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Urban Airship launches cross-platform interactive notifications service

Interactive push notifications are going to increase in use this year, with Apple announcing that users will be able to interact with and respond to notifications while their phone is locked, and Google launching the same capability on Android 4.3 last year. Portland-based mobile analytics and push messaging powerhouse Urban Airship is taking advantage of the new capabilities by… Read More

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Amazon’s iOS video app gets free first episodes, plus HBO shows, in bid to attract new users

Amazon is giving TV-loving iPhone and iPad users a new incentive to try its Instant Video app. The company released an update today that allows iOS users to view the first episode of many shows for free, with interstitial ads. That means people interested in trying a show out before buying it can get a taste of what they would… 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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IMDb updates mobile apps, tops 100 million downloads

Amazon subsidiary IMDb, known for its giant compilation of Hollywood data, refreshed its apps for iOS and Android today, and announced that users on those mobile platforms have downloaded the company’s apps more than 100 million times. iPhone and iPad users now get access to “Times,” a new feature that gives users the ability to browse showtimes and purchase… Read More

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Code Fellows switches its iOS curriculum to Apple’s new Swift programming language

Graduates of Code Fellows’s iOS Development Accelerator programs this year will be on the cutting edge when it comes to developing apps for the iPhone and iPad. The company announced today that its iOS development curriculum will now be focused on developing apps using Swift, the new programming language that Apple unveiled at its Worldwide… Read More

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Glympse unfazed by Apple’s new location-sharing features in iOS 8

The updated Messages app in Apple’s iOS 8 includes a series of features that will look familiar to users of popular third-party apps. There are self-destructing video messages (similar to Snapchat), quick audio messages (reminiscent of WhatsApp), and time-based location sharing — a concept that has been popularized by Glympse, the Seattle-based location-sharing technology startup. “We assumed it… Read More

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Here’s what to expect from Apple’s WWDC keynote

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference opens in San Francisco next week, and as always, Apple is kicking off its developer extravaganza with a big keynote presentation on Monday. It’s the company’s first major public event since the launch of the iPad Air last year, and it promises to hold some interesting developments for users of the… Read More

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Xamarin update helps Windows developers create iOS and Android apps

Programmers who use Microsoft’s C# programming language now have an easier way to build mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. Xamarin announced version 3 of its development solution today, complete with new features designed to make it easier for Windows-oriented devs to create mobile apps for other platforms. Xamarin, which currently serves more than 600,000 developers, lets .NET… Read More

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Windows Phone web usage tops BlackBerry, flat overall

Microsoft Windows Phone devices are responsible for mobile web traffic than BlackBerry smartphones in North America, according to a new report from Chitika. As a proxy for mobile engagement and usage, the stat is more unfortunate news for an already-ailing BlackBerry, and not as good for Microsoft as it might seem at first glance. Windows Phone web traffic was basically flat from February… Read More

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Apple smashes a few bugs with new iOS 7.1.1 update

Apple launched a new update for users of iOS devices today that’s designed to squash a few bugs still lingering in the company’s mobile operating system. iOS 7.1.1 includes more improvements to the Touch ID fingerprint recognition system in the iPhone 5s, so people who want to unlock their phone with a fingertip can do… Read More

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Facebook’s new ‘Nearby Friends’ feature aims to help users connect in real life

Facebook is rolling out a “Nearby Friends” feature to its mobile app, aiming to help users get together with people they know. When two friends who both have the feature enabled come into range with one another, they’ll get a push notification that says they’re in the area. Don’t worry, it’s optional, and opt-in. The feature… Read More