Web apps

New York Times experiments with HTML5 iPad app

The New York Times is introducing an HTML5 web app for the iPad that will offer digital subscribers another way to access content outside the Times’ website and native apps. The Times said the app is experimental and part of its larger NYT Everywhere strategy.


A near-term outlook for the mobile app marketplace

In the five years since the iPhone hit the market, Apple and Google have delivered more than 40 billion cumulative downloads of apps. Other sources predict the growth has only just begun and that the app marketplace will swell from 31 billion downloads worldwide in 2011 to over 66 billion downloads in 2016. This report examines the app genres primed for growth, the trends that will shape the mobile app market over the next few years, and some of the challenges the industry will face, as well as companies to watch.

Update makes Chromebooks better for work and play

Google’s Chromebook continues to improve. The latest software update for all Chromebooks — even the CR-48 laptops — upgrades the browser to version 21 of Chrome. Even better are some user interface enhancements, more offline support and the ability to use wireless gamepads with a Chromebook.

Silk scores $1.6m to build its own semantic web

The Dutch technology company has spent the last few years building a web app that lets anyone run fast, deep searches on semantic data. Now it’s scored a seed round from NEA and Atomico to start turning its early work into a fully-featured product.

Rock Health founders writing prescriptions for high-tech doctors

For a generation of tech-savvy, smartphone-connected doctors, looking up definitions in printed paper textbooks or searching for medical journal entries by volume and issue number seems downright archaic. Entrepreneurs at Rock Health’s demo day presented high-tech solution to everyday problems facing modern doctors.

Should we treat addictive web apps like drugs?

What if Facebook is nothing more than a digital drug dealer and we’re all just junkies? As we head toward a future where technology is not just something we do, but a part of our biology, the answer to that question might take on grave importance.

Turn your Facebook fan page into a mobile Web app

For the local small business or artist building up a Facebook fan page, creating a mobile optimized web app can be another hurdle or headache. But why not combine the two efforts? That’s the premise behind a new product called Fan Page Mobilizer.

Loku thinks Web first in crafting mobile strategy

Loku, a local discovery service, is launching its first mobile app and it starting first with an HTML5 mobile Web app with native apps to follow. The company believes that HTML5 has matured enough that it can power all its mobile apps.

If web apps take off, Mozilla is prepared on mobiles

Could a smartphone run solely on web code instead of native software? Mozilla thinks so and recently demonstrated such a device on video, replacing the Google Android operating system on a Samsung Galaxy S II phone with its Boot 2 Gecko (B2G) technology.

5 music-focused iTunes alternatives for Mac

iTunes may be great for syncing your iOS devices, or buying songs, movies, apps and books, but it’s not exactly the most nimble music player anymore. Here are five great Mac-compatible alternatives that focus on the music, without the bloat that iTunes brings.

Hacking solutions to the world’s resource problem

This weekend in New York City, dozens of developers gathered for the second Cleanweb Hackathon, where programmers spent the weekend building mobile and web apps around new ways to manage energy. The event is the latest sign the ecosystem around clean technology is changing.

Quarterly Wrap-up

Infrastructure Q4: Big data gets bigger and SaaS startups shine

Continuing a yearlong trend, the fourth quarter in big IT was all about big data, and Hadoop in particular. At this point, it seems as if every database, business intelligence and data-integration product in existence has an official Hadoop connector, and as if every startup pushing a Hadoop product can raise a few million just by asking for it. Cloudera alone closed a $40 million round in November.

AT&T gets behind HTML5 with API platform, app store

AT&T is showing some love to HTML5 with a new API platform to enable web apps and an AppCenter app store that will highlight HTML5 apps. The moves help build more momentum behind web apps, which are poised to grow as HTML5 matures.

Mobile app use soars while mobile browsing wanes

The world is increasingly going mobile: mobile apps, to be more exact. New data out of app analytics firm Flurry finds mobile users are spending more time in mobile apps than mobile web browsing, widening a gap that began for the first time last summer.


Migrating media applications to the private cloud: best practices for businesses

Web content that relies on interactivity, social networking and personalization is becoming the dominant form, but it puts particular demands on the network, since it requires a low-latency environment that can provide sites that respond quickly to user input. Content delivery networks (CDNs), which are designed to deliver large amounts of static content, may be too slow to provide this environment.

AppMobi open-sources its mobile HTML5 technology

HTML5 development tool provider appMobi is putting together a Black Friday deal for developers as it open-sources many key HTML5 technologies that it hopes should help spur the building of more mobile web apps that can compete with native apps.

