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Posts tagged with Apps

Review: The Guardian's iPhone app

Having introduced a new mobile website earlier this year, The Guardian's iPhone app was released today.

The app, developed by 2ergo, is £2.39 to download, offers some useful features, such as offline browsing, and a customisable homepage. I've been trying it out this morning...

Guardian iPhone app

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Mobile site review: Twitter

Though there are now plenty of third party apps for this, Twitter has just launched a new mobile version of its website, optimised for iPhone, Android and N60.

I did try to use the old version of the mobile Twitter site before switching to Tweetie and Tweetdeck, and it wasn't the best user experience, and it was difficult to keep a track of mentions and direct messages. 

According to the Twitter blog, plenty of people are still accessing Twitter via mobile browsers. I've been trying it out...

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30 iPhone apps reviewed

2009 may not have been the much vaunted year of mobile, progress has been made, both in terms of handsets and tariffs, as well as development of mobile sites, and most notably, apps.

The App Store now has more than 100,000 apps available, and 2bn have been downloaded over the last year. With that many apps, there will certainly be a lot of dross and copycat apps, but there are some good ones.

I've reviewed 30 iPhone apps this year, and I've collated them together in one handy post...

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Facebook's virtual currency conundrum

Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly going to pull in approximately half a billion dollars this year in advertising revenue. It's a significant amount, but hundreds of millions of dollars more are being made on Facebook through virtual currency transactions that Facebook has no part of.

Facebook, of course, has its own official virtual currency, Credits, but most Facebook app developers can't integrate them with their apps, and are not required to use them.

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Q&A: Gerrard Dennis of Simply Group on e-commerce

The Simply Group operates seven e-commerce sites in the UK, from SimplyScuba, to the recently relaunched SimplyBeach.

I've been talking to founder Gerrard Dennis about the challenges of running seven separate sites...

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Mobile news sites: best practice tips

Most of the UK's newspapers now have mobile versions of their websites, but many could provide a better range of content and user experience.

Here are some best practice tips for mobile newspaper sites...

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Is NDA culture hurting developers?

Ars Technica has an interesting post revealing some sordid tales from the world of iPhone development. The tales center on iPhone app developers who claim to have developed apps that they really didn't develop. And they're getting away with it because of an NDA culture that permeates much of the development world.

NDAs, or non-disclosure agreements, of course, are those pesky little agreements that you've probably asked been asked to sign a million times if you work in the world of technology. In some markets, just about everyone asks that an NDA be signed for the smallest of things. Sometimes I half expect to be asked to sign an NDA if I ask where the bathroom is when working on-site with a client.

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Facebook changes put end users above app developers

The app economy generates big bucks for Facebook's most prolific developers. Thanks in large part to virtual goods, the companies which develop some of Facebook's most popular apps are reportedly pulling in over $100m/year individually.

But what's good for Facebook's app developers isn't necessarily good for Facebook's users. App developers are understandably willing to go as far as Facebook will allow them to in their quest to acquire more users and generate more revenue.

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Mobile web experience letting users down: report

After years of too much hype, it's safe to say that the mobile internet is here. Sure, a lot of the activity is taking place in closed gardens (App Store, cough). But thanks to the wide availability of internet-enabled handsets, the rise of smartphones and 3G networks, more and more people are accessing websites through their mobiles.

Unfortunately, access and demand haven't yet produced the ideal mobile web experience. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by Gomez, Inc., in the past year two out of three mobile users have run into problems while trying to access websites on their mobiles.

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App review: Yell.com for iPhone

Yell.com has just released a free iPhone app allowing users to search for local businesses in the UK.

There are already some pretty good apps available, such as Yelp and Qype Radar, that provide local listings, so I've been trying out the Yell.com app to see how it measures up...

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Facebook cracks down on ads, developers left out in the cold

There are more opportunities than ever for developers today but that doesn't mean that making money is always easy. Some of the most attractive platforms for developers are far from perfect and fraught with risk.

Some Facebook app developers were reminded of that this weekend when their applications were shut down without warning due to ads served up by the third party Facebook ad networks many of them rely on to generate revenue.

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App review: The Spectator for iPhone

Political magazine The Spectator has just launched an iPhone app with an interesting subscription model. Unlike recent apps released by other publishers such as FT.com and The Telegraph, The Spectator's version charges users 59p per week for access.

However, while the subscription model might be intriguing, and offers a glimpse of how publishers may make money from mobile apps, it fails to deliver on user experience...

The Spectator iPhone app

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