Reuters reports that later this year Amazon will start testing a marketplace for services, where users can find and hire everything from babysitters to handymen. It will be testing the service in limited areas to gauge demand and figure out logistics before moving forward with a broader launch.
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There's currently (at least one) pretty big flaw in the way classification works in Australia. Despite the fact that all video games are by law required to go through classification, the relatively recent explosion of mobile applications has meant that developers could release games to the public without classification through mobile app stores without needing to go through the classification board. But all that is officially about to change.
The Android Marketplace has finally rolled out paid app privileges to more countries, and this time that means Australia as well. For local developers eager to embrace Android's more open platform, but had to give their work away for free to do it, the 2-minute noodle days may be over. Now all you need is an app that's good enough people will pay money for it...
One of the interesting things said at this morning's HTC Desire event is the fact that the device will come pre-loaded with Telstra's apps, like Foxtel and WhereIs, although you can delete them if you don't want them. But if you own an Android phone like the HTC Hero or an imported Nexus One and actually want to use those apps, don't go looking to the Marketplace. At least not yet.
Google's just announced the winners of the second Android Developer Challenge, a homegrown app competition that's produced some must-haves for seasoned Android owners and nervous new Droid users alike.
Remember how the Windows Mobile App Marketplace was going to let you share apps with up to five phones at no additional cost? Well, Microsoft has a very liberal definition of the word "sharing."
Here's a couple screenshots of the Windows Mobile Marketplace, Windows Mobile's app store, courtesy of a ppcgeeks forum member who accidentally got early access. It looks pretty much like we'd expect, really.