iOS lacks the ability to display widgets on the home screen of the iPhone and iPad but creative developers have discovered a workaround. Here's how you do it.
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The app story for the Apple iPad helped secure the win in this ZDNet Great Debate, but if Microsoft can get developers on board and deliver with its solid Surface hardware then Windows RT may be the better enterprise solution in the future.
The social network's tie-in with Apple's platform continues apace, with a new beta release of Facebook's iOS SDK allowing developers to build easier Facebook authentication into their native iPhone and iPad apps
If you're developing Metro apps for Windows 8, how do you test touch features? One option is to use a new app called Win8 Metro Testbed, which allows an iPad to access a Windows 8 machine over a network. The remote connection is surprisingly responsive.
In an apparent attempt to attract iPad developers, Microsoft has posted a case study comparing iPad app development to Windows 8 Metro-style tablet development.
As the iPad and Windows 8 are readied for market, Google is doing what it can to jumpstart Android development for tablets (and smartphones). Today, Google launched Android Design 2 UI frameworks for developers.
The developers of Tapose, the Microsoft-like Courier app for the iPad, are considering doing versions for other tablets, including Windows 8.
While the Music app on smaller iOS devices may be acceptable, users of the new player software on the iPad say it's more than several big steps backward, especially when listening to large files such as audiobooks.
Developers can now use the Adobe Flash Builder platform to develop applications for iOS devices, such as the iPad and iPhone, as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.Support for the devices — which was announced in April — in Flash Builder 4.
The iPad may be "magical," but future Winpads will be "immersive." Understanding what Microsoft means when it invokes the "I" word is going to become increasingly important to Windows developers (and to a lesser extent, users), in the not-too-distant future.
The iPad 2 is certainly more than an incremental update, but will it be enough to keep the tablet pendulum swinging in Apple's direction, at least when it comes to game development?
Barely a fortnight after Apple abolished some developer restrictions for iPhone and iPad developers, the European Union has said it will stop its antitrust investigations into the company
Rumours of a RIM BlackPad tablet have been floating around for a couple of months, and the device could be unveiled at a developers' conference in San Francisco on Monday. The Wall Street Journal reports, in RIM Readies Its Answer to iPad, that the BlackPad will have a 7-inch screen and run the QNX operating system – RIM bought the company.
Microsoft has a stable of experienced Mac developers which could be given a new mission to create compelling applications for the iPad.
The Apple iPhone 4 has launched, but with a lot of the usual hype missing - the recent global lovefest over the iPad and various embarrassing leaks have, unusually, disrupted Apple's absolute control over the news. Nonetheless, Steve Jobs took to the stage at the Apple WWDC developers conference in San Francisco today and unveiled the latest iPhone as if nothing had happened.
At today's WWDC 2010 Apple announced that payments to developers for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad apps have now exceeded $1 billion. Can Android catch up?
Australian software developers have always been quite interested in developing for the Apple iPhone platform, and many of them have made the shift to producing apps for the iPad. We've scoured the databases and the media reports to find all we can.
In a screed titled iPad Usability: First Findings From User Testing, user interface guru Jakob Nielsen offers up a long list of interface problems with the iPad. The "problem" is that the iPad platform is so fresh, and Apple is being surprisingly open to interface experiments, that developers are all over the map (or the touch screen) with interaction ideas.
Jakob Nielsen's iPad usability report makes interesting reading. The conclusions drawn about iPad apps suggest that developers need to pay much more attention to the user interface (or UI) of the apps in order to eliminate the mid-1990s "mystery meat" usability issues.
If you're looking for a portable speaker for your iPad, the developers of the WOWee One claim that they have the "perfect" accessory for you. (Who doesn't claim this these days?)
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