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Archive for March, 2011

Mobile Boilerplate

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Virgin Media TiVo service gets full BBC iPlayer app | News | TechRadar UK

The Virgin Media TiVo box has been given a key update, with the BBC iPlayer app coming out of beta and now apparently offering HD catch-up of Auntie’s programmes.

The iPlayer app is already on the boxes, but was a beta offering with several bugs which have, presumably, now been ironed out.

via Virgin Media TiVo service gets full BBC iPlayer app | News | TechRadar UK.

Windows 8: everything you need to know | News | TechRadar UK

What we know about Windows 8 is incomplete and unofficial – garnered from job postings, rumours and the slides allegedly leaked in June 2010 by a software engineer at HP responsible for OEM relations.

The slides include plenty of marketing ideas rather than technical details, they show that Microsoft has its eye on what Apple is doing to make its operating systems so popular and they declare themselves a work in progress.

Not only is every page marked ‘this is not a plan of record’ but the opening discussion includes the line “reality: there are currently more ideas than there is time to implement them”. That’s especially true if the Windows 8 release date is as soon as we think it might be.

via Windows 8: everything you need to know | News | TechRadar UK.

What the Smartphone Market Will Look Like in 2015 [STUDY]

Market research firm IDC predicts that the smartphone market will grow 49.2% in 2011, due to an increasing number of users who will replace feature phones with smartphones.

The report goes hand in hand with a recent study, also by IDC, which predicts that the number of mobile app downloads will grow from 10.9 billion in 2010 to 76.9 billion in 2014.

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HOW TO: Hire Top Talent in Emerging Industries

Here in the Bay Area, hundreds of lesser-known startups have plans for massive hiring growth this year. That’s always a challenge, but even greater when hiring for positions that didn’t exist three years ago. How do you find experienced employees for a completely new industry?

Many fast growing companies in emerging industries, such as social gaming, green tech, cloud technologies, and mobile development are experiencing the same thing. It’s a problem created by successful innovators. By 2015, 60% of new jobs being created will require skills only held by 20% of the population, according to a report from the American Society for Training and Development.

So how do you hire hundreds of community managers, super moderators, gaming producers and social media marketing specialists when there just aren’t enough qualified people looking for work?

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Is Apple Delaying the Release of iPhone 5?

Apple could be delaying the release of its unannounced generation iPhone from its typical summer debut to sometime in the fall due to the Verizon iPhone 4.

For the last four years, Apple has released a new version of the iPhone in June or July. And for the last three years, Apple has unveiled the phone at its Wordwide Developers Conference (WWDC), held sometime in June each year.

Earlier today, Apple announced the dates for the next WWDC. The announcement was unusual though. Apple’s SVP of marketing didn’t say anything about new hardware; in fact, it was all about software. “At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” he said in the company’s press release, making it sound as if a new iPhone wasn’t high on the company’s agenda for WWDC.

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Amazon Cloud Player: First Impressions

Amazon has made its triumphant entry into the music streaming world with Amazon Cloud Player. Rather than stream a library of predetermined music (e.g. Pandora, Spotify), Cloud Player lets you upload your existing music library and stream it from any computer or Android device.

For the last 30 minutes, I’ve been testing out Cloud Player. While it’s impossible to get the full experience in half an hour (mostly because Amazon estimates it will be another 12 hours before my first 1,262 songs are uploaded), I’ve had enough time to play with it to write a preliminary evaluation of Amazon’s new streaming music service.

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New mobile phones 2011: the full rundown | News | TechRadar UK

The world of new mobile phones changes so fast that even we at TechRadar have a hard time keeping up, and we’re the internet. Since we don’t want anyone to miss the news about the newest mobile phone that might be ideal for them, we’ve put together this round up of our hands-on reviews.

via New mobile phones 2011: the full rundown | News | TechRadar UK.

Can you trust Android apps? | News | TechRadar UK

Our phones contain all kinds of important data, from our address books to our current location – and we expect that information to be used by our apps on a need-to-know basis.

So why does the Android version of the WinAmp music player want access to pretty much everything?

Every Android app has a manifest, which lists the data permissions it needs. WinAmp’s one is a doozy: it wants to access the cellular network database to access your approximate device location, to access the GPS system to get your precise location and to view log files that can reveal how you use your phone.

via Can you trust Android apps? | News | TechRadar UK.

Browser Testing for Mobile Web Applications « Mike Brittain

Developers working on mobile web apps need to be able to test their apps or sites in all of the major mobile platforms.  Unfortunately, there are not a lot of good resources online for how to go about this.  You could pay for a service from a mobile testing company, like DeviceAnywhere, who provides access to a wide selection of real devices (using a virtual client).  Or you could go the free route by installing a variety of SDKs and mobile phone simulators.

via Browser Testing for Mobile Web Applications « Mike Brittain.