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Gaming giants dominate cross-platform mobile apps

US video game manufacturers Gameloft and Electronic Arts are the leading producers of multi-platform mobile apps, according to the latest figures from Distimo.

The iPad is not simply a larger iPhone

Blowing up iPhone apps to fill the iPad screen not only looks weird, but organisations are failing to capitalise on the rich user experience the iPad delivers. And now is the perfect time to be developing iPad apps.

Baidu integrates apps and search

Baidu, China’s largest Internet search provider, launched a searchable applications library which allows third-party apps to be launched directly within its website, for example when a customer searches for a specific product or application category.

Report: RIM acquires Microsoft Office app developer DataViz

Research In Motion (RIM) is rumoured to have acquired DataViz for US$50 million, developers of a document viewing application that has been preloaded on BlackBerrys for the last few years.

Wikipedia founder: Apps can save digital content biz models

Jimmy Wales – founder of Wikipedia, one of the most popular websites in the world – believes mobile apps may finally give news providers a successful way of charging for digital content.

GetJar claims 90% conversion rate for NetQin

GetJar said that mobile security software company NetQin Mobile had achieved a “90 percent conversion rate” using its pay-per-download services.

Apple touts App Store success but shies away from TV apps

Apple used its media event in San Francisco today to provide official updates on its app store offering, whilst the vendor also upgraded its TV service but appeared reluctant to join industry momentum uniting such services with apps. In just over two years since launch, Apple’s App Store has created a new business model for the mobile industry and now boasts 250,000 apps on offer and more than 6.5 billion downloads (that’s 200 apps every second)…

Shazam forges closer ties with Apples App Store

Mobile music discovery provider Shazam has strengthened ties with Apple’s App Store by updating its services for iPhone and iPod touch owners.

Skyfire trumpets iPhone browser with Flash content support

Mobile browser company Skyfire has submitted a mobile browser to Apple’s App Store which it says is “capable of playing Flash video while adhering to all Apple’s guidelines regarding HTML5 open-video standards on Apple devices”.

Trefis: Motally deal could boost Nokia stock by 5%

Stock analysis startup Trefis believes Nokia’s acquisition of mobile Web analytic service Motally could improve the Finnish vendor’s Ovi store and app offering, in turn boosting its stock price and halting the firm’s overall decline.