App Development

VLC hits iOS, Android — Windows Phone in open beta

VLC hits iOS, Android — Windows Phone in open beta

VLC, the media player that doesn’t discriminate, is back in a big way. While we expected it to come back for iOS (it was in a kind of regional beta rollout), we weren’t sure when it might return in an official capacity. It’s now out and ready for download, streaming fans. The app, which plays locally stored content, is back on the App Store. Though the rumored Chromecast feature is missing, you can now use VLC on just about any platform you have.

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Google bringing sponsored app search to Play Store

Google bringing sponsored app search to Play Store

Searching for apps in the Play Store or App Store is often a pain. With so many apps available, many offering the same features, it can be hard for Developers to distance themselves from the herd. According to a new blog post from Google, the company is about to let Developers pay to be featured in the Play Store via a ‘sponsored’ Search program. Saying “app discovery plays a critical role in driving your continued success”, sponsored results are set to start showing up in the coming weeks.

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Microsoft Garage releases new experimental apps

Microsoft Garage releases new experimental apps

The Microsoft Garage is Microsofts talent incubator known for its after-hours developers, "Do epic s--t." The Garage is where creators go in their free time to work on all of their passion projects. The first wave of Microsoft Garage's apps came out last fall. Today Microsoft released nine apps that have arisen from their developers extra hours. Some are designed to solve problems the developer were frustrated with themselves. Others are designed purely for fun. Right now, the apps are available for Windows Phone or Android.

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Stardock Start10 gives back the nostalgic Start menu on Windows 10

Stardock Start10 gives back the nostalgic Start menu on Windows 10

Since Windows 8, the newer Microsoft OS's have been designed with touchscreen capabilities in mind. This led to the diminished functionality of the classically recognizable Start menu. Earlier versions of Windows 8 didn't use a start menu, that bottom-left based pop-up menu that Windows users had grown accustomed to over the years. Stardock is a company that released their own start menu, Start8, to fill the lacuna in Windows features. Windows 10 is now on the horizon, and Stardock is following suit in announcing their completed development of Start10, their newest Start menu.

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Microsoft unleashes OneDrive API for easier in-app use

Microsoft unleashes OneDrive API for easier in-app use

Microsoft really, really wants you to use OneDrive. As a cloud storage solution, it’s pretty standard fare, so those with existing accounts elsewhere might not be enticed to move. If it were easier to upload to OneDrive, though — you might make the jump. It’s a ploy we see with Dropbox, where ease of uploading (or downloading) files makes their service really attractive. Now, Microsoft is announcing their OneDrive API is ready for Developers, which should bring the cloud storage service everywhere you are, digitally speaking.

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Forge, the sketch app for brainstorming, lands on iOS

Forge, the sketch app for brainstorming, lands on iOS

Drawing apps for iOS are easy to come by, with Paper by FiftyThree or Adobe’s Sketch being the most notable and identifiable apps. Those ask that you use them to completion, though, and provide you with the tools necessary to finish works of art. What if you just want a sketching app, though? Those do the trick, but a new app, Forge, is made for it. Rather than creating something that looks like a painting, Forge is meant for brainstorming.

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Small-time messaging app Tiiny has been shuttered

Small-time messaging app Tiiny has been shuttered

Late last year, Tiiny was revealed as another ephemeral messaging app in a crowded space. The app was always billed as a project more than a moonshot or labor of love, which makes today’s announcement neither disappointing or sad. In a blog post via Medium, Digg founder Kevin Rose announced he and the team at North were shutting Tiiny down, saying “at the end of the day Tiiny didn’t find an audience, and the product wasn’t a big enough improvement over similar services in an already insanely crowded space.”

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Yahoo releases Dev tools, including in-app Yahoo Search

Yahoo releases Dev tools, including in-app Yahoo Search

Today in San Francisco, Yahoo is holding their first Mobile Developers Conference. With over 1,000 Devs in attendance, Yahoo was quick to roll out a new suite of tools for them to get tucked into. A lot of attention was paid to analytics, where Yahoo’s prior acquisition of Flurry is starting to pay off. With some of the tools, Yahoo will give Developers a better avenue to monetize, and even some reach into advertising. Yahoo also made a bold move to ingrain their search engine into apps.

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Astropad App Transforms iPad into Sketch Board for Mac

Astropad App Transforms iPad into Sketch Board for Mac

Astropad is a new app that could change the graphic design industry. It allows you to use your iPad as a sketching board that transfers directly to your Mac. Just load your favorite program, like Photoshop, and use your own stylus to create sketches shown wirelessly on your Mac in real time. Now, instead of having to by an a new expensive design tablet, like a Wacom pad, you can use your own iPad to create new designs or make painstaking edits to the family portraits.

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Short for iOS brings articles you can read in under 10 minutes

Short for iOS brings articles you can read in under 10 minutes

Throughout your day, you probably find yourself with time to spare. Not a lot of time, but enough to make standing there doing nothing slightly awkward. A new app, Short, might just change that for you. Rather than waste time with a game or social media, Short finds content you might like to read, which can be filtered to suit the time you have available. Though it’s iOS-only, Short is free to download and use, offers no in-app purchases, and has both an iPhone and iPad version available.

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