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

What developers made of Amazon's move to put its app store in an Android app

Amazon may be one of the most widely known online stores in the world, but a recent stealth tactic may help it become one of the most widely known app stores within the Android market.

What if the mobile game blockbusters never leave the app store charts?

I am trying to remember the last hit song that I wanted desperately to stop playing on the radio, but in an age of streaming music the only thing that comes back to me are the really old ones. When I was a teenager, for example, there was "The Sign," from Ace of Base, which enjoyed at least 14 weeks in the No. 1 spot on my local station. Even the DJs seemed sick of it, but in the grand scheme of things it's nothing like the enduring success that certain mobile games enjoy.

The secrets of developer success in the anonymity app market

Though not formally recognized as a category on major app stores, Secret and Whisper are among the most talked-about anonymity apps. However, many other apps have been launched and more are likely to come--and their motivations are not all the same.

MediaBrix: 'Emotional breakthrough moments' dramatically increase video ad views

Letting a mobile game player who runs out of lives watch an ad in exchange for continuing to the next level is an "emotional breakthrough moment" that developers can use to drive revenue, a report from MediaBrix suggests.

How developers reacted to Apple's 64-bit app ultimatum

iOS developers now know what they'll be doing over the upcoming holiday season: making sure their current and future apps are able to support 64-bit computing based on a strict commandment from Apple.

The Unity sell-off rumors explained

The comments from "ZenGarden" are not particularly well-worded, but they show just how easy it is for rumors--in this case, a potential sale of the mobile gaming tool provider Unity--can turn into crazy speculation.

How Will.i.am's Puls, the Apple Watch and other wrist-based wearables are changing the app experience

"I think it's two years or more" before wearable technology hits mainstream adoption, said Brent Blum, wearable technology practice lead at consulting firm Accenture in San Francisco. "The aesthetics are getting there, but the development cycles are longer for this kind of hardware."

App Annie: Top 5 health and fitness app downloads grew 2.3 times year-over-year

Downloads of the top five health and fitness apps grew 2.3 times year-over-year since August, according to App Annie's Spotlight on the Connected Devices report.

 

Devs: The Android Lollipop-based Nexus 6 is HOW big and costs HOW much?

The Nexus 6 may be the first taste app developers get of Android Lollipop, but some of the social reaction so far has been a little on the sour side.

What app developers should do with Facebook's 'like button'

It might have been more surprising if, instead of offering app developers access to its "like" button, Facebook had provided an API for the "poke" button. A poke could mean a sort of "hello," or it could be a sort of teasing provocation. This may be exactly the spirit with which developers should think about deploying the actual "like" button into their apps and mobile games.