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eBay announces WHERE buy

eBay said it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire WHERE, creator of “a leading mobile discovery application,” also called WHERE, and operator of a “leading location-based advertising network.”

Apple highlights iOS unity

Apple used its second quarter results conference call to trumpet its integrated approach with iOS, with Tim Cook, its COO, stating that “the fragmented approach turns the customer into a systems integrator.” Apple also used the opportunity to reiterate the figures related to its App Store activities.

Nokia updates maps APIs

Nokia introduced five location APIs, which it said will work cross platform and enable developers to “and make use of powerful location functionality and truly global content on both web and mobile with minimal coding required.”

IGDA maintains Amazon Appstore criticism

The International Game Developers Association said that while it is “pleased that Amazon has shown a willingness to clarify its distribution terms,” so that all versions across its site are consistent, “the majority of our concerns remain unaddressed.”

Skype updates Android app

Skype released a new version of its Android app, following previous criticism that it was possible to access personal information due to security flaws in its earlier implementation.

Appitalism inks Digital Chocolate deal

Social and casual games developer Digital Chocolate signed a deal to distribute its titles through Appitalism.com.

Report: Apple modifying App Store ranking regime

Inside Mobile Apps reports that Apple has made changes to its App Store ranking algorithm, to add additional criteria alongside the number of downloads made.

Epic Games head critical of mobile apps industry

IndustryGamers reports that Mike Capps, president of Epic Games, had become the latest industry executive to criticise the mobile games industry, stating that: “if there's anything that's killing us [in the traditional games business] it's dollar apps."

Capcom debuts Beeline smartphone unit

Games developer Capcom announced a new brand intended to expand its presence in “the burgeoning ‘freemium’ smartphone space.”

RIM moves toward integrated WebWorks SDK for tablets and smartphones

RIM announced availability of its BlackBerry WebWorks SDK 2.0 in Tablet OS and Smartphones versions, stating that “our development teams have spent a great deal of time re-architecting the BlackBerry WebWorks framework to prepare for bringing the two platforms together.”

Playbox targeting Android/Tegra

UK-based games developer Playbox announced a move to support Android, stating that it is creating “a new team focused on developing games for Nvidia Tegra-powered super phones and tablets.”

Rovio to add NFC to Angry Birds

Rovio is working on a version of Angry Birds with support for NFC, which will be available for users of Nokia smartphones.

Appia: Enabling the app store proliferation

Dov Cohn, VP of Products and Marketing for app store enabler Appia, talks to Mobile Apps Briefing about building a business in this competitive market sector.

Security flaw identified in Skype for Android

Android Police reports a security weakness in the Skype app for Android devices, which would enable a rogue app to access user names, call logs, and a wide range of personal information.

Qeep comes to smartphones via Android

German mobile developer Blue Lion Mobile has launched an Android version of its popular mobile gaming social network, Qeep.

Shortage of mobile apps talent creating a bottleneck for tech firms

The short-supply of available engineers specialising in mobile apps is becoming a key bottleneck for companies looking to exploit the fast growth in smartphones and apps, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Google hits 3B Android app installs

Google’s Android Market has hit 3 billion installations of mobile apps worldwide, just two months after hitting 2 billion installations. Momentum is clearly growing fast; it took Google 20 months to hit its first 1 billion installs on Android, but then only another five months to hit 2 billion.

Artificial Life targets South African m-health market

Mobile apps and technology company Artificial Life announced the expansion of its business into South Africa, with the intention of launching an app which can be used for the care management of HIV/AIDS patients.

Industry association highlights Amazon Appstore concerns

The International Game Developers’ Association (IGDA) issued an “important advisory” highlighting its concerns with the terms and conditions of Amazon’s recently launched Appstore.

TokBox moves into mobile apps

TokBox, which describes itself as a “web-based group video communications provider,” announced the addition of mobile features to its OpenTok API.