As various services like Facebook deal with competitors by packing more functionality into their apps, those apps are increasingly experiencing usability issues. In the old days of the API economy, outside developers could leverage a service's APIs to build something better. But those days are gone.
Japanese start-up Linkify has bypassed an API release and gone straight to an SDK launch of their latest mobile developer tools. Linkify aims to provide monetization opportunities by using keyword and graphics analysis to add paid links directly into content on mobile Web sites and app pages. Cofounder and CTO Ikuya Yamada spoke with ProgrammableWeb about how developers can commercialize their content and Linkify’s roadmap to an augmented-reality future based on text and graphics analytics.
Windows Phone, or Windows Mobile if you prefer, is well and truly dead. Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore recently shared the news through his personal Twitter account. Microsoft is no longer actively developing new features or hardware for the platform, which has been retired. Here's why.