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Mobile game maker MocoSpace, has acquired Geocade, a location-based mobile game platform, the company announced today.
Editor's Pick A growing number of game visionaries are saying a single game can reach a billion people. That idea has become a cause célèbre, providing a target for an industry that is expanding beyond its old boundaries.
Facebook is finally launching its iPad application and will be doing so at Apple’s October 4th event, rumored to be the release of the iPhone 5.
Editor's Pick Playhaven started life as a gamer’s social network. Then it morphed into making communities for mobile games. Now, after its third pivot, the company is focused on how to make money for mobile app developers via a real-time game marketing platform.
Guest Post (Editor’s note: Jason Taylor is VP of Platform Strategy at Usablenet. He submitted this story to VentureBeat.)
This morning, LinkedIn launched its gorgeously overhauled mobile app. We’ve already told you all about the new features, but for developers, the most exciting part is what’s going on under the hood.
A lot of big companies are looking to HTML5 to be a unifying standard for the web content of the future. But the standard is riddled with security vulnerabilities, according to one expert.
Cloud storage provider Box.net announced today that it is launching a web-based HTML5 version of its mobile application that will bring the company’s tools to any mobile device running an HTML5-powered mobile web browser.
This article is part of a series of posts about DEMO alumni and news of their progress. Bizness Apps launched at DEMO in Spring 2011. Check out more at DEMO.
It’s a match made in advertising heaven: Sprout, developer of an easy-to-use online editor for creating and distributing HTML5 ads, has been acquired by the independent ad network InMobi, the companies announced this morning.
Spil Games said it has completed the first steps toward true cross-platform gaming on mobile browsers. The features are an important milestone in Spil’s quest to create a truly unified cross-platform gaming experience.
Only 18,000 new payrolls were added in the month of June. Mobile jobs, however, seem to be escaping the doom and gloom.
Guest Post Everyone seems to be gung-ho about HTML5 or native mobile apps, and religiously preaching for one approach over the other. Yet, while mobile giants such as Apple and Google battle it out, some companies are already opting for a third option — mediating the two approaches in what is popularly known as the “hybrid app approach”.
Microsoft on Tuesday released a second preview of its Internet Explorer 10 browser, which will give developers a chance to test out new features and technologies related to IE10. The new browser is expected to launch officially next year when Windows 8 is released.
Game development tool-maker GameSalad announced it is releasing a suite of applications that will let game developers create a game for HTML5-powered browsers.
Cloud9, a cloud-based app-development startup, closed a $5.5 million first round of funding from Accel Partners and Atlassian Software, the company announced today.
After seemingly being ignored for months, Microsoft announced a major facelift for its SkyDrive cloud storage service today. Gone is the SkyDrive site’s reliance on Silverlight, Microsoft’s Flash competitor for interactive websites, in favor of a faster HTML5-driven interface.
Facebook is currently working on an HTML5-based web app for mobile Safari designed to circumvent Apple’s App Store, according to a TechCrunch report.
Howard Marks has developed pretty good cred in video games. Over the course of 25 years, he helped revive an ailing Activision, which is now the biggest video game publisher. He bought the Acclaim name out of bankruptcy, started working on a number of online games, and sold the company to Playdom in 2010. Now he has turned his focus on a new game start-up, Gamzee.
Game Closure is showing off its HTML5-based cross-platform multiplayer gaming technology at the Google I/O conference today. The company is using its own Popstar Defense game to prove that it can make a single game, written entirely with the HTML5 language, that can run on web browsers, iPhones, Android phones, Android tablets and iPads.
The success of downloadable smartphone apps will continue at least through the next five years. A new study from ABI Research estimates that app industry will achieve 44 billion cumulative downloads by 2016.
Will HTML5 or native apps lead the charge for the superphone platform? Or is the conflict between the two simply getting overblown?
Guest Post Editor’s note: This discussion about enterprise mobility is one of the five themes we will be focusing on at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit, on April 25-26. We’ve carefully invited the top executives in mobile to discuss the biggest challenges of the day, which, if solved, can lead to much faster growth in the industry. And at our enterprise session, we’ll have top executives around the table from a number of companies, including Verizon, AT&T, Cisco, Salesforce, Box.net, and more. (If you think you should be part of the discussion, you can apply for a ticket.)
Adobe just revealed the details of Creative Suite 5.5, the software package that includes many of its flagship design and development products, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Flash Builder. Although the number suggests a humdrum release, CS5.5 actually includes some significant changes to how Adobe plans to release and make money from its products.
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Proving the case both for HTML5 development and Chrome 11’s nifty new speech input functionality, developer Robert Oschler has managed to put together a demo of voice-driven YouTube controls in just three days.
Over the past two decades, the mobile industry has become increasingly stunted by fragmented protocols, standards, and regional differences. But a hot new technology called HTML5 promises to remedy this by delivering an unprecedented open, democratic and wonderfully fertile mobile web.
It has been nearly a year since Scribd, a popular site where users can share documents and e-books, announced it was converting its content from the Flash format into HTML5. Today the company is making the last major step in that transition — it’s converting the more than 20 million Scribd documents that are embedded on other sites across the Web.
Good news for advertisers: Adobe’s new Wallaby application will be able to port some Flash functionality, including Flash banner ads, to Apple’s iOS devices. Until now, Apple has been blocking Adobe’s attempts to bring Flash to the iPad and iPhone.
Disney has acquired gaming startup Rocket Pack, a specialist in games which use HTML5, the latest version of the Web’s lingua franca. The deal signals a move in the game-development community towards HTML5 games, which can be played across almost every modern device and Web browser.
Video aggregator site MeFeedia has found in a new tracking study that the percentage of web videos compatible with HTML5 has jumped from 10% to 63% in the last year.
Cabana, an online service that lets developers quickly create a mobile application for the iPhone or other mobile devices, announced today that it is coming out of beta at the Launch conference in San Francisco.
Microsoft’s latest web browser, Internet Explorer 9, is coming out of beta today and takes IE’s minimalist design attitude even further.
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Facebook may be the most-downloaded free application on the iPhone, but today the company’s chief technology officer Bret Taylor seemed more excited about the opportunities offered by the mobile Web and HTML5.