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Windows Phone App Studio lets businesses craft custom apps

Can’t find an app you need in the Windows Phone app store? Just create it yourself using Microsoft’s Windows Phone App Studio tool.

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Clockwise Podcast 1: Siri wins the lottery

Jason Snell, Dan Moren, Jason Cross, and Lex Friedman launch a new podcast and discuss smartwatches, Windows Phone, voice control, and the App Store at 5.

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National Park apps aid your trek from sea to shining sea

Visiting the national parks this summer? If you’re carrying your smartphone in your pocket, you’ll have all the guidance you’ll need to get around rough terrain with apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Go digital for last-second gifts this Mother's Day

You're running out of time to pick up a gift for mom. But if she's already got a mobile device, giving electronic gift cards and apps is a breeze.

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Windows 8 Store cracks 50K app mark, but now what?

After a sluggish 2013 start, Microsoft's Window 8 App Store appears to be attracting new titles again, hitting the 50,000 app milestone and recruiting developers for the next wave.

Judge orders Apple, Amazon to settlement talks on App Store dispute

A federal judge in California has ordered Apple and Amazon.com to sit down and attempt to settle a lawsuit between them over Amazon's use of the "Appstore" name for its online application marketplace.

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Lucrative Windows crapware market is exactly why we need app stores

Lucrative Windows crapware market is exactly why we need app stores.

Last-minute online gifting for apps, movies, music, and books

Stuck without a gift close to Christmas? Never fear: If your relatives like apps, books, movies, musics, or TV shows, there's a very simple solution to this dilemma -- electronic gift certificates.

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FTC tightens privacy rules for kids’ apps

App platforms such as Apple’s App Store are exempt from new FTC regulations that require apps to obtain parental consent before following children’s online behavior.

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Does your small business need a mobile app to stay competitive?

If you listen to the growing chorus of small-business owners, going mobile is becoming a necessity. But what are the real-world costs, payoffs, and drawbacks? SMB owners chime in.