Messaging app Backdoor rebranded as Backchat, launches for Android

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Teen-created messaging app Backdoor has officially changed its name to Backchat, as the popular (and free) iOS app heads to Android.

Backchat enables users to send anonymous messages to friends, with the recipient trying to guess the identity of their “secret messenger.” Free clues are provided to help reveal the sender, with additional clues made available via in-app purchase. (more…)

Gartner: By 2017, 94.5 percent of downloads will be for free apps

Photo via Flickr / Cristiano Betta

Photo via Flickr / Cristiano Betta

According to analysts at research firm Gartner, app monetization will grow more difficult going forward, challenging a large amount of mobile developers to compete for a small revenue pool. According to a special report, by 2018, Gartner predicts less than 0.01 percent of consumer mobile apps will be considered a “financial success” by their developers.

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CES 2014: Mobile tech and apps from the Consumer Electronics Show

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Each year, Las Vegas plays host to the Consumer Electronics Show, where the biggest and newest trends in technology are shown off to eager attendees from around the world. Can’t make it to the show this year? That’s alright, as we’ve got a look at some of the newest tech and apps being shown at the convention this year.

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USGA updates its Rules of Golf app

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Did you know that during a round of golf, the player and his caddie are responsible for knowing the rules, and during a stipulated round, if the caddie breaches any of the rules, the player incurs the applicable penalty?

That’s just one example found inside the United States Golf Association’s Rules of Golf app, an easy-to-search rulebook that is here to help end all debate, whether you’re pulling out your smartphone to challenge another player on the course, or sitting on your couch while watching the latest PGA Tour event. (more…)

Alpha Trainer, Tapjoy team to offer advertising-sponsored custom workouts

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If working up a good sweat via fitness app is one of your New Year’s resolutions, then Alpha Trainer and Tapjoy have an offer that will help you burn fat without burning a hole in your wallet.

In exchange for interacting with ads (watching videos, for example), Alpha Trainer’s Android users will be able to cash-in virtual currency in order to gain access to premium content, including a 14-week training program. (more…)

The pain points of app development

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There were over 50 billion app downloads in 2013, and while many developers struck gold, an overwhelming number of companies suffered through growing pains significant enough to set them back from competitors.

“I’d say that the biggest mistake, from our perspective, is not considering how the app will be supported,” says Jason Mitchell, director of product management at MokiMobility, a cloud-based mobile device platform and development company. “Apps are the new face of business and you’d never launch a new business without having a fleshed-out customer support experience in place. Customers are expecting more from their apps – especially when they are line-of-business.” (more…)

Appia predicts hottest games of 2014

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While games like Candy Crush and Minion Rush dominated the 2013 charts, user acquisition network Appia is already predicting the hottest titles of 2014. (more…)

Is iBeacon’s future in mobile gaming?

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When Apple activated iBeacon back in December, the retail world instantly saw the huge potential of millions of smartphone users with the ability to receive in-store mobile messaging via low-energy Bluetooth transmitters.

But is there a way for the tech to also enhance the world of mobile gaming? (more…)

Snapchat app update to address security concerns

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Snapchat finally addressed the hacking breach of 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers from it service, writing a blog post that promises an update to the app that will enable users to opt out of the Find Friends functionality that led to the all of the chaos. (more…)

The best mobile games of 2013

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From plants with personality to cars corkscrewing through the air to a game that can best be described as the Words with Friends of sports, 2013’s best mobile titles left both our brains dazzled and our batteries drained.

So as we step into 2014 looking forward to what the gaming world has to offer, we take a look back at the year that was and pick our favorite games of 2013. (more…)

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