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Who will win developer of the year? Have you entered?

Who will win developer of the year? Have you entered?

The Appys 2014 is now open for entries  and will be open for entries until early October.

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Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest so far, already we know the entries this year will be amazing.

This year we also have new categories including ‘Wearable Tech Apps’ for devices like Google Glass and ‘Connected Car Apps’ as well as ‘TV apps’.

If you, or a client, have apps to enter this year’s competition, we would love to hear from you.

We also have exhibition space available in the CHQ Building on the night (November 20) and will show off the latest and greatest gadgets and connected devices, so if you would like to exhibit something new and amazing, please let me know and we can arrange something? Email stephen@digitaltimes.ie for more details.

Become a partner – find out more with the Appys 2014 Media Pack.

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The 2013 Grand Prix winner of The Appys

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The Grand Prix winner of the 2013 Appys was Redwind Software (left) and The Science Picture Company for Life in the Womb.

Life in the Womb is a stunning visual guide to pregnancy exploring your baby’s amazing journey from conception to birth. Using a combination of illustrations, animations and interactive 3D features Life in the Womb beautifully illustrates these moments and milestones through the 40 weeks of pregnancy.

The 2013 awards received over 300 entries and was opened up to entries from social media apps, tablet apps and Cloud apps. Other notable winners include Best Banking App for AIB, Best Travel & Tourism App for Hailo, and Best News and Media App for Sky News.

“Congratulations to all last year’s winners. Thanks also to our sponsors Glaxo Smith Kline, Communicorp Digital, HTC, Sony, and Alternatives Digital” says Des Doris, event organiser. “The quality of last year’s shortlist was astonishing and we expect an even higher standard of entries this year. We are really looking forward to seeing how app development has advanced in the last year.”

Oculus Rift gets the Netflix treatment

At a recent ‘hack day’, Netflix coders and engineers built an interface for browsing the service on an Oculus Rift VR headset. Pretty cool stuff and it gives us an example of the many ways Oculus Rift can potentially be used.

Two Dublin schools are first to get Microsoft Surface Pro 3s

Pictured are Jennifer Estevez; Alexandra Assaf 6th Year Student Mt Anville Secondary School; Dr. Kevin Marshall, Head of Education, Microsoft Ireland

Pictured are Jennifer Estevez; Alexandra Assaf 6th Year Student Mt Anville Secondary School; Dr. Kevin Marshall, Head of Education, Microsoft Ireland

Dublin schools Mount Anville Secondary School and St. Vincents Castleknock College were given Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices. Teachers and students in the schools were among the first people in the country to get the tablets.

 

“Students face into a work environment that looks very different from the one their parents inherited at the start of their careers. Technology has reshaped the professional landscape,” says Oliver Murphy, Principal from St. Vincents Castleknock College.

 

“Today, education and technology are combining to make possible a new frontier of learning,” says Dr. Kevin Marshall, head of education, Microsoft Ireland.

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Lincor launches new Android TV system for hospitals

Irish medical tech firm Lincor has launched a new Android driven TV system for hospitals.

The system means everything from TV shows to patient information to a meal ordering facility, audio books, the Internet and a video streaming service as well as a music library are all delivered on high definition screens beside the patient’s bed.

Cool.

Lincor, which was founded in 2003, has already raised €7.3m in investment from US venture capital firm Edison Ventures.

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Jobbr – real world jobs for real friends

Jobbr‘ is a new “buddy-to-buddy social mobile app” created by Stephen Malone.

The app allows people to publish real world jobs in real time to real friends. How it works is this: say you need help moving house. You publish a request, add a price as to how much you are willing to pay for help, and wait for replies.

“You can advertise personal favours and odd jobs to friends for cash,” says Malone, “comforted by the fact that users’ circles of friends are people they already know and trust.”

The app is aimed at 16-30 year olds. There’s also a website.

Sky launches its Sky Service app

Sky has launched its Sky Service app, giving Irish customers more ways to keep track of their Sky account. The app lets customers check their bill, change their settings and review their Sky package, all in one place, whenever and wherever they want, from a wide range of mobile devices.

Customers can now view their bill, check what channels they have and check their service status. They also have the option to pick the Sky+ HD box in their house their remote record requests will get sent to and change their TV PIN – all within the app.

“Of the thousands of service calls handled by our Dublin contact centre weekly some of the most common queries relate to bill information, how to change your Sky package, or TV PIN – now customers can check this information through the app whenever it suits them without having to call us,” says Derek Stalley, customer operations director at Sky Ireland.

