Shane Schick

Biography for Shane Schick

Shane Schick is a writer, editor and speaker who helps people create value with information technology. Besides editing FierceDeveloper, he is a technology columnist with Yahoo Finance, and the editor of CommerceLab and Allstream’s expertIP online community . Shane was previously IT World Canada’s Vice-President, Content & Community (Editor-in-Chief), leading a digital-first strategy that included a transition from print publications to online portals and magazines. Shane regularly speaks to CIOs and other technology professionals about how they can contribute to organizational success and comments on technology news and stories for a variety of TV programs.

Articles by Shane Schick

Report: 32% of the most popular Android apps are (you guessed it) games

Thirty-two percent of the most popular Android apps are games and casual games are the most popular subset at 28 percent, according to Beijing-based start-up APUS. The firm developed its Global Mobile Application Analysis Report by looking within the user data from its own apps as well as data from Google Play.

How developers reacted to Facebook's decision to open up Messenger

There were a lot of questions around whether Facebook Messenger was powerful enough to become a standalone app, and the company answered them at its recent F8 developer conference in San Francisco by turning it into a platform for third-party developers.

How app developers should define 'explicit authorization'

For a lot of app developers, the word "explicit" may not come up a lot unless you're referring to some of the more violent content you see in certain mobile games. Apple, however, wants to make it a much bigger part of their vocabulary.

Report: Android cost-per-install rates less than half of iOS counterparts

iOS may be the more expensive platform for mobile advertising, but the results could be worth it, based on a recent study from Kenshoo. The firm used aggregated data comprising more than $19 million in advertiser spend and more than 10 million app installs, targeted across more than 100 countries worldwide.

What developers think about those 'Amazon Unlocked' rumors

Amazon may be putting a new twist on the idea of "freemium" apps, but developers on Twitter sound like they're not so sure about the concept.

The cost of mobile enterprise apps: What developers transitioning from consumer apps should know

If you have worked in an office for any length of time, you've probably gotten an e-mail message that goes something like this: "Hello! I hope you are having a great day! We are a professionally (sic) mobile app development company with seven years experience designing and developing mobile apps for business."

Why WhatsApp is taking an all-too-familiar approach to third-party client apps

Even though it is now officially owned by Facebook, the recent actions of WhatsApp toward developers might best be described as "pulling a Twitter."

Developer advocate explains how he ended up hosting Google's YouTube series aimed at iOS developers

Why is Google courting iOS developers? Todd Kerpelman, a developer advocate for the Android platform and host of the YouTube video series Route 85, recently connected with FierceDeveloper to explain the situation. Turns out, they've got more than a few tricks up their sleeves.

Flurry data shows app usage on phablets is growing fabulously

The rise of so-called "phablet devices" that sit somewhere between the form factor of a smartphone and a tablet are propelling the overall mobile and app industry to 78 percent year-over-year usage growth as measured by number of sessions, according to Flurry.

How developers reacted to Apple's day-long App Store outage

Where were you during the great Apple App Store outage of 2015? That may be going a bit too far, but a recent IT malfunction that left untold numbers of consumers unable to download or purchase apps or iTunes files was treated by many media outlets and analysts as something of historic significance.