Why HTML5 won’t take the wind out of Apple’s sails

Apple’s operating profit growth could take a 30 percent hit by 2015, owing to the rise of HTML5, according to Bernstein Research Analyst Toni Sacconaghi Jr. But industry watchers should be wary of underestimating the continued appeal of the native iOS app for two big reasons.

Skype’s platform play includes a new app store

Skype is helping introduce its third-party apps to consumers with a new app directory that lets people browse and access apps that are built on Skype’s API. The directory features dozens of free and paid apps that are available on both Windows and Mac.

StumbleUpon’s new Explore Box lets you stumble with purpose

Since its inception, StumbleUpon has worked pretty much as the name advertised, allowing you to stumble upon cool things on the web, rather than through explicit web searches. But a new “Explore Box” expands StumbleUpon’s offering significantly, bringing the app more search engine-like specificity.

Move over Android, China has a new cloud-based phone!

Android and iOS phones lead the world, but Alibaba thinks China can use another smartphone OS. The Aliyun platform is a cloud OS that’s also runs Android apps. China still has massive room for smartphone growth, so the device may actually have a chance to succeed.

In app debacle, Facebook shows it still has growing up to do

Facebook has come under fire for implementing an anti-spam system that mistakenly shut off a number of legitimate third-party applications. For all the impressive growth Facebook has displayed, it looks like the company still has a ways to go when it comes to managing public perception.

Will MoviePass’ subscription plan connect with moviegoers?

MoviePass will soon begin offering a $50 all-you-can-eat monthly subscription video plan that will let users watch any movie they want at any participating movie theater. That might help some cinephiles save money. But will it get more-casual viewers into the seats?

Yahoo Mail Outage: Is This Thing On?

Yahoo Mail is down for a sizable chunk of users and the company is working to fix the outage. This is another black mark against the company, which has seen its revenue slide, is selling off beloved web properties and is generally struggling to remain relevant.

Report: Apple Sandbags Home Screen Web Apps

Web apps saved to the home screen of iOS devices run less than half as fast as the same apps launched from the Safari browser and don’t have offline caching access and other features, according to a new report. Did Apple design this deliberately?


Mobile 2011: Trends Not to Expect

Predicting what not to expect in mobile next year is a lot easier than predicting what will happen. You can be sure, for instance, that consumers won’t pay for on-the-go TV next year any more than they have in the past, and that carriers won’t embrace “openness” any more than they are forced to. And in areas like mobile advertising, tablet devices and mobile payments, there are several trends you shouldn’t look for in 2011 — despite all the hype to the contrary.

How Can We Make Mobile Apps Suck Less Offline?

For the most part, as soon as I lose connectivity, my mobile apps are mostly broken. Musing over to my most-used apps — Gmail, Facebook and Twitter — only gets me error messages and frustration. And even Angry Birds and Word Warp are handicapped when they’re offline.


Why Google Launched App Inventor

Google’s new App Inventor could create a wave of new apps to serve as vehicles for mobile advertisements. But with Android Market already developing a Wal-Mart-like reputation, the new do-it-yourself developer kit needs to produce apps people really use — and ones advertisers will really pay for.

BitTorrent Releases uTorrent SDK

BitTorrent is embracing the web with a new SDK that makes it possible to develop web apps for its popular uTorrent client. Users will be able to install these apps within the client, and the company promises that the app ecosystem will be “completely open.”

Like a Good Google Soldier, YouTube Sides With the Web

Yesterday, the Google-owned YouTube launched new mobile and the living-room versions, both of them entirely web-based and accessible from any browser. It’s a big move for an resource-intensive video streaming service to shrug off the benefits of native apps and go exclusively through the web.

Black Tonic: Cool New Remote Presentation Web App

Black Tonic is launching today a remote web presentation for slide decks that doesn’t suck — it’s entirely web-based sans plug-in, and works across just about all browsers. People watching a presentation can even tune in via Safari on their iPhones.

YouTube Gets CBS Shows, Pre-Rolls

In the first big network content coup it’s gotten in a long time, YouTube got access to some full-length episodes of old CBS shows today. The shows — five episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 (the original), five episodes of MacGyver, five episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, and 14 episodes of The Young and the Restless — will be accompanied much more advertising than YouTube has ever shown on a per video basis, including controversial (for YouTube) pre-roll ads.

When Samsung Attacks!

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My Web App Triathlon: The launch of 5PM

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YouTube Comes to My Apple TV

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Demand Media Buys ExpertVillage

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Sonus: Good news, ahem!

Sonus Networks’ despite being kicked off Nasdaq, largely because of some problems with SEC (which is like saying slightly pregnant) is having…