November 3, 2011

GitHub Debuts Enterprise Version

GitHub is launching a new version of its source code hosting services called “GitHub Enterprise.” The new product includes all the standard GitHub features, but it’s available as a virtual machine that enterprises can host on their own servers. GitHub Enterprise also adds support for corporate authentication systems, backups, custom

Gartner Forecasts 70 Billion App Downloads by 2014

Research firm Gartner has released its list of the “Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2012,” and mobile app stores figure prominently. According to Gartner, users will download 70 billion mobile apps per year by 2014, many of them coming from enterprise users. That has big implications for the future of

iOS and Android Devs Fight to Retain Users

According to a new report from Flurry, engagement with mobile apps drops off precipitously after the first month of use. Among users who download a new app, only 38 percent will continue using that app after the first month. After a year, only 4 percent of the original downloaders are

Is Traditional Enterprise Software on Its Way Out?

Traditionally, business software is purchased by executives and managers, not the people who will actually use it. That arrangement has led to many dissatisfied users who complain about poor interfaces. Basab Pradhan of Infosys says, “Enterprise software still doesn’t care about users. Its focus continues to be serving executives, rather

Ubuntu to Expand to Mobile Devices

At this week’s Ubuntu Developer Conference, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth will announce plans to put the open source operating system on smartphones and tablets. “Everyday computer users are starting to do their computing across a broader array of devices and form factors,” Shuttleworth said. Canonical wants to “bring Ubuntu to

Security, Network Efficiency Important for Mobile Development

Oracle has released a new report titled “Opportunity Calling: The Future of Mobile Communications,” which includes the results of a worldwide survey of 3,000 mobile device users. In the survey, about 47 percent said their mobile data consumption had increased from the previous year. As carriers are putting stricter limits