ASK ordinary people about their own Chinese dream, and you find owning a home is high on the list.
But years of rising house prices have put that dream out of reach of many. A slowing economy appeared to take some of the heat out.
Now, alas, the residential property market is soaring again (see chart). A new survey of developers and property firms on May 2nd showed average house prices up [...]
App to be retired on July 1st
Online petition to save it garners 54,000 sign-ups in 16 hours
Google cites lack of usage, shifting company focus for closure
Google has angered thousands of internet users by announcing it is to close its ‘Reader’ service.
The service lets users see updates from their favourite websites in one place.
However, the growth of Twitter has made it far less popular.
Google announced the closure of Reader is this [...]
If you’ve ever wanted to pay for groceries with the touch of a finger, look no further than the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Two locations – a coffee shop and convenience store – on the school’s campus recently began testing fingerprint purchasing technology that allows students to buy goods with their fingerprint. The technology is called Biocryptology, and not only does it identify a [...]
No one plays office politics just for fun – not even the types who read Machiavelli on the beach. But the developers behind a new iPhone app are hoping to change that.
In the game “Office Politics,” players get promoted up the rungs of the corporate ladder by backstabbing as many co-workers as they can in a kind of cubicle whack-a-mole. Since manipulating co-workers hardly seems like the recipe for the [...]
While it hasn’t been publicly announced, Facebook is now telling marketers theSponsored Results search typeahead ad unitit began testing last month “launches today”. It lets marketers target users searching for specific apps, Pages, and Places and insert a link into the typeahead results that points to their own app, Page, custom Page tab, or post. Businesses cannot direct users off-site with the ads yet, though they can appear above the [...]
Detailed within a blog post created by the RedPepper invention lab, a team of developers has created a way for businesses to automatically send deals to customers that walk into the front door. Using facial recognition technology, customer faces are scanned using the Facedeals camera box. Assuming that the customer has already authorized the Facedeals app on their Facebook account, the camera automatically checks the customer into the business. In [...]
Microsoft announced pricing details for its Windows 8 app store this week.
Windows 8 developers can price their apps starting at $1.49. For comparison, Apple and Google let developers sell apps for as low as $0.99 in their app stores.
But even though the cheapest apps will start at $0.50 higher, developers can choose to let customers try apps for seven days before committing to the full paid version. That’s something you can’t do on iOS or Android.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/windows-8-app-store-2012-7#ixzz21MfMMyQx
Scores of apps, including the free version of Angry Birds, which have been updated in Apple‘s App Store for both iOS and Macs over the past few days are suffering corruption that makes them crash on launch, even when they are deleted and reinstalled.
Apple told the Guardian that it is looking into the source of the problem.
Developers suggested to the Guardian that the problem was temporary, and is now receding as revised [...]
Chinese policymakers have for a while been trying to deflate the nation’s property bubble.
While its housing market has been correcting, and prices are deflating at a moderate speed, it hasn’t bottomed yet, according to Societe Generale analyst Wei Yao.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reports that new apartment prices have declined under 1.5 percent in average terms since their peak in the second half of 2011.
The strong balance sheets of Chinese [...]
Jim Paratore—the founder of TMZ—passed away on Tuesday after experiencing a massive heart attack during a biking trip in France.
He was one of the key developers behind the creation of TMZ back in 2006 and was responsible for turning the digital business into a successful television show. He also was the driving force behind Ellen Degeneres‘ hit show “Ellen,” as well as countless others, including “The Bachelor,” “Extra,” and “Rosie.”
He was [...]
by Seth Fiegerman
So much for the dream of turning an app into a business.
App Promo, a marketing firm, surveyed 102 app developers who work with iOS and Android and found that 80% do not make enough money from their apps to support the costs of a starting a standalone business. What’s more, 59% don’t even make enough to recoup the original costs of developing the app.
The problem, according to the report, is that the app market [...]
