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

Circa's CEO has a news flash for developers that want to get their app reviewed

I feel kind of guilty admitting this so publicly, but I recently uninstalled Circa. It's a great app, but I have too many others that I use more often, and my smartphone only has so much room. That being said, I wonder if I owe Matt Galligan a review. 

The quest for the ultimate user profile via mobile app analytics

Even with many of today's analytics tools, you can't tell a lot about your app or game's users besides their gender, age and so on. However, a range of tools are coming out that attempt to track everything from "sentiment analysis" (how people feel about an app) to predictions about future behavior.

Report: Cyber Monday easily outperforms Black Friday in terms of app usage

The recent Cyber Monday saw app usage grow by 30 percent in the U.S. and 10 percent around the world, according to a report from Quettra, trumping app usage on Black Friday, which saw an overall lift of 25 percent in the U.S. and 5 percent worldwide. 

Amazon's move to charge for mobile games shakes up developers on Twitter

Even for what has arguably become the world's most successful online retailer, Amazon surprised some app developers with its decision to start charging for high-end mobile games. 

Why the terms of Spotify's new SDK will become a familiar tune to developers

Suffice it to say that Spotify is just as concerned as Taylor Swift about making enough money. Just a few weeks after the superstar pulled her entire catalogue from the streaming music service (reportedly over compensation issues), Spotify updated the terms and conditions of its SDK. At first glance, it looks like huge, positive news for developers, because it lets those that integrate Spotify in their apps earn revenue through Apple's App Store and Google Play. However, that doesn't mean all apps will be treated equal.

Midverse Studios exec explains how Invest+Publish program will pair developers with the best branded IP

There are no "sure things" in mobile gaming, but creating something on a story or concept that has been a blockbuster in other mediums is about as close as you can get. That's the thinking behind Invest+Publish, a developer program launched last month by Mountain View, Calif.-based Midverse Studios. FierceDeveloper talked with Jim Rainey, Midverse Studio's vice president of growth, to get more details on the program.

Facebook's move to bring autoplay to video ads on mobile devices doesn't sit well with devs

Developers are always hoping for more customers, but forcing users to watch video install ads on their smartphone may not be the best option, based on social media commentary.

Report: 75% of people using apps at work are happy workers

Seventy-five percent of people in the U.S. and Canada who use apps at work are happy in their jobs, according to a report from Softchoice. The managed services firm, which sells apps via the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, gathered responses from 1,000 professionals for its research.

Twitter's decision to track other apps on smartphones riles developers

For a company that's recently been trying to repair its relationship with app developers, Twitter's move to track other apps among its users may not be helping much.

The first wave of WatchKit: 3 developers discuss their Apple Watch plans

It came out a little early to be considered a holiday gift, but if it had been, app developers might be approaching Apple about exchanging the first version of the WatchKit SDK for something that would let them make better Apple Watch apps.