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Fire phone developers could get $15,000 in Amazon Coins to draw users to their apps

Amazon is offering Android developers up to $15,000 in Amazon Coins digital currency to attract more apps to the Amazon Appstore for its upcoming Fire smartphone, which the company announced earlier this week. Of course, there are a few catches before developers can get their hands on all that digital cash. Amazon is offering 500,000 coins… Read More

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5 ways Apple’s Swift will make developers happy

We engineers are a picky bunch. We spend countless hours coding apps and websites. So, when it comes tools and programming languages, we have lots of opinions. With the recent announcement of a new language for iOS, Swift is being viewed as a pleasant, but unplanned surprise by many in the tech community. While general… Read More

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Analysis: The exploding demand for computer science education, and why America needs to keep up

The chart above tells quite a story. That blue line — the one that looks like a hockey stick — shows how interest in computer science from freshmen at the University of Washington in Seattle has skyrocketed since 2010 compared with other engineering fields. The UW is not alone. Countless other U.S. universities, from Harvard to Stanford to the University of Michigan, are seeing… Read More

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Amazon launches re-designed portal for developers

Amazon announced Thursday that it has completely redesigned the portal for developers interested in taking advantage of the resources it has to offer. The new site is designed to be a clearinghouse for mobile developers of all stripes to learn how they can incorporate Amazon’s tools into their workflow. One of the key new features is… Read More

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Buddy unveils ‘Sound-as-a-Service’ for mobile devs, nabs Lady Gaga’s manager as investor

It’s a big day for Buddy. The Kirkland-based company, which provides back-end mobile app support, today introduced a new “Sound-as-a-Service” product that allows developers to choose from more than 20,000 royalty-free sound effects, along with the ability to measure engagement with a given app based on music choices. Buddy has also brought on a big… Read More