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Microsoft Visual Studio brings Gamification to app development

Microsoft Visual Studio brings Gamification to app development

So you're the sort of person who works best if you know there's a reward at the end of the battle - or better yet, you do best when you know you're competing against someone else for the biggest amount of stars, goals, or flags - you're in luck if you're a developer working to create Microsoft-based applications! What's going on here is that Microsoft is bringing forth a plug-in for their app-development software Visual Studio. This plug-in, aptly titled Visual Studio Achievements, has you the developer unlock badges and compete with your fellow coders on a leader board.

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Android Design site targets iOS-style app consistency in ICS

Android Design site targets iOS-style app consistency in ICS

Google has launched the Android Design site, a page of guidelines, design principles, UI best-practice and style shortcuts for developers working with Ice Cream Sandwich. Made up both of guiding principles for apps and interfaces, such as "delight me in surprising ways" and "let me make it mine", as well as the actual building blocks of an Android UI, including tabs, seek bars, switches and spinners, the site marks Google's most obvious attempt to-date to get all Android coders on the same style-sheet.

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Qualcomm Vuforia touted by Grover the Monster

Qualcomm Vuforia touted by Grover the Monster

The folks at Qualcomm have shown off their newest platform connection with Vuforia and Sesame Street Workshop. What they're doing here is connecting with this set of tools to help advance the world of children's education with the Sesame Street Workshop. To do this, they brought no less a character than Grover himself on stage to show off a toy called the Sesame Street Playset, a basic set of toys with one gigantic innovation: it works with a table to do augmented reality through its camera.

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AT&T ARO Application Resource Optimizer tool detailed

AT&T ARO Application Resource Optimizer tool detailed

The folks at AT&T have detailed a set of tools that'll allow apps to run faster, use less power, and consumer bandwidth more efficiently, as they say. There are two components to this system: a data logger and an offline resource analyzer. You take a device, collect data, and transfer the data to a PC which shows the data dissected to the level you wish. This took is currently available to developers through AT&T's developer site, it already working with Pandora and Zynga, Tom Conrad and Jeff Zakrzewski of those groups speaking on the tool.

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AT&T details Developer Program starts with API Platform

AT&T details Developer Program starts with API Platform

This week AT&T re-introduced themselves as a large proponent in the developer world for the mobile world, saying the apps that the developers create are the fundamental bits of the mobile experience. This developer program started all the way back in 1996, 16 years ago that is, much MUCH before the first "smart" phone. They began with their brand new API platform this week, this providing APIs, Tools, and Support to developers across the board, the development console powered by Apigee and the whole system based on HTML 5.

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Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

When we look back at this year, we'll think of it as the year of the birth of the dual-core mobile super chip, the double CPU processor becoming the status quo for a smartphone or tablet running Android, this the single most important thing to those who use the devices as tiny computers while the term "4G" dominates the memories of the masses, but it's developers that mattered most. There's no thinking about Android this year without recognizing that it's still running alongside Apple's iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad 2 as its primary competitors, and as its own user interface changes drastically, its competitors instead tweak functionality inside their already set-in-stone aesthetic. Then there's the battles between manufacturers, carriers, and Android versions too, but none of this existed outside the underground of hackers, developers, and tweakers galore!

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Microsoft Canada starts Developer Movement, shows USA how to do it

Microsoft Canada starts Developer Movement, shows USA how to do it

Though as a graphic designer by training, I'm not exactly keen on promoting contests to produce results in workers, it does seem like a pretty awesome idea here as Microsoft tries to push developers to make awesome apps for their platforms (including but not limited to Xbox360 and Windows Phone) up in Canada. What you've got here is a "Join the Developer Movement" contest in which Microsoft judges your developed apps as "quality", and depending on how many you've got made until May 20th, you get rewards galore! Not only that, the first 200 people who register for the Developer Movement have the chance to get their AppHub account waived entirely!

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Last-minute App Store rush ahead of holiday lockdown

Last-minute App Store rush ahead of holiday lockdown

The yearly race for inclusion in the iOS App Store before Apple's holiday lock-down is on, with iPhone and iPad developers desperate to get their titles in front of Christmas recipients of new gadgets. The eight-day downtime kicks of on Thursday 22 this year, the NYTimes reports, with not only new submissions for App Store inclusion being put on ice until staff return, but the download charts as well. Getting your app on one of those charts - and among the first to be considered by new iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners - can mean big money returns.

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Sony Ericsson outs ICS alpha for XPERIA arc S, Ray and Neo V

Sony Ericsson outs ICS alpha for XPERIA arc S, Ray and Neo V

Sony Ericsson has released an Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.1 alpha ROM for XPERIA arc S, neo V and XPERIA ray owners, though there are some significant limitations to functionality that make it unsuitable for everyday use. The ROM - which is intended for those with unlocked XPERIA handsets complete with an unlocked bootloader - comes without Google's core apps, like Gmail and Google Maps, shuts off the cellular radio, WiFi and Bluetooth, deactivates ANT+ and doesn't yet support the FM radio.

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