The Department of Justice has announced its first conviction against pirates for the illegal distribution of Android apps. This follows the guilty pleas of Nicholas Anthony Narbone of Orlando, Florida and Thomas Allen Dye of Jacksonville, Florida this month, with both facing sentencing this upcoming summer.
Sources have surfaced speaking of new Apple music ambitions, with the company reportedly contemplating launching an on-demand music streaming service that will directly compete with Spotify and other similar on-demand services. According to these same handful of sources, Apple is also considering launching an iTunes app for Android.
Pocket, the handy app that allows users to store something interesting for viewing later on, is preparing for the upcoming Android Wear-powered wearables future. Today on its website, the company introduced its software development kit for developers with a round smartwatch preview.
Flappy Bird is an unlikely story of rampant success, unanticipated stardom, and, for some on the gaming end of the app, endless frustration and feelings of soul-crippling failure. It was a combination of all these things -- and a spark of controversy -- that led to the game's creator Dong Nguyen pulling his ware from its respective app stores, something he has announced plans to reverse.
One of the biggest complaints that Android and iOS users have about the way the iOS App Store and Google Play works is with how purchases are made. While an adult is responsible enough to know that an app or in-game purchase requires real money, children aren't. This has resulted in an outcry from parents whose kids have racked up big charges on various app stores for purchases without permission.
The game "Threes!" has been out for a few weeks on iOS for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, currently holding the coveted #14 spot in the iTunes Paid Apps popularity chart. Today the developers behind the app have released their Android build to the Google Play app store. This app costs a cool $1.99 at launch, after which it’s suggested that it may cost 3 times as much.
Wolfram Alpha has spawned a new symbolic programming language, Wolfram Language, with Stephen Wolfram revealing what he promises is the "most productive" way to create code. As with Wolfram Alpha search, which uses contextual awareness to answer questions, Wolfram Language is a "knowledge-based language", its inventor claims, giving the language itself continually-curated awareness of the world it exists in and how things like interfaces are structured, allowing even those with no prior programming experience the opportunity to build complex apps.