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The Appys is 5 this year

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Des, Stephen & Edward – 2010

This year The Appys is five. Five years old yet mature beyond its years. The app industry can be described as nothing short of explosive. As a publishing sector in its own right, the mobile app industry came into its own with the launch of the first iPhone, seven years ago.

Steve Jobs and his team at Apple radically disrupted many industries with the launch of the iPhone, the first proper smartphone.

Not only did the iPhone dethrone the dominant mobile phone maker Nokia from the top spot in mobile communications, it paved the way for feature rich smartphones from the likes of Samsung, HTC and Sony and led to the establishment of the Android platform by Google and the Windows mobile platform by Microsoft.

Globally, well over 100 billion apps have been downloaded to date by iPhone, Android and Windows phones users.

The smartphone created the app industry and in turn the app industry has disrupted the music industry, the news industry, the entertainment industry, the movie industry, the travel industry, the healthcare industry, the retail industry and the games industry to name but a few.

The Appys, the first awards show in the world to celebrate great apps, was launched by Des Doris of Alchemy Events and Digital Times in 2010. If you would like to be an event partner in 2014, please contact Stephen.

The first event, held at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin, was sponsored by The Carphone Warehouse, and the Grand Prix winner that year was the RTÉ News Now app, built by DRG.

The second Appys, once again sponsored by The Carphone Warehouse, was held at the Mansion House in Dublin. See video. MailOnline for iPad, was the Grand Prix winner and the awards received over 250 entries with new categories, including Facebook apps and iPad apps.

The third Appys was held at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Hailo, the taxi app, was the Grand Prix winner of the Appys 2012. The awards received over 300 entries and was opened up to entries from social media apps, tablet apps and Cloud apps. Other notable winners include Best Banking App for AIB, Best Retail & Coupon App for Done Deal and Best Entertainment App for Sky+.

At The Appys 2013, held at the CHQ building in Dublin, Life in the Womb, an app developed by Dublin agency Redwind Software, and The Science Picture Company in conjunction with the National Maternity Hospital, was the overall winner. The event was sponsored by HTC, Sony, GSK and Alternatives Digital. Other gold winners on the night included the taxi app Hailo which won best travel & tourism app; Symmetry School: Learning Geometry which won best children’s app; and Showpal which won best entertainment app.

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Teen lust drives WhatsApp and Snapchat success

When it comes down to it, the huge surge in the popularity and use of instant messaging apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat is driven mainly by teens sending flirty, sexy messages to each other.

Back in the day it used to be notes passed around a classroom or a lecture hall. Now it’s instant messages full of emoticons.

Research from Deloitte in the UK suggests the number of instant messages sent in the UK is set to double this year, reaching 300 billion by the end of 2014. In comparison, 160 billion were sent in 2013.

“A constant among humans is courting and they use different tools to do it. It used to be hanging on the phone, now it’s instant messaging,” Paul Lee, head of technology research at Deloitte, told The Guardian.

Many teenage smartphone owners in the UK send over 270 instant messages a day – many of which will be only a smiley face or a heart. Compare that to the seven texts most people send every day.

Deloitte says the growth in instant messaging is being driven largely by puppy love, as teenagers use technology to flirt with potential lovers.

It’s mad Ted.

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ProSiebenSat.1 Welt app brings German TV to your device

For fans of German television, the launch of ProSiebenSat.1 allows them to keep up to date on their favourite programmes.

With the new app and website of ProSiebenSat.1 Welt, viewers can access shows on ProSieben, SAT. 1, kabel eins, sixx, ProSieben MAXX and Sat.1 Gold via their TVs or on the go via their smart phone or tablet.

The German language programmes span TV series, movies, sports, romantic dramas such as “Anna und die Liebe”, movie highlights with German movie stars as “Der Rücktritt” and the “Bundesliga Magazin”.

“Every year, more than 100,000 Germans are setting up home abroad. With our new offer they will maybe be a little less homesick and can also stay up-to-date with their favourite programmes wherever they are around the world,” says Zeljko Karajica, managing director ProSiebenSat.1 TV Germany.

Highlights of The ProSiebenSat.1 app and website include:
· Mobile linear TV shows from Germany in the German language
· One week testing phase for free
· Introduction pricing 7.90 euro per month
· Can be cancelled monthly
· Available in 17 countries worldwide via website and app

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