February 27, 2010

Half of iPhone Users Buy at Least One App Per Month

In AdMob’s latest survey, iPhone users were the most likely to purchase paid apps, with 50 percent buying at least one per month. Users of the iPod Touch came in second at 35 percent, followed by Palm WebOS (24 percent) and Android (21 percent). When you also consider free apps,

Tools for Putting Web Apps to the Cross-Browser Test

Web app developers not only face the challenge of testing their code for initial release, they also must maintain apps so that they remain secure and continue performing at an acceptable speed through numerous browser updates. Over 2 million use the open-source Selenium Project to help with this task, but

How to Use Open APIs for Business Growth

“Open-source” isn’t just for applications–it’s also for APIs. Companies are increasingly opening up enterprise software to third-party developers in an attempt to boost revenues. However, open APIs also carry the potential for loads from third-party applications to disrupt business-critical operations. Finding the balance between greater revenues and additional IT load

Six Failures of Poor Application Quality

Applications can fail for more reasons that just poorly written code. In fact, often failures result from human causes rather than technical causes. In this article, Curtis analyzes six common ways that bad applications can negatively impact business operations: Poor business “fit” (mis-functional applications) Outages Security breaches Business dis-agility Poor

SharePoint: Microsoft’s ‘Secret Weapon Against Google Apps?’

Microsoft and Google are revving up their battle for the budgets of Chief Information Officers, with new versions of Microsoft Office and SharePoint coming in June. One analyst, Rob Helm of Directions on Microsoft, describes SharePoint 2010, which can be hosted either inside or outside a company’s walls so employees