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Microsoft and Nokia cough up €18m app kickstarter

Microsoft and Nokia cough up €18m app kickstarter

Microsoft and Nokia have jointly committed up to €18m ($24m) to train and support app developers as part of the new AppCampus program, though the cash will go to Symbian and S40 coders as well as Windows Phone. The new fund will support the freshly established mobile application development program at Aalto University in Finland, "to create a new generation of self-sustaining mobile startups" as well as ensuring that Windows Phone and the other platforms hopefully don't go without key titles in future.

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RIM: Chillax about BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, we just squashed a PlayBook

RIM: Chillax about BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, we just squashed a PlayBook

RIM may be giving up to 2,000 developers a BlackBerry 10 device at the BlackBerry Jam event in early May, but the company is keen to point out that we shouldn't extrapolate too much from either hardware or software about the next-gen smartphones. In fact, the OS running on the device - dubbed the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha - won't even be true BlackBerry 10, instead "a prototype running a modified version of the PlayBook OS which will help developers design their apps for the BlackBerry 10 smartphone form factor."

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RIM pushes HTML5 apps amid Canada user exodus

RIM pushes HTML5 apps amid Canada user exodus

RIM has turned to courting HTML5-curious developers as a stopgap solution to slumping BlackBerry sales in Canada and elsewhere, arguing the case for universal webapps to counter coder apathy. BlackBerry marketshare in Canada - not RIM's biggest single market, but meaningful as it is the firm's home turf - has dipped below iPhone levels this week, hand in hand with decreasing levels of developer interest as BlackBerry 10's late 2012 launch looks unpalatably distant. That's prompted a charm offensive by RIM code champions, pushing HTML5 development as preferable to native code.

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RIM hunts iOS devs for mystery iPhone and iPad apps

RIM hunts iOS devs for mystery iPhone and iPad apps

RIM is hunting iOS developers to create apps for the iPhone and iPad, according to a job posting, with the possibility that the BlackBerry company intends to bring BBM to Apple's hardware. Specific app details are not, unsurprisingly, given - beyond the suggestion that RIM is looking for "exciting enterprise applications for distribution on the iOS platform" - though there are a number of possibilities given the rise of the iPhone in business environments.

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Google denies Android app payment crack-down

Google denies Android app payment crack-down

Google has denied penalizing developers for using third-party payment services, contesting claims that it told Android app makers they risked marketplace rejection for using PayPal or others instead of Google Wallet. Despite reports earlier this week that Google had contacted developers using PayPal, Zong, Boku or other payment providers, and threatened to suspend their listings in the freshly-renamed Google Play marketplace, the search company says its policy on payments is unchanged.

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B&N NOOK could hit UK in late March

B&N NOOK could hit UK in late March

Barnes & Noble's international launch plans for NOOK could see the 7-inch NOOK Tablet arrive in the UK later this month, it's suggested, with a developer workshop in London planned to encourage app submissions. The workshop, taking place on March 19 Ebook Magazine reports, doesn't specifically mention the UK release of the NOOK line-up, but does hint that developers in the country could hope for similar success to their US counterparts.

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Activision Blizzard cuts 600 jobs, says game development teams not affected

Activision Blizzard cuts 600 jobs, says game development teams not affected

Activision's Blizzard Entertainment unit announced today that it will be laying off 600 employees. Blizzard is the largest US developer of video games, including major franchise titles such as Diablo, StarCraft, and the most popular massively multiplayer online game, World of Warcraft. President and co-founder, Mike Morhaime, released a public statement on the World of Warcraft forums to explain the decision and to allay any concerns over the company's future game developments.

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Apple announces Developer ID system for app security beyond the Mac App Store

Apple announces Developer ID system for app security beyond the Mac App Store

Apple announced a new program today called Developer ID that will allow third-party developers to distribute apps outside of the Mac App Store, while keeping things safe for consumers. The move comes after Apple introduced a new Gatekeeper feature in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, which only allows users to install apps from the Mac App Store in order to safeguard against malicious software.

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AT&T planning to charge app developers data fees

AT&T planning to charge app developers data fees

AT&T has revealed plans to launch a new service that would give mobile app developers the option of paying for the mobile data used by their app subscribers. Although this sounds ludicrous, AT&T's network and technology head John Donovan likened it to offering a 1-800 Toll-Free option for apps, where developers could motivate users to download and use their apps if the data involved in using the apps didn't count towards the users' data plan limits.

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