. ...

Smoothing the path for mobile Linux

When in past years Symbian Ltd. nervously eyed the nascent promise of mobile Linux, Symbian evangelists noted sharply that the rival, open-source platform would require considerable sweat equity or costly out-sourcing to ready it for market.That claim turned out to be true to an...

EIB invests $630M in Symbian platform

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is backing the home team - namely, Nokia Corp.'s Symbian platform - with a hefty $630 million investment.The long-term bank of the European Union announced a five-year loan to "part-finance" software research and research-and-development projects through 2011 in...

Novarra powers VZW mobile Web access

Verizon Wireless launched a new Web site capability that allows its customers to access the Web from their mobile phones using its Mobile Web service and get the same sites they would get using their personal computers.The Optimized View for Mobile Web is enabled...

Google mobile search available on Windows Mobile

Google Inc. launched a version of its mobile search application for Windows Mobile devices.Google Mobile App allows users to search without separately opening a browser and offers a search history and suggestions in an effort to reduce keystrokes. The offering is available for Windows...

@MWC PHOTOGUIDE: The phones of Mobile World Congress

BARCELONA, Spain - The world's handset makers pulled out all the stops this year in their attempts to grab attention and generate interest in their products. At this year's Mobile World Congress trade show, Nokia Corp., LG Electronics Co. Ltd., HTC Corp. and others...

Traction in mobile gaming brings sea change to space : Reality: Not everyone will play games on handset

After years of treading water and failing to live up to outlandish hype, mobile games finally may be starting to make progress. And it's the Apple's iPhone - and, to a lesser extent, other multimedia-friendly smartphones - that's moving the needle. Which is why...

@MWC: Nokia and Qualcomm snuggling up in U.S.

Since the settlement last year that ended the industry's highest-profile cross-licensing battle, Nokia Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. have been expected to cozy up. Now it's official. Nokia, the world's largest handset maker, and Qualcomm, the world's leading wireless chip maker, will work together on...

@MWC: Cisco extends WebEX software to more smartphones

Cisco Systems said it is extending its WebEx client software to a host of smartphones.The online conferencing service is now available on BlackBerry models the Bold, Storm and Curve 8900, the company said, as well as the Samsung Blackjack II and several Nokia E...

@MWC: MySpace to update wireless site, announces support for Symbian

MySpace said it is overhauling its mobile site in an effort to grow its base of 20 million wireless users.The popular social networking destination will launch an updated version of its wireless site later this week, adding new user interface elements for multimedia-friendly devices...

Mobile software company Esmertec to acquire Purple Labs

European mobile software company Esmertec AG announced plans to acquire rival Purple Labs SA. The deal will create a new business under the name of Myriad Group AG that will include a client list supporting most major phone manufacturers and 30 mobile network operators....

New Windows 7 build appears on torrent sites

A new build version of the Windows 7 beta has been available on several torrent sites as Microsoft ended the distribution of an earlier version, according to a report.

IPhone developer says price point not sustainable

A couple of weeks ago, iPhone developer App Cubby decided to try a little experiment. It would lower the price of its three apps--Trip Cubby, Gas Cubby, and Health Cubby--(which previously sold for a few dollars each) to 99 cents for a limited time...

A new platform for wireless: Sun releases mobile version of JavaFX: Wireless application developers have another option

Sun Microsystems Inc. is hoping to bridge the gap between smartphones and feature phones with a new platform targeting mid- and lower-end devices.The Santa Clara, Calif.-based developer unveiled the mobile version of JavaFX, an offering designed to run atop Java ME (Mobile Edition) as...

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