Microsoft understands the importance of the developer community in terms of the overall success of Windows Phone 7. And the company has devoted a significant amount of resources to getting developers on board with the platform.
“Honestly, it’s the only thing that matters,” Watson said. “That means we must give developers what they need to develop for our platform. And if we don’t, we lose.”
Many large to medium-size app developers are putting Windows Phone 7 on their roadmaps because they see the potential in the platform.
In an “open letter,” VeriFone CEO Doug Bergeron warns consumers and the industry of a serious security threat with Square’s card reader and calls on Square to recall its devices (we’ve pasted the letter below). Bergeron claims that anyone can “skim” or steal personal information off of a credit card’s magnetic strip using the Square card reader with a hacked app and to illustrate the vulnerability, VeriFone wrote a test app that can “skim” to prove their assertions.
Smart-phone owners spend almost as much time using apps as they do sending text messages, a recent report said.
Zokem, a mobile analytics company, found in a January survey that smart-phone users spent 667 minutes per month using mobile apps, 671 minutes sending texts, 531 minutes making phone calls and 422 minutes browsing the Web.