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This ingenious idea to improve access to apps deserves more discussion

Sometimes there are problems so deep and entrenched that when someone proposes an original and innovative solution it comes as something of a shock. Or at least that's how I felt when reading something by Alex Austin.

Be honest: You wish you'd been the developer who made Rumblr

Looking back -- and we're only talking a about a week, here -- the only thing Rumblr would have needed was to somehow fake getting put in Apple's "Featured" section of the App Store to become the ultimate envy of the developer community.

The brief mobile career of Miranda July, the artist-turned-app developer

Of all the possible competitors to enter the mobile app space, it's hard to imagine developers encountering anyone more versatile than Miranda July.

How developers should respond to 'The Greatest Apps Ever' lists

I have nothing against Snapchat, even though I'm so old I've discovered that none of my friends use it. I'm a regular Uber-er, and have recently started using Duolingo to teach myself Italian. There comes a point, though, when even the best apps can be a little over-celebrated.

Use Jack Dorsey's productivity hack to build a better mobile app business

It's great that Jack Dorsey used Twitter's recent Flight conference to publicly apologize for the way the company has historically treated app developers, but he may have an even better way of making it up to them.

Why mobile game developers ignore Kanye West's criticism at their peril

"They take my money/when I'm in neeeed/Yeah they're trifling friends indeed/Oh yeah they're some gold diggers/way over town/that dig on me." The lyrics above are my modest attempt to tweak the opening words of "Gold Digger," a song by Kanye West that was originally about a certain kind of woman but could now be better aimed at mobile game developers in general.

The surprising logic behind Microsoft's mobile platform strategy

It's just so weird: When Apple launched the iPad Pro, a lot of people were comparing it to Microsoft's Surface. Now the industry is wondering whether Microsoft will take the Surface experience and squeeze it into something that could better compete with the iPhone.

The ad-blocking reality app developers must face

It's a little awkward writing about the concept of ad-blocking technology when you work in a sector that is largely monetized through advertising, but here goes: The fact that ad-blocking apps rose to the top of the App Store charts shouldn't have surprised anyone, least of all app and mobile game developers.

True or false: The 'golden era' of mobile game development is still to come?

With major studios like Rovio announcing layoffs, abandonment rates continuing to climb and increasing challenges with in-app monetization, there have to be days when even the most optimistic mobile game developer wonders if the best days of the industry are behind it.

What mobile game devs should learn from EA's sudden decision to kill off several titles at once

One of the most challenging things in a mobile game is knowing when to call it quits. If you're the developer of the mobile game in question, it might be all about what makes best sense for your business. Earlier this month the mobile gaming community was taken aback by a decision from Electronic Arts (EA) to discontinue a dozen of its titles.