Unity, the widely used multi-platform game engine, continues to expand, offering new features and targeting additional platforms. The past few weeks have seen considerable activity. In March, Unity Technologies released Unity 4.1, which includes support for Apple’s AirPlay wireless streaming technology and an updated memory usage tracking tool. Also last month, Unity Technologies entered an…Continue Reading “New Unity Features for App Makers”

The fast-paced world of mobile apps may benefit from a software development method that aims to boost efficiency and flexibility: DevOps. DevOps, which borrows concepts from the Agile software movement, seeks to pull together the development and IT operations sides of an organization. That can prove difficult, since developers tend to favor change while operations…Continue Reading “How Will DevOps Impact Mobile App Development?”

Store-locator apps that direct customers to the retail location of their choosing have become a standard and expected capability of mobile devices. But retailers and consumer packaged goods makers are pushing the technology to the next level: apps that helps consumers zero in on stores that carry particular brands or help them find where items…Continue Reading “The Rise and Rise of Location Apps”

Recent initiatives have set out to make government data more readily available to information consumers — including app developers. The White House kicked off the federal Open Government Initiative in late 2009. The program calls for agencies to “expand access to information by making it available online in open formats.” Individual efforts under the open…Continue Reading “Application Development Trends: Using Government Data”