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All those unfair app reviews have revealed a big flaw in Apple's public beta for iOS 9

Most of the time, developers know it's probably their fault when their app gets a bad review. The recent problems involving iOS 9 beta, however, show that there are some times when even a developer's best work can't truly stand on its own.

Where indie developers might (or might not) fit into app constellations

There may be a few indie developers who are so optimistic about their prospects that they shoot for the moon, but I doubt even the most bullish ever seriously think much about app constellations.

Why indie developers may face the biggest burnout risk of all

The biggest competition for indie app developers may not be other indie app developers, or even larger publishers and brands. It might be the warmer weather, the smell of barbecues and all those photos from friends' cottages in their Facebook feed. That, and the desolating sense that they just can't keep on doing what they're doing.

Why Soundcloud's API clampdown should be a familiar tune to app developers by now

App developers are getting understandably upset that they are starting to regularly experience the API equivalent of what one might politely call a "tease."

This app developer's 'manifesto' should simply become industry best practices

It's not the kind of question that gets debated by industry analysts or discussed at tech conferences, but it's worth putting it out there: Has the app economy finally come up against its Lars Von Trier? Graham Bower may be his heir apparent, at least in the mobile developer space.

Who is 'Peter,' and why are so many developers blaming him for app failures?

I've met and spoken with lots of app developers about all kinds of challenges they've faced, not only in making an app or mobile game but in making a living from their work. I have to admit, though, I've never come across anyone with quite the career history of a guy known as Peter.

The better way to think about Buzzfeed's critique of Apple's own apps

Buzzfeed is better known for top-10 style listicles and celebrity gossip than longform think pieces, but as the iOS crowd exited the Moscone Center in San Francisco last week, there was nothing more provocative written about Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) than a diatribe by Charlie Warzel.

The problem with Apple's '20 Under 20' campaign

It used to be in fields like modeling or acting where experienced professionals constantly had to look over their shoulders as ever-younger competitors seemed to appear out of nowhere and rival their achievements. Based on a recent marketing campaign from Apple, however, there's nothing less exciting than a middle-aged app developer.

Meet the mobile app developer middle class (Hint: You may be part of it)

We all know who the upper class in the mobile games space includes. There are the Zyngas, the Kings, the Rovios and a handful of others. At the other end of the scale--but please, let's not call them "lower-class"--are the hordes of developers who are far below the break-even point in terms of revenue for their apps

Top 3 wishes for Android M

I've heard "marshmallow," "marmalade" and everything in between, but this is the only thing I know for sure: Even if it might resonate with app developers, it is highly unlikely the "M" in Google's upcoming Android M operating system will stand for "monetization."