Catchy News




Qualcomm Uplinq 2014

Richard, Jason and Rich were all at Uplinq. This was the first year that Qualcomm has taken its Developer Conference on the road from home town San Diego. The venue change certainly didn’t appear to adversely effect attendance, with well over 1,000 registrations.

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Developer Program Management Association Summit

Richard attended the inaugural meeting of the fledgling Developer Program Managers Association yesterday.

The event was well attended and included representatives from Avaya, Cisco, Verizon, Macy’s and Facebook. Amongst other aims to be shared soon, the Association intends to create a platform for professionals involved in developer program management to… Read More



Native Summit, September 2014

Richard was at the Native Summit in London last week. The event was firmly aimed at native iOS, Android or Windows Phone developers. Little surprise then that the representatives speaking on behalf of each platform were all critical of the rising number of cross platform tools available to developers.

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Microsoft remove 1,500 fake apps in the Windows Store

Microsoft has really tightened up its verification process for apps published to the Windows store. The change in policy has seen the removal of over 1,500 apps dubbed to be fraudulent or misleading.

This is in response to complaints that it is often hard to differentiate between legitimate apps and… Read More



Amazon prepare to challenge Google AdWords

Amazon are gearing up to go head-to-head with Google in the realm of online advertising, with the launch of their new “Amazon Sponsored Links” platform.

This new platform, set to launch later this year, could allow Amazon to target links based on their customers’ shopping habits and interests. The fallout… Read More



BlackBerry Passport

Blackberry announced during their First quarter earnings report the launch of their newest phone, the BlackBerry Passport due out in September.


With an eye-catching 4.5″ HD screen offering users an enhanced viewing experience due to its wide-square dimensions, the BlackBerry passport will be sure to make it’s presence known… Read More



No devices at the dinner table

If you’re a parent who has become weary of family dinner time being interrupted by your children jumping up for every ping and ringtone, relief is in sight. You guessed it: there’s an app for that.

A new app called DinnerTime Parental Control allows parents to block children’s… Read More



Cortana heads to UK and China

Microsoft’s personal voice-assistant app for Windows Phone, called Cortana, is due to arrive in the United Kingdom and China in a matter of weeks.

Cortana launched officially in the United States on April 2, 2014 at the Microsoft BUILD Developer Conference in San Francisco. The personal… Read More




At home in...Seattle!

We’ve got exposed brick, funky chairs, enough space to ride a bike around in circles…we’ve got an office in Seattle!

The Catchy team is thrilled to have a new home in Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle, in the same city as some of our top clients. We’re just a… Read More



Windows Phone welcomes Pinterest

Avid pinners will be happy to know that Pinterest is finally available on Windows Phone, albeit in a beta version. The much-loved picture-sharing app on Windows Phone doesn’t have all the features of its iOS and Android counterparts, but isn’t too far behind either.

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Samsung building the next Nook tablet

Samsung announced today, that they will be partnering with Barnes& Noble to develop a new line of Nook-branded tablets.  The major bookseller first announced its intentions to bring on a hardware partner last year after revealing to shareholders that Nook Media sales were in decline. This will mean thatRead More



Treehouse teaches coders how to get a job

Treehouse today introduced a new initiative called “code-to-work,” which teaches coders the job skills necessary to steer through the world of software engineering.  The company was launched in November 2011 and offers courses in web design, iOS, Android, Ruby on Rails and PHP. 

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Apple improves iOS Gaming with new 'Metal' Platform

Yesterday, Apple revealed a new technology that will help mobile games run more smoothly on Apple phones and tablets by lowering the graphical processing power they require.  The  Metal API technology will allow games to perform more efficiently than they do with OpenGL.  Read More



Introducing Samsung's first Tizen Smartphone

Samsung has some big plans for the Tizen OS, judging by the new Samsung Z smartphone.  The latest device was unveiled on Monday in advance of the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco, with the Samsung Z being heralded as the world’s first commercial smartphone toRead More



Apple acquires Beats Music for $3bn

The long rumoured deal between Apple and Beats Music was finally confirmed today at an initial cost of $2.6bn, with around $400m being invested over the coming years.

Apple’s acquisition of Beats Music, includes the subscription music streaming service and the headphones division named Beats headphones, this will see… Read More