Couple refused small compensation from developers to move
Home cut off from water and electricity for almost four years
Steadfast Niu Chuangen and Zhang Zhongyun now facing threats from gangsters
Encircled by a growing forest of high-rise tower blocks, a couple’s home has become an isolated island of dirt – cut off from water and electricity for almost four years.
Niu Chuangen and Zhang Zhongyun dared to stand in the way of a local [...]
March 15, 2012
A class-action lawsuit filed this week in Austin alleges that makers of some of the world’s most popular mobile apps routinely steal address book data such as names, phone numbers, email addresses, job titles and even birthdays from millions of users without their knowledge or consent.
In the filing in U.S. District Court in Travis County, attorneys representing 13 people — 12 of them Central Texans — claim [...]
by Steve Kovach
Last night we got this email from a teacher friend with his take on Apple’s new education initiative with iBooks 2 and iPadtextbooks.
This teacher works at a private K-12 school. Most families who send their kids there are pretty well off.
This teacher is also responsible for recommending technology purchases for the school. His take on Apple’s iPad textbooks? They’re not good enough yet.
He points out that if a school is [...]
by Meredith Galante
Building upwards seemed to be the most efficient way to jam more people in Manhattan for years. But now, even the sky seems to have reached its limit, and the only place left to build is Brooklyn.
While Manhattan is planning 5,000 new residential units, Brooklyn has plans for more than 14,000 new units, Nancy Packes, a consultant to some of the city’s largest developers, told the The Wall Street Journal.
Packes told The WSJ that the [...]
December 6, 2011
The father of free software philosophy spoke to RT on evil developers, spying social networks, the almost-legitimacy of Anonymous hacks and the condition under which he would take a proprietary program and a million dollars.
Stallman is the man behind the concept that every computer program must be free for users to study and modify as they want. This is the only way to ensure that by using the [...]
December 6, 2011
Facebook recently acquired location based social network Gowalla. But Zuckerberg wasn’t after the service, he was after the developers. Facebook is shutting Gowalla down in January.
Relax News reports that as Gowalla’s team heads to Facebook headquarters, Gowalla’s user data was not part of the deal. Gowalla released a statement saying:
“Gowalla, as a service, will be winding down at the end of January. We plan to provide an easy way [...]
Facebook’s growth is slowing, particularly in the U.S. and Canada, which have both suffered major traffic drops recently, according to a new study.
“Facebook is still growing towards 700 million users, having reached 687 million monthly actives by the start of June,” said Eric Eldon of Inside Facebook, a research and marketing group, in a report about the world’s most popular social network’s Web traffic.
“Most of the [...]
Who exactly thought this was a good idea?
In the yet-to-be-released School Shooter: North American Tour 2012, players can reenact school shooting tragedies at Columbine, Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, among other locations. The goal? “Become the best school shooter, ever,” according to the developer’s website. (See a brief history of video-game violence.)
To make the game even more realistic, players can choose to arm themselves with [...]
The Wall Street Journal recently wrote that Apple was prepping a smaller version of the iPhone release, but a new rumor casts doubt on the Journal’s report.
TheNew York Times now reports that Apple is planning to release a more affordable iPhone, one featuring improved voice commands to supplement the virtual keyboard. However, this forthcoming release, will not be an “iPhone Mini,” the Times‘s Apple sources were careful to [...]
Innkeepers USA Trust, a hotel company owned by Apollo Investment Corp., is preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to two people with knowledge of the plan.
The company, a real estate investment trust with stakes in 73 hotels in the U.S., may file as soon as today, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.
Dubai Property Companies Face `Significant’ Refinancing Risks, Fitch Says.
Today I was told that the entire group of developers and administrators I work with will be let go by 6/24/2010. So my 18 month contract with this large Insurance company (BCBS) located in Newark NJ will be cut short by about a year. They claim it was a decision made by upper management to outsource all of our work and they blame it on the economy. This will leave [...]