mobile apps

Chris Garidis

Chris Garidis, 32, one of the pioneers of the FT’s award-winning mobile apps, product manager, squash player, wannabe surfer, and proud father, died on Monday, February 24th in Barcelona, Spain. Chris worked in London but lived in Bath with his wife, Aimi and their 18-month-old daughter Alice.

Chris was an explorer at heart. From cycling into work everyday no matter what the weather, to trekking in Thailand, to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to propose to his girlfriend (now wife) – he was always looking for fresh adventures. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Angry Birds developer Rovio has already become the first app maker to successfully transfer its brand from digital to physical, with all sorts of merchandising and toys.

Now the Finnish company is making its most ambitious play yet to become – in its words – a “fully fledged entertainment powerhouse” with the launch of a weekly cartoon series this weekend. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Tech news from around the web:

Apple has snatched Adobe media executive Todd Teresi to run its mobile-advertising business, Bloomberg reports. iAd has not been one of Apple’s greatest successes since acquiring Quattro Wireless two years ago but mobile advertising, while small, continues to grow apace. Apple has been no friend to Adobe in recent years, with the late Steve Jobs vocally refusing to allow its Flash web plug-in onto any iDevices. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

It is one of the most hotly anticipated apps yet to appear on the iPhone.

From today, Spotify – the digital music application credited by some for finally luring listeners away from online piracy – can sit alongside iTunes on Apple’s mobile, as well as on phones running Google’s Android software.

On the PC, Spotify allows its users to listen to any of its millions of tracks for free, supported by advertising. On a mobile, users must upgrade to its premium subscription, which costs £9.99 a month or £119.88 a year (and also provides ad-free listening on the PC). Read more